I just had to share this picture of our dinner from last Sunday. After we visited the Farmer’s Market I so enjoyed cooking some of the fresh foods that my Mom would make in the summer time. When the new potatoes would be ready to harvest she would sometimes make them creamed with early peas. I always loved the way they tasted so fresh and earthy.
As I was scraping the potatoes (as Mom always did, I remember her telling me not to peel them, but just scrape them) which takes forever by the way. Some other ways that Mom would prepare the new potatoes would be to cut them in two and fry them in the skillet or just throw them in a pan of boiling water with the peeling on them. I remember Mom saying, “I didn’t feel like scraping them, so we are going to have them with their jackets on.” Makes me smile to remember how she said that. As I was peeling and cutting up the turnips, I remembered my Dad sitting on the back porch with a huge bucket of turnips sitting beside of him. He had the salt shaker sitting next to him as he used his pocketknife to peel one of the turnips. I can see it as plain as day as he extended his hand out with a nice slice of turnip between his finger and the blade, as he told me to add a little salt to make it better. 🙂 Oh how I miss that man and his pocketknife.
I have some sad news to share with you. Friday, June 26, 2015, one of my fellow crocheters succumbed to depression and ended her young life. Her name was Marinke but went by Wink. She was very well known in the crochet community; writing her blog, patterns, and creating beautiful things. One of the things that I remember the most was her beautiful mandalas that were featured in a few issues of Simply Crochet magazine.
My friend Kathryn Vercillo with Crochet Concupiscence is organizing a project called MandalasForMarinke, you can read about it here.
I will be contributing these 4 mandalas to the MandalasForMarinke project
to celebrate Winks life and to help bring awareness about depression. This subject hit close to home as one of John’s great nephews ended is young life of 15 on the same day that Wink ended her life. I am looking forward to seeing the love that will pour into the wonderful project that Kathryn is organizing and I am proud to be a part of it.
On a happier note my four o’clocks have grown rather tall this year and
they seem to be more fragrant as well. I love to look at them up close like this and check out the little stamens.
Thursday night John and I went to the Monarch Bar and Grill for dinner.
We sat on the patio and enjoyed the unusually cool evening to eat. I had my favorite sandwich for my meal, it’s the Monarch brisket sandwich that has a light horseradish sauce and I always get their homemade barbecue chips. Yummy!
Friday night, John and I joined his brother Pete (here from Connecticut), sisters Ricci, Andrea, and their spouses CW and Pat for dinner at the Outback. Here we are waiting at the bar for the rest of the crew to arrive. 🙂 I got a kick out of meeting one of my crochet students, Becki in front of the restaurant. As we seen each other and hugged, she said I was just thinking about you and wanted to tell you that I”M READY TO MAKE SOMETHING CROCHET. I smiled and said, OK, Let’s do. Becki will be joining me in my class this Wednesday as I teach some lovely people to crochet around the edge of washcloths. I just love running into my crochet people when I’m out and about.
Saturday morning I went to the grocery store to get fixings for my famous tacos, rice, and Pico de Gallo.
I arrived back home, started the meat simmering and then….
headed to Hancock’s to take advantage of their sale where their buttons were 40% off.
I was so happy that my friend Donna was at the lake and I had no competition picking out my bag of buttons. LOL
I worked all day on making 49 tacos, 4 pans of Mexican rice, and a jar of pico de gallo.
I had just enough time to take a shower after frying the tacos before heading to the family get together,
at my sister-in-law and brother-in-laws house.
Here’s John’s sister Andrea finishing up her famous enchiladas.
Then the family started arriving. Cousins, Rebecca and Margaret arrived, it’s always nice to see them. They remind me of my Grandma Kingery and my Aunt Erma.
John and niece Patricia.
Pete and Ricci.
Breaking bread or in this case, tortillas. 🙂
La Familia: John and his sisters, brother, and cousins.
I tell you what these two are so funny when they get together.
One is very quiet and the other one is very outspoken. But when they start in, you never know what either one of them are going to come up with. Ornery but sweet.
I bet you thought that I didn’t get much crocheting done, right? Well, in between working and spending time with family I had time to make this infinity scarf. It made up fast with Lion Brand Super Bulky Thick and Quick Homespun Coral Stripes.
Then I made this infinity scarf from Deborah Norville’s Serenity Chunky in Raven (black).
I made another slouchy hat with a little pom pom from Heidi May’s pattern called Emileigh Slouchy.
And last but not least here’s 8 more purple hats; and when added to the other purple hats I made I have a grand total so far of 38. I hope to have more to add to that number before the upcoming July 20th KS My Stitch crochet guild meeting. 🙂
Before I forget, here is when and where my upcoming classes are being held:
Picket Fence Quilt Company
7011 W. Central Suite 129
July 8, 2015
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
July 15 and 22, 2015
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Crochet on the Double
August 5, 2015
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
605 N. Main St.
Moogly’s Ups and Downs Slouchy Hat and Fingerless Mitts
July 25 and August 1, 2015
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
First Session: July 25, August 8, and 22
Second Session: August 1, 15, and 29
Extra Day for anyone needing extra help on September 12
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm