Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Snickerdoodles


I'm sharing an oldie, but a goody today. I've been making these for over 20 years and I made a double batch last week to take to the Safari Club Picnic. They're nothing new and I imagine everyone has a recipe for Snickerdoodles. but I wanted to add them to the recipes I've shared here. They're an especially sweet treat with a cup of coffee and yes, I'm saying that even though I don't drink coffee. :) I have confirmation from DH and Grandpa and countless brand inspectors, cattle buyers, truckers. and cowboys.

Snickerdoodles

1 C shortening
1 1/2 C sugar
2 eggs
2 3/4 C flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp soda
2 tsp cream of tarter
2 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp sugar

*Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs, mixing thoroughly. Combine flour, salt, soda, and cream of tarter. Add to creamed mixture. Mix well then chill dough for a couple of hours. Combine cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl; set aside. When thoroughly chilled, roll dough into small balls, the size of a walnut. Roll in cinnamon sugar mixture and place on cookie sheet. Bake in preheated 400° oven for 8-10 minutes until lightly browned, but still soft. Let cool on baking rack. They will be crisp, yet soft. If you like a crisper cookie, bake a few minutes longer.


Monday, July 17, 2017

On Any Given Day

DH is a good steward of the land:


And of heifers who think they can hide in dirt tanks


The other morning, the boys brought up some heifers that needed to be year branded and given a booster vaccination:


Please show me the way out of here:

                                        

I helped so pictures were few and far between:

                                            

When we picked up the mail the other day, I laughed. I had just finished helping DH clean out a trough and I pulled out a clothing catalog that suggested I wear tropical, breezy ensembles on these hot summer days. Hmmm...not so sure they'll coordinate with my daily footwear:

                                               

My days may not include beach sand or an ocean view but on any given day, I wouldn't have it any other way.


Friday, July 14, 2017

Vintage Lone Star Baby Quilt

Yes, another baby quilt. :) And, yes, I've made a few using this pattern.


Here's the link: Lone Star Baby Quilt

I wanted to put these tiny floral prints together in a baby quilt.


 I know that differing the scale of fabrics is recommended in order to bring life to a quilt, but I just wanted something very soft and sweet and old fashioned for this quilt.


Jackie used a pantograph called Popcorn that gave it a lovely texture and it measures 39 x 39 after a run through the wash and some time on the line. I backed it with this pretty print from the Windermere line


and used what is fast becoming a favorite for binding for many of these floral quilts:


I think I'm going to make some cards with this shot

                                        

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Roast Spread

Being that we ranch, we always have a ready supply of good ranch raised beef in our deep freeze and although we do change things up with chicken and pork and fish, beef is on the menu often. We have it cut to order which for us means very lean 2# packages of ground beef, big 5-7# roasts, 2 steaks per package, lean stew meat, trimmed briskets, tenderized round steaks, ribs, and skirt and flank steaks.  I love to grill so hamburgers, steaks, and fajitas are easy and quick to throw together for dinner at noon. We get a lot of roasts, so I've gotten good at using those and I love cooking them in the pressure cooker.

(I have THIS one - I ordered it a few years ago when Judy, over at Patchwork Times, clued us in about it being a Black Friday special - watch her - she's always sharing great ideas and gadgets that I didn't even know existed. If I had a neighbor, I'd want it to be her.)

It allows me to brown my meat before cooking and that adds an extra layer of flavor that makes a big difference. I'll cook them for about 100 minutes and they are just fall apart tender.

1.Sometimes we just eat it as roast...must have horseradish with it.

2. Sometimes I shred it and add green chile and onions and that makes a great filling in tortillas.

3. Shred it and simmer with barbecue sauce for barbecue sandwiches.

4. Make Roast Spread. I've tried to come up with a better name for it, but my MIL has made this forever - long before I ever came into the family - and it's always been known as Roast Spread. It's really just like Tuna or Chicken Salad so I guess you could call it Roast Salad, but if I called it that here, everyone would wonder what I was talking about.

After it's cooked and falling apart, I put it into my handy dandy Oskar:


I'm not a gadget girl at all. I've managed to cook and bake and feed my family without a food processor or Kitchen-aid for over 30 years so I figure I really don't need one, but DH bought me this little Oskar before we were married and it has been the handiest little thing. I guess it's kind of a mini food processor. It's yellowed with age and the bowl is cloudy, but that blade is still unbelievably sharp and if a much used kitchen gadget is still going strong after 30+ years, it gets a gold star in my book!

I use it to chop nuts...lots of pecans, and to grind up Oreos for a couple of desserts I make, it grates cheese (we do not care for the grated cheese that comes in packages and I mostly hand grate our cheese, but if I need a lot, I use Oskar), same for a lot of onions, and I use it to grind up roast for Roast Spread. I don't grind it up completely, just a quick run through to break it up a bit.

Then I just add mayo, a little finely chopped onion, finely chopped celery, and a couple of big spoonfuls of pickle relish and mix.


Not fancy, but I don't do fancy, and we all love it.


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Spring Splash Baby Quilt

This quilt came together very quickly. Not because I needed it for a baby (although I can't seem to make baby quilts fast enough these days), but simply because I saw the quilt online and had to make it. It is a free pattern HERE. I printed it out, pulled some fabric, and a few hours later I had a quilt top. I think I even bought the fabric at Walmart on clearance and I think it made a really sweet quilt.

This is the first quilt I've ever made using only 2 fabrics for the top. That's a new concept for me so it surprised me that I was drawn to this quilt, but I just enjoy making quilts that catch my eye. If I see it and I like it, I want to make it and I'm not worried about why or what kind of quilter that makes me.

Same concept with fabric. Sometimes I fall for an entire line of fabric, but I am just as liable to bring home random fabrics just because I like them.

The pattern suggests you use a large scale print, but I didn't have anything that I thought would work so this pretty cottage floral was chosen:


Jackie quilted this perfect rose pattern across it and I love the way it shows up on the back:


I paired it with this bright pink dot for the backing and this green gingham for the binding:


Who doesn't love a quilt hanging on the line?


It finishes at 40 x 40 and I'll be using this pattern again.


This quilt has an old fashioned vintage feel to me and I love everything about it and I hope the sweet baby girl who receives it will love it just as much.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

What I've Been Up To




Gosh, I wish I had time to publish a short post every day. Then you wouldn't have to wade through posts with random subjects like this. But part of the reason I write, is to keep track of what goes on around here. One of these days when someone asks, "What did ya'll do out there all the time?", I can direct them here or hand them the growing stack of blog books I have printed. :)

 I hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th. I know it was a long weekend for most of ya'll. Around here, it's been business as usual. Leaks need fixing



troughs need cleaning out:


Gas wells need repairing:


Hay needs unloading: (This is an old picture)

                           

Grass needs mowing:

                                              

Weeds need pulling:



Rain gauges need dumping
:

YAY! In June alone we had 2" here at the house. June is statistically our hottest, driest month so this has been a welcome change. Our west side hadn't caught any though. This place is pretty big so it's rare that all of it catches rain at the same time. July and August tend to be monsoon season. Here in the desert, monsoon season is a funny expression because there are years our annual rainfall has totaled  3". That makes for a rough year when you are trying to raise cattle on grass.

On Sunday we had a 20% chance of rain and we ended up with  0.9". A few weeks ago we had a 100% chance and got not a drop. Last night they forecasted 20% again and this morning we had another 1.0". Our radar looked like this at 1:30 this morning:

                                                    

This time, most of the ranch got good and soaked, including the west end. There's no rain gauge there, but the dirt tanks that were dry, are now full! Catching dirt tank water is always  a good thing.

                                 

Harvey and Skeet wore each other plumb out:


We had a quiet 4th. DH smoked ribs and we invited our North Camp fella over.

                                                        

Soon plates were empty and tummies were full. D has been stranded for a few weeks because of this:


He was on his way to a wedding in Oklahoma the afternoon we finished working cattle and he called DH about 3 hours later. His transmission blew out about 90 miles from the ranch. So we hooked up to the flatbed, loaded the wench and headed out to rescue him:


Poor kid. We were all thankful that he even had service to call for help because this road is long and empty and phone service is spotty at best:


The bride wanted him there so she rented him a car and I took him to the airport in town the next morning. He has another wedding this weekend so DH will take him in to pick up his rental car in the morning.
I would do it, but my partner in all things quilting and I are escaping to a little town 75 miles away for some fabric therapy so stay tuned. I love this quilt shop and surely, we'll return with some goodies and inspiration to share.
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