Sunday, March 31, 2013

Cajun Corner - Vol. 5, No. 12

Cajun Corner – Vol. 5, No. 12 – March 31, 2013


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Happy Easter or Joyeuses Pâques.

This week was pucker week.  I had to embroider a 10 inch tall letter G in fill stitches.  That letter curled and puckered all over the place.  It was a definite fight to the end but I ended up using 5 layers of heavy stabilizer.  That worked except for a few issues.  The sheeting on which the G was embroidered buckled at the gap between the point of the letter at the top and the horizontal bar of the letter at the bottom.  It was a battle royale for sure.  I think we finally have a G that we can use and the G should be stitched out tomorrow.

A friend is visiting Pensacola from Pennsylvania and we turned last week at Cajun Stitchery into Sesame Street.  He would come in the morning and ask, “What is the letter of the day?”  I would reply, “G.”  Or whatever letter I happened to be embroidering that day.  

Every year George and I color Easter eggs.  We love doing this.  Yesterday morning I read on Yahoo that most people boil eggs improperly.  The article proceeded to state how an egg should be boiled to eliminate that grey area around the yoke.  The article said that you start with the eggs in a pot and pour cold water over the eggs.  Completely submerge the eggs and do not overcrowd the eggs.  Then you let the water come to a boil but not boil.  At this point you turn off the stove, cover the pot with a tight fitting lid and let it sit for 10-11 minutes.  Then put them in cold water or even ice.  Voila!  Boiled eggs.

I followed the directions precisely and boiled 38 eggs.  Two of the eggs cracked and had to be tossed.  George and I decided to eat a few of the eggs for dinner.  We went to peel the eggs and…uh oh…they were not cooked all the way through.  So, I re-boiled the eggs the way I have always done…boil for 3 minutes, let sit for 30 minutes, and eat.  They were fine.  It does give me pause to think that I have trouble boiling eggs.  My Mama is laughing in heaven right now and saying, “Like mother, like daughter.”

Just about every Easter we spend with one of our friends in Gulf Breeze.  This year was no different.  We always bring the Easter eggs.  This year we brought 31 boiled and beautifully colored eggs.  Each year we hide the eggs in and around her home and the hunt is on for eggs.  This year we told our hostess that the egg with the X on the bottom was raw.  Well, George put an X on about 15 of the eggs.  All of them were cooked, of course.  We hid the eggs in her front yard as we were going to her door when we first arrived.  We hid more in her house and then outside in the back yard.

Her sweet little dog was having a wonderful time finding the Easter eggs and I think ate one or two of them.  They were finally collecting eggs from the dog and putting them where the dog couldn’t get them or throwing the eggs over the fence in the back yard.  They certainly lost count of the eggs and by the time we left, there were lots of unfound eggs remaining.  It is a shame that as we age our memories start to fail a bit.  I would be glad to tell her where the eggs are located if I could just remember.

We did have a wonderful time at our friends’ home for Easter.  Luckily for all of us, our hostess can cook.  She cooked standing ribs with all of the side dishes and dessert.  It was absolutely delicious.

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I was going to include an article on the origin of April Fools Day but my research has resulted that no one really knows the origin.  There are several conjectures but no one really knows.  A day of foolishness and pranks is celebrated in Europe, as well as the Americas.  Even Snopes says it is undetermined.  So, enjoy the day and let something remain a mystery in life.
Peggy Henshall
Cajun Stitchery
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