Category Archives: Mingle

Summer Is Here

Hello Summer 2019! What’s been happening with summer so far.

Premo Sculpey Accents Gemstone Polymer Clay

After getting back into working with polymer clay a few weeks ago, I discovered that Premo Sculpey Accents came up with a new collection of polymer clay, polymer clay gemstones. I bought a few bars of opal, goldstone, and a few other gemstones I’ll reveal later. This photograph reveals an opal polymer clay donut cabochon and a black and white sparkling zebra cane. The best part of this polymer clay is that it doesn’t require mixing or measuring because it’s already done for you. Make gemstone jewelry, sculptures, beads, and more with this unique polymer clay. With experimenting and researching new polymer clay ideas, I’m looking forward to showing more handmade creations that I’ve made.

Premo Sculpey Accents Opal Polymer Clay
Yet another Father’s Day breakfast by yours truly. Blueberry French toast, scrambled eggs, and breakfast sausage. Happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s out there and the dad’s that are no longer with us.

In The Kitchen

With Father’s Day on June 16th, 2019 The Prock kitchen smelled like a beautiful breakfast. Here’s my recipe for a nice quick and easy breakfast to make for your family.

French Toast With Scrambled Eggs And Apple Maple Breakfast Sausage

1-2 Bags Of Pepperidge Farm Blueberry Bread, or your favorite kind of bread.

18 Eggs.

Maple Syrup Or Your Favorite Kind Of Syrup.

3 Packages Of Alfresco Fully Cooked Apple Maple Breakfast Sausage

Cooking Spray.

Butter

Cooking Instructions

French Toast

In one bowl, mix about 2-3 eggs and place your bread in egg mixture and coat bread evenly on both sides. Place your bread with egg in a frying pan or griddle that is coated with cooking spray. Allow your bread to cook for about 1-2 minutes on both sides.

Scrambled Eggs

I’ve discovered that making scrambled eggs in the microwave is so much easier then a frying pan. It makes less of a mess in the microwave then a pan, so it’s easier to clean up. Sounds crazy, but it’s true.

In a small bowl, add a tablespoon of butter and place in the microwave for 30 seconds. When butter is melted, add to your beaten eggs with milk. Depending on how many eggs you’ve mixed in your bowl, I always cook the eggs 1 minute per egg. So say you have 4 eggs in your bowl, cook your eggs for about 4 minutes. When your eggs have reached the 2 minute mark, take out of the microwave and stir. This moves the eggs that are not quite cooked on the bottom. Place your bowl back in the microwave and finish the two minutes of cooking time. If your eggs are still not quite cooked. Place your eggs back in for 1 minute.

Alfresco Breakfast Sausage

For those of you who are not familiar with this kind of sausage, it’s fully cooked so all you have to do is remove from the package and brown evenly on each side in a frying pan. Alfresco is a chicken sausage so it’s got less fat and preservatives, and the apple maple makes it taste better. Find this sausage in the meat department of your supermarket.

2019 Blooms, Red Roses

Summer Is Here Already

I can’t believe that the first day of summer was on June 21st, 2019. Summer is here already, oh my god where has this year has gone? Summer so far has been pretty good with watching the flowers pop open, baby birds coming to our bird feeder, baby squirrels, and much more.

Hello Woodchuck.
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Mingle Menu: Tomato And Mozzarella Salad

With summer here and wanting to eat light meals, this delicious recipe is great meal alone or with chicken, fish, pork, or steak. Great for lunch or dinner.

Ingredients

2-3 Tomatoes

1/2 Of Red Onion

Sun Dried Tomatoes

Mozzarella Balls

Olives With Feta Cheese

Kalamata Olives

One Large Plate

Olive Oil And Balsamic Vinegar Or Your Favorite Dressing

Instructions

Depending on how big the tomatoes and onion is, slice them into small to medium size pieces and add to plate. Measure out the amount of sundries tomatoes, mozzarella, and olives you like in the top of your tomatoes. Drizzle olive oil or your favorite dressing on the top and enjoy.

Tips

Pick out your favorite kind of tomato, whether it’s red or heirloom tomatoes.

If you don’t like onion, substitute with basil.

If you don’t like olives, just use mozzarella or any kind of cheese you like.

Be creative and enjoy!

Mingle Menu: Tomato Salad With Chicken Sausage

Ingredients And Tools:

1 Large Heirloom Tomato, Tomato Color Of Your Choice.

1/4 Container Of Mozzarella Balls.

1/2 Of A Red Onion.

1-2 Packages Of Alfresco Pre Cooked Chicken Italian Sausage.

1/4 Container Of Kalamata Olives.

1/4 Container Of Sicilian Olives With Fetta Cheese.

Fresh Basil.

Balsamic Dressing Or Any Dressing You Prefer.

Frying Pan.

Large Platter.

Instructions:

In a frying pan, brown up your pre cooked sausage (if you buy regular chicken sausage, cooking time may take a bit longer).  When sausage is done browning or cooking, slice sausage into small pieces.

Slice your tomato and place on a large platter with your sliced onion, mozzarella balls, olives and basil.  Add sausage on the top of your tomatoes.  Enjoy with a tossed salad or alone.

Tips:

Instead Of Sausage, Substitute With Pork, Chicken, Or Fish.

Mozzarella Balls And Olives Can Be Found In The Cheese Department And Party Platter Department Of Your Grocery Store.

Instead Of Making One Huge Salad With Meat, Make Salad And Serve Meat On The Side.

If You Don’t Like Olives, Substitute with peppers or any other vegetable you like.

Make It Your Own And Enjoy With Your Family.

Hello Thanksgiving 2017

Dear Friends:
Sorry Sow’s Ear Studio and I haven’t posted in a while, but we’re almost at the end of moving 1597 Union Street to 867 Warner Road. It’s been a long hall with the move and 20+ years of wonderful memories at a wonderful location. Now it’s time to make new memories with our online business back home. For the month of November, the Prock family had two wonderful Thanksgivings. First Thanksgiving was celebrated with the D’Alberto family at Galway Lake, New York. Uncle Larry cooked the most wonderful meal and I brought mashed sweet potatoes and mashed cauliflower with spinach. The original Thanksgiving day was celebrated back home in Niskayuna and Mazzone Hospitality prepared our meal. A perfect meal for 10 people, we had lots of leftovers and enough for a few days. After Thanksgiving, it was time to get back to packing and cleaning up what we brought home. With a little bit of time on my hands, I was able to make the annual Jib Jab video for YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and our blog. Here’s my recipes for my mashed sweet potatoes and mashed cauliflower.

MASHED SWEET POTATOES: by Lauren Prock
3 large sweet potatoes peeled and chopped into small pieces.
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil and sea salt butter.
Cinnamon.
Honey.
Raisins (optional)
Pecans (optional)

In a large saucepan, add a 1/4 stick of butter, honey, and as much cinnamon as you like for taste. Add chopped and peeled sweet potatoes and cover saucepan. Stir occasionally and add 1/3 cup water, the water will help soften the potatoes and mix with the butter and cinnamon. Add a little more honey as needed, this should take approx. 30-40 minutes. I prefer cooking the potatoes this way as oppose to boiling because you’re getting a better taste from browning the potatoes and not boiling the potatoes. After potatoes are done cooking use an electric mixer or masher to mash. After mashing place potatoes in a bowl and add raisins and pecans on the top.

MASHED CAULIFLOWER: by Lauren Prock
1 Cauliflower Head Chopped.
1 Bag Of Spinach.
1 Clove Of Garlic.
Garlic Press.
Pinch Of Pepper.
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive and sea salt butter

In a large saucepan, add butter, pepper, pressed garlic, and chopped cauliflower.  As cauliflower browns, add half of bag of spinach and place lid on pan.  When spinach is cooked down, add the other half of bag of spinach.  When spinach is cooked and translucent, mash spinach and cauliflower together.  Add in a serving bowl.

Stay tuned for our business to be moved back home.