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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Member Rugs: Patti's "Plymouth Rock and Roll"

Heritage Rug Hooking member Patti Marken's latest rug was made with wool, including alpaca for the body of the rooster.

*photo credit: Ron Marken

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The "Dyeing to Go" Retreat

After this long winter, we are ready for an outing, and who has more fun than rug hookers?

Eleven people have signed up for the hooking retreat planned for Friday, May 29 to Sunday, May 31 at Harmony House at Manitou Beach. Along with hooking among friends in a comfortable atmosphere, there will be some beginning and advanced dyeing workshops.

We are also planning light-hearted activities and prizes. Some will want to relax at the mineral springs and spa. The cost is $48-$60 per night for bed and breakfast. The remainder of the meals will be arranged by our able volunteers.

We have only 4 more spots available, so if you would like to attend, please phone Rita at 306-997-2121.

Check out the Harmony House facility at

*Artwork by Michael R. Gaudet

Hooker News from Rita

1. Patti, Dorothy and I taught a mini- class of 7 ladies at the Marr Residence last Saturday. The 3 of us, plus BettyAnn, made up kits.

2. We have 11 people planning to go to the retreat. We have room for a few more.

3. I would like this new blog to serve as a handbook for members as well as a source of information for prospective members. So far, I have listed resources such as what we sell and loan, Canadian shops, Saskatoon Public library books, etc. There will be a gallery of our rugs and info about Prairie Harvest School. I would like to hear your ideas and encourage anyone to share the writing task.

4. The photos of our rugs have been sent to England for the display. I used the ones we took for Jesse's book plus the ones of people holding their rug.

5. This week we will have the' transferring designs using an overhead' demo. The meetings have been hectic, so this has been delayed.

6. The consensus was that we should continue using the room we have at Sherbrooke. We will try to free up more space by rearranging tables.

7. Does anyone want to host a hook-in in April?

Topics for Tuesday, March 24, 7:00 pm:
Should we give Ron an honorarium for all his help with the photography?
Should there be a budget for prizes at the retreat?
Should we participate in the Exhibition?
Should we ask to be part of the Heritage Day showcase at the Western Development Museum?
Are we donating to Sherbrooke?

*photo credit: docman at Flickr (Creative Commons licensed)

Friday, March 20, 2009

BettyAnn's Caesar Salad

At a recent hook-in, BettyAnn prepared an amazing caesar salad. Here is her much-requested recipe:

BettyAnn’s Caesar Salad

1 large head of romaine lettuce
1 clove garlic, halved
½ cup salad oil (peanut, corn or olive)
1 cup french bread cubes
¾ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp dry mustard
1½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
3 anchovies, drained and chopped
1 egg
2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
juice of half a lemon (2 tbsp)

Wash and dry lettuce and store in fridge in plastic bag for several hours.
Several hours before serving, crush ½ garlic clove and combine in jar with oil. Refridgerate at least one hour.

Heat 2 tbsp oil in skillet. Add bread cubes, sauté until brown (or use prepared croutons).

To remaining oil add salt, mustard, pepper, Worcestershire and anchovies. Shake vigorously and refrigerate.

In a small saucepan, heat 2” depth of water to boiling. Turn off heat. Carefully lower egg into water. Let stand 1 minute and lift out. Set aside to cool.

Just before serving, rub the inside of a large wooden bowl with other half of garlic clove. Discard garlic. Tear romaine into bite-size pieces and place in bowl. Shake dressing and pour over lettuce. Sprinkle lettuce with parmesan. Toss.

Separate egg and put yolk over centre of salad. Pour lemon juice directly over yolk. Toss. Sprinkle with croutons and toss again.

*photo credit:
Williamhartz on Flickr (Creative Commons licensed)