Tuesday, June 4, 2019



Recipe  -  Makes 13 omelettes

18 Eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 t. Salt
1/2 t. Pepper
1/2 t. Garlic Granules
1/2 t. Onion Granules
1 t. Smoky Paprika
7 T. Butter, each pat cut in half
6" to 8" non-stick frying pan

Preheat pan on medium heat. Beat all ingredients together well. drop 1/2 of a tablespoon of butter into pan and tip pan to cover. Pour 1/4 to 1/3 cup egg mixture into pan to just cover the bottom. When edges cook, draw them to center and tip pan to spill runny egg out to edges. cook about 1 minute and fold in half,then in half, again. Remove to a plate. Center may be a little soft but that's okay. Continue as before until egg mixture is all used up.Cool, wrap in waxed paper and freeze in an airtight container. To serve, nuke on speed defrost 45 to 90 seconds until hot on both sides, good with salsa and sour cream.

Cook until edges are a little dry, then draw them toward center and tip pan so runny eggs go out to edge. Cook about a minute more.

Fold in half and cook about 30 seconds. then, in half again and cook another 30 seconds.

Remove to a plate.

Let cool, wrap lightly in waxed paper and place in an airtight container to freeze. To serve, Nuke 45 to 90 seconds on Speed Defrost, until hot on both sides and serve alongside ham and pancakes or toast.

Monday, April 1, 2019



If you make your own bread, regularly, you can probably make a good sourdough starter from the wild yeasts that are floating in your kitchen. If not, then you can find good ones at your local health food store or online at sites like King Arthur.


Makes 7 1/2 cups
Blog Source: justapinch

2 1/4 c AP Flour
1 T Salt
2 1/2 T Sugar
1/4 t  Dry Yeast
1 1/2 c Tepid Water
1 T Vinegar

Mix water and vinegar and add to work bowl. Add in all other ingredients and mix well, scraping sides and bottom. cover with cheesecloth and let stand on the counter 12 hours. When ready, it will have a strong yeast fragrance. Cover airtight with about 2" head room IN THE FRIDGE, until ready to use.

Each time you use it:

Remove from fridge and let stand until it loses its chill, about 2 hours, covered, again, with cheesecloth. Add 2 c Tepid Water and 2 1/2 c AP Flour. Mix well. Don't worry about lumps or thickness. It thins as it works. Let stand UP TO 12 hours under cheesecloth, OR, until bubbly.

Measure out the amount required for your recipe. Save at least 3 cups, chilled, as before.

The starter in its tub. This is great for mixing but I store starter in wide mouth quart jars in the fridge.

Measure out the amount you want to your work bowl.

Add remaining ingredients but only 1/2 of the total amount of flour. Mix, using the paddle for 8 minutes on low speed.

It should look stringy as the gluten comes up.

Change to dough hook and mix on low, adding remaining flour gradually.

When it leaves the hook in a sort of lump, its ready to turn out.

Knead about 15 turns until fairly smooth but slightly tacky.

Place in a greased bowl, turning once to coat and let rise until doubled. Form into pucks about 4" in diameter, cover and let rest about 40 minutes. Bake on a warm griddle, dusted with cornmeal, about 3-5 minutes per side. Edges should be dry and tops and bottoms lightly browned.

English Muffin Recipe

Makes 8-12 muffins
Blog Source: HomeJoys

1/2 c Starter, active
1 c Milk
2 c AP Flour (or 1/2 to 100% Whole Wheat Flour)
1 T Honey
1 t Salt
1 t Baking Soda

In the evening, mix 1/2 of the flour and milk with the starter and set aside on the counter, covered. In the morning add remaining ingredients, except remaining flour, and mix well, about 8 minutes with the paddle to build gluten. Add remaining flour until the desired smooth, tacky result is found with the dough hook. Turn out and knead about 15 turns, adding flour as needed, until smooth and a little tacky.

Divide in 4 portions, then, in thirds. Form into pucks about 4" in diameter. Bake on skillet or griddle  on low or 250 degrees F. 3-5 minutes per side. Surfaces should be barely browned, sides soft. VOILA!

Monday, September 24, 2018

Introducing "THAT QUILTED TOUCH" Longarm Quilting Services



Erin MacGregor

who has opened her longarm studio in our shop and will quilt quilts for you at great prices.

Here's a sample of the Edge to Edge work done by Erin.

An example of  Erin's Custom Block Work and Custom Border Work pictured while in progress.

 Edge to Edge quilting on a table runner.


Monday, September 11, 2017

D.E. Stevenson

I'm currently reading some books by D.E. Stevenson and I thought I'd share a little about the author and one of her books which I read recently.

 Dorothy Emily Stevenson was born in Edinburgh on the 18th of November 1892. She lived in Scotland all her life. Most of her over 40 books were written in Dumfriesshire. She was related to the famous Scottish writer, Robert Louis Stevenson, who was her father's first cousin. Dorothy was educated at home by a governess and began to write stories and poems at the age of eight.

Dorothy Emily Peploe at age six. It is titled "Dear Little Miss Moffat".
She was 24 when she married Captain James Reid Peploe of the 6th Gurkha Rifles in 1916. The Peploes had four children.

Dorothy Emily Stevenson's wedding photograph.

Her first published novel was Peter West , which had appeared as a serial in Chambers Journal . Mrs. Tim of the Regiment was written in 1932 and has sequels: Mrs. Tim Carries On (1941), Mrs. Tim gets a Job (1947) , and Mrs. Tim Flies Home (1952). The Mrs. Tim books actually grew out of Dorothy's diaries she had kept as an "army wife" and were very successful. I've read the first two Mrs. Tim books and loved them.

While Mrs. Tim (Her name was actually Hester Christie and Tim was her husband) was very popular with readers both in Great Britain and overseas, another character, Miss Buncle, also accumulated many fans when she first appeared in Miss Buncle's Book in 1934. Those who loved Miss Buncle were delighted to see her reappear in Miss Buncle Gets Married (1936) and The Two Mrs. Abbots (1943). The readers of D. E. Stevenson's novels are often gratified by her tendency to allow her characters to "come back" in sequels to their original books, either as main characters, secondary characters or in cameos.

Those who read D. E. Stevenson's books for their cosy portrayal of friendship, love and family life are often surprised that she wrote An Empty World in 1936 which can best be described as science fiction! The setting is 1973 and deals with the aftermath of the destruction of life on earth by a giant comet.

The themes and plots of the eight books D. E. Stevenson wrote during the World War II were of course affected by the turmoil and uncertainty of the times. They were The English Air (1940), Mrs. Tim Carries On (1941), Spring Magic (1942), Crooked Adam (1942), Celia's House (1943), The Two Mrs. Abbotts (1943), Listening Valley (1944) and The Four Graces (1946). Of these I've read Mrs. Tim Carries On and Celia's House.

In this book, five young Ayrtons all grew up at Amberwell, playing in the gardens and preparing themselves to venture out into the world. To each of these children, Amberwell meant something different, but common to all of them was the idea that Amberwell was more than just where they lived - it was part of them.

Amberwell drove one of its children into a reckless marriage and healed another of his wounds...and there was one child who stayed at home and gave up her life to keep things running smoothly.

I've read five of her books, now....or, rather, listened to them. At the moment, I've a lot of hand stitching to do and listening to a book makes the time go by very nicely. So far, they have been very cosy, indeed, and have an overall warmth about them that make them very pleasant. I enjoy her development of characters and her devotion to depicting the moral high ground; nothing raunchy or terribly shocking in these pages. Often, there's a bit of a mystery but mostly, she unfolds the mountains, moors & lochs of Scotland so beautifully, you can almost smell the heather. Then, she adds a sprinkling of romance, a villain or tow, and you're off to the races. 

If you're looking for pleasant reading, this is it, most certainly. Generally, I tend to read all an author writes, one book after the other in chronological order. I won't be doing that with this author since not all of them are on audio books. Like Ngaio Marsh, I'll have to read the audibles as they are produced, and they are usually published out of order. I hope you will read them and like them too.

Monday, September 4, 2017

New Wall Hanging Pattern.....

...just in time for end of Summer: 
"Harvest Wagon"

The pattern makes a wall hanging 29" x 26" with instructions for fusible web applique' by hand and machine. This is the first time we've offered machine applique' suggestions and techniques for our customers.

We hope you'll like this new addition to our pattern library.

Coming soon: Prairie Cottage Corner teaches "Apliquick" techniques for our patterns.

This is soooooo much fun. I just absolutely must share it with you.

So, until next time, keep on stitching!

Monday, July 31, 2017

New Patterns for Applique' Lovers: Prairie Meadow Bird & Bunny

Joan, over at MooseStash Quilting just sent these samples from our latest patterns to us
and they are beautiful. They look exactly like the models we drew.

We used batiks, exclusively, for these samples and recommend the same for those who
choose to make the projects. Less raveling! More dynamic color!

They are sold separately. We would have liked to have put them in one pattern but it
would be too big to fit into the covering bag.

Here's a detail from the Bird border.....

and from the Bunny border.

All the pieces are nice and large and simple for those who want to use needle-turn or freezer-paper methods of applique. The pattern includes instructions for fusible web applique' by hand or by machine.

We hope you'll enjoy these new patterns!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Asparagus Galore!

I mumbled something about "plowing under the asparagus plot" earlier this spring, we not having had much from the 75 corms we planted a few years ago....thinking it had been a waste of time.


We checked last week and what do you think? Fifty....count'em....50 lovely stalks of the gorgeous  green spears. Oh how nice. So, we steamed them and ate them with some butter and salt and pepper.

Now, this week, we have more!

And we're going to have them wrapped in bacon. I mean, even if you hate asparagus, what's not to like about anything wrapped in bacon?

So I hunted around for a good, simple recipe and found it here, on Julie's "Lovely Little Kitchen" blog. I do love home-grown bloggers and Julie's site is really nice. Please visit and check it out...and get this recipe for salty, smoky, crispy goodness! 

I don't think my little patch will be enough for all I want to do with asparagus so we plan to buy a box for my other asparagus treat: pickled asparagus. It's to die for!

See you later!