Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Garden Pics...

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Looking from the street
up into the flower garden...

An Azalea with "Dancing Butterflies" Peony
on the right
and Purple Columbine in the forground.

This is a closeup of the Peony.

There's lots of flowers on the
Water Iris this year...

This Bearded Iris, the white one,
was a surprise this year!
The purple ones smell like grape Koolaid!

This Rhododendren is huge
and will be cut back when it done blooming.

Johnny Jump-ups are also a nice surprise. 
This one grew right in a crack by the walkway.

I hope you have a wonderful week.
'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Friday, May 25, 2012

A puzzle for you...

As you all know, I am into quilting lately...
I found this cute puzzle
and thought it would be fun
 to put it on my blog...
If you like puzzles, try this...
It took me 12.08 minutes...
Can you beat my record?

'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Front Door Hanger.....

I usually have a wreath on my front door...
Then i saw this picture on Pinterest...
I liked it and thought I could try and duplicate it...
I found a child's umbrella at the thrift store...
and came up with this...
It cost me 99 cents, as I had all the other stuff...

Here is my inspiration...

I love stealing others ideas!!!   Lol

'Til next time... Love ya,  Jean

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

a pleasant surprise...

I am so excited! 
I received this beautiful present
in the mail the other day.
It is a giveaway that I won from
Judy at Gold Country Cottage.

This is the birdie dish that was inside
the beautiful package!

And this beautiful linen towel was inside
 the package, too!

Thank you, Judy!  I love them both!

To visit with Judy go here
She is redoing her kitchen at the moment
and it is really coming together nicely!

'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Saturday, May 12, 2012

To someone special to me...

Happy Mother's Day
to all my bloggy friends...
Have a wonderful day!
'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Friday, May 11, 2012

More Quilts....

I made 5 more baby quilts this week...

They are all so colorful!
And much appreciated!
The sewing shop that sponsors this program
 has donated more than 900 quilts since the inception!
This makes 32 that I have sewn so far this year.
I made 54 last year.
I hope you enjoy seeing these cute quilts!
'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Friday, May 4, 2012

New Recipe...

Focaccia Bread

Olive Oil with crushed red peppers for dipping...

You can see the herbs in the bread...

I also have one of these that has olive oil with garlic in it!  YUM!

Our new favorite bread...  Recipe below...

Focaccia Bread

First step Wet Ingredients:
I put this in a 2 cup measuring cup:
1 cup water
1 teaspoon sugar
1 pkg dry yeast (1 tablespoon)
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil

Second step Dry Ingredients: 
In a separate large bowl:
2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 pinch black pepper

Topping ingredients:
Sprinkle of salt to taste
1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
1 cup mozzarella cheese

Note:  I used romano and cheddar, it's what I had...and I just grated it on til it looked right...
have a little extra olive oil to use for coating the pan and the dough...

First step:
Heat 1 cup water to 110 degrees, use a thermometer...
Stir in 1 teaspoon sugar, then dissolve 1 pkg (1 tablespoon) dry yeast and let sit for 10 min til foamy.  Add 1 teaspoon salt and 1  tablespoon vegetable oil to this mixture.

Second step: 
Add this wet mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until it comes together.  Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until it becomes smooth and elastic.  Lightly oil a large bowl, place dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil.  Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place for 20 min.

Third step:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Punch dough down; place in 9" x 13" oiled pan or if you want it thicker, put in a 9" x 9" pan.  Brush top with olive oil.  Sprinkle with salt to taste, parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese.  Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes or til golden brown. 

Fourth step:
Serve warm, dipped in the seasoned oil, and enjoy.

'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean