“This minestrone recipe can be loosely interpreted. The beauty is you can use what you have in the fridge and pantry! It’s a great, hearty soup for this time of year, especially,” Shari Kimmey.
Quilters’ Advice: Be Patient, Embrace imPerfection, Start Simple
Part One in a Series: Experienced Quilt Makers Offer Must-haves, How-Tos and What-nots. Read on for time-saving tips and a quilt top you can complete in one sitting.
Patience & imPerfection & Jelly Roll Gladness! Oh MY!
Ok, I’ve gotta say it: if someone tells you, “Oh it’s simple, easy-peezy, nothin’ to it,” and they’re referencing starting a blog or embarking on the obsession of quilting, you’ve a right to question everything that person says forever and always.
Yet, if this person has a glint in his or her eye, it’s likely he/she so loves what they’re talking about and their goal is to encourage you to soulfully join in their mania. The person knows when creative energy begin flows, rewards are great and outweigh learning curve challenges. And they want to share that with you. [Read more…]
Potato-Horseradish Crusted Mahi Mahi
“I like this Mahi Mahi recipe because it is so easy, but seems like it took some effort. And it has a lot of flavor,” notes longtime quilter and self-proclaimed foodie Kathy Collins. Regarding her maker’s journey: the humble Okie by way of Iowa, Missouri, Texas and Illinois, is quick to point out, “I’ve been quilting for years, but I’m always learning new stuff.” [Read more…]
Healing Bone Broth
It’s no myth, chicken broth really is good for the soul, also, the body. Sheri Haughton, mom of high schooler Jacob and middle schooler Gabriel, has the most beautiful, glowing, WRINKLE-FREE, flawless skin. Could this concoction be Sheri’s fountain of youth? Give it a try and let us know. Thanks Sheri for this recipe!
“One of my favorite ways to increase collagen consumption is by making a bone broth …” Dr. Josh Axe, certified doctor of natural medicine and clinical nutritionist with a passion to help people get healthy by using food as medicine.
According to Dr. Axe, collagen is good for the health of our skin, hair, gut, nails, teeth and assists in detoxing, boosting metabolism and energy, as well as reduction of cellulite and stretch marks.
When Life Gives You Lemon Loaves
Part Pound Cake. Part Super Lemony Pucker-Up-Melt-in-Your Mouth Goodness. This is a slight adaptation of Kathe Collins’ Famous Lemon Loaf Holiday Cakes (“… her claim to fame,” as those close would surely say).
- 2 Pillsbury Supreme White Cake Mixes *
- 1 4.6 oz Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix Jello Brand preferred
- 1 C Canola Oil
- 1 1/3 C Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
- 2/3 C Water
- 8 lg Eggs
- 2/3 C Powdered Sugar or less to taste.
- 1/2 C Fresh Lemon Juice
- Preheat Oven to 375 degrees. Grease 4 standard sized loaf pans.
- Beat together cake and pudding mixes with oil, juice and water. Add eggs one at a time.
- Bake 45-50 minutes until toothpick tests done. In the meantime, make glaze by dissolving the powdered sugar into the lemon juice over a low burner. Set aside.
- When loaves are finished baking while still warm and in the pans, poke tops with a fork (or toothpicks) and brush liberally with glaze.
- Remove from pans and cool completely. Enjoy!
- * The mix that has 1 C pudding contained within.
Winner! Winner! Roasted Chicken & Potatoes Dinner!
Great anytime of year, but especially nice as a fall or winter supper along with a nice salad and good company.
- 10-12 Chicken Drumsticks Bone in, Skin on
- 1.5 lbs. Fingerling Potatoes Cut in Half lengthwise
- 1 Lg Sweet Onion Cut in big chunks
- 2 + Handfuls Grape Tomatoes or Cherry Tomatoes
- 2-3 tbsp Capers or 1/2 C. Kalamata Olives
- 2 tbsp Fennel Seed * Pulse in food processor with the red pepper
- 1 tsp Crushed Red pepper * Pulsed with Fennel
- 1 tsp Pink Sea Salt or Kosher (to taste)
- 2-3 Palmfuls Herbs de Provence
- 2-3 tbls Dried Parsley
- Preheat Oven to 450 degrees. Toss potatoes, onions and mushrooms with 2 tbls oil, half the capers (or olives) and half the spice mixture in a large bowl. Salt to your taste.
- Place chicken in a rimmed, foil-lined baking sheet prepped with non-stick spray. Rub chicken with remaining two tbls oil; season with salt, fresh cracked pepper (optional to taste) and rub with remaining spice mixture (add more Herbs de Provence or Parsley if inclined).
- Arrange potatoes and veggies mixture around chicken. Put remaining capers (or olives) on top of chicken and veggies.
- Roast all together until potatoes are fork tender and chicken cooked through with crispy skin, about 45 minutes (check at 35 minutes).
- Tip: Turn legs once during roasting stage and move veggies around for even browning.
- Top with more red pepper and fresh parsley (optional) prior to serving. Pan juices are amazing, drizzle over each serving.
A recipe adapted from Bon Appetit (October, 2014), Roast Chicken w/ Potatoes & Olives.
A Better Chocolate Chip Cookie
“… I always had these on hand when Eric and Andrew were in high school and multitudes of their buddies came through our doors,” explained Diane DePinto of her healthful rework of the cookie classic. [Read more…]
Easy A.M. Egg Strata
“At first I thought Janelle said we were having Erik Estrada for breakfast . . . this was so much better.” – Dale (my hubby)
Sara’s Split Pea Soup
Prep. Forget. You’re set.
Makers on a mission adore the simplicity, and even more so, the flavor of this hearty soup. “This recipe tastes even better after refrigerated and reheated the next day,” writes Vicki Bruno.
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- 1 Bag Dried Split Peas
- 1 Ham Bone *
- 3/4 - 1 lb Raw Carrots cubed
- 1 Onion diced
- 2 Bay Leaves
- 8 C Chicken Broth (or water)
- Put everything together in the crock pot on low for 6 hours or longer. Season with white pepper if you'd like. Enjoy!
- Once all of the peas fall apart, remove the ham bone and stir in any bits of ham from it back into the soup.
- Season with white pepper if you'd like. Wonderful meal served with crusty bread and a salad.
The Quiltmaker’s Gift: Just what is it?
Maker’s Tale Encourages Creativity and Giving
UPDATE 11.03.15: Subscriber awarded free copy of this title in First Ever Sew God Children’s Literature Drawing!
Congrats to Jerry Janet Cook of Hazelwood, MO! Enjoy!
The story. The illustration. STORY. ILLUSTRATION. Those who’ve read The Quiltmaker’s Gift (TQG) written by Jeff Brumbeau and illustrated by Gail de Marken understand this pondering:
“Is it the story or the illustration that creates such a beautiful, insightful experience?”
In real life, imagery and creativity is supposed to come wrapped around our stories. And, without our words, pictures and illustrations don’t always tell our tale. No matter what we attempt to convey on our personal social media.
In the midst of our to-dos, events, obligations, deadlines, schedules, bills, laundry, sad times and joy-filled times our creativity with it’s lovely rippling effects gets lost. Without our nurturing our creative souls with its precious byproducts mingled in, we miss life as intended.