Progress Report – 2017 Mendota Cemetery Quilt

Each Friday, provided someone doesn’t get sick, the machines start whirring and the iron starts heating as work continues on the 2017 Mendota Cemetery Quilt.      A few weeks ago, I posted and showed you the center of the quilt.  The colors are intense and vibrant, even though this picture doesn’t look that way.   I love these intense colors.  Can you tell who picked out the pieces?

Color and shading of the fabric are important components of quilting.  It is a combination of good fabric, math, artistry and sewing skills.  And ironing!  I included ironing because I am the “ironing person” next Friday.  I have not sewn a stitch.  I never do, but I suppose that will change at some point.  Right now, Patsy Carrier and I do the majority of the ticket selling so we get a pass.

The pieces below are softer in color than the ones that are pictured above.  They are the new “row” beyond the center section of the quilt.  The next section will even be more muted.   We haven’t got that one done yet.

I reached out to the Graphic Arts group at the Scott County Vocational School to ask if they will print our tickets.  For nonprofits, they will sometime help us out and it saves almost $50-$75.

Someone asked last week why the quilt is called the “Cemetery Quilt.”   They thought –“is it for a funeral?”    The answer is no.  It is to continued the time-honored Southern tradition of a cemetery being maintained and present for families during their time of need.   In lieu of charging for the burial, we ask that these families make donations in the future so that others can also benefit.   The reality is that many bury their family members, and we don’t hear from them again to aid monetarily or to help clean up occasionally.    Their disappearance  leaves a burden on the remaining folks who do honor their responsibility.

If you are reading this and you have family or friends buried at the Mendota Cemetery, please make a donation or buy a number of these tickets.   If you wish to participate in a clean-up day, message me and I”ll get the word to the right person.

We all have a responsibility to do what we can.

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Home Chef

For the past two years, I have often seen advertisements from Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, and so forth for food that is fresh, proportioned and ready to cook.    My friend, Monica, posted pictures on Facebook from Home Chef, and I messaged back and forth with her about it.   I decided to give it a try.

The meals are $9.95 per person which sounds expensive unless you are cooking for two people.    My first week was for five meals and I received $30 off for being a new customer.    Five meals is a bit much.    Live and learn.   The food arrived by Fedex on Wednesday.

The whole purpose of this experiment is (1) make me cook because I hate cooking; and (2) attempt to   eat a bit healthier.

My first dish was the chicken and dumplings which doesn’t really fall into the healthy category.   It was very rainy on Wednesday and it was my first try.    I didn’t care for it and barely touched mine.  I put the leftovers in the frig and Mike said it was so very good the NEXT day.  It was a bit runny on day one — so much so that I ended up putting it in a bowl.

Today I fixed salmon.   It’s one of the only seafoods that I like, and it is heart healthy.    It was Teriyaki Ginger-Glazed Salmon with stir-fried bok choy and carrots.   It turned out pretty well.    I didn’t “plate” if very well, however, and I didn’t attempt to take a good picture.  I hope this does not look like throw up.

I did not sear my salmon properly and it fell apart.   However, in spite of the fact that the presentation stunk, it was good.  Very good.  

In making this dish, all of the ingredients were included except salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Here’s the bok choy.

Confession — I am so unsophisticated that I didn’t know what bok choy was.  Only by process of elimination on the ingredients did I figure it out.  There were also mini containers and plastic bags of ginger, green onions, Fresno chili pepper and garlic.   Here’s what all of the greens and spices looked like together.

Looks kind of pretty, and Mike came in and said “I love watching you cook!”   Honestly, I’d rather clean house than cook.   I love living in Mendota, but I do miss Take Out Taxi, pizza delivery, Chinese food delivery, etc.    Take Out Taxi was the best, because you could have food delivered from any restaurant.   We still eat out a lot even though we live 17 miles from a restaurant (if you don’t count the Rally Mart gas station which is about 11 miles).

I love the cute little containers that Home Chef uses.  Here’s fresh peas in what looks like a 3 oz plastic container that resembles something you’d get at the pharmacy.

I have three more meals to prepare this week.    What was I thinking!!!    Tomorrow it is some type of pork chop dish.   I skipped next week’s order because...because I wanted to!!    Actually, I wanted to try more of the ones I have here before I purchased additional meals.   If I find several dishes that we like that are healthy, I’m going to continue using Home Chef but I believe I’ll drop it down to twice weekly.

Another good thing about this service is that you learn to cook with ingredients you might not otherwise use.   We eat salmon quite often, but for me to eat it and like it, Mike has to grill it.  This is the first time I’ve fixed it indoors and been able to eat it.

 

 

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Mendota Cemetery Quilt Week Three

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Hidden Valley Lake

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Christmas Around the House

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Refreshed Bathroom

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Getting Ready For Thanksgiving

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Lucky Me!

I am so lucky to have my two sisters, Pat and Nancy.   They both are deeper thinkers than I am.   When I went to Meredith College as an adult, I had to read many of the “great works.”    I toiled through them, but what was so surprising is that Pat had read […]

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