Friday, April 18, 2014

2014 Week by Week-weeks 12 & 13

March 2014 is in the books! Simple layout with patterned paper, washi tape, stamps and some green bling for St. Paddy's Day!

Love how this pic of Maya climbing the stairs at the Maya exhibit at the museum turned out! We had such a fun day laughing about all the things the "Maya" do!

More washi tape, rubber stamps and of course my beloved Victorian ephemera scraps! Heidi Swapp arrow and dictionary quote 'blessed', for the great food and companionship we share! I journaled on a piece of vintage book paper, and fringed the bottom of the page with my new Martha Stewart shredding scissors-they shred like a boss!

And just because he's a darn nice barn cat, a layout of Chicken George...washi tape, ephemera and a very funny & true quote!

The March divider page with extra photos, tickets from events, etc. I added an ephemera rabbit and a pressed shamrock with a vintage dictionary description to fancy up the page a little...

and the reverse side has the Farmers Almanac for March and some washi tape. Can't wait to scrap April! Until next time, happy scrapping and happytrails!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

All Natural, Home-Made, Beeswax Saran-Style Wrap

So, I saw these beeswax and cloth leftover wraps somewhere, and decided to try them out-I bought a couple of pieces of 100% cotton remnants-if you're a sewer, you might have some cotton scraps on hand to use- and 2 small blocks of beeswax...

I would have bought the pre-grated beeswax if I'd been able to find any, but I have a friendly Giant who grated the blocks for me!

I lined a cookie sheet with parchment paper so I wouldn't have to scrape any spilled/melted beeswax off the sheet. Then I just sprinkled the beeswax fairly evenly on the cloth and put it in the oven on low, which is 170 degrees in my oven.

The beeswax melted after about 8 minutes...

Then I used a scraper to pull the melted wax all the way out to the edges of the cloth.

When the wax started to dry, I could see that I had some areas where the wax was too thick, so...

I just put another couple of pieces of fabric over the original piece...

and put it back in the oven until it melted again, then used the scraper to even out the wax. PS, your house smells fabulous while you're making them, too!

You can tell when you've got the right amount of wax-the beeswax folds without any wax flaking off and molds around whatever you're covering.

If it's cold in your house and the beeswax is stiff, just hold your hands around the edge of the dish; the heat from your hands will mold the cover.

You can use it like a baggie as well...

I wrapped up some cookies for Giant in one of the squares-he forgot them in his truck for 3 or 4 days, and said the cookies were still totally fresh when he ate them.
They're also washable-just use warm water and your amazing smelling, all-natural, good for your family, good for the earth Thieves Cleaner and rinse with warm water...

and lay flat to dry! I am really loving using these! I'm not a big fan of plastic touching my food, they're inexpensive and easy to make-it cost less to make these than 1 box of Saran Wrap from the walmarts, and they're completely sustainable, yay!
Happy making and happytrails!
 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch; Part LXXIV

 
 
Spring has finally sprung at the ranch, and we had an urge for fresh ink to match, so... 
we got new tattoos...

mine on the inner right and Kyle's on the inner left...
they say 'Omnia Possibilia' which means 'all things are possible' in Latin.
Baby Loki is getting big...
and very spoiled! Since I feel sorry for him since he's kind of a loser in the goat world...

I take him out and let him hang out with us while we do chores every night...

so cute!

We introduced him to the pigs, which he was afraid of at first-it's funny, the pigs are cool with all the other animals...

but all the other animals are freaked out by the pigs, at least at first! 
The pigs are growing like crazy-hopefully we'll have piglets in a few months!
Baby Loki follows me faithfully, even into the chicken coop, lol!

He's almost the same size as Chicken George, only way fatter, lol!

And just because he's darn cute...GusGus!

Springtime in the Rockies means snow, and we've had several good snow showers this spring-hoping it brings lots and lots of May flowers!

When the snowdrifts melt, there are always new discoveries to find-like these Muck boots I looked for all winter lol!
Loki got to go out and experience snow for the first time...

He was a little leery of it at first lol!

Honestly, I don't know what it would be like to walk around without a critter or two following me around lol!
Until next time, happy spring and happytrails!



Monday, April 14, 2014

Quote of the Week

"I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows, or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room."  Ray Bradbury

Friday, April 11, 2014

Spaghetti Carbonara with Poached Eggs

 
Yum! This is one of my new favorite things to make-so easy and delish! The 'classic' way to make Carbonnara is with a fried egg, bu I think it's SO much better with a poached egg! You can make this with prepared spaghetti sauce, but it's really easy-and I think tastier-to make the sauce from scratch-here's how...

The key to this sauce is the imported Italian tomatoes-I don't know why, but it's not as good with any other kind of canned tomatoes-I'm looking forward to making it this summer with Italian tomatoes from our garden! The key to this dish is making the sauce slowly-I let mine cook on low all day-stove or crock pot, either one work great. So season your 15 oz Italian tomatoes with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, chili powder, a couple dashes of Tabasco and whatever else makes you happy...

 

Cook 4 slices of bacon with 4 chopped garlic cloves until the bacon is crispy...













like this, chop it and add to the sauce along with the garlic...
Peel a medium onion and add it to the sauce whole, along with 4 tablespoons of butter and let it cook on low alllllll day!

When you just can't stand it anymore and you have to eat that yummy sauce, cook thin spaghetti al dente, then add to the sauce along with about 1/2 a cup of the pasta water, and let your spaghetti finish in the sauce. While you're waiting...

poach a regular egg, or two bantam eggs for each serving...
and top the noodles with the poached egg, fresh grated Parmesan and pepper-SO GOOD! The bacon flavor is delicious, the sauce is so much greater than the sum of its parts, and the poached egg just turns the whole thing into a delicious, creamy, saucy fabulousness! Throw the sauce together in the morning, then you don't have to think about it again until it's time to cook the spaghetti and eggs! Abbondanza Delicioso! happy eating and happytrails!