Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
This proverb refers back to mediaeval falconry where a bird in the hand (the falcon) was a valuable asset and certainly worth more than two in the bush (the prey).The first citation of the expression in print in its currently used form is found in John Ray's A Hand-book of Proverbs, 1670.
It's amazing how long certain sayings can stick with society, especially when we can't even remember what we said last week. Just like an old commercial where a musical ditty such as "you'll wonder where the yellow went, when you brush your teeth with Pepsodent!" is still rattling around in my brain, and comes to the forefront on occasion, such sayings as "A bird in the hand" come to the tip of our tongue, when appropriate. When I saw the lovely hand pendant, and the bird with nest and such string of beads, I immediately thought of the phrase, inspiration for a pretty creation! Stop by my etsy shop if you would like "A bird in the Hand", for yourself. Simply Sheryl's
Monday, January 14, 2013
Sunday, January 13, 2013
You may be wondering what Carmen Miranda has to do with my family, well, apparently my grandmother, my mother's mom, used to do hair for people in LA, and Carmen was one of her clients! How come I didn't know that before?! Very cool bit of information.
If you think your family has nothing to learn about, you might be surprised! Genealogy is so fun, and it really turns the hearts of the children to their fathers, as is stated in Malachi. Of course we LDS folk believe that families are meant to be together forever, and that Heavenly Father has a plan for that, but even if you don't believe that, you will still find doing genealogy richly rewarding.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Shhhhh..... this is my version of a family recipe. You know, the kind that is supposed to be a secret..... or not. I asked, she shared! So I don't think this is too secret, right?
This is a different way to make potato salad from what I'm used to, but the family loves the original so I tried it, with a couple of twists. Start this the day before so that the potatoes and eggs have time to chill nicely.
Sweet and Savory Potato Salad
6 medium potatoes
1 almost large sweet potato or yam
1 cup Miracle Whip
1/3 cup Mayonnaise
1 t. sugar
1 T. yellow mustard
1 T. creamy horseradish
2-3 T. sweet pickle juice
2 green onions, minced, tops and all
1/3 c. minced sweet pickle chips
In a large pot boil over medium low heat all the potatoes and eggs. Drain, cool in cold water, drain again and chill over night. Peel and dice potatoes into small cubes. Peel and mince the eggs. In a large bowl combine the potatoes, onion, sweet pickle, and eggs. In a small bowl combine the mayo and Miracle Whip, sugar, mustard, horseradish, pickle juice. Stir into potato mixture and mix until well combined. Add salt as needed. Chill and enjoy! We are all sitting around with stuffed tummies full of honey baked ham, potato salad, steamed broccoli, and sliced cucumbers..... soooooo good!
Spiced Oatmeal Waffles - (the night before you want these make up the batter)
5 1/2 ounces oats, toasted in a dry skillet
4 ounces flour
3 T. brown sugar (Alton uses white) plus one T. white sugar, my addition
2 T. each melted butter and oil (Alton uses all butter)
1 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
1/2 t. baking soda
2 cups buttermilk
1/4 t. pumpkin pie spice (my addition)
1 t. vanilla (my addition)
Toast your oats in a dry skillet, watching to make sure they don't burn. When cooled whir in a blender or food processor until flour like consistency. In a glass bowl or 4 c. measuring cup combine all dry ingredients. In another bowl whisk together the eggs, fats, vanilla and buttermilk. Gently mix into dry ingredients. Don't beat too vigorously and don't worry about lumps. You want light fluffy waffles and over beating will make them tough. Cover and refrigerate over night, which is not a recommendation from Alton but several others did say that helped make the batter thick and certainly didn't seem to hurt anything. Take out about 30 minutes prior to cooking the waffles. This will make 6 large 4 section waffles. Follow the instructions on your waffle maker. Mine is a small Rival which makes to square waffles at a time and I figured out that a quarter of a cup of batter on each side was enough. Now for the syrup.
Butter Pecan Maple Syrup
2 T. butter
1/3 c. chopped pecans
1 c. maple syrup
In a small saucepan melt the butter and cook the pecans lightly. Add the syrup and heat til very warm. Serve with the waffles or any favorite pancake, or french toast recipe. Enjoy!
Thursday, January 10, 2013
It's only January I know, but it's never too early to get a gift, either for yourself, or the one who brightens your day. Give them a gift that will remind them of your love by visiting Simply Sheryl's.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Red is for love, sacrifice, and redemption. All three have a connection in that when we love, we are willing to sacrifice, and redemption, true change can come when one feels love.
A bit of broken Memory Lane China by Royal became a lovely wire wrapped pendant, embellished with glass beads and silver findings. To see more about this stop by my etsy shop - Simply Sheryl's
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
As a lover of old things turned new or re-purposed I separated the handle from the rest and created a pretty pendant.