Monday, February 26, 2007

New Words & Phrases

Due to my son's interest in Super Heroes I've decided it would be fun to use some of their words and phrases in everyday life. Here's a list:

"We must be strong and we must be swift!" (I've been saying this alot!)

foe (what a funny word- I hope I don't have too many!)

"Go get 'em tiger!" (I love the way Mary Jane says this at the end of the Spider Man movie.)

"It's clobberin' time!" (said teasingly, of course)

"I'm the best their is at what I do"

"You don't want to make me angry!"

"Say goodnight, Gracie!"

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Runza Recipe

This is a combination of my mom's recipe and a friends recipe with a few tweaks of my own. I usually end up with more meat than dough, so you may want to use just two or three pounds of hamburger (You can still put in a whole head of cabbage. Mom's original recipe called for 2 lbs. hamburger to 1 head of cabbage– I just don't like that much cabbage.)

Dough: (make 2 batches)
1 envelope yeast
2 cups warm milk or water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 tsp. salt
2 beaten eggs
7-8 cups flour

Soften yeast in liquid. Stir in remaining ingredients. Let rise until doubled. Punch down & let rise again.

Meanwhile, prepare the filling.

1 head of cabbage- shredded
4 lbs. ground beef
2 boxes (4 envelopes) Lipton Beefy Onion soup mix
salt and pepper to taste

Brown hamburger. Add cabbage, soup mix & salt and pepper. Simmer 'til dough is done rising.

Divide dough into 32 equal balls (16 from each batch of dough). Roll each ball to about a 1/4" thickness. Place a portion of the filling in the center (maybe about a 1/2 cup?) Bring sides together, pinch to seal securely. Place pinched side down on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350º about 20 minutes until golden. Brush tops with butter. Eat a bunch right out of the oven, then freeze the rest for a quick meal when you need one.

cozy weekend

Originally uploaded by Flying Time Designs.
Well, the blizzard missed us, but we had a cozy Saturday inside anyway. My daughter and I spent the afternoon baking Runzas. She makes the dough, I make the meat, then we both put them together. Yummmm! (I'll post the recipe if anyone wants it.) Then, my other daughter baked cookies. She tried a new recipe and had some trouble getting them off the pan in one piece, so I don't have any pictures, but they tasted pretty good and made the house smell yummy! I spent the rest of the day working on some paper mache projects in between loads of laundry. Today, I suppose I should get the house clean. Ick!

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Preparing for a Blizzard

Originally uploaded by Flying Time Designs.
Yesterday it was almost 60º here. Tomorrow, there's a good chance of severe thunderstorms, and we're in a bilzzard watch for Saturday. We're used to crazy weather like this in Nebraska and we know how to prepare. After work, I went shopping for all the necessary supplies. Milk, water, bread, batteries…no…styrofoam, clay & paint. What could be worse than being snowed in without craft supplies? As long as I have everything I need to make what I want to make, I'm perfectly happy to be stuck inside, unable to leave the house, cut off from the rest of the world for a few days. (I will get all the groceries we need before the storm too.) Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

My Hero

Originally uploaded by Flying Time Designs.
My six year old is really into Super Heros these days so of course, I had to make some. This guy is the third "Hero" I've made. The pencil and the "Palmer Method Handwriting" merit pin are new additions to the design and were added because my son just got a little award certificate from his teacher for working so hard on his hand-writing. I rarely keep the stuff I make but I have to keep him!

Sunday, February 18, 2007

I Hate Sewing!

Originally uploaded by Flying Time Designs.
The sewing machine and I don't get along very well and I don't like reading patterns. So why did I buy fabric yesterday? A couple of years ago I got rid of a big stash of homespun plaids and calicos that I had collected in the '90s and never used. After that I swore I would never buy fabric again unless I had a specific project that I needed it for and planned to make right away. It really wasn't too hard to stop buying fabric 'cause there just wasn't anything new and different in the local stores and I don't really like buying fabric on-line. But we now have a store about 40 miles from here that has really cool, fun, fabric and when I was there yesterday, I gave in to temptation.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Happy Friday!

Originally uploaded by Flying Time Designs.
When I came home from work yesterday, my daughter gave me this iPod cozy that she knitted and felted. I love it! I'm so glad she knows how to knit. My mom gave her and me a lesson at the same time. My daughter caught on, but I did not. So…I'm always requesting knitted things from her. She's so talented and I'm so lucky!