Thursday, July 28, 2011

July 2011-Strawberry Lemonade,Benedictine Bacon Sandwich,Cool Whip Candy

Our meeting this month was at Diane's. Despite it being a big vacation month, we had a great turnout. I think there's a lot of us planning our vacations around our quilt meetings now :)

We have one more month for our pizza box exchanges. Each of us will have at least 16 blocks to work with. We need to start thinking of new ideas for a monthly exchange.

Special guests at our meeting were 2 young girls Diane has been teaching all summer to sew. They brought all their projects and shared them with us. They are 2 lucky girls to have Diane as their personal sewing tutor. After sew and tell, Diane showed us how to make fabric cards using all those little pieces of leftover scraps from our projects. They make great thank you/birthday/sympathy/whatever you wish cards with a personal touch.

Diane also laid out her inherited supply of embroidery floss. With the prices of floss going up, Diane has kindly opted to let us use her supply as our store. Thank you Diane and thank you for the fun lunch.

Here are the recipes:
Strawberry Lemonade

Juice of 5 Lemons
7 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups sugar - can use Splenda
1 Quart Strawberries, puree

Mix well. Adjust to taste if needed.

Benedictine and Bacon Sandwich
makes 3 to 5 sandwiches

1/2 cucumber, peeled, grated and drained of moisture (wrap in towel and squeeze gently)
English Cucumber is best
1 bunch green onions, including the greens parts, finely chopped
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 T. Mayo
6-10 slices whole wheat or sourdough bread
9 strips bacon (or more), cooked
Lettuce Leaves for 3 to 5 sandwiches

Mix the cucumber, scallions, cream cheese and mayonaise in a medium bowl. Generously spread
the mixture on bread to make 3-5 sandwiches. Top the cream cheese with 3 slices of bacon and lettuce.
So as to not squish the cheese too much when slicing, cut the sandwiches in half diagonally. Slice the remaining slices of bread
likewise and place on top. Serve.

Cool Whip Candy aka Chocolate Meatballs

1 carton Cool Whip
1 Giant size Hershey Chocolate Bar
Chopped almonds or crushed graham crackers.
Thaw cool whip and melt chocolate bar.
Mix the two together when chocolate is not too hot and cool whip is not too cold.
Spoon onto chopped nuts or crackers crushed on a plate. By hand coat each ball,maintaining the shape.
Place in freezer or refrigerator. Enjoy!

Rachel's quilt.

Rachel's granddaughter's outfit. Rachel made the skirt and purse.

Maurene's charity quilt that we helped piece at our last meeting.

Jeanie's gift for her little kids in her Sunday School class.

Diane's summer students with their projects.

Each made a personal pillow.

They learned how to do embroidery.

They both made pin cushions.

They also made a four-patch block.
Carolanna's quilt.

Another Carolanna quilt.
Carolanna's cherry quilt.
Close-up of the cherry quilt.

Another of Carolanna's quilts. She caught up on all her unfinished quilt tops this month that needed quilting.

Mary's quilt.
Another raw edge quilt by Mary.

Kathi's blocks she received from her online bee group.

Diane's floss store.

Fabric scraps for the fabric cards.
Dessert (below)