Wednesday, June 6, 2012

May 2012-Sparking Basil Lemonade,Dilly Casserole Bread,Apple/Greens/Pecan salad,Fruit Salad,Potato/corn/bacon/tomato Salad

We had a wonderful meeting at Nancy Christensen's in May. Many group members were in attendance, along with three visitors, all daughters of members. Here are our show and tell pictures. We also collected pastel color donation squares for the next humanitarian quilt top.
Heather's quilt

 Heather's quilt
 Heather's quilt
 Carolanna's quilt
 Close ups of Carolanna's quilt.

Carolanna's quilt

 Carolanna's quilt
 Nancy's daughter, Elizabeth's quilt. Made of Modernology fabrics from Art Gallery.
 Back, quilting done by Gary Christensen, Elizabeth's father.
 Diane's daughter, Nancy's little girl's apron
 Nancy's dish towel for the little girl to use in her little kitchen.
 Diane's quilt. Road Trip pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew. This quilt will go to Humanitarian Servies.
 Diane's scrappy pink and white quilt top.
 Cindy's dress-she made the pattern to use for charity dresses
 Maurene's quilt
 Jeannie sewed this donated squares quilt top.
 Corrie's apron for a little girl.
Nancy's Three Pocket Envelope Purse-we each got a pattern. Fabric is Stitched in Color, by Malka Dubrasky.
Kathi pizza box exchange quilt. 
Robyn's blessing dress and slip
 Darla's quilt
Darla's red and black quilt

The next few pictures are Cindy's quiet books that will be donated. She designed each page. They were made as a humanitarian project. Nicely done!

  Nancy taught us about making labels for our quilts and gave us quite a few different ideas. She gave some good reasons to label quilts. It was good motivation for those who don't take the time.

Here are some examples of unique labels.
We were able to trace out of this little book, to take a label home. Good inspiration.
 Delicious Salads (recipes below) were enjoyed!

 Thank you Nancy for your hospitality and work!!  Thanks for sharing your recipes, also.

Sparkling Basil Lemonade

cups water
cups sugar
cups fresh basil leaves (about 1-1/2 ounces)
1 liter bottles club soda, chilled
cups lemon juice
               Ice cubes
               Fresh basil leaves

1.For basil syrup, in a large saucepan combine water, sugar, and basil. Bring to boiling over medium-high heat. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Strain syrup and discard leaves. Cover and chill syrup for 2 to 24 hours.
2.For lemonade, in a very large punch bowl combine chilled syrup, club soda, and lemon juice. Serve over ice and garnish with fresh basil leaves.

Dilly Casserole Bread

This recipe comes from the 1980 Lion House Recipes Book.  It is one of the easiest breads you can make.  Great alone, but can also be sliced through the round once or twice and filled with fixings for a large picnic sandwich.


1 pkg dry yeast
¼ C lukewarm water
1 C creamed cottage cheese (heated to lukewarm
2 T sugar
1 T instant minced onion, or 2 T finely chopped fresh
1 T butter
2 tsp dill seed (not weed)
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp baking soda
1 unbeaten egg
2 ¼ to 2 ½ C all purpose flour

Soften yeast in water.  Combine in mixing bowl:  cottage cheese, sugar, onion, butter, dill seed, salt, soda, egg and softened yeast.  Add flour gradually to form a stiff dough, beating well after each addition.  Cover.  Let rise in warm place until light and double in bulk (45-60 min).

Stir dough down.  Turn into well-greased 8 or 9-inch round casserole.  Let rise in warm place until light, 30-40 minutes.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes, until golden brown.  Brush with soft butter and sprinkle with coarse salt.

Apple/greens/pecan salad with maple dressing
I used romaine and pecans, and light mayo in the dressing.  Other than that, recipe was identical.
Apple, Dried Cherry, and Walnut Salad with Maple Dressing

Maple Dressing
         1/4 cup mayonnaise
         1/4 cup pure maple syrup
         3 tablespoons Champagne vinegar or other white wine vinegar
         2 teaspoons sugar
         1/2 cup vegetable oil

         1 5-ounce bag mixed baby greens (about 10 cups lightly packed)
         2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, cut into matchstick-size strips
         1/2 cup dried tart cherries
         1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

For dressing:
Whisk mayonnaise, maple syrup, vinegar, and sugar in medium bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in oil until mixture thickens slightly. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Dressing can be prepared 3 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Re-whisk before using.)
For salad:
Toss greens, apples, cherries, and 1/4 cup walnuts in large bowl to combine. Toss with enough dressing to coat. Divide salad equally among plates. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup walnuts and serve.

Favorite Fruits Salad
(strawberries, blueberries, apples, bananas, grapes).  Dressing was "company" (whole-milk) Greek Honey Yogurt with additional honey, and juice from half of a lemon..  Add quinoa (keen wah).  I used about 2/3 C of red quinoa.  Soak grain for 5-10 minutes, rinse well and then cook for about 15 minutes in 1 1/3 C water.

Potato/Corn/Bacon/Tomato Salad 
Cook red potatoes until tender, then cool in ice water.  Add corn, diced bacon, grape or cherry tomatoes, red onion, radishes (opt.), fresh basil.   Dress with oil and white wine vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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