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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Update on Progress of Leaf Rug

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Book Discussion at Gloria's Hook-in



At Gloria's hook-in, members discussed a new book by Suzie Stephanson on primitive rugs. Some of us have ordered the book and will "show and tell" at one of our meetings. Our next Saturday hook-in will be in March at Susan's.

Hook-in: Gloria's Recipes

Several of our members had a lovely afternoon of friendship, food, and hooking projects at Gloria's two weeks ago. The food was a hit. Here are Gloria's recipes. --Patti

Flax Buns
3/4 cup flax
4 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp. yeast
3 eggs
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
3 cups warm water
4 cups whole wheat four.
Mix ingredients together. Bake for 12 minutes at 400 degrees.

Hook-in: Gloria's Recipes



Several of our members had a lovely afternoon of friendship, food, and hooking projects at Gloria's two weeks ago. The food was a hit. Here are Gloria's recipes. --Patti

Wild Rice and Mushroom Casserole
2/3 cup wild rice
1/2 tsp. Salt.
3 cups boiling water
cook for 30 minutes.
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp flour
1 cup fresh mushrooms
1 cup beef stock
1/8 tsp. pepper and 3/4 tsp. salt
saute onions and mushrooms, blend in flour and stock. Cook the roux. Add all together and bake for 30 mins at 350.

Image credit: Muddy River Photos on Creative Commons, Flickr

Hook-in: Gloria's Recipes


Several of our members had a lovely afternoon of friendship, food, and hooking projects at Gloria's two weeks ago. The food was a hit. Here are Gloria's recipes. --Patti

Artisan Bread
3 cups lukewarm water
1 1/2 tsp. granulated yeast
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
6 !/2 cups flour
Cornmeal for dusting.
Add yeast and salt to water, mix with flour. Kneading is not necessary. Mix with wooden spoon. It will be moist, wet, and loose). Let it rise (Cover with lid) for two hours. Place in fridge for up to a week. Shape into loaves or use for pizza. Rest loaf or pizza base for 20 minutes, dust the bread with cornmeal and slash with a knife before baking in a 450 degree oven for 30 minutes. Put a tray of hot water in the oven while baking for a crusty bread.
Recipe from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzborg and Zoe Francois.

Hook-in: Gloria's Recipes


Several of our members had a lovely afternoon of friendship, food, and hooking projects at Gloria's two weeks ago. The food was a hit. Here are Gloria's recipes. --Patti

Taco Soup
1 lb browned hamburger
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 16 oz can tomatoes with juice and 1 16 oz can of kidney beans with juice
1 can corn
8 oz tomato sauce
1 envelope of taco mix seasoning
Simmer for 15 minutes. Serve with corn chips, shredded cheese and sour cream.

Cranberry Nut Muffins
3/4 c salad dressing
1/4 cup orange juice
2 beaten eggs
2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda and 1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup chopped nuts
2 tsp. grated orange rind
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 18 muffin tins. Combine dressing, orange, eggs, and berries; Combine dry ingredients and stir wet into dry. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

image credit: MitaK on Creative Commons Flickr

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Heather's Lemony Three-Bean Salad Recipe




12 oz green beans, cut into 2" pieces and blanched
1 can chickpeas
1 can red kidney beans
1 c diced fresh tomatoes
1/2 c chopped red onion
1/4 c minced parsley

Combine the above in medium bowl. I often add minced green onion, minced garlic and/or thinly sliced cabbage. Any combination of canned beans will work.

1/2 c olive oil
3 T lemon juice
1 T lemon zest
1 t salt
3/4 t cracked pepper

Combine the above mix well and pour over salad ingredients.

Thanks, Heather

image credit: graygoosie on Flickr Creative Commons

Monday, March 8, 2010

Three Helpful Gene Shepard Videos






Gene Shepard has some rug hooking instructional videos on YouTube. They are short, highly-rated and easy-to-follow. Here are three: How to Hook a Corner ; How to Hook a Round Shape ; and "How to Hook a Point."


--Rita

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Hooker News


1. We had a lovely, stress-free day at Gloria's hook-in, pleasant conversation and some laughs while we hooked. The food was wonderful--watch for Gloria's muffin and Taco Soup recipes coming soon to the blog.

2. For those of you who have borrowed the dyes, please continue to look for the missing Majic Carpet dye books- Antique Colors and Spots, Books I and II and Sky Blue Pink with a Smell of Green. They are small booklets, about 6"x 8", so they could easily been overlooked when packing the dye case.

3. We have a new member, Jacqueline. She is primarily a weaver, but we welcome her company and artistic ability to our group.

4. If you are interested in ordering Susie Stephenson's new book, Designing and Hooking Primitive Rugs, please let me know and we can order together to save shipping. The price is $15.96 on Amazon.ca. Send me an email if you are interested.

5. There is interest in holding a retreat. I have checked with Jackfish Lodge, Emma Lake and Dallas Ranch Camp and these facilities do not meet our needs. Any other suggestions? We can always return to Harmony House in Manitou. We have a tentaive booking made last year.

6. Need more light? Ott-Lite desk lamps are on sale for $49.99 at Michael's until March 5, reduced from $119.99. Other Ott lamps are 40% off.

7. Susan has offered to host a March hook-in, details to follow.

8. The Prairie Harvest Rug Hooking School registration forms are now available. With the school being held at Blackstrap, commuting from Saskatoon is easily accomplished.

9. Last call for membership renewal. Non members will be deleted from the list.

Take care,
Rita
*photo credit: docman at Flickr (Creative Commons licensed)