I did a bit of cutting and sewing on a new "angel quilt" project (no picture yet). When I went to buy thread yesterday there were three remnants in the bin that called my name. For just under $20 I have enough to make a lap quilt top. I will add borders of another remnant to "stretch" the size a bit, and that will add another $6.49 to the price. Still a big bargain. I'm using a "rail fence" pattern, and being sorry that I decided to make 3 1/2" square blocks. That means a total of 216 blocks for the modest sized top. What was I thinking! They could just as well have been 5" squares and saved lots of sewing time!
Tomorrow the weather is supposed to head downhill, so after our nice little break I came inside and made a big pot of "my kind of minestrone." When I make soup I don't fool around. This is a five quart Dutch oven, about as full as can be without boiling over.
I like to start with a package of soup mix, and this is Bear Creek Minestrone. I find Bear Creek soup mixes very good. They can be hard to find here, so when I saw some the last time we were in the States, I bought all the packages on the shelf. There were about five, I think. Then I add some or all of the following: onion, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, fresh green beans, corn kernels, green and red peppers, Italian sausage, fresh mushrooms, broken uncooked spaghetti, canned tomatoes, a can of beans in sauce (pork & beans without the pork) and the following seasonings: oregano, thyme, anise seeds, and cumin. Amounts vary, depending on availability. It always turns out well and is a very hearty soup, almost like a stew, as you can see.
When we were on the way to Fort St. John for Thanksgiving we had supper at a Subway Restaurant. The sandwiches were great! But the soup was a sad shock. I think it came out of a can. I guess we're spoiled with all our "made from scratch" foods.