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An Apron A Day…

You know how I have said about 973 times that sewing is my therapy??? Well I have to say I have met my match!  Mini Aprons!  Yikes I am all thumbs!  See my farmgirl friends from MaryJanesFarm sent my mom and I the most adorable mini aprons along with their prayers and well wishes, cards, notes, poems…I tell you Farmgirls are AMAZING!

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Arent they just the cutest things you have ever seen!!??  Well…long story short, we are doing an mini apron swap over at MJF and I never knew how much LOVE was put into each one my mom and I received until I started making the ones for the swap.  They are due on July 31 and at the rate I am going, I will be cutting it close!  Every time I have to rip a stitch or resew something I think of all the work and love that was sent along to me and Mom.  If any of you farmgirlfriends read this…THANK YOU AGAIN.  You are all so thoughtful AND talented!  But after this I think I shall stick to sewing life sized aprons! 

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 biscotteOur homeschool group is having a Mom’s Night Out Book Sale tomorrow night and me being the go to girl for coffee I wanted to make something yummy.  I am going to brew some Farmhouse Blend, of course for those of us who can go the joe any time day or night and like it hot.  And then since it is so warm here even in the evening, I am making a Latte Punch … and you can NOT have a coffee gathering without biscotti.

 Latte Punch

  • 2 cups very strong coffee cold
  • 1/ 2 cup boiling water poured over 1/2 cup sugar – stir until sugar is dissolved.  Let it cool.
  • 1/2 gallon milk (using skim is fine for this)
  • 1/2 pint whipping cream
  • 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream – honestly you could use chocolate (YUMMY) or vanilla bean either in place of the plain vanilla

When all are cool, combine coffee, water/sugar mix and milk.  Refrigerate overnight in an air tight container.  Before serving pour coffee mixture into large punch bowl and unwhipped whipping cream and ice cream.  Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes or so until ice cream has softened and foamed on top.  Ladle into cups and ENJOY!

Cinnamon Biscotti

    1 cup butter softened
    1 cup packed brown sugar
    2 eggs
    2 TBSP sour cream
    1 tsp vanilla
    2 3/4 cup flour
    4 tsp cinnamon
    1 tsp baking powder
    1/4 tsp baking soda
    1/4 tsp salt
    3/4 cup slivered almonds
    1 egg white
    1 TBSP sugar

Preheat oven to 35o. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or grease.  Set aside.  In a bowl beat butter with brown sugar until fluffy.  Beat in eggs one at a time.  Beat in sour cream and vanilla.  In a separate bowl, whisk together flour,  1 tsp of the cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt.  Stir this into the batter in two additions.  Mix in almonds.  Divide down into thirds.  Pat into logs each about 1/2 inch thick and 15 inches long. Place 2 inches apart on prepared pans.  Bake in center of oven for about 20 minutes or until golden and firm to the touch. Turn oven down to 325.  Let biscotti cool on pans on racks for 5 minutes.  Transfer to cutting board and using a serrated knife, cut into 1/2 inch thick slices on the diagonal.  Place upright on pans.  Beat egg white lightly.  Combine sugar and remaining cinnamon.  Brush top of each biscotti with egg white and immediately sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture.  Return to 325 oven  for about 15 minutes or until firm.  Let cool completely on pans on racks.  Store in an airtight container.

 

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I LOVE Coffee Giveaway!

Okay…time for another little giveaway…leave me a comment…I will add your name to the good ol’ Mason jar and on July 4th I will draw a name and the winner will receive a 6 ounce bag of Farmhouse Blend Coffee Beans! Come on you know you love a great cup of coffee!

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Miss Potter (the movie)

I ended up buying the movie the day it was released…WORTH every penny.  For so many reasons…the scenery was LOVELY.  The movie, was good.  Not the best content I have ever seen but so worth it.  I didnt much care for the little bits of animation but could overlook it to see the landscapes, costumes, Hill Top Farm.  Rent it or buy it…but SEE it!

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Early birthday present to me!

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and if it will stop raining long enough I will ride it!

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Thought some of you might be interested in the new things on my shoppe site. Along with my ever popular Farmgirl Soap & such…I have added a new (old/refurbished, but new to you maybe) “room” in the shoppe. Coffee, aprons and coming soon…cookbooks, cocoas, teas and other gourmet goodies. Just click on the banner above and then follow the link in the menu section. If you need help or have a question…ask away!

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Found this sortof MeMe

I thought it was pretty interesting. Consider yourself tagged if you want to do it!

10 FAVORITES
1)Color: Red
2)Food: Tandori Lamb
3)Musical Group: Nickel Creek
4)Song Right Now:
5)Movie: Pride & Predjudice
6)Sport: hockey
7)Season: Autumn
8)Day of the Week: Thursday (Husband comes home on Thursdays)
9)Ice Cream Flavor: Vanilla
10)Person: Husband & Children & Grandson (duh)

9 CURRENTS
1)Current Mood: Happy
2)Current Scent: just me
.3)Current Clothes: pink print dress and apron
4)Current Desktop: Blackeyed Susans (daughter took the photo)
5)Current Ringtone on Cell Phone: Butterfly
6)Current Music: Puppini Sisters
7)Current Time: 4:48 pm Central
8)Current Surrounding: Sitting in the school room at the desk (using the PC)
9)Current Event Happening Today: Eat Cranberry Pear Pork Loin, cream potatoes and fold clothes while I watch TV.  Probably watch Miss Potter again with the kids this time…IT IS WONDERFUL!!

8 FIRSTS
1)First Best Friend: Kathy G.
2)First Kiss: first real kiss from HUSBAND (then boyfriend)…there were a couple before him…but do they really matter now???
3)First Screen Name: Queen Mab
4)First Pet: Sundae my Boston Terrier
5)First Piercing: My ears at 14.
6)First Crush: I didnt really do the crush thing.  Honest.
7)First Music: the Beatles at 3!
8)First Car: a RED Beetle

7 LASTS
1)Last Class: dont remember…LONG time ago.
2)Last Drink: Blueberry Peach Ice Tea
3)Last Trip: To Houston this past Spring.
4)Last Kiss: At the airport June 4th when Husband left for Tunisia…unless you want to count last nights kisses from kids at bedtime.
5)Last Movie Seen at the Theater: Pirates 3
6)Last Phone Call: Husband called about an hour ago!
7)Last CD Played: Mix CD in the vehicle

6 HAVE YOU EVERS
1)Have you ever dated one of your best guy friends? Husband and I have been together since I was 15…so not really
2)Have you ever broken the law? Oh yes                                                                                                                                        3)Have you ever been arrested? Not yet
4)Have you ever skinny-dipped? Yes
5)Have you ever been on TV? Yes
6)Have you ever kissed someone you didn’t know? Nope.

5 THINGS
1) 1 thing you’re wearing: flowered hair thingies
2)1 thing you’ve done today: went into town to shop a little
3)1 thing you’re bothered by: heights
4)1 thing you can’t live without: water???
5)1 thing you do when you’re bored: eat!

4 PLACES YOU HOPE TO TRAVEL TO
1)Paris
2)Italy
3)New York
4)Cumbria

3 PEOPLE YOU CAN TELL ANYTHING TO
1) Husband
2) Michelle
3) Robbin

2 CHOICES
1)Black or White? Black
2)Hot or Cold? Cold

1 THING YOU WANT TO DO? Lose 30 or so pounds

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hmmmm….Karin you stinker…My mind is blank…let me see…

Fried Food…anything…fish, chicken, cornbread (yes, we know how to fry cornbread), Twinkies, Snickers…not making this up!

The Mighty Mississippi – a sight to see I tell you!

Little Country Churches – you can drive miles and miles and not see another living soul…not a house, not pass a vehicle but you will have passed no telling how many churches!

Sweet Tea – different from what most people think of as tea.  This is more like a thin syrup!!! I personally drink my tea unsweetened…yes I am a traitor!

Y’all – Y’all come on in!  I will call y’all later.  Where y’all from? Where y’all go to church? What y’all fixin’ to do?

Two seasons: Summer which lasts about 360 days a year and Autumn…the other 5.

Having been 10 before I saw snow.

Kinfolk.  I am constantly amazed at how many people are actually kin in my little town! Not to me!  I am not from here!  Not to my husband, he isnt from here either.

Going barefoot.  Even to town every now and then!

Running the air conditioning more on Christmas Day than not!

How many times in my life I have heard people referred to as Yankees.  Are you kidding me??? What year is this?  I have a dear friend whose mom is from WAY UP North and they swear people have made comments about her being a Yankee!  I think her accent (I don’t have one you know!! HAHA) is adorable.  And by the way most people around here (not me!) believe you canNOT claim to be from the South if you live anywhere North of Shreveport, LA, West of the Sabine River or East of Alabama – People that live in Florida are Floridians not Southerners, and people from Texas are simply Texans, and folks living in Arkansas are Yankees!

STRONG coffee.  No kidding.  You couldnt drink my grandma’s coffee out of a plastic cup…it would eat through! And all her coffee cups were stained on the inside!

Rice with about every evening meal.  But NEVER with sugar and milk for breakfast like my grandpa from West Texas…are you kidding me..YUCK!

I am tagging  Kim, MikkiJo and Bridget… have fun girls! Just post a list of things that remind you of the South…even if you have never been here…I know you have an opinion!

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This is recipe is from Benjamin. He and his cousin are doing a cooking segment today. I hope to get it uploaded later for you to see.

Filling:

  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup diced mild onion
  • 1 dozen flour tortillas

Sauce

  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 can diced green chilies
  • salt to taste

Combine all sauce ingredients and heat until mixture is smooth. Mix cheese, chicken and onion together. Place a spoonful of sauce in each tortilla, add a spoonful of filling mixture. Roll tortillas and place side by side in a 9 x 13 (greased) baking dish. Pour any remaining sauce over the enchiladas. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until heated through.YUMMY!

The dessert recipe a little later!

Now the TopChefs!

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