Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Recipe...Spicy Zucchini Soup

Yes, it's that time of year when zucchini and other summer squash as plentiful.  Sooo very plentiful that the neighbors don't want to see you coming.  So what do you do with all the great produce from the garden?  Look for new recipes!  I found a winner with this recipe.

This is Spicy Zucchini Soup and it is very good.  Not only does it use up the extra zucchini from the garden but it uses hot peppers and cilantro, too.  As usually, I didn't follow the directions exactly.  The changes that I made were minor but I didn't want to go to the store to pick up any ingredients.  Here are the changes that I made:

1.  substituted dried bread crumbs for the day old bread
2.  skipped the mint because I don't grow this type of mint and didn't want to make a trip to the grocery store for it
3.  used a whole jalapeno pepper

This makes a very nice creamy soup.  Since it is mostly veggies, it is fairly low in calories.  I would image that it would still be good soup without the hot pepper.

This also makes a fairly large quantity of soup which would make it a time saver.  This will result in more time for sewing or other hobbies.

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Butterick Fall Patterns....

I'm beginning to feel better about the fall pattern offering.  The new fall Butterick patterns are online and I've found a few interesting items:

The first time is B6240.  Love this dress!  It will definitely be added to the stash with hopes of making something this fall.  You know it is the asymmetric details that have drawn me to this dress.  The only thing that has me a little concerned is that it is one of the patterns with the A-B-C-D cup sizes and in looking at the finished measurements the circumference is different for a/b, c, and d cups.  Really?  The circumference shouldn't change with the cup size.  So, I'm a little confused on how you would ever pick out the correct size.  Anyone used these patterns?

 This is B6245.  I am drawn to this silhouette.  It is a great way to use your see-through fabrics.  Maybe instead of purchasing another pattern, I will follow the directions that Peggy Sagers gave in one of videos on how to re-create this look with an existing pattern.  I have some voile that would work for this type of item.

This is B6233.  I love this silhouette.  It could be very slimming depending on the fabrics used.  I have a pattern very similar to this and made a top from it earlier in the year but it was a big dud.  In fact, that top has already been moved on.  The styling of the two patterns are kinda similar.  I do think that the necklines are very different and that is mostly what I had an issue with.  I will be adding this one to my pattern stash with the intentions of making at least one top.

There are many more cute patterns but I'm really try to pull out the ones that will work for me.  There is still many patterns showcasing zippers and vintage details.  Which patterns are you favorites?

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Cooking....Harissa Zucchini Spaghetti Skillet with Kale, Chickpeas and Poached Eggs

Oh, yeah, I'm still having fun with the spiralizer and using up those garden veggies.  Here's the newest recipe that I've found:

If hot and spicy are the flavors you like, then this is a good one.  This is Harissa Zucchini Spaghetti Skillet with Kale, Chickpeas, and Poached Eggs.  Yum!  This is very tasty.  I did make a couple of changes.  I increased the cumin from 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon and probably could have added more.  I also made my own Harissa sauce using dried peppers and garlic from my garden.  I have no idea if my Harissa is hotter than a purchased version.  I can only say that my version was plenty spicy.  I also had to cook the eggs a little bit longer to get them when the egg white was cooked.  Was it a speedy meal?  Absolutely, the cooking time even with adding the additional time for the eggs was probably 20 minutes.  That will definitely increase the sewing time if you're sewing in the summer.

Happy Stitching!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Vogue Patterns Fall....

I just noticed today that Vogue has new patterns up and there are actually a couple that I might consider adding to the collection.  Here are my picks:

I love seeing the dresses with interesting seaming and this dress certainly belongs in that category.  This is Vogue 1457.  I would imagine that the vertical seams would be very slimming. The only thing I don't really care for is the neckline is a little bit low.

Here is another dress with interesting seaming.  This is Vogue 10458.  A very cute little dress.  This pattern will not be added to my pattern collection due to the length and the slit.  Yes, I know I can lengthen it but I don't really want to deal with that.

How about a classic blouse with a camisole?  This is V1462.  It is really meant for a light weight fabric. This particular pattern may just end up in my cart.

This cute little peasant dress is V9124.  It has such a 70s vibe.  I loved this look in the late 70s early 80s.  I wonder if I can pull if off again or if it would be too young.  What do you think?  This may end up in my cart.

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Thud...More Fabric Has Arrived....

Why can't I resist the fabric sales?  I have enough fabric to last me a life time.  Here's some fabrics that caught my eye:

The top two fabrics on the left are meant for a gift.  Hopefully, that will work out.  The rest of the fabrics work right into the color pallet that I want to continue using.  Four of the fabrics are knit with two for causal and two for a bit dressier.  The fabric in the center is a black and white striped shirting.  I'm not sure what possessed me to get the black and white zigzag but hopefully, I will figure out something to do with it.  I think there is 3 yards.  That should be enough for a dress.

Happy Stitching!