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.

Ila Strikes Again….

I got a notice in my email that Ila was sending me a box.  I get a little gitty when I see one of those email notices especially when she doesn’t send me an email with it to tell me what it is!!  I always wonder….fabric, a treasured something, a box of fruit.  I never know what it will be when it comes from Ila!!

This box came and it was something she’s never sent before.  A three ring binder full of quilting templates!

Drunkard’s Path….

an anvil….
This one made my heart go pitty pat.  I’ve LONG wanted to make Glorified Nine Patch.

This one is also a Glorified Nine Patch only this one is a little fancier.
..oh, a Kaleidoscope!  Another I’ve thought about doing one day.

I haven’t seen this one before either…

or this this…This one I really liked.

I tried a Winding Ways in my pre-double wedding ring days and did TERRIBLE with it.  I can try again!!

Of course no box from Ila is complete without fabric included!!

Lots of scraps in the small bag and look POLKA DOTS.  Ila does love me!!  There’s quite a bit of the shirting fabric.  That’s awesome.  Kelli has been looking for some.

I’ve been thinking of all of the templates.  Obviously I can’t use them all at once.  If there is one that someone would like to borrow…I’d be fine with that.  We can do a lending library if anyone is interested.

Thanks so much Ila.  I’ve been wanting to challenge myself and make a few more difficult quilts.  These templates will really help me meet that goal!!

What I’m Reading: Before We Were Yours

I  just finished up listening to the audio book Before We Were Yours: A Novel by Lisa Wingate.  I have read other books by the author and this one came up in my recommended lists so I gave it a try.

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The book deals with orphans…or shall I say, would be orphans.  It’s really well written book that I’m so glad I took the time to listen too.  I was not aware of the awful things that Georgia Tann did to children.  It was terrible.

Here’s what Amazon had to say:

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.

Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.

Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.”

Amazon readers gave the book 4.8 stars.  I totally agree.  Read this one for sure.  It’s so good.

Zuppa Toscana Soup

Each year when deer season hits we have the deer hunters over.  Typically any of the wives that want to come, come too.  I host the Friday night part of the event.  This year, Hubby didn’t know if he was going to go hunting.  He doesn’t enjoy it as much as he used to.  To be honest, his age is catching up to him.  Walking through the woods with sticks and what not is hard on his knees.  He’s had a bad knee for a long time and walking through that just isn’t what he needs.  I think if he hunts again it will likely be done more in a staked hunting place rather than a clear the woods walking type of hunting.  It’s the pangs of getting older and we are.

Anyway one of the hunter’s wives brought the best soup….it’s so good.  I had to make a batch for myself.

It says, better than Olive Garden in the recipe but I’ve never been to Olive Garden so I can’t tell you if that’s true.  We try as hard as we can to never eat at chain restaurants…

Here’s the recipe…Zuppa Toscana (better than Olive Garden!)

1 lb. Italian sausage-Jimmy Dean hot worked well
4-6 russet potatoes, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1/4 c. REAL bacon pieces
2 Tbsp minced garlic-I only had garlic powder so used that.
32 oz. chicken broth-I used water and bullion
1 c. kale or Swiss chard, chopped
1 c. heavy whipping cream
2 Tbsp flour

1. Brown sausage in a pan.
2. Place sausage, chicken broth, garlic, potatoes and onion in slow cooker. Add just enough water to cover the vegetables and meat.
3. Cook on high 3-4 hours (low 5-6 hours) until potatoes are soft.

IF YOU ARE IN A HURRY LIKE I WAS, JUST COOK IT ALL ON THE STOVE!  I didn’t use the crock pot at all.

30 minutes before serving:
4. Mix flour into cream removing lumps.
5. Add cream, kale, and bacon to the crock pot, stir.
6. Cook on high 30 minutes or until broth thickens slightly.
7. Add salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste.

It was really yummy.  Play with the recipe to suit your needs.  I’m a cheap skate and didn’t want to buy two pound of sausage for doubling the recipe so I used one pound of hot and one of our own sausage.  Then I added extra cayenne.  It was still really good.

Give it a try and let me know what you think.  It’s perfect for this time of year when you’re getting together with family.  You can have it in the crock pot and ready to go.  Thanks so much for sharing this Sue.