Sunday, October 8, 2023

What's for lunch?

I finally figured out how to make my favorite sauce in smaller batches. I quartered my original recipe! And I use my slow cooker... easy peasy. After it has cooked, I could cook it down thicker in batches on the stove top, but... I have been eating it like sweet salsa... I suppose I'm craving salad, and this does the trick.  
Today for lunch I made frizzled toast (aka toaster is too much trouble), fluffy scrambled eggs, and this sauce.  I can't say everyone would like it, but it takes me squarely to my mother's kitchen table... so I do!

Small batch Chili Sauce
4 cans chopped tomatoes
I chopped onion
1 chopped green pepper
1 chopped yellow or red pepper
3 ribs chopped celery
2/3 c. Sugar
2/3 c. Vinegar (apple cider)
1 T. Ground cinnamon
1 T. Mustard seed
Scant t. Salt
Dash of cayenne
Dash of allspice
1/2 t. Celery seed

Stir up in crockpot and cook on medium for about 10 hours. 

I promise not to share this again this year!  Lol... I have my third batch simmering right now.  I'm freezing it but you can easily can it if that is your jam!

The first batch I carefully chopped, but since it's for me,  I just roughly chopped the vegetables as you can see.
I added in an extra amount of them this time.  I am free styling!
We've turned on our furnace.  It's been 38 degrees at night this week.   It's here!  Hallelujah!

I've been so busy in my craft room. Autumn and Halloween Journals have been appearing!
Have a lovely week!

Friday, October 6, 2023

The Tales of Halloween

Once there lived a big scared cat and a little scaredy cat... one pitch black very dark night... 

Well,  yeah. You know it's I who be the scaredy cat... and  Callie too!
So Although I struggle with sleep, tonight I decided to watch some YouTube and wonder of wonders,  I drifted off... I've been known to knock out one of my own front teeth with an iPad after falling asleep... I can't do that any more!  However, tonight I must have dropped my cell phone into my lap and somehow hit the button to cast what I was watching to the TV... Our TV was left on a really loud volume... I was watching Jenny Penton draw... and her music was rather fanfarish and scary... imagine drowsing off and suddenly an empty room blares into song? Oh my gosh! I could hear my son snoring in his room... (he can be really loud! ) 
I'll admit.  It scared me ... so I quickly turned my phone off... the music stopped... I thought it stopped because the intruder (armed with tunes) was aware of me! Suddenly... my bed shook... I felt something creeping toward me and it pounced on my stomach... 
For way too many minutes I just froze... my spirit animal must be a bunny or a deer in headlights... I finally realized that Callie was the interloper on my lap. Miss Independent had jumped down at that first, startling note from her chosed "Princess and the Pea" stack of blankets in the laundry room where she adoress to sleep above the mundane... 
Finally,  still baffled, I turned my phone back on and heard that same scary song coming from the screen. Well, duh! Suddenly the whole night was not so scary.
Yep.  That's my bed.  I decided I was 70 years old almost and I have no daughters, grandchildren, or daughters in law.  My son absolutely wouldn't care if he snuggled under a quilt or a rag rug  as long as he's cozy... So I crawl under a beauty ......stitched by my mother,  quilted by one grandmother, bound by the other grandmother... Therein I have discovered the meaning of a comfort quilt...