Tuesday, September 30, 2008

German Pancakes

I absolutely love BREAKFAST. Oh, it is the best meal of the day. I love the sizzling warm bacon, the crispy ham, eggs on toast, pecan pancakes, french toast, croissants, fresh whipped cream, hot mouth watering syrup, Belgium waffles with fresh fruit. I really could go on and on. But my favorite, is GeRmAn PaNcaKeS! What is great about this recipe is it is easy and taste just as good at home as in a restaurant.

I love to make my german pancakes with caramelized apples making them absolutely delicious. Start by putting 2 Tbls. of butter into a 9" pie pan and placing in oven while it preheats to 415 degrees. Once the butter has melted you must remove pan from oven or butter will burn when oven is preheated.

To cArAmElIzE ApPlEs: cut, peel and slice half an apple and place in small sauce pan. Add 2Tbls. butter, white sugar, brown sugar and cook on high for about 8 minutes. You will have to watch and stir the apples so they don't burn, but cooking them on high will make them cArAmElIzE!!!

To make BaTtEr: in a small bowl, add 2 large eggs, 1/2 cup of milk. 1/2 cup of flour. Whisk and set aside.

While you are making your batter your apples should be looking like this: Delicious!!

Place batter into pie pan, then place apples on top of batter. Cook for 12-15 minutes. Sides of pancake should be brown and puffed(like picture at top). Add syrup or powdered sugar to sweeten. Devourer immediately. This serving is for one person maybe two.

Monday, September 29, 2008

PTA - Presents Teachers Adore

Being a new Mom of a first grader I thought: "Pamela, get yourself involved" (I have a great friend, Andrea, who is so involved in her PTA, and has always inspired me.) So I signed up for the PTA and went to my first meeting. Little did I know, but on top of all the PTA does, they also give birthday and Christmas gifts to the teachers. This is my new J.O. B. So, to me PTA really stands for: PrEsEnTs TeAcHeRs AdOrE - because I have thought up some pretty fantastic ideas. (wink, wink, nod, nod)
Since my budget is roughly around $5.00, I got on my friend Marie's blog looking for some super-duper ideas (check out http://www.makeandtakes.com/ - you'll love it) and I learned all about etched glass. What is great about this gift is it translate into all sorts of gift giving categories: school, neighbors, family, work, friends and so on.
I decided to find a large clear glass mug, (I found mine at IKEA) and have each teacher's name etched into the glass. This is a nice way to personalize a gift (having their name on it) and the mug has many purposes.
If your doing more than one, an assembly line works great and having all your supplies handy makes for an easy and stress free project. What you need:
Etched glass
*rubber gloves - not shown in picture
clear glass mug, plate, cup, vase etc.
sponge brush
vinyl design
painters tape or masking tape

****For safety reasons: before beginning put on rubber gloves****

Step #1 - Place vinyl on glass, making sure it is smooth and flat
Step #2 - Tape painters tape to sides, making work surface bigger - for no mistakes

Step #3 - With sponge, paint etched glass on top of vinyl design
Step #4 - Follow directions on back of etched glass label for wait time - mine says: let sit for 6 minutes
Step #5 - Rinse with warm water and remove vinyl/tape
Step #6 - Wash with dish soap and clean with glass cleaner

Since I am making this for teachers I filled my mug with candy, tied a bow and added a little birthday note. Come up with your own great ideas and let me know how it turns out.

Linking up:
Sumos Sweet Stuff
Todays Creative Blog

Friday, September 26, 2008

Family Tree Quilt #2

You are the "apple" of my eye. This is my sister Candice's block.
****For more information about this quilt block search previous posts
about family tree quilt.******

"Life is a bowl of "Cherries" This is my block.
****For more information about this quilt block search previous posts
about family tree quilt.******

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Hang me up!

Check out this great VINTAGE FALL DOOR SIGN!!! I bought a cardboard sign from Roberts (my local craft store) then, I bought some OLD VINTAGE SHEET MUSIC at Deseret Industries (a local thrift store) and mod podged it to my sign.
I let it dry for a few hours and contacted my friend Lorinda for some great black vinyl. I knew I wanted to put our family initial "C" and to give it a FALL-ISH feel: two large black pumpkins.
With a little bit of prep work: sign, sheet music and vinyl, I assembled it in a few hours.


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Big Boys!

Here is another great fall harvesting reciepe: StEwEd ToMaToEs. Any type of tomatoes can be used, I love roma, big boy, yellow roma, celebrity and heirloom. Simply pick them from your garden vine or buy them at your local farmers market. Cut and core stems and place in large, heavy duty sauce pan or stock pot. Add 5 - 6 fresh basil leaves, 2 Tbls olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.

For a couple of years my husband lived in Italy and he said all the Italian Momma's loved to add fresh cubed zucchini to their tomatoes. Not only does it give it great flavor, but the addition of green makes the stewed tomatoes look beautiful. Hopefully your zucchini is growing right along with your tomatoes, and you can pick both right out of your garden. I love to add my stewed tomatoes to soups and pasta sauces.

Allow the tomatoes to simmer on low heat for about two hours with lid partially on. As the tomatoes begin to cook the skins will curl and they are very easy to remove. You want your tomatoes to cook to a nice medium thickness. The tomatoes will need to cool before bagging, so you can either let them cool in the pan for several hours or cool in fridge up to a couple of days.

Once the tomatoes have cooled, scoop 2 - 2 1/2 cups of tomatoes into freezer bags and store in freezer.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Lego Maniacs

I have two boys and they love legos. Legos are a great way to get your kid's imagination to work in new and different ways. Kids can start at an early age using legos (children who put small toys in their mouth are not old enough, yet). In my opinion, nothing beats legos for quiet, creative time. They come with easy instructions (my boys call them maps) and usually 1-3 creations can be made from the same set. My older boy (age 7) can understand the instructions on his own. My younger son (3) still needs my husband and I's assistance. After a lego is completed we take pictures and pose the lego in cool, fun ways. The boys get a kick out of it!

My boys love the Lego Magazine. It is a free monthly magazine with games, coupons, comics, and pictures of kids creating legos. We found a subcription form in one of our lego boxes. This November, we are taking a trip to Legoland San Diego, CA. and are we thrilled about the chance to see, breathe and play legos all day long. For more information go to http://www.lego.com/

Monday, September 22, 2008

Family Tree Quilt

For a very long time it has been a dream of mine to make a FAMILY TREE QUILT (FTQ). I love genealogy and the idea of remembering and honoring those family members in our past, present and future. With my background in quilting, I have spent several years studying FTQs and creating pattern ideas. Nothing seemed quite right until now, and I am excited that I can blog about the quilt to my sisters, family and friends. The FTQ will be a Christmas present to my parents this year.

I came up with the concept of a Tree (duh), but a Tree that grows fruit. I have four sisters and one brother, who is deceased, so I designated each of us a fruit. In the center of the quilt is a beautiful tree and on that tree is each of the fruits. Each fruit represents one of my siblings and their families -Pear, Apple, Peach, Lemon, Cherry and Plum.

This quilt is primarily created from two techniques 1) applique piecing 2) embroidery. The fruit and tree is done in applique and the words and family history is done in embroidery. Since this FTQ is currently a work in progress, (I hope to finish it in the next 5 weeks) I will blog and showcase specific parts of the quilt until it is done.

As you see this FTQ take shape, all the applique piecing is done by a talented and extremely supportive quilt friend named Jeanette. She is a master applique quilter and I owe a world of gratitude to her for helping me with the beautiful applique sections.

The picture above is the tree block, all the fruits are represented on this tree. It still needs a few more leaves and some gravestone at the base. The gravestones will be marked with the intials of both sets of grandparents and my brother who have pasted away.

This is the lemon block, it is represented by my brother, Michael who past away 6 1/2 years ago from open heart surgery complications. The lower half of the block will have his full name and date of birth and death.

I am so thrilled to see this FTQ take shape and see the transformation as each finished block creates the entire quilt.

P.S. This is a surprise Christmas present so mums the word about the blog to mom and dad!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Hot Corn!

Corn is in full swing here in Utah, the fruit and veggie stands have corn coming out their ears. This season my mom and I cooked, bagged and froze corn for the coming winter. On a cold wintry day, pulling a bag of corn out of the freezer and heating it up is so delicious in soups, casseroles, and at dinner time. Freezing it in the fall is fun and rewarding. Here's how you do it:

First: Shuck all the corn, clean, wash and remove husks and silk. Tip: try rubbing ears with a paper towel to remove silk.

Second: get a large stockpot and fill with 2 inches of water. Place lid on top and allow water to boil. Everyone likes to cook their corn differently, but I like to steam my corn, hence only the 2 inches of water.

Once you have a rolling boil, place ears of corn in pot, place lid on and set timer for ten minutes.

Third: remove corn and place in waterbath. (fill your sink with ice and add water. This will chill the corn and get it ready to cut - quickly. Corn only needs 2 minutes in water

Fourth: Cut corn. It is best to cut corn into a large bowl or roasting pan. As you cut the corn, the corn will produce a milky juice and it is yummy and you will want to save it to put in the bags.

Cutting the corn is not tricky, but it does take a
bit of trial and error. Make sure you have a sharp knife!

As you cut the corn, juice tend to splatter, so wear an apron!

Fifth: Bag the corn. I like to put about 2 cups in each freezer bag, that tends to be about the amount that is in the cans at the store. FYI: My mom and I cooked six dozen ears and were able to come away with 28 bags of corn.

If you have never done this before, it is well worth the effort. Enjoy frozen fresh corn all winter long.

Friday, September 19, 2008

I got some comments

thank you for your great comments my loyal friends -- I promise better things and pictures are to come

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

I laugh at myself

So funny...
What's funny you ask?
Well, I am all giddy and excited about finishing by blog last night and send out an email - to appreciated friends, letting them know all about it....
and ha ha ha ha I forget to include the blog address.
So thankyou to everyone who graciously asked for it -


p.s. up until I was about ten, I was called by those I know and love as pammy
So, I'm going back to my roots.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Like a Virgin!!!

Here, I am "blogging" for very first time! Yes it is true, I am a virgin blogger, who is just getting started. But enough about that.
I wanted to share alittle speel about ART -- i love it, in all it's forms and functions. I am a quilter at heart and love to take a great piece of fabric and turn it into a quilt that has love and tenderness sewn into every stitch. Luckily, quilting is such a fun segway into other art adventures. So keep posted to find out how I keep art in my everyday life.

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