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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My Uncle Carl's Potato Soup

My uncle Carl is an amazing cook!  He lives by himself and enjoys cooking for everyone. He gave me this recipe about 10 years ago and it is my all time favorite, go-to comfort food.  And he happens to be, my all time favorite Uncle!
By the Way, my Uncle Carl is king in his kitchen, you don't ever stir his beans, season his dishes nor wash his dishes (no challenge here)! 
Love him!! 
My Uncle Carl's Potato Soup

  • 8 slices of bacon
  • 1/4 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 3 plus cups of peeled, cubed potatoes
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • fresh chives
  • Grated cheddar cheese
1. Cook bacon in a dutch oven until done
2. Remove bacon and chop saving the bacon grease in the dutch oven
3. Saute celery and onion in the bacon grease until tender
4. Add potatoes, water, bay leaves and boil until potatoes are tender and water is almost gone.
5. Remove bay leaves and add a splash of Worcestershire sauce, a pinch of nutmeg and salt and pepper to taste
6. Using an immersible blender, puree until smooth
7. Milk can be added as needed at this point
8. Serve with the chopped bacon, grated cheddar cheese and fresh chives sprinkled on top.
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium

My sweet hubby and I attended the 2011 Cowboy Symposium and Chuck Wagon cook off at Ruidoza Downs in Ruidoza New Mexico.  What an event!  It was three full days of chuck wagon cooking, county music, dutch oven demonstrations, western arts and crafts.  We attended a Mel Tillis Concert and Mel did an amazing job along with the Texas Playboys.  This happens every year in October so if anyone gets a chance, make plans to go.

This little wagon that is pulled behind the bigger Chuck wagon is called a "hoodlum"

Just setting up camp!

Everything on the wagon is authentic and each camp is judged and awarded points for each item such as ax, water barrel, tools, bedrolls and even shaving items of the era.

One of the Chuck Wagon Trucks for the All American Chuck Wagon Truck Race.

 Model TT Ford Truck Chuck Wagon

Pressure Cooker!

I am so glad I have my own kitchen. This is fun to visit but had to have been hard work, very hard.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

How to Crochet a Ballerina Tutu to fit a barbie size doll

I have been crocheting Ballerina Tutu's for my granddaughter's dolls.  I have made several of these adorable outfits and it's one of the easiest barbie clothes I have made except the swim suits, those were pretty easy. 

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These Ballerina Tutu's that fit a doll the size of Barbie can be made in about an hour or less.   This free crochet pattern is for a beginner and are so easy. 

We made several in different colors and my granddaughters just love that all their barbies and Disney princess can be turned into ballerinas!  

There are two pieces to this outfit, the leotard and the tutu. 

You will need two of  the little 1 inch in diameter pony tail holders in the same colors of your yarn of choice:) for each outfit and a size C crochet hook. 

Directions to crochet a Ballerine Tutu to fit Barbie 


Round one: Work 30 single crochet stitches around one of the pony tail holders, join with a sl st in the first sc.
Next round: Chain 2 then Double crochet in the next two stitches, dc2 tog: continue this same pattern: At the end of the round, you should have decreased to a total of 21 stitches.
Continue double crocheting until leotard measures 3 inches.  Sew together 1/4 inch in center to make the crotch. Tie off and weave in ends. 


Round One: Work 37 stitch on the second ponytail holder, join with slip stitch, Chain 3
Round Two:  Three Triple Crochet in each stitch, chain 2
Round Three:  Double Crochet in each stitch, tie off weave in ends.

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