Friday, August 20, 2010

Crazy Quilting,Watertown Farmers Market & A Crock Pot Sausage Medley,Zucchini Bread,Soft Shell Crabs AND A Special Buy at Joanns

Hi Friends !

Just wanted to share what I've been up to lately.
I have been working on some Crazy Quilted Blocks for the  Eastern States Fair in September.
I didn't want to drive myself ummm ... well crazy so decided to relax and just create.
I have always wanted to enter items in a state fair so my kids would be proud to see their Mom's stuff there.
Once ~ a Quilt I made ended up being judged quite by accident.
It's a wonderful story I will share sometime soon.
I think the first block will be a pouch.....

....... and this one a pillow but I never quite know until I finish the block!
Much of the hand dyed silk ribbon I used is from Pat Winter ~ visit her artfire shop for some of your very own ~

Pat Winter's ArtFire Shop

To the left you see a bit of dyed trim from Pam Kellogg.
You must take a look at her beautiful creations ~ just click her name below!

Frank and I along with our baby boy our dog Teddi paid a visit to the Watertown Farmers Market the other day.

The flavored Olive Oil from "My Whimsical Kitchen" are so yummy and just $5.00 a bottle!

Pared with a fresh Italian Bread ~ YUMMMMMM!

Many of the Markets  this year are featuring live local music and artists of all kinds.
These little critters were looking Right at me until I pointed the camera at them ~
then... just as if they were on cue .... they turned their faces!

Since Jake passed away ~ we have been bringing Teddi with us more often.
He loves being with his Daddy!
Here Frank is trying to tell him he can't go near the farm animals at the market ~
sooo over protective.....Teddi and I just rolled our eyes ;)

When we got home I made this Yummy dish ~
Everything was purchased at the Market except for the sausage and tomatoes ~ they came from my garden.
 Farmers Market Crock Pot Medley

1 package Smart Chicken Hot Italian Sausage  (trust me this stuff is AWESOME!!!)
2 Onions diced, 3 peppers sliced (I used the Hungarian kind ~ light green and long in shape)
a large zucchini (about 2 cups or more sliced thick), 6 tomatoes cubed, 2 cups chicken broth, 4 potatoes diced

Brown sausage,onion and pepper in a bit of oil until nicely browned.
Place in crock pot on high setting ~ cook 4 hours.
Cover all of above with the rest of the ingredients except the zucchini.
Add pepper to taste.
The last hour ~ add zucchini.
Serve over Wide Egg Noodles. I used the homemade ones from Amish Country.

This has a fresh wholesome taste with a bit of a hot bite. Use your own favorite spices to change up the flavor
and serve with a fresh from the garden salad.

My son brought over a VERY LARGE zucchini ~ knowing his Mama would not waste anytime
making some Chocolate Zucchini Bread!
Franky has a wonderful veggie garden and brings over all his bounty !
This recipe was so moist ~ especially the next day!

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

3 cups flour, 1 teas. salt, 1 teas. baking soda, 1 tsp. baking powder, 4 teas. cinnamon, 3 eggs
1 cup oil (I used BAKING olive oil), 2 1/4 cup sugar, 3 teas. vanilla extract, 3 cups grated zucchini, 1 cup choc.chips

1.Grease and flour baking pans. Preheat oven to 325'
2. Sift dry ingredients together.
3. Beat eggs,oil,vanilla and sugar in large bowl. Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture and mix well.Stir in zucchini and chocolate chips.
4. Bake about 60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
note ~ use the smaller sized chocolate chips ...the large ones will sit at the bottom of the pan because the batter is very thin.
By the way ~ my 1960's Tupperware Grater is one of my favorite kitchen tools.
I like grating by hand verses a food processor.
My mind never fails to wander to days gone by when I am using this grater!

Very random I know ~ but if you get your hands on some Maryland Soft Shell Crabs......

Here's the only way I will ever cook them ~ 

Rinse your crabs in cold water and place in a frying pan where
 butter is sauteing at medium high heat (no,no,no breading or coating crabs in flour)
Coat with Old Bay Seasoning as they cook  ~ about 5 minutes then turn and coat the other side with Old Bay.
Another 5 minutes and they should be done.
I always pull a leg off and test it to be sure the meat is white.
Marylanders like to eat it between saltine crackers but we eat our right on the dish as is.

In the Garden ~ the  Dahlias are still blazing....

..... placed in one of my favorite Hobnail glass vases you only need one or two to make a statement.

READY , SET ........ RUN

to your local Joann's Fabric for these awesome planters.
They are approx. 8 inches tall and heavy (not plastic!) for the amazing clearance price of $2.98 each!!!
They were hiding in the floral section.

On Sunday It will be our 28th Wedding Anniversary.

I thought it was our 27th but did the math and WOW!
It hasn't always been an easy road but we both plan on a strong finish......
and Pray often for the Lord to fill in all the blanks.

Have a WONDERFUL week-end ~ Feel as SPECIAL as you are!

Love One Another and you'll be Happy.
It's as Simple and as Difficult as that.
M. Leunig


Maureen said...

What a wonderful post! Love the CQ square.

FredaB said...

Terry your cq work is just lovely. Also your recipes sound great. I will have to get some chicken sausage and give it a try. Especially with all the fresh veggies right now.

Congratulations on your anniversery. They do sort of sneak up on you. Keep going and you will make it. We just had our 51st Aug. 15th.


Freda B

Pat Winter said...

I'm sorry I missed wishing you a Happy Anniversary Sweet Pea. It has been hectic around here as you may know and sometimes I just don't hop around blogland as much as I'd like. I hope it was wonderful. What a fun trip to RI!!!!!
Hugs,Hershey choc, and big smiles,

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