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, October 8, 2017

Accomplishment

"The most effective way to do it, is to do it." ~Amelia Earhart


     Last month we finished up our block of the month at Quilts, Etc.  The theme for the year was "You Go Girl".  We learned about different women who achieved greatness and who also started with nothing and had to overcome a few obstacles along the way.  It has been an inspiring year.  I was able to finish my quilt and this is it.



     Here are some of the finished quilts by some of the other ladies in the class.















     Such creative women! 
     Since fall is here, I have been motivated to start trying a few new recipes again.
Here is one I tried the other day.  I love cabbage with potatoes!  I also love simple recipes with few ingredients.



 

Fried Cabbage and Potatoes with Bacon
10 oz. shredded green cabbage
1 russet potato, peeled and diced into ½ inch pieces
5 strips bacon
5 cloves garlic, minced
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper

Cook bacon in a large nonstick pan over medium heat until crispy.  Transfer bacon to a paper towel to drain.  Crumble when cool to ½ inch to 1 inch pieces.
Add potatoes, cabbage, salt and pepper to pan, stirring with the bacon drippings.  Cover with a lid and cook until the potatoes and cabbage are tender, removing the lid to occasionally stir.
Add minced garlic to the pan, stirring with the other ingredients and cooking about 1 minute.  Remove pan from heat and add crumbled bacon.  Serve hot.  Makes 2 servings.
 
 

     This is the book that I was inspired to read after learning about all the famous women in our block of the month class.  I learned so many new things about Amelia Earhart.  With all the adventure she had in her life, I still would not trade places with her.  I think I like my life best.



 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Inspiration

"A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation." ~ Mark Twain



     My husband and I recently celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary.  I have been begging to go to Yellowstone again and my husband finally gave in.  It was a nice weekend.  We saw some beautiful scenery and I was thrilled to finally be able to see what is known as the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.  We got snowed on a little.  We saw lots of wildlife.  We saw Old Faithful erupt twice.
 
 
























     I have a habit of stopping at quilt shops along the way as we travel.  We stopped at a cute shop in Idaho Falls called Daydream.  Check it out.










     We stopped at a quilt shop in West Yellowstone called Send It Home.



 
I loved this quilt called Total Eclipse.





Look at these cute tree ornaments!







     I don't often make desserts anymore but I found this recipe on pinterest and made it for my husband for our anniversary.



 
 
Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Delight
From togetherasafamily.com
Crust
2 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs
¼ cup sugar
½ cup butter, melted

Cheesecake filling
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 (8oz.) block cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar

Raspberry topping
1 (21 oz.) can raspberry pie filling

Heat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x13” baking dish with cooking spray.
To make the crust: Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter in a mixing bowl and combine.  Pour into the prepared baking dish and press evenly into the pan.  Bake for 8 minutes. Let cool completely.
To make the filling: Pour heavy whipping cream into a mixing bowl.  Using an electric hand mixer, or bowl of a stand mixer, beat cream until stiff peaks form and it’s thick.
In another bowl, beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar.  Fold in the whipped cream.  Pour it onto the graham cracker crust and gently spread out evenly over the crust.
Top the cheesecake layer with the can of raspberry pie filling.  Spread out evenly.
Cover with plastic wrap and let refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight.
You can whip a little extra cream to put a dollup on each serving.  You can also crush a few extra graham cracker crumbs to sprinkle over the top for a garnish.

 

Courting Carrie in Wonderland by [Kelly, Carla]


     This is the book that made me want to go to Yellowstone when I read it.  It talked about the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and besides it was a sweet little love story during the time when Yellowstone was first made a national park.  Did you know that Yellowstone was once referred to as Wonderland?