Saturday, March 25, 2017

Craft weekend is here!!!!

Well, in my book 'crafting' is a huge topic and entails multiple genres.....one of them being making funnel cakes!  Yes, it should have been Funnel Cake Friday but it just didn't happen so it has spilled over into my Craft Weekend.  I have not had a funnel cake for years and I'm meaning a decade at least if not 2, so it was time.
I happened to spot this little box in the grocery store when my sweet tooth was giving me fits so I succumbed........
 If you know me well, you would know that everything I undertake ends up to be a BIG project and this was no exception.......... as I stated this was on the list for Friday...don't ask me where Friday went but it did so then there's today.  The directions said to use a thermometer and get the oil up to 375 degrees...I don't have a thermometer for sticking in hot oil so I went about Googling the information which took about 1 hour as one of the places I looked locked up my computer and I had to reboot....so then I ran the cleaner on my computer while I was at it and that took another 10 minutes so finally I figure from all the info I gathered that probably medium high would be good so #7 on my burner dial.  I get my pan out and pour in what they say should be about 3/4 inch of oil......I have about 1/4 inch.................soooooooooooooooo.....I have to go to the store and get oil which I do...about another 20 minutes or so.  It takes about 30 minutes for the oil to heat up......I use the wooden spoon tip where you put the end of a wooden spoon in the hot oil and it is ready when you see bubbles coming up from the end of the spoon.....FINALLY......I'm ready......I use the funnel and dribble the batter into the hot oil............it looks more like an umbilical cord than a funnel cake.....but I persist.......
 You have to flip it over when it starts browning on the edges and I finally have 1 funnel cake.....if that's what you want to call it....
I quickly covered it in powdered sugar and ate it to destroy the evidence! 
It got better after that and by the time I was out of batter I was finally getting the hang of it!
My best one yet and now I have a mountain of funnel cakes that I hope I don't pig out on and make myself sick! LOL! 
I did manage to iron some fabric and spend a good portion of my morning trying to 'straighten the grain' which of course meant more Googling and You Tube videos and then basket lining videos and more measuring of my basket......well, you get the drift.  There's still tomorrow though where I might actually be able to create something more than funnel cakes which will probably be gone by tomorrow night! LOL!
I hope you had a great Saturday!  Happy Trails!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thirsty Thursday!

Have I mentioned being interested in Kombucha and making my own?  I first heard about it on Hue Loco's podcast as she makes her own.  She said it is delicious and very good for you and very inexpensive to make.  Well, it just so happened that the next time I went to Wally World there was some Kombucha in their Natural Drink refrigerator section in the produce department!  Who knew?  So, I bought one bottle to see if I would like it and boy do I!!!  One is Gingerade and the other is Gingerberry......yummy!
These are 16.2 ounce bottles which is still expensive at $3.12 a bottle but I did buy some more.  I will have to make my own if I want to keep drinking it! LOL!  It is organic and contains electrolytes, polyphenols, enzymes and probiotics.  The ingredients are as follows: "organic raw kombucha, fresh pressed ginger and 100% pure love!"
They do have a disclaimer: "Please note: Kombucha is a fermented tea that has naturally occurring  alcohol.  Do not consume if you are avoiding alcohol due to pregnancy, allergies, sensitivities, or religious beliefs."
What is really funny is I was reading my Taproot magazine last night and they had an article about it, how to make it and a resource list of suppliers for all you need to make your own.  Coincidence?  I don't think so!  I will definitely be getting on board with this health initiative!
There is lots of information about it on the internet and Pinterest has many recipes and articles on how to start your own "starter".  I may be buying it for awhile though as it takes over a month to get your first batch.  It is going to be so refreshing this summer!  Plus, since I had to stop eating yogurt (doc said to cut out all milk products for cholesterol) I will now be able to get my probiotics this way!
Do any of you drink this?  Do you make your own?  If you do I want to hear all about it and recipes too!
Happy Trails!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Therapeutic Tuesday........

I had a few...okay, one major disappointment this week concerning a house up North and my house here but we won't go into it.....as usual, I got the cart in front of the horse but I know what I need to do now so I am still moving forward and making progress.  But in between cleaning, clearing out and updating my blog for Spring......I perused some new blogs which led me to more new blogs and soon I found a beautiful new project which I need like a hole in the head and which I may not do but thought I would share it with you.  Oh, and just in case, I printed it off.....you know....so I wouldn't forget about it.
Isn't it beautiful?  It reminds me of old European tole painting or rosemaling?  Folk art inspired.  If you go to Scheepjes website or Haakmaaraak on my sidebar under crochet blogs you will see all types of variations of this shawl and they are all gorgeous.  Evidently there were kits you could order but this is already Week #5 of 14 so the kits are gone.  But I like to use what I have anyway and this shawl looks like you could do just that.  I  have no idea if this is difficult or not.  But I sure love it!
This is a CAL sponsored by Scheepjes and they also have all the ones from years past.  I think I'll read over the directions tonight....
you know....just to get a feel for it.....heaven knows I couldn't possible start another project!  I mean really!  Could I?
Happy Trails!