Thursday, November 28, 2013

HAPPY THANKSGIVING






Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.  I am so thankful for all of you, my faithful readers.  A little quilty inspiration for you (and me) for next year.  (These aren't mine, I stole them from a picture from the internet.)  
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

OODLES OF NOODLES

    Do you have a family tradition at Thanksgiving or a favorite dish you always make?  We do.  When I tell people in the South what it is, they just look at me like I have 3 eyeballs!  We always make homemade egg noodles.  Apparently it's a Yankee thing.  
    My mom has always made them.  However, she has shingles this year and isn't feeling well at all.  She told me she was going to go buy frozen egg noodles.  I told her not to bother, just do without because they wouldn't taste the same and no one would be happy.  We'd just do without or if time permitted. I would make them when I got there if she would supervise.  I recruited my sister and we made noodles Sunday afternoon. We use a pasta machine to roll and cut them out but you can do it by hand. I'll show you that too.  Would you like to know how to make them ?

    Here's the recipe:  HOMEMADE EGG NOODLES

    2 eggs
    4 tbsp. evaporated milk
    2 cups of flour

    Now here's how to do it. 
    Break the 2 eggs in a large bowl and beat vigorously with a fork.  Add 4 tablespoons of canned evaporated milk and beat again.

    Now add 2 cups of flour and stir with a fork.  
    You may need to finish mixing with your hands to knead in all the flour.  You don't want it "sticky".

    Form a ball with about 1/3 to 1/2 of the dough.  Kinda flatten it out so it will go into the pasta machine. 

We roll it through once on the "2" setting.

 Then we fold the ends together in the middle and bring the sides in a little to make a nice neat rectangle.

Dust it with a little more flour and roll it through the pasta machine again on the "2" setting.

Dust it with a little flour again and now roll it through the pasta machine on the "4" setting. It's ready to cut into noodles.

Run it through the pasta machine to cut the noodles. It helps if someone is on the receiving end of the machine to catch the noodles as they come out. If you just drape them over your hand you can then easily add them to the drying rack a whole bunch at a time.

 Let them dry on the drying rack at least overnight.

Now, if you don't have a fancy, dancy pasta machine, you can still make noodles.  How do you think they made them back in the day, before pasta machines were invented or poor people couldn't afford them. (Well, not necessary because poor people couldn't afford them.  Grandma Cotten didn't have a pasta machine and I'm sure if she wanted one and they were available she could have bought one.  She just didn't see the need when she had a rolling pin that would do the trick.)







So if you don't have a pasta machine, roll the dough out thin, like pie crust but maybe a little thinner, dust with flour and roll it up.

















With a knife, cut thin strips about 1/4" (or a scant 1/4" inch... see, you can even apply quilting terms to other things.)  Once cut, unroll them and hang on the drying rack to dry.

Or there's one more way to cut noodles.  You could have purchased this fancy, dancy pasta cutter to cut your noodles with.

It didn't quite work as well as dad thought it would.  Or maybe it was the operator, or the fact that it IS an antique and lots of old things don't work like they used to (even me!).
It was hard to separate the strips.  


Just look at all those noodles drying on the rack.  They're making my mouth water already. 

When you're ready to cook them, heat a large pot of turkey broth to boiling. Add the noodles and cook just like any other pasta. MMMMmmmm Good.
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Sunday, November 24, 2013

FAMILY FUN NIGHT

What do you do when your family gets together? We play a lot of card games. Among our favorites are Liverpool Rummy (or some call it Progressive Rummy), Hate Your Neighbor, Pitch, Back Alley; to name of few. Tonight mom and dad taught us a new card game. It's called Pollock Poker. (Please don't hate me or think I'm prejudice. I didn't name the card game that; I'm just playing it and having fun doing so. It is not my intentions to offend anyone.) There isn't a lot of skill or strategy involved. It's mostly chance or luck of the draw. I'm going to attempt to teach you how to play it too.

 A couple of things to know before you begin:
     A King is 0 points
     A Joker is minus 2 points
     A Queen is 10 points
     A Jack is 10 points
     An Ace is 1 point
     All remaining cards are their face value
     Two cards turned up that are the same and are "on top of each other in the (in the same column) cancel each other out resulting in 0 points.
     4 cards alike in each of the 4 corners of your 6 cards results in 10 additional points to each of the other players added to their score.
     The object is to be the player with the lowest score.

Start by using 2 decks of card (even if you only have 4 people playing). You might want to use 3 or 4 decks of cards if you have a lot of people playing. Deal each player 6 cards. Don't pick them up. Leave them face down for now. Arrange the cards 3 cards across and 2 cards down on the table in front of each player.

 Leave the remainder of the cards in the middle of the table for the "draw pile". Turn over 1 card from the draw pile and put it next to the draw pile to create a "discard pile". Now each person turn over 2 of their 6 cards. It can be any 2 cards. The first person to go can take the top card off the discard pile or he can draw a card from the draw pile. At this point he needs to decide if he's going to trade the card drawn for one of his 6 cards. The object is get as low of a score as possible. He can trade it for a card showing, not taking any chances or he can trade it for a card still face down and hope for the best. Or he can do nothing at all with the card drawn and just throw it away to the discard pile and it is now the next person's turn to the left. This continues around the table to the left until the first person turns over all 6 of his cards. The first person to turn over all 6 of his cards goes "out".
At this point, each of the other players can now turn up any remaining cards that are still face down and are given the chance to draw one last card from the draw pile. He may trade it out for any one of his 6 cards, trying to get the lowest score possible. No one is allowed to pick up any discarded cards from the discard pile once the first player goes out. All players will now count their score and record it.
The next person to the left (of the original dealer) will take his turn dealing the cards. When you deal the cards on subsequent rounds, you will start by dealing out the "draw pile" cards first. The cards that were used in the previous round will be gather and shuffled and placed on the bottom of the "draw pile". You will play a total of 10 rounds, adding to each players score after each round. The player with the lowest score after 10 rounds will win the game.  

Here are my cards with a score of 1 after the first round.  The King is 0 points, the 2 is 2 points, the two 2's on top of each other are 0 points (they cancel each other out), the Ace is 1 point and the joker is minus 2 points.  Pretty good score!
Here are my cards after round 2.  My score was 9.  The 6's cancelled each other out as well as the 9's.  So  8 plus 1 point for the Ace is 9 points.
Round 3 was a good round.  Everyone else got an extra 10 points because of the 4 queens in each corner and my score was only 3.

 Round 4 my score wasn't as good.  12 points.

 Round 5 was a score of 19, a really lousy score.

 Round 5 was a score of 23.  We're not doing too hot at all.
 Round 6 was a score of 6, ok we're doing a little better.
 Round 7 was a score of 19, ouch, not as good again.

Don't ask me what happened to the other 3 hands.  I guess I got too involved in the card game and forgot to take pictures.  

 Easy right? Strategy; very little, Skill; none, making memories with your family; priceless. I hope you'll try it with your family and/or friends. Let me know how I did writing directions to play a card game and let me know if you have any questions. I take no responsibility for family feuds as a result of this card game combined with very serious card game players. Yes, we have a few of those in our family. Some of our family members take their card playing very seriously. Not me, I play for fun and I play "nice".  Now, deal the cards, I'm ready to play again.  And it's almost assured I won't win.  I rarely do!
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

LONGARM QUILTING QUILT SHOW

I'm a little behind on posting pictures of the quilts I've been working on.  How about a little quilt show of them?
Kathleen in Buda has been busy... kinda.... she took a cute little panel and added a border.  And ta-dah!  She has a sweet baby quilt.


I quilted cotton candy pattern in Glide magic mint.


And another one of Kathleen's

I quilted holly on this one in magic mint again.
And other one of Kathleen's.  I told you she had been busy.
I quilted a vine pano in .... yep, magic mint.
Nancy at  B & B Quilting made this one for her hubby. 
I quilted oak leaf and acorns on it in an olive green variegated thread.

Annette and her mother made this baby quilt. 
I quilted kiddie cars on it in light Sistine blue.
Ruby in Lubbock made this Santa quilt using the 4 patch posey pattern.  I love the kaleidoscope those Santa's made.  Ruby will use this for a table cloth on her harvest table.

Check out the leopard print on the Santa hats.


Joy in Mullin makes lots of t-shirt quilts.  This one is for a young man in Early TX. 

And since the mascot for Early is Longhorns, what would be more appropriate than a longhorn pano quilted with buttercup yellow thread.

 I told you Joy makes lots of t-shirt quilts.  Here's another one.  This one is for her grandson who attends school in Sunray TX.
I quilted Circles meander in Glide sky blue thread.

And the last one for now.  Cherie from Buda made this one for a friend who is a breast cancer survivor. 

She requested butterflies on it and it's quilted with Glide Amethyst thread.
Hope you enjoyed the show.  I have a few more to show you but I'll wait for another day on those. 
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