Life really can be a picnic!

Everyone loves a picnic! This blog is about some of the things I love the most, and the term "picnic" just about covers them all. First of all, a picnic has to include food; simple food that is easy to fix. Next, you need someplace fun or different to visit; a nice, peaceful location. And of course, you always need to take along a good book to read and a well-used quilt to spread everything out on. So, there you have it! Easy recipes, good books, fun quilts along with some interesting, down-to-earth places to visit. You can even take your family or a friend or two if you want.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Vintage: Oldies but Goodies

"If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under." ~ Ronald Reagan

     I was able to attend a vintage quilt show in Brigham City on Friday.  Some of these quilts were really old.  I went specifically to see a quilt that was made by Elitha Donner.  She was one of the survivors of the Donner Party that was stuck in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the winter of 1846. Anyway, these are some of the quilts I got to see.

This is the quilt made by Elitha Donner.

This is a quilt made from men's ties.

I love this spool border!

     I tried out this recipe the other day.  I used about three different recipes and then took what I liked from each one and made it my own.  I seem to do that a lot.  Since I have a lot of German and Irish in me I quite enjoyed it.

Sausage and Sauerkraut
1 Tbsp. olive oil or butter
1 medium onion, cut in half and sliced
1 (12 oz.) package apple chicken sausage (I used Johnsonville)
1 (32 oz.) jar of sauerkraut
½ tsp. caraway seed
½ tsp. celery seed
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat oil or butter in frying pan. Add onion and sausage that has been cut into ½” slices.  Cook until onion is soft and sausage is slightly browned.  Add seasonings and sauerkraut.  Cover and simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes.  Serve with German Potato Salad or roasted potatoes.  Serves 4-6.

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   Since St. Patrick's Day is coming up, I was looking for a good Irish book to read.  This one fit the bill perfectly.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

You Can't Hurry Love

"We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them into the future with us." ~ Lucy Maud Montgomery

     I have yet another son getting married shortly; this weekend in fact.  We have had a couple of bridal showers to attend.  It has been a wonderful month and my son is marrying a wonderful girl.  I have been so blessed with the beautiful women that all my sons have chosen for their wives.  Anyway, I am so proud of myself for finishing this quilt before midnight the day before the wedding.  In fact, I finished it in time to give to Jannie at the shower.  My friend, Shelly did the machine quilting and I thought it turned out amazing!


     Things have been so busy around here that we need to rely on our old standby recipes that are ready in an instant.  This salad recipe is and oldie but a goodie.  And I think it's a healthy one as well.

Mandarin Tossed Salad
Chopped iceberg or romaine lettuce or
       a combination of both
1 (11 oz.) can mandarin oranges, drained
¼ cup red onion, sliced
Italian dressing
Optional ingredients: sliced almonds, crunchy Chinese noodles, craisins,
In a large bowl, combine lettuce, mandarin oranges and red onion.  Gently stir in enough Italian dressing to just coat the lettuce.  Serve at once.  (This salad does not keep well so just make enough to eat for one meal.)
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     This is the book I just recently finished reading.  It's by one of my favorite authors, L. M. Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables.  I love reading about Prince Edward Island.  I'm so glad I was able to visit there a few years ago.