Northern Nevada Sunrise ~ 28 February 2011

This morning’s sunrise was beautiful! Looking southeast from the University of Nevada.

Grandma’s Flower Garden Quilt ~ circa 1930’s

I walk into Tanner’s Fleamarket and Antiques yesterday and fondled a full-size 1930’ish Grandma’s Flower Garden quilt that had a $100 tag on it. So I petted it some more and got a business card from the vendor…who happened to be from Virginia City…local for me. 🙂 I thought maybe by the time St. Patrick’s Day/Nut Fest rolled around I could stash enough money away and give him a call.

Fast forward to this morning. I text my friend Aprl.

Me: If you had a chance to buy a 1930’s GFG quilt, really nice shape, really nice size for $80-$100. Would you jump?

April: Seriously, yes.

Soooo…I hop into the truck, drive to the Livestock Event Center, make a beeline to the vendor. The quilt is still there! I pick it up…hug it…and ask if he’d take $80. She’s beautiful, no?! She’s hand pieced and hand quilted.

When your sewing machine starts knocking…

it’s time to clean out the bobbin holder & feed dogs! 🙂 Actually…you should clean it after piecing and before quilting!

Sometimes…I forget and dust bunnies raise a family in there!

Beef Stroganoff Recipe ~ adapted from Paula Deen 2008 recipe

We had leftover Kinders Ball Tip Steak to use up…thought beef stroganoff sounded good. So I quickly googled and found Paula Deen’s recipe.

Her recipe follows…with my adaptions in (BOLD):

1-1/2 pounds cubed round steak, cut into thin strips (probably 2 cups sliced bbq’d ball tip steak)
House seasoning, recipe follows (1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper, 1/2 tsp garlic powder)
flour (TBSP worth)
2 TBSP olive oil
2 TBSP butter (1 TBSP unsalted butter)
1 medium onion, sliced
8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 10 oz can beef broth (fat free & low sodium)
1 10 oz can cream of mushroom soup
salt and black pepper (just the pepper)
1 cup sour cream (1/2 cup fat free sour cream)
cooked egg noodles

House Seasoning: (did not use!)
1 cup salt
1/2 cup black pepper
1/4 cup garlic powder
Mix the ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.


Season the steak strips with house seasoning, then dust with flour. (I used flour, pepper, and garlic powder). In a large skillet, quickly brown them on both sides in the olive oil and butter. Remove (I did not…just pushed to one side) steak from the pan. Add the onion slices and mushrooms to the pan drippings. Saute for a few minutes, until the onion is tender. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon flour. Put steak back into the pan with the onion and mushrooms. Add the mushroom soup and beef broth. Cook over low heat for about 30 minutes, covered. Adjust seasoning to taste, adding salt and pepper (doesn’t need it!) , as needed. Stir in the sour cream the last few minutes, right before you serve. Serve over cooked noodles.

This is an AWESOME recipe! Very tasty! My husband asked for seconds!

For Today ~ 23 February 2011 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 23 February 2011.

Outside My Window… it’s dark out…and windy, I hear the wind howling. A storm is moving in tonight.

I am thinking… sure wish it was in the 60’s again…like it was most of January!

I am thankful for… for my friends…they keep me semi-sane. 😛

From the kitchen… I made Beef Stroganoff with left over ball tip steak. I used a 2008 Paula Deen recipe that I adapted, lower sodium and lower fat. Will post recipe tomorrow. 🙂

I am wearing… Jeans, sweatshirt, hair up, wool socks on!

I am creating… my Orange quilt. Quilt top is finished, binding fabric selected…trying to figure out which fabric to use as backing. Pictures below!

I am going… to turn on SyFy to watch Ghost Hunters soon.

I am reading… absolutely nothing at the moment.

I am hoping… that my coworker will be safe in her upcoming trip to Iran to visit her mom and other relatives…am very worried about that country and others over there.

I am hearing… the winds howling through my front door. It’s an old place and not very well insulated.

Around the house… cats sleeping. Dryer knocking. Winds howling. Kitchen cleaned.

One of my favorite things… a cough-less night.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… quilt.

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you…

Quilt Top:

Binding Fabric:


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Spinach Garlic Hummus

I’ve been making lots of hummus for snacking lately…this time around I had a bag of spinach in the frig so I threw it into the mix. 🙂 Very garlicky, very yummie!

Here’s what I did:

2 cans (15 oz) garbanzo beans, drained
pretty much the whole bag of spinach (probably 3 cups)
1/3 cup olive oil
4 TBSP lemon juice
5 TBSP tahini
1 to 2 tsp red pepper flakes
4 plump cloves of garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1 to 2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander

Smash it altogether in your food processor.

Enjoy with pita chips!

For Today ~ 14 February 2011~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 14 February 2011.

Outside My Window… Partly cloudy sky, still not a lot of light out…the rising sun must be behind some clouds. Breezy. Very, very, very breezy. That storm front is heading our way. A plastic bag whirling around the rocks and trees. Sea gulls on a thermal.

I am thinking… I HATE this bloody congested cough I’ve had since the 4th! I already feel like I coughed up a lung…obviously the cold wants the other lung.

I am thankful for… that my niece gets to go to New Orleans with mom tomorrow. She is going to have a great time visiting new found family and that beautiful city. 🙂

From the kitchen… I think I’ll make some posole tonight. I have some carnitas and green chiles I can throw into the soup.

I am wearing… Jeans, tennies, long-sleeved grey tshirt-like blouse, hair down.

I am creating… Well…I ripped out the FM quilting I did on the pinwheel quilt, it’s folded and waiting for me to start over on it. I pieced 53 8″ blocks for the orange quilt…still have 46 more to go. I’m going to make it 9 wide x 11 long.

I am going… to turn on my space heater under my desk, it’s chilly under there and I’m still fighting this cold.

I am reading… absolutely nothing at the moment.

I am hoping… that my cold goes away. my niece and mom have a safe flight. my sister has a successful meeting this afternoon. we get lots of snow up in the mountains during this upcoming storm.

I am hearing… traffic on McCarran. Someone opening up one of the labs.

Around the house… Clean! Both my husband and I had off sleeping patterns this weekend. He cleaned the whole kitchen (even mopped!) at 2:30 am Saturday…I followed with vacuuming, dusting, and the bathroom. I did the laundry around midnight Friday. Stupid cold medicine had me whacked.

One of my favorite things… a cough-less night.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… quilt.

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you…


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