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2019-04-19 10:28 am

Cassata Cake

cassata cake

Cassata Cake

This rich Italian ricotta cake is often served at Easter. We covered it with Odense Marzipan rather than the traditional whipped cream and candied fruits.
40-45 minutes to assemble
6 hours refrigeration
Total time: 6 hours and 45 minutes

YIELD 12-16 slices
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2019-04-18 12:50 pm

Marlborough Pie

Marlborough Pie
Adapted from Cook’s Country

Marlborough apple pie is actually an old-school (pre-Civil War time) American pie. In this version, apples are shredded and cooked down in some butter, and then mixed into a rich, sherry-infused custard base, before baking. There are versions that called for applesauce instead of the shredded apples. Marlborough pie used to be a staple on American holiday tables, but has since, fallen out of fashion.

The shredded apples still gave the pie that apple crispy bite you’re looking for in an apple pie, but mixed with that creamy, sweet, spiced custard…well, it was really something magical.

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hour 10 mins
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2019-04-17 08:59 pm

Hail Protection

When the Weather reports say HAIL 1 1/2" to baseball or softball size...... This is Texas


Some people used bags of cedar chip mulch or bags of potting soil to anchor the padding.
potting soildirt

My favorite Pool Noodles
pool noodles
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2019-04-16 11:35 am

Notre Dame
notre dame

Vaguely reminiscent of Van Gogh's Starry Night... if you squint at the smaller version.
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2019-04-15 10:39 pm

Quilt - Celtic Cross Block Tutorial

Celtic Cross Block Tutorial
Celtic  Cross

Easy Celtic Cross Block that can be turned into a mini-quilt or into a much larger quilt using several blocks. This block can work well with just a few fabrics or a wide variety of fabrics for a more scrappy look.Read more... )
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2019-04-14 07:33 pm

Cleaning a Crock Pot the easy way

If you’ve experienced an issue with cleaning your crock pot, you’re going to seriously appreciate this cleaning tip. Sara from Life Should Cost Less explained that your crock pot can actually clean itself with only some water, distilled vinegar, and baking soda. She explains that all you have to do is fill your slow cooker with water (when it’s set to off). You want to ensure you have enough water in the dish so that the line of residue is completely submerged.

Next, add one cup of vinegar to the water. Then, slowly pour about a cup of baking soda into the water/vinegar solution. You want to pour the baking soda in slowly so that a big foamy mess doesn’t occur. Now, all you have to do is put the lid on your slow cooker and set it on low for about four to eight hours. When the time is up, unplug the slow cooker and wait for the solution to cool down (it’ll be really hot!).

slow cooker cleaning

Then, the only thing you’ll have left to do is give the slow cooker a good rinse. This solution combined with the heat is so effective, you shouldn’t have to do any scrubbing. To see this cleaning method in action, click on the video below.

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2019-04-12 09:44 pm

The Dark Passage

dark passageThe Dark Passage, care of The Canterbury Historical and Archaeological Society
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2019-04-12 09:29 pm

Stolen-The Decorative Airport Fern Is Not What It Pretends to Be


"The Decorative Airport Fern Is Not What It Pretends to Be", Jennifer L Knox

and it takes me a triple-take to realize it’s scanning
me, or something near my ear—that must be it. No plant’s
ever complimented my perfume—wait—there it goes
again. Did you see that? [Time passes, drinks] “Sure, I
remember when I thought you were a fern but you were!
Who could blame me?” I tell the what’s now a magnificent
purple tetrahedron, eggplant-sized cilia straining at its corners, just
a hint of ferniness remains in its fingertips—enough to blush.
We hug goodbye. The scent of flowers lingers around me
the next day. Flying home, a decorative airport fern that really
is a decorative airport fern says, “You smell nice.” I don’t
believe it, but it’s still a happy
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2019-04-12 08:43 pm

Meatballs in Guajillo Sauce

Meatballs in Guajillo Sauce Albóndigas con Salsa de Guajillo

6 to 8 servings

6 guajillo chiles stemmed and seeded
2 pounds tomatillos husked and rinsed
3 garlic cloves peeled
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher or coarse sea salt divided, or to taste
2 tablespoons canola or safflower oil
1 1/4 cups finely chopped onion divided
2 pounds ground turkey breast
1/2 cup unseasoned breadcrumbs
1 large egg lightly beaten
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 cups chicken broth
2 sprigs of fresh epazote or cilantro sprigs, or substitute 4 dried leaves

To Prepare
Heat a casserole over medium-high heat. Once hot, toast the guajillo chiles, turning often, until toasted deeply browned and you can smell the chile fumes, about 2 minutes. Add the tomatillos and garlic, cover with water, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until the tomatillos are thoroughly cooked, their color has changed from a bright green to olive, and the guajillos have plumped up and rehydrated, about 12 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the tomatillos, garlic, chiles and 1/2 cup cooking liquid to a blender. Allow to cool slightly, add 1 teaspoon salt and puree until completely smooth. Drain the water from the casserole or soup pot, rinse and dry, and return to the stove.

Add the oil and heat over medium heat. Once hot, add 1 cup of the chopped onion and cook until tender and the edges have just begun to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatillo puree, cover partially as the thick sauce will splash and splutter, and simmer for about 7 to 8 minutes, until the sauce has thickened and darkened.

Meanwhile combine the ground turkey with the breadcrumbs, egg, remaining 1/4 cup onion, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Mix together well.

When the tomatillo puree has cooked down stir in the broth, scraping the bottom and sides of the casserole to incorporate any sauce sticking to the bottom and sides of the pan.

Place the ground turkey mixture and a small bowl of water next to the casserole. Wet your hands, and start shaping the turkey into approximately 1 1/2-inch balls. Gently drop the balls into the sauce as you form them. When all the meatballs have been added to the sauce, add the sprigs of epazote or cilantro and simmer over medium heat, uncovered, for 35 minutes. Serve.

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2019-04-12 08:24 pm

CHEPIL RICE - Arroz con Chepil

CHEPIL RICE - Arroz con Chepil

4 to 6 servings

3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups extra long white rice
or white jasmine rice
1/2 cup white onion nely chopped
3 garlic cloves nely chopped
1 to 2 serrano or jalapeño chiles
nely chopped
4 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon
kosher or coarse sea salt
1 cup chepil or chipilin leaves
or substitute for baby watercress

To Prepare
Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until hot but not
Add the rice and cook, stirring often, until it becomes milky white,crackles and feels heavier as you stir it in the pan, about 3 minutes.
Make room in the center of the pan, add the onion, garlic and chile, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes,
stirring and mixing with the rice, until the onion begins to soften.

Add the chicken broth and salt and stir once. Raise the heat to high, bring to a rolling boil, add the chepil leaves, stir, cover and reduce the heat to the lowest setting.
Simmer 12 to 15 minutes, until most of the liquid has been absorbed but there is still some moisture in the pan.
The rice should be cooked and tender; if it is not, but all the liquid has been absorbed,
add 2 tablespoons of water, cover again, and cook for a couple more minutes.

Remove from the heat and let the rice rest, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff the rice with a
fork, and serve.

serve with Meatballs in Guajillo Sauce

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chepil rice
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2019-04-10 10:01 pm

Quilt - Mirage

Mirage Quilt

Mirage Quilt Pattern Written by Donna Jordan for Jordan Fabrics

Finished Size: 61 x 61”

Fabric Requirements:
20 – 2 ½” WOF in a variety of colors
1 ¼ yards solid or almost solid background
Binding: 5/8 yard
1st Border : 3/8 yard
2nd Border : 1 yard
Backing: 3 ¾ yards

Cutting instructions:
Cut your background into 4 @ 10” WOF(width of fabric). Sub-cut into 16 – 10” squares.
1st Border: Cut 6 of 1 ¾” WOF (width of fabric)
2nd Border: Cut 6 of 5” WOF(width of fabric)

Sewing Instructions:
Take 5 of the 2 ½” strips and stitch them together along their long sides into a strip
unit, using a ¼” seam allowance. Press all seams to one side.

Repeat to make a total of 4 strip units. Cut each strip unit into 4 of 10”.
You will now have a total of 16 units that measure 10” x 10 ½”.

Center a 10” background square on top of a strip unit with right sides together. Stitch a
¼” in from the raw edge of the background square on all 4 sides.

Using a rotary cutter and ruler, cut along both diagonals.
Trim off any excess fabric from your strip unit down to ¼” seam allowance.
Open each of the 4 resulting squares and iron the seam allowance toward the background, being careful not to stretch the squares out of shape because all the edges are bias.

Repeat with all strip units and backgrounds to get a total of 64 blocks.
Trim off dog ears in desired.

Layout the squares as shown above and stitch into rows. Stitch your rows together,
making sure to match intersections. Carefully iron the patchwork top flat by moving the
iron along the grain of the fabrics (diagonal to the edges of the quilt).

Border 1: Stitch all border pieces into one long piece. Measure your patchwork top,
being careful not to stretch it, and cut 2 borders to that exact length. This will ensure
that the bias edges of the quilt will not stretch as you sew the borders on. Stitch onto
the top and bottom of the quilt. Measure again and cut your side borders to the exact
length need and stitch on.

Border 2: Sew onto all 4 sides of your quilt.
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2019-04-10 09:22 pm

Quilt - Magic Boxes

Magic Boxes Quilt

Fabric requirements:
64 – 2 ½” Jelly Roll Strips
OR 22 Quarter yard cuts
2 ½ yards - Accent and inside border
1 ¼ yard - Outside border
¾ yard - Binding
5 ½ yards – Backing
Strip Tube Ruler

magic boxes
Magic Boxes
Designed by Donna Jordan for Jordan Fabrics

Finished Size 68 x 88”

Cutting Instructions:
If you are using quarter yards, cut each one into 3 of 2 ½” WOF (width of fabric). You need 64 strips.

Accent fabric:
Cut 40 of 2” WOF (width of fabric). Set 8 aside for inner border.

Make a strip unit using 2 of the 2 ½” jelly roll strips and one 2” accent strip as shown below. Press all seam allowances to the left side.

Repeat to make a total of 32 strip units.

Take 2 of the strip units and place them right sides together so that the seam allowances are facing in
opposite directions. Stitch the units together along each long edge. You now have a strip tube. Repeat to
make 16 strip tubes.
Steam press each tube nice and flat.

Place the strip tube on your cutting board and place the 7” line of your Strip Tube Ruler on the bottom
stitching line (NOT the cut edge) and cut a triangle. Flip the ruler around so that the 7” line is on the top stitching line and cut a triangle. Continue this process to get 7 triangles from each strip unit for a total of 112 triangles (you only need 108 for the quilt, 6 will be extras).

Open each triangle and press seam allowance to one side being careful to iron along the grain of the fabric
which is diagonal so the squares do not distort.

Lay out the squares as shown above in 12 rows with 9 blocks in each row. Stitch into rows, and stitch rows
together – alternate the direction of the seam allowances so the block intersections will nest. Be careful
again when ironing – press along the grain of the fabrics.

Stitch the reserved 8 of 2” inner border strips into one long piece. Measure the width of your quilt top and
cut 2 borders that measurement and stitch onto the top and bottom of the quilt. Measure the length of your
quilt and cut 2 borders that measurement and stitch onto each side of the quilt.

Outer border – cut 9 of 4” WOF. Stitch into one long piece and stitch onto all 4 sides of the quilt.