Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Embarrassment of tomatoes...

The haul from the vine that I thought never really produced.  I pulled it up yesterday and found these in the deep recesses of the cage.  Now to taste one and see if they're edible...
If they are, I may make this (I'm thinking bacon might be good in it, too.):
Ariela's Tomato Basil Quiche
1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell
1 1/2 cups sour cream
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons unseasoned dry breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil (or equivalent dry basil)
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 3/4 cups fresh tomatoes, diced
Preheat oven to 400F.  
Whisk sour cream, milk, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, eggs, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl; pour into pie shell.  Combine remaining cheese, breadcrumbs, basil and garlic in small bowl.  Sprinkle over sour cream mixture.  Top with tomatoes.
Bake 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean.  Cool on wire rack for 5 minutes before serving.

I've made it a couple of times before and it's really good.  I cut it out of the Idaho Statesman several years ago and have it starred and saved in my massive binder of recipes.  I only star the ones that I've actually made or eaten and are yummy.  Most of my saved recipes are just in there for security, though.  Like my sewing patterns, I hoard them but don't use them...sad, I know.  Hey, maybe I can get on Hoarders or sumsing!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The big tree finally went down...


It's so rotten it just collapsed.

Friday, October 15, 2010

A source of cute free girls' sewing patterns...

Here you go!  They are from the book, "Carefree Clothes for Girls".  There's no instructions, but they look pretty simple if you know how to sew.  Look down at the bottom.  Click on the links and they download.  You can open them with whatever PDF reader you use.  I use Sumatra.  It's free and quicker than Adobe.

A dream realized...

I've wanted an Elna "Grasshopper" sewing machine for several years now. My dad bought one new for my mom when I was born. He sewed me two little sun suits by copying one I already had. He'd never sewn before. I still have those sun suits somewhere. I'll try to find them and post a picture.
I taught myself to sew on my mom's Elna. It only did a straight stitch, but I was able to make a lot of clothes on that little thing.
The accessory box fits right behind the needle and the silver thing folds down.

These items are rare to have with a Grasshopper.

The case becomes a sewing area and the knee control takes the place of a foot pedal.
Now I have a replacement.  I saw it up high in a local sewing shop and asked if it was for sale.  The man said he wasn't sure.  "Tell me what you want to pay and I'll think about it."  I had an idea, but thought it was too low.  I came back a few weeks later and we made a deal.  It was a purely nostalgic purchase, even though it does work quite well.  I may even try to reprise one of those little sun suits...just because.