Saturday, December 31, 2016

Diana's Leftover Turkey/Chicken Tetrazzini and The Force Awakens

Hi everyone, I decided to post my favorite tetrazzini recipe that I've been making for many years.  My husband Phil smoked a organic fresh turkey for us this Christmas and I roasted a organic Chicken from the grocery store too.  We had leftovers from both.  So, decided to make a casserole and freeze some for later.

The first photo is ready for the oven, second photo is out of the oven.  The recipe follows:                                                                            

Diana’s Leftover Turkey & Chicken  Tetrazzini

2 cups of leftover turkey and/or chicken cut up
Olive oil (drizzle in medium sauce pan)
1 clove garlic (minced)
1 large onion (cut up)
2 stalks of celery (cut up)
1 can of small black olives (optional)
1 small package of angel hair pasta (your favorite brand)
¼ cup of flour
½ half stick of butter (salted or unsalted)
¼ cup of milk
1 ¾ cup of chicken stock
¼ cup of dry white wine (that you would also drink)
1 8 oz. package of Mexican cheese (shredded)
salt and pepper to taste

In a saucepan, drizzle olive oil in pan and heat to medium.  Add the minced garlic, onion and celery.  Cook until onions are clear and starting to brown.  Place in a large bowl and set aside.  Add the leftover meat to skillet and heat.  Mix with onions, celery and garlic.  Set aside.  

In the meantime while cooking the onions, etc., using pasta directions cook about ¾ of the package of pasta. When done strain and mix together in the bowl with the other cooked ingredients.  Strain the black olives and add to the mixture.  Salt and pepper to taste.

Preheat oven to 350🔘F

In a medium saucepan heat the butter to just about brown, then add ¼ cup of flour, salt and pepper and mix with a whisk.  Let it start to brown, in the pan. Then, mix in the 1 ¾ cup of chicken stock & ¼ cup of milk (whisking to thicken).  Once it starts to thicken, add the white wine.  Cook until thick (continue to whisk).  Once it is thick, remove from heat. 

In a 9 x 9 metal or glass pan, alternate the meat mixture, sauce, meat mixture and sauce.  Top with entire package of cheese.

Cook for 30 minutes and/or until topping is bubbly.

Let it cool about 5 minutes before serving.  Yum, Yum...

I've also completed my sons Star Wars hat and mailed to him.  He actually received it this Thursday and loves it.

Happy New Year to everyone and hope you all have a wonderful 2017!!!

Monday, December 12, 2016

More Christmas Sewing Finished

I finished my son's Flannel Shirt today and it turned out really well.  Making the shirt was time consuming but lots of fun.  I purchased the fabric at this link ( and it's Robert Kaufman's Flannel.  I used McCall's M6613, View C, with only one pocket since that's what my son requested.

  • After I washed the shirt yesterday, it actually made the fabric "better".  (Before sewing the buttonholes & buttons on today.) It seemed to make it more dense without shrinkage.
  • I let it hang dry after using the delicate cycle in my front load washing machine.  

I also added a tab inside the shirt so can be hung on a hook (you can see in photo 2).  Here's the directions if you're interested.  You can do this to almost any sewing project that can be hung too.

  • Just take a scrap of fabric, on the bias and cut it about 1 - ½" wide, 
  • then, fold it over twice, with raw edge showing.  
  • Sew the strip with a tight zig-zag stitch,
  • Cut to length you would like,  
  • Fold it under on both sides and zig-zag to the collar.  (The  collar is sturdy enough for this too.)

My son requested wooden buttons and I think they look great.

Well, now it's back to knitting my son Allen's "The Force Awakens" hat for one of his Christmas presents.  I really need to get it done by Thursday if I can to mail to him.  Wish me luck!

Happy Stitching, Knitting and Sewing everyone....

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Time flies & Christmas Crocheting and sewing

Wow, how time flies.  It's already December!! I've been very busy this year with our house remodels, gardening, sewing, knitting and crocheting.  I just finished my daughter-in-law's Christmas present.  She picked it out on Pinterest and I purchased the fabric from (Robert Kaufman's flannel), crocheted the lace and finished sewing it up today.  Here's the blog if you're interested in the directions for making one for yourself or for a Christmas present:


I've also made the Esme Tunic for Bethany from the book Everyday Style by Lotta Jansdotter.  I purchased the book for myself but very glad that Bethany Loves the tunic!!! It's actually a light denim blue but my photo was taken outdoors and it looks a little light.

A 1974 retro jacket/shirt for my son David, (he found a 1974 Vogue pattern at a thrift store) he also picked out the fabrics.  I used snaps instead of buttons, and also used the companion fabric to hem the shirt to give it a more tailored look.

Crocheted 3 scarfs for presents and also crocheted lace.

 And lastly, finished a quick curtain for our master bathroom.

Now I'm making my son a shirt to match the scarf in flannel.  I hope to have everything done by the 20th of December so I can take a break or just knit or cross-stitch for myself.

Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season this year.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Downton Abbey Mystery Block of the Month Quilt & Asheville AAA Baseball

This past weekend was very busy here.  I mowed our 1+ acres with the John Deere lawn mower, my first time and now I'm a pro at it.  Not too sure if this is really something to be a pro at, but it was relaxing when I was not facing the hot sun.  I picked up my Asheville Cotton Co. $5 blocks on Saturday and had both done before midnight that evening.

I am also working on the Downton Abbey block of the month (BOM) quilt from Carolina Foam & Fabric Outlet, Black Mountain, NC.  Have finished three so far:  The purple block is The Dowager: Violet, and the Black, cream & gold block on the right, is The Lady Cora (cups & saucers).  Have more to complete for this one.  

Here's a photo of my sister's Make A Wish I'm knitting it for her using the color way William Morris its slow progress but fun to knit since plain knitting really bores me. 

Last, but not least, my spouse and I went to a Asheville Tourist's game Sunday afternoon and the team was playing my youngest son's favorite AAA team the Charleston RiverDogs.  Both teams defense was great so the runs were neck-in-neck at 1/1, 2/2, finally at the bottom of the 9th we had one man on 2nd and the player at bat hit a home run for the final score of 4 -2 ):  AAA baseball is so much better to watch and more fun I think than major league baseball, since the players are hoping to get into the major leagues and most are new draft picks right out of college.  

Well, hope everyone has a great week and happy stitching, knitting and sewing everyone!!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Asheville Cotton Co. $5 Mystery Quilt update

Hi fellow crafters:

For the 2016 mystery quilt, I have opted to pay for the extra "expansion block each month for $5.  I just finished the June expansion block and here's a photo of all 8 blocks for March - June completed.  Tomorrow I will get the July blocks and only pay the $5 for the expansion.

This quilt is a lot of fun & I've finally realized if I don't iron the blocks as I go there is no "stretching" of the pieces.  This has bothered me in the past and now I have figured out how to make sure they fit.  I would be glad for any quilting comments of how you keep your blocks from stretching too, in the actual sewing processes.

Around the house:  I will be painting again today, the shelves for my wire rack appliances.  Will be using my husband's favorite color yellow; and doing some laundry today too.  I hope to get back to my sewing room later today and fix a zipper for a friend's capris that she can wear at work.  She and I have been joking that now with my retirement, I will become her personal tailor....

Hope everyone is having fun today, happy stitching, knitting and sewing...

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Summer is already here!!

It's already July here in NC and it's hard to believe that I've been retired for almost 6 months.  The house is coming along nicely with about 60% done.  There is still lots of finishing to be done.  We moved in the house around the end of May, once we bought a new queen mattress set to sleep in.  The kitchen was completed enough to use around early June.  We've also been lucky that the previous owner of the property planted, roses, lilies and other plants.  Here are photos of a few that have been blooming so far.

My craft room is about 90% finished, and I've been busy this week working on Asheville Cotton Company $5 Mystery Quilt blocks and also a Downton Abbey Block of the Month from Carolina Fabric and Foam located in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

It's been really hot here since we moved down the mountain and I've needed some cooler shorts.  I used the Kwik Sew Pattern 3615, and used quilt fabric, Love More from Susan Black & also have another pair cut out and ready to sew using the quilt fabric Illustrations by  The nice thing about this pattern is the pockets are nicely finished and you can't see them.  I made the XL if you are interested.

I hope to finish the other pair late this evening or early next week.  My to-do-list for the upcoming weeks are to finally get the kitchen set up and all the pots, pans, plasticware put up so the spare bedroom can be emptied as a storage room.  I hope everyone has a great weekend!! Happy stitching, knitting and sewing everyone!!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Spring Crafting

Well, I finally retired from my "paying" jobs after 41 years working.  Since I'm too young to get Social Security I will have less money that when working.  But, the good part is I've been "stockpiling" as most crafters do.  I have plenty of yarn, cross-stitch patterns, needlework patterns, quilting fabric and clothing fabrics.

Phil and I also found a really nice foreclosure that we could afford down the mountain from where we now live.  We have been working on fixing it up since the 1st week of March.  It is about ½ done with the structural fixes, still waiting on the new roof to be put on and the water to be fixed and running.  We will be move there on May 1st no matter what and living in our RV of course.  I will finally have a CRAFT room again, and very excited for this.  Once we have internet service I will make a point of blogging at least once a week or so.  I have so VERY many projects planned.  The first few to finish are my son's sweater, it's all knitted except the last sleeve.  Then I'll sew it together and send to him in Seattle and see if he can get a photo for me.  Second project is my sister's Hitofude sweater in the color way of turquoise and brown.  If you're interested, the pattern can be found here on ravelry:  Hitofude-cardigan

This is a photo of the view from the porch of our property.  I will enjoy stitching, knitting or just having a cup of coffee in the morning watching the trees and listening to the wonderful birds..

I attended my first Primitive Stitching Retreat in Marietta Georgia, this past month and my exchange piece is the Blackbird Design, "BlueBird" stitched with blue silk and I handmade the pattern, and hand-sewed it with fabric from Mary Jo's located in Gastonia, NC.  I really love it and although I missed the real primitive look my exchange partner still liked it.  If anyone would like a pattern (free), I'll make it and place on my blog in the upcoming weeks.  Just comment so I'll know to make the pattern.

Well, have a great week.  Happy stitching, knitting, sewing and crafting everyone..