Monday, June 29, 2015

June's Scavenger Hunt

June has passed by so fast and it's time again for the Scanvenger Hunt hosted by  Made with Love.  If you haven't checked out this fun blog, I suggest you drop by and maybe you too would like to join in.  

The letter J brings to mind two wonderful events; my wedding in 1975 and  the birth of my daughter in 1979, both of which occurred in the glorious month of June......... 




The Word Rust reminds me of the color orange. And, pumpkin fits right into that category .....  


For a festive drink, a White Russian is very Smooth . I now make it with coconut milk since I do not eat dairy .....


Imagination brings to mind my cat Lilly. I can imagine myself being her and having a life of luxury ....


If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you know my eclectic decorating style and nothing is more suited to my taste than this beautiful Classic style furniture. I would fill my whole house with this stuff if I could ......

(I have a smaller version of this set in dark wood)

Speaking of decorating, my daughter has excellent taste in designing any home decor. Here are some knobs that are Similiar in style. She used one set to decorate a chest of drawers for the nursery ...



Our family was in the beautiful city of San Juan, Puerto Rico, a few months ago. I captured this photo of these door entries, all Parallel to each other........



I love to knit, as my hands are never idle if I have a chance to sit down. Here's are my latest Socks . They're called Fork in the Road and the pattern can be found   here  on my Ravelry page .....



My daughter Heidi, loves to collect Coronation china from England. Here's a tiny glimpse of her extensive Mug collection .......  


Our latest travels in Turkey have been pleasant. The other day we walked into a shop and the owner presented each of us with an evil eye bead  charm ..... 


Our family home in Turkey is up on the mountain and overlooks the sea. Here's the Posts from the balcony ..... 



Whatever you do or wherever you are, I wish you peace and good wishes....


Thank you so much for stopping by today and visiting my blog.  It's always a joy to hear from you, too :)


Pat









Friday, June 19, 2015

Egyptian Hawowshi Recipe

It seems like it has been ages since I last wrote.  All is well here and I hope with you too.  On Sunday, I had guests over and I planned a simple dinner for them to eat by the pool.  I made Egyptian hawowshi.  It is a meat pie that is baked in the oven.  It a popular dish in Cairo.  So if you would like to make some, you are most welcome to follow along.

You will need (for four servings)

For filling:
1 pound of ground beef
1 medium onion, grated
3/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
2 T chopped parsley
Sliced onion (optional)
Red pepper flakes (optional)
1 tsp meat spices*
*I used some kibbe spices but you can use kabob spices

For dough:
2 cups flour
1/3 cup oil
1/2 tsp salt
Some black paper
Warm water
Blend the flour and salt in a bowl.  Pour the oil in a 1 cup measure and fill the cup to the brim with warm water.  Blend water/oil mixture into flour just until it holds together.  Add a little more water if needed.

The dough should resemble this.  Don't knead or overwork dough as it will become tough.

Divide dough into four balls.  (Picture above was from a double batch of dough).

Take one ball of dough and divide in half; one half will be the bottom crust and the other half will be the top crust.  Roll out each half on a floured surface until it's approximately 6"-7" in diameter.

Mix all ingredients for meat mixture and divide into four balls.

Place bottom half of dough on a nonstick lined baking sheet.  Press meat mixture onto bottom half leaving about 1" all around.  You can add a sliced onion to the top of the meat mixture and/or some red pepper flakes if you like a little heat.

Put the top half of the dough over the meat filled half and crimp the two halves together.  Make a design on the dough with a fork.

Bake in a preheated 365 degree oven for approximately 40 minutes or until browned.  You can brush the tops of the dough with butter half way through the baking time.

Remove from oven and serve.  The hawowshi shown above is served with tabboula salad and Egyptian koushari (a rice/lentil dish with garbanzo beans and macaroni).


The crust is nice and crispy and the filing is tasty.  I use lean ground beef as the extra lean makes it too dry.  The first time I ate hawowshi was years and years ago in Cairo.  It was at an outdoor cafe.  We just had finished eating at our table outside a large building when a lady on the balcony above decided to empty her wash bucket.  You can imagine the mess we barely missed....memories.  I can't recall what  part of the city this took place.

There's various ways to make this dish but this is my favorite.  Some people take store boughten  pita bread and open it and put the meat mixture in it and bake it.
For me the fun is making the homemade dough and eating it right away, hot from the oven.  I will share the recipe for koushari at another time.  Koushari is a popular fast food in Egypt.

I'm writing this up on a beautiful mountain and the air is so crisp and refreshing.  I'd love to hear from you if you have the time.  Until next time

My best wishes to everyone,

Pat

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Five Thoughts for Friday......

Awhile back I discovered a wonderful party on Friday hosted by Amy at Love Made my Home.  It's called Five on Friday.

So, after much thought, this is my weeks addition to this wonderful party. If you follow along, I thought I would start each one with the letter F as in "Five on Friday". I hope you enjoy this....

To begin with is my Family.  I truly feel blessed that I have a place and purpose
in life.  As I get older I sometimes loose my energy and my patience but my family is always there.  In less than two weeks my 40th anniversary day will be here.  For me it's been wedded bliss; I;m sure "he" will say otherwise....haha


Next to my family is my Faith.  Although I have lost my church family and right now I'm not seeking another, I still have my faith. That may sound bad but I know the Lord is looking after me.  I can reflect on the wonderful memories of the past and keep hoping for the future.  And, I have so many blessings to be thankful for each and every day. 


How can I write this blog without mentioning Feline as in Lilly my beautiful, big, Maine Coon kitty.  She's been with us 8 years now.  She is our "child" so to speak and we love her dearly.


Next up is a favorite of mine, Food.  I love to cook and bake and try new things.  My goose egg cake came out great.  And, you'd never know it was made with a goose egg!  I used the old fashioned recipe of even weight; weigh the eggs and add the same amount of butter, sugar, and flour.


(I just had to show you a picture of the goose egg!)

Last I will have to say Fun as in travel, knitting or crocheting or my children.  Below is a photo of my dear children, Nini Bird and Juji Bird,  having fun at a "painting and vino" evening.  This is one of their rare occasions where they are actually enjoying each others company!  I really think these two keep me on my toes and I'm blessed to have them as they bring lots of fun and joy to me.


Before I sign off (I know this is number six), I just have to show you my Finished "easy peazy shawl".  It was a joy to knit this with Berroco yarn.  I added a beaded edging.  You can find my notes here on Ravelry.


I sometimes can't sleep at night and I lie awake and think of ideas for my blog post. That's why you are reading today's post.....I'd love to hear from you and learn what you've been doing.  Feel free to drop a note below in the comment box.  It won't bite you!

My best to each of you,

Hugs,
Pat



Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Sadie's Crochet Ruffled Baby Blanket

It seems like it's been ages since I've written about my crochet or knitting projects.  So, today I'm going to share with you my latest creation.  It's a crocheted baby blanket that I made for my little granddaughter to be.

I know what I wanted to make (in my mind I could see it) but I couldn't find a pattern.  After much searching, I came up with this design.  I used Stylecraft Special DK which is really my favorite acrylic yarn.  It's so soft, drapes well and is a pleasure to work with.

I wanted a light and airy pattern (since we are in warm, southern California) and this diamond pattern was the perfect fit.....
I used a total of six skeins of yarn; four for the body of the blanket and two for the ruffle.  I did an eyelet row and then threaded pink ribbon all around.  
Each corner is embellished with a little ribbon rose.....
The diamond pattern can be found at Lacy Crochet.  I made up the pattern for the border.  I started out doing a row of single crochet all around the blanket.  I added a row using pink yarn before doing an eyelet row.  I then started a "V" stitch type design for the ruffled border.  
You can find my notes here on Ravelry.
I'm still working on my Easy Peazy Shawl. It's a joy knitting with Berroco Ultra Alpaca which is so soft and has such wonderful stitch definition....

I'll leave you with this picture of Lilly.  As you can see, she's enjoying herself on the patio thinking about her next meal.....

Thank you everyone who has visited my blog and thank you so much for your kind comments.  It's ways a joy to hear from you.

My best to everyone,

Pat

Upcoming Post:  I'm so excited to try a new cake recipe.  I saw a cake recipe via a blog the other day that uses goose eggs.  Yes, goose!  Today I bought a fresh goose egg at my Persian grocery store.  I'm going to make a cake with it on Friday.  Wish me luck.....

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Scavenger Hunt at Made With Love

Can you believe that June will soon be here?  Time goes by so fast.  Today I'm joining in with Made With Love's  Scavenger Hunt.   So, let's get started with this month's selection:

BLUE Hawaii.  A picture is worth a thousand words.....

 
CRYSTAL Cove state park which is located on Pacific Coast Highway north of Laguna Beach...


VINTAGE as in sipping a vintage glass of wine overlooking the sunset....

 
FLUFF need I say  more?  My beautiful fluffy Lilly my cat....

 
 GLOBAL...I love the globe shape of these lion head bowls...


MASK...I love the little mask around the eyes of this Egyptian goose which visited with us...

 
 BUS..here's the bus we rode on for our tour of the nut farm in Hawaii...

 
 FRAME...here's a close up of the beautiful workmanship on the door frame of the  Iolani Palace in Hawaii...

COLLECTION....I love this collection of hanging lanterns which I found at an Istanbul restaurant...


POSTER.....An iconic poster from my visit to Catalina Island....
 
RIBBON...Here are my ribbons from the Norwegian sailing ship the S.S. Stavangerfjord .....

WHATEVER YOU WANT.....I want to finish crocheting this vintage pattern  doily I started ages ago......

It's been so much fun taking part in this month's scavenger hunt.  I'd love for you to leave a comment and share your news.  I do read each and every comment (and try to reply if time permits).

My best to everyone,

Pat













Thursday, May 28, 2015

Historic Casino on Catalina Island

Thank you to everyone who read my crazy post about my everyday life here at Lilly My Cat.  Today I'm going to share rest of the story about the Casino in Avalon.  If you missed the first part of my trip to Avalon, you can read about it here.

We have to go back in time to the late 1920's.  Willam Wrigley, Jr*., had originally built a dance hall on the site where the Casino is located.  It was called Sugarloaf Casino.  As the population of the island grew, this building became too small.  Mr. Wrigley along with David Renton (a well known builder and business executive at the time) had the Casino built.  It was designed by Sumner Spalding and Walter Weber in the Art Deco style.
*The same Wrigley who made chewing gum*

Here a photo of the beautiful Casino building.  It overlooks Avalon Bay.....

The Casino has two main floors; a working movie theatre and a top floor grand ballroom.  You enter the building from the main floor which houses the movie theatre.  The lobby is fully carpeted (a luxury at the time of building).  The walnut paneling in the lobby today has an estimated value of $4 million dollars! 

 
Here is one of the aisle entrances to the movie theatre.  I love the Art Deco styling on this sign...

The movie theatre was built not only to accommodate silent films but also talkies.  Here's a photo of the original 1929 Page Pipe Organ.  The tour guide told us that four of these were made at the time and now there are only two in existence and this one still works..... 

This is the interior of the movie theatre.  The acoustics are amazing.  The murals on the walls are hand painted by John Gabriel Beckman,  the same artist who painted Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.  There is pure gold leaf and silver used in the design.

 
I was fortunate to go on a "Behind the Scenes" tour.  This is a photo of the stage lighting panel located in the projector room......


They still have the original movie projectors in the theatre and they still are in working order!  Here's a photo of one of them....

 
I love this photo of this counter in the projector room.  It looks as though time has stood still....

 
Here is one more photo from the projector room.  Notice the antique phone on the wall.....


The casino on Catalina Island was a playground for Hollywood's elite during the Casino's heyday.  Those who gathered there included Cecil B. DeMille, Louis B. Mayer, and Samuel Goldwin who many times held the premier of their films there.  Mr. Wrigley had two steamships built; the SS Avalon and SS Catalina.  These tourist ships brought passengers to Avalon from the 1920's to the 1950's. (I have to add a little note about my home state of Washington.    Washington State Ferries is the largest ferry system in the USA and fourth largest in the world.  If this was Washington state, I'm sure Avalon would be service by the state ferry system).


To access the grand ballroom which is on top of the theatre, there are not stairs but instead a ramp that slowly rises as you walk up.  It's really an ingenious idea especially if there are large crowds of people.  In the photo above, you can see the bar area of the ballroom...

 
It's a circular ballroom with the stage to the left in this picture.  The ballroom can hold 1,500 people.  In it's heyday, all the famous big bands played there.  There's a raised area around the perimeter which has tables and chairs....


This is the beautiful light fixture in the center of the room made by Tiffany and Co.  It's quite exquisite in it's Art Deco design....

Outside the doors of the grand ballroom you will find the balcony or "romance promenade" with it's splendid view of Avalon harbor....

Can't you just imagine the elegant ladies in their long ball gowns walking this promenade?

The architecture is quite amazing to see.....

Here's are a few more facts that you might find interesting:

1.  The word "casino" in the Italian language means "gathering place".  This is not a gambling casino.
2.  This building was the first of it's kind in being a circular design.
3.  The height of the casino is equivalent to a 12 story building.
4.  The grand ballroom measures 20,000 square feet!  (it's huge)
5.  The designers of NYC's famed Radio City Music Hall came to Avalon to study the perfect acoutics in the Casino.

Santa Catalina Island is a very unique place.  In 1972 the Wrigley family established the Catalina Island Conservancy, a non-profit organization, to protect and conserve the island.  In 1975 the Wrigley and Offield famlies deeded over 42,000 acres over to the conservancy.  Thus, most of the land on the island is owned by the conservancy.  There are a few parcels that are privately owned.

I hope you have enjoyed this little glimpse into history.  Living in south Orange County, where everything is relatively new, it's hard to find history around the corner.  I truly enjoyed my time in Avalon and I hope you will too if you ever visit one day.  

My best to each of you,

Pat

Linking to the following parties:
Five on Friday.....
What to do Weekends....