Friday, August 26, 2011

"Hooked" on a Tutorial and a Giveaway....

Check out Margie's tutorial on rug hooking 101...She's such a great rug hooker and a sweetheart to do this tutorial for us....I am truly thankful! Also, Margie is having a rug hooking giveaway so go on over and visit her at Hungry Hook Primitives...oh and let her know that I sent ya! TY....
Look at this Autumn Hooked Flag...I looove it!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Scare Bear Giveaway...

Maureen over at Sweet Meadows Farm is having a sweet giveaway...She's including the pattern & supplies to make this sweet scare bear; which looks like a sweet scarecrow bear.  He stands on a base, is holding a sweet mouse in his shirt pocket, dons an adorable burlap hat, has gloves & a scarf and is as cute as can be....He's a smaller fella standing on a doweled based @ 14 inches tall. Maureen has the greatest bear patterns ever so go and check out her blog and sign up!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Some radom pics with my new camera....

Are ya sick of me yet?...if not here are some more pics taken with my new camera...
We're having a super year with our veggie garden....our pumpkin/gourd patch is on the other side of the yard; which you can't see...My egg gourds, birdhouse gourds, apple gourds and sweet annie are all doing great...I don't seem to have very many pumpkins despite all the blossoms...I think I may need to add lime to the soil next year??? I'll have to take a pic of this garden later....Click on the pic for a better view.


picked a ton of veggies today...many for Salsa~yellow and green peppers, jalepenos, tomatoes and onions.... Yummy... We were truly blessed with a great harvest this year even though DH didn't put any cow or horse poop in the garden!! :) (yes I know...gross but ya gotta remember that I'm a nurse after all...we can do anything-esp eat while standing up and talk about gross stuff)!


Here's a dragonfly...one of the smaller ones....just look at his face...and his wings are so delicate. Click on the pic for a closer look of this amazing lil' creature! Can you tell I'm loving my new camera?


A couple of yellow finches eating sunflower seeds to their hearts content...this is the only way I was able to get a shot of them...they are soooo fast!! Can you see both of them? Click to zoom!


Well I'm off to see what else I can find to photograph....:)



Thursday, August 11, 2011

Hooking sneak peek...Hummers.....and Heavenly Giveaway Winnings....

Here's a sneak peek at my first rug hooking project...wow...what a workout it is to hook..I'm using linen and must be that I don't know what I'm doing cuz I feel like my arms are getting a great workout doing this! Ha!!
Can you guess what the theme is? This is my own design....look at how close my new camera zooms...Yippee!!


and here's my lil' sweetie...I mean lil' bully hummingbird...he chases all the other 3 hummers
 away from the feeder...

These were taken with my new Canon power shot camera, which zooms to 840mm. My other camera only zooms to 20mm....What a difference!!

The wings are so cool and can you see his tiny feet and eyes? I am so loving this new camera...I can't wait to get shots of all the deer that hang around our yard too!


Might have to make a trip down to Letchworth State Park to try out my new camera...Just beautiful Landscape, gorge and waterfalls...It's the "Grand Canyon" of the East...ya know!

These were taken off the web: I climbed to the top of that trestle bridge in the background...many years ago...should do it again...


A bit of heaven in my backyard...about 40 minutes away... :)

Here are some sweet handpainted snowmen that I won from Lois' giveaway over @ Huckleberry Lady...She also sent two cute wooden angels wrapped with beads~n~wire...They will look great on my tree...but I don't want to think of Winter just yet...Lois does great work....I love these Renee Mullins Ornies!! Thank you Lois...they will be treasured always! Click the pic to get a better view of Lois' amazing work!


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Zucchini Fritters....

oh my goodness...three posts in one day...wow...I'm on a zucchini roll. Here's an awesome recipe; quick and easy and uses up all that zucchini in the garden...hint if you don't have a good food processor-you need to get one...my MIL found a small cuisinart at a yard sale for me (brand new) and I'm in LOVE with it! I need to get a bigger one though....the trick to great fritters is having shredded zucchini instead of mushy zucchini with those cheaper food processors (like I used the first time)...oh well live and learn :)

I think this recipe is from either Taste of Home Cooking blog or Menonite Girls Can Cook...I can't remember. This is my slight variation:

~Zucchini Fritters~


2 zucchini, grated(about 3 1/2 c.)

1 egg

2/3 c. shredded Cheddar cheese (I use mexican blend)

2/3 c. round buttery crackers (like Ritz), crumbled

Salt to taste
2 T oil (I use olive oil)

Chopped lemon basil sprinkled on top; about 6 medium leaves (optional)-My addition

Hot sauce to taste (optional)-My addition

Large thinly sliced garden tomato for topping (optional)-My addition

Panko bread crumbs if the mixture is a bit too watery (optional)-My addition again :) these are coarse plain bread crumbs that I like to use instead of finely coarse italian bread crumbs

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Combine zucchini, egg, cheese, crackers and salt in a large mixing bowl. If mixture seems wet, add extra crackers (or panko bread crumbs); shape mixture into patties. Heat oil in a skillet; fry patties on medium heat; about 3-6 min on each side or until golden brown.

Add a tomato slice and top with a small handful (1-2  tbsp) of shredded cheese

Serve with hot sauce, honey mustard or ranch dipping sauce (optional)

Makes 3 large or 4 smaller servings.

My DH ate his so here's a pic of mine: (click on the pic for a better view)





Zucchini Chocolate Cake....

I made 3 zucchini cakes today using my zucchini from the garden....trying to get the kid to try it....
says "I don't like chocolate cake".....now what kid doesn't like chocolate cake? Mine of course...picky he is! Doesn't even know there's zucchini in it!
can you tell one piece is missing already? Hehe...Here's the recipe....I tripled mine!! :)

~Chocolate Zucchini Cake~
1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup canola oil
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 1/2 cups flour
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 cups shredded zucchini (leave skin on)-I packed them in tightly
1/3 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup or so of chopped walnuts (optional)

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Cream together: oil, margarine & sugar then add eggs, vanilla and milk; set aside

Mix together dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture 1-2 cups at a time Mix well and add zucchini

Pour into greased 9x13 pan

sprinkle with chocolate chips and walnuts (if desired)

bake @ 350 degrees for 40 minutes or when done (toothpick comes out clean)
~~~Enjoy~~~
If you have a very sweet tooth you may want to add a bit more sugar !!

Keep one and give 2 away.....

Hummingbirds....

Well we have a lil' hummingbird bully at our house...seems he doesn't want the other 3 coming to the feeder...We've been watching him all day...chasing the others away...here he is sitting on a sunflower leaf...
I had to put another feeder up and he won't let them go to that one either...lil' bully birdie...but he is so beautiful!!
I wonder if this is the hummer that I took care of a couple of summers ago when he was just a baby and didn't know how to drink or fly...I taught him how to drink from the feeder and how to fly in our backyard before I let him go out into the world (had him for only 2 days)......would be somethin, huh?

Here he is again...going for a drink!
look at those wings~a~flappin'

Monday, August 8, 2011

Who doesn't love a penny mat?

Felicia is having her first giveaway on her blog: Raggedy Creations so stop on over and say Hello...help her get more followers, and of course sign up for her wonderful giveaway....look at this amazing pumpkin penny rug...love the fall greens and oranges! Just beautiful!!

Witches Hat....

Look what just came in the mail from my bloggin' friend Traci of York Mountain Primitives....She asked a few of us who posted in July, what we liked most: witches, pumpkins, bats, etc...I said Witch of course...so she made this darling prim witches hat for me.....Traci is so creative and sweet. I love the little spider on it with all the wool "spider webs" and cute lil' buttons and patches...oh and it smells just great too....The spider is hanging on with is wired legs...TOO CUTE! THANK YOU SO MUCH TRACI. This will become part of my Prim Halloween collection for sure!! If you haven't been over to see Traci...just stop on over to her blog....

Click on the pic for a better view of this witchy lil' hat...could be a pinkeep too!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Firecracker Kid Woodshelf Giveaway...

Carol and her husband of Firecracker Kid Primitives are at it again...just look at this wonderful spice~n~spoon shelf rack that they are offering in their giveaway. Head on over to their blog and sign up to win this wonderful wood piece. Their work is fabulous...I want so many things in their etsy shoppe.

Goodies in the mail....

Maureen wanted jar candles so I swapped some grungy candle jars~n~ tarts and a tart burner with her. Maureen is the creative genious of Sweet Meadows Farm and this is what came to my door today. Now most of you know that Maureen hasn't been feeling well lately so I was just blown away with her generosity....I'm in prim heaven right now....just look at these sweet dollies...and a bear too! the bear has a quilted heart and smells deliciously like cinnamon...the larger annie is just perfect with her alphabet apron and handpainted face...the lil annie has an Americana outfit...I love it!...and just look at this sweet bunny~her face is just precious...I put them all together on my new sewing machine cabinet....
Maureen is my prim idol !!


Here's some of what I sent to Maureen:
Go on over to Maureen's blog and wish her well....