Saturday, January 25, 2014

Cooped up and reading cookbooks ...

Very dangerous!  [Some days I feel almost trapped by this awful weather.  So many cancellations and delays.  What are we becoming?  A bunch of weather wimps?]

So I've been reading cookbooks.  And cooking some new things.  And eating way too much for someone who doesn't want to go walking in sub-zero weather.

I did go on a 3-day quilt retreat that I'd give mixed reviews.  I won't go there (literally; I won't go there ever again).  But it was educational.  And I got some sewing done.  Nuff said ...  

Also, Mom is back in the health care unit at River Terrace and that has made all us 'kids' feel a little out of sync.  We made a flying trip up there last weekend and she was doing just OK ...
There have been some good days.  For instance, last week I actually got out and went to the library to hook!  And there were five of us there; that was good considering the weather recently.  Laurie came all the way to Worthington from Indy!  I got the loom warped and now I've just started a new run of rugs.  Got started on a new hooked rug.  And yesterday I took a day away to go shopping.  Went to Jasper to Carson's and took advantage of the sales they're having; bought a couple of new items of clothing.  For me!  As several of my friends know, I'm a thrift store shopper so this was difficult for me.  But sometimes you gotta go hog wild and buy something NEW!  Even if it was 50%-70% off.  LOL!  It was fun.  Also went to four fabric stores and got a lot of fabric for a quilt that I'm in the middle of.  (Actually, I'm in the middle of two quilts right now but that's nothing new for any quilter!)  And found time to stop at the grocery to get "a few things" on the way home (sigh).  

Since I have been reading cookbooks, I want to share this simple recipe for cauliflower casserole that I tried recently from the "Welcome Back to Pleasant Hill" cookbook.  It's easy and I thought very good.  I would think you could use any kind of cracker ...

2 c. cut cauliflower (about 1/2 a large head)
1/4 lb. Velveeta cheese
4T. butter
12 Ritz crackers, crumbled

Cook and drain the cauliflower till almost done.  Drain well.  Melt cheese with half of the butter.  Mix with the cauliflower.  Place in greased baking dish.  Melt remaining butter and mix with the crumbled crackers.  Sprinkle crumbs on top of casserole.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.

You know, I was thinking about getting rid of the two Shaker cookbooks I have and even asked Margo if she wanted them (she already had them).  But now I think I'll keep them.

Here's the quilt I just got started on at the retreat.  This is all I got done on this one but it is a good beginning.  My friend Jane shared her pattern for a quilt called Chocolate Decadence that she did, but along the way I kept the fabrics I chose but changed the 'pattern'.  I think it will look good...
My version of Chocolate Decadence ... (in progress)
Here's what our entry deck looked like about a week ago.  Yes, that's a giant icicle hanging down from the deck.  We don't remember that ever happening before.

Keep warm and take care of each other!