Wednesday, September 23, 2015

On the First Day of Autumn...my true love gave to me.....

I have changed the words to that old Christmas song to an Autumn song. For the next twelve days I will be helping you to celebrate the beginning of Autumn. I thought since Christmas celebrates twelve days, Autumn should also celebrate. The first verse is now as follows:

On the first day of Autumn My true love gave to me…

An Acorn from an old oak tree

Tune in tomorrow for the next exciting verse!

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Here are some verses about Autumn

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” 
― Albert Camus

“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” 
― L.M. MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables

(ME TOO)


“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” 
― Lauren DeStefanoWither

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This Quote is from 


The leaves of the chestnut tree make very wholesome mattresses to lie on... [Beech leaves]... being gathered about their fall, and somewhat before they are much frost-bitten, afford the best and easiest mattresses in the world to lay under our quilts instead of straw; because, besides their tenderness and loose lying together, they continue sweet for seven or eight years long; before which time straw becomes musty and hard; .......

It is an interesting site talking about old ways of stuffing mattresses and a host of other things to know.  Can you imagine sleeping on mattresses that you had to make yourself? We are very fortunate!

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On Monday we had a class where we painted and decorated paper mache boxes. It was so much fun. If you didn't get a chance to come....let me know if you'd like a repeat. Here are some pictures.


This is our table with some of our necessaries!


In progress~~the one closest with the paisley is Carol's

Sandra's

Mary Ann's
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One that Sandra brought to show

Barbara's beauty


Sharon's

Another of Mary Ann's

Me and the rest were still painting and thinking of how best to make ours beautiful. You can paint the boxes and over paint them and then sand to make them more primitive and finish with a coat of shoe polish to age them. It was a LOT of fun. Carol has done some beautiful boxes and had a lot of great information for us beginners.

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I would like to make an order to The Thread Gatherer for more Sea Grass and other fine fibers. If you would take a minute and go to

                                                         http://www.threadgatherer.com/

look at the fibers and ribbons section
send me your list and I'll get in touch with you when they arrive.
These fibers in particular

Sea GrassSilken Pearl, and 


Silken Chenille

Also take a look at :

www.valdani.com

www.valdani.com/product_details/5

I only order the variegated colors. I would like to order in a week or so. Send me your list. There are some beautiful new colors.

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·                                 Spicy Pumpkin Soup with Avocado Cream
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TIP: If you don't have any buttermilk on hand for the avocado cream sauce, substitute plain yogurt and just a little water.

Makes 6-8 servings
Total time: 55 Minutes
«Recipe Time
Hands-on: 55 Minutes
Total: 55 Minutes
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Ingredients

1 cup diced yellow onion 
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided 
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 (29-oz.) can pumpkin
6 -6 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
1 tablespoon adobo sauce from can
1 medium avocado, peeled and diced
1/2 cup whole buttermilk 
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 
8 ounces smoked sausage, sliced
1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

Preparation

1. Place onions, 2 Tbsp. olive oil, and 1 tsp. salt in a Dutch oven over medium heat; cover and cook 5 to 6 minutes or until translucent. Stir in garlic and cumin; cook 2 minutes. Whisk in pumpkin and 6 cups broth; add chipotle pepper and 1 Tbsp. adobo sauce. Increase heat to medium-high, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 12 minutes.
2. Process soup, in batches, in a food processor or blender 1 minute. Add up to 1/2 cup broth, 2 Tbsp. at a time, to reach desired consistency.
3. Process avocado, next 3 ingredients, and remaining 1/2 tsp. salt in a blender until smooth. Add up to 1/4 cup water, 1 Tbsp. at a time, to reach desired consistency.
4. Cook smoked sausage in remaining 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes. Stir in black beans and paprika, and cook 1 minute. Ladle soup into serving bowls; top with sausage mixture and avocado cream.


I have not tried this soup, but it sounds delicious.
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Hope this puts you in a very celebratory mood.   Check in tomorrow for Day Two of Autumn.

Betty
thequiltingb1947@gmail.com 

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