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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Mrs. Jelly Beans' sticky Notes --- A Wonderful One-Day Trip (Part 2)


Wanting to travel can be anybody’s desire.  It’s always so  wonderful to see places that  we admire, but sad to say, we just can see them in pictures only.  How about making it a reality?  (-.-)


This is the dream of my elder daughter who arrived here for a month’s vacation.  Though she had a hectic schedule to do all the things she needed to do before she left our country, the excitement of going to travel is what giving her the energy. Aside from this, she really needs a rest from her work. She first traveled to see her friend who is in Illinois.  She was very happy to see her, together with her friend’s mother because it has been many years ago since they were together in one office company.  Though she spent only 3 days there, she said they had fun together  --  dined out and drove to downtown of Chicago.


The day before she arrives, I’ve been very busy with my gardening and harvesting. The Great Gardener has been gone for more than 1 month already working on a job.  That’s why I can’t do big crochet or knitting projects.  I really need to schedule everything and have little time left in the evening to do small projects only.  I get tired and stressed also, but the joy of seeing my daughter come for a visit is what giving me energy, too.


When she arrived, she rested for 3 days before I took her to my son’s house during the weekends.  She needs to  adjust to her new sleeping time.  The schedule is - during weekdays, she stays in my place and every weekend, she stays in my son’s place. After  a week’s arrival, we were invited by Linda, my sister-in-law, to celebrate her husband’s birthday in their house. Then after more than a week, we were invited by Ernest and Jeannie (my sister-in-law’s brother-in-law and her eldest sister) to go to the same place where they brought me before - Forest Heritage Center.  My daughter and I really appreciate all their hospitality and goodness.  



This experience is very educational and amusing one for my daughter and me. Not all people will have a chance to see different animals, especially if one is living in a city.  Even if you go to a zoo where the animals are kept alive, accidents happen sometimes that can put people in danger when an animal is intimidated.  While these wild animals we saw are no longer alive, they are still worth seeing. These wild animals were already preserved by a taxidermist and donated to the state forest office and museum by hunters and trappers for free public viewing.



Albino Gopher


Albino Opossum


Armadillo


Badger


Beaver


Black Bear


Bobcat


Grey Fox


Mink


Raccoon


River Otter

Striped Skunk


Western Diamond Rattlesnake

Inside the museum, we also came to know about the historical background of the forest, the forest pioneers,  the uses of trees that provide our necessities and its products, its preservation to maintain balance in our environment, and continuous research to provide for our future needs. There are also old carvings and furnitures depicting the excellent craftsmanship of the people -- their hard work to make  their imagination become a reality.  They put their talent into good use that others might get inspired by their work and do more good things in life. Because of this, many things made out of the trees were invented either for commercial or personal uses.



Couple's Chair


Single Chair (a)


Single Chair (b)


The Man


The Woman

History speaks for itself when people discover fossil remains of primitive man or animals that lived hundred million years ago, like the Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur. This dinosaur is displayed for viewing at the Museum of the Red RiverWe are born to explore and continuously trying to explore everything whether new or old to us. We like keeping old memories of the past to study and provide us knowledge about what was life during those years.  Survival of the fittest is the game, but no human beings or animals can live permanently in this world.  Evolution can’t be avoided, in the same way that we can’t keep the earth from rotating around its axis.  The earth never changes itself – it still has a round shape—but human beings and animals do, so does our environment, too.



Acrocanthosaurus Dinosaur


Jeanie, my daughter, and Ernest


By the river

I’m very happy that my daughter is with me even for a short period of time.  In my heart and mind, I’m wishing that she lives and works here like my son.  She has helped me a lot in the kitchen and even shared a recipe with me which I will post it later. She learned how to cook and do marketing at a young age which I wasn’t taught by my own mother that way. She likes to learn new things to do in the kitchen.  So, I've taught her how to can figs and tomatoes and fry okra.  I prepare her breakfast and she prepares our lunch everyday, while I’m in the garden. This  daily kitchen chore that she does for me is well appreciated.

I can’t do so much at a time because I’m neither a Super Mom nor a Perfect Mother.   Respect for each other’s time is important to maintain harmony. The important things to take note here are – I do what I can do for a day and I give time to what is important – my daughter.  Besides these,  I really appreciate her giving me her time to be together that she left her own family for a vacation by herself. After a hard day’s work in the garden, I take her out to eat in a restaurant, or do some shopping, or visit family members and friends.  One time, we made a one-hour  drive to a shopping mall together with my son. She also had spent a good time with her brother when they went on kayaking in a river.  While in his place, they would just take a walk in the neighborhood or eat in a nearby restaurant, or go shopping, too.  All of  us attend mass every Saturday or Sunday.  Our faith bonds us together.   

Soon my daughter will leave and I will miss her very much.   How time does fly! The opportunity to be with someone whom you love should be cherished and appreciated.  Time is the essence and we can’t bring back the time when we fail to show our love or sense of appreciation to someone.  We won't know if a certain day will be the last time we will be with our loved ones. Regret is always at the end, if we make ourselves insensitive to other’s feelings.  All of us have each own ‘travel time’ (life).  It differs on how we manage the things we need to do or how we practice our sense of priorities in life.  Though everyone is not perfect,  trying to  correct our mistakes or make up with our shortcomings should not be set aside.  Life is what you make it that makes the difference to anybody.     








Related Personal Travels:

Wonderful One-day Trips:

Happy, Happy Me Travels:
   Introduction - Happy, Happy Me                
      Part Two                                                 
  Part Three                                                              
  Part Four                                                     
  Part Five                                                     
  Part One – Japan (2014)                            
  Part Three – Japan (2016)                         
      Part Four –Japan (2016)     

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Mom's Oven --- Skinless Garlic Venison Sausage


Who likes garlic? Others don’t like eating garlic because of the smell that can stay in our mouth causing bad breath.  Hmmmm (-.*), let’s just maintain our good oral hygiene well, but the benefits of eating garlic should not be disregarded.   Garlic helps lower our cholesterol level and blood pressure which are necessary to maintain  a healthy heart.  There were some garlic plants that grew by the side of our garage.  It was previously planted by my mother-in-law.  It just regrows and dies every year.  The Great Gardener was able to gather some garlic.  When it is ready for harvest, the plant itself withers.  I failed to take picture of them because he gathered them  without my knowledge. 


That's why I made this homemade recipe,  combining with venison meat.  This is just so good and right for anyone who loves sausage.  Whether fried or grilled, it can be eaten with rice or make a hot sausage sandwich.  It's another favorite food of the Hunter.  

  
SKINLESS GARLIC VENISON SAUSAGE

Ingredients:
2 lbs    ground venison meat
½ c      garlic, diced
½ c      vinegar
1 tsp    ground black pepper
1 tsp    creole seasoning
1 tsp    oregano
2 tsp    salt
2 tbsp  sugar
½ c      corn oil

 



Preparation Time:  30 - 45 minutes




Cooking Time:  30 - 45 minutes


Instructions:
1.   Preheat the pan with cooking oil.

2.   Mix all together the ingredients.  Blend them well.

3.  Measure 1/3 cup of the mixture and roll it in between your    palms to lengthen it and shape like a sausage.  Do the same procedure with the rest of the mixture.

4.   Fry them until medium brown. Place a paper towel on the
plate to absorb the oil after frying.

(Note: You can also grill them. I prefer to cook them medium brown to preserve its juicy taste.  When there are leftovers, I store them in the freezer and reheat them later.  The same juicy taste is still there, as if, it's just newly cooked.

Yield: 27 sausages



Please see also my other Venison Recipes:
   
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“Cooking doesn’t only involve knowing what and how to cook and prepare  all the ingredients, but also how much you love to cook for somebody ."  


Sunday, September 1, 2013

My hands can do this --- Crocheted Curtain Flower Holdback


It’s not always that we need to buy something expensive just to holdback our curtains in the house.  So, I thought of something different that will serve the purpose.  It’s simple, yet beautifully designed to add more attraction to your curtains whether plain or printed ones.   


Crocheted Curtain Flower Holdback (1)


CROCHETED CURTAIN  FLOWER HOLDBACK

Materials:
(1)  Caron Simply Soft 4 ply, acrylic, 6 oz (baby brights ombre)
(1)  Caron Simply Soft 4 ply, acrylic, 6 oz (autumn red)
(1)  Caron Simply Soft 4 ply, acrylic, 6 oz (dark sage)
(1)  Caron Simply Soft 4 ply, acrylic, 6 oz (chocolate)
(2)   fancy buttons
       crochet hook size – F5 / 3.75
       Elmer’s glue

Level of Difficulty – easy

Stitch Abbreviations:
(ch)       chain                                                
(sc)       single crochet                                                
(hdc)     half-double crochet
(dc)       double crochet
(sl st)    slip stitch
(sp)       space
(YO)     yarn over
(BPsc)  back post single crochet

Special Instructions:
(hdc) – half-double crochet – (YO) and insert hook in same (sp). Pull up loop and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
(BPsc) – back post single crochet – Insert hook from back to front around the post of (st) indicated, pull up a loop, (YO), and draw through 2 loops to make (sc).
Note: Always count the number of  stitches in each row to avoid mistakes.

Instructions: 
Baby Brights Ombre 
1st Row - Make 8 (ch) and (sl st) in first (ch).   Make (ch) and then (sc).  Hide the excess yarn as you crochet. 11 (Sc) around and (sl st) on beginning (sc).  
Result – 12 (sc)  
2nd Row –  Make 2 (ch) and then (hdc) on next (sc).  9 (Hdc) on next 9 (sc).  (Hdc) on last (sc).  (Sl st) on beginning (hdc).
Result – 12 (hdc)
Connecting Another Yarn – Red Autumn
3rd Row – Make (ch). Prepare the end of red autumn yarn. Work (BPsc) on first (hdc), but pull the end of red autumn yarn. Tie the ends of red autumn and baby brights ombre together twice. Do not cut the baby brights ombre yarn. Hide the excess  red autumn yarn as you begin crocheting.  Using the red autumn yarn, continue working (BPsc) around the next (hdc) 11X.  (Sl st) to beginning (sc).
Result -  12 (sc)

Connecting Another Yarn – Baby Brights Ombre
4th Row – Join baby brights ombre yarn with (sl st). Do not cut the red autumn yarn.  (Sl st) on (sc- baby brights ombre).  Make 2 (ch).  3 (Hdc) on same (sp).  Make (ch) and turn around.
Result – 4 (hdc)
5th Row -  (Sl st) on (hdc) and 2 (ch) on same (sp).  2 (Hdc) on next 2 (hdc).  Make (ch) and turn around.
Result – 3 (hdc)

6th Row -  (Sl st) on (hdc) and 2 (ch) on same (sp).  (Hdc) on next (hdc).  Extend a little of yarn before cutting.  Tie it once and hide the excess yarn.  Apply Elmer’s glue at the end.
Result – 2 (hdc)
Note From 4th to 6th Rows, the stitches made are counted as one petal. Skip (sc) and insert  the yarn end on the next (sc-baby brights ombre) and tie it twice.  Hide the excess yarn as you begin crocheting.  Do the same procedures from 4th to 6th Rows (5X) more.
Result – 6 petals

Connecting Another Yarn – Red Autumn
7th Row -  From the 3rd Row at the back side, join the red autumn yarn with (sl st) on first (sc) and then 4 (ch).  Skip (sc) and (sl st) on next (sc).  [4 (Ch), skip (sc), and (sl st) on next (sc)] 4X.  4 (Ch), skip (sc), and (sl st) on beginning (sc).
Result – 6 (4-ch sp)
8th Row – (Sl st) on (4-ch sp).  2 (Ch) and 6 (hdc) on same (sp). Make (ch) and turn around.
Result – 7 (hdc)
9th Row – (Sl st) on (hdc) and 2 (ch) on same (sp). (Hdc) on next 5 (hdc).  Make (ch) and turn around.
Result – 6 (hdc)  
10th Row – (Sl st) on (hdc) and 2 (ch) on same (sp). (Hdc) on next 4 (hdc).  Make (ch) and turn around.
Result – 5 (hdc)
11th Row – (Sl st) on (hdc) and 2 (ch) on same (sp). (Hdc) on next 3 (hdc).  Make (ch) and turn around.
Result – 4 (hdc)
12th Row – (Sl st) on (hdc) and 2 (ch) on same (sp). (Hdc) on next 2 (hdc).  Make (ch) and turn around.  Extend a little of yarn before cutting.  Tie it once and hide the excess yarn.  Apply Elmer’s glue at the end.
Result – 3 (hdc)

Note From 8th to 12th Rows, the stitches made are counted as one petal. Insert  the yarn end on (sc) near the previous petal and tie it twice.  Hide the excess yarn as you begin crocheting.  Do the same procedures from 8th to 12th Rows (5X) more.
Result – 6 petals

Connecting Another Yarn – Dark Sage
13th Row -   Work at the back side.  Insert the dark sage yarn end on (sc -skipped one) and tie it twice.   Hide the excess yarn as you begin crocheting.  (Sl st) and 4 (ch) on same (sp).  (Sc) on next skipped (sc).  [4 (Ch) on same (sp) and (sc) on next skipped (sc)] 4X.  4 (Ch) on same (sp) and (sl st) on beginning (sc).
Result -  6 (4-ch sp)
14th Row -  (Sl st) on (4-ch sp).  2 (Ch) and 7 (hdc) on same (sp). Make (ch) and turn around.
Result – 8 (hdc)
15th Row – (Sl st) on (hdc) and 2 (ch) on same (sp). (Hdc) on next 6 (hdc).  Make (ch) and turn around.
Result – 7 (hdc)  
16th Row – (Sl st) on (hdc) and 2 (ch) on same (sp). (Hdc) on next 5 (hdc).  Make (ch) and turn around.
Result – 6 (hdc)
17th Row – (Sl st) on (hdc) and 2 (ch) on same (sp). (Hdc) on next 4 (hdc).  Make (ch) and turn around.
Result – 5 (hdc)
18th Row – (Sl st) on (hdc) and 2 (ch) on same (sp). (Hdc) on next 3 (hdc).  Make (ch) and turn around. 
Result – 4 (hdc)
19th Row - (Sl st) on (hdc) and 2 (ch) on same (sp). (Hdc) on next 2 (hdc).  Extend a little of yarn before cutting.  Tie it once and hide the excess yarn.  Apply Elmer’s glue at the end.
Result – 3 (hdc)
20th Row - (Sl st) on (hdc) and 2 (ch) on same (sp). (Hdc) on next (hdc).  Extend a little of yarn before cutting.  Tie it once and hide the excess yarn.  Apply Elmer’s glue at the end.
Result – 2 (hdc)
Note From 14th to 20th Rows, the stitches made are counted as one sepal. Insert  the yarn end on (sc) near  the previous sepal and tie it twice.  Hide the excess yarn as you begin crocheting.  Do the same procedures from 14th to 20th Rows (5X) more.
Result – 6 sepals

Connecting Another Yarn – Chocolate
1st Row - Work at the back side. Insert the chocolate yarn end on (sc) of sepal area and tie it twice.  Hide the excess yarn as you begin crocheting.  (Sl st) on same (sp).  5 (Ch) and then (sl st) on next r(sc) of same sepal area.  Turn around. 
Result – 5 (ch sp)
2nd Row – (Sl st) on 5 (ch sp) and (ch). 5 (Sc) on same (sp).  Make (ch) and then turn around.    
Result – 5 (sc)
3rd Row -  (Sc) on first (sc).  (Sc) on next 4 (sc).  Make (ch) and then turn around.  Does this same procedure till it can holdback the whole curtain.
Result – 5 (sc)
Attaching the Button
Count 5 rows backward from the last row of stitches. Cut a small yarn and attach the fancy button in the center of the next row of stitches.

Note -  Do the same instructions for making another curtain flower holdback. 



 Crocheted Curtain Flower Holdback (2)