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Guest Author, Chef Natalie

It gives me much happiness to introduce to you,  my guest author, Chef Natalie.20161220_131129_resized_1

I wrote about our adventures in a previous post.   https://sundayschildfullofgrace.wordpress.com/2016/08/03/5-star-soup-10-star-chef/

Housekeeping:  Because my guest is under 18 years of age, I have asked  and was granted permission of her parents to share some pictures.  

I am delighted to share this post with you my kind hearted & charming readers.

Please leave a positive, uplifting comment, send my guest Good Karma and by all means please share this post on your blog or on Social Media.  Thank you, kindly.  I appreciate your kind feedback and I know for sure, she will.

I have this funny feeling, we are all in on the ground floor of ……. something pretty special. 

Please welcome my friend, Chef Natalie!

Hi, my name is Natalie and I’m 10 years old and I love to cook. I started cooking with my mom when I was 3. I love helping my mom cook and I love seeing people like my food.

I spent the best day ever at Miss. Daleens house. We started the day by making a delicious 20161220_090844_resizedsmoothie. It was a banana, strawberry, spinach, lime juice, chia seeds and coconut smoothie. I got to crack open a coconut with a hammer and a coco jack. we used the meat scraper to get all of the meat. The tools that we used to open the coconut were so much safer than using a knife and a hammer which did not work out for me before. I had to get 3 stiches! Oww! Once we were not hangry any more we made palmiers. p.s hangry means your so hungry that your grumpy. The palmiers are like a light fluffy 20161220_105041-1_resized_1crossont covered in sugar. They were my favorite cookie of all because they were sweet but not too sweet. They were super easy but looked like you spent hours on them.

Next we made the dough for Daleens Famous molasses cookies. While that was chillin we tried facon!  Its coconut, tamari, liquid smoke and maple syrup. It tasted surprisingly like bacon. After that the dough was chilled so we scooped it into marble size balls. We baked them for 14 minutes. Once all those were finished we moved onto the pizelles which tasted wonderful.

20161220_124152_resizedPizelles are like a flat pretty waffle cone. But it was not a cone. They can be flat or you can wrap them around a wooden cone shaped mold but you have to wrap it around when it comes out of the burning hot pizzelle iron. It was really hot. I think I20161220_125817_resized_1 burnt of 3 layers of my skin! Even though it hurt, in the end it was all worth it. For my family I filled them with ice-cream and put whipped cream on top. We loved them. You can also fill with ricotta and powdered sugar mix. For a fancy vibe you can add whipped cream on top. They 20161220_131653-1_resizedwere delicious and beautiful.

 

Ok time for a break, Im getting hangry again. Lets have lunch. For lunch we made vegetable bisque and cheese crackers by putting parmesan on a baking tray with parchment paper and baked it at 350 for 15 minutes. The soup and the cheese crackers together were fenomenal. We laughed talked and had a good time. We

talked about presentation for our food and how important it is because people eat with their eyes first. Also you need to put some of the ingredients in your food on top so if 20161220_115822_resized_1people are allergic to something they can see it on top and know they cant eat it. You have to be careful of allergies when your cooking for other people. Ask them ahead of time if they have any allergies and stay away from those things. For example nuts are a very common allergy

Back to work.

First we did the dishes and cleaned up. Into the sewing room to make the last thing, pot holders. We made a practice one and then made my mom two. They were so 20161220_144736_resized_2easy to make. It was good for my first time using a real sewing 20161220_155827_resized_1machine. Its cool to see how it works. Miss Daleen taught me a little bit about the parts. Its important to iron so you have clean

 

sewing lines and it looks more professional. Later when my mom came home I gave the pot holders to her for an early Christmas present. She loved them so much

All in all it was a great day hangin out with my best pal Miss Daleen. Hope we can do it again soon.

 

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secret clues stitched

Today being Thursday,  I will finish this, (28 count linen) “Sepia Sampler” by Notforgotten Farm, designed by Lori Brechlin……….right between Work in Progress Wednesday and Friday Finish.20161222_075541-1_resized

Once again, in years to come, when the kids are deciding which things to sell at a yard sale for 25 or 75 cents, I hope they hang on to a couple handiwork pieces.

As you know, I hide clues in my work,  fingers crossed this piece will be chosen by our youngest son.

By changing the year to 85, highlighting the initials GW & birth date 20, I am hoping to catch the attention of Gabe.

This particular piece is fashioned after an original sampler from 1863.   So you will note:  a missing letter J and Q.  (Unlike written samplers were to teach the actual alphabet, stitched samplers were to teach the shape of letters and you can garner those shapes from other letters.)

Yes, I have already given framed pieces to both Daughter in Laws.  Some  pieces I keep and enjoy for a time.  Those particular pieces I stitch initials or dates or secret clues. In the last few years, in place of my initials (who stitched it) I chose a family member and use theirs.

I enjoy the stitching process.  I love the planning, the choosing of thread.  You know I am giddy with that first X.  Then like a really good book, I am thrilled and a little bit sad to put the final stitch in place and put that particular pattern away.

Oh, look, what a pretty little bird in a nest………. and just like that, a new project has begun.

Love to see what you are creating.  Please share.

In this together, folks.

PS.  After I published this post, it has been brought to my attention that not only is there a 25 and 75 cent table, there is actually going to be a $2.00 table for the “good stuff”.   Does a mom’s heart good to know.

 

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45, 46 & 47

Hello campers!  I have been away from real life for 7 days.

Read that as I was playing hooky from life.  In other words…… VACATION!

States I have visited now equal…..45, 46 & 47.

We started in Louisiana.  Then meandered through Mississippi and ended up in Alabama.  Alabama….. land of grandgirlies!

Sometimes, when I attempt to write on my blog, I make a list of words to help me remember.  Maybe I should just type the list of words?   Before you read through the list, let me just say in advance, today and every single day this week, I will be biking 5 miles and walking 2 miles. This week will be green juice and more green juice.  Every single meal will be vegetarian and whole real foods.

one dayRead that as, “How I ate my way through Spring Break 2015”. 

Leave home at 2:45 am

Airplane

New Orleans

36th floor room

French Quarter

wrought iron, exquisite iron lace balconies

architect’s Row

ferns

fountains

Mississippi River

Plantation houses

statues

Lake Pontchartrain

jazz

Bourbon street

Cigar making shop

Voodoo shop

health and healing bracelet

Cooking school

music

Pralines

River boat

Beignets & cafe au lait

horses

art

artists

Shrimp and Grits (oh, la, la)

French Market (America’s oldest continuously operated public market, 1791)

three prints and two t-shirts

Voodoo Dolls

Christmas ornament

Edgar Degas House

Spanish, Mohan cheese

Crepes

cafe du mondeBeignets & cafe au lait

Seafood Gumbo

Mardi Gras Masks

Beads, beads, beads

postcards

Chicken and Waffles

Shrimp Po boys

Rich, spicy Cajun food

biscuits

butter, more butter

Beignets & cafe au lait

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAabove ground cemeteries

rental car

Biloxi Bay Bridge

Pascagoula

79*

Mobile, AlabamaFour GRANDS!

GRANDGIRLIES: hugs, kisses, more hugs, high fives, smiling

presents for girls

began teaching “On Top of Spaghetti”

Lunch at Mud Bugs (Seafood Galore!)

Tour city

Mardi Gras store (bought a fancy mask)

Moon Pies

Malaga Inn, 1862 (sweet Southern Charm)

girls pretend to sleep on hotel bed

Peanut shop

Chocolate for grands

breakfast with the grands

made beaded necklaces and bracelets

balloons

dogs

singing “Let it Go” really loud

Point Clear

37* (did not bring heavy coats or mittens or ear muffs)

Fabric Store

Panini

Beignets and fresh lemonBeignets and lemon

Mobile Museum of Fine Art

Renoir

Mardi Gras exhibit

gowns, crowns, shoes, beads, beads and more beads

take out food for supper

playground park

fast food with the grands

Frozen yogurt and all the toppings you want with the grands

dollar store with the grands, (of course you can have a princess balloon)

SURPRISE Southern Craw fish Boil 

Southern Hospitality

Craw fish, shrimp, corn, potatoes, celery, garlic, mushrooms

beer

popcorn

Craw fish beads

bon fire

plastic Craw fish (called mud bugs) for everyone

morning visit, sang song 3 more times

sad goodbye (yuck)

stupid rental car

back to New Orleans

Airplane

read 371 page book (tried to forget about sad goodbye)

planned next vacation

drove the hour home

home at 1:30 am

started first of laundry

slept in own bed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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who?

The question swirling around our house and discussion among our friends…………If you could magically make it happen, Who would you have dinner with? 

Place cards need to be made for the following people:

Thomas Jefferson, Julia Child,  Benjamin Netanyahu, Beethoven, Harry Truman, Henri Matisse, Mike Rowe,  Billy Graham,  George S. Patton,  Amelia Earhart, King David, Renoir, Wallace Simpson, John Wesley, Cher, Johanna Budwig, Carrie Walton Penner….

The list will go on, as will the discussion.  We will think of a name while on a walk or in the shower.  Of course, for this 870th blog post, after I hit the publish button, I will instantly remember a name I wanted to add to the mix.  Certainly, each name brings with it lively and interesting conversation.

There is nothing more satisfying than a wonderful meal & lively discussion, over coffee and homemade pie,  that lasts well into the evening.

I will have to make a 3×5 card for each person.  I have oodles of questions to ask.

Do you have a list for dinner companions you would enjoy?

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Second Topic for today:

20150226_215934Who wants an Owl Dress?

Grand number 2 asked me very politely if I would make an owl dress for her birthday.  This Grandma got right to work.  When your sweet Grand asks for an umbrella and an owl dress for her presents……….she came to the right Grandma!

The dress is complete. (& the umbrella and boots with owls are purchased)  The dress is fully lined.  Now, I know she may not understand that, as a friend said, she will appreciate how nice it feels to wear.  I adore the material that her mom found.  Owls with umbrella’s.  Who wouldn’t 20150226_215929like that??

Of course, the last thing I did was sew the jingle bell inside the dress.  Who wouldn’t want to jump, dance, squirm and wiggle to make the bell jingle? 20150226_215951

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Third Topic for today:

Who wants a cracker?

20150226_131801 (1)I purchased a mini cookie cutter.  I took a picture on a post it note to show the size.  I am making crackers for my grands!!!!  No, I don’t use dyes or chemicals.  Yes, I know it is going to take a long time to cut out each fish.  My grand children are worth it.

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Fourth Topic for today:   Who has a brand new, amazingly large, pig-tastic, coffee mug?  I do!

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Fifth Topic for today:

Who has the best Sister in Law in the land?  Me, that’s who!

Since she received a little gift in the mail this week, I can share.  Vermont has been dancing with cold and snow…………brrrrr for what seems like forever.  I wanted to make her a little something to brighten her spirits and warm her heart & soul.  (hand made gifts do that) Since she makes the best pies in the20150211_080519 (1) whole world, I chose to embroider a dish towel with a pie and cherries.20150211_080512

Now, Who wants coffee with their pie?

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belly full

“When hospitality is at it’s highest level, you feel cared for and fed beyond your belly.  The food, hardly incidental, becomes the vehicle for care.”  Recently, I read those words on the blog, “Goodness, Grace & Grub”.  Note to self:  Do yourself a favor and go visit.  The blog is well written, insightful and always filled with goodness.

Those words have been swirling in my mind.  While the blogger was speaking of eating out, I twirled it around and decided that it could also be speaking of the dining room table in our homes.

I looked up the word hospitality.

To the Greek people – hospitality was a right.

The Celtic people – the concept of hospitality was valued in terms of protection.

The Jewish people – think in terms of nourishment, comfort and entertainment.

hospitality

 [hos-pi-tal-i-tee]
noun, plural hospitalities.
1.

the friendly reception and treatment of guests or strangers.
2.

the quality or disposition of receiving and treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly, generous way.
20150213_180728How about if we also allow for friendly treatment of our family?  What if we were to think of entertaining our family every single time we put a meal on the table?  What if we have all been looking for “our calling” and it was right in front of us all along?  For goodness sakes, what if we have to answer for how we served our families and loved ones?
What if our calling or mission was to protect our loved ones and nourish them with food and love and a respite from that big ol’ nasty world outside?  If we asked our family or loved ones a question would we like the answer?
Do you feel cared for and protected and nourished when you leave our table?  Which would you choose, a meal out or a meal at home?
Am I using our best china?  Am I setting an interesting, welcoming table?  Do I take the time to make sure the people at my table feel well cared for? 20150220_155936 Do I plan ahead and prepare a meal that is nourishing and of the utmost quality?
I try.  Oh, I really try.  I accomplish this at least 5 or 6 nights a week.  I will come clean and admit to looking forward to some Saturday nights out for a well prepared Sushi meal or handmade pasta.  I adore enjoying a meal that is thoughtfully prepared, I didn’t have to cook it and I don’t have to help do the dishes.
Some mornings, I prepare the vegetables for what is to become dinner later.  Sometimes, I only have fresh apple cider to build a meal around.  On occasion, I get out the fish-shaped plates and build a supper around those.  20150223_101857Other times, I have chosen a long, lush stem of dill for the garnish and then make the salmon cakes and homemade tartar sauce to go along.20150218_174951
I have placed high expectations on the evening meals during the week.  My family and I are very much worth the effort, skill and time.
Not only do I want to offer a healthy, well planned meal, set on plates that highlight the food, I want my family, guests and myself to be fed beyond our bellies.
May all be fed.
ps.  What’s cookin’ in your neck of the woods?
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swoosh

packaging.  It makes us look twice at a product on the grocery shelf.  Excellent packaging makes us wonder over,  while browsing in a gift shop to a beautiful display of ordinary bars of soap that are packaged and presented in a snappy or elegant way, that somehow tied with a fancy ribbon and a feather, makes me want to buy.  That special added swoosh.

20150125_111133I think of it as garnish.  You make a beautiful, elegant dinner and to add that final swoosh, you choose to place a long piece of chive with the flower gently over the amazing mushroom risotto.  Swoosh.  Yeah, I like that.  You make a little sachet and you tie it up in clear packaging and add garnish of velvet ribbon.

No, I am not talking about going out and spending oodles.  I am talking about picking a piece of greenery from your yard to tie onto a piece of slate and a wedge of cheese to take to your neighbor.  garnish, swoosh.   I am talking about adding a lime green pipe cleaner and making wild cork screws sticking out in a jaunty fashion.

A swoosh is a jingle bell you tie on a gift in May.  A garnish is a scratch lottery ticket you tape to the ribbon.  A fancy swoosh is a baby picture you copy of the receiver and use as a gift tag.   Silly, fun, happy and unexpected. A plastic glitter snowflake and some white feathers or silly elegant ribbon with chickens and roosters marching along might just be the perfect garnish.

20150126_142659Why not crown the gifts you make for your friends and family with a swoosh?  When wrapping a Valentine’s Day gift of a book, why not add a special touch to say you were thinking of them?  Sometimes, I write the person’s name or other times I use an initial.

No, I am not talking about spending oodles of money on the “perfect” Hallmark card.  While there are occasions when a card is perfect, 20150127_161015sometimes, you want something extra.   More meaningful, way more fun and happy.  Wrap an elegant gift with beautiful wrapping and lacy ribbon …. then unexpectedly tape a silly comic strip on the back of the gift.  Get it?  Use your imagination to make the other person snort or giggle.

20150126_092742Make some tags.  This week I made heart shape and circles.  They can be any shape you want.  Go to the craft store, armed with a coupon, buy yourself a little square of clay.  It costs $2.99.  Bring it home. Roll between two pieces of waxed paper (you don’t want the clay to get dirty at all), cut out with cookie cutters, put a20150126_113627 couple holes in the piece to tie ribbon through, bake at 230* for 30 minutes.  done.

That was the craft.  Yes, that easy.  I used some letters and stamped out different names or words.  On a couple I just stamped XOXO  It was fun and quick and inexpensive.  I ended up with a little box of garnish.

I tied them onto different gifts I was preparing to mail out.  Valentine gifts, birthday gifts, I even tied one onto a vase of flowers.

Swoosh

 

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Greenie Tahini

20150118_151012The recipe was originally named “very green, avocado, Tahini dip”.

boring and too long.  Not inspiring, dull.

Name change.   I tried Guacamus.  Then I moved to Tahinimole.  Urgh.

Thanks to the King and his famous, “Queenie Wahine” and Mr. Right………..  new name :

Greenie Tahini 

This is one of those recipes that was a HOME RUN, 5 GOLD stars! 5stars

This week’s football snacks are including this new dip.  So savory, lots of layers of flavor, smooth, intense………can’t stop dipping.

It is a gorgeous intense healthy green color.  No, I am not trying to convince anyone.  I love it.  Mr. Right love’s it.  Zero guilt and pure flavor.  Count us in.

20150118_151233Also tried out a brand new (to me) gluten-free cracker.  Well hello, beautiful. Where have you been for the last couple years?  Glad to meet you.  Breaks in half easily, flavorful, strong enough for dipping.  Nice flavor.

Here we go:

4-6 ounces spinach (rinse, place in skillet, cook just until wilted.  Remove.)

Into the Blendtec add the following:

1 large ripe avocado, 1/3 cup tahini, juice of one lemon, 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, 2 Tablespoons cilantro, 1 teaspoon real salt & fresh ground pepper.  Add spinach and 1/4 cup water (or more for desired consistency).

Transfer to a pretty bowl (or I suppose you can serve it in the Blendtec container, not so fancy).  Add some great chips, crackers and veggies.  Say Grace (for the food, save some sports prayers for the intense fourth quarter).

Here’s hoping your team wins!

Happy Relaxing Sunday.

We are in this together.  Here’s to our health and wellness …. and Sunday afternoon HAPPY!