I thought I would start some blog posts with photos of the quilts I have in my house. These three are "rescue" quilts.
I found the lighthouse one at a community services garage sale. They only wanted $2 for it, so I happily opened my change purse and walked away with someone's artwork. It is dated 2000 and has the initials of the maker on it too.
The Santa wall-hanging is a small panel, and the maker had added 2 log cabin blocks on the top and bottom as well as a border. It even has 2 plastic rings sewn onto the backing for hanging!
The third quilt is a pretty Dresden Flower block in 1930's style reproduction prints. If you look closely at the centre, you can see she stitched a 9-patch block then trimmed it into a circle-very original!
I found both the Santa and Dresden at Value Village(of course!!).
Do you remember back in this post and this post, when I shared about making vegetable and meat/chicken stock? I extolled about the healthy benefits of consuming homemade stock/broth and showed a Vancouver business which sells cups of broth to drink. I even made a batch for my Dad to enjoy when he got out of the hospital a few weeks ago…and he has requested more!!!(He is doing very well, now that he is at home-thanks for your enquiries…huggs!)
Well, the above photo was in the Vancouver Sun today. Writing about this local company that has been making scratch-made stock-based soups and now sells it in the USA at Costco and Whole Foods. Even though they are located in the Vancouver area, they chose to start marketing their products in the USA and Japan. The soups are in the frozen section of the grocery stores and now they are about to start selling fresh soups in grocery deli's and local hospitals.
Here is the article, if you would like to read it:
Healthy soups boil down to big business for Richmond company
Global Gourmet Foods banks on fresh ingredients, homemade stock
Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Healthy+soups+boil+down+business+Richmond+company/11018257/story.html#ixzz3Yv2G0dXx
The other day, I tried a new recipe...and it's a hit! Yumm!
I found it on my favourite recipe site: allrecipes.com and I thought I would share it with you here:
Salisbury Steak with Mushrooms
1 lb lean ground beef
1/3 cup breadcrumbs(I used the seasoned ones)
1/4 cup chopped onions
1 egg, beaten
1 t. salt
pinch ground black pepper
2 cups beef broth
1 lg. onion, thinly sliced
1 cup sliced mushrooms
3 T. cornstarch(I ended up using more as I had added more stock than required)
3 T. water
1. Combine gr. beef, bread crumbs, chopped onion, egg, salt, and black pepper in a bowl until evenly mixed. Shape into 4 patties, about 3/4 inch thick.
2. Fry patties in a large frying pan until browned on both sides-about 10 mins. Add beef broth, sliced onion, and mushrooms, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to Low, cover and simmer until patties are no longer pink in the centre-about 10 mins. Transfer patties only to a platter and keep warm.
3. Bring beef broth mixture to a boil. Mix cornstarch and water in a small bowl(this is called a slurry and I use a fork to do this) and stir into the broth mixture. Cook and stir until broth mixture is thickened like gravy, about 1 minute or so. Pop patties back into the pan and warm through, coating them in the beef/mushroom gravy.
Serve with veggies(I served our with scalloped potatoes and corn niblets).
Makes 4 servings.
I just love, love this stack of fat quarters…deee-lish! It will be so hard to cut into them.
**Don't forget about my Country Village Quilt-A-Long featuring the above Maison De Provence fabric line from Connecting Threads. Part 1 can be found here, and you can also click the Country Village QAL, 2015 tab (found under the blog title) to find all the steps as they are posted (on Wednesdays). This tab will stay up indefinitely, so if you miss a post or need to be reminded about something, you can go to the step with ease!
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