Snowflakes

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This is what actually covers that beautiful field of white.
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snowflakes
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I only had a short time this afternoon to capture these. They were melting on landing so I had to catch them quick. Imagine entire fields, mountains and hills covered with snowflakes. Breathtaking!

Meringue Breakfast Buns again

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While it was freezing outside, this was going on in my oven this morning.

Savory Meringue Breakfast Buns in the oven

Savory Meringue Breakfast Buns in the oven


I posted about this before and you can find the recipe on my blog here.
They were soooo delicious. Oh the crunch! Oh the creamy! Something magical happens when you bake cheese on top of meringue. Please try it!
Meringue Breakfast Buns, served with banana drizzled with Tomato Marmalade.

Meringue Breakfast Buns, served with banana drizzled with Tomato Marmalade.

Super Bowl Soup with Chip Dip Dumplings

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Well now, this post is a bit late! Ha ha! But the recipe is applicable to any party leftovers of hot wings, a veggie tray and chip dip. Hey, you don’t even need a party. The night we had this, the soup WAS the party!

What do you do after the Super Bowl game with all those delicious leftovers? I had some spicy Hot Chicken Wings, a veggie tray and chip dip. They were the perfect leftovers to make spicy Super Bowl Soup with Chip Dip Dumplings!

This recipe doesn’t need many measurements. Just use what you have and it will be delicious.

Start the soup broth by putting hot chicken wings in a couple quarts of water with a handful of herbs. I used Bouquet Garni.

Place hot chicken wings and a handful of fresh or dried herbs in a couple quarts of water in a pot.

Place hot chicken wings and a handful of fresh or dried herbs in a couple quarts of water in a pot.


Simmer a bit.
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In the meantime, in a little oil and butter in a skillet, saute the veggie tray vegetables. I had pepper strips, carrots and broccoli and added more carrots.
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When the veggies have browned a bit on the edges, add a little water to deglaze.
Use a slotted spoon to remove the chicken wings from the broth and let them cool on a plate.
Stir the veggies and liquid into the pot of broth. Simmer on low.
I added a bit of thyme and fresh rosemary along with the sauteed veggies.

I added a bit of thyme and fresh rosemary along with the sauteed veggies.


While the soup is simmering, make the Chip Dip Dumplings. Whisk together 3 cups flour, 5 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt in a bowl. Cut 1/4 cup unsalted butter and 1/4 cup shortening into the dry ingredients until crumbly.
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Measure about 3/4 cup chip dip. I had a little less so I added another spoonful of sour cream. Then I added milk to make about 1 1/4 cup of sour cream liquid. Beat one egg in a bowl.
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Stir the sour cream mixture and egg into the flour mixture. Mix with a fork until everything sticks together.
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The dumpling mixture will be sticky and lumpy.
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Taste the soup and add more seasoning if desired. We added more Frank’s Red Hot sauce and Cholula Hot Sauce. I also transferred the soup into a bigger pot to make room for the dumplings to puff up. Add more water if necessary. The dumplings absorb quite a bit of liquid while cooking so it’s ok if there seems to be too much liquid.
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Use a fork to drop blobs of dumpling dough on top of the simmering broth. The recipe makes a lot of dumplings, plenty for 8 or more servings. The dumplings will be crowded but that’s ok. Cover with a lid, turn down heat to low and time 15 minutes. While the dumplings are cooking, debone the chicken wings.
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Remove the lid and check the dumplings. I use a fork to break one open. If it’s not done, I cover with the lid and time another couple minutes.
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When the dumplings are done, use a big fork to lift them off the soup and transfer to another dish.
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Look at that fluffy mountain of dumplings!
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Stir the chicken meat into the soup and heat. The dumplings absorb a lot of liquid so add more water and seasonings if you want. Heat and serve.
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Super Bowl Soup with Chip Dip Dumplings. What a yummy way to use party leftovers!
Super Bowl Soup with Chip Dip Dumplings. It was delicous!

Super Bowl Soup with Chip Dip Dumplings. It was delicous!

On my worktable – angels from Germany

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I made the dusty wood organizer many years ago. It needs decluttering every so often. I must do that soon! It holds bottles of ink, pen nibs, feathers. The angels are from http://www.blumchen.com.

EDITED to add that this post was uploaded from my smartphone. Yay for the WordPress app! It was easy to use and worked perfect. Now to get better at phone photography…

A Warm February Day in the Woods

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The sun set slow and beautiful.
The warmth wove between us like soft sunbeams.

Winter Tree

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I accidentally set the exposure in my camera wrong. But sometimes what we do wrong ends up being way better than right. God didn’t want me to see a bare winter tree in my mom’s yard, he wanted to show me all the color.

Watercolor Winter Tree. This is a photograph, badly overexposed and with some motion blur. But oh the color! I almost missed it. Some day I'm going to make a real watercolor like it.

Watercolor Winter Tree. This is a photograph, badly overexposed and with some motion blur. But oh the color! I almost missed it. Some day I’m going to make a real watercolor like it.

On my Worktable… continuing teacup cross stitch and embroidery

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Cross stitch nearly finished. The words will be embroidered. Then adding more embroidery and seed beads will be the really fun part.

Cross stitch nearly finished. The words will be embroidered. Then adding more embroidery and seed beads will be the really fun part.

Ribbon Candy

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I really don’t like going weeks without posting something for you. So here’s a photo of ribbon candy in a wine glass, taken on my dining room table/craft table/table-where-all-the-fun-stuff-happens. Thanks for the candy, dear Ma!

I’ll be posting photos more often. <3
Ribbon Candy in a Wine Glass

2015 – A Year of Finishes

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That’s what my plan is. Over the decades, I’ve accumulated scores of projects. I have most of the supplies to complete them all but never had the time. So this year, I prayed a short & sweet New Year’s Prayer.

“God, you own time. You can hold it back or speed it up. Right now, I’m pretty sure it’s shortened. … You said unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. Well, I’m not asking for more time, I’d just like enough time to finish. Please let me have just enough time to finish everything. Thank you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

I realize “everything” is quite expansive. And I’m ok if “Everything” might not include all my scores of projects. But I’m confident that this will be the Year of Finishing. Woohoo! Yes!! I want to actually finish things, especially the old things.

The other day I found this cross stitch while rummaging in my closet. It was started around 1994 from a kit by Candamar Designs. It must have been a popular design because Teacup Stack is still being sold.

I made slight changes to the design, including some color changes. One change was a mistake, using a thread much too red to make berries. The teacup looked too much like a Christmas teacup.

Teacups cross stitch - the red was too bright so I cut out all the stitches.

Teacups cross stitch – the red was too bright so I cut out all the stitches.

So a couple days ago I cut out the colors I didn’t want and added new. I’m really liking the colors so far.

Teacups cross stitch, with pretty purple berries and a softer bow on the pink teacup.

Teacups cross stitch, with pretty purple berries and a softer bow on the pink teacup.

I’m not sure how I’ll finish it. I probably won’t stitch the pitcher or creamer on top and bottom. The teacups look balanced as they are but the pitcher seems much too unrealistic. I do want to add some words around the border though, something about “my cup runneth over” and maybe a quote about service to others if I can find a good one.

 

Thank you for your patience while I was away. I’ve missed posting but will catch up. Keeping current with this blog is part of my commitment to Finishing! That’s a happy thought indeed.

More Christmas

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I will be away for a bit but want to leave you with a couple photos. I’ll post more when I return.

Making gingerbread.

Making gingerbread.


Gingerbread snowmen with wood pick arms and raisin buttons.

Gingerbread snowmen with wood pick arms and raisin buttons.


Decorating gingerbread.

Decorating gingerbread.


The fun part of making cookies.

The fun part of making cookies.


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Lots of sprinkles!

Lots of sprinkles!


Italian Sienese Nougat Candy

Italian Sienese Nougat Candy


Wrapping each little square of Sienese Nougat Candy in cellophane. Washi tape worked great.

Wrapping each little square of Sienese Nougat Candy in cellophane. Washi tape worked great.


Springerli. The rolling pin and cookie mold are from House on the Hill http://houseonthehill.net/index.php?p=home

Springerli. The rolling pin and cookie mold are from House on the Hill http://houseonthehill.net/index.php?p=home


The first cookie tray for the company office.

The first cookie tray for the company office.


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My mom made the miniature tree under the cloche. I have several small forests of trees; this one is on top of the tall dining room book shelf.

My mom made the miniature tree under the cloche. I have several small forests of trees; this one is on top of the tall dining room book shelf.


We never see our tree lit until Christmas Eve. Every light in the house is turned off and the house is very dark. The light sets are turned on one by one according to the scripture. Here is the very first set, lighting the star at the top of the tree over the manger scene down below.

We never see our tree lit until Christmas Eve. Every light in the house is turned off and the house is very dark. The light sets are turned on one by one according to the scripture. Here is the very first set, lighting the star at the top of the tree over the manger scene down below.


With a completely fused spine, I'm unable to get down to floor level to look through my camera lens so focus is hit or miss. But I love this photo and I can identify with a clueless sheep. Yet my Lord still watches over me tenderly.

With a completely fused spine, I’m unable to get down to floor level to look through my camera lens so focus is hit or miss. But I love this photo and I can identify with a clueless sheep. Yet my Lord still watches over me tenderly.


The tree completely lit about 40 minutes later, Christmas Eve.

The tree completely lit later Christmas Eve. We didn’t have time to put the ornaments on so there are very few. But the lights make the tree lovely!