Dinner Tonight

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Caponata, which is an eggplant salad.  This is a similar recipe, though the one I use is in my head.  I grilled the eggplant, used fresh grape tomatoes, balsamic vinegar instead of wine vinegar and I add fresh oregano.  Vince likes this more than I do and since my eggplant is producing like crazy.

The rest of the meal consisted IMG_1247of mushroom stuffed meatloaf, pinto beans from the garden and corn cakes.

I could eat fresh pinto beans every day.  Meatloaf – I don’t like it a whole lot but I make it because I love meatloaf sandwiches.  Toast some crusty bread, add a slice of cheese, a slice or two of fresh tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, and the meatloaf .. yum!

Vince’s parents had a few tomato plants but they never raised lots of peas and beans like my parents and grandparents do/did.  The last year my grandparents lived on their farm . . my grandpa was 78 and he raised and sold 400 bushels of purple hull peas.  Mom said he wouldn’t let anyone help pick the peas because he didn’t want them messing up his vines.  Whew!  I have to remind myself of that when I’m out there huffing and puffing and I picked 1/2 a bushel of peas!

When Vince was eating those fresh pinto beans, I think he realized how truly different fresh beans and peas are from those we buy in the store, either canned or frozen, and I think he’s a little more convinced that all the garden work is worth the effort.  He’s always happy to help me when I need help but if it wasn’t for my determination, I’m not sure he would have a big garden.

Withering in the Garden

DSC01838It’s almost July.  Everyone told me that my garden would be done by July.  So far, it’s going strong.  The only thing withering is the lady in that shadow.  It is so hot!  Even late in the evenings, it’s still in the 90’s.  It’s cool enough if I get out there just after daylight but by 8:30 a.m., it’s miserably hot.

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There are so many big, green tomatoes still on the vines.  I surely hope they get ripe before the sun scorches them.  I try to guess how many tomatoes it takes to fill a quart jar (I’m thinking 8 full size tomatoes) and I count tomatoes as I water and I think there are at least 40 quarts of tomatoes still on the vine.  DSC01845

There are so many watermelons out there.  We thumped watermelons all weekend and decided to let the big daddy stay on the vine a little longer.  If these watermelons are good, we’re going to be so happy!

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The beans are still blooming.  The zucchini is still blooming.  The eggplant is still blooming.  The okra hasn’t even started blooming yet.

I think I’ll still be gardening into July . . and maybe August at the rate things are looking out there.

Nicole’s Sofa Quilt – Hour #1

Every time we do one of these, there are some who comment that they don’t like to do “boring, repetitive” sewing.  I know . . I don’t either but for me, getting the “boring” sewing done early and having all the pieces made just makes the process fly once I’m past those steps.  Also, when doing a quilt along as a group project, it seems that the sharing and competition to stay on track and keep up helps some to finish.  So, do it any way you want to do it . . doesn’t matter how you do it . . what matters is that you finish your top!

All of the cuts for this entire quilt will be based on having at least 40″ across the width of your fabric once the selvage is removed.

Today (and for quite a few more days), we’re going to be doing flying geese.  Make these any way you like.  They need to finish at 1-1/2″ x 3″ which means the unfinished size should be 2″ x 3-1/2″.

For this quilt, we need a total of 72 flying geese using Fabric 6 as the geese and Fabric 1 as the sky.

If you’re making them the way I instructed, below are the instructions and these should take about 1 hour.

NOTE:  For Fabric 1, where the instructions indicate cutting 2-3/8″ strips and then cutting those into 2-3/8″ squares . . this is where I make my cuts 2-1/2″ and then trim everything down.

Cutting Instructions:

  • Fabric 6 – Cut 2 – 4-1/4″ strips.  Cut these into 18 – 4-1/4″ squares.  Cut these squares on the diagonal twice so that each yields 4 triangles, for a total of 72 triangles.
  • Fabric 1 – Cut 5 – 2-3/8″ trips.  Cut these into 72 – 2-3/8″ squares.  Cut each of those on the diagonal once to yield 2 triangles, for a total of 144 triangles.

Sewing Instructions:

  • Since part of the hour was spent cutting, you should be able to get 12 flying geese made.  Get them trimmed if necessary and set them aside.
  • Save all the other pieces you’ve cut because you will continuing making flying geese tomorrow.