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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Isn't she a queen

Isn't she a queen.
Quote by~Dr Seuss
Say what your mean & act how you feel,
Because those who matter don't mind,
And those who mind don't matter.

The New York Stock Exchange started as a coffee shop!
The heart of an astronaut actually gets smaller when in outer space.
The venom of the king cobra is so deadly that just one gram of it can kill 150 people.
Male monkeys lose the hair on their heads in the same way men do.
A completely blind chameleon will still take on the colors of its environment.

Line refrigerator metal racks with large washable placemats, they catch all the spills and wipe up easily.
Wrap fresh herbs in slightly damp paper towels then seal in an airtight plastic bag and store in the refrigerator, these will keep fresh for a long time!
Freeze wedges of lemons and limes then plop into glasses of water or iced tea. Good way to prevent the fruit from going to waste! Make sure to wash the outside of the fruit first before freezing.

Sweet Tamales
32 dried corn husks
1 cup lard
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups masa harina mix
1 1/2 cups warm water
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2/3 cup chopped pecans
2/3 cup raisins
Soak husks according to directions in Basic Tamales.
For tamale dough:
Beat lard and salt until fluffy. Slowly beat in masa mix alternately with water until very light and fluffy. Add brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg, mixing until well blended. To assemble tamales: Drain corn husks; pat dry. Spread 2 tablespoons dough on center of husks, forming a 3 x 2-inch rectangle and spreading completely to right edge. Spoon 1 teaspoon each pecans and raisins lengthwise down center of rectangle.
To assemble tamales:
Drain corn husks, pat dry. Spread 2 tablespoons dough on center of husks forming a 3 x 2-inch rectangle and spreading completely to right edge. Spoon 1 tablespoon filling lengthwise down center of rectangle. To enclose tamales, turn right side over to center of filling; fold left side over filling, allowing plain part of husk to wrap around filling. Fold top end down over bottom end. Secure ends by tying a string around center of tamale. To steam tamales, place a rack 2 inches above gently boiling water in steamer or 4-quart Dutch oven. Stack tamales, folded side down, on rack. Cover, steam about 2 hours or until done. To test for doneness, remove one tamale from center and one from side of steamer. Open husks; tamales should be firm and come away easily from husk. Makes 24.

Stay Crafty !
Have a blessed day and remember to be a blessing !


Amber said...

Those patio lights are just too neat!! Is there anything you cannot use a dremel for??

HDMac said...

Some fun crafty ideas as always! :)