Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Henrietta Bunny

I have a brand new pattern, Henrietta Bunny. The finished doll is currently up for auction on Ebay. The pattern is available on my website with INSTANT download. She's a very easy doll to make, and she will surely melt your heart!

Click HERE to go to Ebay auction.
Click HERE to purchase pattern.

Hadley's Lady Friend

Okay. Well, I decided it was about time to introduce you to Hadley's lady friend, Matilda. I have to be careful, though, because Hank, Hadley's cousin, has also got his eye on Matilda.
I'll have the picture listed for Matilda in just a little bit, and the auction will start this evening on Ebay.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Hadley, a folk art storybook rabbit

Hadley is quite the character! He looks like he just stepped out of a children's storybook. He is currently up for auction on Ebay, and you can read all about him there.

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

These are out of this world. So, I just had to share them with you.

Classic Cabbage Rolls

1 medium head cabbage, cored
1-1/2 cups chopped onion, divided
1 tablespoon butter
2 cans (14-1/2 ouncs each Italian stewed tomatoes)
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
1 cup cooked rice
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 pound lean ground beef
1/4 pound bulk Italian sausage (I buy a package of Italian sausages...that are each a little bigger than hotdogs..and use just one of them for the right amount. The rest can be saved for something else.) I actually used hot Italian chicken sausage, only 4 grams of fat.
1/4 cup V-8 juice, optional

In a dutch oven, cook cabbage in boiling water for 10 minutes or until outer leaves are tender; drain. Rinse in cold water; drain. Remove eight large outer leaves (refrigerate remaining cabbage for another use); set aside. INSTEAD..what I do is wrap the cabbage in saran wrap. Microwave it for 20 minutes on 80% power.

In a saucepann, saute 1 cup onion in butter until tender. Add tomatoes, garlic, brown sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. (I cut down the sugar to just 1 Tablespoon.) Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine rice, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, peppper and remaining onion and salt. Add beef and sausage; mix well. Carve off some of the thick vein from cabbage leaves for easier rolling.

Place about 1/2 cup meat mixture on each; fold in sides. (I divide the meat into 8 portions, so that they're all the same size.) Starting at an unfolded edge, roll up leaf to completely enclose filling. Place seam side down in a skillet. Top with the sauce. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 1 hour. Add V8 juice if desired. (I never do this. There's plenty of the sauce.) Reduce heat to low; cook 20 minutes longer or until rolls are heated throgh and meat is no longer pink. You can also bake in the oven at 350 for 1 1/2 hours.
Yield 8 stuffed cabbages..2 for each person usually.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Bonnie Bunny

Here is a little sneak peek of Bonnie Bunny. She will be on the PFATT Marketplace, starting on Sunday, February 10. I had so much fun bringing her to life. She's just fun, fun, fun!

What Carol Means

What Carol Means

You are very open. You communicate well, and you connect with other people easily - I think I've gotten a lot better at this since I've gotten older. I still don't like to walk into a room full of strangers.
You are a naturally creative person. Ideas just flow from your mind.
A true chameleon, you are many things at different points in your life. You are very adaptable.
You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection. I drive myself crazy sometimes!
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive. I would NOT say that I'm aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.
You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.

You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.
You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.
You are well rounded, with a complete perspective on life.
You are solid and dependable. You are loyal, and people can count on you. This is probably my best attribute. People ALWAYS admire me for being able to count on me. I guess it's just the way I was raised.
At times, you can be a bit too serious. You tend to put too much pressure on yourself.
You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow. I hate conflict!
You are light hearted and accepting. You don't get worked up easily.
Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is. I'll never tell!