Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring...

No, I realize that nothing bad has happened to William Shatner. That's not the point of this poem in this post. :) It's just that William Shatner was my first Star Trek Captain, the Enterprise was my first Federation ship. I wanted to grow up to be Lt. Uhura, a female officer that served on the bridge of the Enterprise, the flagship of Star Fleet.

This was a coloring book image of Captain Kirk I found on Yahoo. It's a variety of embroidery stitches (and I realize now it's a little blurry). I took some creative liberties with the color of his command seat. Just in eyeballing it, I'd guess it's about 14" x 10", on a lightweight muslin. I'm not sure anymore. I've had this fabric for so long.

Like the Kit Fisto panel I did, I'm saving this to someday turn it into a blanket of some sort.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

One Pot Brats/36 Recipes Down

This recipe came from Sam's one of Sam's shows. It was another case of watching an episode of his on TV while I was cooking one of his recipes at the same time.
I think he came up with the name on the spot: One Pot Brats. This recipe is available on his website.

Makes 6
Dog simple and super delicious - and everything is cooked in the same pot. Beautiful.


  • 1 white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 green pepper de-seeded and sliced thin--I had a green pepper for this in the frig, but as I got it out to use, I realized it had gone bad. No, really, it grabbed my knife from my hand and held me up in my own kitchen. Shane doesn't like green peppers anyway, so he wasn't too upset about it. Instead, I substituted some sliced cucumbers and he liked that.
  • 3 tbs butter
  • 2 bottles of dark beer--Shane picked me out some Guinness for this recipe.
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh ground pepper
  • 6 pack of bratwurst
  • 6 sliced sandwich rolls
  • Mustard, for serving


  1. In large throw away foil pan (if ur doing this on a grill) add onion, green pepper and butter. Here was my cheat for this recipe. It has been blazing hot outside and I wasn't about to stand over a grill for longer than I needed to. I used my big soup pot and cooked all this stuff on the stove in my air conditioned house. I did follow his show direction of throwing the brats on the grill after they cook in the pan, just long enough to get some char on them.
  2. Cook over medium heat until veggies soften and get lightly brown
  3. Next add beer, sugar, vinegar and pepper to pan and mix well
  4. Let mixture cook until it comes to a simmer
  5. Then add brats to pan and let cook for about 5-10 minutes
  6. When brats are ready, toast buns , top bun with mustard, brat and some of the onions and peppers
What did I learn from this recipe? 
I learned the combination of brown sugar, onion and cucumbers smells DIVINE! 

I also learned that this was kind of a lot of work for brats for just the two of us. I think next time I make brats, I'm going to keep them simple. However, if I were having people over, like during a football game of something, I could start slow simmering the veggies in the house on low heat a couple hours before. Then I'd still cook the brats in the beer/onion mixture, and then grill them, but I'd throw them all into a pan and let them stay warm in the oven for when people wanted to eat, or maybe I'd use some Sterno pots or something.