Tuesday, November 27, 2012

T@tT Asparagus Saved Me From Leftovers

I bought a boatload of Asparagus on Thanksgiving morning with the intention of roasting it and serving it to my guests that afternoon...but I didn't.  I completely forgot all about the Asparagus resting quietly in the vegetable drawer out of sight as I my refrigerator was already jam packed with preparations for all of my other dishes.  

By Saturday I knew I had to do something with it but with only two in the house who will touch anything green, I knew soup would be my best bet.  I pulled out The Silver Spoon cookbook and made Cream of Asparagus  Soup.  It tasted especially good as by Saturday I was already (way) over eating Thanksgiving leftovers and wanted something different.
Leeks and onions simmering in butter

Added in Asparagus Stems

Asparagus tips ready for parboil

Leeks, onions and asparagus pureed

Added in some cream with some S&P

Parboiled Asparagus tips go in...should have been shorter. 

With some toasted wheat bread, lunch was served.  
Did you save yourself from Thanksgiving leftovers this past weekend with something else in your kitchen?  Did you create something new with your Thanksgiving leftovers?  Tell me...and after you do, please go visit Debbie at her Tuesday at the Table feature as she shares a great stuffing idea her mother had...go read it!

I'm linking up here with Debbie for November's Tuesday at the Table:

Enjoy your Tuesday!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Thanksgiving Dinner #1 in Photos & #BFSI

If you're not too full from your Thanksgiving meal yesterday, take a look at what I served yesterday for Thanksgiving Dinner #1.  Most of the photos are courtesy of my older son who wanted evidence to show at school on Monday how his Thanksgiving Dinner was the best - love that boy.

Appetizer Loaf prep tempting me

Prosciutto and Mozzarella Loaf 

Prosciutto and Mozzarella Loaf: A new recipe which went over very well with the crowd, 

Artichoke Dip: I add in Tabasco Sauce to make it spicy. Oh so good.  

Garlic Mashed Potatoes. 

Uncle brought and carved the Turkey - best deal ever.  

Standing Rib roast - cut in thirds to maximize ends.  

Butternut Squash and Kale Bread Pudding.  Major crowd pleaser. 

Sausage Gratin - first time making this. Good but not great.  

Pumpkin Cheesecake in production - about to go in the oven

Pumpkin Cheesecake - my favorite.  

So good - think I'll have a slice for breakfast.  Ahh maybe not as I'm still full from yesterday.  

My boys and I.  
Thanksgiving Dinner #2 commences today in the afternoon but this one will be a lot less work.  I'll be serving pizza, salad and dessert and will spend most of my time playing with my nieces and nephews. Can't wait to see them all.

Wondering what #BFSI is in my blogpost title?  Sandy from the Quilting for the Rest of Us blog and podcast  is hosting a Black Friday Sew In giveaway for those of us whom are choosing to sew instead of shop today.  Her giveaway is live today only so go check it out ASAP. Other quilting podcasters are linking up to her blogpost to offer giveaways too - please go check them out.   Lastly, if you are on Twitter, those of us whom are participating in #BFSI are using the #BFSI hash-tag to keep track of what others are working on today.  Come join in the fun.

Off to go sew!  Hope you all have a wonderful Friday,

Sunday, November 18, 2012

History Quilter Podcast Episode 33 100 Wishes Quilts

Happy Sunday to you all,

I'll be headed out to my local farmer's market shortly to stock up on vegetables and fruits for my Thanksgiving "meals" but before that I wanted to share that I recorded History Quilter Podcast Episode 33 where I talk about 100 Wishes Quilts, and it is now available on Podbean, Stitcher Radio and hopefully up on iTunes by this afternoon.  

I was unaware of what a 100 Wishes Quilt was until Darla from the Scientific Quilter Podcast and blog tweeted me about it a couple of months back.  (Thank you Darla!)   According to Dr. Dolly of the Travelling With Baby blog, 100 Wishes Quilts are a northern Chinese tradition given to new babies when they are born.  She says, "friends and family shower the beautiful new life with pieces of cloth and their hopes, wishes, and prayers for blessings of prosperity, longevity, and happiness".   How wonderful is that?

Here in the United States this tradition is crossing cultures and technology by being picked up in the International Adoption community and online.  Adoptive families here in the United States have been collecting fabric and wishes from friends and relatives for quilts to make for their newly adopted children for many years.  I found the earliest reference to 100 Wishes Quilts online as of 2005.  Dr. Dolly, whom I mentioned above, is currently asking for "good wishes" from anybody in the blogging community. If you are intrigued, as I am, please visit Dr. Dolly at Traveling With Baby to see how far she has come with receiving fabric and wishes for her newest addition to her family.

Darla was asked to participate in a 100 Wishes Quilt by sending a piece of fabric along with a wish/blessing for the new baby.  I mistakenly said on the podcast that the 100 Wishes Quilt Darla had participated in, did not have a completed quilt posted online.  I was viewing a different website at that time and have no idea if Darla ever saw the quilt she participated in.  Darla?

There are many 100 Wishes Quilts images online to view, here is one that I especially enjoyed because I read through the entire history of the adoption process of this family.  What a wonderful gift baby Addison will read and understand someday about how her parents wanted her, went to get her and brought her home.  Read the journey to Addison here...it's just lovely.
the journey to Addison 100 Wishes Quilt

Newly planted Cauliflower (Cheddar variety) and Cabbage.  Yea, I'm going to be picking up leaves every day for the next month or so.

I talked about what I will be serving for my two different Thanksgiving meals.  No links today - I'll have posts about what I make and serve later in the week.

Ocean Waves quilt top made it to yoga class with me yesterday.
Ocean Waves quilt top in shavasana

Bag of goodies I received from Kate Spain after being chosen as a November Newsletter reader of the month.  What a treat!  Go here to sign up for her newsletter.  http://katespaindesigns.blogspot.com/

Kate Spain's Cuzco: jelly roll strips and scraps
It's 8am and time for me to head for the farmer's market.  Hope you all have an enjoyable day,

Friday, November 9, 2012

Ocean Waves: Quilt Top In Progress

Hello everyone, 
My days have been very full lately with a great deal of school responsibilities and some life challenges.  The crafty part of me has been rather silent lately but recently I had a few chances to get out the sewing machine and flex my crafty side.  

I've been working on the Varsity Quilt by Julie Herman from Jaybird Quilts for my younger son.  I've got all of the rows sewn up and hope to sew them together and square off the edges sometime this weekend.  I've got a few projects I would like to begin soon so finishing up this one for my son is the priority.  

I'm now calling it "Ocean Waves" as my son loves the ocean.  I plan to incorporate some sand on the back in some form or another.  I attempted a photograph in my hallway, but my hallway wasn't wide enough.  I attempted a photograph outside but it's so windy out right now, none of the rows would stay down.  So back into my living room - not great for color but it's the best I can do.  The background color is Kona Cotton Steel, which is grey...I know it looks a bit pinkish here but I promise you it is not.  
Ocean Waves  - XL Twin Size

I saw a wonderful quote today that went something like this: "When I walk into my kitchen, I am not alone - I bring my mother and my father and every table I've ever sat at to enjoy a meal."  Brought a couple of tears to the eyes in a heartwarming way - today would have been my mother's 81st birthday.  Miss her.  

In honor of my mother here is the painting my father had done of her way back in 1953 when he was stationed on the USS Columbus in the Mediterranean Sea for six months.  At one point during his tour of duty, the ship docked in Istanbul, Turkey and he took the photograph of my mother to a painter.  Two days later my father picked up this painting of my mother and it hung in my family home until earlier this year.  Now it is mine and I love it.   

Have a safe and fun weekend,