Sunday, January 11, 2015

Good Intentions

I had good intentions about trying to post more often this year. Then I had to get my taxes for the State done so I've been working on those. Before I started them I did manage to quilt and bind this jelly roll quilt.

After we made it through the really cold weather we had a couple of days that were nice and sunny and then freezing fog moved into the area and has been with us for the last four days. It's supposed to move on out tomorrow, but then we have rain/snow showers to look forward to the next couple of days. Soon as I get the taxes sent off I'll be free to sew.  Well, it's way past my bedtime so guess I'd better get some sleep. Stay warm everyone.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Recipe Review

Judy over at Patchwork Times is having a link up for people who would like to review a recipe using a pressure cooker or a link up for all other recipes. Since I was making the recipe below tonight I thought I'd post it here and then link up on her site.

While I was looking for a different soup to use this winter I came across this one. I tried it and DH loves it so he asks for it every couple of weeks. The first time I made it I didn't have some of the ingredients on hand so I substituted. The result was that when I did make the following  recipe Dh liked better with the changes I made the first time I made it.

The things I changed were: I used a small can of diced mild green chili's, 1 can of Campbell's Cheddar Cheese soup and a can of Evaporated milk ( when I have half and half I do use that). Tonight I added a can of corn to it and Dh has made one of his wonderful green salads so we are good to go. If you make it I would love to hear how you liked it. The pictures show before the cream is added and after the cream is added.
Baked Potato Soup
3 bacon strips, diced                                                 

1 small onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

3 T all-purpose flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp dried basil

1/2 tsp pepper

3 c. chicken broth

2 large baked potatoes, peeled and cubed

1 c. half-and-half cream

1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce

Shredded Cheddar cheese

Minced fresh parsley

In large saucepan, cook bacon until crisp. Drain, reserving 1 T drippings. Set bacon aside. Saute onion and garlic in the drippings until tender. Stir in salt, basil and pepper; mix well. Gradually add broth. Bring to a boil; boil and stir for 2 minutes.  Add the potatoes, cream and hot pepper sauce; heat through but do not boil. Garnish with bacon, cheese and parsley. Serves 4. Prep time 10 minutes, Cook time 20 minutes - ready in 30 minutes.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Mexican Lasagna

Over the weekend I made a new recipe (which I forgot to take a picture of) that I had never tried before. You can find it here: Mexican Lasagna . I really liked it and thought it tasted even better the next day. Dh says he likes enchiladas better. It calls for a Tablespoon of Chili powder and we decided that if we made it again we would use less. It's something I would make again, but it will be awhile. When I do make it again I will add chopped black olives to it. The directions said to make it in a shallow 2 qt baking dish which I did, but if I was making it for company I think I would make it in a 9" x 13" pan and double the recipe except for the chili powder. It also called for Golden Mushroom Soup, but I had to settle for Cream of Mushroom with garlic which was fine. I may make it with enchiladas and DH's fabulous salad and have company over.

This was our sunset tonight. It has been really cold here since Christmas Eve and total we've had about 6-8 inches of snow. We even had our water freeze, but it only took a day to get it going again so now we will put some heat tape on the pipes and hope not to have to deal with that again.  Because of the cold I haven't been able to work in the quilt room since Christmas Eve. Maybe tomorrow it is supposed to be 30 degrees tomorrow and by Monday we should be back in the 40's it will feel like a heat wave.
That's about as exciting as it gets here so far this year. Hope everyone had a safe and Happy New Year.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Quilt Police

Saw this on Facebook this afternoon and couldn't resist sharing it with you. Next time you are at a quilt show and want to touch a quilt or look at the back of it remember this. It might save you from this fate. Hope you all have a Merry Christmas I'm off to sew some more to finish up a project.
I'm making two of these quilts for gifts still working on the second one.
It's from Connecting Threads. They sell a baby quilt kit, but I had to figure out how much flannel to purchase to make two of the larger sizes. I'm putting fleece on the back of them. I'll try to get pictures of the finished product before they are given away.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Winter Shows up Again

After several days of unseasonal warmer than normal weather the temperatures have dropped. While we had wind and rain last night there was snow in the mountains. So this morning this was the view from the living room windows,

It must have still been snowing at the top of the mountains with all the cloud cover they weren't visible all day.
Tomorrow is a day spent in the quilt room so guess I'd better call it a day. Hopefully, if I'm very industrious I'll have something to show you.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Winter Blowing Through our Neighborhood

Terrible picture but this is the snow that came down most of the day. It has been very cold here which is unusual for this time of year. It's the kind of weather that makes you want to stay home with a quilt on your lap and read or knit or nap with a cat on your lap.

Before this last week we have had lovely fall weather. Dh went to an auction and came home with a tractor and a few days later he went to another one and came home with a mower and a blade for it. He showed me how to start it and how to drive it. Not something I want to do a lot of, but it was the first time I've ever driven a tractor. It will come in handy to keep the drive clean if we get a lot of snow this winter and to keep the grass mowed next year. Next thing you know he'll probably want to build a barn to keep it in.

Well, it's time to get comfy, read for awhile and get to sleep.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Have you Been Wondering Where I Am?

It's been one of those summers. I had surgery on my left eye the 31st of July to remove cataracts and on my right on the 4th of September. So my long distance vision is wonderful and bright the close up not so good. I am waiting for glasses that let me use the long distance and be able to see close up. Right now I'm using readers for close up and while they help they leave a lot to be desired.

Almost no quilting was done during this since I couldn't see to sew, cut, measure and so on.  At the same time we were (my husband and some friends) replacing the sunroom roof which took longer than expected because we had a storm system come through and when it was gone temperatures went back up into the 90's so it put a kink in how much time could be spent on the roof. However, it is done and very nicely to,
but the best part is it doesn't leak anymore.

While the roof work was being done I cooked lunch for them and managed to put binding on this jelly roll quilt top. It's really bright and cheerful.  It surprised me, but DH really likes the quilt. Usually he says he can hear the busy ones coming.

I've also been working on this sweater for the #1 daughter. It's a pretty easy know so hopefully I'll be able to get it finished soon. I'll try to get a better picture soon.
Tomorrow I'm making plum jelly and we have grapes we need to do something with so I'll probably be making some grape jelly also. I'll try to post more often now that it is easier to see.

p.s. Today is our 48th Anniversary.  He told me to stick with him and he would show me the world. I did and he did. Happy Anniversary you good looking man.