Friday, December 6, 2013
Happy December! We hope this newsletter finds you having a wonderful thanksgiving and looking forward to the wonder of Christmas!
We are learning day by day that our Christmas Tree looks a bit different with an 18 month old around, the ornaments are migrating to the top of the tree.
Lots of exciting news to report so we’ll get right to it!
In October we released a brand new pattern called Bless this House. Please let us know if you need a few copies or check with our distributors.
2014 Nashville Needlework Market
Are you registered to come to Nashville? What are you waiting for? It’s going to be a great show, we can’t wait. We plan to have a bunch of new patterns this year in both cross stitch and punch needle.
Here’s the link if you need it: http://www.tnna.org/event/2014NashvilleNeedleworkMarketRegistration
Once you’ve signed up at TNNA – let us know if you are coming! http://www.facebook.com/events/531542020272037/ we’d love to know who we’ll be seeing in Nashville.
Candyville – that’s CandyLand – Nashville style
While in Nashville, why not play a little Candyville? What’s Candyville? Just a little contest we’ve brewed up for Nashville – you could win a $250 Norden Crafts Giftcard! Imagine shopping like a kid in a candy store. Check out http://www.facebook.com/events/651058588278891/ for more details!
Our trunk show calendar for 2014 is the works. Want to get on the calendar? Please let us know! We’d love to work out a date.
Be sure to like us on Facebook to share our contests with your customers! We love giving away patterns and hearing what people like us to design. http://www.facebook.com/MyrtleGraceMotifs
The Misadventures of Myrtle Grace
Want to catch up on the latest craziness in our house? Our blog shows every bit of nonsense that goes on… Be sure to check out our blog. www.myrtlegrace.blogspot.com
We are proud to be represented by these fine companies:
Hoffman Distributing Company - www.hoffmandis.com
Norden Crafts - www.nordencrafts.com
Yarn Tree - www.yarntree.com
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Musical Beans of Love (Andy sits in the corner embarrassed that I even said musical and beans in the same sentence)
Anyway - beans. These are simple. So simple that I make them in a hotel room when we go to Derksen Christmas each year. I cook the meats at home and then freeze them with the rest of the ingredients minus the beans. Early in the morning on the day of cooking, I dump in the meat mix and beans into the crockpot, stir it around and let it cook. I am sure the hotel staff tells stories about how many empty cans of pork and beans they find in the trash can!
Wow you got about three stories here for the price of one! So Aunt Betty? Great cook. I am sure you will hear more about her. She's pretty special to me.
Betty's Baked Beans
1 lb browned and drained Ground Beef
1 small onion
6 - 8 strips - cooked and crumbled bacon
2 16 oz Pork and Beans
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup ketchup
Mix everything and cook in 350 oven for 45 min. Or cook in Crock Pot.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
French Toast Casserole
3 cups milk
4 tablespoons of sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
Loaf of dry crusty bread
Mix together all ingredients (except bread) Pour the egg mixture over the bread and let soak overnight.
Bake at 350 for around 45 minutes or till completely set up and golden brown on top.
Top the French Toast with a praline made of nuts (Pecans) brown sugar and butter.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
I work in an office with people who are obsessed with pumpkin. Mostly pumpkin lattes. Last year my boss toss a chunk of pumpkin pie into his coffee I hopes to get the same flavor. I had planned to make these muffins as donuts, but changed mid course. I work with 65+ people. My donut pan makes 6 at a time. I would still be make donuts!! So mini muffins were a better option and equally appreciated.
The glaze is not so much a glaze but a sweet pumpkin topping. These were moist and yummy and gone by midday. Maybe I will have to try another pumpkin recipes before the Christmas mint craz begins.
Glazed Pumpkin Muffins
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups pumpkin purée (canned pumpkin)
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, or 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon plus heaping 1/4 teaspoon each ground nutmeg and ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 3/4 cups + 2 tablespoons flour
For the Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon half & half (or milk)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons pure pumpkin puree
1/4 heaping teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Beat together the oil, eggs, sugar, pumpkin, spices, salt, and baking powder until smooth.
Add the flour, stirring just until smooth.
Fill the cupcake liners fill about 3/4 full.
Bake the muffins for 23 to 25 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of one comes out clean. While baking, whisk up glaze ingredients.
While the doughnuts are still warm (but no longer fragile), top them with the pumpkin glaze.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
This casserole? Yummy! We were afraid it wouldn't tastes much like pizza but it did. It was also great for leftovers in lunches. Bronwyn? Oh she ate it all up. See? If you can get a one year old to eat it, it's a winner!
Pizza Skillet Bake
1lb Turkey Sausage
1/2 Cup Onion-Chopped
1/4 Cup Green Bell Pepper- Chopped
2 T All Purpose Flour
15 oz can Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic & Oregano (or regular diced tomatoes and add basil, garlic and oregano)
4 oz Mushrooms- Drained
10 oz Tube Biscuits- Quartered
2 Cups Shredded Mozzarella
Heat sausage, onion and peppers in oven-proof skillet until veggies are tender.
Drain if necessary.
Sprinkle with flour and add tomatoes (with juices) and mushrooms.
Arrange biscuit pieces over mixture and top with cheese.
Bake uncovered at 400 for 12-15 minutes. (Broil for a minute at the end to turn cheese golden if desired).