Signing Off for the Weekend

Yesterday I managed to finish up the laundry with some quilting between wash cycles. Although I'm feeling much better, my energy level is still dictating the terms of existence. I suppose that is always the case, but I'm used to a little more enthusiasm in my days.

As for the quilting, three of the four rows of blocks are finished now. Just the three flamingos and two palm trees at the top remain...and the border, of course.

When I finished the bottom row of blocks yesterday, I took it off the machine and downstairs to the living room where the soft lighting from the windows seems to be the best place to see the quilting. As I said earlier, I'm just doing simple quilting on this by outlining the appliques and blocks, and then adding ripples of water around the flamingos' legs. It's probably a little easier to see it on the quilt back.

My quilt inspectors were absent for this partial finish. Nap preparation was taking higher priority.

That seemed like a good idea to me too, and so I joined him in that endeavor.

Yesterday's assault on the vegetables gave me a leg up on the greens. When I picked up our share on Tuesday, one of our farmers pointed out how beautiful the beet greens were and said she hoped people were eating the greens. A little too quickly, I replied that I usually make pesto from the beet greens, and then realized that wasn't what she had in mind. After giving it some thought, I realized she was right. The beet greens were beautiful, with nary an insect bite. As I was unpacking the veggies, I noticed the turnip greens were equally beautiful...and the radish greens too.

Last night I tried this "any greens" saute. I used my cast iron skillet and a little olive oil and first sauteed some minced shallot and garlic scapes. Then I started throwing in the beet greens and turnip greens a little at a time. As each bunch wilted down and made room in the pan, I added a little more. When they were all in the pan, I added a little salt, then a tablespoon and a half of cider vinegar and a tiny sprinkling of red pepper flakes and voila! (Voila! is our Victory over Vegetables cry here at the Three Cats Ranch, with arms raised "touchdown" style.)

And these were really tasty. I'll definitely make this again. Mike and I are pretty easy-going when it comes to food with very few things we won't eat. Mike is dead set against Brussels sprouts, and I'm dead set against lima beans. Those are our only we-don't-negotiate-with-terrorist foods. (Everyone has something.) When it comes to greens, I'd say we're both suspicious. We weren't raised on greens, and so we're having to acquire a taste for them. Just now I looked up the nutritive value of greens to see whether this taste acquisition was worth the effort. There is a wealth of information about this, including rankings of which greens are healthiest. The rankings are wildly variable, depending on who's doing the ranking. Of the websites I browsed this one seemed to be the most objective and gave the most information about the nutritive value of greens. Consider me sold. There was a little bit leftover from last night's dish, and I'm going to throw them into my scrambled eggs for breakfast this morning.

When I made the dish above, I wasn't exactly sure how to prepare them for cooking. Some greens-- collards, kale, and chard, for example--have a thick center rib that is tough and fibrous and (to my tender palate) not appetizing at all. Some people chop them up and pickle them. I've tried that and found it not worth the effort. The beet greens and turnip greens had a tender rib, and so I left that in, but cut off the tough stems below the leaf. Those went into a bin where I keep cuttings and peelings for making vegetable stock when enough accumulate. That worked great, but I'll still cut the leaves cross-wise into two inch-wide ribbons next time around. It'll make them easier to eat. 

Also, we made short work of the broccoli by trying this recipe from Smitten Kitchen. Here's the picture from her website...hers turned out prettier than mine.

Mike and I agreed that this was a new take on broccoli, and I can totally recommend the dipping sauce. Think of it as the icing on the cake.

This morning I spent some more time on the Written in Thread piece, and I'm about 25% of the way around the edge now.

This will be going with us to the beach this weekend. As I mentioned yesterday, we're heading over there for the weekend to celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary on Tuesday. That means I'm going to spend the morning packing the food and my own clothing and what-not. It shouldn't take long because it's just a weekend trip.

The laptop is staying at home...I think it has other plans...and so I won't be blogging again until Monday or Tuesday. It's going to be a good weekend, and I hope you have a good weekend too.

12 comments from clever and witty friends:

Linda M @ Pieceful Kingdom said...

Have fun, and I hope you are both feeling much better when you get home. Happy Anniversary!

Lyndsey said...

Have fun and really enjoy your anniversary weekend. Happy 41st anniversary

Kate said...

Happy Anniversary. Have a great time at the beach.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

So glad to hear that you are better. And Happy Anniversary. We have two years on you :-) Enjoy your weekend.

WoolenSails said...

Love your quilt and the quilting. I hope you have a wonderful time this weekend, we celebrate our 41st next month. Happy Anniversary!


Marlene said...

Have a great weekend and Happy Anniversary. Those saute greens look delicious.

crazy quilter said...

Enjoy your weekend! Rest and relax and recharge! Hope you are feeling 100 percent very soon

Dana Gaffney said...

Enjoy your "unplugged" weekend, it sounds great. Try to stay off your phone too :)

Barb H said...

Happy anniversary, Barbara--and Mike too. Those greens will surely have you back on your feet in short order, I'm sure. I'm really liking how the flamingo quilt is coming along, and I noticed that you are doing the border embroidery on the Written in Thread quilt the same way I do binding--begin so one corner is turned right away and then only 3 more to go. Have a great weekend!

Angie in SoCal said...

Happy Anniversary! And thank you for the veggie recipes- can always use those. Have a wonderful weekend.

Renee said...

You do such lovely work! I love the Written with Thread piece. I hope you have a great time at the beach!

quiltzyx said...

For not being at quite 100%, you've been getting a lot of things done!
I don't think I've seen a pic of your whole Rhodie bushes before, just the individual gorgeous flowers. Wow! Definitely a beautiful gateway to the yard.
I wonder if any of my local markets have garlic scapes? They look interesting & I do love me some garlic! Always like to see what you do with all the er, interesting stuff in your share box. Lately I've been lucky if I warm up my leftovers before I eat them. hah!
Hope you've been having a great anniversary weekend time at the beach. :)