Thursday, August 7, 2014

Lemons Sauce and vegetables with Quinoa

I am still alive, July 22 I had my right hip replaced. Not fun. I'm still in a fog of pain relievers and forced rest. Although not so forced since I don't feel like doing anything yet. I lay there thinking and feeling great then I get up and have no stamina at all.  This will pass. I go to the sewing room and use my grabber tool and put a few things away. then walk back down the hall and tuck myself back into bed. I manage to drive just a bit, the last three days, which means I have to plan to have no pain killers on board when Andrew needs to go someplace. It has worked fine, I feel like I am able to do something. I haven't cooked yet but have been able to sit and supervise Laurel trying to reproduce one of my favorite dishes today. Licorice-caramels (I posted about it here.) and Almond encrusted Lemon quinoa...with spinach and vegetables. It is a dish I had at a local restaurant; Birroporetti's, Almond encrusted chicken with lemon sauce and angel hair pasta. I've had it since I've reproduced it and I prefer my version; 

 Lemon sauce
1 onion, cut up fried with 
2 Tablespoons oil (butter is great but not required)
2 Tablespoon garlic added when onion is almost done
2 T flour to thicken
2 cups chicken broth
juice of 2 lemons (our lemons were small and wimpy)
salt and pepper to taste
simmer until thickened

In a separate fry pan toast sliced almonds and set aside

Cook vegetables as desired I have used, 
bell peppers
green beans

Quinoa or rice or pasta cooked 

The fresh spinach is put on the plate first then the rest is layered on top
and finally a garnish of fresh diced tomatoes.

This is Yummy!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Home again!

It is so lovely to be home. Don't get me wrong I love visiting kids and grandkids but it always nice to get in your own bed and have your own kitchen.

I am scrambling getting everything done I need to since I am having my right hip replaced next Tuesday. This week we are lowering the bed so I will be able to get in and out easier. Right now I use a stool to get up to it. We bought a new king size mattress and are going to try to live with it without a boxspring so we can still have the space below the bed for stuff. So the new mattress comes on Thursday, the old queen goes into the guest room, the guest room bed double goes into Andrew's room and the twin in his room....I guess into the garage, one twin mattress will go under his bed for grandkids but the other? I'd like to set up the bunkbed for the grandkids I get rid of the mattresses meanwhile? They are old....Storing them in the garage would be awful.

I will head off to another yarn shop today since I am planning to make a hat for the grandbaby without one. The library has this cute book! Monster Knits for Little Monsters I have several patterns in the book I'm trying to choose from; the alien that's on the front cover, the robot, the teddy bear, the rabbit. The shark is also darling. Then one grandson requested mittens; warm mittens like I made here.So I need to locate the book and inventory the yarn to find some wool. The winter coat colors are unknown so I guess I can do anything I want.

Interesting......(to me anyway) I chose gray and red for the mittens and called my daughter and learned that anything red automatically belongs to the grandson that has red as a favorite color. Unfortunately his brother is the one that needs mittens; his favorite color is orange.The knit shop had no good orange felting yarn (in the price range I wanted to pay.) I came home with just the gray and looking through my yarn found some yellow and some black I could use. I know I had some orange...  turns out that last fall I was on a mission to use the orange up ('cause I couldn't imagine needing it at anytime) and crocheted several pumpkin things with it. :(

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

double knit quilts

I'm pretty sure that we drove through a town called Cherokee?? did not think I would forget the name, and was sure I could look it up on a map....and there is a town Cherokee and it is near our route, but not exactly on the road I thought we were driving. So I 'm not sure where we saw this but there was a sign; 'QUILTS!' and we stopped. On the front porch of what looked like a one room store was a quilt, worn and weathered; it was a double knit top. The shop was closed but looking in the window I could see shelves full of finished quilts. Behind the building where we parked was a fence with a row of double knit, hand pieced quilt tops.

The Grandmother's Flower Garden was pieced with small hexagon's and the original color of the path was a very bright green, I could see the underside of the quilt in one spot.
WOW! It looked fabulous and was a great advertisement for the shop, I'd love to see what was inside but it is unlikely I'll ever see the shop open...It was between here and Lubbock so we do get to drive it 2 more times so I'll keep my eye's open for more polyester quilts.

We drove the same route up to Lubbock but I didn't see the shop, then we drove on freeways home since we were coming from Pampa.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


The month of June is over! We were so busy this blog was really neglected.
  • We took our youngest up to Texas Tech for a 5 week chemistry program.
  • We spent almost a week with our daughter and 3 grandsons in Pueblo.
  • My sister met up with us in Pueblo and I gave her her Christmas gift (I'm early, not late) her quilted log cabin. I'll get the pictures off my husband's camera soon and do another post of just it.
  • We visited Pueblo's courthouse, a beautiful building;
     Lovely painted 'feathers' and some scroll work that would be beautiful transferred to quilting.
  •  We made a quick trip up to Denver to visit my parents, our vacation plans had changed so it was my only chance to see them this summer.
    They always have a quilt on the quilt rack, I tried to take some good pictures of it...this is the best of the group;
    This was made by my great-aunt Edith Randleman. She made lots of quilts.
  • We spent about a week and a half entertaining and feeding another group of grandchildren :) It was fun working as a team in the kitchen. We did an awesome salad bar 3 times, lots of choices and with the crowd it was mostly eaten up. We also did asian rice paper spring rolls with choices laid out and everyone made their own. And popcorn, those kids would have starved if they hadn't been able to make their own popcorn. 
So June is over and July is running away, it will soon be August and time for school to start. My youngest is a senior this year, then we will be out of public schools, after 30 years of kids attending! Wow, our youngest started in1984....

Monday, June 23, 2014


Last month was our guild quilt show and one of the fund raisers is a silent auction with small quilts donated by the members. This year I took a friend to the quilt show with me and she bid on 2 of the small quilts. She won so I got to pick them up for her and had them in my custody for about 5 days. :)
She was so pleased to get these to give to her granddaughters to play with. The above rail fence was made with civil war reproduction fabrics by Becky Stephensen.
This one was made by Jana Albritton and is a delightful quilt made with 1930's reproduction fabrics.The Hugs and Kisses pattern I have on by bucket list....maybe I could get more patterns sewn if I made them this size. I'm pretty sure my friend will be back next year to get quilts for her other 2 granddaughters; they are just babies this year so they won't be playing with dolls for awhile.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


I made the layered crepes again, the first time I shared a picture here We were expecting guests Friday night and I had leftover frosting in the refrigerator so I made crepes again and layered them. This time I put raspberries on the top.
This time it was sweeter, notice the chocolate is thicker. I couldn't eat a second piece.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Finally, a picture!

I finally got a picture of the whole quilt;
 And a detail shot;
Do you realize that getting a picture of this quilt probably took an hour? And it's still not a great picture. Next step? I don't know, this took me about 2 months to finish.  Which seems like a lot when the top was almost done when I started.
Summertime and vacation time means it's time to decide on some knitting since quilting in the car doesn't work for me. I think I'm ready to tackle knitting a baby blanket and I'm teaching some women at church how to knit a hat so we can donate some to a men's shelter this fall. I bought some bulky yarn and started a sample. The class is in July so I should be able to do a couple before then.
Meanwhile I have a quilt in the frame; the front;
 the back;
 This is a funky pink log cabin that is my sister's second quilt. She chose this fun panto for me to quilt. I'll take a picture before I return it to her. Then here are 2 baby blankets I quilted for a friend;
The same panto done in 2 different sizes. I thought the smaller one was cuter but we found that the bigger one made for a softer feel and we really liked that. Each of blankets have flannel on one side and a polka dot on the other.