Sunday, September 24, 2017

Quilt Show (part two)

 Here's another favorite of mine from the Blairsville Quilt Show this weekend.

 These are all less than one inch squares and not many duplicates at that.

My grandmother used to make quilts like this one with paper templates that were removed after the flower was formed over the paper.

Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Quilt Show (part one)

Somehow I managed to get Gary to go with me to the local quilt show here in Blairsville. We both picked this quilt with dragonflies as our favorite. Following are many others, enjoy.

I'll be at the farmer's market today from 7 am to 1 pm. Perhaps Sunday I'll post a few more photos from the quilt show. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Lima Beans are Good for your Heart

For years I've said I despise lima beans; they're always so dry and tasteless. Since I'm a person willing to try just about any new food or recipe, when I saw fresh speckled lima beans at the farmer's market this past Saturday I decided to take a risk on them. Lima beans are often called butter beans, I think because everyone assumes lima beans are terrible and butter beans sounds so much better.

To enhance their flavor I smoked two turkey thighs with hickory chips (in my Anuka smoker, so thankful I found this one at an estate sale in Florida). After smoking I cut the meat off the bone and into small pieces. I sauteed half an onion till translucent and added the smoked turkey meat to cook the rest of the way. Then I added the fresh lima beans and two cups of water and two tablespoons of butter. I added fresh thyme and oregano from my garden, and a pinch of cloves and dash of paprika, two tablespoons of brown sugar, a sprinkling of balsamic vinegar and worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. I cooked the beans for about an hour.

The cooked lima beans turned a silky brown color and were delicious. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of the finished beans because we were too busy eating them. Ha. If they have lima beans again this coming Saturday I'll get them again. I am sure fresh lima beans make all the difference in their taste. I read lima beans are good to lower cholesterol, good for the heart and good for diabetics. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Three Vases

About the time when I decide to use only white stoneware clay, I get a vase like this one from my latest firing. Creamy green glaze over red stoneware clay. Luscious breaking and nice feel to this one. I may have to keep this for myself. It's about six inches tall.

 Another vase made of speckled stoneware about five inches tall.

This rutile glaze turns too dark on red stoneware in my opinion. This vase is about eight inches tall. At the latest farmer's market I sold more than any other day this year. One woman bought three of my wood paintings. Just when I am about ready to give up things are looking up. I also got a check in the mail for the Reese Farm gift shop for sales there as well. Thanks for reading and for all your comment.s