Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Never!! It may be 95 degrees outside but yesterday, I had a hankering for some chili.
One small bag of pinto beans (fresh is best but Goyo brand is very good)
1-2 lbs ground beef (I use organic from Costco)
3-4 garlic cloves
2-3 chopped onions (I used 5-6 onions from a neighbor's garden, they were small)
1-3 TBLS red chili, preferably from Hatch, NM
1 large can of tomato sauce
1 large can of chopped tomatoes
Salt to taste.
One day before meal or early in the morning, wash and inspect beans. Put in large pot and cover with water. Swish your hand in the beans to rinse any mud off of beans. Drain & rinse beans in colander. Put in pot with clean water. Let sit for a couple of hours. Drain & rinse again. Put beans in fresh pot of water and let sit all day or overnight. Next, morning, drain & rinse again (unless you like to fart a lot) and fill pot with fresh water and beans. Slow cook for an hour.
Saute onions, garlic and beef in skillet. Drain off some of the fat if too much. Add tomato sauce, tomatoes and 1-3 TBLS red chili.
Simmer for about 20 minutes. Add to pot of beans and simmer on low for another hour or so. Best if served the next day, but too good to wait.
Serve with fresh chopped onions, grated cheddar cheese, cilantro, chopped jalapeno, and saltine crackers.
Don't forget the beer!
Monday, April 30, 2012
Just got back from Virginia. I was there three weeks and had the privilege of witnessing the birth of my granddaughter, Sarah Rachel…what an experience! Virginia is a beautiful state. I did not get to see a lot of it because more important matters were at hand…New Beginnings…A new life brought into this world.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
This is only part of the equipment he brought. Most of it did the trick and he only had to buy some extra little things. I now have wi-fi in the studio and cable for a TV if I so desire. He is a saint!
Marsha did her magic at Bussey's Flea Market today. http://wwwbusseysfm.com
Of course, I had to make a famous dinner. I am not bragging! They told me this...anyway, I made fish tacos but a bit differently. The fish came from Costco. There was a taste testing last week when I shopped and I knew it would be for tacos. It is called Tortilla Crusted Tilapia. It is "white fish; flaky fillets with tortilla, chipolte & lime crust." Freshly made flour tortillas were a hit (Costco). Now, you tell me, does this look good or what?
Friday, March 2, 2012
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
OK, the piecing is finished. All the blocks finished.
I placed the blocks 5 across and 6 down. The placement is not set in stone. The fun begins now when I move and stand back and see where one block will look better in the place of another.
Since these are "busy" quilts...a lot of color and movement...I want to separate each block with sashing.
I will try red, black and possibly green and white. I will put different colors up until I like one.
Right now, there is a give-a-way! The first person that finds my mistake will get a Christmas fat quarter (18"x22").
Good Luck! Until next time, make a pot of soup. Cooler days ahead!
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Yes, you can make a Christmas quilt in time for someone very special on your list.
This is such an easy pattern that most beginner quilters or sewers will find it manageable.
Next, make sure you can sew a ¼” seam. I cannot tell you how important this is when making a quilt top. Some machines have a quarter inch foot where you just butt the fabric next to the foot and you automatically achieve a 1/4” seam. Alas, not all machines are equal. For instance, my Bernina has a “fat” quarter inch. That means it is about 1-2 stitches wider than ¼” so all my seams would be too big. My Featherweight as shown in these pictures has a quarter inch foot and sews an accurate seam. So, you need to find out where your quarter inch seam is on your machine. Here is how you can make sure your machine is sewing an accurate seam.
Using the center seams as the reference point, measure out 2” from the center seam for each cut.
This may seem tedious to you, but after you have made a few, it will go very quickly. I tried to show each step. Once you get going, the top comes together quickly. I plan on 35 blocks. I will post the next step of putting the blocks together as a top. There are several ways of doing this. Since the blocks are all different, I may sash between each row with a solid color of red or green. Look at the example of sashing in this Jinny Beyer quilt. http://rjrfabrics.com/_media/patterns/pdf/Pinwheel_Sunrise.pdf
If you have any questions or suggestions (or find an error) please do not hesitate to comment.
Until next time, play with your fabric! You have my permission to touch it and cuddle it as much as you want.