Monthly Archives: November 2009

Corn Chowder and French Bread

Corn and Potato Chowder

1 yellow onion – chopped

4 cloves FRESH garlic – pressed

12-15 potatoes – peeled, and quarted and sliced

6 large carrots chopped

4 celery stalks chopped

2 can evap. Milk

6 C Water

1 32 oz bag of frozen corn.

1 pound hamburger meat, cooked and drained.

Cook your hamburger meat and drain – set aside. In a stock pot add fresh garlic and onions – cook on low for 5 minutes. Add 6C water, potato chunks, carrots and celery – bring to a boil and cook on Medium for 20 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through.

In you food processor, combine 1/2 of the corn and 1 can of evap milk until creamed. Add other 1/2 of corn, creamed corn cooked hamburger meat and other can of evap milk to the pot of potatoes (season to taste – salt, pepper, cayenne, italian seasoning) and simmer for 15 minutes. …. OOOHHHH this is SO GOOD!!! Serve with Grated cheese on top.

French Bread

5-1/2C flour

2-1/2 T Yeast

1-1/2 t Salt

1-1/2t Sugar

2C Warm Water

1TCornmeal

1Egg White beaten and blended with 1T water

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Stir in 2 cups warm water, and beat until well blended using a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment. Using a wooden spoon, stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, knead in enough flour to make a stiff dough that is smooth and elastic. Knead for about 8 to 10 minutes total. Shape into a ball. Place dough in a greased bowl, and turn once. Cover, and let rise in a warm place until doubled.
  3. Punch dough down, and divide in half. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Cover, and let rest for 10 minutes. Roll each half into large rectangle. Roll up, starting from a long side. Moisten edge with water and seal. Taper ends.
  4. Grease a large baking sheet. Sprinkle with cornmeal. Place loaves, seam side down, on the prepared baking sheet. Lightly beat the egg white with 1 tablespoon of water, and brush on. Cover with a damp cloth. Let rise until nearly doubled, 35 to 40 minutes.
  5. With a very sharp knife, make 3 or 4 diagonal cuts about 1/4 inch deep across top of each loaf. Bake in a preheated 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) oven for 20 minutes. Brush again with egg white mixture. Bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes, or until bread tests done. If necessary, cover loosely with foil to prevent over browning. Remove from baking sheet, and cool on a wire rack.

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I have items for sale in my firend, Natalie’s store. I have premade albums, Christmas Cards and MORE!!

Here is the information:

The Old Farmstead is open bring in a friend and recieve 10% off. New items to arrive by the end of the week from Colonial Tin Works and others. We are located at 4750 N hwy 89 past rd 5 at mile post 332, hours are m,f,s 10-6. Come in and let us brighten your day and warm your heart.

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Pita Bread Recipe

Yes… in the shuffle this week with the “spammers” on my website – I lost so much information (better to loose it than to have to look at “P.O.R.N” links!!! – I told you that it was UGLY

This one looks VERY CLOSE!!     http://www.thefreshloaf.com/recipes/pitabread

Pita Bread

Makes 8 pitas

3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 Tablespoon sugar or honey
1 packet yeast (or, if from bulk, 2 teaspoons yeast)
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups water, roughly at room temperature
2 tablespoons olive oil, vegetable oil, butter, or shortening

If you are using active dry yeast, follow the instructions on the packet to active it (see the note on yeast above). Otherwise, mix the yeast in with the flour, salt, and sugar. Add the olive oil and 1 1/4 cup water and stir together with a wooden spoon. All of the ingredients should form a ball. If some of the flour will not stick to the ball, add more water (I had to add an extra 1/4 cup).

Once all of the ingredients form a ball, place the ball on a work surface, such as a cutting board, and knead the dough for approximately 10 minutes (or until your hands get tired). If you are using an electric mixer, mix it at low speed for 10 minutes.

(The purpose of kneading is to thoroughly combine the ingredients and to break down the flour so that the dough will become stretchy and elastic and rise well in the oven. A simple hand kneading technique is to firmly press down on the dough with the palm of your hand, fold the dough in half toward you like you are closing an envelope, rotate the dough 90 degrees and then repeat these steps, but whatever technique you are comfortable using should work.)

When you are done kneading the dough, place it in a bowl that has been lightly coated with oil. I use canola spray oil, but you can also just pour a teaspoon of oil into the bowl and rub it around with your fingers. Form a ball out of the dough and place it into the bowl, rolling the ball of dough around in the bowl so that it has a light coat of oil on all sides. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel and set aside to rise until it has doubled in size, approximately 90 minutes.

When it has doubled in size, punch the dough down to release some of the trapped gases and divide it into 8 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, cover the balls with a damp kitchen towel, and let them rest for 20 minutes. This step allows the dough to relax so that it’ll be easier to shape.

While the dough is resting, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. If you have a baking stone, put it in the oven to preheat as well. If you do not have a baking stone, turn a cookie sheet upside down and place it on the middle rack of the oven while you are preheating the oven. This will be the surface on which you bake your pitas.

After the dough has relaxed for 20 minutes, spread a light coating of flour on a work surface and place one of the balls of dough there. Sprinkle a little bit of flour on top of the dough and use a rolling pin or your hands to stretch and flatten the dough. You should be able to roll it out to between 1/8 and 1/4 inch thick. If the dough does not stretch sufficiently you can cover it with the damp towel and let it rest 5 to 10 minutes before trying again.

If you have a spray bottle in the kitchen, spray a light mist of water onto your baking surface and close the oven for 30 seconds. Supposedly this step reduces the blistering on the outside of your pitas. I’ve skipped it many times in the past and still been pleased with my breads, so if you don’t have a bottle handy it isn’t a big deal.

Open the oven and place as many pitas as you can fit on the hot baking surface. They should be baked through and puffy after 3 minutes. If you want your pitas to be crispy and brown you can bake them for an additional 3 to 5 minutes, but it isn’t necessary (in the batch pictured here I removed them at 3 minutes).

That’s it. They should keep pretty well, but we almost always eat them as soon as they come out of the oven.


Yum!

If you have any tips on baking pitas or have a recipe you’d like to share, please add a comment below.

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My Lifetime Story 2010 Challenge

As the year is coming to an end we are busy planning for next year.  In 2010 we are going back to the basics of leaving a legacy of faith.  This years challenges are all focused on YOU and your lifetime story.  When you join us in this challenge you will be creating a mini-autobiography.  We are counting down the days till January 6th because we are so stinkin’ excited about the My Lifetime Story challenges!!!

Wouldn’t you love to know what your grandma’s favorite toy was as a child, how she felt when she met your grandpa, her favorite scripture and the song that expressed her heart? Your children and grandchildren will have that treasure when you join us in this challenge!

We will start out with your family roots in January and move into your childhood in February.  We will continue throughout the year with your teen and adult years as well.  The last challenge of the year will be a letter to your future generations or anyone who reads your book.

Each of our stories is important.  This is a book that everyone should create about themselves.  It will be the most treasured album of your family.  As you create this album about your lifetime story you will be leaving YOUR LEGACY OF FAITH.  This is an album that can make an impact in your life as you create it, but it will also create a major impact in the lives of your family both now and in future generations.  As your children read your story in this scrapbook that YOU created, they will take your stories to heart.  Your stories may have more impact on them than even Bible stories, because they are personal and from someone they know and love .  When friends and neighbors pick up your storybook and look through it you will be witnessing without even saying a word.  They will read your lifetime history and discover your love of Jesus, and His forgiveness and faithfulness in your life!

The My Lifetime story challenges will begin the first Wednesday in January.  A new challenge will be posted each Wednesday all throughout 2010.  The last challenge will be posted the last Wednesday of December.  Just because the challenge series ends at the end of 2010 doesn’t mean your lifetime story album is finished.  We will continue to offer periodic challenges to continue your autobiography and keep it current.

You can get more information here

Please join us in this year long challenge!  Some of these challenges may be layouts you have already completed.  That is ok!  We need to get these all compiled in your lifetime storybook.  Everyone deserves to be the star of their own book, including and most importantly YOU!  If you don’t put some time aside to create your My Lifetime Story album now, you may never find the time.  If something were to happen to you, would your legacy of faith be lost forever?  Take action now, join us as we create our lifetime storybooks for the next generation to see the glorious work the Lord can do in the life of a woman that loves God!

Alpha Cutter – Commercial Use for Photoshop and Photos Shop Elements

It Cuts, It Saves. It creates the prefect file of alphabets (upper, and
lower), numbers and symbols with lightning speed to match your project.
You won’t believe the time you’ll save just by using this action for
your alphabets, numbers and symbols.
Compatible with Photoshop 7+, CS-CS4 and PSE7.
Note: your computer must have a C drive where the files will be saved.
Personal and commercial use allowed, no credit required!
***Includes 5 alpha and number PSD templates measuring 12×12.
*** Easy to add paper, overlays and other actions to the alphabet
before running this action!! Choose the font of your choice and your
have got it MADE! Fast, Easy, Simple!!!

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All New Kit

I have FINALLY released my new Christmas Kit!!

In the past I have bought TONS of graphics from AMAZING commercial use Artists like Americo, Primaand Miss Tiina…

The Commercial use items in the Christmas / Nativity were hand-drawn by Yours Truly!! 100% Kris Mazy Designs drawn.

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Over the next year, I will be releasing Commercial Use items that are 100% Kris Mazy – ScrapWarrior Designs.

Featured Designer on FaithSisters.com

I am SO Excited to be the FEATURED DESIGNER at FaithSisters.com – Here is the article on me… scroll to the bottom too, there are 2 FREEBIES!!!

Here
at Faith Sisters, we are very blessed to have so many wonderful digital
scrapbooking designers who help us in our shop. Every other Sunday, we
will feature some of our outstanding designers!

Kris
is one of our newer designers at FS. She has tons of wonderful goodies
in the shop and is always coming out with new things almost every week!
Please read more about her and be sure to pick up some special freebies
that she has created especially for our customers. Also be sure to check out her shop as her whole inventory is sale with 50% off through December 1st! (sale price not including $1.49 and under items)

Kris, please tell us a bit about you.

Who
am I? I am a wife, mom, daughter, sister, believer, chef, taxi,
super-mom I live with my husband, Larry in Small Town Arizona, Chino
Valley, a town in a valley in the mountains of northern Arizona. We
both went to high school here and were high school sweethearts. We
moved back when our oldest was just a baby to raise our children here.
Now, we have 5 AMAZING children (Shelby – 11, Griffen -7, Elwyn – 5,
Berlyn – 3 and Rowan – 2). I homeschool my children, work from home for
both my digi-designs and as a freelance in advertising and website
design and am a full-time college student. I have worked in
Scrapbooking direct sales, been published, worked for several
scrapbooking product manufacturers but, digital is my true calling. We
go to an AMAZING church, have FANTASTIC family and friends and are
truly blessed in our lives.

What are some of the life lessons that scrapbooking has taught you?

You
can never make a mistake in scrapbooking, whether it is paper or
digital. You can always cover it up with something else. Mistakes
happen in both scrapbooking and in everyday life so, I have learned
dont sweat the small stuff.

When did you start digital scrapbooking, designing and what made you get into it?

I have worked in advertising and website design since 1998 when my
oldest daughter was born. At that time, I really started paper
scrapbooking her baby pictures. I worked as a team captain for a direct
sales company for several years and when that company closed, I joined
with another one who was just stepping into the whole digital scene.
After that second company closed down, I starting designing my own line
of digital scrapbooking. It all made perfect sense since I already was
heavily involved in digital elements for work and God opened my door
again by closing companies. So, I have been digital designing for just
over a year now.

What inspires you to create your designs?
God
has blessed us with so many topics and so much beauty in His world. I
am surrounded by so many AMAZING colors in my life and 5 fantastic
children where topics run like a river from them. I think just those
colors and items that are important to me and my family is where I see
each new kit.

There is a saying that I always tell my
children He wants you to paint, He wants you to sing, He wants you to
soar (I have that written up on my paper scrapping classroom wall). I
have been telling my kids that for years. I honor God by doing just
that.

Can you share your favorite scrapbooking or design tip with our Faith Sisters?

YOU
CAN DO IT! I have learned SO MANY techniques just by playing with
different programs, using different products and mixing and matching.
Be 100% yourself, and create layouts that fit you, not what others
expect to see. With digital, you can work on layouts for 5 minutes or 5
hours and never have to worry about the kitchen table not being cleared
off.

How do you find the time to do so many wonderful designs?

I am an EXTREMELY fast designer. I jot down my thoughts in my sketch
book colors, thoughts on the specific kits and elements and I
reference this book as I design. I am currently taking drawing for my
art degree as well, so I am learning better techniques to make my
designs streamline even faster. I work at all different hours, around
work, kids and school.

What is your favorite scripture verse?

My favorite script – Genesis 9:13I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.

We are surrounded my beauty that God has blessed us with. The rainbow
is one of Gods most colorful and beautiful pieces of art. I am in awe
every time that I see one in the sky.
The following are some of her favorite products in her shop, right now 50% off!

And now, here are some freebies from Kris, just for you!