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, September 17, 2017

Room on the Table

"We read to know that we are not alone." ~ C.S. Lewis




     Since I have a new sewing room downstairs, I no longer need to spread out my sewing projects on the kitchen table   It was time to make a table runner for the kitchen.  My kitchen is blue and white so this is the quick and easy runner that I came up with.  It was fun to use up some of my small scraps!








     My brother's garden is in full swing.  It has been so nice to go and get all the tomatoes, squash and cucumbers that I want and he's so good to share with me.  I have been eating at least one tomato sandwich each day.  I am also including a delish recipe that my friend, Alexis gave me for fresh salsa.



 





Salsa
1 (28oz.) can tomatoes with juice
2 (10 oz.) cans Rotel (diced tomatoes and green chilies)
¼ cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 whole jalapeno, quartered and sliced thin
¼ tsp. sugar
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. ground cumin
½ cup cilantro (or more to taste)
the juice of half a lime

Note: This is a very large batch. Recommend using a 12 cup food processor, or you can process the ingredients in batches and then mix everything together in a large bowl.
Combine tomatoes, Rotel, onion, jalapeno, garlic, sugar, salt, cumin, lime juice and cilantro in a blender or food processor.  Pulse until you get the salsa to the consistency you’d like—I do about 10 to 15 pulses.  Test seasonings with a tortilla chip and adjust as needed.
Refrigerate salsa for at least an hour.  Serve with tortilla chips or cheese nachos.


My Fair Gentleman (Proper Romance) by [Allen, Nancy Campbell]


I enjoyed reading this Proper Romance book by Nancy Campbell Allen. 




    

Sunday, August 27, 2017

What will Your Legacy Be?

"Grandmother's quilt hangs in my sewing room to inspire me-to connect me.  Tradition is not only what comes to us from before, created in the past.  It is also what we newly create to become the inheritance of future generations, who will talk about us in their turn.  We come from an unseen past and move on to an unknown future--from love into hope."~ Aliske Webb


     My friend, Patti, and I had the chance to go to the "Quilt Show in the Barn" held in an elite neighborhood in Holladay, Utah.  A shuttle bus carried us from the parking area to the old 1890's barn. The cost was $5 to get in and most of it goes to charity.  I loved the 3 story barn along with the other buildings and the animals.  But most of all I loved the quilts on display.






























 
View of Mt. Olympus from 3rd level of the barn.



















































     Before we got to the quilt show we went to breakfast at Penny Ann's CafĂ© in Taylorsville.  They are famous in Utah for their Breakfast and their "Heavenly Hot Cakes".





Classic American Pancakes
Ingredients
1½ cups Pancake Mix
3½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1½ Tbsp sugar
1¼ cups milk
1 egg
3 Tbsp butter, melted

Directions
1. In a large bowl, combine pancake mix, baking powder, salt and sugar.
2. Then pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.
3. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat.
4. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake.
5. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

Suggested Toppings
-Candied Pecans
-Caramel sauce
-Whipped Cream
-Strawberry Topping
-Sliced Bananas
 
 
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     I bought this book at the quilt show in the boutique section for $1.  What a find!  I started reading it and I already love it.  It's about a Grama who teaches her granddaughters how to quilt and gives them lessons about life and how to be successful at the same time.