Monday, August 25, 2014

Veggies, Veggies, Everywhere...

We received another bunch of beautiful veggies from our Pitchfork & Crow CSA share.

Aren't they gorgeous? Now that the boys are both off to school again, we actually have a bit more food  in the house which is nice. I decided to make a few different things with the aforementioned vegetables. First on the list was roasted vegetables~ simple and delicious! Check out the following easy recipe.

Roasted Summer Vegetables

1 lb.  green beans, washed, stemmed and halved
1 lb. small red potatoes, washed and cut into quarters
1 lb. beets, washed, peeled and cut into quarters
2 zucchini or summer squash, cut into chunks
3 green onions, cut into 1 inch pieces
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. dried red chile powder
2 tsp. coarse sea salt (I used Sel Gris- grey sea salt from France)

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Place all ingredients in large bowl; mix until well blended. Pour onto baking sheet(s) and roast for 20 minutes. Stir and continue to cook for 10-15 minutes more until vegetables are tender. 
These are great as a side dish, wrapped in a tortilla or served in a bowl with grated cheese and a dollop of sour cream.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Cold Brewed Coffee-Honey Latte

So, I've been making cold brewed coffee syrup for a while, but it haven't used it for a bit. My dear friend, Annette, posted a photo of her cold brewed coffee on Instagram which made me think of the jar I had in the fridge. I decided to take the coffee syrup and pour it over some ice, mixing in a dollop of half & half and some of the honey simple syrup I had leftover from Joshua's 1920's cocktail graduation party we had Sunday. The results- delicious! Now I need to make some more coffee syrup so as to share with the other coffee drinkers in the family.

Cold Brewed Coffee Syrup
1 cup coarsely ground coffee
3 cups cold water
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger

Pour coffee, b. sugar, cinnamon and ginger into quart size jar; add water and cover with lid. Shake well and place in refrigerator overnight. The next day, either 1)pour everything into a French press, press to separate grinds from coffee or 2)use strainer and strain liquid through into container to separate grinds. Wash out original jar then return coffee syrup to jar for storage. Keeps in refrigerator for up to three weeks. 

Honey Simple Syrup
1 cup honey
1 cup water

Place honey and water in medium saucepan and warm over medium heat- do not bring to boil. Cook for about 3-4 minutes. Let cool to room temperature and pour into container. Once completely cool, store in refrigerator.

Coffee-Honey Lattee

1 1/2 cups coffee syrup
1/2 cup half & half
3 tablespoons honey simple syup

Place ice in glass. Add coffee syrup, half & half and honey syrup. Mix well. Enjoy!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Sisters & Moms & Quilts, Oh My

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   I've figured out that quilters, no matter what age, hometown or cultural background, all have a creative streak to them that comes out when visiting a quilt show together. Such was the case a couple of weeks ago at the annual Sisters, Oregon Quilt Show. Visiting three quilt shops along with the 57 other women on the Greenbaum's bus was a lesson in likes & not-so-much. Some of the ladies tended to gravitate towards traditional designs and muted colors while others enjoy bright modern looks. The best part was there were fabrics & patterns for everyone. While I enjoyed The Stitchin' Post and Sew Many Quilts, QuiltWorks was my favorite shop visited Friday. Not only were Dave and Marylin, the store's owners, patient and kind, but the shop had a great selection of fabrics, notions and samples of many quilts. They also have a quilt gallery on a second floor that's like a mezzanine which circles the bottom floor. The challenge contest theme was "make me laugh". Here are a few examples-

And my favorite- 

Saturday morning in Sisters started out with a stop at Angeline's Bakery for some goodies and coffee. Mom had been there before, so she knew we'd like it. She was right! The coffee was good and the baked goods even better. We shared some scones and one of the best cinnamon rolls this side of mine I've ever eaten. 

We then joined the approximately 12,000 quilt enthusiasts that attend the show. Mom, Dawn and I strolled along the streets of Sisters oohing & ahhing at some amazing quilts. I have always been fascinated by the artistic quality of modern quilts, and there were a good selection of beautiful ones everywhere I looked.

Since this was my first time at the show, I just wanted to enjoy things which is exactly what I did! I am really grateful to my mom and sis for letting me tag along, and I am already looking forward to next year's Sisters weekend!

From Guilt to Gratefulness

Little did I ever expect to find myself writing this post from sear #42 on a tour bus bound for the Sisters Quilt Show. 
I had been at Mom's yesterday finishing up a quilt for On The Stitch when my sister, Dawn, appeared at the door. After greeting her with a big hug, I asked what brought her to Salem. She told me she was up to go with mom on the annual Greenbaum's bus trip to central Oregon. I have thought about going sometimes, but with my work schedule, thinking has been as far as I have ever gotten. I mentioned to Mom and Dawn to remind me next year, and maybe I could arrange my schedule to go. Mom then got on the phone with Lisa- Greenbaum's manager- to ask if the aspect happened to be any room left. After Lisa called back, it was determined that 1) yes, there was a seat, 2) there was room at the hotel, and 3) what did I want for dinner Friday. 
Not being one to do much spontaneous anymore, I immediately texted Fordyce's to ask about getting this morning off, called Mary to see if she'd teach for me tonight, and talked with Brian to make sure it was okay.
Obviously, since I already said I am on the bus, it all worked out. It felt weird this morning as the guilt of not working to do something which still feels frivolous hit me. I am not sure why this guilt, but it is moving into less of that and more of gratefulness. Gratefulness for a mom and sister who let me barge in on their already planned trip. Gratefulness for employers who are kind enough to  let me take today off. Gratefulness to a daughter who is willing to step out of her comfort zone to let her mom "run away" for a day and a half. Gratefulness for a husband who, after taking a couple of deep breaths, said it was not only okay for me to come, but financed this little last minute adventure.
I am looking forward to seeing all I can today and tomorrow. I want to continue to work on this gratefulness thing so as to spread it to others, and this trip should give me lots of opportunities to practice.