One Holiday Down, Two More To Go

Hope everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving with friends and family.  The Prock family had a nice, quiet Thanksgiving at home with all the trimmings from The Glenn Sanders Mansion aka Mazzone Hospitality.  When you get down to how much a turkey costs, side dishes, and long it takes to make the meal, this is the best way to go.  Not to mention, the amount of leftovers you have after.  I haven’t cooked a meal since last Wednesday and I love it.  With the Prock family cleaning and running around doing stuff, I didn’t have time to post recipes for the holidays.  Stay tuned for new recipes for Christmas and New Years.  New handmade items are also going to be uploaded to both my Facebook fan page and right here on my blog, I’m currently working on new peace hearts.

Hawk Symbolism

Definition from https://www.spirit-animals.com/hawk-symbolism/

If a hawk totem has flown into your life, you must pay attention. You are about to receive a message from Spirit. Thus, you will need to take the time to interpret and integrate this message into your daily life. To help you interpret your hawk meaning, you must take into consideration that this bird holds the key to a higher consciousness. Therefore, it will try to bring these things into your circle of awareness and consciousness. When hawk symbolism presents itself, know that enlightenment is imminent. Also, hawk symbolism often represents the ability to see meaning in ordinary experiences if you choose to become more observant.  In other words, many of the messages this bird brings to you are about freeing yourself from thoughts and beliefs that are limiting your ability to soar above your life and gaining a higher perspective. In the long run, it is this ability to rise high above to catch a glimpse of the bigger picture that will allow you to survive and flourish.

 

Art Is Life

Art is life, life is art. Nature (winter, spring, summer, fall), nudity, color, black and white, in reality, canvas, print, photography, drawing, sketch, pottery, glass, and wood.  Art is all around us.  How you view art is up to you. Whether it’s in real life (reality) or hung on the wall, or on your table, art is the spice of life. Give a comment and say what your favorite type of art is.

Goodbye September

With turning 40 and forgetting that I can draw like my mom, September 2018 was a great month. With September coming to an end, and October on the way, Fall 2018 will be awesome. Photograph of the moon was taken on Wednesday September 26th, 2018 and the mushrooms were taken on Friday September 28th and Saturday September 29th, 2018.  See more Fall photos drawings, and crochet this October.

Happy Fall Y’All

Goodbye summer 2018 and hello Fall 2018.  Time for crisp leaves, apples, cider, apple pie, and fall recipes. It’s also time for me to get cracking on new fall items such as drawings, sketches, and crochet items.
Fall photo credited from Halloween Cottage on Facebook. 

Fall Recipe For Witches Brew

Photo credit from Rachel’s Favorite Recipes.
This recipe will cast a delicious smell over your whole house.
Witches Brew:
1 apple
1 orange
1 lemon
2 T whole allspice
2 T whole cloves
4 cinnamon sticks
Slice fruit into rings. Don’t worry about peels, seed, cores, etc. Place all ingredients into a crock-pot. Fill with water. Simmer on low. Refill with water as needed. Be careful not let the water get too low. 
Find recipes like this on https://rachaelsfavoriterecipes.blogspot.com

It’s In The Blood Lines

New logo created with my Amazon Sketch App.

Hidden Talent

With moving out of the shop 10 months ago and cleaning up mom’s studio at home, I discovered a talent that I have and completely shut out since I 12-13 years old.  Mom found this huge brief case filled with drawings that I did in high school.  It took me a while to realize that I created these drawings and paintings, then it hit me like a ton of bricks that I actually did create these paintings and drawings.  I never really realized how good I was until I found some scrap paper and started to draw some things.  Realizing that I have a part of my mother’s drawing talent, I can create some great things on my own.  For example, I created this new logo above with a sketch app on my Amazon tablet.  It’s called a bohemian flower at midnight.  Being able to spread my wings and not only doing crochet, this is great.  Below this paragraph, is more drawings that I’ve created in the last couple of weeks, along with the drawings that I discovered in high school.

New Drawings

After discovering this hidden talent, I immediately went on Pinterest to get some ideas for drawing and went to Michael’s Arts And Crafts for my birthday gift and bought sketchbooks, pencils, markers and a book with sketch ideas.  I can do faces and other items, but I also wanted to see some symbols and try some symbols that I find inspiring.  Below is a Celtic symbol for love and a mountain drawing on the inside and a peace symbol on the outside.
Celtic symbol for love. 
 
Mountain peace symbol. 

The High School Years

One of the drawings found in a portfolio brief case found in the back of mom’s studio.  This simple geometric drawing filled with crayons is simple, unique and filled with color.  For the geometric person, this is for you!
Geometric shape drawing filled with crayon.  Created when I was in high school. 

More To Come

See more drawings and prints that I will create from drawings on my blog and on my Etsy shop.  Prices will be with new drawings and prints.

Turning 40

I Love Lucy’s Antiques. Scotia, New York. 
Saturday September 1st, 2018 was a big milestone for me as I celebrated my 40th birthday, turning 40 is the new 20 they say.  Deciding to celebrate my 40th in Gloversville, New York with my family was inspiring.
From stopping to an antiques shop on the way, to stopping to an art gallery and coop.  After stopping being inspired and buying a thing or two, we stopped at a nice restaurant after.  Taking good photographs was another great part of the day to.
Glove Theatre. Gloversville, New York. 
Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market. Gloversville, New York. 
Micropolis Art Gallery. Gloversville, New York. 
Mom used to work for the Grandoe Corporation in Gloversville and is somewhat familiar with the area.  Driving an hour to work everyday and back home, she never stopped at other places in town, which is why I suggested we go for my birthday. Another big part of the day was stopping at a famous sewing center in town called Gloversville Sewing Center.  Fascinated with the new sewing machines, fabric, sewing tools, accessories, and books, it was well worth the trip
Gloversville Sewing Center. Gloversville, New York. 
Abandoned building next to Harold’s Restaurant. Gloversville, New York. 
Harold’s Restaurant. Gloversville, New York. 
Surf And Turf. 
Pork Chops. 
Parmesan Pork Chops. 
Hello.
Chocolate Cake. 

New Slide Show For Etsy Store

What a creative way to promote your Etsy shop with a video made of your creations. I created this slide show on my Photo Grid app on my phone this morning with some crochet, photography, modeling, scrunchies, and scarves.  Click on slide show, and slide show will take you to my freshly updated Etsy shop. Just to let everyone know, all listings on my shop have been updated with new shipping prices.

Shipping Changes On Shop LMProck

Brand New Etsy Shop Banner

Dear Buyers,

Due to the cost of shipping throughout the United States and everywhere else, free shipping is no longer available on my Etsy shop.  I also changed my Etsy account from Standard to Etsy Plus which means I have more options for customers to buy handmade items.

When viewing items on my Etsy shop for shipping description, this is what you will see SHIPPING DETAILS will be available upon checkout, depending on where you live. Handmade crochet hook will be shipped United States Postal Service 1st Class Mail. Receive a free gift up purchase. Due to calculated shipping cost, size of your item(s) is right here in description. I have to change the size of item for shipping purposes.

I also created a brand new Etsy shop banner with the beach and seashells.  I’m leaning towards a beach shop theme for my handmade items.  I also created a new shop icon that’s a seashell as well.

 

Sorry for the inconvenience for this change.  Looking forward to seeing you on Shop LMProck.

Brand New Shop Icon

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!

On This 4th Of July

Ever since moving out business back home enjoying holidays has been more fun. With cleaning up outside and inside, staying up late for me has been more fun. This 4th of July the Prock family stayed home and barbequed outside. Watching fireworks on t.v. Is as much fun as watching them live. Macy’s makes a great fireworks display with music and a display. That’s what inspired me to pick this photo from the internet. Hello summer.

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.

D’Alberto Family Cookbook: Chicken And Ba-Day-Dahs

Ingriedients

Chicken-1 whole bird, cut into pieces or legs & thighs (If you use boneless, skinless breasts, they will dry out badly by the time the potatoes cook).

White Potatoes-3-4, peeled & cut into wedges.

Sweet Potatoes-1 or 2, peeled and cut into pieces (not to small, or they will turn to mush).

Sweet Italian sausage-2 or 3 links, cut into 2 inch chunks.

Oil-2 or 3 tbsps.

Oregano-1 or 2 tbsp.

Salt & Pepper to taste (and if you want it to taste good, don’t be afraid to be generous with the salt).

Garlic-4 or 5 cloves, peeled and sliced.

Instructions

Place chicken, potatoes & sausage into a very large roasting pan. Pour oil over the top.  Add generous amount of salt and pepper.  Crush organo between fingers over top of everything. Toss well with your hands until everything is coated with oil and spices. Spread evenly in pan. Tuck slices of garlic evenly throughout the pan.  Cover with foil and bake covered at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.  Uncover and continue baking until everything is browned and crispy (another 45-60 minutes).

Note: These are approximate amounts and times, just meant to give you an idea of how to make the dish. You can leave the sausage out if you’d like; you can substitute carrots for the sweet potatoes; you can increase or decrease the amount of garlic; or you can use different herbs like Italian seasoning. Just have fun with it.

Tootsie Shaky Mike D’Alberto recipe

Submitted By Deb D’Alberto Dominski

D’Alberto Family Cookbook: Brunch For A Bunch

This delicious breakfast bake is great for breakfast, lunch, dinner, holidays, family gatherings or a party.

1 lb. pork sausage.

2 cups frozen hash brown potatoes (plain or with onions and peppers).

1/2 tsp. salt.

6 eggs.

1 1/4 cup of milk.

Thaw hash browns. Cook sausage until brown, drain & crumble. Place hash browns in a lightly greased, 13 x 9 baking dish. Sprinkle with salt. Layer cooked sausage on the top of potatoes. Sprinkle cheese on the top of sausage. Combine eggs and milk and heat well. Pour over the top of casserole. Bake uncovered at 350, for approximately 50 minutes. Cut into squares and serve.

Submitted by

Rosalie (D’Alberto) Castellano.

 

 

SOLD: Hurricane Crochet Hook

CROCHET HOOK SIZE:  USF5/3.75mm

Watching hurricanes in tropical climates on the news is devastating to me to watch, but the cool thing about hurricanes in the colors in the sky, which is black and white. Not only are you holding a piece of art, but your hands are less likely to feel tired after crocheting for long periods of time.

FREE SHIPPING: Handmade crochet hook will be shipped United States Postal Service 1st Class Mail. For further shipping details, click on the “policies” window next to this description.

OTHER MATERIALS: Susan Bates Crochet Hook, black polymer clay, white polymer clay, liquid polymer clay, super glue.

Square Of The Week, Bohemian For A Blanket

Inspired by PBS’S CREATE CHANNEL, Knit And Crochet Now at the end of the show, square of the week.  Each week Brett Bara would demonstrate a new square of the week for a square sample blanket.  This bohemian blanket with my version of a granny square stitch will be for my bed soon.  With bohemian making a big comeback and mom painting my bedroom red, I wanted to transform my bedroom into a tropical bohemian bedroom oasis.  This square represents some of the great colors that are in bohemian style.  Granny square has an open stitch that allows you to not feel super warm, but warm enough to take the cold edge off. 

I realized when making blankets for laps and beds, it’s easier to start off with a small square and turning that small square into something big.  I also realized with squares you can sew them together as well.  I’m not the greatest sewer, but I’m learning as I go.  See this blanket come alive this summer.

Newspaper Is Back

https://twitter.com/LaurenProck/status/994540437846323201

Going back and fourth in my mind of having a digital newspaper generated with my tweets and interests, I finally decided to keep, generate, and have my own paper by Paper.li.  Building sales with Etsy and other parts of my business, stay tuned for a widget on my blog for my online newspaper LMProck.  Reading this paper is free, no need to pay. Newspaper is generated once a day, so keep your eyes open.

Lauren

D’Alberto Family Cookbook: Apple Crisp

4-6 Granny Smith Apples.

8 Graham Cracker Squares, Chopped.

3/4 Cup Brown Sugar, Packed.

1/2 Cup Rolled Oats.

1/2 Cup Of Flour.

1 TSP Cinnamon.

1 TSP Nutmeg.

1/2 Cup Butter Or Margarine Melted.

Peel, core and slice apples and cut slices in half. Combine graham crackers, sugar, oats, flour, and spices.  Pour in melted butter and mix well.  Place prepared apples in a deep baking dish.  Spoon mixture over apples.  Bake in pre-heated 350 degrees over 30-35 minutes. This is great warm with vanilla ice cream.

Recipe Submitted By

Jolie D’Alberto Obrien

D’Alberto Family Cookbook: Nisky ’97 Chicken

I made up this recipe for Lauren’s high school graduation party.  there are no exact measurements for any of the ingredients.  So you decide to try it, you’ll just have to “wing” it.

*Boneless Chicken Breasts, Cut Into Chunks.

*Bread Crumbs & Flour Mixture.

*Eggs And A Little Water, Beaten.

*Oil And Margarine.

*Onions & Garlic, Very Finely Chopped.

*Black Olives Sliced.

*Fresh Mushrooms Sliced.

*White Wine.

*Assorted Seasonings (Salt, Pepper, Parsley, Dill…Whatever You Like Best).

*Knorr Garlic Herb Pasta Sauce Mix.

Dip chicken first in the bread crumb/flour mixture, then into the egg/water mixture.  Saute chicken in oil/margarine mixture until golden brown.  Remove chicken from skillet to greased baking dish.  Add onions, garlic, seasonings, and wine to skillet and cook until softened.  Add mushrooms, olives, (and more wine if desired).  Spread entire mixture over chicken.  Prepare sauce mix as package directs and pour all over it. Bake in a 350 degree oven until heated through and you’re sure the chicken is completely cooked (20-30 minutes?)

If the chicken doesn’t turn out alright, you can always drink the rest of the wine and call Boston Market for take out.

Recipe Submitted by Rosemary Prock

 

SOLD: Large Blue Earth Print Hair Scrunchie

Scrunchie Size: 4 1/2 x 4 1/2.
Materials: Large elastic rubber band & Red Heart Baby Soft Yarn in blue earth print yarn.
These large scrunchies are specially made for thick, longer hair. Scrunchies may be wrapped around more then one time.  Keep your long hair tied back in the hot days of summer, cooking, cleaning, etc with this handmade blue earth print hair scrunchie.  Soak scrunchie in luke warm water & air dry.

FREE SHIPPING IN THE UNITED STATES & INTERNATIONAL. Your scrunchie will be shipped in a small plush mail envelope.

D’Alberto Family Cookbook: Aunt Fran’s Cheesecake

Crust:

1 3/4 cups of graham cracker crumbs

1/4 cup walnuts, finely chopped (optional)

1/2 tsp of cinnamon

1/2 cup melted butter or margarine.

Filling:

3 eggs

2 8oz pkgs cream cheese

1 cup of sugar

2 tsp vanilla

3 cups of sour cream

Instructions:

Mix crust ingredients together and press into the bottom of and sides of a 9″ spring form pan. Combine eggs, cheese, sugar, and vanilla, and beat until smooth.  Mix in sour cream. Pour into crust and bake at 350 degrees for about an hour. Cool, then chill for at least 2 hours. Serve topped with fruit, if desired.

Submitted by

Rosemary D’Alberto Prock

 

Hello Spring

After moving out of the shop and still unpacking from our move, Sow’s Ear Studio hasn’t had much time to say “hello”. With Spring here and watching television and still unpacking this is one of my favorite Sherwin Paints commercials. Simply click on the button and enjoy this lovely safari commercial. When we’re all done […]

via Hello Spring — Sow’s Ear Studio And Gallery

Past And Present

April Showers Bring May Flowers, April Feels More Like Winter

In Niskayuna New York it feels more like winter coming to an end and spring just barely starting.  What has mother nature done with spring?  We’ve had some sunny days, few semi warm days, and more snow days.  This time of the year I love cleaning up outside.  I hope spring comes soon with some warm weather to go with the sunshine.  With a little sunshine and warmth, I’ll be able to plan my garden and walk Ginger.

Past And Present

Ever since going to a wake last Tuesday night for my mom’s Aunt Jean, this week it’s been looking at old photographs and organizing these old photographs for safe keeping.  I pulled out about 200 old photographs from both my mom’s side of the family and my dad’s side of the family. Within the mix of 200 photographs I pulled out to reorganize, I also found some pictures of mom and dad’s college days. I found some shipping envelopes and bought a marker and labels to pack these photographs and label every one of envelopes.

My mom’s Aunt Josephine was always organized and meticulous about how everything was in it’s place.  I said to my parents, that’s how I want to be.  It’ll take a long time to get there, but I’m going to do it.  Parts of these photographs made me think about when I was a kid and how I used to spend time with my Grandma, and some parts made me think of how I was grateful to have the time I had with her. When she occupied her chair she brought a lot of delight to a room.

Quick And Easy Chicken With Asian Vegetables: by Lauren Prock

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

1 Rotisserie Chicken (Purchased From Your Local Grocery Store)

2 Bags Of Bird’s Eye Steam Fresh Asian Medley Vegetables (Frozen Vegetable Section At Your Local Grocery Store)

Vegetable Dumplings (Optional)

Turkey Platter

Take rotisserie chicken out of the fridge and leave in the bag it comes in.  Place bag with chicken in the microwave for two minutes.  When two minutes is up, take out of the microwave and open bag.  Pull skin off the chicken and pull chicken apart leaving the bones behind.  Place all of your chicken on a turkey platter.

For the steam fresh vegetables, open bag a little bit and place in the microwave.  Cooking instructions are on the back, so read carefully.  When both bags of vegetables are done cooking, place on the turkey platter with chicken.  Drizzle some sauce on the top of the chicken and vegetables and enjoy.

Note: Vegetable Dumplings were leftovers with dumpling sauce.  

If you wish to have vegetable dumplings, stop by your local Chinese Restaurant, or simply buy at the grocery store.

 

 

 

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Sorry for not blogging in the month of February.  Dealing with some health issues with mom, unpacking items from the shop, and working around my least favorite season winter.  During the month of February, I crocheted a new cake blanket made with Caron Cakes Rum Raisin Yarn, and my dog Ginger decided to make herself comfortable on it.

We had some nice warm spells and I was able to take some decorations from the holidays outside and put my new close line reel outside.  Now winter is back with two enormous snow storms from last week and this week it’s been crazy.  With this lovely snow, I’ve been cleaning up stuff, throwing stuff out, working with some cake yarn, and enjoying nature outside.  Ever since I’ve added this bird feeder outside,  there’s been more birds, squirrels, and rabbits outside to see.  With the snow these guys have been limited to what they can eat, so it’s interesting seeing what’s going to come on the deck in the backyard.

Now I’m craving for some warm weather and looking forward to seeing what spring and summer has to offer.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day With A Corned Beef And Cabbage: by Lauren Prock

1 Corned Beef Round Cut.  Round cut corned beef has the least amount of fat when cooked.

1 Head Of Cabbage Chopped.

1 Sweet Onion Chopped.

Carrot Sticks Sliced.

Salt.

Pepper.

1/4  Stick Of Butter.

Pam Cooking Spray.

1 Cup Of Water.

Crock Pot.

Bird’s Eye Steam Fresh Vegetables New Potatoes, With Garlic and Herb (4 bags).

Irish Soda Bread (Optional).

In a large crock pot, add cook spray on the side of the crock pot, 1/4 stick of butter on the bottom, and a cup of water.  Place your corned beef, salt, and pepper on the corned beef.  Place sliced vegetables in the crock pot and place on low.  Stir vegetables on occasion and keep lid on.  Cook all day and enjoy for dinner.

Enjoy this amazing dinner with an Irish Soda Bread.

 

SOLD: On A Branch Heart Brooch, Striation Heart Brooch And Hearts Of Palm Brooch

On A Branch Heart Brooch

SIZE: 1 1/8 x 1 1/8.

When I bought this variety stamp, it had a whole bunch of things that I found fascinating on it. A bird, music notes, scribbles, and some other things. I used the branch part of this stamp because of spring, nature, and birds. This handmade brooch is made with scrap polymer clay from a previous project, a variety stamp, black ink, super glue, and a silver pin. Pin on the back has been super glued, clayed, baked, and then has a coat of liquid polymer clay on the top of the clay. Brooch may be worn with a jacket, scarf, purse, and can be worn with scarves, and shawls.

FREE SHIPPING: Handmade brooch will be shipped United States Postal Service 1st Class Mail. For further details about shipping, click on the “policies” window next to this description.

Striation Heart Brooch

SIZE: 1 1/4 x 5/8.

Make a fashion statement with this handmade polymer clay heart brooch looks like a hurricane in the south. This handmade brooch is made with teal pearl polymer clay, sparkle white polymer clay, sparkle black polymer clay, liquid polymer clay, and a silver pin. Pin on the back has been super glued, clayed, baked, and then has a coat of liquid polymer clay on the top of the clay. Brooch may be worn with a jacket, scarf, purse, and can be worn with scarves, and shawls.

FREE SHIPPING: Handmade brooch will be shipped United States Postal Service 1st Class Mail. For further details about shipping, click on the “policies” window next to this description.

Hearts Of Palm Heart Brooch

SIZE:
1 5/8 x 1 1/2.

Make a fashion statement with a shawl, blouse, jacket, and scarf with this handmade palm tree heart brooch. Handmade brooch is made with light green polymer clay, yellow translucent polymer clay, green and gold polymer clay (for the cane on the outside), black ink, and a palm tree stamp. Brooch is completed with liquid polymer clay on the front and back, along with a silver brooch that’s been super glued and clayed on the back.

FREE SHIPPING: Handmade heart brooch will be shipped United States Postal Service 1st Class Mail. Your handmade brooch will arrive within 1-2 business weeks.

 

Hello 2018

Dear Friends,

Hope everyone had a safe, happy, and healthy New Year and ringed in 2018.  The Prock family had a wonderful New Year at home Sunday and Monday.  With the new year and our business back home, we’re looking forward to new possibilities, trying new things, and making a home studio for friends and family.  Winter 2017-2018 has been filled with snow and bitter cold.  Going outside and doing anything has been almost virtually impossible.  Warming up the car is okay, but just going out in the cold is not fun. Found this cute photo frame on Facebook and wanted to share.  See what happens with Lauren Prock and Sow’s Ear Studio in the year 2018.