Welcome to my blog. I'm probably very much like all of you who love the needlearts. My life revolves around family, friends, home and all things that help to make for a more contented life. When time allows; cooking, gardening, decorating, and collecting are my joys. I look forward to sharing all of these things with you. I also hope to keep you up to date on what is going on at Homespun Elegance, in regard to the needlework designs and the "Plain & Fancy Wares" that we offer.
Just a few announcements and to quote my son-in-law,
the chef, a little "Yummy Goodness" to share. This
is not his recipe, but that is what he says when he likes
something a lot. If he ever has a restaurant I think
that would be a great name. What do you think?
Stitching Jubilee, a consumer show, is coming
up soon. It will be held in wonderful downtown
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, October 14-16. The
Convention Center is in downtown Lancaster
adjoining the Lancaster Marriott. My
Trunk Show of new items will be displayed in
Stitch 'N Stuff's great booth. I'm sure they will
have all kinds of wonderful things to tempt you.
If you are in the area, you really should try to go.
I think you will love it.
Deb, the owner of Stitch 'N Stuff, wanted me
to mention that their shoppe in Reading, PA
will be open Sunday from 11-3. So if you are
heading home and are in the vicinity you might
want to venture by. You will be happy you did.
Next, I thought I would share with you my
design that is in the Just Cross Stitch Christmas
issue. I have been in this issue since it was
first published, resulting in many designs.
The Pointed Ornament that the design is
stitched on is my design as well and available
from me and many shoppes.
I purchased the rick rack from Hancock
Fabrics and coffee dyed it. The Amber
Pearl Star button is available from me.
Hope you like it!!
Now for "Yummy Goodness"!!
This is a recipe that I found in my local
newspaper and adapted it to our liking.
It is really great anytime of the year and can be
totally vegetarian or great with a little meat.
I added meat because my husband, Lehmer,
prefers it that way.
Savory Vegetable Chicken Gratin
-2 medium yellow squash cut in 1/4" slices
-2 medium zucchini cut in 1/4" slices
(If either of these are really big, cut the slices
-1 cooked skinless, boneless chicken breast - diced
-2 cooked and crumbled slices of bacon or 2 TBSP
real bacon bits that come in a package
-8 oz. Portobello mushrooms, sliced
-1 (8.5 oz.) can of drained artichoke hearts
(I only had the marinated kind, so I drained
and then rinsed several times to get rid of some
of the added flavor)
-1/4 cup of panko bread crumbs and
2 TBSP flax seed meal. Mix together.
(If you do not have this, just add two TBSP more
of panko.The flax seed meal is a great source
of extra fiber. I love it. You should try it sometime.)
-1/2 TSP of dried oregano
-1 TBSP of flour (I used whole wheat flour)
-1/2 TSP salt, divided
-1/2 TSP pepper, divided
-2 TBSP finely minced onions
-1 1/2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
-2 TBSP grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup half and half
(since I didn't have half and half and am trying
to avoid the fat, I mixed 1/4 cup low fat
sour cream with 1/4 cup of 1% milk)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
-In a large bowl, mix all squash, artichokes, chicken,
bacon, onions, and mushrooms. In a smaller bowl mix together 1/4 cupbread crumbs and flax seed mixture, oregano, flour, Parmesan, and half the salt and pepper. Pour over vegetable/meat mixture and mix well.
-Spread half of squash mixture over bottom of a 7" X
11" baking dish coated with cooking spray.
-Toss together the Mozzarella cheese, the remaining
crumbs and salt and pepper
-Spread half over the squash mixture. Repeat squash
layer and top with remaining cheese and crumb layer
-Drizzle with half and half. Cover with tin foil and bake
We had a great weekend here in Fredericksburg, VA.
We didn't wash away after all from our many inches
of rain. Boy did we need it. What is left of the
flowers are all standing up and looking happy for
the first time in weeks. Their last hurrah before
frost gets here.
I didn't get to do much Homespun Elegance work
this weekend. We went to a beautiful wedding on
Saturday which took up most of the day. We
had quite a little journey to get to the reception and
I was looking forward to the ride so I could stitch
on the way. Well, when I pulled out my project my
needle was not there. You can imagine my disap-
pointment. I never ride in the car for a distance
like that without stitching. I was miserable. All
I could think about was missed stitching time.
Do you use every available moment to stitch?
I think I am obsessed.
There is a little bit of time left to stitch some
more Halloween stuff. I came across a little
stack of "Halloween Papermakings" fixings
in my storage unit, so I have put them together.
There are 13 quick and easy designs. The
tan perforated paper is included plus the tan backing paper. Even the directions for making the wire Halloween tree. When these are gone that will be it although I will probably use the designs in another way. This Project Pack is not available in your needlework shoppe.