Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sneak Preview ~ upcoming July offering for TDIPT

This is Molly !... It looks like she can't wait until Halloween to show off her new costume and goodie bag! And her Mommy has just polished up her saddle shoes, so the scuff marks don't show ..:o)

She is one of my offerings to be listed on TDIPT Mercantile July 1st.

She is adapted and inspired from a dollie I made last year. The hat is inspired by an antique vintage one found in an antique store.


Thursday, June 18, 2009

It's in There ! Spaghetti and Meatballs

In between making dolls and doing everyday mundane household chores, I do cook once in a while. I thought I would share my meatball and sauce recipe. The spices added are not measured, so I am giving a ballpark figure with the spices that I add..

The meatballs:

1 3/4 pound of ground chuck
2 eggs
2 pieces of Italian bread, torn in pieces
2-3 minced/chopped up fine cloves of garlic ( not the whole bulb )
Added about:
3 tablespoons of seasoned italian bread crumbs
2-3 tablespoons of parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon of oregano or so
several dashes of onion powder
"" "" "" garlic powder
dashes of black pepper
dashes of Italian seasoning
about 2 teaspoons of parsley flakes

Mix all together with clean hands and roll into little balls and place in a skillet with a little olive oil in it. Saute' on low and turn until brown on all sides.
Add meatballs to sauce with a tablespoon or two of the drippings. Makes about 24 meatballs.


28 oz. can of whole tomatoes, chopped up
28 oz. can of diced tomatoes
12 oz. can of tomato paste
I add a little chopped up fine garlic..maybe half of a clove
add a little water ..maybe a cup or so
maybe about 2 teaspoons of basil flakes
a teaspoon or so of sugar, optional
a "" " "" italian seasoning
dashes of garlic and onion powder
just a dash of oregano

Bring sauce just to boil then simmer on low all day long ! well, until dinner anyway. I have a gas stove and use two heat diffusers under my pot. Photo of a heat diffuser shown under red teapot.

I use the thin spaghetti ( San Giorgio ) and I usually make a big tossed salad to complete the meal. I use Good Seasons Italian dressing mix. You add your own vinegar and oil and water. And then at least you know where most of the ingredients come from.

Wear a bib and enjoy your dinner !

Friday, June 12, 2009

We Are The Champions ! Pittsburgh Penguins !

We WON !

I am so happy.. they won and now the hockey games are over for a while and maybe I can watch something on television instead of hockey ! My dh is a Pittsburgh Penguins fan !


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Ringing in Freedom ..

This handsome fellow is now listed on ebay. Click the link below to take a peek of more photos of this prim patriotic cupboard hanger.

I have been busy making this eagle and enjoying the warmer weather. I have even enjoyed trimming and pulling the weeds from the yard. Boy, it must have been a long winter ! I have done some vegetable planting in the garden and have sown some leaf lettuce seeds in a window box on the deck.

Dh and I took a ride to Altoona on Sunday, and, of course, had to stop at a craft store. A few miles down the road from Altoona there is an antique mall, and I found a few goodies. Buttons, an old tape measure and vintage antique hat pins.

May you have a wonderful warm evening,

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Meadowbrook Cabin Mercantile's New Selling Blog

It's been a long time coming, but I finally have a new selling blog. To view my blog, click on

My first offering is a pinkeep shoe complete with a pair of vintage looking scissors and a few hat pins and vintage buttons.

May you have a pleasant evening !

Monday, June 1, 2009

And the Winner of My Giveaway IS.....

Good Morning,

Today is June 1st ! June has started out on a chilly note ! Right now it is 39 degrees ! The sun is shining and today's high is 74, so it will be a little warmer.

If you get a chance, please take a peek at all the creative offerings on TDIPT mercantile. Just click the chicken photo on the left hand side of the page.

So, without further ado, I am going to draw a name, since there is no one here but me at the moment, and I don't think my dog could pick just one slip of paper out of the basket...

Oh, wait a minute... I have to get my camera ... hold on... I may as well get a little more coffee, too...

(The names were in the basket and it is not included.)

And the winner is...........Tammy, of ....

Congratulations Tammy ! I best be contacting Tammy !

A big Thank You to all of you who participated in my giveaway ! It was nice hearing from new bloggers and readers and my dear regular blog friends. I have enjoyed reading about all your favorite things.

May you all have a pleasant, warm and sunshiny week !