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11  Roasted Vegetable Soup in Recipes and Cooking Tips by ZumaGirl74 on: June 11, 2010 09:10:41 PM
This is my all time favorite soup to make.  It's just veggies, salt & olive oil, so I guess it's totally vegetarian / vegan.  But I don't really care about that... I just love how it tastes, and that it's such a flexible dish.

I start with tomatoes, red/orange/yellow peppers, zucchini/yellow squash, any kind of onion, and lots of garlic. But you can use eggplant or vary the amounts of any of the ingredients.  The only thing I suggest is not using too many green peppers/zucchini because the soup ends up looking a bit brownish.  But other than that, use whatever summer veggies you like.  Cut them up but not too small. coat with olive oil, and sprinkle sea salt all over it.  Roast it at about 375 for about an hour.  Toss the veggies a few times to make sure it's all getting evenly browned.

When everything looks good and roasted, I take it out and put it in a stock pot.  Add vegetable broth (I've used pacific organic... but again, use whatever you like), and a good bit of basil.  Simmer it at medium heat for about an hour... depending on how salty the broth is, you can add more salt or not.

Stir it often, mush up the veggies.  When it looks done, mix it in small batches in your blender & return it to the pot. 

I like to serve it with fresh bread & cheese.  It is soooo good!  I like to make a huge pot & freeze individual portions for lunches at work.   
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12  Pizza with foccaccia dough in Recipes and Cooking Tips by ZumaGirl74 on: June 11, 2010 08:48:46 PM
I absolutely love 'The Bread Baker's Apprentice' and have been using the foccaccia recipe as pizza dough, with a bit of modification.  I add fresh rosemary & garlic to the dough in the beginning, then leave the dough to rise over night in an oil coated plastic bag. 

The next day I let it come to room temperature on the counter, then roll it out on a floured board (no idea how to toss it), letting it rest a few times during the shaping.  Then I transfer it to a baking stone (let it rest again while chopping veggies/shredding the cheese) & prebake it for like 10 minutes before quickly adding the toppings & finishing it in the oven.

YUM!  I had to eat a few pieces before taking a picture. Wink
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13  Red & blue quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by ZumaGirl74 on: March 07, 2010 06:28:35 PM
I just got back from a year abroad and half my friends are pregnant (the half that didn't give birth while I was gone apparently =P )

I went with a pretty basic pattern ... and used mostly fabrics from my stash.  Which was a challenge... I have tons of pinks & florals... but everyone keeps having boys!!!  So I had to buy a couple yards for the backing though  because I just didn't have enough blues. 

Very traditional, but the nursery is dark blue & light blue with red trim... so it works.

I went with simple diagonals for the quilting.  Easy-peasy.

And here's the back... sometimes quilt backs are as much fun as the tops.

Next up - a quilt for me!!

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14  Re: What are you working on? in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by ZumaGirl74 on: February 07, 2010 09:51:28 PM
Yup.  I dropped about $100 on fabric this morning.   Shocked   Most of it was 50% off batiks, but I picked up some red & blue fabrics for a baby quilt too.  I finished up the baby quilt top and am feeling ambivalent about it.

Here's the top, although the colors are not true... it's a real red, navy, royal and sky blues.  Those are the colors of the nursery.  I want to finish it up this week if possible so I can start working the batik quilts for ME!

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15  Re: What are you working on? in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by ZumaGirl74 on: February 06, 2010 10:12:18 PM
I just got back to town after a year abroad (and not quilting!!) and I'm just going gang-busters.  Since December 1:

1.  I finished a lap quilt for me, and a baby quilt for a friend.

2.  I had a WIP in my stash, all the fabrics cut out but nothing sewn yet.  I went gung-ho through the piecing and am quilting it together now... but it'll be slow going because it's a largish sofa-quilt, smallish bed quilt and it's just a bit clunky getting it through my machine.  So I'm kinda taking this part slowly so I don't get burned out from it.
(this is just the lay-out phase... I'm much father along now)

3.  I've just cut out and started sewing up some blue and red fabrics for another baby quilt (My friends are reproducing left & right.)  It'll be two 2x4 strip blocks... alternating horizontal and vertical strips, kinda like a rail fence but with only two strips, not three.  I don't have any pictures yet.  And I think I need to buy a little more fabric for it... I didn't have quite enough blues in my stash.  So some of my blocks are sewn... but I'm waiting until I get the rest of the fabric before I sew any more up.

4.  I'm in the planning phase for about a dozen other quilts... and will be heading to Fabric Depot for their batik sale tomorrow.  I want to make a quilt for myself like the green one above only larger & in reds & purples.  And I've got two more pregnant friends to make quilts for... so I'll be stocking up for those too! 

5.  Today I went through a lot of my 'used' fabrics and cut the smaller pieces down into 2x2 squares and 1x3 strips for future scrap quilts.

I feel like a quilt factory at the moment!  So many projects going on at once!
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16  Batik Baby Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by ZumaGirl74 on: January 24, 2010 10:21:04 PM
A friend of mine just adopted a baby, so I didn't have much time to plan for a quilt.  I'd found the pattern in American Patchwork & Quilting - June 2007, and been wanting to make it for a while.  This seemed like the perfect opportunity to make it up.  I changed it a little and made it smaller. 

I love it, and had to put the name patch on it so I wouldn't keep it for myself Wink 

What do you think?
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17  Stacked Coins quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by ZumaGirl74 on: January 18, 2010 09:32:14 PM
I just got back from a year abroad and was joyously reunited with my quilting stash in December.  

I had a bunch of 1"x3" strips already so I just started sewing them together.  I'm calling this quilt "Orange you glad"... as in 'orange you glad to be home', 'orange you glad to be quilting', 'orange you glad to have a nice bright cheerful quilt?!'.  And yes I am!

Here's my blog post about it.

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18  Pink Lemonade in Quilting: Completed Projects by ZumaGirl74 on: April 23, 2008 03:28:12 PM
I haven't been spending much time on craftster lately, but I have been quilting.  Here is my newest FO... a lap quilt for ME!  And of course it had to be PINK! 

I tried to do a label for the back - it was okay, but then I didn't like the way the quilting lines went through it.  I've got to think these things through a little better next time!   Cheesy

The quilt is currently living on my couch where I cuddle up under it regularly. I posted more info on my blog:  http://rebel-workinprogress.blogspot.com/2008/03/pink-lemonade.html

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19  I-spy / story quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by ZumaGirl74 on: October 10, 2007 03:01:59 PM
I just finished up another baby / little kid quilt.  He was born just a few days ago, so I'll be packing it up and mailing it soon.  I wanted to do an I-Spy quilt, but didn't have quite enough fabrics to do a really good one, so I alternated the character prints with red blocks.  I did some free motion quilting in the plain squares to give it a little more interest. 

click here for the blog entry for it

what do you think?
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20  bright & funky quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by ZumaGirl74 on: October 07, 2007 08:15:28 PM
Here's my newest little quilt:


I made it for a friend who's expecting.  She doesn't know if it will be a boy or a girl yet, so I went for a gender neutral pattern and color scheme.

What do you think?
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