Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sausage Potato Spinach Soup

This is another good one a hearty spicy sausage potato spinach soup. It's also a good crock pot soup. Serve with crusty bread such as french.

1 lb hot Italian sausage cut into bite size
1 1/2 teaspoon pepper flakes
1 large onion chopped fine
2 teaspoons chopped garlic fine
10 cups of water
5 bullion cubes
1 cup heavy whipping cream
3 potatoes chopped into bit size
2 cups frozen spinach, or a bunch of fresh kale
1 small bag frozen Lima beans
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon butter
3 strips of cooked bacon

In frying pan melt butter, adding chopped onions, and  garlic until translucent. Place the rest of the ingredients in crock pot except for the cream, and bacon.
Cook on high for 6 hours. Add the cream at this time or it will curdle if added too soon. Cook for last 15  minutes on low. Add bacon lastly it gives the soup a little bit of smoky taste.
Enjoy : )

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Cherry Blossom Quilt

I am really having a wonderful time creating applique quilts, to me it's like painting with material.
My kids love any thing to do with cherry blossoms. This is what I came up with.

Hello Kitty Patch

My granddaughters are big Hello Kitty fans, I was looking for a large material patch which could be sown on to their quilts, but all I could find were the very small ones.
So here is my fix for that. My patch is 13 x 19 inches large. My granddaughter just love their quilts.

White cotton fabric
Black crayon
Black floss embroidery thread
Black, red, and pink felt squares
Quilt low loft batting
White paper
 I first drew Hello Kitty onto my material with a crayola

Cut out bow shape out of red felt, eyes out of black felt, and nose out of pink felt by using white paper to make a pattern. Pin pattern on top of felt, and cut.

Do blanket stitch around bow to attach, as seen in photo, repeat procedure on eyes, and nose.

Do blanket stitch around outline of Hello Kitty face.

Cut Quilt batting to be placed between blanket, and patch.

Pin into place and attach to quilt by turning material under at the hand basted blanket stitching around patch.

Happy Quilting :)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Chicken Brian

This is my version of Chicken Brian, I am not a big fan of goat cheese because of the game after taste.I also prefer the sweet wines like Muscato. Let me know what you think.

4 chicken breasts thin out
olive oil
squeeze fresh lime or lemon
Montreal steak seasoning

1 cup Muscato wine
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons minced green onion
1/4 cup fresh lemon
1 cup diced butter (cold)
2 tablespoons of cream or evaporated milk

2 tablespoons chopped sun dried tomatoes,
Feta cheese for garnish, can also use goat cheese

To prepare sauce place 1/2 cup of butter in sauce pan with green onions fry til translucent, add 1 cup of wine  let cook until it reduces about 25 percent then add minced garlic, 1/4 lemon juice, and cream. Remove from stove and add the other 1/2 cup of cold butter the sauce should thicken slightly.

Place chicken breasts on grill after squeezing lemon juice, salt and  Montreal. Grill for 30 minutes.

 chop sun dried tomatoes for the top of meat.
when meat is cooked tablespoon some sauce over it garnishing with sun ripe chopped tomatoes, and  mozzarella cheese