Sunday, November 2, 2008

Squash Soup and quilting

I have just finished eating this yummy bowl of squash soup, Ok, I know it looks like baby food, but OH my goodness it is gooooood.

I just know you want the recipe, Right?

Simple Winter Squash Soup

2 cups fat free chicken broth
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion diced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon ginger (oops I didn't have any ginger)
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
3 cups cooked winter squash
salt & pepper to taste

In a large saucepan or dutch oven, heat the olive oil, on medium until it shimmers. Add the onion, garlic, and ginger, cook for 3 to 5 minutes until just beginning to brown. Stir in the mustard and cook 1 minute.
Add the broth (this can be preheated in the microwave) and stir well. Stir in the squash and stir until completely mixed in with the broth. Cover and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Season to taste. (if you like you can puree soup with an immersion blender.) I did.
If I wasn't watching my weight I would add a dollop of sour cream.

Only 113 calories
WW = 2 points

My friend Marge had to put her 14 year old, white cat named Junior to sleep on Friday. She quit eating and drinking, as her body shut down. It was a very sad day for Marge.

Yesterday I made this little wall hanging for her in memory of Junior. I took it over to her last night, she started crying, her daughter cried, hell pretty soon we were all bawling. We cracked open a couple beers and toasted Junior, yes Junior was a female.After I delivered it I thought I should have put a halo over the cat, or had the cat sitting on cloud instead of the grass. Oh well she was very pleased with it as is.

The free motion quilting is getting easier.

I am trying a lot of different designs, a sample of quilting on a sampler. Why not.

I really liked doing this one, continuous and easy. A good one to use on a 9 patch block.

My first stab at doing (a rose?) Sure need more practice on that one. .

I was quilting away when Cymba my quilting cat, jumped on the quilt as if to say enough for awhile.

She makes it very hard to move the quilt around so I gave up for the day, I will be back at it tomorrow.

As I was working on this today, I had a horrible thought. What if the reds fade? I usually wash all my fabric, especially the reds. But did all these get washed, not sure now,poor time to think about it huh. Waht was I thinking, I'll just have to keep my fingers crossed, as I always wash every quilt as soon as I finish the binding.

Happy Quilting!


  1. Get some Synthrapol and follow the directions on the bottle. Quilt shops will have it if you don't. Also throw in some color catchers. Doing both these things should keep any color from setting onto the light parts of the quilt.

  2. Was going to suggest what Patty already said, I didn't know the name of the product though. It's looking great, you're doing a good job on the quilting!

  3. Janet I quilt smallish quilts like baby and lap size but I'm always impressed with women who quilt larger quilts on their regular sewing machines. Nice job. I need to start making flowers. Sorry for your friend's cat. Sad for her. Love squash soup. And I love your fall header.

  4. Janet have you tried the dye catchers you can buy at Walmart? Throw one in when you wash the quilt and it should catch any dye that runs. IT can be used several times.