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A Time to Remember

Posted by supermom on November 11, 2009

On this 11th day of the 11th month, let us take a moment and remember the sacrifices made by our armed forces both past and present.

And to one very special veteran, I want to remind him how very proud I am of his years of service to our country.


This picture was taken August 16, 2000, the day of his retirement after 25 years of service.

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9 Patch Quilt Top Completed

Posted by supermom on November 10, 2009

Way back at the end of April, Amandajean over on crazy mom quilts started hosting a one-a-day 9 patch quilt along.  I figured one quilt block per day was certainly doable, so I signed up.

By the end of the 10 weeks, I had the seventy 9 patch quilt blocks completed.

And there they sat on the top of that filing cabinet all through the summer and into the fall.  I’m usually pretty good at picturing in my mind how I want a project to look once it’s finished.  But no matter how hard I tried, I simply couldn’t picture how those blocks would look all laid out and sewed together with the sashing.

Then one day a couple of weeks ago, I decided that I’d just laid them all out on the living room floor and go from there.  And within minutes it all came together.  Funny how things work that way sometimes.

So over the next four days, I sewed blocks and sashing together into strips and then sewed more sashing onto those strips.

While I was cutting squares for the 9 patch blocks, I cut an extra 20 of each colour, so I had more than the 442 squares needed to make the scrappy border.   It took me all of one afternoon to sew those squares into the four strips of fabric needed for that border.  But by the time that was done, I could see the end and the next day it didn’t take me any time at all to sew the outer border strips onto the quilt top.

I’m new to quilting and this is the largest quilt top I’ve made so far.  Now that it’s done, I must say that I am really pleased with the way it turned out.Finished 9 patch top

We had a bit of a challenge getting pictures of it, because every time I was just about to click the button, this happened:9 patch blowing in the wind

Here are a couple of close ups of some of the squares.  I really like the way the sashing and the scrappy border makes all the 9 patches come together.9 patch close-up

Pink and Blue 9 patch blocks

It’s so bright and cheerful and I’m looking forward to getting it finished so that we can use it.  But that will have to wait until later this winter.  We’re having a mostly handmade Christmas again this year, so I’m busy working on other projects.

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Freezer Cooking Days

Posted by supermom on November 3, 2009

Crystal over at Money Saving Mom and FishMama from Life As Mom are hosting a couple of freezer cooking days.

I plan to do most of my baking and cooking tomorrow but this is what I’ve got on the agenda for this afternoon.

Cut up and peel pumpkins we used for jack-o-lanterns

Steam pumpkin pieces, cool a bit and then puree

Make pumpkin soup

Freeze pumpkin puree in 1 c portions to use in recipes over next several months

I’ll add a picture of the pumpkin soup along with the recipe later this evening.  I’ve never made pumpkin soup before so I’m creating the recipe as I go along.

As promised, here’s the picture and the recipe for the pumpkin soup.

Pumpkin soup

Pumpkin Soup

½ onion

2 stalks celery (complete with leaves)

2 carrots (peeled)

1 tbsp minced garlic

1 c beef broth (I used the drippings leftover from a beef roast that I had in the freezer)

4 c pumpkin puree

1 c whole milk (or whatever milk you have on hand)

½ tsp curry powder

½ tsp cumin

Salt and pepper

1.  Finely chop the onion, celery and carrot.  I usually chop by hand but today since I already had the food processor out to puree the pumpkin I used that.

2.  To a large pot… add 1 tbsp olive oil and then the onion, celery and carrot.  Saute until onions are clear.

3.  Add 1 heaping tbsp of minced garlic and beef broth.  Allow to simmer until celery and carrots are tender.

4.  Add pumpkin puree.   Continue to simmer a few minutes more.

5.  Add milk.

6.  And finally add curry powder, cumin and salt and pepper to taste.

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