Note to Self: Plant more Kale Next Year!

This post was from earlier in the year.  In the recipe I used kale but I interchange spinach, kale and mustard greens all the time.

Yesterday I went out and picked the kale in the garden.  I had never planted kale before so I just planted a small short row.  After tasting this…oh I wish I’d have planted a LONG-LONG row…or even two.


This is an old recipe my hubby’s mom used to make.  There is no real recipe so you’ll have to put up with some guess-ti-mations.

In your pan cut up bacon pieces.  I typically buy a box of bacon ends.  I cut up about 2 cups worth.  Put it in a large skillet and start the bacon frying.
Cut up an onion and fry that with the bacon.

Clean the kale.  Cut it up into pieces and put that right on top of the bacon.  I fill the pan heaping full of kale.  I put the lid on and turn the burner on low.  The kale steams.  Once the kale is limp, put a handful of oatmeal in the pan and stir.  Let the kale steam for another 10 minutes.  The oatmeal absorbs the water and adds some flavor.

It is SO tasty.  I love it.  All of my family really loves this.  I typically make this with store bought spinach, mixed greens or kale in a can.   Made with fresh kale is even more wonderful….

So note to self:  Plant MUCH more kale next year….or I wonder if I could even sneak in row in August….I think I am going to try….
Today I am hooking up with Patchwork times to find more spinach recipes.

Community Quilts from Ray

I have an email from Ray and we both wanted to share it with you…

Ray writes:

The Easter Bunny was really, really good to me again this year, and wanted to share some of it with you.

I received a big package in the mail from Doreen C, in IA. She has sent me a lot of yardage last year and sent me a package again this year. There were several nice yardage cuts that I can and will use for backs. There were also several cones of quilting thread for the long arm. All will be put to great use.

I got a package in the mail today from Angie P. in NC. She sent the most beautiful blue and green plaid wide backing fabric. I am going to have fun finding just the right top to go with it. Also very much appreciated.

Last year in one of the packages of tops you sent was two tops with Mickey Mouse fabric. They were adorable. I quilted them earlier this year and shared the pics with you. Arline H. in North Fort Myers made them and reached out to me. About that same time, I received info on where the two quilts were sent. One went to Guardian Ad Litem and went to a foster family caring for a newborn drug-addicted baby. They were doing the nursery in Mickey Mouse. The other quilt went to a young girl with terminal brain cancer that totally adores Mickey. Arline and I have continued to stay in touch since she lives close to me. Last week we met mask to mask as she said she had some more tops for me. We chatted about quilting and life in general. And then she opened the back of her SUV to get the tops. OMG!! There were 2 tubs of quilts. The 2 tubs contained 18 tops with coordinating backs and bindings. Then she proceeded to pull out a roll of backing that was on clearance at Joann’s. Following is a brief description of the tops:

The first quilt is made up of beautiful multi-colored flowers with pinwheel leaves on a dark navy background. The colors are so bold and vibrant. It is 48 x 66.

The second quilt is a scrap quilt made up of plus signs. A note on the quilt says there are over 1,000 2 inch squares in the quilt. I certainly believe it and do not have the time to count them. Stunning. It is 43 x 60.

The next one is a string scrap quilt. I love the X’s in each square and set off with yellow sashing. It is 46 x 46.

Next was this beautiful orange and blue quilt top. To me, it is a four patch in a square in a square times three and then 6 borders. Do I ever love borders!! It is 39 x 51.

Then there was this bright, sunny, warm batik in yellows and oranges. WOW!! It is 48 x 58.

Another batik with circles and partial circles. Not only the beautiful batiks but the block design and placement are eye-catching. It is 48 x 68.


Next was…

Community Quilts from Laurie and Ray

I have charity quilts to share with you…I love the days I have finished quilts to share.  I thought that over the holidays I wouldn’t get many in as you’d all be busy but I was wrong.  Then I got thinking there might be more scaled back holidays so people would have more time than normal to finish quilts.  All I know is there there is a need and I’m so thrilled to be part of team that works to meet those needs.

On with quilts from Laurie.  She writes:

Here are two quilts I recently quilted. The first is from Beth who did a beautiful job on the kaleidoscope star pattern.

The second quilt is a Christmas themed Rudolph quilt from the Cresco ladies. I quilted it with your poinsettia and ribbon pattern.  I’m loving your You Tube tutorials and the “Sew with Jo” also! The videos are very informative and inspirational. Great job. The child’s quilt will be donated to Christmas house. They provide Christmas presents for needy children. The beautiful quilt from Beth will be donated to Claire’s Place for their annual fundraising auction which will be on line this year. They provide counseling and housing for homeless adults with substance issues.

You can find my Poinsettias and Ribbons video below.  I’m so excited that you guys are using these videos.  I have more planned and am so excited to be sharing them with you soon.

I have a quilt from Ray to share with you today too… …

A Blast from the Past: Quilts from November 2010

I’m doing a little series of posts that feature old blog posts.  I have been going back and looking at them.  It’s been fun.  I started blogging in June of 2009…WOW.  Over Ten Years.  I’m so glad I’ve kept the blog as a diary of sorts…today I’m telling you about my quilting from November of 2010.

From going back and reading, it doesn’t look like I completed a lot, but I was sewing…

I made up this little quilt top using Miss Rosie’s Paganini Schnibble pattern.  You can read about that HERE.


My Bubbly quilt returned from the Houston Quilt Market where it was displayed in the Accuquilt booth.  You can find a tutorial to make this quilt HERE.  It was SUCH a fun quilt to make!


Judy at Patchwork Times was hosting a quilt mystery.  I was working on it.  The mystery is still available.  You can find it HERE.


In November of 2010, the mailman… …

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