Friday, August 5, 2011

Spelling Chili

Question: I've seen "chile," "chili" and "chilli." Do they all mean something different?
Answer: This is a common question and has fueled many arguments over the subject. There are many accepted versions. Chile with an "e" at the end is the correct spelling in Spanish. Chili with an "i" at the end is the Americanized version. The "i" version began with the name of the dish "Carne con Chili," meaning "Meat with Chile." It evolved into "Chili con Carne" and then shortened to just "Chili." The term ending with an "i" is widely accepted and is often used as the name for "Chili Powder." The term "Chile" with an "e" is the more correct way to spell it, although many forms are accepted.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Lace Monogram Letters

This beautiful alphabet is made by me to your specifications. The letters are sturdy so you can use them as ornaments, fasten them to a garment, purse, a piece of luggage, or anything you choose. The letters can also be glued to your favorite cup or serving vessel.

Each letter is made in the color of your choice. I will even match colors for you if you send me a sample. Each letter is a bit less than 3 inches high.

The price is $10 for 3 letters. Please specify the letters and color in the notes section of your order.

The monogram can be ordered from

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Corn and Crab Cakes

Corn and Crab Cakes

1/2 c. mayonnaise
2 eggs (lightly beaten)
1/4 c. sliced scallion
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 1/2 c. corn bread stuffing mix (divided)
2 (6 oz.) pkg. frozen crab meat (thawed and drained) or 2 (6 1/2 oz.) cans crab meat (drained)
1 (7 oz.) can corn (drained)
1/4 c. vegetable oil (divided)

In medium bowl, mix mayonnaise and next 5 ingredients until well blended. Stir in 1 1/4 cup of the stuffing crumbs. Let stand 20 minutes or until softened. Place crab in small bowl. Pick over crab, removing any shell or cartilage. Flake with fork into small shreds. Stir corn and crab meat into mayonnaise mixture, mixing well. Shape mixture into 8 patties. Place the remaining crumbs in a shallow dish. Press both sides of the patties into the crumbs until evenly coated. In large skillet, heat 2 tablespoon of the oil over medium heat. Saute 2 or 3 patties, turning once, until browned on each side. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining oil and patties.

Ruth Ann

Christmas Tree Earrings

We're getting in the mood for Christmas early this year. I guess I'm always in the mood! So, I couldn't resist making this pair of Christmas Tree Earrings.

These earrings are made from tiny beads from The Czech Republic. They are quite slow to make, but the end result is great fun. I just love putting the tiny ornaments of the tree. So cute!

If you'd like to order your own pair of sparkly earrings go to

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