Archive for March, 2011

L Quilt and Crochet Baby Hat Complete!

I realize it’s been awhile.  I’ve handed in my thesis for review, so I have a bit more time now.  After I took a couple days to recover from the stress of writing, I got back to work on the L quilt.  Pattern for the zig zag quilt is here.  Friday evening I finished sewing the strips together and then completed the quilt top.

On Saturday, I basted the quilt using a medium loft batting and some minky fabric as the backing.  I will fully admit that although I love the feel and look of minky fabric, I despise working with it.  I had a terrible time trying to secure it while basting and it is so slinky, it’s really hard to position.  Also, when you cut it, there is a mess of fluff all over.  I’m torn about whether to use it again.  I quilted simple horizontal lines beneath each strip and then wrapped the minky around for the binding.  I’m quite happy with how it turned out.  More pictures can be found here.

I then went to work this morning completing a crocheted baby hat to match.  The pattern can be found here. Login is required to view the pattern.  I tried to match the yarn with the quilt and added a cute little square of grey to the top.

xo Saree

 

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Picture Sunday

A at Point Pelee, Ontario, Canada

 

xo Saree

Song Saturday – Jonsi

xo Saree

No-Bake Lasagna

Courtesy TLC

This lasagna recipe has changed my life! Seriously.  I love lasagna, but A isn’t really a fan.  I also love recipes that don’t take a lot of time.  This is the perfect recipe and A actually likes it.

I found the recipe from TLC via Apartment Therapy and it can be found here. I’ll list it below in the original format and tell you some things you can do to modify it as well.

Summertime Lasagna Recipe

serve 4

1 cup ricotta
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
3 tablespoons olive oil
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
8 lasagne noodles, broken into thirds, cooked according to package instructions and drained
1 minced garlic clove
2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
2 small zucchini, thinly sliced
1/2 cup torn basil leaves

1. Combine ricotta, Parmesan and olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

2. Heat oil in skillet over medium high and add garlic and tomatoes. Cook until slightly broken down, about 3 minutes. Transfer to bowl.

3. Add zucchini to skillet (with a little more oil if needed). Season with salt and pepper and cook about 5 minutes until tender. Transfer to another bowl.

4. Scatter a few tomatoes over four plates. Top with one noodle, a spoonful of ricotta mixture, zucchini and more tomatoes. Repeat layering twice, ending with noodle and tomatoes. Drizzle a little more olive oil on top. Garnish with basil and serve.

Now for my modifications.  I use whole wheat lasagna, which take a bit longer to cook, but makes this recipe healthier.  I usually start the water boiling and then when I add the lasagna to the water, I start cooking the other ingredients.  I cook the zucchini first with salt and pepper for 2 minutes, then I add the tomatoes and garlic and cook for the remaining 3 minutes.  This way I don’t need to use an extra dish.  I just assemble my lasagna straight out of the skillet.  The last thing I do, which helps in the winter months, is I use canned diced tomatoes instead of cherry tomatoes.  It tastes just as good and is fine for the winter when the cherry tomatoes don’t always look so good.  I also omit basil for this reason.

That’s it.  Super fast.  It’s ready in about 20 minutes from the time you start heating the water.  Enjoy!

xo Saree

Oh man

Hi again.  I’m still here.  I’m just super swamped and have no time to be creative.  I have to finish my thesis by the end of next week.  I still have a week and a bit of writing to do, which means I will be writing right up until my deadline (including the weekend).  Such a bummer, but it will be nice to have it ‘done’ (I’m ignoring all the revisions, formatting, etc. that will need to be done after that, just so I can remain sane).

I was hoping to have some sewing/quilting stuff for you on Thursday after K came over to work on her quilt, but I had a migraine and had to cancel.  I’m really bummed about that because K is sooooo close to having a quilt done.  Her quilt top is pretty much finished and she bought some backing fabric, so it’s time to put the whole thing together.  We’re going to aim for next Thursday, so hopefully I’ll have an update then.

So, sorry I haven’t been here.  I promise to be back when I’m done writing and actually work on some projects.  I’ll still have song Saturday and picture Sunday, and I’ll try to post a really good recipe too.

Until next time!

xo Saree

 

A New Necklace

I found this lovely necklace on Etsy and have to share it with you.  It’s called ‘Swooping silver bird necklace’ from seller lunetmuse.  Lunetmuse is also Canadian, which is a perk.

I bought some earrings for my wedding too, but you don’t get to see those yet.

xo Saree

 

Picture Sunday

Skootamatta Lake, Ontario, Canada

 

xo Saree