Archive | May 2012

In awe

There are times that people amaze me (not in my usual snarky sarcastic way) I mean just truely amazing. There are times that the most profound things come out of the mouths of the least expected. There are also times that the biggest and toughest amoung us show the softest hearts. Guess its true what they say, you can’t judge a book by its cover.

The chairs…pt. 2

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So my sis and I were finally able to really take a good look at the chairs. The final verdict you ask??? This is probably a job better left for a professional or at least some one more skilled than the two of us. I believe I will take my sisters advice and the next stretch of nice weather I will take them outside strip off all 3 (yes 3) layers of progressively horrible upholstery and let the wood breathe and dry out. Once we get down to the bones we may decide that we can indeed do this ourselves ( which would thrill me beyond words) if not well…….they will still get the love and attention they require. Will post more as we go along 🙂
p.s. we’ve determined the bottom layer of upholstery to be from the 50’s but its in horrible shape which is kind of sad because it’s by far the nicest looking of the 3 layers.

Some good things

I am suffering through the second day of one of the worst headaches I’ve ever had in my life. This is the type of headache you go to bed with and you can still feel it while you sleep. Horrible, horrible stuff. Before people start freaking out and I have EMTs show up at my house let me say its all due to stress! Ok, anyway so as I’m trying to make my way through this headache and keep from snapping my children in two I thought I should bake something and share. I will share but I didn’t bake this (and really its for my sister, Ms. As is home) also if you don’t really like to bake stop reading……..now:
Strawberry Pillows
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3 3oz packages cream cheese softened
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 10oz jar strawberry (pick your fav) preserves
1/2 cup walnuts
1 egg beaten
Early in day: into bowl measure flour, cream cheese, and butter. With mixer at low speed, beat ingredients until well mixed, occasionally scraping sides w/ spatula. Cover and chill at least 1 hr. While waiting prepare filling: in small bowl stir preserves and nuts; set aside.
To bake: preheat oven to 450° F divide dough in half. Refrigerate one half. On well floured surface, roll with rolling pin, thinly roll out dough into large rectangle. Cut into small rectangles 3″ by 2″. Place1/2 tsp of filling close to 2 inch end of fold of each rectangle. Fold dough over filling bringing ends together, with a fork dipped in flour press edges together. Brush with egg and place on cookie sheet. Bake 12 minutes or until golden brown. Place cookies on wire rack to cool. Reroll trimings for more cookies. Makes about 3 1/2 dozen.
Happy baking 🙂 p.s. there are some easier recipes for this on the web but this one is in one of my old school cookbooks and it seemed easier to do than the others I found. Again happy baking.