Monday, March 17, 2008

It's a QUILT Giveaway!!

Thanks to my friend Deb over at Mountain Musings, I learned about a wonderful quilt giveaway from Dana over at the Old Red Barn Company. This giveaway is perfect for you nonbloggers ~ all you have to do is go here and leave a comment (scroll down to the bottom of the page). This is a picture of the quilt Dana is giving away. A wonderfully scrappy quilt! But do yourself a favor and go visit Dana's website where she sells handmade bath and body care essentials. I am impressed with the natural ingredients she uses ~ sugar, coconut, goats' milk, etc. But make sure you leave a comment ASAP because this giveaway ends Wednesday, March 19th at 7 pm.
Our church family is saying goodbye to another much-loved member today, Mrs. Marguerite. She was such a blessing to all who knew her. Always giving encouragement to moms and dads. We will surely miss her. Mrs. Marguerite has been one of our church's most faithful prayer warriors. Her testimony shone in the hospital, faithful to the end. Thank you Jesus for letting us know her these past five years. "She openeth her mouth with wisdom: and in her tongue is the law of kindness." Proverbs 31:26
Ruthie and I spent the afternoon in the kitchen yesterday. This is Ruthie cutting up potatoes to go in our Veggie Beef soup.
I have been having so much fun with my sourdough that I decided to try something new. My first starter I made with 1/4 tsp commercial yeast. So I decided to see if I could catch some "wild" yeast to make a starter. It took just 12 hours! The night before, I mixed 2 cups flour and 2 cups water, stirred well, then laid a piece of wax paper on top. The next morning it was bubbly and frothy! (Several websites said it would take 3-12 days.) And it smells exactly like the San Francisco sourdough bread I remember so well! This picture shows my starter before I've scraped down the sides and stirred it.
These are the sourdough English Muffins I made yesterday. They were yummy!
They looked burned in the picture but they're not. My griddle was perfect for cooking them at 275 for 15 minutes.Et voila! They are very tasty. Did I mention that these were easy to make?
I also made a baguette. Ruthie spread these slices with hummus that Maggie made with roasted garlic. Yummmy!

Many of you know that I get allergy shots because of my allergy to dust mites. The shots have really helped and I was thrilled last week when I started the maintenance dose. Yippee! I guess I celebrated too soon because I have an itchy rash on my legs, arms and neck, watery eyes, congestion, and now laryngitis. Back to a lower dose. Meanwhile I'm in a fog from the Benedryl. No cooking today!

We are getting excited about going to Texas. I wish Mike and Sarah were going, but they will stay home to take care of the pet stock. I ordered my 50# of fingerling potatoes, so they should be ready to plant when we get home.

Have a good Tuesday. Many blessings ~ Kathie

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