Rusty Crow Primitives

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Happy Veterans Day - Thanks to ALL Vets for all YOU do for us.

I am so proud of the men and women in my life who have served in the military. I wish I had a picture of my nephew, who served 10 years in the Army and his wife who served 20 years in the Army. Thank you to my husband, my father and my father-in-law.

If you are not from a military family the lifestyle can be hard to understand to a civilian. There are numerous moves to distant locations, discipline with-in the family, obedience and respect for all cultures and nationalities.  I think a tolerance for people different than we are comes from such a diverse upbringing. It is all good! Have you ever said, or heard someone say. They must have been in military, that's why they "act" like that?  I take that comment as a complement. See below to explain "why they act like that".

Steve Wesley 20 years Navy (my husband)

John R Hammett 20 Years Air Force (my father)

Francis L Wesley - US Army (my father-in-law)

To all my Brother and Sisters who are Veterans,
The world (as we know it) will never understand the relationship that we have. They will never understand that we have each other's six. They will never understand why we do and act the way we do. They will never understand where we have been or where we are going.

The world has its ways and we have our ways. We get there 15 mins early because late is not a option. We wear our clothes the way they are meant to be worn. We talk our own language because it's the way we were taught.
We respect those appointed over us because they earned it. We run to the sound of the battle not from it. We go even when we are sick something the world doesn't understand.

Yes we are a special bred of people. Who don't have to be told twice. We complete the mission or die trying. We never complain to those under us. We stand together shoulder to shoulder.

You maybe Army, Navy, Marine or Air Force but most of all you gave it all no matter what. We lost some along the way who paid the ultimate price so the World can do the things it does.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Never say Never...

I know you have heard the expression, "never say never". Well,,,, I took a cooking class. I never thought I'd be a Fu Fu chef so "Culinary Classes" were not my thing. I enjoy cooking (sometimes) and eating (all the time) Veggies are my favorite. I know very little about squash and anything other than yellow squash (a/k/a Summer Squash) is pretty much it. I can pick a good pumpkin for the porch, it wont roll off and it will stand up straight.   I don't even carve my pumpkins (jack-O- lanterns)  they sit on the porch until the frost gets them and then they get tossed in the woods for the critters to eat.

Well, I took a cooking class and LOVED it. Remember, never say never. I was one of 45 sitting in on a squash class. Good fall squash! (OMG, I didn't know  how much there was to know all about pumpkins ) . Much like paper piecing a quilt block. (YUCK) I don't like paper piecing either but I think in time I'll find a paper piecing "chef "and they will change my mind like Dean Towers did about squash.

 The only variety I am familiar with cooking is the yellow squash (I call summer squash) and Pumpkin pie (Mrs Smiths) and oh yes....spaghetti squash (YUCK) which I said I didn't like. Well, Dean Towers taught a class and prepared so many dishes from squash. I LOVE squash!   I used his recipes from class for dinner tonight,  but I have to confess, cooking for me is no different than my quilting. I cant just do what I'm told, I have to tweak it to my taste. So here goes...

I'll share this recipe with you since it was from my YUCK list and is now on my LOVE it.

Mediterranean Spaghetti Squash

1 spaghetti squash, whole
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups of chopped tomatoes (I used a drained can of Del Monte diced tomatoes with garlic/basil)
3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
3 tablespoons sliced black olives (I used pitted Kalamata Olives 1/4 cup  sliced)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil (Dean brought some from his garden and shared with us)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Pierce skin of spaghetti squash several times and place on baking sheet. Bake 45-60 minutes in the preheated oven until a sharp knife can be inserted with only a little resistance. Remove the squash from the oven and set aside to cool enough to be easily handled. ( I cooked mine early in the day and left it on the cookie sheet until time to cut and prepare our meal)

Cut the squash lengthwise and use a large spoon to scoop the stringy pulp from the squash and place in a medium bowl. (Yes, toss the seeds and other center part, oh yes, you can tell what not to eat) When ready to assemble the dish, heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir onion in oil until tender, add garlic; (this is where I added the drained tomatoes to the garlic and onion) cook and stir until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Add squash, stir to mix onion and garlic and heat squash through, Put squash on serving platter and top with chopped tomatoes (remember I used canned tomatoes), olives, feta cheese and fresh chopped basil. Serve warm.
heat squash and sprinkle cheese, olives and basil on top

The Fiesta green plate may not have been the best choice for this picture, I served it with Parmesan Crusted Chicken. Yummy.... Enjoy
Here is the link to the chicken recipeParmesan Crusted Chicken

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

November ?? Really

I can not believe how long it has been since I have posted. I'm not sure myself where the time has gone. The last couple of months we have been busy with life I guess. My husband and I volunteer with different organizations as well as our church, maybe we have been working harder than we thought. We have had so many projects going on at the same time and I haven't had time to do a lot of sewing. I'm back in my sewing room for now but had to put the Olde Rusty Crow Primitives on hold until next year. Sorry for the delay but you know how it is... there are only so many hours in a day.

We had our first snow November 1st! Yep, it's going to be a crazy winter I think. The trees haven't dropped all their leaves and we had our first little snow!! The dusting of snow was pretty on the greens, reds, and gold leaves but what is so much better is it is GONE!! Love those types of snow days. To many years of it in Kansas and dealing with drifts on the farm. This old gal is happy to be back in the south.
Steve Wesley's photo.

We have been riding the motorcycle with a new Harley group we joined out of Cookeville, TN. They had a toy drive in Nashville, TN (similar to shop with a cop) I understand there were 800 ++ riders involved. Have you ever heard 800 LOUD Harleys in one place? Thunder is an understatement.
Steve Wesley's photo.
Mr, and "one" of his bikes. I know you didn't say I have to many sewing machines.

  It was 36 degrees when we left Crossville at 6:30 am for Nashville, TN.  Oh my God! Why did we say we would do this? Mail a check already!! I looked like the "Michelin Man" with jeans, chaps, sweatshirt, leather coat...&. gloves...

Mr. tells me he's ready to ride and for me to get on the bike... Really? I cant even squat much less throw a leg over the bike!! Ugh... I did it. Okay,,, now I have to go the bathroom, it took so long to get all this on and I have a two hour ride ahead of me. I'll be right back.

I am so glad we participated in the ride. Boswells of Nashville has sponsored this for a number of years. The event was very well organized and 100's of riders of all ages, makes of bikes and from all over TN. The local police blocked off the side roads and all the bikes road through downtown Nashville; people lined the streets to see all the riders. We were escorted through the side road of the Titans Stadium to one of Boswells Harley shops for a wonderful lunch provided by Boswells.
Photo: Come out this Saturday, Oct. 25th to Boswell's 20th Annual Toy Parade! This is the 20th consecutive year of this parade benefitting the Metro Police Christmas Basket Program! Cash donation and Educational Toy requested! Ride for a great cause! All Riders Welcome!! 
Ride departs Centennial Park @1pm and ends at Boswell's H-D on Fesslers Lane for an after party! Don't miss out!

On the way home it was so much warmer, just a light weight jean jacket. Climbing the mountain on the way back home would be cold. Awesome day. So glad I didn't just mail a check.
Mr and myself
Two by Two for MILES
Downtown Nashville
Enjoy the day, I have a few projects (sewing) I'm working on and will share them soon.