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During their last visit, the kids brought us a Kabocha squash (Japanese pumpkin) from their veggie share. 

 


Cutting it up was a challenge. I should have used my rotary cutter! However, I got it cut up, saved the seeds and roasted the squash. I have some put away in the freezer, but I made a nice soup out of two cups of it. I was happy with my recipe, which was improvised from several recipes I found online. I used the slow cooker. Here's the recipe:


Slow-cooked Curried Squash Soup


Ingredients

• 1/2 yellow onion, chopped

• 1 red bell pepper, chopped

• 1 clove garlic, minced

• 2 teaspoon curry powder

• 1/2 teaspoon cumin

• 1/2 teaspoon coriander

• 1/4 teaspoon pepper flakes

• 2 cups water

• 1 2-cup bouillon cube

• 2 cups roasted winter squash, diced

• 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce

• 2 sliced zucchinis

• 1 (15 oz.) can coconut milk

• 1 Lime

• 1 bunch fresh cilantro

• Salt and pepper to taste.

Directions
Sauté onion and red bell pepper for 3-5 minutes or until onion begins to soften. Add the garlic and cook one more minute.Stir in the curry powder, cumin, coriander and pepper flakes. Sauté a few minutes more. Add to zucchini, winter squash, soy sauce, water and bouillon cube in slow cooker. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Add coconut milk for the last 30 minutes. Add salt (if needed)and pepper to taste. serve with lime quarters and sprigs of cilantro.

 

I also cleaned and roasted the seeds. You can eat the husks and all. They're nice sprinkled in the soup or over a salad.

 

I finally managed to get the fiber studio straightened out, although I still have some things to do to the loom before I can make the rag rugs for the house. It's nice having a comfortable chair for sewing and a chair mat, so I can roll the chair around. When I'm sewing, I like to keep a pressing mat on the table where you see the laptop in the photo.

 

 

I've had to move my Yelloware bowls to make more storage for large items needed as props for the stories. They now grace the upper cabinets in my kitchen.


The chair mat also makes it possible to close the sewing cabinet nicely, because the whole cabinet is resting on the mat instead of the carpet. I still need to get a wall lamp for over the cutting cabinet.

 



I used this Coca-Cola crate for storing little things in my old fiber studio, but I've discovered that it's perfect for storing little shoes by installing little floors in each of the upper three rows of compartments. I used heavy-duty interfacing left over from another project. The boots don't fit, so they are stored elsewhere. I still have more shoes coming, so it's going to take some thought to find a place for them.

 


Speaking of shoes, I managed to crochet this pair of shoes this past week. It was a challenge, because I'm not much of a crocheter, however, they are done and I may make another pair or two.

 


Tour de Fleece started on Saturday. By the end of the day, this is how much I had done. (If you read my blog post last week, you will perhaps remember that I started out with some on the spool already.)

 


I did some hand-quilting on my whole cloth quilt. I noticed an area where the pattern was fading, perhaps because of exposure to the light or humidity. I'm trying to finish that area before it disappears. You can see that instead of sewing in a straight line, I sew in a zig-zag line across the area. This provides some stretchability, which keeps the knots from popping through or the threads from breaking.

 

 

You can also see another trick of mine, leaving several threaded needles in my work where I left off quilting as I got close to the edge of the hoop.

 

Another surprise flower showed up in our front flower bed. These look like miniature carnations. (My card, normal business card size, is in the photo for scale.)



We had the soup on Saturday night at the beginning of a big meal that included salmon marinated and grilled on the BBQ we bought on sale at the beginning of winter, along with salad and sourdough bread. We didn't have dessert, and we couldn't exactly end the meal with nuts, as is customary, but Kabocha squash seeds are close.

 

 

 

After that big meal, I planned to walk the dogs during the afternoon on Sunday. The pups and I finally made it to 60 miles in 30 days, and here's the proof.

 

 

 

I feel a lot more fit than I did 30 days ago. I haven't missed a day of walks since June 7th. I'll keep it up as long as I can. Tuesday we're supposed to get rain. With luck, we can get out when it isn't raining.

 


What's on my needles: Still the Coastal Skies. A few more rows finished.

 

What's in The Doll's Storybook: The Philosophy of Sad Times(Note: This story was not intended to be political. The stories are for children. Adults reading this one should not read anything political into it.)


What's on my sewing machine: Currently undercover. (Resting.)


What's in my hoop: Still the Whole Cloth Quilt. Finally making progress!

 

What's on my iPad/iPhone: Finished The Wicked Godmother by M. C. Beaton. Now reading The Flirt by M. C. Beaton.

 

What's in my wine glass: Kirkland (nothing but the best from Costco) Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage 2017. Surprisingly good.


What's my tip of the week: Don't throw out the liquid in that jar of pickled beets when all the beets are gone. It can be used to make a pretty and tasty egg treat. Just place a peeled boiled egg down in the liquid and leave it for a few days. The longer you leave it, the redder it gets––no food coloring needed. It's tasty as well as pretty. If you are using canned pickled beets, I recommend pouring the liquid into a glass or plastic container.

 

 

Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals or dolls were harmed during the production of this blog post.

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on July 9, 2019 at 9:03am

Rebecca, I mentioned that the little miniature carnation was a Dianthus, and I looked at the Dianthus DH planted, and they are like the other kind I found online when I looked them up. They have separate individual petals, but the same jagged edges, also very pretty. I'll have to go smell the two types and find out what they are like.

When we lived on the boat, I managed to sew with very little space. It's easier if you have more room, though. I didn't make any quilts during that time.

I'm glad you think my quilting method is useful. I can't remember where I learned it, or I would have credited the quilter.

Comment by Rebecca Sundberg on July 9, 2019 at 8:50am

Soup looks delicious! I love Dianthus (we called them 'pinks' when I was younger.  Beautiful clove scent on them. I'm envious of your fiber studio.  My sewing room is a converted small bedroom.  Very plain and definitely NOT very roomy.

I liked how you were zig zagging your hand quilting and the reason for it.  I've done some hand quilting and knots popping out has been a problem.  I'll remember what you do next time, and try it myself.  Thanks!

Comment by Peggy Stuart on July 8, 2019 at 7:24pm

Thanks, ladies. I'm glad you like how the fiber studio looked when I took the photos. (I've used it today, LOL!)

Sharon, knitting and spinning are fun activities, as is quilting.

Comment by Sharon on July 8, 2019 at 5:07pm

Very nice set up you have. I have a friend in Atlanta that spins her own yarn and does a lot of knitting.You are a busy bee..kudos to you!!

Comment by Irene Gallway on July 8, 2019 at 4:25pm

I love your sewing studio. Plenty of room and lots of storage.  The crochet shoes are so cute. I have a pair of slippers that a great aunt of mine crocheted for me She passed away many years ago and I still have them. Congratulation on your 60 miles of walking.

Comment by Janet/MO on July 8, 2019 at 3:04pm

Your studio looks fabulous Peggy.  It is amazing how much we can fit in to a space when we put our minds to it!

Comment by Peggy Stuart on July 8, 2019 at 11:13am

Thanks, Carol! (The winter squash could be replace by an equal amount of roasted sweet potato...hmm, I may need to try that, when all the Kabocha is gone!)

Carol Ann, typos are always visible after we hit "Add Comment." They don't let you edit your comments here, unfortunately. I always store my things cleverly, too. So cleverly I can't find them again easily.

Thanks for confirming what I suspected about the flower, both of you. It looks doll-size. Very cute. I found (after the dianthus tip) Dianthus caryophyllus, a member of the Carnations family. DH says he planted Dianthus under a different bush, but a different variety.

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on July 8, 2019 at 10:15am

"typos" Grrr.

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on July 8, 2019 at 9:34am

Hi, Peggy!  This time your mystery flower is a "dianthus".  They are in the carnation family, I believe, but smaller.  It is not a wildflower; somebody planted it.  Very pretty pink.

It looks like storage of sewing/doll materials is every changing in your house!  I know the feeling; I still like to think that I can put my hand on anything I need in my sewing room, buy sometimes I have to think hard to remember where I "cleverly" stored it!

Comment by Carol B of ET on July 8, 2019 at 9:32am

I am not a squash fan.  

The flower is a mini carnation.  I used to have some until the Texas heat burnt them up.  

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