March 30Th - Stevie's Crazy Kitchen Blog at - 167079

Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

March 30th 
Mar. 30, 2010 11:17 pm 
Updated: Apr. 1, 2010 1:04 pm
Hey all, thanks for the comments... always LOVE them!  Try as I might, I could not get signed in AR last ALL, so finally gave up!  Thankfully, here I am!  Today was my 53rd b'day, and let me tell you, the day started out ok, but from noon on, went TOTALLY SIDEWAYS, and what I figured I'd been done with by 5pm or earlier, took me to 5:30.  So, tonights posting is dedicated to those of you who left comments on the 29th or since...  Judy, I HATE tossing leftovers, but hey, it happens when one cooks crazy all the time (have two pans on the counter now...)  Will try to get some pics posted.  Each skirt I make, is "better" than the prior, as with each one, I learn more....I am in Phoenix AZ, and YES, #5 is in the works!  Daisy, kudos to you for making a quilt!  Sis, in TX, and myself, will soon have to figure out what to "do" with mom (now 89) and living in MI!  Anyway, would never think about a piece of thread in the bobbin case!  I probably should make a note!  Frequent problem I have, is thread getting caught up under the "feed plate" or toward bobbin casing...  Lee, glad you enjoyed your visit... speaking of S.Mtn, I have a "fantasy" I will share, since you've been there...  Picture being driven (in a limo course) up the mountain, and parking at the top, to find a candle lit table, a string quartet or baby grand, and a meal ready to be served by the sexiest wait person you can find, (since you have planned the "event"?)  Why has there NEVER been anyone in my life, that would plan "more" than just taking me to dinner, or dancing????  I know I'm a HOPELESS ROMANTIC, but come on....  I can't be the only one who would like to plan, or be taken to, such an evening...????  Well, maybe I am the only, I don't know...  J doesn't even understand why some nights I will go out on our secluded patio, light a fire, turn on the christmas lights, and listen to, usually Josh Groban, and enjoy myself  so much more than anything any "date" I've ever been...  So... KEEP BEING CRAZY, and if you have a special someone, KNOCK THIER SOCKS OFF SOMETIME, (unless they're just an "old poop.")  Later guys!!! need to put on some mood music, and go CRAZY! , to wind up my b'day............  Luv ya!
Mar. 31, 2010 3:31 am
hey stevie, happy birthday...even if it is late ,(i didn't see this till this morning)i hope you had a good day. maybe j will do the dinner thing for you one day,i hope so ,..yes i feed the dogs that come around my leftovers,....ttyl
Mar. 31, 2010 3:51 am
Happy Birthday--I always enjoy your blog! Thanks for sharing your day with us.
Mar. 31, 2010 5:05 am
Happy Birthday a day late!! Hope it was a good one!
Mar. 31, 2010 6:16 am
Happy Birthday a day late, Old Man...LOL! Just kidding, my husband is 53 too...54 in June!!
Mar. 31, 2010 10:45 am
Happy BD! Haven't been following many blogs due to computer issues. Gonna upgrade to new & become a supporting AR member for my BD. Love the romantic idea. Let me share my last two BD's-09 put in fence for my new horse & cooked dinner,08 cooked from scratch & served 6 courses for 25 people so I could have a party. For the other half not necessarily better, I've invited for several years in a row all his family (35 people)served a full fledged BBQ for people who think bring a side means BBQ chips & RSVP means show up and bring 2 or 3 more! If you didn't have as much fun on your BD pick another day & have a do-over :)
Mar. 31, 2010 11:27 am
Happy Birthday, Stevie. I'm glad to hear that you enjoy listening to music just for the mood of it. I love all kinds of music from classical to even some (very little) hip hop. I would recommend that you find a copy of Grand Canyon Suite to listen to some night on your patio as the sun is setting. Maybe your local library has it. You'd be surprised at what goodies they have in the libraries. The other classical pieces I would recommend for mood music are by Aaron Copeland. Parts of his works will sound familiar because they are used in commercials. Appalacian Spring is one of my favorites. I will probably listen to it this weekend when the sun comes out. We are recovering from floods here. The rainfall broke all records in the past two days. Luckily, we didn't get water in our basement, but it was so wet, there was a large duck swimming in our yard! We don't have a river, pond or water feature - just grass and trees. If your bobbin keeps getting jammed, it could be several easy fixes. Your needle could be dull, or the wrong size for the thread you are using. There could be lint hidden in the bobbin mechanism. You could be threading the bobbin backwards (I do this all the time). When you lie the bobbin on a table, the thread should come out so that it looks like a number 6 or a letter d. Dig out your owners manual to see which direction your bobbin needs to be threaded in. If you have it coming out backwards, it won't spin as freely. If if is jamming when you are quilting, it is because the feed dogs (those little teeth around the hole) and the foot aren't working well together. Again, make sure you are using a foot that is holding the fabric in place, and making a good contact. Practice on scrap fabric whenever you make changes, and oil your machine according to the manual. DO NOT USE WD40! It will smell forever, and isn't the right weight. Sewing machine oil is cheap enough and will last you forever. They even sell it in our grocery store notions aisle. Run scrap fabric through after oiling, so it won't stain your good fabric. Instead of tree skirts, how about if you make yourself some red, white and blue patchwork placemats? Memorial Day and the Fourth of July are coming up, the fabric stores have those colors in stock now. I even like them made with just strips of fabric.
Mar. 31, 2010 9:55 pm
Happy Birthday to you Stevie! Sorry it was not as good as it could have been but like someone else said---have a "do over"! You romantic dinner and evening sounds wonderful to me! I enjoy your blogs so much, please keep them coming!!
Lee B 
Apr. 1, 2010 1:04 pm
Happy belated Birthday Stevie!!I hope your dinner fantasy comes true soon.I'll keep your idea in mind because I HAVE to come back.(Never breathed so well in my life.)I wanna ride the bike out there next(hello sore cheeks LOL)time.Mood music...nothing better!!
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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