Well, after searching the kitchen in vain (well not for too long), I decided tonight was time for Cottage Cheese Casserole. A classic fill in for dinner around our house. Today I doubled the recipe however, because the Costco size cottage cheese in my refrigerator was going to reach its best before date tomorrow. The other 2 containers are now in the freezer as they will be thawed at a later date for use in this recipe.
The recipe is below:
Cottage Cheese Casserole (for 1 casserole)
1/2 cup non hydrogenated margarine
1 small onion chopped
- saute together til onion is translucent
250 ml cottage creamy cottage cheese
1 pkg of chicken seasoning
- mix together and add the onion mixture
- then add in:
4 cups Special K cereal
3 heaping tablespoons flax seed
Bake at 350 degrees F covered for 1 hour. Take off cover and bake another 10 minutes til golden brown.
Today is pajama day! Every so often I let my son celebrate this family holiday. On pajama day one gets to stay in their pajamas all day and only do fun things around the house one of which is bake cookies.
Of course, Chocolate Chip cookies are a favorite!
Here is the recipe for these yummy favorites:
Chocolate Chip and Friends Cookies:
1 cup non hydrogenated margarine
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup oatmeal
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups butterscotch chips
Mix wet ingredients together then add dry ingredients. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12 minutes.
So of course when Stampin Up came out with their Fall Mini catalogue, there was new a new fabric line introduced called Orchard Harvest. Now, since I love fabric, I had to get it of course.
This is probably one of their better fabrics as the thread count is better on it than previous fabric lines they have introduced, however, upon opening the package I realized that once again it is either designed by or for people who remember the 1920's vividly!!!! Well, another project to be sent to Grandma : )
I found the pattern for this pillow case in the Fall 2012 issue of Quilting Celebrations. Their pattern has a template for an acorn in the center, so I changed it for this one to a pear (I drew it on Wonder Under - it was not hard and appliqued in place).
The entire pillow case is quilted, and I love the idea that if Grandma uses it or the cat sits on it, she can simply take the cover off, wash and stuff the pillow back in! The pattern called for a 14 x 14 pillow, and since I did not have one of these just lying about (but did have a 16 x 16), I used a 16 x 16 size pillow and stuffed it tightly into place. Seems to work.
Today my son and I are off to the Calgary Zoo to see the penguins one last time before school starts.
Of course for the three hour drive we need healthy snacks and since I still had zucchini left over from our trip to the St. Albert Farmer's Market I decided to make zucchini muffins. Now, since we are going to the zoo I decided to use some of the zoo themed muffin cups in my cupboard and hence we have Zoochini Muffins.
Here is the recipe:
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
3 tbsps ground flax seed
1/4 cocoa (I use Bernard Callebaut- if you use cheapy brand you will notice a difference in texture and taste)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup shredded zucchini
1 cup chocolate chips
Mix dry ingredients first, then add wet ingredients. Fold in chocolate chips last.
I finished my socks last evening. The whole plan was to knit the second sock on our road trip from Edmonton to Great Falls and back.
I almost did it except that by Leduc it was getting too dark to see well the small stitches that required SSK (knitting term for my non knitter friends) format.
Hmmmmm, not going to get it done...
Except, thump, thump, thump, just south of Refnery Row on Anthony Henday Drive we have a flat on one of the trailer axles!!! So while my husband changed the tire I finished my sock by the light of the refineries. Seems like a fighting tribute for Alberta socks!
Alright, I know the point of Oh S"crap"! It's Monday was to use up my paper scraps, but I have really been working hard over the past week or so also using up some of my fabric stash (and eating my cookie stash).
I got this pattern a while back, and decided to use up these strips from a jelly roll that I had left over.
Not normally colors that I would choose, (I actually wanted the fuchsia color way), but this also worked.
I did not quilt this table runner, but did line it with some fabric stabilizer that I also found in my craft room.
On Friday we headed out to Great Falls Montana for some back to school shopping. What to do on the almost 8 hour drive? Knit!
I cast on and did the first two rows at home just to make sure everything was straight, and the remainder was knit from Edmonton to Fort Macleod (got dark), and then Saturday from Lethbridge to Great Falls. Plan is to finish this sock by the time I get home Monday!
I decided that everyone at the Cupcake Party needed to take home cupcakes (otherwise I would eat them). So I made these boxes for everyone to take home their cupcakes in.
I was going to use my Cricut to make the boxes, however, was running short on time, so went to Creative Packaging here in Edmonton, and picked up the gable boxes, and cupcake inserts. While there I found the green and fuchsia raffia and loved it. I thought the green was close to Gumball Green one of Stampin' Up's new colors, but none of their other colors matched the fuchsia, however I will call it a Guest Color was perfect (shhhh - it's Ranger's summer series distress ink called Picked Raspberry).
I used my Create a Cupcake stamp set for the banner, and backed it with Gumball Green card stock of which I used the scallop trim border to make it pretty.
Lots of raffia on top makes everything look pretty!
Last evening I gathered 6 of my dear friends together to celebrate my birthday and honor their impact on my life.
I hosted a cupcake party at Crock a Doodle in Spruce Grove where we painted cupcake plates (they will be ready next week), and ate cupcakes of which my son helped me decorate.
These are the chocolate cupcakes that we "dined" on:
Hope this inspires your own creativity...
Now of course everyone when they find out the date of my birthday says "that's the day that _________ died" and of course I respond with "yes it is the day that John George Diefenbaker died", (a very important fact if your from Saskatchewan). I know that's not what people are meaning (but it throws them off their agenda for a while), and yes I know who else died today, and since it has been this way almost all of my life I have included a link to the one song of his that I do have on my iPod, and on my phone: Promised Land.
Last night I used the beets, peas, beans, carrots, and dill that my son and I had gotten on the weekend at the St. Albert Farmer's Market to make borscht.
Thanks to my 27 qt. Stock Pot (also referred to by my Nova Scotian husband as the Lobster pot) from Paderno
(oh, maybe it is a lobster pot...) this was no big deal.
I also managed to find at the Paderno store in south Edmonton today a canning rack for the inside of this pot!!! So, after taking the jars straight out of the hot dishwasher and filling with borscht, the Stock Pot became my canner. Worked AWESOME!!!!
In the end I made 10 quart jars of borscht, one of which will have to be given to my colleague Tiera who thinks that borscht comes in a plastic tub from the deli section at Costco : ( !
Here are the first few quarts out of the canner!
A tablespoon of whipping cream and a Green Onion Cake (also from the farmer's market), and dinner is served!
Yesterday was my son's and my first day at home of my second half of summer vacation.
So, what could be more fun, than getting up at 1000 and getting to make your own candy treat card with gummy butterflies even before breakfast?
I got these card kits from Close to My Heart a while back, and they have been sitting on my craft room desk, so yesterday was time to start using them. I had picked up the mini butterflies on Saturday at Bulk Barn, and thought these would be perfect for the card. After he assembled this and was eating breakfast, he asked a very important question "How am I supposed to get out the candy without wreaking the card"?
A good question. So far neither of us has got that far, so the candy sits. Waiting......
I decided to make Watermelon looking cupcakes to work today for Brandy's early birthday celebration.
The watermelon of course being a Saskatchewan (kind of inside joke) thing.
The cake was made and then part of a bottle of food color gel to get the batter to look red/pink like a watermelon, a handful of mini chocolate chips in the batter to resemble seeds.
All was good until 0130 this morning when I discovered that I somehow had not replenished the Buttercream icing in the fridge downstairs!!! Okay, no panic make more, only I seem to only have about 2 lbs of icing sugar in the cupboard (off to bulk barn after work tomorrow). Hmmmmm, so I made the best simple green icing that I could, and we'll hope for the best.
Happy Birthday Brandy.
Hope this inspires your own creativity...
p.s. this was also an excuse to use my new cupcake platter (hehehehehehe).
I love the month of August! First it is my birthday month, and I plan to celebrate from now until the end of the month!
It is also the middle of summer, so extra warm, but also time for the crops to start turning golden and I love that. On our road trip to Saskatchewan a couple of weeks ago, we saw some of the wheat and barley starting to turn colors and that made me happy, because I knew August was on its way.
August is also the birthday of my dear friend Brandy.
To start the celebrations for her birthday I got out this card that I made a while ago at The Urban Scrapbook. If you live in the Edmonton area check the place out, the staff is not overly friendly to you, however, they do have beautiful stuff as you can see by this card.
I thought that this card would be perfect for Brandy as we both grew up in Saskatchewan knowing these phones and party lines (I know there is a segment of the population that does not understand this, my husband who although 2 years older grew up in the city...), and we routinely send text messages with important things like mocking retro decor of dumpy places......
This is what I managed to accomplish on the drive home today from Jasper. It's not like I'm a super speed knitter, it is almost 4 hours, so I finished the sock and finished closing the toe about 2 blocks from home. Made good timing. Now to finish the other. Will try for that in two weeks when we leave for Montana kayaking!!!
My son and I made M & M Cookies for our kayak trip today. Although my son is very good about eating peanut butter sandwiches, apples, and nuts, even the best of children will likely get tired after kayaking Maligne Lake which is what we did today.
I have attached a few pictures of this magnificent lake for your enjoyment.
These were my swaps for Coffee Talk at Karina's last night.
The card base is Whisper White run through the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder. The leaves are cut out of another piece of Whisper White using the Little Leaves Sizzlits die. A piece of random green Designer Series paper is placed on the backside .
The greeting is from the You are Loved Stamp set. I stamped the image in Lucky Limeaid and then used clear embossing powder and heat set it to raise the text.
The flowers are made from the 13/4 scallop circle. I will try to post instructions on this one of these days, as usually I would use my Cricut, but of course that would not be Stampin Up approved ; ).
These are the cards that Karina made for the August Stamp of the Month Club. The stamp set this month is called Nature's Pace.
The thistle card on the far left is really cool, as it has a pop up butterfly on the inside. Unfortunately phone camera does not do this stamp set justice (thanks stupid thief at Calaway Park for taking my camera).