Monday, September 18, 2006

Fall Is In The Air....

Well, it is definitely starting to feel like fall around here. Had to pull out a warmer sweater today and start thinking about what coats I have and what coats I might 'need' this year. (I LOVE coats!!!) Also decided it was a good day to make a nice batch of Taco soup and my cornbread rolls for dinner. Thought I would share these two recipes with you, because they are both easy and so delicious.

1 beaten egg and water = 1 cup
1/3 cup honey
3 cups flour
1/2 cup corn meal
2 Tbsp dry milk
1 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp butter
1 pkg. yeast (2 1/4 tsp)

1. Put into bread maker in the order given.
2. Complete the dough and first rise cycles.
3. Remove the dough and form into rolls (approx. 16)
4. Place on greased cookie sheet.
5. Let rise for 1 1/2 hours
6. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 - 12 minutes.
7. Can also be made as bread in bread maker

I can tell you that my mom took 'Grand Champion' with these rolls at the Ortonville, Minnesota county fair so you know they have to be good!! (She even won $2.00 and 5 pounds of honey!! Way to go Mom!!)

This is the taco soup that warms you up on a crisp fall day. We like to eat it over rice with shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream.
1 pound ground beef
1 onion, chopped
4 cups tomato juice
1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (15 ounce) can black beans
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1/2 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning mix*

1. In a large pot combine ground beef and onions.
2. Cook over medium heat high until onions are tender (about 5 minutes.)
3. Add the tomato juice, corn, beans, tomato sauce and taco seasoning.
4. Stir well, and heat throughout, but do not boil
*We like to use 'Hot and Spicy' taco mix

I did get a few things felted this past weekend.
I made two coin purses with some of Sebastian's wool. They actually fit an Ipod or cell phone and are nice and thick, so they will be great protection for either.

Well, here it is. My first felting disaster!! That wonderful Fling bag I showed in my last entry had a major operator error... I had twisted the strap when I connected it, so when it felted, it was twisted. Still not sure what I will do to fix it. I may find some fun wooden handles in Minneapolis next week and cut it at the top and add those... Who knows. I have set it aside for the moment as I get over my disappointment. (Again, it is not the patterns fault... I love this pattern!) I will post my final outcome when I decide what to do!! In the meantime, I press on......



And I am lucky enough to be just that!! This is my husband and best friend, Steve.
We have been married 23+ years and are extremely blessed.

Took this picture on a recent trip to Colorado (no, this is not Iowa!!!) We love the mountains and go every chance we can.


Sheri at The Loopy Ewe said...

Mmmm - I think I'll be making taco soup and cornbread rolls for dinner. (Unless you'd just like to ship the leftovers down a state?)

AR said...

Sweet picture! I did that with a bag I felted once. Shame on me, I called it a design element, and left it. That soup and those rolls would be perfect for a day like we're having today. Cold, gray, and wet. Thanks for the recipes.

hakucho said...

I bookmarked your recipe for cornbread rolls. Those look so good. Can't wait to try them! I also want to try that soup, yum. Thanks for the recipes :)

Your felted bag looks wonderful...I wouldn't call it a disaster!!

Debstmomy said...

I am on your felted bag KAL & I want to thank you for your recipie. Your soup looks so yummy & I will used it for sure!

Heidi said...

THANKS for the recipes, we LOVE fall foods and my hubby would love this stuff! Too bad about that bag, but I bet you'll find a way to fix it. I'm married to a great guy too, and that's one sweet picture of you two.

ObsessiveCompulsive Crafter said...

oh my, your bag looks great, your soup looks yummy and we have the same dishes! I see your salt and pepper and spoon holder. Dont you just love it!
Great recipe too!

Petunia Honeysuckle said...

Hi Janice! I love your Fling Bag, it's a beautiful colorway, and the strap will look great no matter how you fix it :)

(another) Janice from NH said...

I made your cornbread rolls and taco soup for dinner. Everybody LOVED it. Thanks so much for the recipe.

Rohanknitter said...

I have that same taco soup recipe and we just love it. Those cornbread rolls look great, I will definitely have to try them next time I make the soup.
I"m sure you can rescue your fling bag- it's really pretty. I made a booga bag in the same colorway - love it!

Sarah said...

What portion of real milk could i use instead of dry milk? The cornbread rolls look delicious.


Janice said...

Hmmm.. you could try heating one cup of milk in the microwave for a minute and trying that.. that is what another roll recipe I have calls for... Worth a shot...

iowajane said...

I made your cornbread rolls and my husband absolutely loves them! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe--I will definitely be making more of them. I enjoy your writings as well. I live in Washington County (south of Iowa City) so its nice reading about another fellow Iowan knitter!