Yarn Along 7/24/2013, Poor Man Pickles & FO

Yesterday I dug back into my stash and started on a new project!!!  This is a free pattern form Lion Brand: Autumn Lace.  I tried to connect to the yarn along today, but I keep getting Problem Loading Page 😦

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So far I am liking it a lot, but I may have to buy more yarn to make get it to the right size.  I am using Lion Brand Hometown in the Houston Cream for this blanket.  I just got started yesterday and I am really surprised at how fast this knits and how soft this yarn is.  Love it so far!

I have not had much reading time this week, so I still stuck on Atonement.  The story is getting better, I just have to find some time to read!

And this week I finally get to make so poor man pickles!  I love these so much!!! it was my grandpa’s recipe and it calls for the dill flowers (not the leaves) so you can’t just buy the dill at the store 😦  But my mother in law had some dill invade her yard and was more than happy to give me some!!! So I made up three jars, and I hope I remember the recipe correctly.  The amount of salt is the critical part.  My mother thought it was 1 teaspoon for every cup of water, but when I tried that last time it was WAY to much salt.  That could be because I was using sea salt not table salt.  So I am cutting the salt in half and hope this works!

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I also finished another Kitchen Sink Bag for  my sister Annie.  I am hoping she’ll let me know if the 100% cotton did it job.  The first bag I did for my self is to stretchy (more on THAT later!).  So for this bag, I also only cast on 60 stitches, nto the 76 the pattern calls for and double the number of rows for the mesh.  I think it looks great, now I just have to hope that it does not expand….

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Now, I just have to shipping it out to her!

Glazed Ham

Mmmmmmm…it was so good!  I came up with this recipe years ago, and it is So easy! 

The glaze has

1/2 cup Southern Comfort
1/2 cup Orange Juice
1/8 cup brown sugar

put all ingredients in a pan over low heat.  Add the ham to the oven at 325 for 2 hours.  Every 15-20 minutes, brush the ham with the glaze.

 

Salsa and Guacamole

I came up with a recipe for the best Guacamole last week!  It was so good, we made it two days in a row, and then on Friday as well and took it to a party.  I had so many comments and people asking for the recipe, that I thought I should share this one.  It only took about 20 minutes to make both the salsa and the Guacamole.

Ingredients:
1 bunch green onions
1/2 bunch cilantro
2 limes
1 can tomato
1 pounds fresh tomatoes
4 large very soft avocados
1 large or 2 small jalapeno
1 tbs minced garlic
1/2 teas chili powder
Salt and Pepper to taste

Add t the food processor all the green onions, cilantro, garlic and jalapeno.

Chop to fine.  Zest both limes into the mix then set half of the mix to the side for the guacamole.

Add the can of tomatoes and chop.  Add the fresh tomatoes, chili powder, the juice from one lime, salt and pepper and chop just a little so the salsa is still chunky.

Add the avocados, juice form the other lime,  salt and pepper to the other mix that has been set aside.  With a fork mash the avocados.  Add tow tbs of the salsa to the guacamole and stir gently.  This recipe was a big hit and I found that the lime juice prevents it from browning like avocados like to.

Farmer’s Market

I saw on Facebook that the farmer’s market in Logan square was going to have goat cheese and hand-spun wool yarn!  So we went over this weekend.  It was in the lobby of a small old beautiful theater.  But there was not much there.  The goat cheese people canceled.  😦  But we did find a booth with a bunch of spices, some tasty baguettes and some herb plants!  🙂  I love trying new spices! 

I used on of the spices to make some  super tasty garlic bread. 

My recipe is

4 tbs butter
2 tbs finely grated parmesan cheese
1 tbs pesto spice
1/2 teas garlic powder
1/2 teas sea salt
1/4 teas ground pepper

 

Melt the butter and add all ingredients. 

Refrigerate until the butter solidifies.  cut the baguette length wise and spread the garlic butter.  Place in the oven at 375 for about 15 minutes until crispy.

Under Pressure

The crockpot died again!  Why does the stoneware always crack on those?  We found a pressure cooker at Costco and decided to give it a try.

What a cool toy!  I made one of my favorite recipes that we used to do in the crockpot, shredded chicken for tacos.  In the crockpot, it takes about 6 hours.  In the pressure cooker, it was done in under 30 minutes.  So cool!

Shredded Chicken

     
6     Boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 chopped   Serrano or Jalapeno Pepper
1 chopped   Poblano Pepper
1 chopped   Yellow Onion
0.5 cup   Lime Juice
0.5 cup   Tequila
0.5 teas   Chili Powder
0.5 teas   Cayenne Pepper
1 tbls   Minced Garlic
2     Salt
1     Ground Pepper

Pressure Cooker:  Cook on high pressure for 20 minutes, then on browning for about 5 minutes to reduce liquid.  The chicken should fall apart easily with a fork.

CrockPot:  Cook on high  for 4-6 hours.  The chicken should fall apart easily with a fork.