There's always an excuse to leave the dishes, dusting, scrubbing and especially yard work for later. My favorite excuses are sewing, reading, cooking, or spending time with my family. Getting away from home in our new camper is also a great excuse -- although that's just another house to clean! Here's what's going on with me and my favorite hobbies.
I'm a high school librarian. I live in a small, fairly rural town with my husband, my two "grown up" kids, and a dog who is very spoiled. I love to read. I read mostly YA, my favorite is historical fiction, but I mix in the occasional adult novel and even some non-fiction. I love to write about what I've read and chat with others about what they've read, so blogging is perfect! My other hobbies are cooking and sewing.
As you can see, I haven't posted here for a long time. I've been posting almost daily to my book blog, Annette's Book Spot. I've decided that for as seldom as I post here, I'm going to do an occasional post on my book blog about the cooking and crafting I've been doing. If you are interested, you can follow me over there. Thanks for all your support!
Orange Sesame Noodles with Grilled Shrimp was a winner. We really enjoyed it. I didn't grill the shrimp, just cooked them in a very hot iron skillet. I salted and peppered the shrimp before cooking. Give it a try. It's quick and easy.
I've been participating in a local coop for fruits and vegetables. I get a bag full every two weeks, and it's been a really good thing. This week we got cabbage, which isn't really one of my favorites. Not a big slaw eater. My husband said he used to go to a bakery in Nebraska and they served something called "cabbage burgers" and they were great. Really???
So, I started looking around the internet, and found that this dish came from German immigrants who mostly settled in Nebraska. Their German name is "Runzas." Huh! Well, here's the recipe I used (the recipes I found were all fairly similar, and pretty basic.) I used frozen bread dough. And, yes, I used REAL lean ground beef. No fake meat for this one....
My kids happened to both be home, with their "significant others," and while they are pretty good about trying new things, they ALL turned their noses up when I said "cabbage burgers." But, when they bit into them, everyone LOVED them, and there wasn't a crumb left! I've actually made them again since that first time, because I had so much filling left after I used all my bread dough.
I made this Garden Vegetable Crustless Quiche the other night, and we really liked it. Well, my daughter and I did, but my husband, not so much. He said it had too much zucchini in it, and it did have a lot. I may used less zucchini next time and add some spinach. I used frozen "potatoes O'Brien" (hashbrowns with onions and peppers.) I didn't use low fat cheese, and I used low-fat cottage cheese, instead of no fat. I used pepper-jack instead of jack cheese. I used dried parsley, because I didn't have any fresh. I only had grape tomatoes, so I sliced them up for the top. I baked it in a 13 x 9 and it was beautiful when it came out of the oven.
A great meatless meal, that I will make again. You can really use any vegetables you want. I think broccoli would be good too.
I made this White Chili with Quick-Roasted Garlic last weekend and it was a BIG hit. Everyone loved it -- kids and hubby. Only comments: too much kale, and not enough beans. I agree about the beans -- one can in a big pot isn't very much. Next time I'll use two cans. The kale was supposed to be spinach, and so maybe I won't get that complaint if I use spinach (I just had kale that I needed to get rid of!) The other changes I made were minor. I used vegetable broth instead of chicken broth because I almost always do.I used half and half instead of cream, once again, because I had some on hand.
This isn't a week-night soup. It takes a little prep (roasting and a lot of chopping) but it makes a great big pot and the leftovers are wonderful. It's healthy, too, if not vegetarian. I highly recommend you give this one a try.
This is the first new baby in our family for over 20 years -- so we are pretty excited. Here's one of the things I've made for him with patterns from Embroidery Library Baby Days of the Week (I removed the lettering).
I thought it turned out pretty cute and I can't wait to find more things to make for him!
These are the candles I "made" for gifts this year. I didn't make the candles, I just embroidered the flowers and glued them on. The pattern in from Embroidery Library (as usual.) I'm really happy with the way they turned out.
I make a Christmas ornament for my family members every year. Lately, they've been machine embroidered. Here's this year's ornament, made from a pattern purchased at Embroidery Library. They take a while to stitch out, but they turned out beautiful.
This bag is made from a purchased (very cheap) canvas bag embellished with ruffles and flowers. I got the idea from UCreate! I pinked the edges of my ruffles instead of stitching them (saved time and looks better) and I ran a gathering stitch and pulled it up instead of gathering the way it says in the tutorial.
This was my first attempt at fabric flowers, and I got ideas from several places on the web. I think there's room for improvement, but I'm fairly happy with these for a first try. This one is for a gift -- I just might have to make one for myself!
I've been making bookmarks for gifts. I'm going to give them to my book club kids, among others. I still have some more ideas, but here's what I've got so far.
I love magnetic book marks. I think they work GREAT. You don't have to worry about them falling out of your book, and you can even position them on the side of the book precisely where you left off on the page. So, the ones in the middle are magnetic, made of fabric with Heat-n-Bond between the layers. You just glue on thin magnet strips (I used an old magnetic business card off the refrigerator and cut it up.) The heart one is laminated, but I don't like that one as much. I'm also planning on making some out of some pretty scrap booking paper. You could get really creative and do a patchwork design, or use ribbons, etc. The possibilities are endless.
The one on the left is a lace lily bookmark, machine embroidered using a pattern from Embroidery Library.
The one on the left is a book thong, made with beads and boggles from my stash. I'm planning on doing some more of these too.