Good Evening everyone...
How are you all?
I wonder if your days are as cold as ours are here in the Maritime Provinces of Eastern Canada..
I guess we have just been spoiled with such warm beautiful weather that this is quite a shock..
Yesterday, we went to town and I noticed that the small rivers and steams are frozen..
I have a little how-to here for you..
Especially, you prim lovers..
A while ago I had dried out a couple of pineapples for my shop to sell..
I had posted it on my other blog Primitive Lace which is now closed..
You can see it HERE..
I had given the link where I learned about it but I received a request from someone saying that the site is now deleted..
Costco had huge pineapples on yesterday for three dollars and as I know a special girl who wants one I decided to do this one for her..
She sometimes misses a post so hopefully she won't notice or guess it is for her.. grin..
The first thing you do is to take a sharp little paring knife and cut out the very centre on the bottom..
I am just going to do this little how-to my way..
Not very detailed or complicated.. OK..
You can see the knife and the hole in the picture above..
Now, the messy part..
Keep cutting out as much flesh as you can and scoop out with your hand or a spoon..
I used a tough big spoon and then a bigger one but mostly just my hand..
I was happy I could get it inside and kept bringing out the flesh and putting it in a bowl as it is still good to eat..
With my knife I very carefully kept cutting the core and bringing it out..
Be very careful!!
I am not at fault if you cut yourself.. smile..
Once it is all dug out then fill it with paper towel...
Take a small handful and shove it up to the top..
I used a wood spoon handle to pack it in..
Leave it for several hours and then change the towel and do it again..
Now it is ready for the oven..
Turn your oven on very low heat..
150 degrees F.
Take out all of the paper towels and lay the pineapple on a rack on top of a cookie sheet..
Dry it all day..
You can turn it over several times..
Then turn off the oven and just leave it in the oven overnight and the next day place it on a rack somewhere until dry..
I had one that lasted for 2 summers until it got wet when it was on a window sill and the rain came through the open window..
Use them for centrepieces or on a shelf, basket or window sill..
Whatever turns your little prim crank... grin..
I am still working on the snowmen heads..
Hopefully, tomorrow I will get them put together..
I think I have enough for 3 gifts and one for me.. smile..
And then I thought I would show you a little kitchen tool that I found at the Thrift store..
A potato baker..
Such a lovely invention..
Cooks 3 good sized potatoes or 2 huge ones..
I wash them, dry them, roll them olive oil and sprinkle kosher salt and bake for 45 minutes..
Terry loved them..
Then we had another salad..
You girls probably think I do the same thing over and over..
But I love my salad and soup.. Sorry..
A new recipe for you that is divine...
We loved it anyway..
Broiled Mustard Chicken..
4 Chicken Breasts, boneless and skinless..
In a small bowl mix up this marinade..
1 tsp. Dijon mustard or any good grainy one..
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp. dried basil
2 T. soy sauce
a couple of chopped green onions..
Blend well ..
Heat oven to 475 degrees F.
Brush the marinade over 4 chicken breasts that you have patted dry with paper towel and placed on a lined grill pan ..
Bake for 15 minutes per side until crispy brown..
I used 2 bone in breasts and had to cook them longer..
Just use your judgement..
Very tender and tasty..
Just plain old country style comfort food..
Lovely for when your honey has worked outside in the cold all day...
Well, my friends thank you so so much for dropping by and leaving your sweet wee notes..
Hope you all have an awesome evening..
I have to tell you something.. smile..
You know the Santa that I showed you last post that I am working on?
Well, I sat him in the lazy boy before I went to bed the other night..
The next morning I came out and went right past it and made the coffee then headed for the sun room where I pray while the coffee is perking..
Anyway, after I finished praying I opened the French door to the kitchen and looked up and saw the Santa..
I thought some person was sitting there and I let this shriek out of me..
I scared Sammi half to death and he started barking like a crazy dog and poor Terry who was getting a few more winks woke up in a hurry... grin..
Such a perfect start to a day wouldn't you think...
Got us all moving, anyway...
Just thought I would share that with you all.. grin...
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