Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Hippodrome - Utica NY

 The Hippodrome Theatre - yes sir - in Utica NY.  Did I say we had quite the theater district.  When I first say hippodrome I thought - wow - for horse races?  But of course, I knew better.  Located on Lafayette Street.

The Hippodrome Theatre, Utica, New York, 1910
Just above the entrance is the word "Vaudeville." The postcard sent from Utica to a C. Troast in the Transvaal.

From the postcard collection of Theatre Talks  Facebook.

the hippodrome theater, utica ny  - printed by the Utica Paper Co. Utica, NY

Wish I could increase the size on the pamphlet.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Out and About - Steuben Park

Utica was once known for its beautiful parks.  Many have fallen into disrepair
 but the city people are trying to bring them back to what they once were. 

When ever I see a photo of a building or area, I try to figure out direction, 
what is there now, did my grandparents or parents walk there?

The above photos were from the mid 1800's, the year my 
Heinrich ancestors arrived here from Germany.
taken - autumn
angle - I think is looking north towards Park Ave. and Charlotte St.

But then something happened.  
The elm trees grew, so other young trees were added  
AND the fountain was transformed.  
Still looking the same direction which makes me think we are looking north. 

Over the years, some interesting buildings were part of the park landscape. 
Constructed 1893 - 1894  and vacated in the 1950's was
Utica Steuben Street (Steuben Park) Armory

I think the photographers was standing on the top of 
Charlotte Street and I think those elms on the left are still
there or at least one is and have a "face" on the side. 

Looking east down rutger street

Old Postcard


Monday, February 17, 2014

bean burgers yum

1 (15oz) can black beans
1 ranch seasoning packet
1 egg, beaten
1/2 onion, diced
2 jalapenos, diced
1/2 cup oats
2 tbsp chili powder
2 tbsp paprika seasoning
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp ground cumin
3 tbsp sriracha sauce - type of hot sauce - a paste of chili peppersdistilled vinegar, garlic, sugar, and salt
3 tbsp water
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet.
Mash black beans in a bowl; add onion, garlic, jalapenos, & bell pepper. Mix. Set aside.
Whisk water, sriracha sauce, ranch packet, chili powder, cumin, paprika, & garlic powder together in a separate small bowl.
Mix oats & egg into the black bean mixture. Combine with the seasoning mixture.
Spoon ‘burger-sized’ mounds of batter onto the prepared baking sheet, about a 3/4-inch thickness per mound. Shape into burgers.
Bake in the preheated oven until cooked in the center and crisp in the outside, about 10 minutes on each side.
Enjoy bunless or you can use lettuce leaves for a Paleo “bun.” My favorite buns are the Ezekiel bread brand!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Why I LOVE three day weekends

 Finally, found a large box to construct a light box (again) but I think this one is a tad small also.
Been working new sweater patterns - soaker pants, a shawl collared sweater and a one piece side to side that really got me doing a lot of ripping out and knitting.  Of course, I will try it again but maybe in a solid color this time.

Love how these to go together and didn't even plan it. 

Next project - a pair of wool soaker pants with a different gusseted crotch.

Check out my other creations at belles place etsy

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Vacations over - Now back to work

It is funny in the craft show world.  You can carry a product for a year with only selling 
one or two and then you hit that one special show and you sell a dozen in an afternoon.   

The Clinton Show was one of those shows.  Sold out of my "body buddies" so had to get
 to work making more.  Over the years there have been so many people making these
 but I think have come upon the perfect blend of fabric, sewing and filling. 

I use flannel because of it's coziness.
I sew three chambers in them because it lies better around your neck.
I only use flax seeds because they have better heating properties but mostly because I love the way they smell when warmed AND they don't get a nasty food smell if over heated.

Tonight - I cut out 2 dozen buddies and started the sewing while catching up on some Hart of Dixie and Parenthood.  That used up my stash of flannel.  Gee, how sad cause now I'll have to go buy some more, said a sewer never.

Oh, and why not come out for the next "best show of the year" on Thanksgiving weekend - The Indie Garage Sale at MVCC.  Hope to see you there.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Crockpot Steel Cut Oats

Crockpot Steel Cut Oats - or how I get to work on time. 
I love hot cooked cereal for breakfast.  Hey I love cereal, period, any time of the day.  But I don't like making breakfast in the morning, even a cup of coffee is a chore.  So, we (the master cook) and I came up with this way of making sure I have my cereal.  

Assemble ingredients --
Bob's Steel Cut Oats
Walnuts, chopped

Get the containers from the cereal drawer
the measuring cups and spoons
large bowls

Yes, those are recycled iced teas containers - they sure come in handy.

 Measure into each container
1/8 t. salt
2 t. cinncamon
1 T. chopped walnuts
2 T. raisins

 Pour 1 cup of oats into container.
Cap it and viola - ready to be made into
hot cereal.

At night, add 3 cups of water to crock pot, one container of oats, stir well, set to WARM and that's it.

Here they are all filled and ready to go.  Enough to last almost 2 months.  One container makes 4 servings.  One for the master cook and one for the women who works, out of the house that is.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Home schooling - the numbers are in.

HOMESCHOOLING -- the stats say it all. 

All four of my children were home schooled to various degrees and all four went to college.  Two have bachelors, while the other two are working on associates.  I so think it would be nice to retire early and school my grandchild but I know that isn't an option.  In a country were two parents sometimes have to work due to circumstances, homeschooling becomes difficult.  Yet the facts are in and show that most home educated children are far ahead of their public schooled peers.

All of my children have a respect for adults, knew the importance of communication and all have good work ethics.  Because they were schooled at home - probably not BUT I do know they are better people than if I would have sent them to our local central school.  They know how to think critically, aren't followers, and my list can go on and on.

As a believer in Christ and what the Bible says, I don't buy into the notion that our children should be educated by the government (in my eyes Egypt) but by their parents and family.