March 18, 2013

Best Wonton Soup

Won Ton Soup from Inspire Me Grey

If you are sitting through a rainy spring day and just want something to warm your bones, try this great Wonton Soup recipe for dinner.  I made it this weekend and it just hit the spot. Don't be intimidated, the wontons are easy to assemble and yummy.

1/2 lb ground pork
1 green onion, diced
2 Tb. soy sauce
2 tsp. corn starch
Dash of pepper

2 boxes of chicken stock (approx 4 cups)
Sliced mushrooms (as much or as little as you like)
3 green onions, diced
3 Tb. soy sauce or to taste
1 Tb. seasame oil
1/2-1 tsp. ground ginger, depending on preference

1 package store-bought wonton wrappers
1 egg, beaten

  1. Mix all the filling ingredients together in a bowl and set aside
  2. Mix all the broth ingredients together in a saucepan and keep warm on medium-low
  3. In a second saucepan, start 4-5 cups boiling while you assemble the wontons.
  4. To assemble the wontons, put about a 1/2 tsp filling in each wonton and seal with egg wash. I would recommend you watch this how-to video on wonton assembly:
  5. Drop the wontons in the boiling water and cook until they float. With a slotted spoon, make sure the wonton wrappers are not sticking to the bottom of your pan. Then, add 1/2 cup of water, and let reboil. Once the water is boiling again, scoop the wontons out of the water and add them to the broth.
I personally like more wonton and less broth (see picture) but this recipe should provide you broth lovers with enough out there if you want more.

March 5, 2013

Fabric Scrap Cards

I've been making these fabric scrap cards for birthdays, after getting tired of spending money on store-bought cards and not always being in the mood to get out all my paper cardmaking supplies.  With a container of small fabric scraps and a stack of blank cards, they're fun to make!

I put an old needle in my sewing machine so that I'm not ruining a good one by stitching through the cardstock.  Any color thread works, too.

These pennants are one of my favorites.  It's really satisfying to use such tiny scraps and make something cute.
Before stitching around the scraps, it helps to use a little dab of a glue stick to hold them in place.

March 3, 2013

Sneak Peek: Plus Quilt

It was a good mail week when I received this selection of fabrics from Jacqueline Savage Mcfee's line Hot Chocolate.  It was all I could do not to cut into them immediately -- had to snap a few pictures first.  I'm using these to make a commission project, and my "client" picked the fabric line.  Talk about good taste!  I picked the eight prints above for the front.

The large dots will be the quilt back, and I'll turn the stripe into bias binding.  When I saw the fabric online, I knew that I wanted to use a pattern that let the prints and colors shine and didn't chop them up into lots of small pieces.  I turned to my Pinterest board and picked a plus sign design -- simple, but bold.

The quilt will be twin size (approx. 65x90), which is larger than I typically make, so I decided to make things easier by increasing my block size a bit.  The single squares will be 5" finished.

After a couple of hours of cutting, I used my sketch and design wall to start the layout.  Right now, I have 8 or 9 rows assembled, and it's coming together nice and fast.  I'm happy with how the design and fabrics are working together.

Stay tuned for more progress reports on this Plus Quilt...


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