Sunday, August 31, 2014

Felted pouches

I had some solar hot water left over this afternoon and decided to use it for the wool pouches I made a long time ago.

I used brown sheep nature spun for the pink one and brown sheep  Lamb's pride for the brown one. I had not used Lamb's pride for feel felting before and I  have to say I still prefer the nature spun.

I only felt by hand so that may make a difference. All I know is that I'm wore out from those pieces!

After they dry, I'll weave in ends, attach handles and embellish. I wish I had some felting needles or a punch embroidery tool.

Oh well, I'll just hand embroider them instead. Not sure who they will go to when I'm done. Better work on just getting them done first.

Cowboy candy review

I couldn't stand the suspense any longer so I opened up a jar of the cowboy candy i made last week. I tried one straight out of the jar plain and it was delicious! Now I can't wait to eat some with food. It was a bit spicy at first but didn't linger like I thought it would.  I wanted to see what I thought of it before i made a dozen or more jars.  :-)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Ice cream in a blender

My beloved surprised me today with a blender. I've been wanting one for awhile. It's a 14 speed Oster blender with a glass jug, not plastic. It looks similar to this. I have to be extra careful with it that it doesn't break, but I'm glad that it's not plastic. Now I can chop, dice and pulverize hot jalapeno peppers and then make ice cream later in the day.

I have been wanting to try this recipe for a long time and finally tried it. 

It was delicious! No added sugar, dairy free, yum! yum! I would have taken a picture, but I was gobbling it up too fast. Maybe next time!

The homemade vanilla in it made it taste really good.

I'm looking forward to fall now so I can make big batches of butternut squash soup- thai style. This is the recipe I plan to try. I had some once at a relative's house and it was delicious.

I think this recipe also sounds yummy. Cream of broccoli soup with coconut milk instead of regular. I can't wait for soup weather!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sweet Pickled Jalapeno Peppers

When I had Nick plant me some Goliath Jalapeno peppers, I had it in my mind I would make these, or something similar. Thank goodness, he only planted me one plant as we've had more than our fair share of these giant peppers. But since I am not eating dairy anymore, I have been trying to figure out what to do with the excess peppers.

I dehydrated several trays worth early on in the harvest of them. And I've been making batches and batches of raw and cooked salsa. We decided we like cooked salsa the best.

This week though I decided I wanted to try something called Cowboy candy. A friend of mine suggested it a few year's back, but for one reason or another, I never made them. So, since I had collected a nice size bunch of peppers, I decided to try it out. I just wanted some to store in the refrigerator though and not go through the whole canning procedure. It's been way too hot for that!

Looking through the recipes, the ingredients called for spices I didn't have on hand and was already halfway done chopping the peppers at that point. So, I improvised. I basically used my zucchini relish bring recipe. I also didn't want to make a huge batch of these since I'm the only one eating them.

Here's how I made mine:

I chopped up jalapeno peppers 1/4 inch thick and set aside in a bowl of water. Sprinkled canning salt on top and let them sit, while I prepared the brine. It equaled to 5 cups of peppers.

Then, I mixed 1 cup cider vinegar and 2 cups of sugar in a large stockpot and added 1 teaspoon pickling spice to the mixture.

After that I rinsed the salt off and let the seeds float to the top and poured as much of them out as I could. I find now that I'm older I can't stand the heat of peppers as much as I could when I was younger.

Next, I boiled the vinegar and spice mixture for 2 minutes. Then, I added the drained and rinsed peppers to the pot and let them boil for 8-10 minutes. I scooped the peppers out and put them in one pint jar and one half pint jar. Then, added the brine to the top of the jar and let cool. Into the fridge they went. I had a tiny bit of brine leftover which I ate on some ham for lunch. It was delicious!

I haven't tried the peppers yet (will in a few days) but will let you know how they turned out.

I can't wait to try them!

On a side note- I visited a new kitchen store in a nearby town and they had samples of their candied jalapeno peppers. (I imagine mine will taste similar) They served theirs on crackers. They were delicious! It would have been better with cream cheese, but oh well...

Friday, August 22, 2014

Tea Wallets- made to order $5 each or Buy 2 get 1 Free!

I am offering made to order tea wallets. These are the four slot tea wallets that close with a ribbon. You may choose ribbon tie or ribbon loop button for your closure.

They are $5 each or Buy 2 get 1 free. (plus shipping) US and Canada only.

Sample only.

If you want a larger tea wallet (like a six slot one) you may contact me for more details.

For color selection and details on the four slot tea wallets, contact me as well.