FRIED AVOCADO IN TEMPURA BATTER

FRIED AVOCADO IN TEMPURA BATTER
1 egg
1 cup ice water/cold water
1 cup all purpose flour, sifted
Beat an egg in a bowl. Add ice water in the bowl. Be sure to use very cold water. Add sifted flour in the bowl and mix lightly. Be careful not to overmix the batter.
DIP avocado pieces in batter, salt/pepper to taste. A dash of cayenne pepper to the batter will liven it up.

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Tommy James & the Shondells_Crytal Blue Persuasion

I absolutely LURVE Crystal Blue Persuasion. I remember EXACTLY where I was when I first fell in love with the song. In the back of my Mom and Dad’s ’64 White over Aqua Blue Chevy Impala, in the parking lot at Harrah’s casino, North Shore Lake Tahoe, with my sketch book, colored pencils, and 3 new issues of some teen horror mystery of the day, I had picked up at the local 5 and dime. I was 13 and didn’t have to stay at the Recreation Center (Kids Center) for the first time ~I was truly in my element up there in the higher altitudes, and Life was good. 🙂

 

BLACKBERRY PIE BARS

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Ingredients:
Crust and Topping
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled

Fruit Filling:
4 large eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup sour cream
3/4 cup flour
pinch salt
zest of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp almond extract
2 (16-oz) packages frozen blackberries, thawed and drained

Directions:
To make the crust and topping, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.

Combine the flour, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times to mix. Cut the butter into 1/2-inch cubes, and add to the flour mixture. Process until the butter is evenly distributed but the mixture is still crumbly, 30-60 seconds.

Reserve 1 1/2 cups of the mixture to use as the topping. Press the remaining mixture into the bottom of the pan, and bake 12-15 minutes. Cool for at least 10 minutes.

To make the filling, whisk the eggs in a large bowl, then add the sugar, sour cream, flour, salt, lemon zest, and almond extract. Gently fold in the berries and spoon the mixture over the crust. Sprinkle the remaining flour mixture evenly over the filling, and bake 45 to 55 minutes.

Cool at least 1 hour before cutting into bars, or scoop out of the pan to serve cobbler-style.

My 2010 Year in Blogging

I wanted to take a moment to thank you all for viewing my Blog! Please remember to go to my current blog to stay abreast of current posts and updates, as this one has been put on a back burner, for now.

Doing the Numbers Crunching:
A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,400 times in 2010. That’s about 8 full 747s.

My busiest day of the year was November 27th with 46 views. The most popular post that day was this one: Easy Turtleback Jackets : The Book.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010. You can see all of the year’s most-viewed posts and pages in your Site Stats.

1. Easy Turtleback Jackets : The Book~October 2009

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2. Ostrich Plume Lace Capelet Pattern~November 2009

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3. Cookie Bakeoff Completed | Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe~December 2009

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4. Mojito Cake Recipe from Betty Crocker~May 2010
5. NO. 28—”HAT” PINCUSHION To Crochet” ~December 2009

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Some of my most popular posts were written before 2010, according to WordPress.org stats, so be sure and check out my archives!

Happy New Year and Blog On!

What's on your needles for 2011?

Relocation and Starting Fresh (again)

I want to take a moment to thank everyone who has been following this blog. I started Sandra’s Garden Gate back in a time when a family member who I trusted with my deepest inner thoughts, felt some posts was a bit too candid. Feeling I had been misread, I skulked off to decide which direction to go in next. I needed to “start fresh”, without fear of criticism or unjust retribution from those who would judge me based on one mis-read blog post. ONE POST! It’s been two and a half years, and I’ve finally found the strength to move on, to stop spending precious energies on wasted emotions. My blogs have continued to be a part of me, and I want to continue, if not for my kids (if they are reading any of this), then for myself. It’s all a part of healing, to be able to say what is on one’s mind, fearless to others’ opinions. I will keep this one open, until I find a need for it again. Maybe it will become a dedication page, or a crochet blog. If you are following my blogs, please feel free to join me and bookmark back to my ORIGINAL blog: My Many Twisted Stitches. Please drop me a line over there, to say HI! and let me know you found me and still care~ Have a Beautiful Winter Solstice and a Happy New Year!

For all you Dog Lovers out there,

Merry Christmas, from Igor!

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Igor, aka Smiling Boy

 

 

Knitting Instructional Video and Gloves that Heal!

Jeanne from Jimmy Beans Wool demonstrates How To Do a Russian Join while Knitting. Jimmy Beans Wool is your LYS… online!

I’m going to use this technique on my Agatha Cardigan pattern I just purchased. It’s one-piece reversible construction looks really exciting. I’m thinking I’ll use Plymouth Encore Tweed, Grey Heather T781. I purchased it from Ben Franklin Crafts a while back, not quite sure what I was going to use it for, but this might work out great for a mid-weight sweater, after I’ve re-calculated the gauge.

Agatha Cardigan
Agatha Cardigan closeup
Agatha Cardigan

DD19 just called to tell me they canceled the get-together at 2 Seasons Bowling Alley, too foggy tonight, making driving hazardous. I’m glad she decided not to go, but now I have these batches of FUDGE I was going to gift. OFUDGE! now I will have to eat it all or see if I can freeze it for later.

I am thinking of trying these gloves for Winter Hands; they sound perfect for moisturizing and protecting from dryness. Check back for reviews.

Peacel, Light and Love~ knit warm and stay happy!

Our Winter Solstice Tree

Knit one, Purl One… Gratitude (via Operation Gratitude Blog)

I LOVE JOAN, you gotta see her!
Check out this video: Knitting: A Patriotic Duty – Fox News Video – FoxNews.com video.foxnews.com
‎98-year-old woman knits scarves for troops

Knit one, Purl One… Gratitude

by Guest Blogger Karen Francis. Needles clicked, yarn spun, and discussions about patterns flowed, but in a store surrounded by the jewel tones of silk, bright worsted wool and imaginative color combinations in alpaca and cashmere, the dull tones of black and brown and grey pure wool stood out.  A group of women met on a glorious summer day in Old Town Alexandria, a day that the humidity was down and a cool breeze blew across the Potomac, but the … Read More

via Operation Gratitude Blog

99 Little Doilies, Bookmarks to Crochet~

I just received my copy of 99 Little Doilies By Patricia Kristoffersen, and I’m positively in awe of all the cute designs!

99 Little Doilies to Crochet by Patricia Kristoffersen

This paperback book has 144 pages of patterns, color photos, and illustrations with comprehensive instructions for various unique stitch techniques, including: working in front, around or behind a stitch, free loops, working in center 3 loops of a stitch,  working in 2 legs of a stitch.

I also got this new book the other day

Reader's Choice Bookmarks by Leisure Arts #75069

and finished this cute Sunflower Bookmark, from the front cover:

Sunflower Bookmark

I’ve been crocheting for over 40 years, having first learned the basic stitches at age 10. I can thank my Mentor, Ethel Harvey, for inspiring me to crochet. I used to go over to her house as a child, on those long summer days and spent many hours under her gentle care and guidance. My mother was very grateful to have Ethel as someone I looked up to, I’m sure. It kept me out of trouble and very busy when school was out. I can also thank Ethel for my green thumb, my love of antiques, and also my collection of assorted greenhouse-variety cacti. I remember her house, a single-level bungalow on the end of a cul-de-sac. There, she tended nearly a half-acre of all manner of roses, trees, shrubs, vines and perennials. I even remember a Pitcher Plant by her front steps. The thing smelled rotten, but she showed me how it would collect rain water and flies would become trapped within it’s bloom, to be later ingested by the plant. I remember it looking like this:

Pitcher Plant

Someone who I once considered my best friend-no, my Mentor, once told me I should stick to crochet, in lieu of knitting. I wanted to expand my crafting talents and have had a long-time love of all things knit. In retrospect, I have spent probably a little more time than I should have, contemplating her statement and consequent decision to cut our friendship short, wondering why things happened as they did. I cannot come up with a single reason…so, no, I will keep knitting and learning new things, I enjoy it too much. But I will keep crocheting gifts, even though some of those things may hold some sad memories within their intricate knots.

We took a drive to the Spring for water today. It was a crisp, sunny 59 F at 5:30 pm, the sun low in the sky, nearly blinded DH. We saw one Whitetail rump disappear into the woods,  jsut as we were driving out of the Kettle Moraine area, on our way home. The woods always remind me of childhood memories of Placer County, CA. The twisty windy tree-lined roads,  the deep woods just beyond, the pine needles on the forest floor, whisper of secrets along darkening paths.

It’s Friday, Taco Night! I’m hungry, so I’ll scoot outta here and come back later with pictures of mine and DH’s Riders Edge experiences~you don’t want to miss it!

How long can you freeze food? | My Newest Coaster

Boning up on freezing times for most common foods found in your freezer.

How many times have you wondered, but could not find the information right at your fingertips, “How long can I keep that frozen rhubarb in the chest freezer before I have to pitch it?”

You already knew this, you say? Good for you then, you don’t have Alzheimer’s yet!!!

I don’t take the time to memorize stuff like this call me lazy. So it’s good to bone up on these things…I haven’t had to freeze large quantities for a long time, but with the price of groceries, it might be a viable option again. 🙂

How long can you freeze food? | Yahoo! Green

I finished another Coaster; this one is for my Riders Edge Instructor.I had fun with this one, but I wanted to smudge my crochet hook and bury it in the back yard, for fear I’d get warts or something equally as hideous….LOL!!

Chicago Bears Crochet Coaster

Open Windows by Shobha Govindan Leisure Arts #2395, Thread Coasters to Crochet

Next one, Green Bay colors~ GO PACK!

Cheers!

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