Friday, June 29, 2012

At my Grandmothers Knee....

Sometimes when I design I see my grandmothers hands....

  My Grandmother: Elizabeth
I sat at my grandmothers knee from the time I can remember till I was a teenager.
She was the Martha Stewart of her day...My Grandmother could do anything, (or so I thought) :-) she crafted, made all her cloths, quilts, pillows, she gardened and grew her own food.
She could cook and bake like her mother taught her to do from the old country... my grandmother was such an amazing lady.
She would tell me stories as I sat there in the middle of the floor looking up at her in wonderment, running my fingers through her round tin of sequins and hoping that some day I could create and make things just like her.
She told me how her mother taught her to sew, embroider, iron, cook and clean at 5 years old... her mother had her embroider men's handkerchiefs so that they could sell them. 
She said that she would practice over and over again to get it just right, stitch it and rip it out again, she said...It was a time of excellence, perfection and taking pride in their crafts... her mother taught her and she taught me ....I was a lucky little girl to have her as my grandmother.
She had a Yummy old cookie tin filled with vintage buttons, I can remember sitting and looking at each and every one asking where did this one come from...nothing was ever thrown away it was re-created into something new.
Now today I am teaching my daughters what she taught me... but this is a gift I have made for my daughter's wedding... a book of memories, hopes and dream, things of past and future... here is her Wedding Guest Book made from the Heart.
Thank you, Grandma... for sharing all your gifts with so many generations.

My book is 81/2 X 11

Both of my Grandparents from both my Mothers & Fathers sides...

I know this picture is upside down...No matter how hard I try it won't flip...See this is why I color for a living :-)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Enter To Win This Vintage Style Darling Apron!!!!

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tuesdays Tasty Treats From Urban Farm Diva's Kitchen... Just For You

Today's Yummy Treats are one of my "Quick & Easy Fav's"
"My Momma's Amazing Sauce"

What you need

1 Large Can Chopped Tomato's
(I get the big restaurant size it's a much better price)
1 Small can of Tomato Paste
1 Large Onion ( I like white for this sauce)
1 Clove if garlic ( you can add less if you like)
1 TB's Olive Oil (use the good kind it's so worth it)
Fresh Basil (Organic)
Dried Basil
1 Jar Artichoke quarters
A pinch of sugar
1/2 cup really good "Cab or Burgandy" wine (If you like)
1/2 Cup water
White Pepper (Add to taste)

Oh...I just had to share these with you...My New measuring spoons ...arn't they can now find them everywhere...I actully found them at my post office (little store PO combo)

I start with a little Olive Oil, Onion and Garlic

 Do a fine chop on both Onions and Garlic...start your onions first, get them a golden carmel color then add your garlic....Don't let them turn brown before you get your tomato sauce in...Or you sauce will taste bitter....

 I chop my green olives very fine ...You can also chop and add black olives too...they give a different taste to the sauce ....Do a ruff chop to the Artichokes ...Add them all to your simmering onions and let them all simmer together for about 3 minutes...

 Add you tomato's and paste to you chopped veggies....stir really good...You can add a little water about 1/2 cup and your wine so your sause can cook down....
Add a TS of dryed basil once your tomato sauce is all in....Let simmer while you paint your nails :-)

Your sauce will glisten from the yummy olive oil....
I pick white pepper it gives that bite to your sauce while giving you a smooth peppery taste....

This is a great simple "Quick & Easy" sauce with all the true tastes of Old Italy....

Happy Cooking!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

12 Years ago today....It was an amazing day and I married an amazing man...God truly made his face shine on me that day...I married my soul mate for life.....I am such a lucky girl.....