Wednesday, May 25, 2011

May 2011-Cilantro Ranch Dressing,Sweet Shredded Pork,Peach Salsa

We met at Carolanna's today and had a large group. Linda's daughter and Carolanna's sister also joined in with us. Our pizza boxes are getting full now. In fact, it's getting harder for everyone to find a box we haven't done yet. It seems like the blocks get cuter and cuter each month.We had a report from the past International Quilt Market that took place in Salt Lake City. Corrie of quilttaffy attended as well as Kathi who helped her sister's company, Apron Lady designs.

After show and tell, Carolanna demonstrated how to make fabric pinwheels out of charm squares. She had some really cute examples of different fabric choices. They're fast to make too, only took about 10 minutes.

After the meeting we had a great Mexican lunch prepared by Carolanna. Thank you so much Carolanna. Everything was wonderful! Here's a copy of her recipes:

Cilantro Ranch Dressing

  • 1 package of Hidden Valley ® buttermilk ranch dressing. (prepare according to directions)
  • 2 tomatillos (they look like green tomatoes, but they are NOT! You may substitute 3 Tbsp of prepared salsa verde)
  • cilantro (1/4 bunch)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 1/8 tsp Tabasco
Peel tomatillos and cut into fourths. Clean and rinse cilantro and remove large stems. Pour prepared ranch dressing in a blender, and add cilantro leaves, tomatillos, garlic, lime juice and Tobasco. Blend until cilantro is finely chopped. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until dressing has thickened

(I did not use any tomatillos in mine)

Sweet Shredded Pork
  • 4 lb pork roast
  • 1 Cup of salsa
  • 1 Cup brown sugar
  • 1 Cup Root Beer
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cook pork roast, brown sugar, salsa, rootbeer in crock pot for several hours until it starts shredding when you poke at it. Make sure you check it often and stir it
so it doesn't burn on the sides.

Peach Salsa (Canning recipe)

6 cups chopped tomatoes
2 1/2 cups chopped onion
2 cups chopped green pepper
10 cups chopped peaches ripe or unripened (I used ripe)
1 TBS canning salt
3 3/4 cups packed brown sugar
2 1/4 cups cider vinegar
2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (I used a few chopped jalapenos)
2 tsp minced garlic

Add all in pot, stir often, bring to a boil. Let simmer for 5 min. Fill jars and process for 15 min.

And here's our show and tell:

Lori 's quilt.

Back of Lori's quilt.

Couldn't resist taking a shot of Carolanna's sister's sandals. :)

Nancy's quilt. Her husband did the quilting and did a phenomenal job.

Lenette made this little dress from a t-shirt. It's a Vanilla House pattern.

Lenette's quilt from Moda Bakeshop, Cabin in the Hills pattern.

Lenette's pincushion.

Cindy's quilt for her graduating senior.

These are dresses Jeri made from a Vanilla House pattern. Lucky little granddaughters who get to wear these this summer.

Back of the dress.

These are some online swap blocks Rachel made.

Rachel's quilt.

Maurene's quilt.

Carolanna's quilt.

Carolanna's quilt.

Another Carolanna quilt.

Handwork by Diane.

A handbag made by Diane's daughter.

Mary's hot pad.

Nancy F.'s birthday table topper quilt.

Monica's quilt.

Diane's pincushion project from last month.

Diane's luggage tags.