Friday, November 21, 2014

Cotton Fields

We biked by a cotton field the other day.
We were able to get up close to the plants this time.
 I don't what what I thought the cotton plant was...but it is like a flower...the buds open...and you have cotton flowers...
I don't know why but this just intrigues me!!
On the outskirts of Yuma...they have cotton all bundled up...
I was shopping for batting for quilts...and I found Cotton Quilt Batting ...grown in the USA.... Maybe it was grown right here in Yuma....

I realize the 'crop' is no different than grain...but it's so new to me I'm in awe!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

This and That around Yuma...

Old Town hosted the Date Festival this past weekend.
Yuma Mall had their Christmas Tree Lighting..
Starbucks had two for one Festive Drinks we got lots of computer time in!
They had a new flavour Chestnut Praline Latte.... I had more than one to many!!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Bread Making...

I have a Bosch...that I use to make my bread. I LOVE it.... I don't have to knead my bread...just mix... let it rise... mix....then just form it into loaves and I'm done! I have never made home down south.

Well I had brought a fair bit of whole wheat flour done, so I thought I would try to make some here...without my Bosch!....
 Made by hand...hand kneaded in my little kitchen and baked in my little oven!
It turned out fairly good...
It was all whole wheat flour...which I don't usually do...but it turned out light and yummy!!! 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Projects I'm working on....

Being south means having more time to do the things I rarely have time to do at home....
Working on my Christmas Ornaments for 2015
Last year when I was here I finished the ones for 2014!
 Crocheting Slouch Hats
 Embroidering Week Tea Towels 
(wow its been years since I did this!)
Sewing in my outside sewing room
Reading a selections of books!

It amazes me how much I can accomplish down here!!
Most of these projects don't get touched when I'm back home.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Watermelon Salad in November....

A little Tea House in our home town serves this delicious Watermelon Salad in the summer.

We arrived in Yuma a week ago and I found a watermelon for $1.00...yes it was at a Dollar Store...and it is DELICIOUS!!

We have enjoyed my copy cat version of that Tea House Salad a couple times this week....
Watermelon Salad
Broken up Lettuce
Chopped Almonds
Chucks of Watermelon
Feta Cheese
( whatever works for you!)

Olive Oil 1/4 cup
Vinegar (apple cider, regular...experiment with it:) 1/3 cup
Honey (or sugar ) 1/4 cup
approx 1 tsp poppy seeds

Shake together.... (the above should do two bowls of salad, if not make more!

Very delicious on these warm November days!!