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.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Falling In Love!

"This is your heart.  Keep it locked until the chap shows up with the key." ~ Jean Webster

     Saturday was a glorious day.  My #3 son was married to his sweetheart.  With the help of some friends who rescued me with sewing the binding, I was able to finish this quilt in the nick of time to give to the happy couple.  This quilt was made with #2 Cake Recipe from Moda.  I used the left over strips to make the skinny border.



     As the parents of the groom we were in charge of the luncheon.  There would be quite some time between the ceremony and the luncheon so I made these snack bags to tide people over until we could make it to the luncheon.  They included trail mix, caramel popcorn and apple juice.  We used a fall theme for both the shower and the luncheon.

Treats for the table.
This is the book that I just finished last night.  It's an oldie but a goodie!  Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster.  I enjoyed the simple illustrations in this version.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

What Will You Contribute?

"Never give up, for that is the place and time that the tide will turn." ~Harriet Beecher Stowe
These pictures are from the quilt show at the Springville Museum of Art that was held in August and September.  The quilt show there never disappoints.  I love going there each year!





     I live the fall because that is the time when we all want to have a nice bowl of soup.  I put soup on the menu this time of year at least once a week.  Here is one I tried recently that turned out pretty well.

White Bean and Ham Tortellini Soup

2 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. olive oil
½ large onion, chopped
2 carrots, thinly sliced
3 stalks celery, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
6 cups chicken broth
1-2 cups cooked ham, diced
1 (15 oz.) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
2 bay leaves
1 tsp. dried parsley
½ tsp. oregano
½ tsp. dried thyme
¼ tsp. cumin
¼ tsp. smoked paprika
¼ tsp. pepper
2-4 cups uncooked cheese tortellini

Melt butter in olive oil in large soup pot over medium heat.  Add onions and saute for 2 minutes.  Add carrots and celery and cook, while stirring, for 3 minutes.  Add garlic and saute for 30 seconds.
Turn heat to low and gradually stir in the chicken broth.  Stir in ham, beans, Dijon mustard, bay leaves, and all seasonings.
Bring to a boil; cover reduce to a gentle simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
Add tortellini and boil for 1-2 minutes or until cooked al dente.
Serve soup garnished with parmesan cheese if desired.  Makes 6-8 servings.
     Here's another Josi Kilpack book.  This time it's about the author Harriet Beecher Stowe who wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin.  Even though it's historical fiction, I love learning about the lives of people who came before us who contributed to the world.