Archive | August, 2011

Hole in the Barn Door Quilt Block

29 Aug

Well hello my friends! I hope that everyone had a good weekend and did something fun.Saturday I took a quilting class and we made a quilt block called “Hole in the Barn Door” and actually the block has different names according to where one might live. The colors I chose worked really well with the pattern I thought. There is enough fabric left over to make one more block so I might just make two place mats. Thought I would share with you a picture of the block that I completed in class. If you should ever get a chance to take a class I would suggest that you do so. There were people my age in the class which made it fun and quilting is not just for retired people. See y’all next time! Sharon

Hole in the Barn Door Quilt Block

Finished place mats!

Sew what have you been sewing?

25 Aug

This week I started my second quilt and have already finished the top quilt. Next, I will be applying the backing,batting,border, and of course stitching in the ditch with the sewing machine. I have had a lot of fun putting together the quilt and it’s getting easier meaning the process. The name of the quilt is called “Sewing Room Social”  designed by: Jacquelynne Steve’s of The Noble Wife. When I finish the quilt I will post it.

Happy quilting!

Quilt Top

Quilted Placemats

18 Aug

Hey ya’ll! I hope that everyone is having a great week so far and we are close to the weekend again. “My” “where does the time go”! This week I spent some time cutting out 140 squares for placemats and so glad that is over! I believe the cutting is the worse part of quilting because you think that it is never going to end. However, once the fabric is all cut out then the fun begins! I’m sure there are short cuts to cutting fabric, so that is why I am taking a class regarding cutting fabric.

Now that I have cut all the squares, I am trying to figure out how I want to place the squares to make some sort of design. While trying to pick a design, I took different pictures to see what they actually would look like and finally decided on one. When taking the class I will also be taught how to draw a design on graph paper. Graphing your design really should be done first then it can be used as your road map. So I am looking forward to the class!!!!! When I finish the placemats I will post them.

Here is the lay out of the placemat.

Lasagna

9 Aug

Thought I would share one of my favorite Lasagna Recipes with you. Some of you may remember a while back I posted a spaghetti sauce  which has no meat added. Today I made the sauce and we are going to have Lasagna for dinner this evening. I really like the spaghetti sauce because it is light tasting and not heavy.

Items needed:

  • large white onions ( chopped)
  • 3 cans diced tomato ( with garlic)
  • 2 cans tomato sauce
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 3 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp sweet basil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • box of lasagna noodles
  • ricotta cheese
  • mozzarella cheese

In a large saucepan add olive oil and chopped onions, cook on low heat until the onions become transparent. Next, you will add the next six ingredients and mix well. Simmer for about 2 hours to bring the flavors together.

In a 9×13 baking dish ,add a little sauce to the bottom of dish. Next, add lasagna noodles, sauce, ricotta, mozzarella cheese and repeat layers, ending with sauce and then cheese. Bake for about 60 to 65 minutes at 350 degrees.

Note: I use the no boiling lasagna noodles because it is a thinner noodle then regular. The spaghetti  sauce is light!

Enjoy!

Lasagna

Ham ‘n’ Cheese Potato Bake

8 Aug


Well hello there friends!  So how was your weekend and did you do anything fun? My husband and I painted the sewing room and finally finished Sunday evening. With all the painting and everything going on, I just wanted  a simple dish and came across this recipe that I have had for years. Not sure where I found this recipe but I do remember how easy it is to make.

Ingredients:

1 (24 ounce) package frozen O’Brien hash brown potatoes

2 cups cubed fully cooked ham

3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (divided)

1 onion

2 cups of sour cream (16 0z )

1 can of corn

1 can condensed cheddar cheese soup, undiluted

1 can condensed cream of potato soup, undiluted

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 small green pepper

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine potatoes, ham, 1/2 cup cheese and onion.
  2. In another bowl, combine the sour cream, soups and pepper; add to the potato mixture and mix well. Then transfer to a greased 3-quart baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  3. Bake, uncovered , at 350 degrees for about 60-65 minutes or until bubbly and potatoes are tender. Once dish is removed from the oven, let it sit for 10 minutes before you start serving.

Note:  I always cook the onions and peppers before adding to mixture. Instead of the plain O’Brien Potatoes, I buy the potatoes that have onions and peppers added to give more flavor.

Finished Quilt

4 Aug


Finally, I have finished my quilt! Guess that I will have to say that I am pleased with the way it turned out. This is only my second quilt that I have made and there are plans to make more. The blocks were a lot easier to make then applying the binding around the quilt “go figure”! When I finish painting the sewing room, my plans are to hang the quilt to add color and art to the wall.

After I complete several quilts, I will probably laugh at the quilt that I have just completed and take it off the wall. I have enjoyed sharing my quilt with you! Have a good day and do something fun!

Chicken and Dumplings

3 Aug

Chicken and Dumplings

So are you wondering what you should cook for dinner this evening?  Follow me to my kitchen, and grab an apron, and we will do some down home southern cooking! Are you ready? Here we go.

Ingredients needed:

1 (3-6lb) frying chicken ( any whole chicken will do)

8 cups of water

2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoons pepper (I always add a little more)

2 cups of all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoons baking soda

3 tablespoons shortening (I use Crisco)

3/4 buttermilk (I add 1 tablespoon vinegar to 1 cup of milk and let it sit for about 5 minutes, then measure 3/4 cup)

Now that we have all our Ingredients together, we can begin the cooking process.

  1. Place the chicken in a large cooking pot. Add the water and 2 teaspoons of salt. Bring to a boil.
  2. Next, cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for about 1 hour or until the chicken is tender. The chicken will fall of the bone.
  3. Remove the chicken from the broth and let cool.
  4. Debone the chicken and cut chicken into bite-sized pieces.

Next, we are going to make the dumplings.

  1. Bring the chicken broth to a boil and add the pepper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. You will cut in the shortening. Add the buttermilk, stirring  with a fork until moistened.
  3. Knead the dough for about 4 to 5 times, and pat to about 1/2-inch pieces and drop into the boiling broth (I just pinch off pieces) Reduce the heat to medium -low, and cook  for about 8 to 10 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir in the chicken and serve.

I had fun cooking with you today! Enjoy!

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