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Friday, September 30, 2011

Finally Finished!

At long last, my "Birds of A Feather" Mystery Sampler has returned from the framer.  Oh happy day!  
"Birds of a Feather"
Designer: Brenda Gervais
(With Thy Needle & Thread)
Just love the house and cute sheep!

It has been rather humid here this week, even though the temperatures were in the 70's.  I didn't feel much like stitching very much most days, but did manage to make some progress on Jenny Bean though, and hope to finish her up this weekend.

 I enjoyed stitching the flowers and these darling little bees!

Ah, for the cool, crisp days of autumn....puts me right in the mood for making a nice crock pot of my favorite soup and some muffins, and settling into my "stitching nest" for some quiet hours of stitching.  

This is one of my favorite soup recipes:  "Eggplant Minestrone". (Too Many Tomatoes, by Burrows & Myers)          

2 Tbsp. olive oil                                            
1 Large chopped onion
1& 1/2 pounds ground beef
2 cloves minced garlic
1 medium eggplant (diced)                            
3 diced zucchini
3 diced carotts                                                                                   
2 diced stalks celery
1 large can of diced tomatoes                     
 1 tsp. dried oregano
1 & 1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
4 cups beef stock
1/2 cup small elbow macaroni   
*Saute 1st 5 ingredients in large soup kettle until tender.  Stir in remaining  vegetables, beef stock, herbs, sugar and pepper.   Cook in kettle  slightly covered for 1-2 hours until vegetables are tender. 
Add macaroni in last 20 minutes.
If cooking soup in crock pot, after sauteing 1st 5 ingredients,  put into crock pot with all other ingredients, (as above).  Simmer soup all day on "low" for 8-10 hours.   Add macaroni in last 30 minutes to crock pot and cook on "high".      
When our youngest son, Nathan was little, he proclaimed this to be "the best soup you ever made in your whole life, Mom!"  Such sweet memories....

Apparently, here in New England, this weekend, we are to have one of those gloriously cool, but sunny autumn weekends here!  Sounds like I had better gather in supplies for my soup!  Wherever you live, I hope that you have a lovely weekend and some time for stitching.....what else!!

Crossing in Stitches Again With You!


  1. Great stitching, love your charts. Its been hot here this week.

  2. Your Birds/Feather sampler looks really nice. A stitching friend of ours came up for the weekend and brought frames that her husband made us for this project. We have to paint our own, but no one was ready to do that yet.


  3. Love the mystery sampler framed! Gorgeous. I have found out that I am not a good SAL person but I did get a subscription for the gift of stitching because of the beautiful design a few of you are going to do. Look forward to seeing how it works up.

  4. Congrats on the beautiful finish1 I love your Jenny Bean too. Thanks for that recipe. I love eggplant so I want to try this one out.

  5. Oh, is that beautiful!! I just love this finish, Kathy Ellen, and the frame is perfect for it :)

  6. The sampler is beautiful and looks so good in its frame. Lovely progress on Jenny Bean! Thanks for the soup recipe, it sounds good! Your son's comment on the soup was so cute!

  7. Your Birds of a Feather Sampler looks stunning! Love how your JB is coming along too.

  8. Me enviaste un mensaje pero no consigo saber lo que me dices.Sabes español?.

  9. Beautiful framed finish:D.....and thank you so much for the recipe...am going to make it tonight!


  11. OH my it is gorgeous in all its finery! :o) Amazing what a simple frame can do for a lovely piece.

  12. Fantastic finish Kathy! Thanks for sharing the recipe it sounds delicious. Now that we're into autumn making soup is one of my favourite things to do.

  13. Beautiful sampler. And I want to try the soup! It's a cold, wet, and rainy weekend here; good weather for stitching.

  14. Congratulations on your finish!! JB is coming along! I loved stitching that one.
    We are having cooler weather, yay, but it's been a damp one, yuck!

  15. Your BoaF stitch looks fantastic! Well done!!
    The weather here is perfect for soup so I must give yours a try. No eggplant here in our little village so I'll have to wait until my next trip into the city.

  16. The Mystery Sampler is beautiful! Congratulations on a fabulous finish. Thanks for the recipe. I love minestrone and this one sounds great.

  17. Woohoo!! Your Mystery Sampler is gorgeous! I love the frame. I will have to look for eggplant next time I'm at the grocery store. I've seen it before but it's rare enough here that I remember stopping to look at it in surprise at having seen it! If you like making soup, try out Pioneer Woman's Italian Chicken Soup. I've made it a few times for the family and they LOVE it. My husband--a meat and potatoes kind of guy--tells me that I could sell it. That means a LOT, coming from him!

  18. Toutes mes félicitations !!! C'est un ouvrage splendide !!!
    Chantal ou Mamilou de Saint-Pierre et Miquelon

  19. Your Mystery Sampler is gorgeous, congratulations

  20. oh very beautiful
    have a good time
    marylin from France

  21. I've had a lovely catch up on here Kathy, i hope you are now fully receoverd from your surgery.
    A lovely sampler back from the framers, i'll enjoy watching your new SAL project grow.
    Your little poodle is such a cutie

  22. Your WIPs look great -- love the little sheep!

    The soup sounds so yummy. Mmmmmm!


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