The Feather River Canyon Highway 70 in Plumas County

Over the weekend we drove to Chico (tour the Sierra Nevada Brewery) and then drove back home through the Feather River Canyon on 70. Was a beautiful weekend, not too hot ~ here are a bunch of pictures of the canyon. Our last stop before home was Portola…we like their little park across the street from the library. Ate lunch there and then went to the railroad museum.

Here are a few pictures of Quincy, Ca buildings. I have a bunch of the Portola Railroad Museum, but will put those on another post.

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For Today ~ 22 September 2008 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 22 September 2008

Outside My Window…A beautiful Chilly morning. The air smells wonderful. I wish it would stay this cool (46F) all day long, but it will climb into the 80’s and the high 80’s this week.

I am thinking…I really like the Chico, Ca area. Really liked the pecan orchards in Live Oak, Ca. Wishing I was still in the Feather River Canyon taking pictures of all the train trestles and bridges. Very cool. Did you know you can drive to Chico from Sparks, NV (take 80 west, up to Yuba City then to Chico) then back down towards Oroville area to catch 70 back through Quincy, Portola, to Sparks on one tank of gas?! 🙂 We drove 400 miles and I still have a quarter of a tank. Here is my mind scattering again…da Bills! My guys barely won…1 point! 🙂 And that Aaron Rodgers of the Packers is one cute kid.

I am thankful for… That the temporary job will last 3 more weeks for my husband.

From the kitchen… – nothing much…the dishes are washed. I threw together a whole wheat pasta dish last night with turkey sausage and veggies from my garden. I may stop by Raley’s on the way home and pick something up for dinner tonight…Monday Night Football will be on.

I am wearing… jeans! Haven’t had those on in a long time! 🙂 Berks and a brown t-shirt.

I am creating… a new ipod list…need to update my playlist.

I am going… …think about taking the afternoon off. I’m real tired from our weekend trip to Chico.

I am reading… The Twilight series ~ I’ve just started the third book. Didn’t get a lot of reading done over the weekend.

I am hoping… that the temporary job my husband is working will take him on full-time.

I am hearing… The hum of the chillers…and me typing. That’s it.

Around the house… The boys (Max and Leo) were very happy to see us come home and the jays were too.

One of my favorite things… Fall…Autumn…crisp cool mornings and nights. Trees changing colors. Critters scampering around looking for winter food.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… same as last week: sandwich the Underground Railroad quilt together and pin-baste it. Cut out some blocks of the Dear Jane quilt so I can start hand-appliquéing.

Here is picture thought I’d share with you… FEATHER RIVER CANYON

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Some Favorite Recipes ~ All Desserts

I think today I’m just going to share a couple of my favorite dessert recipes ~ some family ones and others are ones I’ve found and adapted to my own tastes.


Picture taken off of the Reno Gazette Journal a couple of years ago…this is looking at Slide Mountain/Mt. Rose from Pleasant Valley.

After Blaze talked about eating Elephant Ears at the fair it got me thinking about my Grandma Stickles recipe for Knee Patches (same thing as Elephant Ears). My dad said the recipe came from a neighbor when he was little, a Mrs. Raurseyer (I think that is how it was spelled). Not sure if it’s from Minnesota or when they moved to Southern California. Anyhoo…here is the recipe:

KNOE BLATZA (Knee Patches)

4 eggs well beaten (about 5 minutes)
6 TBSP sour cream
1 lb flour (4 C. sifted)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt

Mix all together like bread dough. Keep in refrig for 2 or 3 hours. Roll Thin!, then stretch.*** Fry in deep shortening (crisco or other vegetable shortening).

***I use a dish towel over my knee and stretch as thin as possible. Paper thin! Then instead of making big ole elephant ear sizes, I cut into 5″-6″ pieces with a knife then throw them into the oil. Then I sprinkle with either sugar, cinnamon sugar, or powdered sugar.

These are best eaten within a day or two. So I’d keep the dough in the frig until you’re ready to eat them or give them away.

Caramelitas are a big favorite of mine…how can you go wrong with caramel, chocolate, pecans and oatmeal??!!!??? I first had these in college…I was in an archaeology class that met on weekends to go out and learn field methods. We took turns bringing breakfast and lunch…and beer. 🙂 I can’t remember her name…can still picture her though, petite blondish hair cut short with a braided rat-tail…she brought a pan full of these deliciously sinful bars.

CARAMELITAS

2-1/4 C. flour, divided
2 C. quick-cooking oats
1-1/2 C. brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1-1/2 C. cold butter
1 pkg of semisweet or dark chocolate chips
1 C chopped pecans (I add a wee bit more)
1 jar of caramel ice cream topping

In a bowl combine 2 C flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. (I actually stick my butter in the microwave to soften it a bit) Set 1/2 aside for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture into a greased 13x9x2 baking pan. Bake at 350F for 15 minutes. Sprinkle on top the chocolate chips and pecans. Mix together the caramel topping with the remaining flour and then drizzle over the pecans. Sprinkle the rest of the crumb mixture over the caramel. Bake for another 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool for a couple of hours before cutting…or just take a spoon and dig in! 🙂

Here at work we always have a Halloween/Nevada Day/Fall Potluck ~ it’s usually me and one of the grad students from a different department that heads it up. I try to make something with pumpkin…pumpkin chili, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cobbler. The following is the Pumpkin Cobbler recipe:

PUMPKIN COBBLER

3 eggs, beaten
15-oz can pumpkin
12-oz can evaporated milk
1 C. sugar
1/8 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp pumpkin spice
1 Tbsp Vanilla
1 pkg yellow cake mix
1-1/4 C butter, melted
1 C chopped pecans (you can use whatever nuts you like)

Mix the first 8 ingredients together; pour into an ungreased 13x9x2 baking pan. Sprinkle cake mix over the top; drizzle with butter. Bake at 350F for 25 minutes. Top with nuts and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes.

We make these Ginger Cookies every Christmas…but I start making them in the fall. I just love ginger and cinnamon. These are really cool to wrap up with a tea cup/mug and tea for a present.

GINGER COOKIES

2/3 C Canola Oil
1 C sugar
1 egg
4 TBSP Molasses
2 C flour
2 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1-1/2 tsp ginger
sugar for dipping

Mix oil with sugar, add egg and beat well. Stir in molasses. Sift dry ingredients together and add to egg/molasses mixture. Form balls ~ drop and roll in sugar. Bake in a 350F oven for 10-15 minutes (depends on if you want them soft or crunchy…I like them sorta hard on the outside and chewy on the inside so I take them out around 10 minutes).

Video on Drilling Holes in Sea Glass ~ Found at LAST!

After checking different blogs on wordpress and blogspot I found a really cool one for HOW DO DRILL HOLES IN SEA GLASS!

YIPPPPPEEEE!!!

Am hoping that my next piece of glass will not look like my first piece of drilled glass ~

Below are links to her different websites/blogs ~ A Maritime Girl from Prince Edward Island, Canada.

A Maritime Girl ~ How to Drill Sea Glass

A Martime Girl's Online Sea Glass Studio ~ VIDEO of her drilling sea glass

Beach Glass Girl ~ her WordPress blog

Spiral Knot Hemp Necklace with Shark’s Tooth Pendant

Back in July while beach-combing in Monterey with my sister I found half of an old shark’s tooth. She was looking for one to make into a necklace, while I was looking for blue and green sea glass. We each bent down about the same time…she came up with a pretty piece of blue glass and I came up with a shark’s tooth! 🙂

Anyhoo ~ I took three lengths of 20lb hemp string…one about 24″ long the other two about 3 yards long. Tied a knot at one end, slipped a carved bone bead on and then tied another knot. Came down about an inch and tied another knot then started on the spiral knots (I think it’s called a HALF KNOT).


First I took the right-side and made a loop (backwards “c”) and brought it OVER the middle string (your short length goes in the middle with the two long lengths on either side of it)

Next I took the left side, made a “c” and then went under the backwards “c”, behind the middle length, and then over the top (inside) of the right loop. So now the STARTING left-side in now on the right front and the STARTING right-side is on the left back.

Pull together snuggly and start the cycle over. If you keep doing the same knot over it makes the spiral effect. If you want it flat…you have to reverse the procedure…your next knot would starting from the left-side (making two half-knots, first from the right the second from the left, makes a square knot).

Now…with the shark’s tooth I’m having a real problem with how to wire wrap the dang thing. It’s a bad shape, would be better if I could hang it sharp side up…but that would look silly.

Waiting for my sister to say it’s ok to try to drill through the top part of the tooth. I told her I’m not sure how “fossilized” it’s become. It’s definitely been worn by being in the sea, but it also looks like it’s been in the process of fossilizing. I may be able to drill directly into the top of it, instead of drilling a hole horizontally.

Anyone out there drilled a hole through a partially fossilized shark’s tooth?

The Pumpkin Faeries’ House

I bought a handmade house for the pumpkin Faeries that live in my pumpkin patch…just thought I’d share a picture.

Sometimes when I’m quietly reading in the sunroom I glance out the window and see them playing in the pumpkin patch. I also have caught our Scrub Jays sharing their goobers with them.

The jays sqawk…the faeries peek out their door…and then a peanut is exchanged! I saw six peanuts in their house while watering the pumpkins! I guess faeries love peanuts too!

This is Keegan…he likes to keep an eye out on the wee faeries. He’s very friendly, loves to come talk to me while I’m outside.

This artwork, October Pumpkin Fairies, is by John Randall York ~ one of my favorite fairy artists. He loves Halloween and Autumn as much as I do! 🙂 The wee Pumpkin Patch Faeries look a lot like John’s paintings ~

For Today ~ 15 September 2008 ~ Simple Woman Daybook

FOR TODAY … 15 September 2008

Outside My Window…Another hot day in store ~ 92F-94F. Big sigh. Not a cloud in the sky. Construction workers working on the building next door. Students and lab techs slowly making their way in from the parking lot.

I am thinking…it’s already the 15th of September. Didn’t the month just start?! Where did the last two weeks go? I need a nap. I hope my sister brought the second book of the Twilight series. I’m hungry already! Sheesh. (I think my brain is snapping in different directions today)

I am thankful for… My job, my friends, and the roof over my head…and the possiblity of mid-80F temps later in the week.

From the kitchen… the smell of roasted New Mexican Hatch green chiles…oh so yummy. I made up my own take of a green chile pork posole dish up last night ~ roasted a lot of chiles and then skinned them. Put in one head of garlic and one yellow onion (both from Yerington and Smith Valley, Nevada) into the blender. Heated up a TBSP of canola oil into the cast iron skillet and put the garlic, onion and about 4 cups of shredded pork butt roast (that I slow-cooked all day on Saturday in organic fat-free chicken broth and cumin)…browned it up and then added the minced green chiles. Added some of the strained broth from the pork and two cans of white hominy (drained). Served it with homemade tortillas. We’re having leftovers tonight… 🙂

I am wearing… sundress (my favorite brown and tan striped one) and berks, hair back in a clip.

I am creating… a hemp necklace for my sister…used a spiral weave…can’t figure out how to securely wrap the shark’s tooth (it’s only half of one, so it’s a little harder to wrap).

I am going… …to do payroll after I’m done here.

I am reading… The Twilight series ~ just finished up the first book and hoping my sister brought the second one today. Will pick it up at lunch time.

I am hoping… STILL: that my husband can find a job real quick as he is out of work again (please pray!)…I’m tired of the temporary jobs…as I’m sure he is too. We need a full-time permanent job for him! (I think this is the last week of this job ~ he needs another one lined up!)

I am hearing… The hum of the chillers, my office mate typing and listening to Rob, Arnie & Dawn, and next door office folks

Around the house… We planted a BEAUTIFUL Green Mountain Maple tree out front.

One of my favorite things… trees…especially trees turning colors in the fall. Oaks, Maples and Aspens.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… sandwich the Underground Railroad quilt together and pin-baste it. Cut out some blocks of the Dear Jane quilt so I can start hand-appliquéing.

Here is picture thought I’d share with you…my new tree ~ ACER saccharum ‘Green Mountain’ sugar maple.

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