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.

 

 

 

 

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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.

 


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.  


Goodbye Where’s The Yarn, Hello LMProck

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Join me on my  CLOSED group Lauren Prock and share new handmade items, posts from your blog, and much more.  Click on the the group and I’ll confirm. There’s a wide variety of artists ranging from crochet, to knit, to polymer clay artists. I have over 700 artists in my group https://www.facebook.com/groups/417484155082391/

Goodbye Where’sTheYarn?, hello lmprock on my website, my etsy shop, my Facebook fan page, and on my art group. I feel like ever since I’ve been posting all these great things on my blog, my title did not suit me as well as it should. I thought wanted to just focus on knit, crochet, and yarn shops but starting another blog for me felt like more work and readers bouncing back and fourth from a personal blog to a business blog. Not to mention I have a wonderful and creative life and would like to share. See more on my blog and group.

 

UPDATE ON WHERE’S THE YARN? 

Hello October, just to let everyone know, I changed both my blog title and domain to Lauren Prock. With moving our shop on Upper Union Street back home, wanting to talk more about just my knit, crochet, polymer clay, I figured it would be best to change the website/blog to my name.  My Etsy shop will remain as Where’s The Yarn, for that’s my business name and the product I work on. I’ve already been posting all these great things on my blog, I just felt that having my own name would be best.