Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Loaded Chicken and Potatoes- Delicious!

My husband is the main cook in the family-
that's a good thing for all of us.
He found this recipe today and gave it a try.
We changed up a few things so I'll post
the link to the site but also tell you 
what changes we made.

It's delicious and will go for at least two dinners for us,
maybe even more if we had paired it with a salad.
Great comfort food on a cold, rainy night.

What we did- pictured above
 Preheat to 400 degrees F

 2 chicken breasts, cut up into bite sized chunks
 5-6  yellow potatoes cubed- skins on
1/3 c olive oil
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp paprika
2 Tbsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp hot sauce 
2 c Three Cheese blend, shredded
1 c crumbled bacon
1 c  green onion

Grease a casserole dish, whatever size you have that will hold the mixture and allow you to stir.  Ours was a 10 x 10 Corningware.

Combine the olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and hot sauce in a large bowl and then add the potatoes and chicken.
Stir well and transfer to the casserole dish.
Bake 55-60 minutes stirring every 20 minutes until potatoes and chicken are completely cooked through.
 Remove and add the cheese, onion and bacon.  
Bake another 5 minutes to melt the cheese.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Ladybug Invasion

Ladybugs here,
ladybugs there,
ladybugs, ladybugs everywhere!

Have a look at the video.
I took Bird out so she could sun herself on the deck 
but we had to cut the visit short due to the 
hundreds and hundreds of dive bombing beetles!

My husband went upstairs and said they found and entrance 
through the bathroom vent fan.  There were 15-20 flying
around in the bathroom.  There were several coming in 
attached to our clothing and even some in my hair!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Crazy Bookstore- Donate Your Books So the Owner can Profit?

Crazy Bookstore 

This is from my Facebook page so it's written 
pretty Facebookishly   (If that is a word)

Can you believe this? I visited a new bookstore in Eureka, Hometown Books, or something similar to that. It's a used bookstore so I asked what their policy was on used book trade/buying. They only give cash for 4 different type of books (nonfiction). So I asked what do they offer in trade? He said (AND GET THIS) they don't give any credit, you DONATE your books to them! This is a For Profit business.

I told the owner that if I am donating my books to anyone, it won't be a for profit business. As in the past, I donate them to The Agape House which sells them and helps the poor. Maybe helps pay their heating bill, maybe gives them food for their children. 
He looked surprised. 

Maybe I'm not missing something but I can't recall donating my chicken eggs to Denny's so they can sell omelettes. Maybe some nice lumber company will donate wood so my husband can build and sell a house. Wow, what a savings for us! I can't wait to see how long they stay in business.

Oh, and you buy their books by the pound. He had to adjust his original price because none of the hardbacks or heavy cookbooks were selling! Craziness.

I will add that we spoke at length on how other local used bookstores manage this.
They will give you a portion of the cover price to use against books in their store.
If they sold the book they may mark out the UPC so the book shop will know
that it was not purchased at full price.
Some of them give punch cards that you fill up and turn in for books, if you 
lose your card, you are out of luck.There are several variations.

I had some FB comments indicating some retailers to take donations but
sell the books with proceeds going to a charity. That makes sense to me.

I just thought it odd that a business would think I wanted to
donate the products they intend to sell for a profit.
Especially if I then had to pay for books I might purchase from his shop.

He is thinking about his options.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Winter Quilt

While I am working on my "secret" project 
I sent my Winter Quilt/Christmas Quilt out to the
long arm quilter.  I figured this was too big
for my first attempt in quilting a large project.
So, let the expert handle it.

It's a disappearing or tossed nine patch made with 
coordinated fabrics.  There are so many patterns-
or none - at all that you can choose after chopping
up your nine patch.

I particularly love the backing material
and was fortunate enough to be able to piece
it so it blends together.
The quilting is a modern Christmas tree with 
a star.  While it's a winter quilt I liked
adding the Christmas motif to it.

   I still have to bind it so it should be complete 
pretty soon!  In the meantime I'm binding my 
secret project.  More on that later.

Deutsch Country Days - Everything Else

The last post in the Deutsch Country Days trip
begins with the street scenes.
These melancholy musicians  played outside the
smoke house.  There was one particular song I would love
to have but is had such a difficult name that even they
couldn't pronounce it.  Beautiful music.

The dulcimer gang was much more lively
getting the kids involved as they sang
Old MacDonald and other tunes.

The entrance was next to the spiced nut vendor,
it smelled like cinnamon rolls but actually
were several flavors of nuts.

The gardens were winding down, this bed
of gourds ready for whatever crafts were
on the schedule.

I had fun with this Civil War tent.  I told my granddaughter
and the neighbor girls to be VERY careful around these guys.
One of the Yankees told them that it was OK, they were the 
good guys, or at least the winning side.
I looked at the neighbor girls and told them that since they 
were German, they would be OK, probably on this side had
they lived in this area back then.

Then I turned to Taylor, my granddaughter, and said
You, on the other hand, have cause for concern!
Her eyes got big and she hurried on.

 Pictured on the table is Hardtack, a mixture of
flour, water and shortening, which makes a  
preservable food source.  It was hard as a rock.
I have the recipe for this and a hardtack pudding
in my Rebel Cornbread and Yankee Coffee cookbook.

There was a petting, animal observation area for the kids.
The girls loved the goats but I was admiring the turkey.

After the event we decided to stop for an early dinner
in Washington, MO at a little place with an outside patio
next to the train tracks and river.  The girls were 
coloring their menus and then decided to decorate the cups 
as well.  Pretty clever.

This is a first for me.
Do you know you can stop hiccups by 
drinking through a straw while holding your ears?

The Girls.

 That is the last of Deutsch Days for this year.
The rest of the week was spent taking care of some 
errands, have a few lunches, working on 
sewing projects and trying to get some Christmas gifts
in order so it's all done and paid for by November!  

Living History Weekend in Marthasville, MO
as Deutsch Country Days kicked off it's annual
event on the historic Luxenhaus Farm.
 The all volunteer staff demonstrated skills of the
German settlers.  It is sponsored by the Lexenhaus Farm 
German Heritage Foundation.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Deutsch Country Days Part 4 - Cooking and Cleaning

I fell in love with the kitchen!
It is so comfortable and inviting.

Although I will say that ironing has become much easier.

The early washing machines would be perfect
if you were without power for an extended time.
The girls had the opportunity to try this
model last year.  What a chore!

This is a bit more modern
and actually,  probably a lot more reliable
than these ultra expensive flashy models
that I see in stores today.  It didn't take 
long for my brother-in-law's to break
and the repair was going to be more expensive
than purchasing a new, less expensive model.

This would be the part I disliked!
I am so thankful for indoor plumbing
and hot water heaters.

I wonder how things would change if we had 
to go back to these ways .
I'm sure our ancestors couldn't have imagined 
sitting around in our air conditioned homes
playing on our I-whatevers.

There is will be one last part-
the All Other post.
I hope you are enjoying seeing a little of the past.

Living History Weekend in Marthasville, MO
as Deutsch Country Days kicked off it's annual
event on the historic Luxenhaus Farm.
 The all volunteer staff demonstrated skills of the
German settlers.  It is sponsored by the Lexenhaus Farm 
German Heritage Foundation.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Honey Recipes

The recipes from the lavender honey accompanied the jar of honey.

Honeybee Fritters
1 C ricotta cheese
2 to 3 eggs
1/2 C flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 pinch salt
1 1/2 T sugar
1 tsp Lavender flower buds, crushed ( optional)
1/2 ts p lemon zest
1/4 C Gibbons Bee Farm Lavender Honey Sauce

In a bowl mix ricotta cheese and eggs.  Add flour , lavender, 
lemon zest, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Mix until smooth.
Use a deep fryer or electric fry pan at 350 degrees F.
Drop teaspoons of batter into fryer and let brown for 2 to 3 minutes.
Serve with Gibbons Bee Farm Lavender Honey Sauce.

Fillet of Salmon with Lavender Honey
3 lbs fresh salmon fillet
1 C Gibbons Bee Farm Lavender Honey Sauce
1 C water
1 tsp Lavender buds, crushed (optional)
1 C tamari
Crushed black pepper to taste

Mix water, honey and crushed Lavender and heat over flame.
Reduce slightly  then add tamari and let mixture cool.
Blend cooled mixture in blender.
In a large zip lock bag, place salmon and cooled blended mixture.  
Cure for 24 - 48 hrs refrigerated .
Heat oven to 450 degrees F  
Place salmon on sheet pan, top with crushed black pepper to taste
bake uncovered for 7 - 10  minutes until fish flakes easily.
Tamari is a premium soy sauce (thicker and less salty)

Gibbons Honey suggests drizzling the lavender sauce over 
poultry, fruit, yogurt or mixed in tea .

I found this on the National Honey Board's website 
The featured recipe looks great!

Honey Pumpkin Bread


  • 1 cup - honey
  • 1/2 cup - butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 can (16 oz.) - solid-pack pumpkin
  • 4 - eggs
  • 4 cups - flour
  • 4 teaspoons - baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons - ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons - ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon - baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon - salt
  • 1 teaspoon - ground nutmeg

In large bowl, cream honey with butter until light and fluffy. 
Stir in pumpkin. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until thoroughly incorporated. 
Sift together remaining ingredients. 
Stir into pumpkin mixture. 
Divide batter equally between two well-greased 9 x5 x 3-inch loaf pans. Bake at 350°F for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let loaves cool in pans for 10 minutes; invert pans to remove loaves and allow to finish cooling on racks. .


I found this on another site  
Sauce Magazine is worth reading, 
very interesting recipes

Blue Cheese and Honeycomb 
Courtesy of The Pitted Olive’s Mike Holmes 

1 serving 
2 slices good-quality ciabatta or other crusty bread, cut 3/4-inch thick 
2 to 3 oz. creamy blue cheese, rind removed 
1 1-inch cube honeycomb
½ tsp. truffle oil 
Seasonal berries 

• Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. 
• Lightly toast the bread. 
• In an oven-proof dish, melt the cheese in the oven until gooey and soft, about 2 to 3 minutes. 
• Spread the cheese on one piece of bread. Cut both pieces in half and stack the halves on top of each other, alternating a plain piece with a piece with cheese, ending with cheese on the top. 
• Top with the honeycomb. 
• Drizzle the truffle oil over the top and garnish with berries. -

 See more at:

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Deutsch Country Days Part 3 Edibles

Who could go to Deutsch Country Days without checking out the edibles? 
 Most of the artisans either teach or have books to learn their crafts. 
We purchased the cheese making book last season but haven't 
tried it yet, except for some homemade cottage cheese which 
was more like a dip with herbs spread through it.
Good stuff.  

I would have purchased some apple butter but we 
have a jar made by the local scout troop.
I saw a recipe for a stack cake layered with apple butter
and the sprinkled with powdered sugar.
I think I'm reserving the jar for that!

The apple press was pretty popular with the girls.
Taylor got to help put apples in the press
and then bought a couple of cups of apple cidar,
hot and steamy.  They did offer "cold" cidar too.

While everyone else was on the Osage Trail
I scouted out the honey booth.  They had samples of 
dips and spreads and honey butters with various nut flavorings.

I picked up this pretty bottle of
Lavendar Honey.

It  comes with a few recipes that are worth trying.

I also got some honey  mustard and several honey straws
plus a comb.  I want to try breaking some of it up in small
pieces and placing it on our salad.  It's supposed to be 
pretty good.  They suggested topping oatmeal with it as well.

The kids got to help with the sausage making demo.
It is much more difficult to crank the press than you'd think!
Taylor was shy and didn't try it this year.

I noticed the sorghum makers were using child labor this year 
rather than the typical mules.  I'm not sure why, either
they were not available this year or the kids just wanted
to walk round and round!

They were short of volunteers this year so this exhibit
was not currently running.  There was someone
demonstrating the early manual machines that  removed
the kernels, cracked and crushed the corn.
My husband volunteered a couple of years ago and he enjoyed it. 

Stay tuned for part 4 Cooking and Cleaning.

Living History Weekend in Marthasville, MO
as Deutsch Country Days kicked off it's annual
event on the historic Luxenhaus Farm.
 The all volunteer staff demonstrated skills of the
German settlers.  It is sponsored by the Lexenhaus Farm 
German Heritage Foundation.

Deutsch Country Days Part 2 - Wood Working-Basket Weaving

It was a crisp morning with many bundled in jackets, but a perfect
Fall day in Marthasville as we walked along the village streets
     talking to the volunteers that were demonstrating skills
of early Missouri life.

The bowl maker sat in the clearing by the apple press
and across from the apple butter makers, 
what better place to sit- the aromas were amazing.
It takes him around 8-12 hours from start to finish
as he chips away at the block of wood.

I love the antlers incorporated into this basket.

Another one of the weavers wears wooden shoes
also for sale.  I remember having a pair when I was a child.
 Not very comfortable but fun to wear!

The kids get into the action using a two man
cross cut saw.  You have to remember to pull,
not push, or it will bind up.

This gentleman is making spatulas and wooden spoons

which are for sale inside.

The woodworking shop, by the saw mill, is busy
with volunteer sanding down the various items they are 

Every year I say I'd love to have a coffee grinder.
My mom has one and I always loved it.

There was a mechanical problem that day 
with the steam powered saw mill so it wasn't running
although I've seen it before. It's too bad that 
some first timers missed it.
This is the place that all the guys want to volunteer 
  to  demo, there's probably a waiting list.

When it is running it sounds like a train
and attracts a large crowd.

This is the Huber Haus which was constructed
in Perryville MO in 1842 and moved to the farm in 1974.
Many of the structures were preserved at the farm and other 
constructed on site using volunteers and original building methods.
There are plans for a large barn which will host meetings and
events including exhibits, receptions and overnight stays.

You can see Part 1 at this link.
Living History Weekend in Marthasville, MO
as Deutsch Country Days kicked off it's annual
event on the historic Luxenhaus Farm.
 The all volunteer staff demonstrated skills of the
German settlers.  It is sponsored by the Lexenhaus Farm 
German Heritage Foundation.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Deutsch Country Days - Part 1 Lace, Quilts & other Home Decor

Living History Weekend in Marthasville, MO
as Deutsch Country Days kicked off it's annual
event on the historic Luxenhaus Farm.
 The all volunteer staff demonstrated skills of the
German settlers.  It is sponsored by the Lexenhaus Farm 
German Heritage Foundation.

The farm has folklife from fur traders to "modern" times of the 1800s.
 I have split this post up so I can cover all the wonderful artisans 
that donate their time to this event.

This woman is making bobbin lace, or Kloppolei.
You can see in the photo below that there is a template
that is pinned on something that resembles a pillow and then
several bobbins are twisted around themselves to make
this wonder pattern.

I really loved this rooster.

These are some of the other items they were making,
all for sale.  My neighbor brought her set over from Germany
and told me these prices were very fair as it takes a number
of hours to complete a small piece.

The loom fascinated me. I would love to have one
once I learn how to use my spinning wheel.

Some looms are much larger than this but something
this size would be perfect.

These are some of the items she was selling.

The fiber arts building had such cute items for sale
like this little rabbit

or this beautiful mouse.  Who could resist this?

All of these are made out of paper.
The artist uses templates and an exacto type knife to 
cut out these shapes on coffee stained paper.  
He then comes back an removes some of the coloring to
get the proper shading.

I thought this was a great quilt for a guy!
She also teaches wool rug braiding through private lessons.

The traditional hand quilting.

Another quilt was exhibited at the basket weaver's place.

I love the rug hooking although the colors in my kit
were a little too muddy to be a good match, they 
did offer to exchange them but it was a pretty far drive.
I would love to try the chicken or pumpkin.
These are woolen fabrics.

There was a twinging demo, similar
to a child's pot holder loom but of course
more sturdy and the fabrics were much nicer.

She weaves over and under using a large needle
  so the fabric strips can fit through them.

A similar weaving loom made larger rugs.
This was woven using two strips, 
one over and one under the vertical strips.

Another type used tied fabric to make rag rugs,
this one had a backing so it could be used 
as a shower mat.

 Of course there were candles to be made!

This was the first installment.
I'll have the wood workers,  homemaking,
edibles and all other scenes.
I will admit I did not walk up the Osage Trail section this year.
There are warnings that you have to be pretty fit to tackle it 
and my arthritis is kicking in with the colder weather.
I decided to scope out the shops and get a super big
cup of coffee to keep me warm.

The trail has the fur trappers, flint makers, primitive cooking, etc.
I have some photos from our last trip that I might link back to.

Stay tuned for part 2.