Saturday, August 25, 2012

For the bounty of this earth -

From The Shepherd's garden

We'll have Broccoli, chicken & penne pasta for dinner - and I just found a recipe for Zuccini Bites while I was surfing the web (ie. wasting time) this afternoon.  I think I'll try them too.  

He grew the little orange cherry tomatoes just for me!  And they are yummy! 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

What the heck? And Random thoughts....

It may look like an empty box to you, but it was a whole afternoon of sorting, filing and shredding. 

It may look like an empty box to you, but to me it's a sense of accomplishment.

It may look like an empty box to you, but to me it looks just like the other six boxes (that are still full of stuff that needs sorted, shredded or filed)  Oh, well.

One of the things I found in the box was a little grocery list - it read:

1/2 & 1/2,
3 salad kits and

What do you suppose I was going to make with those ingredients? ? ? ? ?

My dad used to sing this old song to us when we were kids:  

On Monday was bread and gravy,
on Tuesday was gravy and bread.
On Wed. and Thur. was gravy and toast,
which is nothing but gravy and bread.
So on Friday I went to the landlord
and asked for a bit of a change
so on Saturday morning by way of a change
we had gravy w/o any bread.

That's kind of how I feel about green beans right now.  Don't get me wrong, I really love green beans, but I've had them for every dinner and several lunches for about two weeks - I'm ready for gravy without any bread. 

Have a great day! 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Caturday Report!

 Hello Effurykitty & Effurybody!

It's the Caturday Report - a day late as usual - I keep telling Mummy that beans and kitties expect the Caturday Report to come out on Caturday - but she said she was busy and this was a good as you were going to get.

The big news this week was THE FAIR! 

 Mummy and The Shepherd entered some things in the NW Washington Fair, which happened last week in Lynden WA.  It was a beautiful week for the fair, in that it didn't rain, but boy was it hot.  Mummy & The Shepherd went out on Wednesday so she could do her "civic duty" and spin in public in the wool barn. It was so hot, that Mummy said she was almost as roasted as the yummy BBQ Roasted beef sandwich with baked beans that she had for dinner. 

She had also entered a couple of things in the Wool Show.  All items in the Wool Show must be made from handspun yarn and then hand crafted.

She took out the fingerless gloves that she made for her nephew Jason. 

 Here is the note that she put with the gloves: 

Class B – Items made from Handspun yarn
Lot 22 – Men’s gloves – (fingerless) 
I spun this yarn from a bump of plain red merino roving, but I knew I was going to use it to crochet these fingerless gloves for my nephew,  He is football coach for a small High school in Eastern WA, and their team colors are red and black.  While I was spinning the yarn, I added bits of black and white roving here and there to give the yarn a little bit of added zip!  I made the cuffs extra long to fit under his jacket.  Go Broncos!  

The other thing that she took out was a scarf that she just made.  She said that she hated the color of the yarn, but really liked how it worked out for the scarf because of the striping.  The scarf is right below the green and black sweaters.  The pattern is called "Mosaic's Scarf's Little Sister"  It was really fun to make. 

She got BLUE ribbons on both items. 

Here is a closer picture of the scarf that she took today after The Shepherd brought it home from the fair.  She got points taken off because, as you can see, the corner of the scarf curls up.  That's because she didn't block it.  That's because she didn't decide until 10:00 the night before things needed to be out at the fairground that she was even going to take anything out.  Pure dumb luck to get the blue ribbon, - well, actually, the yarn was well spun, and the crocheting on the scarf was very well done.  She thought she would get a red ribbon on the fingerless gloves because the seam was not straight, which the judge did comment on.  But again, she knew her yarn was well constructed  and the crocheting was very even.  

Here is the story that she put with the scarf:

Class B Items made from handspun yarn
Lot 21 – scarf
The fiber that this yarn is from was part of a “roving of the month” Christmas present from my sisters.  I love the soft cushy feel of Corriedale fiber and thought the yarn it made would be perfect to use for this little mosaic scarf for my co-workers to wear around the office this next winter (it gets REALLY cold in our office – last year I made them all fingerless gloves)   It is just the right length so it will not get caught in the shredder and it has so many colors that it will go with almost any outfit they might be wearing and keep them warm and toasty to boot.   The Judges liked her stories too. 

This is Rita's fleece - it got a blue ribbon too. 


As you can see, it has very nice crimp in the fleece.  Sorry, this fleece was sold last spring at the Wonderful Woollies sale - but if you are interested, I'm sure that The Shepherd would take your name for next year. 

The Shepherd took out two fleeces, but the Wool Barn lady would only let him enter on under his name, so he entered the other one under Mummy's name.  She got a Blue Ribbon too! 

They were beat out for best of show by a Romney ram's fleece owned by Mummy's friend Janet.  Oh, well, we beat her out last year. 

This is Eva's fleece - Mummy said it is so different from Rita's - soft and buttery, and hardly any crimp.  This one was sold last spring too - the ladies who bought them were nice enough to let The Shepherd take them to Black Sheep and to our Fair. 

Well, that's all I have to tell you for now.  Effuryone have a GREAT WEEK!!! 

XOX  Your Roving Reporter, Gracie


Thursday, August 16, 2012

More Olympic yarn -

 Here is some more yarn I spun while we were watching the Olympics -

It is a romney blend that I got from the Dawn's Custom Carding booth, from The Pines Farm.

I don't know where the yellow in this picture comes from, because you certainly can't see it in the yarn itself. 

It is about 12-13 WPI (wraps per inch) which converts to sport weight.  I think it would work well for a hat, that would be felted.  The yarn seems kind of scratchy to me - but so did the fiber - I should know better by now, don't you think? 

Stay tuned for exciting news about the fair!


Sunday, August 05, 2012





 My sister and brother-in-law have raised blueberries in Lewis County Washington for almost 50 years, since they took over his dad's farm.  His dad had been there for many years before that, and the berry plants were well established. 

She is often asked to bring a blueberry dessert to events and came up with this easy to make cobbler recipe.  I must confess that I had never made it before, but we have had a bumper crop of berries from our 6 plants this year and The Shepherd has managed to pick them before the robins have for once.  So I finally had enough berries to make this yummy cobbler. 

So I give you:      Wisten's Blueberry Cobbler

Oven at 375-400 degrees - use a 9 x 13 inch cake pan.

1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
A "dash" of cinnamon and
a "trace" of salt

Pour over and toss with:
8-12 cups of fresh (or frozen) blueberries that have been mixed with
3 Tablespoons of lemon juice and
1/4 cup of melted butter

Pour your berry mixture into the 9 x 13 baking dish and put in the oven and bring to "bubbly" - about 20 minutes or so until the mixture is juicy and the berries have begun to burst.

Take your pan out of the oven and add the cobbler topping mix below:

For the topping mix:
2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking power
2 Tablespoons of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt

Combine with:
1/2 cup melted butter (don't have it so hot that it "cooks" the egg mixture)
1 egg beaten in 2/3 cup milk.


Drop in tablespoon-fulls over the berry mixture and bake another 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with ice cream.

I am going to try out this cobbler recipe with peaches and maybe some tart cherries - don't you think that would be good?  Or maybe peaches AND blueberries together.  Ah, the possibilities are endless - Thanks, Wisten for your yummy recipe!  

For more blueberry recipes got to my blueberry blog Something Borrowed, Something Blueberry - (yes, I know it's been a while since I put some new recipes on it - guess I should look for some new ones - there's only so many hours in a day, however)   

 Enjoy my little video of this cobbler HOT from the oven.  Wish you had "smell-a-puter?" 

Saturday, August 04, 2012

It's Caturday!

Hello Efurrybody!

It's ME, Gracie, with this week's Caturday Report!

Don't I look pretty here by one of The Shepherd's pretty flowers.  I wish Mummy had pulled off that one deadish blossom right above my tail, - cheap help, what can I say?  

The big exciting thing that happened this week was the Great Mole Hunt.

The Shepherd came running in to the kitchen yelling "where is the camera?"  Mummy hurried and gave it to him and this is what he wanted to take pictures of:  
This mole hill popped up on the front lawn, right in front of the steps down from the deck.  Bella was quick on the site to open up the little bugger's hole.

She stared and stared, willing him to pop his dirty little head up so she could nab him, but, he didn't pop up.  

"What!  Bella!  Are you playing Whack-a-Mole" without me?"  George decided that he is going to get in in the action too.

Let's see if he can dig it out a little bigger...

Still no mole - a little later, Bella took a break and came in for some stinky-goodness, so I took a turn, but by then, Mummy had put the camera away so she doesn't have a picture of my great mole hunting prowess.  Oh, well - We like to kill-em - but not to eat-em - their furs are too full of dirt!

There's been lots of Olympics on the TV this week.  We say Concatulations!  to all those wonderful athletes for even getting to the Olympics, whether or not they got a medal.

See ya next week efurryone!   XOX  Your roving reporter, Gracie


Wednesday, August 01, 2012

As a matter of fact

I do own the road.....