Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Oat Chocolate Cake RECIPE

 



1 Cup Oat Flour (I grind old fashioned oats in my blender)

3/4 C sugar

1/2 C baking cocoa

1 t baking powder

1/2 t baking soda

1/4 t salt


Stir this dry mix together.  Then add:

1/4 C oil

3 eggs

1 C buttermilk

1/3 C water


Beat in a mixer til eggs are well incorporated.  Then pour into greased glass rectangle baking pan and bake at 350 for 22 minutes, or when toothpick comes out clean.


FROSTING:

1/3 C buttter softened

1/2 C cocoa

2 T honey

2 C powdered sugar

3-6 T milk as needed


Thursday, November 18, 2021

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls (RECIPE)







Roll Dough 

1/3 C milk

2 T butter

2 1/2 t yeast

1/4 C sugar

1/2 t salt

1 egg

1/2 C canned pumpkin

2 2/3 C flour


Warm the butter and milk and add yeast.  After its softened there, add the rest of the dough ingredients and knead with the bread beater on a mixer.  Knead for 2-3 minutes.  Then oil the dough and cover it, to let rise for 2 hours.



Then roll out dough into a rectangle.  Spread a little butter over the dough and then sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon.  I also added chopped pecans and chocolate chips.  This is optional.






Roll up into a long log and cut the rolls about an inch thick.  Lay out on greased sheet pan and cover to have the second rise.  Let rise for one hour.  Then bake at 350 for 30 minutes.








Glaze

One cube cream cheese (8 oz)

1/2 bag of powdered sugar

milk or cream one T at a time


Mix the glaze in a mixer with the whisk beater.  Then pour over warm rolls.


Monday, November 16, 2020

Bobi's French Bread RECIPE

 



1 1/4 C warm water

3/4 T yeast

3/4 T oil

3/4 T sugar

1 t salt

3 C flour


Mix and knead about 3 or 4 minutes in the mixer.  Then (leave in mixer) and cover to rise for 10 minutes.  Then  knead a few times in the mixer and let rise another 10 minutes.  Keep doing this for a total of about an hour.  

Then form into a loaf on a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Let rise there, covered, around 30 minutes.  Then bake at 425 for 10 minutes, and then at 375 for 20 minutes.

In the loaf pictured I slashed the top and brushed with an egg wash before baking.  It makes it look more store bought, but I don't usually do it because the flavor is great without these steps.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

My Mom's BLUEBERRY PIE (RECIPE)

 


Crust:

2 C flour

1/2 t salt

2/3 C shortening/lard

6-8 T water

Beat just until dough clings together.  Roll out.


Blueberry Pie:

4 C blueberries, fresh or frozen

1-2 T lemon juice

1/2 C sugar

3 T flour

Gently stir together and put into a pie shell.  Lightly moisten the edge of the pie shell with water.  Put top crust or lattice on top.  Seal.  Sprinkle top crust lightly with cinnamon-sugar mix.  Place pie tin on a cookie sheet so if any juices escape they collect on the cookie sheet on burning on the floor of your oven.

Bake 375 degrees for 50 minutes.



Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Oxalate Poisoning

 I'm coming back, in a slow and surging way.  In and out of health, in and out of fever.  The sharp spikes in my muscles were gone by day 2 and the diarrhea really improved the first day even.  

I knew the first day I cut out oxalates something was real.  I had horrible stomach pain for 3 months straight and blood and mucous in my stool.  The day I ate, but NOT oxalates the bleeding stopped.

An entire decade ago Green smoothies seemed like the magic bullet for good health.  I thought all things good health came from vegetables and the more the merrier.

When I questioned what stole away my entire summer it never occurred it was the SUPERFOODS I had read about in Prevention magazine.  Nearly every magazine I read listed superfoods with antioxidants and fiber and like a militant rule follower this OCD girl is, I made lists of them and tried to make it all my daily diet.

Nuts, celery, celery juice, 5 cups of raw spinach...I was killing myself if you read the research on spinach being fed to rats.  It eventually killed them.  I was closer than I thought.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

The daily write

 I write daily in my morning pages.  I write mine in junk journals I've put together with old books, old pictures, and printed facebook statuses from the last decade.


Writing morning pages is supposed to be without judgement.  But I still have it, it just must be dismissed.  I hear, "that's not important," as I write the same routine morning items that I wrote the day before.  But the point isn't what is written, its the process.  It's for me, so I do it.


I'm getting over 2 months of stomach illness.  Well, I'm not sure its actually gone a  Sway but all the tests haven't yielded answers, and the presciptions I can afford, haven't yielded relief.  But much of the day, things are better.  So I'll say getting over.


I have hoarded fabric.  Every extra dime to my name goes into a fabric order and now I have 3 shelves full.  So I guess I hold off on future orders.  I don't want to rush myself.  I want to savor all the learning that can be done with those bolts.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Photowall



*This post is in exchange for free product*

So, I tried Photowall!  Have you heard of it?  I love the idea of wallpaper and murals, but I think my husband and I still have wallpaper removal stress issues, so we opted to go for a poster instead.  We chose a photo from their site of the Tetons in fall.


The photo is beautiful.  The poster we got was the largest size.  The paper was really thin and lightweight, which made the shipping super light, but when it came time to add the wood framing, it wrinkled and ripped :(.   So that was frustrating, it might have been nicer if that frame already came on it, rather than me frustratedly using a little screwdriver with paper that wouldn't go where I wanted it to.

Regardless, I eventually got it onto my wall and now the Tetons, where we love to camp, is a part of our basement family room :).

Have you ever ordered a huge poster?  I'd love to hear your tips.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

White Kitchens

From the moment I got the Pinterest invite (remember those?) the thing I fell in love with was white kitchens.

And the timing was fabulous.  We were starting a house build and we spent months hashing out the white/white/white details we were going to instill into our kitchen.

And then heartbreak.

And that building plan ended, so we transitioned into doing a big remodel and flip instead.  But here, about 8 years later, I'm still feeling that white kitchen vibe filling me up with joy.  So I'm going to post a bunch here to inspire you, too.










Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Kate and her Boot



I did the asking sub-conscious experiment again today and couldn't remember anything in the shower.

But a memory came to me of earlier in the night when I had a dream with Kate Middleton.  Yes, her and I were casually palling around the castle.  She was dressed smartly with a wool trench and some high heeled booties.

But not just any--ankle height, high heeled, booted yellow ones.  It could be because I had looked at these a few days ago:

Insert pic that I now cannot find?  I'm wondering if the booties in my dream are actually my own design.  They were a cool mix of 1800's fashion and emerging trend.

Picture this, but bright yellow:




Dear Wal-mart Fabric Buyers


I made a stop to my local store today for my regular check of the clearance scrap bin.  Didn't find anything special, so I left the store empty handed.  I came home, thinking of my position here as an avid designer and creator of clothes, in a super small town.

Wal-mart is everything here, as you can imagine.  But I order my fabric online.  Sight unseen, hoping for the best, paying more than I should...
It's all about the quality and thickness of the fabric as well as emerging trends.

And I think you could do better.  Right now in the sewing influencer world,  independent designed patterns are all the rage.  Each sewist will make up the pattern and show their version to the world on Instagram--easily find-able by the style's hashtag.

I often pick patterns now based on how they look on the real sewist, where I can see it right after she made it.  Thanks to those influencers I also discovered the best fabrics for wearability and style and drape.  This  mix of comfort and quality just can't be duplicated in the discount clothing world, and a discount chain like yourself could be the MARKET LEADER in blessing sewists with this resource at a slightly lower cost than ordering it online.

I don't know your strategy for filling your fabric shelves at small town stores like mine, but every sewist knows your fabrics are looser woven, and basically just get used in a pinch.  Once someone gets serious about sewing (and don't live in a town with a fabric chain) they move on to ordering it online.

 Sure, online ordering is a wave of the future.  But when choosing a commodity that is selected for its feel and stretch, a lot of guessing and gambling is going on that wouldn't need to if the local Wal-mart was a real competitor for the fabrics that are currently on trend.

Double brushed poly, ITY drapey thin knit, thick ponte knits, Hacci sweater knit--these are the hot fabric trends for clothing in this season.  Linen blends, cotton lawn, and rayon challis in the summer are in high demand as well.  I assume you've avoided stocking these because they are such a higher price point than the printed cotton filling your shelves now.  However.

I have this stack of my latest fabric order from an online warehouse that got the solid double brushed polys down to 4.99 a yard.  Even less, significantly less up at the 5-10 yard order point.  Given that your low quality quilting cottons are near that price point, it doesn't make any sense to avoid these garment fabric trends.

I think the key to keeping your pricing margin where you want it would be to choose a small number of prints of each of the trending fabrics.  If you get a design heavy sewist or sewing social media influencer on board to choose the upcoming trending fabrics you don't need a lot of variety.

Secondly when these are stocked, do the current thing and get a couple of Instagram darlings to sew up their favorite indie pattern or self-designed pieces in your fabric to announce to the world the new, very real resource that is now in their hometown or neighborhood.  They are already buying their groceries there, why not stock their stash as well?

I would love to consult more about this, including pointing your social media team to the influencers most likely to turn the tide on your reputation as a more quality supplier--for still a LOWER COST.

Thanks, Bobi