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.....
Pat Winter's ArtFire Shop
Frank and I along with
The flavored Olive Oil from "My Whimsical Kitchen" are so yummy and just $5.00 a bottle!
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.
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.
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.