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Updates (IG): Hanukkah, Desmond the MINI Cooper S Convertible, & New Skirts and Bows!

Happy Hanukkah to those who celebrate! (We do both Xmas and Hanukkah in our house, as we are multi-ethnic and have different religions. I want my daughter to grow up in a world of inclusivity, where all peoples and beliefs are respected)

We made new skirts and bows for Maisie (and also for friends):

We dressed in tea gowns and had a tea party:

Mommy bought herself a MINI Cooper S Convertible as a DIY project. I named him “Desmond” and he’s officially my new boyfriend. LOL. We play the Beatles “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” while we work on him. So far, he’s so much fun and I got a great deal on it. I’ve always wanted to restore a car/customize a car.

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Vacation Ideas

Decided to plan an overseas vacay- maybe, just the kid and me, for 2019.

Possible ideas:

-UK to visit friends and family

-Amsterdam and Belgium to see my friends and revisit old haunts.

-Palau in the Pacific to visit my brother

I just want to go somewhere relaxing, quiet, kid-friendly, and safe.

Any ideas?

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Revisiting My Collard Greens recipe, this time, with an actual recipe!via Soul Food Fusion Feast: Collard Greens, White Truffle Sriracha Macaroni and Cheese, and the Works!Since I am making my greens for Thanksgiving tomorrow, I decided to include an actual written recipe with the repost:

Collard Greens w Hog Jowl Bacon

2 pkgs (the big ones) of shredded collard greens from the produce aisle (walmart carries them)

1 chopped onion

1 tsp red pepper flakes

4 tsp chicken bouillon

garlic powder (lots, to taste)

black pepper

1/4 cup of sugar

1/4-1/2 cup white vinegar

one BIG HUNK of Jowl bacon, chopped in bigger chunks

Fill a huge stock pot with the greens and everything. Cover with water just to line of greens. If it seems too much for pot, it will reduce- don’t worry.

Put pot on high and bring to boil- keep tasting the broth throughout the cooking process and adjust the garlic powder/ vinegar/sugar ratio. Turn down to simmer and cover til greens are tender and bacon is fork tender and melty- about 3-5 hours-

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VINTAGE RECIPE: My Great Aunt Susie’s Deviled Eggs Recipe! (My 2018 Updated Version)

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In my effort to chronicle my paternal great-aunts’ best recipes, I have another that I want to experiment with. All of these lovely women have since passed away- and even my health is in question currently- so it just feels like the right thing to do.

To put it in perspective, my grandfather was born 100 yrs ago this year, to me, it’s imperative to write these things down before they get lost to future generations.

This recipe was given to me by my cousins Jeremy and Meleta- Aunt Susie was his grandmother.

A zillion thanks to you guys-I love you!

Today, I will attempt Susie Donoho Stoke’s family-famous deviled eggs:

I cheated and bought pre boiled/peeled eggs, because it’s Thanksgiving tomorrow and I already have too much to do.

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I used Miracle Whip, because I remember my grandmother and aunts using this instead of mayo, except I did a ratio of 3 part MW to 1 part super creamy, high fat mayonnaise.

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Maisie loves onions, but hates pickles, so I opted for the onion option.

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I used a squirt of regular yellow mustard, as I couldn’t find my dry powdered.

I added parsley for color (and also because my garden is currently overrun with flatleaf Italian parsley)

 

I used Sweet Gherkin juice, but any sweet pickle juice will do.

I sprinkled paprika on at the end for color.

The verdict by the other family members?

This is a definite keeper! It’s a little stronger flavored than my great-aunt’s, but that’s ok, we love strong flavors. I am not a fan of bland.

Aunt Susie Donoho Stokes’ Famous Deviled Eggs- 2018 Update

20 Hard boiled & peeled eggs

2 tsp of any sweet pickle juice

1/2 tsp mustard, to taste

1 small onion- chopped finely OR grated OR pulverized in food processor

1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce

2 tsp chopped fresh parsley

Paprika (I used Sweet Hungarian)


Cut eggs in half and put white on tray.

Either grate by hand or pulverize onion in food processor

Put yolks in bowl with all ingredients except the paprika.

Use a hand mixer or stick blender to blend well.

Fill plastic baggie or pastry bag with yellow filling.

Snip corner, if using plastic bag.

Pipe filling into the whites and garnish with paprika.

Makes 40 deviled egg halves


 

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Scotty Dogs Christmas Carnival Skirt, Hairbow, and Bow Brooch (Instagram_

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We whipped this adorable scotty dog Xmas skirt (with red and white polka dot lining) at the last minute before a holiday carnival we went to. I made a matching hair bow and a bow pin brooch to go with.

It took less than 1.5 hrs to do the entire ensemble.

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Science Skirt & Bow Photos! (Instagram)

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I think this is my favorite fabric to date! It is adorable and has the requisite twirl factor that Maisie demands.

Honestly, I doubt I will ever buy her another skirt again, when I can churn these out daily.

The quality of my homesewn and designed skirts are far superior to the ones I can buy at the store. I don’t skimp on materials, everything is lined, it’s just amazingly easy for me to do this… and it teaches her how to sew, to boot!