Monday, January 30, 2017

Busy Saturday!

Saturday was the companion class for the Deb Tucker ruler BOM. This month we got the Tucker Trimmer and our class was Solitaire.

My partner in crime, Tina, had all of her blocks made before class and came to assemble her quilt. I got 2 blocks made and she got the center of her quilt assembled. The top was done by the end of the night!

I, on the other hand, went with these people .... me, my niece, my niece's friend, and my sister....

To see this Broadway in Cincinnati show...

This was one of my favorite movies to watch when I babysat and I was excited to see the live production. It was very interesting to see how it was adapted. And we all had a great time going to dinner before the show and then a modern art display on our way back to the car!

I have 3 more shows to see in this season and I am very excited about all of them!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Home Chef - week 3

Home Chef week 3!

First up was the Roasted Chicken and Balsamic Pear salad. I like raisins and craisins in my salads, but I have never tried pears. I will definitely make this again! And goat cheese.... YUM!!!

Pork Chop Chateaubriand with duchess potators and roasted carrots. My only complaint with this recipe is that there was a lot of meat compared to the carrots and potatoes. But it was good!

Sirloin Steak with brown butter bordelaise and roasted brussel sprouts and potatoes. This was the fussiest dish to make so far. The reduction/sauce was phenomenal!! I had so many things going on in the kitchen this night, but for once, I ended up with everything done at the same time! And I was trying to move the potatoes from a hot pan with a fair amount of oil to a paper towel to drain a little when....

I grabbed the handle of a pan that I had just removed from a 400* oven. UGH!! Most the red spots were burns. But I put lavender essential oil on the hand once I plated the food and reapplied it before I went to bed and only had a little pain the next day. And it didn't blister. I'm thrilled!

Now, I need to figure out about a separate mitt for the skillets that go in the oven.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Home Chef week 2

I thought that I would keep sharing my meals that I am getting delivered.

For the second week, I got a late start on making the meals. The first was the Ditalini Chicken Ceasar Salad. The lettuce was a almost translucent, but since I didn't have anything else to make quickly, I just went ahead with it. I feel like it was a lot of chicken and not a lot of lettuce and tomatoes for 2 meals. But the homemade dressing was good. Garlicky, but good.

Dinner 2 was pork chop with candied walnut butter and Parmesan acorn squash. I've never had squash before that I know of and this was really good! And the candied walnut butter was fantastic! This is definitely something that I will make again!

Dinner 3 was London Broil sirloin steak with grilled zucchini and sweet potato fries. A lot of garlic in the marinade again. And I'm not a big fan of zucchini, but since I made it, I ate it.

On my way home from work one night, I stopped and picked up a fresher romaine and roma tomato and tried the ceasar salad again and it was perfect! Except I forgot to sprinkle with Parmesan. It was much easier to clean my plate the second time around.

I am surprised how easy it is to make sweet potatoes and plan on picking a couple up to have on hand for nights I don't have a meal to make. And I can't wait to get my meals every week to learn something new and try something new!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

BOM and quilt class

The last time I posted was the day of my first BOM. This Saturday, is a quilt class using the ruler from the BOM class 10 days ago. It's about time that I share some pics!

Tina, my partner in crime who is taking the BOM and classes with me, had her block made by 8 PM the day of the class. Over achiever! lol

This is the fabric kit that the shop was offering and Tina and I got the same color variation - speckled white background and bright fabrics.

After seeing another friend's finished block the next day (seriously, they make me feel like a slacker!!), I decided that I needed a black for my background.

I chose an old fabric from my stash - Water Drops by P&B Textiles.

And here is my finished block. It was so easy with the Deb Tucker ruler, the Tucker Trimmer!

This Saturday, we taking the Solitaire class to get  more familiar with the Tucker Trimmer. The pattern is a Card Trick design with 4 colors and a background. I am trying to use fabrics from stash and had the pink and purple. I matched it with the light mustard and green from the shop. I figured that I would see what background would work between gray and black.

I think the black is the clear winner! Time to get the fabric cut for class!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Cooking and Meal Delivery

One of the things that has been in the back of my mind for a month or so has been getting my dinners and lunches under control and being smarter about taking lunches and just having healthier options. Being single, I feel like it is hard for me to cook for myself and have a good variety of things to eat. Plus, I have never been very adventurous and have been making and eating the same food. Meal after meal. It gets old!

At Christmas, one of my aunts was talking about how she and my uncle signed up for Home Chef, a meal service, and have been using it since October. She pulled out her binder with all of the recipes that they have gotten and I looked through it and almost everything looked good and like things that I know I would eat or at least be willing to try.

So she sent me the link and I signed up! I got my first kit January 4.

And I COOKED! I actually COOKED real food. Good food! In my house. By myself!

(I'm a little proud of myself, can you tell?)

Ricotta and Mozzarella Tart with Arugula salad - I added craisins and left off the sauteed onions. This was the third meal I had made and, well, I was just a little sick of onions. Also, the grape tomatoes are blistered in the recipe, but I just cut them in half.

Pork Mostarda (a sweet mustard sauce, for those not in the know. I wasn't before I picked the recipe) with roasted sweet potato and Brussel sprouts. And news flash - I can eat Brussel sprouts!

And a Steak and Blue Cheese Salad - with homemade croutons and toasted walnuts and caramelized onions on the steak. I left off the blue cheese and added craisins to the salad. I also learned the caramelized onions are not horrible. SHOCKER!! But I don't care for raw or under cooked onions.

I had never made a steak before and that meal was fantastic! And I love pork chops, but I haven't done those at home. Ever.

And they are meals for 2 so I am taking care of some lunches with this, as well. Win-win!