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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Country French Potato Leek Soup on: October 08, 2010 09:13:36 PM
It's starting to get a bit chilly now and then in my neck of the woods, so potato soup sounded like just the thing.  It's VERY simple to make, and the hubby keeps asking if there are still leftovers. Smiley



Country French Potato Leek Soup

5 medium russet potatoes, diced
6 cups milk (I used whole milk; you could sub in lighter milk or cream for part of it to make a healthier or richer soup)
3 leeks, sliced into 1/2 inch rings, and washed well
1 T. minced garlic
1 1/2 T. herbes de provence (If you're not a fan of lavender, look for French herbes de provence; typically lavender is only included in American made herbes de provence.)
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 T. olive oil


In a medium to large sized stock pot (I use my 6 quart dutch oven), sweat the leeks over medium heat with the garlic and a little salt.  Once leeks look mostly translucent, add the potatoes and milk and slowly bring to a boil.  



Simmer, stirring occasionally, until potatoes can be easily pierced with a fork.  Add the herbes de provence, the salt, and the pepper and leave over low heat for 5 minutes.  



Use an immersion blender to blend up the soup to whatever consistency you prefer.  I generally like to leave some potato and leek pieces whole, so I blend one side of the pot only. Makes 6 generous servings.



2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crocheted E-reader Cozy on: August 11, 2010 11:11:58 AM
No prob, bob Smiley  Hope it works out - post it when you're done so I can see how it came out!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crocheted E-reader Cozy on: August 11, 2010 10:47:51 AM
Ok, unstretched it's about 8 inches by 5.5 inches.  So, based on the Sony pocket e-reader measurements I looked up, you'd have to decrease your foundation chain by about 6 stitches.  Instead of 33 stitches, I'd try chaining 27.  Then, you'll want to follow the pattern until it measures about 8.5 inches instead of 10 inches.  That's my best guess based on the measurements of your e-reader. Smiley  Glad you like it!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted E-reader Cozy on: August 11, 2010 10:31:01 AM
I recently got a Nook (the Barnes and Noble e-reader), and I thought, "Well, this definitely needs a cozy!"  I just kind of made the pattern up as I went, and I think it came out pretty well.  I don't own a Kindle, but based on the measurements I've found online, I think this cover would work just as well for a Kindle.  So, here are the pics:



Here's the pattern:
     Use whatever worsted weight yarn you like, and with a G hook, ch 33.
     Row 1: dc in 3rd st from hook, dc across
     *Row 2: dc (fpdc, dc) across, ending with a dc
     Row 3: dc (bpdc, dc) across, ending with a dc
     Rep from * until piece measures about 10 inches. Fasten off (or, if you're lazy like 
     me, just keep going with the slip stitches you're about to use to join the piece).
     Fold the piece in half with the wrong sides together (e.g. the ribs should be on the inside). You should
     have a shape by now that pretty closely matches your e-reader.
     Join the short edge along the top with a slip stitch, and repeat with the bottom edge.  If you want to 
     avoid fastening off and weaving in ends, you can just carry your yarn across the inside using a slip
     stitch until you reach the other side.
     Turn piece right side out.
     Finishing the opening:
     Row 1: sc around
     Row 2: sc around
     Fasten off, weave in ends.

Hope you like it! Smiley
   

5  UNITED STATES / Louisiana / Meet us at New York Bagel Co. in Baton Rouge on Monday, March 19! on: March 19, 2010 11:28:08 AM
Come on down to NY Bagel Co on Monday, March 22 at 4pm for some crafting.  Some people from a crafting meetup will be there, so bring your project and join us!
257 Lee Dr # E
Baton Rouge, LA 70808-4977
(225) 769-0224
nybagelcompany.com‎
6  UNITED STATES / Louisiana / Re: Baton Rouge Crafting Group on: March 19, 2010 11:27:27 AM
Come on down to NY Bagel Co on Monday, March 22 at 4pm for some crafting.  Some people from a crafting meetup will be there, so bring your project and join us!
257 Lee Dr # E
Baton Rouge, LA 70808-4977
(225) 769-0224
nybagelcompany.com‎
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OTT 23 Gallery on: February 25, 2010 06:57:51 PM
Glad you like Smiley
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OTT 23 Gallery on: February 02, 2010 09:40:04 AM
I just received a lovely quilt square from Homerof2!  I love the veggie/fruit prints and the ladybug. Smiley

9  UNITED STATES / Louisiana / Re: Baton Rouge Crafting Group on: February 01, 2010 05:31:25 PM
Sorry it took me so long to respond.  I can do pretty much any night as long as I know in advance.  Perhaps a Friday night then?  Are you free anytime in the upcoming weeks?
10  UNITED STATES / Louisiana / Re: Baton Rouge Crafting Group on: January 14, 2010 12:25:47 PM
Okay, I'm going to take the reins here and try to organize a little crafting get-together.  If you're reading this board, post the days/times that work for you, and I'll organize it.  I'm thinking maybe a Thursday or Friday evening...Any takers?
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