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. 🙂




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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

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


2. Ostrich Plume Lace Capelet Pattern~November 2009


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


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 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!


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

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