Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Recipe Swap and Random Things

I spent more time yesterday thinking and planning what to quilt rather than actually quilting.  I have added another gift to make for Christmas to my list.  I looked through my quilt kit inventory for some inspiration.  None was forthcoming.  I guess my tastes have changed since their purchase.

The above picture is the only one I have to share today.  I pulled out one of the kits which had some Thimbleberries charm squares (I can't remember the line) and other cuts of fabric.  I don't like the pattern that it was kitted for so I am making some changes.  I cut the charm squares into 3 inch and 2 inch pieces.  I then cut the 3 inch pieces with a template I have.  There is a vague idea forming in my head for what I'm going to do next, but in the meantime I need to pull some other fabric from my stash.  If not, I'm afraid this quilt won't be big enough.

I discovered this blog while browsing.  What perfect timing .... the new Christmas blog hop was just announced.  Head on over there and find out about the Cross Country Christmas Quilt Designer Blog Hop.  There are twelve designers participating with lots of project tutorials and giveaways.

I also found out that The Block Party is kicking off their virtual quilting bee's quilt along.  Check out all the giveaways they have planned along with the details of their quilt along and new book.  You can find out all about it here.

Amy is having a recipe swap today on her blog.  Here is my contribution:

Osso Buco-Style Chicken Thighs

Olive Oil
6 chicken thighs (I use boneless, skinless)
black pepper
2 cups chopped onion
3/4 cup cubed carrot
3/4 cup chopped celery
2 minced garlic cloves
3/4 cup dry white wine
5 cups chopped tomato (If I'm feeling lazy, I'll use cans of diced tomatoes)
dried basil
dried rosemary

Heat olive oil in pan.  Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.  Brown chicken in pan.  Remove chicken..set aside.

Heat olive oil in pan.  Add onion, carrot, celery and garlic.  Cover and cook for about five minutes...stirring occasionally.  Stir in wine, scraping pan to loosen browned bits.  Stir in salt, tomato, basil and rosemary.  Bring to boil.  Cover, reduce heat and cook 15 minutes.

Return chicken to pan.  Cover and simmer 35 minutes or until chicken is done.  Uncover and cook for another five minutes to thicken tomato mixture.

I serve this over cooked white rice with a salad.  My family really likes this dinner.  It isn't as complicated as it seems.  Once all the chopping is done, it is pretty easy.

If you try this recipe, let me know what you think.  Head over to Park City Girl and check out the other dinner ideas.

Have an amazing day!!!!


  1. Isn't amazing how quickly our tastes can change!? Have fun with those wedges :)

    Thanks for sharing your recipe it sounds yummy!

  2. Isn't it interesting how our tastes in fabric change...mine have really widened since I began blogging!

  3. I think I know what you are going to make....it looks familiar! Your recipe looks good too!

  4. Am eager to see what your "vague idea" turns into!