Sunday, June 21, 2020

Using some bounty!

  Have not been doing much of anything in the sewing room.  Just spending some time outside and enjoying the weather and garden.
  Neighbor Farmer Steve left some bounty on the front porch....early cucumbers.  And I turned them into lunch  yesterday.....Cucumber Bacon Sandwiches.
  Easy to make....and make up as you go along.  Light and crunchy for lunch on the patio.

  Combine for the spread:
  3 Tbs softened cream cheese
  2 tsp of Ranch Dip Mix
   (  I buy my Ranch Dip Mix in bulk at  Hochstetler's Country Store because I use it in everything)

  Slice cucumber thin and place on paper towel to drain moisture.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper....lightly.  Meanwhile  fry up bacon until crisp.  I cut bacon slice in half before cooking as I was using small croissants for the sandwiches.

  Slice croissants in half and spread both halves with the cream cheese spread.  Layer on 3-4 slices of cucumbers and top with bacon.
  Next time I want to try adding some spinach and see what Sir Old Man thinks.  Or maybe I will just make a nice tossed salad combo using the rest.  Summer's best, I think.

   Lots of things in bloom right now.    After some heavy rain, I found these stems bent over and almost broken.  Old fashion gladiolas make a simple and colorful bouquet.   Later that afternoon, I noticed they matched the runner on the cabinet!
  Daylilies are in full bloom  and the daisies and coneflowers are awake too.  So it has been great to enjoy them.
  Sir Old Man is extending the sun shade canopy---from 10 foot to 16 foot---this week over the patio/deck as the new sail was delivered.   It should open up our space a bit.


As for sewing....a small bit not much.  I haven't been very inspired.  I found a big stack of batiks matched up along with a print out from a magazine from years back.  My batik pairs are not all exact matches, random leftovers, and gifted fabrics.  But that is fine by me, I probably won't follow the pattern layout exactly either.  So with the heat settling in, I hopefully will get motivated to see how it works. 
  I ran out of fusible interfacing for the watercolor projects.....oh, horrors.  That stuff is scarce as hen's teeth.  I finally broke down and ordered some gridded interfacing which arrived this week.  So maybe another floral project in the future. 
  Like everyone else, I am ready for life to return as it was.....but know it isn't happening soon.  Fair warning to all.....before the next major event/pandemic/apocalypse  buy fabric, thread, interfacing and toilet paper!  Stay safe and sew on. 


Gene Black said...

It is wonderful to get shared bounty from the garden. There are few veggies that I don't like but cucumbers are on that list. I would have needed to make pickles.

My brother brought me some zucchini today from his garden. I know some of it will go into a low carb/low sugar zucchini loaf/cake thing that I have made a few times. So Yaay!
Yes, I had a difficult time getting fusible web when I wanted it for a fun project. I will try to stay stocked from now on.

Ray and Jeanne said...

A neighbor that shares bounty is priceless! We'll have to try Cucumber Bacon Sandwiches. Sounds good! We've been getting produce from our favorite Amish farm and the strawberries have been incredible. Enjoy your extended sun shade - that will be a lot more shade. ~Jeanne.

---"Love" said...

Saturday a friend brought me a couple of cucumbers and some squash, and another friend brought me some beautiful tomatoes from her garden. I'm going to try that cucumber sandwich idea; sounds great! ---"Love"

Quilting Babcia said...

Your luncheon sandwiches look wonderful and I suspect tasted even better. A great ranch dressing is a perfect accompaniment to so many summertime meals, one of our favorites too. It looks like we'll have a good crop of garlic this year and green beans, everything else is lagging way behind. If it stays warm in September some of the other veggies may give us a late harvest - hope springs eternal!

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Lots of bloggers, including me, are lamenting the loss of our quilting mojo. I think it is the lack of interactions with other quilters in person, the show and tell at meetings, and the quilt shows canceled that are all contributing. We just don't have the inspiration that we are used to, and that feed our motivation right now. Hang in there!!

LA Paylor said...

the sandwiches sound so good, pass one over...
life will never return to what it was... like when you marry it changes, when a death occurs it changes, when you retire it changes, it's never like it was before. Hopefully it will go back to being more safe but we'll have to be aware that there is always the possibility of another outbreak... like you warned, keep some threads fabric and tp on hand because now we know...
what's that old quote... a mind stretched to a new dimension is never the same? My hope is Americans begin seeing this as a world health crisis and realize our only hope is distance right now. We can do this, it takes discipline and vigilance... it's not fun to do chores either but we accept it and keep going. we can do this. how's that puppy???

Nicki said...

Yum to those sandwiches. They look absolutely delicious. Fresh "anything" is so much better than store bought. I have a little area in the back yard that will be perfect for a small garden so I'm seriously thinking about next year right now. It doesn't have to be large for just the two of us.
Your flowers are beautiful. I just don't have a green thumb when it comes to flowers. My motto is...if it can't make it on it own in my yard then it was not meant to be. :)
Stay cool & safe!

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

I love your Gladiola bouquet. My mother always grew them and we had several flower arrangements through the summer with them.

Louise said...

Sewing mojo comes and goes these days, doesn't it? I've pretty much abandoned all my plans to do certain themes or colors or QALs at any given time, and am letting myself just work on whatever catches my fancy. As long as I'm enjoying the process, I don't care what gets finished :)

sue s said...

I found a new project to do, but asked hubby for pattern and color advice because I just couldn't think straight. Now I'm cutting like mad so I'm back at it, I guess. Cutting is an easy, no thought process!
The strawberries at market are so so good this year! I'm buying lots while they're here. Usually a very short season in Michigan.

Janet O. said...

The sandwiches sound so fresh and good! LOVE cukes on sandwiches.
Your flowers in the vase are so pretty.
I am glad you have a nice place to be outside and enjoy the flowers. It would be really tough to be stuck in a stuffy apartment during this pandemic. We count our blessings where we can find them!
I love batiks, and I look forward to seeing what you create with yours.

Cheree @ The Morning Latte said...

No joke on the interfacing--something I rarely use but needed and omgosh I can't find it anywhere! The cucumber sandwich sounds so yummy. I'll have to try it! My plants look great, are loaded full of a billion blooms...and so far, no cukes. The bees are out there (squash plants are all loaded with fruits) so I don't know what's taking so long! Probably this time next week, I'll have 20 and be handing them out like your farmer neighbor! Oh well--gardeners do love to share! I've been joking that I need to put a big sign over the entrance to my garden "Farmer's Market" because no one who visits out there ever goes home empty-handed! (This policy does NOT apply to my sewing room!!)

Mystic Quilter said...

Yum, looks to be a delicious lunch and I might try this one lunchtime.
I have long liked gladioli but never seen such a richly coloured one as yours here, reminds me of the juicy red plums we have in Summer.
Debbie your advice re stocking up on essentials is timely, we had a clear 3 weeks here but now 11 more given the New Zealanders returning home from countries with high Covid numbers. Yesterday I had thoughts of asking John to head to the supermarket - just in case!

Elizabeth V Kelbaugh said...

For some of us the benefit of a large stash has been a blessing during this pandemic. A week or so ago I was looking for fold-over elastic to make doll clothes and the racks at JoAnn's were empty and Not Available on-line either. Glad you were able to order your grid. I look forward to seeing a future project of yours. They are all so beautiful.

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