– It’s a pajama quilting day in the studio!
– Rizzo says “hi”, but would like to go back to his nap. Being interrupted by me to take photos of him is tiresome- it’s a tough life around here.
– I made the most amazing rolls this week! Used the bread machine just to make the dough- then formed them into rolls & baked in oven at 350 for ~30 minutes.
– They are even better the next day when you make them into a sandwich with a cooked egg.
– A dear friend gave me some quilting magazines this week. I now have a severe case of ADD.
– I’m soooo close to being finished with the Batik BOM quilt top. One more solid day of sewing & I could have that sucker assembled.
– This week I successfully drove to my friend’s farm in Iowa. This may seem small, but it’s quite a feat in my book, as something always seems to happen to me out there- I get stuck in mud, I get lost, my GPS goes out- it’s never good!
– I’m working on a new quilt design for the MQS Fabric Challenge. The creative juices are flowing! So many ideas, so little paper to scribble them onto- I wish I could just take a snapshot of what’s in my head & put that on Pinterest. Would save so much time.
Ok, enough randomness for today! Must get back to sewing!
– Not sure where this week went, but I know some of the loss can be blamed on Anne of Avonlea & Anne of the Island.
– Kale can apparently be harvested when there’s snow on the ground & is a hearty winter green. Then why is it associated more with Southerners & not Northerners?
– When the average temperature has been 20 higher than normal, waking up to find the weather at a seasonal normal of 10 degrees makes the house very chilly. No amount of green tea can keep you warm.
– My sister’s MIL is correct, bagged tea does successfully last for 2 uses. I wonder what else I can learn from the woman that survived the dust bowl in the Texas panhandle.
– Kale really isn’t very strong when cooked down to nothing & added to soup. Must keep this in mind for other soups.
– I own a lot of purple & pink thread. Very strange.
– There is great joy to be found in knitting socks.
– Soup & bread are magical. They can transform a chilly house into a warm & cozy dwelling. I swear the aroma alone can make the house warmer.
Some of you might already know I’m a Jamie Oliver fan. I discovered him in college, while working at the library. Some of my friends from the College St. days might even remember the Baked Onions I made. (oh, they were soooo good!)
So needless to say this December while walking around B&N with by gift card, I had to pick up Jamie’s new book:
Go buy it
! Fast! Quick! It’s one of the best cookbooks! Whether you’re new to cooking or feel comfortable reading recipes, this book will teach you things!
Basically it’s a compilation of recipes Jamie took to Rotherham, England to teach people how to cook, so they could improve their lives.
There are curries, roasts, and pan fried main dishes. There are sauces, salads, vegetables, desserts & breakfast. True to Jamie Oliver form, every dish is a winner.
As some of you know, I’m fortunate to be married to a foodie. So far we’ve made the Crispy Posh Ham & Oatmeal & Pork Chops.
I’m crazy about this Pork Chop recipe. You basically pan cook a pork chop & make a glaze. He gives you several options & we chose the Sage/Honey combo.
We’ve now had this 3 evenings in a row. With slight changes.
Saturday night we had the Pork Chops w/ a side of broccoli
Sunday night we had Shrimp w/ Jasmine rice
(Today’s lunch was leftover Pork Chops & rice)
Tonight we had Chicken Thighs w/ Jasmine rice.
The honey/sage reduction on each of these is amazing!! To DIE for!!! I want this at LEAST once a week now.
In true Jamie Oliver fashion, it’s a good simple recipe with fresh ingredients & great directions. Go buy this book. Trust me.
On another note, here’s a pic of Rizzo w/ my yarn (b/c of course this posting had to include SOMETHING related to a hobby of mine! 🙂
So my great challenge to go through all the food we have was easier to accomplish than I expected. The deer turned out great & there’s only one more package of rav’s & LOTS of veggies.
Last night I tried out a new recipe. Rachel Ray’s Lasagna Stoup. I nixed the carrots & ricotta & it came out great!