Thursday, July 29, 2010

Reuben Slaw

I really enjoyed this recipe too.  I wish I'd taken photos.  This one was so fun to make with the little grilled Swiss cheese croutons.  The recipe book is called Company's Coming Meal Salads by Jean Pare.  Excellent book

Swiss Croutons:
1 tbsp butter of margarine
6 rye bread slices
3 Swiss cheese slices

Deli Slaw:
1 cup grated or julienned carrot
1 cupt grated unpeeled tart apple such as Granny Smith
1 cup shredded red cabbage, lightly packed
1 cup wine saueerkraut, drained
1/3 cup Thousand Island dressing

113 g (4 oz.) shaved pastrami or smoked meat, cut into thin strips
1/4 cup chopped dill pickles

Spread butter over each bread slice.  Arrange 3 bread slices, butt-erside down, in large frying pan on medium.  Place 1 cheese slice on each.  Top with remaining bread slices, butter-side up.  Cook for about 3 minutes per side until bread is golden and cheese is melted.  Transfer to cutting board.  Let stand for 5 minutes.  Cut into 1 inch pieces.

Combine first 5 deli slaw ingredients in large bowl.  Makes 4 cups.  Transfer to 4 serving plates.

Top each plate with pastrami, pickes and Swiss Croutons.

Perogy Salad

Deb gave me a fabulous cookbook for my birthday.  I've already made 2 recipes from it.  Here's my favourite so far.

8 cups water
2 lb bag of frozen bite-sized potato and Cheddar cheese perogies
1 cup baby spinach, lightly packed
c1 cup chopped English cucumber
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup wine sauerkraut, drained and finely chopped
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion
1-1/2 tsp chopped fresh dill ( or 1/4 tsp dried dill)
4 bacon slices, cooked crisp and crumbled
pepper to taste

Pour water into Dutch oven.  Bring to a boil.  Add perogies.  Boil, uncovered for about 5 minutes until tender.  Drain.  Rinse with cold water.  Drain well.

Combine remaining 8 ingredients in large bowl.  Add perogies.  Toss.  Makes about 7 cups.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A UFO Finish

Last spring I set myself a goal to complete every UFO (unfinished object) and WIP (work in progress) that was cluttering up my closets and piled up in bags and totes all over the apartment.  It has been a pretty huge challenge but as of today . . .

TA DA!!!!

. . . another finish.  I started this cross stitch several years ago and finished it up today at Ladies Day Out.

Only 2 projects left to finish . . . 

And then, of course, I will start something new . . . but from now on only one project at a time.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

My 50th Birthday Picnic . . .

I was so thrilled at how many of my friends and family made it to my picnic.  The company was witty, the food was delicious, the presents were oh so thoughtful . . . and I had an amazing time.  Thanks everyone for making my day so special.

My gorgeous birthday cakes were made by Melissa Lale.  
You should give her a call if you need a special cake.

I couldn't resist a quick taste . . . you all know how much I love cake.

A hot, humid I AM CANADIAN birthday party.

Happy birthday John!!!!!
Catching a breeze.
The Queen
Let's play hockey!


What to do on a horribly hot, humid day?

One of the reasons for so many blog posts today is that I am so far behind.  I haven't been feeling well, dealing with dizziness that is driving me crazy.  Apparently it will rectify itself . . . soon I hope.

We had the boys over for a sleepover Thursday night.  We had a movie night with pop corn, of course.  Friday morning was spent sketching at the Art Centre.  And then the boys cooked lunch.  It was delicious.

We had a great time painting . . .

. . . and then a movie and snacks.

This photo was taken just before 9 pm Friday night.

Cameron still loves soccer

Aiden, Amara and Great-Grammy Joyce have an adventure!

Pizza Hut for Lunch.

Shopping at Kangaroo Kid Toy Shop

Bingo at Zellers

Spaghetti Carbonara Menu

Tomato and Feta Cheese Salad
Spaghetti Carbonara

Tomato and Feta Cheese Salad

2 tomatoes, sliced
50 g feta cheese, crumbled
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
6 black olives
2 tsp dried oregano
ground pepper to taste

Cut the tomatoes crosswise into slices approx. 5 mm thick and arrange them in a shallow dish.

Crumble the feta cheese over the tomatoes.  Drizzle with oil.  Add the olives and sprinkle with oregano.  Season with freshly ground pepper.  It is not necessary to add any salt, since the feta cheese is already rather salty. 

Serve at room temperature.  Serves 2.

Hal & I both LOVED this salad.

Spaghetti Carbonara

160 g spaghetti
1 large egg
3 slices bacon or pancetta, chopped
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated
salt and pepper to taste

Start cooking the pasta according to package directions.

Put the chopped bacon in a nonstick pan and fry until the bacon is crisp.  Set the bacon aside on a paper towel to absorb the excess fat.

Stir the egg in a serving bowl, add salt and pepper, then beat 1 minute with a fork.  set the bowl aside in the oven at a minimum temperature in order to keep it warm.

Pour drained spaghetti into the serving bowl.  Mix rapidly in order to cook the egg and coat the spaghetti at the same time.  Add the bacon, butter and grated cheese.

Serves 2.

I loved this dish.  Hal wasn't crazy about it.  I guess its all a matter of taste.

Sloppy Joe Menu

I had to borrow this photo from because I forgot to take a photo.

Lettuce and Tomato Salad
Sloppy Joe
Fresh Strawberries

Sloppy Joe

1/2 onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp canola oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
260 g ground beef, lean
ground pepper to taste
2 tbsp tomato paste
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 tsp brown sugar
2 tbsp water
4 drops Tabasco sauce (optional)
2 hamburger buns

Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat.  Add the onion then cook until it is translucent, about 3 minutes with occasional stirring, paying attention not to let it burn.  Add salt, then reduce the heat, cover and cook until the onion is soft, about 5 minutes.  Add the garlic and cayenne pepper then cook with stirring until fragrant, 1 minute.

Add the beef then cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until it loses its pink colour, about 5 minutes.  It is important not to overcook the meat at this point, otherwise it will end up dry and crumbly.

Season with ground pepper to taste, then add the tomato paste, ketchup, brown sugar and water.  A few drops of Tabasco sauce may be added for extra spiciness.  Cover, then simmer 10 minutes

Spoon the meat mixture onto hamburger buns, then serve.

Makes 2 servings.


Caesar Salad with Shrimp Menu

Barley and Lentil Soup
Caesar Salad with Shrimp
Gilled Peaches with Cinnamon Cream

I did not follow the Caesar Salad with Shrimp recipe from because I still had half the container of Caesar salad mix I bought at Walmart to use up.  So I just sauted some shrimp and added them to the salad mix.   The Barley and Lentil Soup came from my freezer.  The corn on the cob was steamed in my rice/veggie steamer (my favourite kitchen appliance).  But the Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon Cream . . . .

Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon Cream

2 peaches or nectarines
1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp honey
1/2 tbsp canola oil
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup whipping cream 35%

Cut the peaches in half and remove the pits.  If the pit does not pull out easily, use a small sharp knife to cut around it.

In a medium bowl, combine the vinegar, honey, oil and half of the ground cinnamon.  Dip each peach half into the mixture and transfer it, cut-side down, to a medium ot grill.  Cook until the cut side is golden and juicy, about 3-4 minutes.  turn the peaches and cook them an additional 3 minutes or so until the skin side is soft.  The exact cooking time will vary with the size and ripeness of the peaches.

Meanwhile, whip the cream until soft peaks form.  Transfer the peaches to individual serving plates.  Portion out the cream on top of the peaches.  Drizzle any remaining vinegar-honey mixture over each peach, dust with the remaining ground cinnamon, and serve.

Serves 2


Free All Day Crop, A visit from a Princess, and I got my Scrappin' Mojo back

The "Ladies' Day Out" ladies planned an All Day Crop for July 13th.  There was lots of fun events included in the day.  The day began at 9 am and shortly after that we received a visit from Robin Masse Millson in her adventure for the week . . . The Princess and the Frog.

We had Chinese Food for lunch . . . yummy . . . and a pot luck meal including turkey and ham for supper.  So full!!!!

We had a crop circle (page kit swap) in the afternoon and each layout was more gorgeous than the next.  I was thrilled with the kits I received.  Here's the layout kit I did.

And we had a "swarm" which I'm not sure what it is, but if you have one you can enter a contest through Cricut . . . we all dressed in red and white and had our photo taken as our entry.

Charlotte and Deb organized this event.  Deb and Cindy couldn't be in the group photo since they both work for Provo Craft.

I wasn't scrapbooking much at all for a while, and then the past month or two I've started up again, but only a few layouts were actually making me happy.  I apparently have my mojo back because I am loving the layouts I did at this crop.

I hope we do this again soon.

At the Art Centre in Leamington ON 2008

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Baby Rattle Paper Piecing

See my Ebay listing.

Handmade paper piecings, perfect for your layouts. Made with acid-free products. Please specify what colour you would like.

"Birthday Girl" Title Paper Piecing

See my Ebay listing.

Handmade paper piecings, perfect for your layouts. Made with acid-free products. Please specify what colour you would like.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

"Baby" Paper Piecing

Handmade paper piecings, perfect for your layouts. Made with acid-free products. Please specify what colour you would like.

Bib Paper Piecing

Handmade paper piecings, perfect for your baby layouts. Made with acid-free products. Specify colour preference when ordering.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Baby Bottle Paper Piecings

See this listing on Ebay.

Handmade paper piecings, perfect for your baby layouts. Made with acid-free products. Specify colour preference when ordering.