My favorite books

The Help Movie

Happy Wednesday everyone!  The book “The Help” written by Kathryn Stockett is an excellent book and if you have not had a chance to read it you should!  The book is about three women living in Jackson, Mississippi when the Civil Rights Movement began. Skeeter, who is a white young women and a writer who has just returned home from college and is floundering around. Aibileen, who is a black maid who is currently taking care of her seventeenth child, Mae Mobley, even though she realizes what’s at stake for both of them.  Minney , who is a black maid, speaks and says what ever is on her mind at the expense of her employment.Aibileen and Minney are hired as help to wealthy, or trying to seem wealthy, white families. Well, that should give you some insight to what the book is about.

I’m so excited because the movie will be in the theaters August 10th. So make plans to go and see it!





Quilting

Quilt

Good morning everyone! So It’s another warm day down here in Florida and makes a perfect day for quilting. I am going to give you a peek of the quilt that is in working progress. Now does that leave you curious?  Well I guess It’s that time to get in the sewing room and work on my quilt. Have a great day and we will chat later my peeps……. Sharon

Quilt in progress
Recipes

Cooking Blogs

So today I got a little side tracked looking for cooking blogs when I was going to work on a quilt. Guess you know how easy that can be “right”. I found all kinds of recipes that looked so good and I am so full from tasting all the delicious foods and of course we can not leave out the sweets too. Are you ready to do some tasting, just follow me here we go!

Rebekah over at Family,Food, and Fun made some awesome Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Cupcakes and the cakes were good too and looked so pretty!
Cheesecake-Cupcakes

Recipe: (adapted from Handle the Heat) Yields 30-31 cupcakes

42 cream-filled cookies (such as Oreos), 30 left whole and 12 coarsely chopped
2 lb. cream cheese, room temperature
1 c. sugar
1 t. vanilla
4 eggs (room temperature), lightly beaten
1 c. sour cream
pinch of salt
Topping:
1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 T. butter
1 T. milk

1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Place 1 whole cookie in the bottom of each lined cup.

2. With an electric mixer on medium high speed, beat cream cheese until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Gradually add sugar and beat until combined. Beat in vanilla.

3. Drizzle in eggs, a bit at a time, beating to combine and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in sour cream and salt. Stir in chopped cookies by hand.

4. Divide batter evenly among cookie-lined cups, filling each almost to the top. Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until filling is set, about 22 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Refrigerate at least 4 hours (or up to overnight).

5. In a microwavable bowl, melt the chocolate chips, butter, and milk.  Spread about a teaspoon on top of each cheesecake cupcake and chill until set.

Chelsey with Time For Supper is fixing up a Hash Brown Breakfast casserole for everyone. I don’t know about you but I  love to have breakfast for dinner.Click on on of the links to get the recipe. That was so good! What did you think?

During the summer months I like to eat a lot of different kinds of salads. . Blog Chef.net has some great cold salads that are really tasty. So mix one up and give it a try.

BLT SALAD

Ingredients:
1 (7 ounce) package rotini pasta noodles (cooked and drained)
8 slices bacon (cooked until crispy and crumbled)
1 cup mayonnaise (or salad dressing)
¼ cup lemon juice concentrate
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons chicken flavored instant bouillon
1 large tomato (seeded and chopped)
¼ cup green onions (sliced)
4 cups lettuce (thinly sliced)

Cooking Instructions:

Step 1: In a small bowl combine mayonnaise, lemon juice, chicken flavor instant bouillon, and sugar. Mix well until smooth.
Step 2: In a serving bowl add noodles, bacon, tomato, and green onions, Toss with dressing. Stir in lettuce right before serving.
(Makes 10 Servings)

The other salad is a Crab Salad which is really good too.

CRAB SALAD

Ingredients:
2 cups uncooked medium shell pasta (or macaroni)
1 ½ cups imitation crab meat (chopped)
½ cup green pepper (diced)
½ cup cherry tomatoes (quartered)
¼ cup green onions (chopped)
shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
Dressing-
½ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup creamy Italian salad dressing
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

Cooking Instructions:
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Step 1: In a large pot cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Place pasta in a large bowl. Stir in crab, green onion, cherry tomatoes, and green pepper. Add shredded cheddar cheese if desired.
Step 2: To make the dressing- in a small bowl combine mayonnaise, creamy Italian dressing and parmesan cheese. Mix until well blended and smooth. Pour over salad and toss gently to coat.
Step 3: Cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours before serving.
(Makes 4 Servings) note: when I make the two salads I use low fat mayo and low fat salad dressing too.

I hope that everyone had a yummy time tasting the different kinds of food with me. Well I guess I had better go get some quilting done before the day is gone. Can’t wait until I can post the quilt that I have been working on.

Your friend……. Sharon

Recipes

Ranch Style Bean Casserole

You may be wondering what to cook for dinner so here is one of my recipes that is easy to make and will also freeze well too. The recipe can be made into two casseroles if you wish.

Ingredients:

1 1/4 lbs. ground beef  – I use lean ground round.

1 envelope dry onion soup mix

1/2 cup water

1 cup ketchup

2 (1 lb.) cans pork & beans

1 (1 lb.) can kidney beans – drained

2 Tablespoons of prepared mustard

2 tsp. vinegar

Now here is the easy part: Brown the meat, skim off the fat. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Then pour into 2 quart casserole. Bake 400 degrees  for 30 minutes. You may add cheese if you wish.

Enjoy and I  hope everyone has a great weekend!

Ranch Style Bean Cassrole
Discussion

DRESSMAKER

It’s no secret that I like to read a good book……. This summer I am reading “The DRESSMAKER of KHAIR KHANA”

The book is about a women who is fearless and stitched her way to success! She (KHair Khana) banned from the streets,and from school and work all because of her gender. She was also raising six childern of her own and trying to figure out what she could do to make money. So one day Khair Khana finally decided to pick up a needle and some thread and started a dressmaking business. How cool is! As time went on she even taught sewing lessons in her own home and was trying to reach as many women as she could in Afghanistan.

Also, a women by the name of Gayle Tzemach Lemmon spent several years on the ground reporting Khair story. So if you are looking for a good book I would recommend that you read this book.

The DRESSMAKER of KHAIR KHANA
Discussion

Sewing Day

Our Quilting Guild has a Sew Day once a month and you can bring any unfinished projects to work on. I am currently working on a new quilt and have spent a lot of time cutting out fabric.Finally, I have started sewing the blocks together. The quilt I am making is called a “1941 Nine Patch” and can not wait to see the end result.  Below is a picture of the one completed block. Eleven more to go!

1941 Nine Patch Block

Today I got to see a 1957 and 1939 sewing machine which I thought was cool looking. I was surprised how quiet the sewing machines were.

Singer 1939 sewing machine
1957 Singer Sewing Machine

 

Discussion

Block of the Month: July 2011 Fort Sumter Quilt Block

I went to a Quilt Guild meeting this week and received the block of the month which is Fort Sumter. I will have to say that I am pleased how it turned out considering this is the first block I have ever made. Each month we are given a block to complete and turn one in and keep one for yourself. By the end of the year you will have enough blocks to make a quilt. How cool is that! All of the blocks are based on the Civil War. The designer is Barbara Brackman.