It’s all in the Sauce

25123754-sauces-collectionI don’t know about you, but I can eat just about anything with a good sauce covering it. Of course, I enjoy foods without the sauce, too. But, sauce is important. For example, I can make any type of dish and as long as I have my trusty honey mustard on standby, my youngest child will eat it. Things that actually make my other children cringe when he covers it with the sauce. But, hey, whatever gets him to eat it, I say!

There are two sauces I make more frequently than others. I would like to share them, today. Have you ever looked at the ingredients of anything on a bottle? Pretty scary stuff. It’s for that reason that I like to make my own. Is it cheaper? Maybe, but not by much. Once you buy all the ingredients that go into them, it might’ve been cheaper to buy the mystery bottle of whatever. And, since when does it save time by making something that you can just pour out of a store bought bottle? But, now I’ve spoiled my children. They won’t eat brand name honey mustard or sweet and sour anymore. I kind of did myself in with making my own. So, without further explanation…

Sweet and Sour Sauce (the type you put on your chicken before baking in the oven)

Mix the following in a medium-sized sauce pan:

  • 1 1/4 c pineapple juice
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 3/4 apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube

Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Let boil 2 minutes before ready to pour over chicken waiting for the oven. It will have turned to a deep red and thickened when ready.

Honey Mustard Sauce (the type you dip everything into…like chicken, fries, and roast beef for my wild child:))

  • 1/2 c mayonnaise
  • 1/4 c mustard
  • 1/4 c honey
  • scant Tbsp rice wine vinegar (I never use quite a full tablespoon)
  • dash of salt

Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl and refrigerate leftovers. My daughter has started to make our stash in the house so that we never run out!







Confessions of A Fabric Hoarder

12733968314_62fe646bf8_zLike candy for my eyes. No, it’s not a picture of my stash. Unfortunately, I have a bit more. But, isn’t it pretty? Oh, the possibilities! And, there is more people like me out there. (thank goodness!)

I’m sure everyone has something they collect. It’s crazy what draws people; cars, bugs, coins, spoons… you name it, we can find someone who has about fifty of them. Well, maybe not cars. Not all at once, anyway.

I read quilt patterns like a novel. I can sit in bed at night and marvel at foundation piecing, embroidery hangings, and how-to’s. There is so many I want to try, but so little time. And, my biggest problem is that once I make a block and tackle the complexity of it, I want to move on without finishing the entire piece. A problem I’m working on!

Because of my short term memory, I can go into my quilt room and find tops I actually finished and they can seem new to me:) But, back to fabric hoarding…I find myself always toggling between an online fabric shop and whatever else I’m doing. Am I the only one who shops, putting things in carts, then deleting the spree? But, it’s so much fun adding the items. Anyway, like I have the two hundred dollars stored in a whatever-I-want account. Occasionally, on my birthday or some other holiday that I’m supposed to get something, I process the cart. (then I tell my boyfriend I’ve got the gift thing covered! And inform him to just take the package from the mailman and wrap it before I see inside it). But, when it’s not an occasion where I’m supposed to be getting something, I wait in the bushes to collect the booty from the UPS guy, store it in the back of my car and wait until night fall to bring it in the house. Then I carry it to my closet and rip it open quietly. I smell it, touch each piece, then store it on the shelf for viewing. Later, when I’m sure no one is home, I sneak it downstairs and place it with all the other cuts. Yay! A new friend for all the others:) One day I’m going to make all of my pieces into one big thing! That’ll be the day:)