Italian Vegetarian Minestrone Soup
2T olive oil
2 c shredded carrots
1 large finely chopped red onion
2 c sliced zucchini
1 c sliced mushrooms (I subbed cauliflower)
3 c fresh spinach (stems removed)
2.5 c shredded cabbage (red or green)
1 -2 8 oz can diced tomatoes (not drained)
1 - 19 oz can chickpeas (rinsed and drained)
1 - 19 oz can red kidney beans (or your choice of beans, rinsed and drained)
1 c uncooked noodles (such as small shell noodles)
10 c vegetable broth
2 T brown sugar
2 T balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp pepper
dash of salt
In a large soup or stockpot, sauté onion and carrots in olive oil over medium heat until onions are soft but not brown (5 min). Add remaining ingredients except for chickpeas and beans. Bring to boil and simmer covered over medium-low heat for 30 minutes stirring occasionally. Add chickpeas and beans and simmer 10 more minutes uncovered. Serve with a garnish of Italian cheese. This soup freezes well. (It makes a LOT!)
Add cooked Italian sausage or chicken if desired.
Speaking of dear friends, I had the opportunity to meet up with Cindy of Stitchin at Home this past week! I am so very thankful for flexible people; she said yep, to the approximate time and day and location...
The Canadians who are reading this know in a heartbeat that this is Tim Horton's! It worked for us! 😉 Too bad this location hasn't had the facelift they are all getting to a more 'sit and visit, coffee house' vibe much like Second Cup or Starbucks. It didn't matter though: we could've been standing on the side of the road for our meeting place; we'd have still loved every minute of being together in person. Julie, Tish and Beth were with us in iMessage and spirit too! Sadly the wifi, as it is in a lot of public places, was pretty pathetic, so we couldn't FaceTime as planned. This will be the first of several get-togethers, we know it.
I spied several of these
as we worked our way back south along highway 3 that hugs Lake Erie coastline. We went up on the 401, a major highway, aka interstate, aka motorway, so you don't see much but other vehicles. This, now, is much more scenic:
|I was waving madly to Julie 'just' on the other side of Lake Erie, lol. Doesn't it look like the ocean? It's 92 km/57 miles in width.|
I am still not feeling very successful in the finding time to sew department. I'm a creature of habit, routine, order (not obsessive order but still) and it is quite not that way as you know in my life this past while. I'd hoped to be entirely caught up with the 150 Canadian Women QAL, but I am not, so here are the only three little blocks I've got to show in about two weeks. As always, these women's stories absolutely amaze me.
see tutorial here) using these measurements:
For the pink 'goose' or 'peak' part of the unit, cut a square 3 1/4"
For the 'wings' aka side triangles, cut four squares 1 7/8"
Those five squares will yield you four flying geese. Yeah yeah you have to do a partial seam to sew them around the 1.5" squares, but it's simple. Here's how:
The top part of the photo shows the first seam, sewing not quite half of the flying geese unit to the centre square. The lower part of the photo shows the second seam, sewing the pink flying geese unit to the left side of that unit.
You will have
Wouldn't the centre of the last block make a beautiful block in and of itself? Might have to try it in perhaps double the size...
|Those are cherubs in the four corners, a nod to the babies she saved from being deformed|
NOT done is Craftsy with their class sales. Beginning tomorrow, May 4, all classes yes ALL of 'em, are on for less than $20! Might be a good idea to snag one you've had on your wishlist, just sayin'. I am an affiliate, so yes, I do get a small compensation if you click through and buy using my links! Thank YOU! It goes right back to Craftsy usually LOL, or, in the case of my latest purchase, to Connecting Threads (do I have some deals to tell you about...and yes I finally got my approval to be an affiliate with them, but my show 'n tell is from pre-affiliation, so plain pure unadulterated passion for fabric you will be shown...stay tuned. :-) OMG and such good and welcome news from them I will share for my Canuck readers!
Sew Fresh Quilts
And uh, yes, if you were looking for Sunday Stretch on April 30, it wasn't there. I forgot. 😖 I hope to have one for you tomorrow(?!) I will try my best!🙏