This past week, Carole invited her Blog Readers (From My Carolina Home) to join her for a Saturday Virtual/Zoom Sewing Retreat. So Friday’s plan was to do cutting & organizing for a day of sewing to catch up with my many Quilt Alongs (QAL). Since this was a Video Retreat, of course, I had to do some Sewing Room Clean Up – you know, when company is coming you must do a bit of straightening! And lastly, I didn’t want to interrupt my day of stitching, so I had to plan a Slow Pot meal to cook while we were sewing.
First thing Friday was a quick Grocery Run. I like shopping early when it’s less crowded. Plus it gets it finished quickly. On my list was 2 Slow Pot meals and simple lunch for Saturday. I wanted one Slow Pot meal for Friday to free up my time to clean & organize for the Virtual Sew Day and, of course, one for Saturday while we met.
Once home I put a pork roast into the Slow Pot. This was good for Friday night dinner and shredded with BBQ sauce it would make great sandwiches. That done, off to my sewing room.
I was getting a bit behind in my QALs, so my goal for the Saturday’s Virtual/Zoom Sew Day was to have blocks cut and ready to stitch. This would allow me the most time in front of the Sewing Machine which is where I set up my computer with Zoom open.
All cut and ready to stitch: Left: Weeks 1 & 2 of Wednesday’s Quilt of Valor Mystery QAL, 60 Blue & White Flying Geese & 60 White & Red Flying Geese. Right/Top: 16-Patch QOV Blocks. Right/Bottom/Center: Week #3, Fat Quarter Shop’s 2022 Christmas Time Mystery QAL. Right/Bottom: Project Linus Week #1 Block 1A (need 3 more Friendship Star blocks).
I got my computer ready for the Zoom meeting, so of course I had to clean & straighten my Sewing Room “Background.” I hung some of my UFOs over the bookcases covering the clutter and showing off some of my projects.
Friday ended and I was all set up for Saturday and a day of sewing & visiting with fellow quilters.
First thing Saturday was to start the Slow Pot Meal so it would be cooking while I was stitching and ready to eat after we were done. My Friday grocery run picked up a roast and the rest of the ingredients were in my pantry.
This is a simple Dump & Go Recipe and mostly uses whatever you have on hand – First, layer a handful of baby carrots, quartered potatoes and sliced onions. Put the roast on top of the veggies. Mix together a can of Cream of Onion soup (or Cream of Chicken or Cream of Mushrooms, your choice), 1/2 can of Beef Broth (Chicken Broth or water), 2 packets of Soy Sauce (leftover from Chinese takeout, or 2 teaspoons of Soy Sauce, Worchester Sauce or whatever you have in your pantry), 1 packet of dry Italian Dressing Mix, and 1 Tablespoon of Lipton Onion Soup Mix (I found using the whole packet to be a bit too salty for me, so adjust to taste). Pour over Roast and Veggies.
Set the Slow Pot on Low for 6-7 hours. My CrockPot will switch to “Keep Warm” after the set cooking time which is a nice feature if we’re not ready to eat when it’s done. At lunchtime, I added a 16 oz bag of frozen cut green beans. I’ve found if adding these at the beginning, they are too mushy. If I were using fresh, I’d probably add with the rest of the veggies. I use Russet Potatoes because I think they retain their shape better, but I will use whatever I have on hand. This recipe is very forgiving and flexible. If you don’t have Italian Dressing Mix, just use a combination of Italian Seasoning and any other spices from your cabinet. If using the Lipton Onion Soup Mix, I don’t add extra Salt. Click here for a PDF of my Recipe.
With the remnants of Hurricane Ian dumping rain all day and temperatures staying in the mid-50s, soup was on the menu for Lunch along with a half of a sandwich made with leftover chicken & a cut apple. I picked up 2 servings of Panera’s Broccoli and Cheese Soup at the store. A few years ago I found this Lunch Pot by Crockpot. It doesn’t cook, but does warm and is great for setting up in the morning with soup or leftovers for an easy, hot lunch. I bought one for our daughter to take leftovers to work for lunch and then I bought us one for home.
The Zoom Sewing Retreat started at 10 am and went until 4 pm. Participants came & went as their time schedule permitted. I got a picture at one point. Carole, the host, is pictured at the top/left. I lost count, but think there were a total of 13 or so including those that came for a bit. Usually there were 8-9 active.
My organization paid off. I got a lot of stitching done, and didn’t have to keep popping up/down to cut. I did have to get up to iron a few times.
I got caught up with Fat Quarter Shop’s 2022 Christmas Time Mystery QAL. Week 3 block is 4 Christmas Cards. Look close they are a bit hard to envision. I probably should have used a better contrast between background and cards. But it is what it is!
I also got the final Friendship Star Blocks done for the Project Linus Week 1, Block 1A. The Week 2 blocks were downloaded yesterday morning, but I didn’t work on them. I have until next Saturday to get them done.
Finally I worked on Flying Geese for Weeks 1 & 2 of Wednesday’s QOV 2022 Mystery QAL – Long May She Wave. I will be working on the rest of these today, so hope to be caught up.
All in all a very productive day!
Hope you are having a great weekend.