Friday, September 4, 2015

Everything But the Sink Stew



Fall is in the air and nothing sounds better than a hot bowl of stew on a chilly evening. I hope you enjoy one of my family's favorites!

1/2 Onion, chopped
1 can of Rotel tomatoes or tomatoes with jalapenos
1/2 medium can of V-8 juice
2 - 15 oz. can of pinto beans with jalapenos
1 - 15 oz. can of whole kernel corn
1 package Lipton beefy onion soup mix
1 cup of chopped celery
1 large zucchini squash, chopped
1 package small smokey link sausages
1 - 15 oz. can lima beans
1 - 15 oz. can black olives, sliced
Monterey Jack cheese, cubed

Do not drain the vegetables. Combine all ingredients with liquids in a large pot and simmer for an hour or so, until all the flavors blend. Correct seasonings (salt and pepper) if needed. (I find it tends to be a little on the salty side.) If too thick, add more water. Place cubed cheese in bottom of bowls and add hot soup over it.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

A reader's look at Not by Sight

Grace in Not By Sight by Kate Breslin, has decided to change the world with a feather. But not just any feather, a white one intended to symbolize those who are cowards. Grace is a young lady during War World 1 who wants to help the war cause but finds her choices limited because of her gender. So she sets out with feathers to shame those who conscientiously eject to the war.

Once arriving at a ball to hand out such feathers, Grace sets her sights on a London playboy who she feels is fully capable of fighting in the war. What she doesn't realize is that Jack Benningham is fighting. Just behind the scenes. See Jack is a spy for the British Intelligence. And it is this path that will lead Jack to great injury and pain and make Grace question her preconceived notions.

Not by Sight reminds us not to judge too quickly and, harshly the actions of others. Because what Grace sees as traitorous others would see as Godly.






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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Cross-stitching through time

I love cross-stitching baby blankets, lap quilts, decorative quilts. I know what you're saying--it's cheating to work on stamped projects. But in case you're wondering, I know how to do the counted cross-stitch, too. I save those projects for different things.

The primary reason I like stamped quilts is because I don't know how to quilt. I've bought counted cross-stitch quilt tops before, even squares intended to piece together for quilting. They're all dry-rotting in my hobby closet.

I like mindless activities, and this is definitely mindless. I have to be careful not to poke the thread through to the other side and not to misread the key and stitch row after row in the wrong color. Which I did with this. In the picture below, you'll see this cute little elephant is supposed to have a yellow tie. In my version (advanced since I took the above picture), it's white.



Oh, well. No one will know the difference.

I started my first baby blanket almost thirty years ago, when my best friend was pregnant with her first. Managed to finish it by the time her second turned six months. But I intend to finish this one in time--the newest baby Yezak is due in January, and I want to have this keepsake ready and waiting for him.

A new baby!!!! I can't wait!