Thursday, September 16, 2010

We had a wonderful Tuesday morning this week. It was perfect weather to take the kyaks on the lake with friends. Not one motor boat came by to ruffle the water. The temperature was perfect, the sun was shining, the birds were singing . . . you get the picture, a perfect day on the lake. When we got back to the house I saw the pile of deflated floaty toys that herald the end of summer. But that's okay, we love Fall weather too.
We have not seen any change in the leaves on the trees here. Know it won't be long.
My husband picked pears and paw-paws Wednesday. So, we are cooking pear butter today.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Our grandaughter is an early riser. When the family was here for Quiltfest she was up and going around 6am. She came into the kitchen around 7am and wanted to do something in the garden so she could use her new garden gloves. I suggested she and Opa dig up some potatoes. She immediatly told me she wanted to start from the beginning. So, Opa took her outside to the potting bench to look for seeds that could be planted the first of August. They planted a few radish seeds and a couple of zuccinhi. Well, you can guess which has flourished and here is a picture to prove it. She will have something to pick when she comes for a visit in a couple of weeks.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

It's a rainy day. Just right for the enjoyment of a bowl of soup. While looking through my recipe clippings I found a soup recipe I had tried in 2007 and rated as "good". So, I will share the recipe with you. My husband and I enjoyed a bowl for lunch.

Sausage and Spinach Soup

Fresh herbs are added after the soup cooks so they'll retain their bright color and flavor. You can substitute 1 teaspoon dried herbs for each tablespoon fresh, but add them with the tomatoes. Serve with a toasted baguette.

10 oz sweet turkey italian sausage ( I used what we had in the freezer, pork sausage)

cooking spray

2 t minced garlic

1/2 cup water

1 (15 oz) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

1 (14.5 oz) can organic stewed tomatoes, undrained (I used fresh tomatoes from my garden, cut them up with skins left on)

1 (14 oz) can chicken broth

2 cups baby spinach (I picked New Zealand spinnach from my garden. . .in the rain)

1 T chopped fresh basil (also gathered in the rain)

2 t chopped fresh oregano (l large Cuban oregano leaf)

2 T grated fresh Romano cheese (I used Parmesan)

Remove casings from sausage. Cook sausage in a large saucepan coated with cooking spray over high heat until browned, stirring to crumble. Add onion and 2 t garlic to pan; cook for 2 minutes. Stir in 1/2 c water, beans, tomatoes, and broth. Cover and bring to a boil. Uncover and cook for 3 minutes or until slightly thick. Remove from heat, and stir in spinach, basil, and oregano. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with cheese.

makes 4 servings

Thursday, September 9, 2010

I have just finished sewing a dress and shirt plus shorts for the grandkids. I used a new pattern, Simplicity 2907 sizes 1/2 to 4, so it worked for both kids. I was pleased with the details on these garments and will let you know how they fit.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

It seems our kitchen is one of those magnetic flat surfaces that catches everything. So, this morning I sorted through and put away the stuff collected there. Then I treated myself to the use of the new log cabin table topper for Fall. It's one of the samples for my log cabin quilt block class. I have made log cabin blocks before, but I really like the results I get using the Marti Michell log cabin ruler. If you havn't tried it, consider joining me for class Saturday, September 25th at 10am.

Monday, September 6, 2010

My sister gave me a wonderful new cookbook; "Forgotten Skills of Cooking" by Darina Allen. She is called the Julia Child of Ireland. This past weekend I made the peach and Rose Geranium Jam. She doesn't advocate the use of powered pectin as there is pectin occuring naturally in the fruits.

I also learned that beet stems are edible. Such an interesting book!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Fall is in the air this Labor Day Weekend. I picked the cucumbers and made 13 pints of bread and butter pickles. That is enough for the year. We purchased peaches at the Farmers' Market and cooked 6 jelly glasses of jam. Picked green tomatoes while pruning the tomato vines. We lunched on fried green tomatoes and dinned on green tomato casserole served with spaghetti.

Last night we enjoyed sleeping on the bed we have set up on the dock. It was cold enough to require the down comforter. Great sleeping weather!

I have designed a Halloween wall hanging for the side of our refrigerator, so it is narrow and long; 26" x 60". I started with a Halloween panel, added a piece of blackboard vinyl at the top and bordered the whole thing. After quilting it on my longarm, I zigzagged clear vinyl pockets for pictures, greeting cards and recipes. I then added casings to hold magnet strips in five places on the back of the wall hanging. These casings were stitched on by hand. The magnet comes in a coil from Michael's Craft Store and is easily cut with a pair of scissors. I have to learn how to rotate the picture on my blog. Hopefully my daughter will take care of this problem, hint, hint.