Friday, March 30, 2012

A Bit of Sunshine

When I started this quilt, I went through about a million different possible designs. Chevrons, flying geese, squares, I wasn't quite sure what to do until I happened upon pinwheels. I thought, these are such happy, sunshine-y colours, that they should be a happy pattern.

The rainbow of fabrics I had bought at a local Fabricland in Ontario, based on the one multi-coloured fabric I found the green, red, orange, blue, and yellow fabrics to match. Later, I found a purple fabric too, and I regret not putting that in the mix. However, I still think it turned out quite lovely!

The white fabric is from a nice heavy cotton sheet that my old landlord gave me. The back of this quilt is plain white, with a multi-coloured border edge. I used a thin batting and machine quilted it in straight lines.

Here is the finished quilt in situ in the recipient's bedroom after Christmas. It's not a full-sized quilt but was made rather to be a nice, cozy, tv-watching size.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Turkey Veggie Chili Soup

I invented this lovely mild chili soup a couple of days ago and re-made it tonight. If you like chili-flavoured things, then you can add as much chili powder as you would like. My version is very light tasting.

400g ground turkey
1 can (796ml or 28oz) diced tomatoes (I use Unico brand "Italian Flavoured")
1 large carrot, chopped into half-coins
3/4 tsp chili powder
2 cups boiling water
1 cup frozen or fresh peas
1 cup frozen or fresh corn

- Brown ground turkey on medium heat, season with black ground pepper and a dash of salt, set aside.
- In soup pot, bring can of tomatoes to a boil. Add carrots, cooked turkey, chili powder, and water, stir well.
- Put lid on and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until carrots are almost cooked.
- Add peas and corn and cook until they are done (approximately 4 minutes).
- Eat. YUM!

This would also be good with other seasonal vegetables, such as green and yellow beans, potatoes, etc. Would be good with pasta or rice.