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.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Family Circle

“Our family is a circle of love and strength. With every birth and every union, the circle grows. Every joy shared adds more love. Every obstacle faced together makes the circle stronger.” ~ Author Unknown

   This has been one busy July.  We've had a family reunion and a wedding.  Not to mention a couple of birthdays. Here are a few pictures from the family reunion and the festivities that went on there.



     This is the quilt that I made for my son and his new wife.  I let them choose the fabric for the double wedding ring quilt.  It's actually made using the quick curve ruler and I used the metro rings pattern.

Next comes two family recipes that were enjoyed by all at the reunion.

Mexican Delight
from Aunt Ruth

1 lb. ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
3 cups water
3 Tbsp. sugar
¼ tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt
 1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. cumin
1 cup cooked rice

Brown ground beef with onions and cook until tender.  Add all other ingredients including cooked rice and simmer until thickened; about 20 minutes. 

To make taco salad, layer tortilla chips on bottom of shallow bowl or plate.  Cover with the Mexican delight meat sauce.  Top with chopped lettuce, grated cheese, diced tomatoes, diced avocado and ranch dressing.

Relief Society Punch
from Grandma
20 cups water
2 cups sugar
1 (12 oz.) can frozen orange juice concentrate
1 (12 oz.) can frozen lemonade
2 Tbsp. vanilla or almond extract
2 quarts 7-Up

Heat 2 cups water to boiling.  Add sugar to dissolve.  Add remaining ingredients adding 7-Up just before serving.

Cankered Roots - New Edition (Alex & Briggie Mysteries Book 1)

This book is a different take on a mystery.  It's a genealogical mystery by G. G. Vandagriff.  This is the first book in the series.