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August 2013

Happy Tasha Tudor Day

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    Happy Tasha Tudor day!! It has been 5 years since Tasha passed and she still inspires me all the time. One of the ways she inspires me is in how I dress. I have posted about how there is just certain styles that make me think of Tasha. I call it Tasha Glam! Which, LOL, Tasha would probably hate the term but I do not mean it a superfical way. I think Tasha more that anyone understood how the way one dresses, conveys ones feelings and intent. I know she was fiercely independent in her dress and did not care that others stared at her in her 1800th century garb.

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    I am sure Tasha had her outfits for work and ones for play. She enjoyed both the beauty and function of clothes. I think it is in the function of clothes that Tasha has inspired me the most. For no one worked like Tasha. She chopped her own wood, milked her goats, beat and wove flax, not to mention her garden. She was a worker and she knew what she wore would help her, maybe it even inspired her, like it does me.

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    The one item that makes me think of Tasha more than anything else is an apron, or as we call it in my house, a pinny. I do not know how one can keep a home and not own an apron. It is the symbol of homemaking to me and one of the best tools of the trade. When I need to do some serous work around my home, I put on my pinny, think of Tasha's tenacity and got to it!! Pleas join Tasha's family in remembering her. I hear there may be a give-away!

 

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Images left to right 1.Tasha, 2. AudreyEclectic 3. Dottie Angel 4. JoJoandEloise ruffled apron tutorial 5. make a tea towel apron 6. Sewing in the Past


New Dining Table

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    It pays to wait, that is my motto. I have been wanting a round pedestal table for a long time. I thought it would fit the space better and I was right. I have been watching craigslist for almost 2 years, for you see I am tenacious! I set a price, a low price and wait. That is what I did for my beautiful antique tufted back sofa. I got it for $100, after waiting for a long time. She start off at $300 and slowly brought the price down. Interestingly enough, right after I called, she got flooded with calls.

 

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   Well this dining room table was the same thing. They started out at $200 and slowly dropped. I think the reasons both of these items did not sell is because they had horrible pictures, you could barely see the item. Well is pays to wait, when this table finally hit $20.00, yes, twenty dollars, I thought I could do that. It is not perfect, a little small. It does have two leaves but they are small too. The top is a bit dinged up. I may paint it white but actually I am loving it right now the way it is. I love the caster feet!!

 

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   I am still going to keep my eye out for a bigger pedestal table but for $20.00, I will have no problem reselling. So the motto of my story, is wait for what you really want, do not settle, do not pay too much. Just wait!!!

 

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Uncooked Tomato Sauce

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    Uncooked tomato sauce is a long time family favorite dish. It was conceived years ago on a hot summer day! I had a pile of very ripe tomatoes that needed to be used. Really what this dish is, is macerated tomatoes. See when you macerate things like tomatoes or strawberries, their juice flow from the fruit and it creates a sauce of sorts. By letting the tomatoes sit in the salty, olive oil it pulls their juices out and that creates a sauce. It also flavors them. I love that after lunch I can make this sauce and just set it aside. Then at dinner time (when I am tired) all I have to do is cook up the pasta!

 

Uncooked Tomato Sauce

Serves 4

 

12 or so medium, ripe tomatoes

¼ cup good olive oil

A generous splash of balsamic vinegar

2 garlic cloves

6 large fresh basil leaves

Salt and pepper to taste

1 pound of cooked pasta, (do not cook pasta until you are ready to eat)

 

Anywhere between 2-5 hours before you are going to eat make pasta sauce.

Cut tomatoes into medium size cubes, around ½ “.  It is important to cut the tomatoes on a board where you can save all the juices. You want all the tomatoes for the sauce. Put the tomatoes, juices, seeds and all in a large bowl. Finely minces garlic cloves and add to tomatoes. Tear basil into small pieces and add to tomatoes. Add, oil, balsamic, some salt and pepper. Stir all together, cover the bowl and set aside on counter. Important you do NOT put the sauce in fridge. It will change the texture and slow down the maceration. When you are ready to eat, cook pasta and add to sauce. Taste to see if it needs more salt or pepper.

Tips:

1. I like to add fresh mozzarella to this dish. I cut the cheese into small cube and add it to the sauce when I add all the other ingredients, so the cheese can marinate too. I also serve the pasta with fresh grated parmesan cheese but you can make this dish with no cheese.

2. Other herbs are good too; just make sure you use fresh herbs. Dried herbs do not work well in this dish.

3. You can add more balsamic and make it more like a vinaigrette or use no balsamic. If you use more balsamic cut back on the oil a bit.

4. What makes this dish is good, ripe tomatoes. This is why this is a summer dish. If your tomatoes do not have flavor, your sauce will be bland. Also a flavorful olive oil is important.


Hurry, a Fab 24 Hour Give-away!!

 

What To Read While You Wait for Downton Abbey?

Right now a unique debut novel, Born of Persuasion is releasing from Tyndale House Publishers! And already its been embraced by Downton Abbey lovers, launching it onto Amazon bestseller lists twice before it even released. A blurb from the book!

 

The year is 1838, and seventeen-year-old Julia Elliston’s position has never been more fragile. Orphaned and unmarried in a time when women are legal property of their fathers, husbands, and guardians, she finds herself at the mercy of an anonymous guardian who plans to establish her as a servant in far-off Scotland.

With two months to devise a better plan, Julia’s first choice to marry her childhood sweetheart is denied. But when a titled dowager offers to introduce Julia into society, a realm of possibilities opens. However, treachery and deception are as much a part of Victorian society as titles and decorum, and Julia quickly discovers her present is deeply entangled with her mother’s mysterious past. Before she knows what’s happening, Julia finds herself a pawn in a deadly game between two of the country’s most powerful men. With no laws to protect her, she must unravel the secrets on her own. But sometimes truth is elusive and knowledge is deadly.

You can read the first chapter here!

 

In celebration of this release, all during the month of August, Jessica Dotta has been counting down the release of Born of Persuasion with 31-Days of Giveaway! It's a Downton Abbey Inspired Tea Party—and you're invited. Today's giveaway is this necklace by Tribal Jewelry visit Jessica Dotta's Facebook page!  

  This give away has ended but there are more until the end of the month.

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Tortilla Scramble

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    I know I just posted about raw granola and I do eat raw a lot for breakfast but I love eggs too. I find my self altering days. My family adores browned potatoes and eggs. Well one day I was out of potatoes and was looking for a replacement. I had a big stack of corn tortilla's that needed to be used. It is when I need something, I find my yummy ideas. I cut the tortillas into little squares, crisped them up in a bit of butter, added some fresh eggs and topped it all with salsa. A new breakfast favorite! Actually topped with some roasted veggies, this would make a yummy dinner and it is gluten free!

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Tortilla Scramble

Server’s 1-2 people

 

4 small corn tortillas, cut into small squares

1 TBL butter

1-2 TBL oil

2 eggs

1 TBL milk

Salt and pepper to taste (option, I add a bit of dried granulated garlic)

In a small bowl whisk eggs, milk, salt/pepper and set aside. Heat a non-stick pan over high heat, add oil and butter. When butter has melted, add tortillas. Let them brown and crisp up a bit. Then add eggs and gently stir until the eggs have cooked.

 

*Notes

1. I use scissors to cut the tortillas. I cut them into strips, then pieces.

2. I like to serve this dish with salsa and fresh avocado.

3. You can add grated cheese to the eggs just before cooking them.

 

 

 


Raw Granola

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   I really love raw food for breakfast and lunch. One of my favorite raw food dishes is raw granola. There are lots of different versions out there but mine is a combo of dried fruits, nuts and coconut oil. Sometime I use more nuts to make it really crumbly and sometimes I use a bit more oil and dried fruit to make more of a paste. Either way, it is delish and perfect this time of year over a big bowl of fresh fruit.

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Raw Granola 

Serves 1-2 people


3 dried dates, pitted

1 generous TBL of extra virgin coconut oil, I only use Nutiva

6 dried sour cherries, or equivalent other dried fruit to your liking

a pinch of sea salt

10 walnut halves or other nuts

a pinch of vanilla paste

In a food processor (I have a mini-one and these are really great for raw granola or candy) process dates and coconut oil until you get a bit of a paste. Then add the rest of the ingredients, pulse chop until you get a consistency you like. The whole thing should not take more than 60 seconds to make.Then crumble it over a bowl of fresh fruit.

Tips:

I actually do not measure, I just wanted to give you an amount to work with. I find it is good no matter if it is crumblier or creamier. Play with it and find what you like!!

I throw some hemp seeds on top.

I soak and dry my dark skinned nuts ahead of time for help remove phytic acid.  

(I keep bags of soaked, dried nuts in the freezer. It also takes away the bitterness.)

You can add raw coco powder. And spices too!

If it is not sweet enough for you, you can add a bit of raw honey.

The skys the limit on what you put in your raw granola!!