Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Summer Squash Saute

I took of some of the squashes I got from our garden the other night (see here) and decided to try out a new recipe.

This is called Summer Squash Saute. It's from Frances Musser of Newmanstown, Pa., and is a recipe she submitted to "Taste of Home." I found the recipe in a "Savings Pack," which is attached to several other recipes Nannie used to create a recipe book for me.

Nannie used twist times to hold recipes from several sources together.
Tada! Instant cookbook.
Here's the recipe.

Here's the recipe with photos of the steps below:

Summer Squash Saute

1 bacon strip, diced
1 tbsp. onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp. each of green, red and yellow bell peppers, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 medium yellow summer squash, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1. Cook bacon until crisp over medium heat.
2. Add onions, peppers and garlic and cook until tender.
3. Add the squash, cover and cook until tender (about 5 minutes).

Plate and enjoy!

Here's what I did:

Add the chopped bacon and cook until crisp.
While the bacon cooks, cut up the veggies: onion, garlic, pepper and squash.
I only used green pepper.

Cook the onion, garlic and pepper until tender.

Add the squash, cover and cook until squash is tender, about 5 minutes.

Ready to eat!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


I found these in the garden last night. I had a smile on my face all evening. :)

Our garden has not done well this year but these squashes, especially the volunteer winter squashes, have been a treat.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Cowl-neck, stripey Sadie tank

OK. I actually finished this a week ago, but have not had time to post it.

I used the same BurdaStyle pattern as this shirt, but used the version that adds a cowl neck.

The Sadie has a nice fit to it, I think. It's a little snug, but I like it. I could go up another size, but then I think it would be too large.

This material is from the stash Nannie gave to me. I did not cut it so that the material would stretch from seam to seam (which would be the correct way) because I wanted the stripes to be horizontal. Getting the shirt on, therefore, is a little tough, but not impossible.

I had plenty of material, so the neck and arm bindings are made from the same material, making them softer and lay better than my first Sadie tank top. (You can't see the neck binding as it's behind the cowl neckline.

I didn't like the shirt at first. I thought maybe it was too tight or didn't look like a good fit. But after I wore it for a day, I really fell in love with it!

What do you think?

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Sweater update

Just a quick update on Chris' sweater.

Only 2.5" left to knit in the round before I can bind off!

I'm just about finished with one sleeve! Then on to the final sleeve, assembly and the collar.

As you have probably guessed, I've sort of dropped out of the 2011 Sweater Challenge. I should be completing sweater 3 by now, not still working on No. 1.

But I'm fine with that. I've been enjoying myself anyway. And I do have yarn for the second sweater, which I hope to start before fall. :)

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Finished scrapbook!

I just finished my second scrapbook!

I had forgotten the second "s" and had to create a strawberry out of an "e." :)

I started this scrapbook of desserts a few years ago when I first started scrapping.

In it I've placed all the dessert-related recipes I've collected over the years, including family recipes.

On this page I've got Mom's "Cherry Crunch," Nannie's "Canned Apple Pie Filling"
and Chris' Aunt Faye's "Ginger Cookies."

I had bits of pages and papers sitting in piles and in bags, getting wrinkled and torn. I figured if I were to ever use these treasures I better organize them for easy use and safe storage.

I've got plans for scrapbooks to house appetizers, drinks, soups and breakfast; beef and pork; and chicken and fish. But those books will probably be smaller than a 12" by 12" book.

The dessert book won't fit in the closet with the other cookbooks! I could attribute that to poor planning, though I think the cookbooks were upstairs in our attic loft when I started this book. Oops! Oh, well. The book has currently found a home on a shelf on our small TV table.

Here's a few of my favorite pages. Please excuse the dark spot on the pics. I can't seem to get my Nikon cleaned. I think it's time to get the body professionally cleaned. Oh, and get a new lens. After months of the glass falling out, the old wide angle finally fell apart this morning!

First page of an apple-themed spread.

Second page of the apple-themed spread!

This page has the pumpkin pie I make nearly every year. My family loves it and requests it often.

Pies, pies, all kinds of pies!

Next up will probably be our wedding album. I don't have books for the other recipe books yet, but the wedding album is ready to go with photos, paper and mementos.

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