Family Recipe * Holiday Cook Book

It’s the last day of November and Friday ! Holiday for us is all about giving and a few ways that I do that is gifts from my kitchen – so the next few Friday’s I will be sharing some great recipes .  You can make into a Cookbook or make the item and give recipe with it. Lisa 

Make a Cook Book :

  • Front Cover/  Bake Cover  ( Make yourself or Free software )
  • Collect Friday Recipes  ( Copy / Print) 
  • Bind together with ribbon or binder clip. 

My Cook Book starts with Drinks : 

  • 1 1/2 quart of milk
  • 1/2 C Sugar
  • 2 T corn starch
  • 3 Eggs  separated
  • 1 T vanilla
  • 2 T sugar for egg whites
  • Nutmeg and pinch of Salt 

Scald milk and remove from heat. Blend corn starch and sugar. Seperate Eggs – beat yolks and add to sugar mixture. Add a small amount of milk (to temper) and slowly Mix together. Heat until Thicken – let Cool. Add vanilla .

Beat Egg whites with sugar and salt until fluffy. Fold into Milk mixture and top with Nutmeg . 

Yes -you can add liqueur : whiskey and rum is two of the classic add on and will actually make the Egg Nog last longer.  Lisa 


Stocking Love * Quilt along and fun facts

Christmas Stocking Block 17 in our quilt along  This is our last quilt block for this quilt. Hope you had fun and I had fun sharing family Christmas with you. Next Friday – It’s Christmas Cookies !!

Family Memories : 

Do you have a family custom about stockings?  I remember as a child Mom buying a fake (cardboard) Fireplace so we could have a mantle for our homemade stockings. Even when I married – we never lived in a house with a fireplace so we made do with book shelves or walls to hang our stockings. 

This is a Vintage one that can be purchased from Amazon.

Here’s a few Stocking facts” 

  • A Christmas stocking is typically a sock or sock shaped bag.
    Christmas stockings are traditionally hung on Christmas Eve, ready to be filled secretly with presents during the night, which are usually opened the next morning.

  • Santa is said to put gifts in Christmas stockings, for good boys and girls.

  • There is no written history of the Christmas stocking, although there are many legends of how the stockings came about.

Need a template to make your own

Bread with Paul Holly wood

If you read my blog – you know I am a big Fan of this show. And how can you not love Paul ! Here’s the perfect gift for anyone that loves the show or want to know more about Bread.

Paul Hollywood is Britain’s favourite master baker. His new book is all about bread – how to make it and how to use it. But while it’s all very well making a lovely loaf of bread, can you guarantee that it won’t be wasted? You know those times when you have a lovely crusty loaf, fresh from the oven, and you have a horrible feeling that after the initial excitement is over, half of it’s going to get pushed aside and not eaten…? Well, maybe it’s time to bring bread back into mealtimes for real. Not only does Paul teach you exactly how to make a variety of breads, but for each one there is a spin-off recipe that shows you how to make a fantastic meal of it. 

The book has six chapters, each with five bread recipes – plus the spin-off recipes for main courses. Not only are Paul’s recipes delicious but they are also foolproof, with comprehensive step-by-step photographs. Try your hand at a basic white bloomer, which can become a savoury picnic loaf; stilton and bacon rolls, which are excellent served with celery soup; fluffy crumpets, which become the base for eggs Benedict; flatbreads, which are a natural pairing with chickpea masala; ciabatta, which the Italians have traditionally used as a base for tomatoey panzanella; pizza bases, which can become home-made fig, Parma ham and Gorgonzola pizzas; or white chocolate and raspberry bread, which makes for the best summer pudding you’ve ever tasted. 

Tying in with the BBC2 television series, Paul Hollywood’s Bread is all that you could want from a book and more. Get baking!

White Bread Recipe with a Twist

This is an easy basic white bread recipe but with a twist. I was making Bread the other day and realized  I was out of white sugar .  Time for Research for my recipe  : 

  • 5 C Flour
  • 2 pkg Yeast
  • 3 tsp Salt
  • 6 T Sugar  
  • 7 T  shortening
  • 1 1/2 C  Milk
  • 1/2 C Water

Sift flour ,sugar and salt. Set aside 1 C flour for surface, Heat milk and water and dissolve yeast. Add the remaining 4 C flour  to yeast and mix.  Place on flour surface and Kneed all together.  Place in warm area and let Rise. Make rolls or Bread -let Rise and Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. (3 loves) 

Rules for Subsuming Honey for Sugar : 

  • The Rule: For every 1 cup of sugar, substitute 1/2 to 2/3 cup honey.
    The Rule: For every 1 cup of honey you’re using, subtract 1/4 cup of other liquids from the recipe.
    The Rule: Add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda for every 1 cup honey used.
    The Rule: Reduce the temperature of the oven by 25°F.

Brown Sugar :

Can be swapped evenly. But it may change the colors depending on how much you use.   

My swap  ? 6 T of white sugar for 6 T brown sugar.

Did change the color a little and a little sweeter but it was fine in taste, Lisa 

Soup’s On Today *

This last Thursday of November I am celebrating with Soup , It;s cold outside and everyone has the sniffles -so perfect for something warm and comforting . 

Chicken with Rice and Mushroom Soup 

  • 1 whole chicken (cut up )
  • 6 quarts of water
  • 1 onion /chopped
  • 2 stalks celery /chopped
  • Pu in a stock pot and Cook 3 hours. After cooking Strain for Stock.And  pull chicken meat off, 

Add to Chicken Stock : 

  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 3 C celery /chopped
  • 2 large Carrots /diced
  • 1 lb fresh mushrooms /sliced
  • 1 C Rice (uncooked)
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • salt ,pepper and parsley 
  • Simmer about 30 minutes and had Chicken meat back into the Soup. 

Can be frozen to use later.  Lisa 

Calligraphy Kit Review and Project

Calligraphy is a visual art related to writing. It is the design and execution of lettering with a broad tip instrument, brush, or other writing instruments. A contemporary calligraphic practice can be defined as “the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious, and skillful manner”.

I picked this kit up at my local Barnes and Nobles the other day. It’s an inexpensive kit that has everything you need to get started. You can find similar kits at most retailers on line and in stores. A perfect gift for Christmas for anyone interested in the art of Calligraphy or handwriting in this digital age. Are just a fun kit to try out yourself.  Lisa 

In the Kit: 

  •  The book will teach you about the parts of the pen – and which nib to use. and ink.  Pen, Nubs  and filled cartridges 
  • How to hold your  pen
    Hold your pen diagonally at a 30 to 60 degree angle.

  • Don’t twist the nib as you write. …
    Lead the nib backwards or sideways across the paper. …
    Apply light pressure. 
  • As well as examples of different styles of alphabets and paper to practice on.

My practice Sheet and card project: 

Hand Lettering A-Z Workbook

Today’s paper post is about lettering and journaling. I hate my hand writing  it’s always a mixture of cursive and print and I don’t like to use it on pages. But I recent ally bought a lettering kit and I am practicing . So I can include more in my works. Here’s a great way to get started: 

Practice Makes Perfect!

Created by Abbey Sy, lettering expert and author of Hand Lettering A to Z, this must-have companion volume is a super-sized collection of drills, exemplars, and practice sheets for a variety of modern lettering styles, flourishes and other decorative elements, and motivational and inspirational quotes.

–Find essential how-tos for lettering with graphite and colored pencils, brush pens, fineline markers, and more
–Use the guided worksheets to try your hand at several modern styles, from simple to elaborate
–Progress to lettering beautiful and inspiring quotes (in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and other languages) that feature a mix of styles and tools
–Worksheet pages are perforated so they’re easy to remove and work on

Get a worksheet workout and learn, improve, or expand your lettering skills with Hand Lettering A to Z Workbook!

Net Galley Review – this is the workbook to go along with the book. So if you have the book get The workbook . Filled with pages that you can use to practice what you have read about.   With handwriting – the only way to get better is practice . You will soon be on your way to beautiful lettering on cards , pages and Journals.  At least thats my plans. -Practice Makes Perfect.  Lisa 

Book Lovers gift * Homemade bookmakers

With my gift of books -I like to give a small homemade gift.  Today’s gift is Bookmarks. I make these with just a few purchased items from the craft store. Make these to give with books or a gift card to your favorite book lover . 

Metal Book Marks : 

  • Curved Book marks 
  • Beads and Book Charms ( Micheal’s) 
  • metals findings -jump rings ,beading wire. 

Ribbon Charm Bookmarks : 

  • Cut Ribbon about 26 inch ( too fit clamp)
  • Ribbon Large End Clamps  (walmart -jewelry)
  • Metal findings : jump rings ,beads and charms ( Need;e nose plies) 

Holiday Book List

The last Tuesday of November seems to be the perfect time to make a book list, This weekend I was in my Happy place – a book store doing a little Christmas shopping for my Son and Hubby. The both like the feel of real books in there hands -so I try to buy them an assortment of books for Christmas.  Here’s a short list that I am making  for the readers in my family – Lisa 

My Holiday Shopping Book List: 

 Kids on your list: 

  • Harry Potter Collection  (box set)
  • Big Nate books
  • Hunger Games Trilogy

For Adults on your list : 

  • Newest Great British Bake Off
  • Hot Pot Cookbook 
  • Betty C rocker :  Lost Recipes 
  • The Knitters Bible 
  • The Sewing Room  Classroom 
  • Wedding Cakes and Woes
  • Murder by the Books
  • Down the Rabbits Hole
  • The Chef   ( James Patterson) 
  • Target  : Alex Cross ( James Patterson)
  • Paste Tense ( Lee Child) 

Birthday Cake Murder

It;s my Mom’s birthday ! Her favorite books are cozy mystery’s this is for Mom:

The whole town of Tinker’s Cove is looking forward to the celebration marking former librarian Julia Ward Howe Tilley’s ninetieth birthday. Lucy Stone, Miss Tilley’s closest friend, dreamed up the party idea–at about the same time she decided she’s not getting old without a fight. Noticing crow’s feet and a potential jelly belly, she’s resolved to exercise more and purchase some heavy-duty wrinkle cream, asap! 

That sounds like a plan–until Lucy realizes her daughter’s fourteenth birthday bash, a coed sleepover, may turn her hair white overnight. What was she thinking when she agreed to let Sara have the party? Obviously she wasn’t thinking about the hormonal rampages of young teens. On her mind, instead, was the shocking death of Sherman Cobb, the town’s oldest attorney, an apparent suicide. His law partner, however, thinks Sherman was murdered. 

Poking about in Sherman’s papers, Lucy turns up an intriguing tie between the dead man and Miss Tilley. Meanwhile Miss Tilley’s own past has come back to haunt her in the form of a mysterious niece named Shirley and a biker great nephew named Snake. Soon no one can get to see the elderly librarian because the brash, bossy Shirley says she’s “failing.” Is Miss Tilley in grave danger? Will Sara’s party turn out to be a scandal? Now, as a killer’s ruthless plan rushes toward a conclusion, Lucy needs answers fast–or else she and Miss Tilley won’t live long enough to make a wish and blow out the candles on this year’s birthday cake. . .