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Salsa Verde

I got to spend last week at a Youth Camp with a bunch of friends from our days (years) in Texas.  It was wonderful to be with them again, and I was reminded how much I missed them.

Every night after all our work was done, one of the ladies would cook and make some “real food” (as opposed to camp food)…

Everything was great, but the homemade salsa was the best!  I realized it had been a long time since I had made any, and decided I better make some as soon as I got back home.

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Today I went to the local Farmers Market and bought a bunch of fresh ingredients to make several kinds of salsa.  The first one I made was Salsa Verde.

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To make salsa verde, (literally means “green sauce”), you need tomatillos, which come wrapped in a soft almost fabric-like covering.

Remove these husks from the tomatillos…

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After removing the husks, wash the tomatillos thoroughly (I actually use a sponge with soap & water).  Some have dirt and other residue, and you want to be sure and get all that off.

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Rinse well and drain.

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I like to dry mine with a clean kitchen towel before I roast them.

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There’s several ways to make salsa verde.  You can either roast the ingredients or boil them.  I like to roast them because I think it adds more flavor.

Place about 2 lbs of tomatillos on a roasting pan.  I use a 12 inch pizza pan and put it in my toaster oven.  I find that it does the job quickly and easily.

Add about half a medium onion, two cloves of garlic with skin on, and 1-3 Serrano peppers.  How many peppers you add depend on how hot you like the salsa.  I added two but found they were too hot, so next time I only added one and it was perfect.

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Put under the broiler for about 10-12 minutes, until everything looks charred and a bit mushy.

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Place all the roasted veggies in the blender, along with about 1/4 cup of cilantro (more if you really love cilantro, less if you don’t care too much for it).  Add 1/2 tsp of salt, and a pinch of sugar.

Blend until desired consistency.  Some like it more chunky, but I like it well-mixed for a smooth consistency.

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It makes a great topping for grilled fish, tacos, fish tacos,
enchiladas, breakfast tacos, just about any dish.

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Give it a try,

I know you’ll love it!

Happy Cooking!

Daisy

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Recipe for Salsa Verde

1-2 lbs tomatillos, husks removed,
1/2 onion
2 cloves garlic (skin on)
1-2 serrano peppers
1/4 cup cilantro
1/2 tsp salt
Pinch of sugar

Place first four ingredients in a roasting pan and broil for 10-12 minutes, until tomatillos are charred.

Place roasted veggies in blender.  Add cilantro, salt, and sugar.  Blend until desired consistency.

Serve along your favorite tacos or main dish.

Enjoy!

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Last week I knew I was going to see some long-time friends that I hadn’t seen in many years. I wanted to bring them something special that they would really appreciate. So, I asked my daughter if she would make some of her hand-lettering art pieces for me to give to them.

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She used watercolor background on some,
and a little touch of gold shimmer on each of them…

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I asked my friends beforehand what their favorite Scripture was
and also what color they liked…

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She did such a beautiful job on each one, didn’t she?!
I found a special frame for each one and that made them even more beautiful.

If you could’ve seen their faces when they unwrapped them!  One of my friends, who recently lost every thing she owned in the Texas floods, had tears in her eyes.  She couldn’t speak for a few minutes, and just held the frame close against her.

My daughter wasn’t sure if her hand lettering pieces were good enough… I assured her they were. If you’d like to see more of her work, you can visit her on Instagram, at @analuisadesigns

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Have a blessed weekend!

Daisy

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Free Sewing Class!

I wanted to let you know, for those of you that have asked,
my class on Skillshare is free until June 30th!

Learn to Sew In 3 Easy Seams!

If you’d like to check it out, click here and it’ll take you right to it!
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It’s a quick class, only 17 minutes long, but you can only watch it for free until June 30th.

Project & Giveaway!

I’m also doing a giveaway along with the class.
For those who make the project (just a quick & easy pillow case) and post
a photo of it, you can win 2 yards of fabric!

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I hope you’ll check it out!  I’d love to have you visit
and let me know how you like it!

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Happy sewing!

Daisy

Skillshare Class

Guess what guys?!!  I have my first class on Skillshare!

Learn to Sew In 3 Easy Seams!

You can watch the intro video by just clicking here:

Intro Video

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Here are some of the titles in the class…

Tools & SuppliesSewing Machine TipsHow to Choose Fabric for this ProjectPreparing the FabricProject & Giveaway!

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Why Skillshare?  Well, I love to teach, and I love to sew… Skillshare offered an easy way for me to do both at the same time, so it was an offer I couldn’t refuse!  If you love crafts of all kinds – quilting, crochet, sewing, embroidery, cooking, baking, watercolor, painting, drawing, graphic design, anything you can think of… there’s a class for it on Skillshare!  I’ve been taking classes just for fun when I’m sitting for hours at airports, or traveling in the car for half a day.  It’s relaxing for me to do something fun like that.  So, I thought I could give teaching a class a try, and see how it goes.

I also like how every class on Skillshare is set up with short videos that are usually 2-5 minutes long, so if you don’t have a lot of time, you can just watch a segment or two at a time.  Also, entire classes are short, so that anyone can take them.  My class is less than 30 minutes long all together.
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I hope you’ll give it a try!  If you’d like to find out how you can take this class or watch another video in my class, just click here:

Skillshare Class

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Oh yes, I almost forgot!  I’m also doing a giveaway as part of the class –
Three winners will each receive two yards of fabric!!
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It was fun to work on this class, and I can’t wait to do the next one!

Stay tuned!

Happy Sewing,

Daisy

 

Periwinkle Quilt

I’ve been working, on & off, on these little blocks…

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I didn’t want to use just plain white for the background, which is what I’ve done so many times…

I wanted something more fun and out of the usual for me…

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I love this shade of blue… makes me smile as I sew…

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I used the template for mini periwinkle and the papers for wacky web pattern, both from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

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I used the Arbor Blossom charm pack. So much fun to work with these bright and cheery fabrics!

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I’m still not sure what I’m going to make with these blocks…

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What do you think? Quilt? Placemats?

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I thought of maybe making a picnic table quilt?

Should I use the red thread or the blue thread for the hand-quilting??

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I’ll appreciate your input!

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Have a blessed weekend!

Daisy

A New Computer

I GOT A NEW COMPUTER!!!!!!

If you have been following me for a while, you know that I spilled tea all over my brand new computer two years ago, and have since been without one…

But my husband surprised me yesterday with a new computer for my birthday!  And it’s not just any little old computer… he got me a beautiful, desk top Mac.
I know!!!  I couldn’t believe it!  I STILL can’t believe it!
It’s so much fun to work with!

I don’t know how I’ll be able to get anything done around the house in the next several days & weeks!  haha

I’ll finally be able to keep up with the blogging world (including my own little blog), and I’m excited about publishing the Skillshare class I’ve been working on, as well as other things I’ve been looking forward to for a while but had to put on hold until I had a computer.

Anyways… I know this is not an exciting post with a new project or recipe… but I was so excited I just had to share.

Have a wonderful week!

Daisy

 

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I love to sew for my grandkids.  I don’t have a lot of time, but I do a little every chance I get, especially early in the mornings or later at night.   It’s so much fun for me, that it’s actually a de-stresser 😊

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I made this little grey dress for one of my granddaughters.

I used pattern Simplicity #5704, but I always end up making several changes; It’s more fun and makes it more personal as well.

I got the fabric with the tiny flowers at Joann’s, the trim and the button at Hobby Lobby, and the solid grey fabric for the lining at WalMart.

It’s not that I went shopping at three different places just for this one dress… these are places I regularly go to looking for sales, so these things were ones that I had set apart for “someday” (which is usually what I do) 😁

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For the trim on the yoke front, I just used the same trim as the hem, but I placed them side-by-side, making it look like a wider trim, more in keeping with the size of the yoke.

A pretty button and some ribbon add a finishing touch to the top of the dress.

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I try to make the back of the dress as pretty as the front, so I decided to add some trim and I sewed on some tulle for a soft bow that ties after the dress is zipped up.

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I really enjoy sewing, but especially when I’m sewing for my grandkids.  I smile almost the entire time.  I hope they enjoy wearing the little clothes, or playing with the little sewn toys, as much as I enjoy making it for them. 😊❤️

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Happy sewing!

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Daisy