Thursday, December 31, 2015

Fabric organization

There comes a point in every craft-supply-collector's life when she needs a new organizational system. I've been sewing lately and have acquired quite a bit of fabric. Plastic bags in my closet has stopped being an effective storage method, so... thanks to Pinterest, I am filing all the pieces!

I bought clear file boxes, took hanging file folders, cut them in half, folded and draped the fabric over the file! It's so puuurrrrty.

I discovered fabric I forgot I had! I took all the small scraps and am saving them in a glass jar for the day when I learn how to do paper piecing.

Photo is box #1. I need more file ders befire I can finish!

Celery tomato soup

I've been sick for 2 weeks and it's COLD here in my little house in the big oark! Here's a soup recipe that I keep making!

1 large can crushed tomatoes
1 large can diced tomatoes
1 onion, chopped
1 bunch celery, chopped
Salt, pepper, garlic powder, red pepper flakes
Optional: veggie broth. Water works just fine

Put it all in a crockpot or simmer on the stove til the veggies are soft. So easy, so good. Gets better and better! (And spicier, so careful with your red pepper )

Thursday, December 24, 2015


I found a whole bunch of quilt blocks that I had hand sewn a while back... and wasn't sure what to do with them. A friend of mine made some gorgeous placemats for my sister, and although I've never ysed a placement before in my life... seemed like the thing to do!

Pork and potato stew

1 package of pork stew meat
Half a stick of butter
1 packet lipton onion soup mix
2 tbs olive oil
4 potatoes
1/2 cup frozen peas
2 bay leafs
Salt and pepper
Dried thyme
3 tbs flour
5 cups water

Brown pork in half the butter and olive oil, add half the lipton mix and stir to coat evenly

Slice potatoes and lightly fry in remainder of butter. Turn off while still not soft enough to eat.

Remove pork, add flour slowly, whisk til it's thick. Slice up pork into bite size pieces, add back to mixture. Add water, still stirring. Add second half of lipton mix. Add potatoes. Salt, pepper and dried thyme to taste, add bay leaves.

Cover and simmer on low for 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally. It will thicken.

Add frozen peas about 10-15 minutes before you're ready to eat.