Archive for December, 2007
These almonds are really good and addictive. They are quick and easy to make and since they’re baked and have a small amount of sweetener and oil, they make a nice snack, especially for New Year’s Eve.
2 cups whole natural almonds
1 Tblsp. teriyaki sauce
1 Tblsp. Lyle’s Golden Syrup or honey
1 tsp. sesame oil
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. On an ungreased sheet, spread almonds. Toast in oven for 15 minutes without stirring. Remove sheet from oven and let almonds cool. Reduce oven heat to 250 degrees F.
In a medium sized saucepan over medium low heat, bring the teriyaki sauce and Lyle’s syrup/honey to a boil. Stir in almonds and cook, stirring constantly, until the almonds absorb the sauce, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and add oil. Toss until almonds are well coated.
Turn onto baking sheet, separating almonds. Bake for 5 minutes, stir, then turn almonds and bake 6 minutes longer.
Cool on wire rack, stirring frequently. Store in a plastic bag or covered container. Makes about 2 cups.
According to my DietPower software, a 1/4 cup serving would be: 122 calories, 10 gr. fat, 0 gr. cholesterol, 6.04 gr. carbohydrates, 3.72 gr. protein.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!
Thanks to two talented daughters, I have a lot of Christmas handiwork to enjoy. Over the past couple of years the oldest daughter has made primitive Santas….
…an embroidered picture and a handpainted apron….
…a kitchen wreath with vintage cookie cutters and decorations.
The youngest daughter made some craft decorations when she was a teenager …..
…and later, an embroidered picture ….
…and just this year, an afghan that looks like rows of Christmas tinsel and snowflakes.
It’s so nice to look around the house and see all these beautiful things that the girls have spent so many hours making.
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I have 3 Christmas wall hangings that I’ve made since I started quilting 5 years ago. Two of the earlier ones were made incorporating colorful primitive panels.
One of the wall hangings has a primitive Santa panel along with Bear Paw blocks from the Quilter’s Cache.
This hanging is in the guest bedroom which has a lodge motif year-around. Two Christmas stocking panels are combined with blocks made from flannel scraps and borders made from wonderful flannel with a village motif which was purchased at one of my favorite shops in southwest Ohio, Fabric Shack in Waynesville.
The third hanging is from a pattern called “A Scottish Christmas”, Mad Dog Marketing, PO Box 5608, Evanston IL 60204-5608. The pattern was sized for a 37-1/2×54″ piece, much bigger than I wanted, and I sized it down to 17×22 and made a few changes/additions. Since scotties are among my favorite designs, I love this wall hanging and it also won a blue ribbon at the Warren County (Ohio) fair.
The little crow picture above the scotties was made by my oldest daughter.
Each year, I try to come up with an original card to send to select friends and family members. This year, my inspiration was a vintage card that we had found in an antique store. The original had a 1930-40s era graphic of county fair scenes and I remembered some pen & ink sketches I had made from photographs taken at the 1992 Hamilton County Fair (Ohio). I scanned my sketches of some kids with sheep and a ferris wheel, the Agricultural Building, some ponies, and a horse barn that my father had used for his harness horses dating back to the early 1950s.
I found some beige card stock that closely matched the original and ordered blue ribbons with the imprint, Have a Blue Ribbon Year. I filled in the name of the recipient in the “Awarded to” section and on the left inside of the card there was room for a personal holiday greeting. Since I only needed cards for 11 special people, I printed them out on my home printer.
My passion for county fairs is well known among friends and family, so I felt this was an appropriate card for me to send.
Normally on Saturdays, my two daughters, grandchildren and I go to a nice restaurant for lunch and then on to shopping or some kid-friendly event. This Saturday morning, though, it was snowing heavily with the promise/threat of rain, sleet, and more snow. So, the older daughter and I are here alone today and I made my traditional snowy-day potato soup for lunch. This soup is quite thick – more like a chowder. I tend to make it when I’m snowed in for its comfort food quality and because the recipe calls for ingredients that I normally have on hand.
Snowy-Day Potato Soup
- 3 cups of diced potatoes
- 1 cup of chopped onion
- 1 cup grated cheese (I’ve used cheddar, colby and swiss – whatever you have on hand)
- 1 cup of milk
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- A dash of nutmeg
Cover the potatoes and onions with water and cook until tender. Drain off the water, leaving the vegetables in the pan. Mash, leaving some of the potatoes in chunks. Add grated cheese, milk, salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste). Heat until hot but not boiling. Pour into bowls and grate a little fresh nutmeg on top of the soup.
Serve with a nice homemade roll.
For dessert I made Nutty Nutmeg Bars (see recipe here).
Everything tasted good and almost made up for not getting to go out for lunch.