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Monday, September 26, 2011

"Makes Me Happy Monday."

Hello, Happy Monday to you.

This week I am happy that there are great people out there in blog land.

Last week I received this parcel of happiness from Freda. I won it on a recent giveaway she had going. Actually Freda won this plus more in a giveaway herself. So she decided to pay it forward so to speak. Have you been to Freda's blog The Adventures of the Empress of the Universe You must read about how she came to naming her blog. Thank you Impera Magna.

I had my monthly sewing day on Friday and helped one of the ladies do some patchwork. She had bought all the material and the pattern was one of those freebies you pick up at Spotlight. Most of the material was already cut out but there was an error in the cutting out directions, only half of it was there. So we went step by step until we had all the blocks worked out so then we worked out what size the missing piece was supposed to be. I know we were all happy when it was finished. I had only read a hint a few days before this that before cutting out your material check to see if there hasn't been some corrections to the pattern if it is from a website etc. Even cut out a test piece from scrap material or paper to see if it all works out. Better to be safe than have 99 blocks that are incorrect.

Today I am happy to share the most delicious dip recipe with you. Bonnie had a dip night on the weekend with her girlfriends so we made this.


150 grams sun dried tomatoes
1 red capsicum
160 grams unsalted cashews
40 grams oil
40 grams white vinegar.

Place all the ingredients in a food processor and mix until the desired consistency.

This is far better than any bought dip. I threw in several garlic plants that I had picked only last week.
I only had Apple Cider vinegar on hand so used that. Bonnie was worried about not using the white vinegar but I told her Apple Cider Vinegar  in a glass of water is used to control your weight so that was OK. So this recipe may be not as fattening as you first think!!!

Hope you have a Happy Monday and even better week.

Happy days.
Bev C


Melody said...

How kind of Freda to share and the dip recipe sounds delicious.

Fiona said...

Such lovely fabrics to win.... great colours...
yummy dip recipe thanks.....

Michelle Ridgway said...

Lovely fabrics...I do love a nice dip with crusty bread. Thanks Bev!

Anonymous said...

thankyou for this dip recipe,i cant wait to try it Bev

Michelle said...

I definitely want to try this dip recipe... thanks for sharing!

Cheryll said...

Good Luck to YoU.. it's great to receive great mail like that! :)

Sharon said...

So sweet of Freda to share with you! The dip sounds yummy.
I used to drink apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and actually liked it a lot. I drank too much of it though because I ended up at the doctor and him having to scope my stomach. Found lots of small ulcers. Too much of a good thing.

Sue said...

What a nice gift for you to receive. I like the idea too, of going over the cutting directions of a pattern to see if things are correct. Too many times, I've been short on something or other!

Have a great week!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Congratulations on the parcel of happiness Bev...lovely to receive...I too have found an error in a pattern last week...annoying, especially as it was in a book!!! Have a great week...Dzintra

Bobbie Lynn said...

Your so funny. Love dips. What pretty fabric that you received. Freda's work on her blog is beautiful. I have not tried any star blocks, but I do have a pattern. I think it is called "Morning Star" by Quilt in a Day.
Have a wonderful week.

Terriaw said...

love hearing about all the things you are happy about today! That was so nice of you to help your friend with her patchwork project. I can imagine how frustrating that would be trying to figure out alone.