Wednesday, January 14, 2009

WHAT ARE YOU ALL WORKING ON?

I was wondering what everyone was working on? I would love to see or hear.....post your projects on your blog, and let me ( and everyone else who comes along) know so we can have a look! I know I showed this before, but this is what I am sewing on today, I need to get all these sashing stars finished.I sew with a group of 11 women every Wednesday. Every week we drag all our "stuff" to each other's home...machines, projects....etc. The host provides lunch for everyone, we eat, sew and visit....we never husband bash! Some husbands were skeptical about the whole thing. We have been having "sewing day" for about 10 years now........WOW, hard to believe! This is one of the blocks for my book, there are 12 different ones.....if I don't get all those sashing blocks finished, I will be STRESSED when I have to finish all these appliqued blocks!
We have been through great times, grandbabies, moving, going back to college, children's lives....and even death, yes, one of our dear sewing ladies died 4 years ago of colon cancer, 2 years ago one of our lady's husband died from complications of surgery, and now one our lady's son-in-law is dying of brain cancer.....it is so nice to be able to go someplace everyweek and be with someone who cares about you. It has been one of the greatest things in my life!

Today sewing day is at my house, I am serving TACO SOUP. Here is the recipe, it is SOOOO easy. Of course we are having chocolate....Chocolate Crackle cookies....we must have chocolate!
TACO SOUP
1 lb. browned hamburger
1 1/2 cup water
1- 16 oz. can pinto beans, don't drain
1-can corn, drain
1 can tomato soup
1-16 oz. can stewed tomatoes
1/2 onion browned with hamburger
1/2 envelope Taco seasoning
1 cup grated cheese
sour cream for topping if desired
Tortilla chips to crush into bowls
*Brown hamburger and onion, put all ingredients in crock pot.
Cook in crock pot on high for 4 hours.
Top bowls of soup with grated cheese, sour cream and crushed tortilla chips...EAT

CHOCOLATE CRACKLE COOKIES
8 oz. bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
1 stick unsalted butter, room temp.
1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 cup milk
1 cup sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2.Melt chocolate over med. heat in a heat-proof bowl, set aside to cool. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
3. With electric mixer, beat butter and brown sugar, eggs until fluffy. Add vanilla, and chocolate, beat until combined. With mixer on low speed, alternate adding dry ingredients and milk until just combined. Cover the dough with plastic and chill in the refregerator until firm, about 2 hours.
4. Divide each piece into 16, 1 inch balls. Roll in sugar to coat, then in powdered sugar to coat. Space 2 inches apart on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
5. Bake until surfaces crack, about 14 minures, roating sheets halfway through. Let cool on wire racks.