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.


postcrossingFrom Kayla:

One of my goals this year is to send a piece of mail every day. I still have plenty of thank-yous and greetings to catch up on, but another fun way to send and receive mail is through Postcrossing.

Postcrossing is a postcard exchange that is easy to join and participate in. You can send and receive postcards from all over the world.

Go to Postcrossing to sign up. To begin, request an address to send a postcard to. You will receive a code to write on the card. When the person receives your card and registers the code, your address will be sent to someone else.

Be sure to update your profile with the kinds of postcards you like and the messages you enjoy. This has been so rewarding for me! As a culinary teacher, I am interested in knowing what everyday food is like around the globe, so I asked people to tell me about their favorite local dish. Imagine my surprise when I received this card from Germany:

Best regards from Bremen! On this card you can see different points of interests of our city. In the north of Germany we have a special meal named “Grunkohl.” The English word for it is ‘kale’ I think.

After some googling, I realized she perfectly described a dish that in our family we call “Grandma Kramer Kale.” Our family has been eating kale long before it took over as a health food craze so it was fun to understand the “official” name for our favorite family dish.

Postcards are fairly inexpensive. Most people prefer tourist cards so I stock up on Iowa-themed cards at the local pharmacy. When people ask for art cards I send a Grant Wood painting which is easy for me to find because he was born in my county.

Postage costs just $.30 in the United States. You can ask for cards within the states or international only. For international mail, I buy stamps by the book at the post office. The price to send a postcard anywhere in the world is $1.10. Having a single stamp is easy but I like to collect many different stamps and use several to add up to the rate.

I highly encourage you giving Postcrossing a try if you like mail and would like to connect with friendly people all over the world.

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.