Saturday, December 11, 2010

An Appetizing Story

I would like to lose a little weight.  I also have a daughter who likes to cook very fattening things.  We mastered egg rolls a while back and decided to move on to crab rangoons.  I love them and she loves them, so both of us were up to the challenge on this fine Saturday with no Zane around.

Crab Rangoons
8 oz. cream cheese at room temperature
8 oz. crab meat, finely chopped
1/2 t. soy sauce
1/2 t. Worcestershire sauce
pepper to taste
1 1/2 green onion, sliced
1 t red onion
1 large clove garlic minced

1 pkg wonton wrappers

Now, I used imitation crab because it was half the price of the real thing, and a tablespoon and a half of white onion, since I have a half bushel of them from the garden. and minced garlic from a jar. Don't forget the pepper, we did and then had to add it later.  It makes a big difference. Then I whipped it all with the mixer.

To assemble the rangoon, put the crab mixture, wonton wrappers and a bowl of water efficiently together.

Wet each edge of the wrapper, and put a heaping teaspoon of crab in the middle and then pinch up into a package or fold over into a triangle, making sure all edges are sealed.

Fry in 3" of hot oil.

and eat.


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Making a Silk Purse Out of a Sow's Ear

Or perhaps, a decorative pillow out of an old skirt.

But, back to the beginning....

My wrist is feeling so much better my creative juices are running again.  And, as I have purposed not to knit or crochet until after the first of the year. I need something to do.  Otherwise I find myself aimlessly wandering around the house, putting dishes in the dishwasher or folding the laundry. 

For those of you who are wondering when any aimlessness happens with Zane in the house.  He isn't ALWAYS in the house.  I usually get some time on Thursday afternoons.  And he IS learning to play with toys for a few minutes at a time instead of opening the deck door to let the cat in every two minutes. (It's every 10 minuties now.)  And if anyone can tell me how to lock, block off, or otherwise render inaccessible, the french doors off the deck, with an easily turned dead bolt, and serpentine handle (I wonder what those are really called?)  He unlocks both, and moves or turns over chairs. And the cats are entirely too willing to come in and taste the cinnamon rolls cooling on my counters.  (I wasn't home when THAT happened, I'll have you know.)

But, I digress,

We spent Thanksgiving Day at my brother's house in Texas.  My sister in law is in the business of buying new and good quality used things and selling them on ebay and other resale outlets in her area.  She had a bunch of clothes that weren't salable for one reason or other, so the girls and I sorted through them.  I didn't have any luck since everything in her pile was sized small, and I'm not going to see small anytime this century. But, there was this cute skirt, made out of what looked like a mauve crocheted table cloth.  I don't think I would ever wear anything like it out in public but I was drooling over the crocheting.  I just couldn't leave it behind.  I thought surely I could do SOMETHING with it.

So, I did.

Gorgeous color and pattern.

So, now to put a skirt on a pillow, the quick and easy way.

Take an old pillow.

And a small skirt.

Put the pillow in the skirt.

Fold under the waistband and sew down.

This skirt had a lining, which I also tacked down.

Then I just took a running stitch across the other end.

And.... the finished product. 

The whole reason for putting some color on my bed, is the new comforter on there.  After having this beautiful quilt on my bed for 23 1/2 years.....

Our bedroom looked incredibly plain.  So, until I can think of something else, because our bed needs a new dust ruffle as well, I'm enjoying the little bit of color it adds to my new comforter.

My grandmother made this quilt and it is starting to wear out, so I will use it more gently for a few more years.