February Greetings

February 24th, 2018

"Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others."  Brian Tracy

So much has happened since I last wrote you. We spent our Christmas holiday in Denver with our daughter, Anne, and her family. Last minute shopping, putting a puzzle together, cookie baking and other traditional family activities kept us busy.
We were able to attend "Her Paris", a most incredible show at the Denver Art Museum. It featured Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism. I could have stayed all day (or weeks) enjoying the work of the women during the 1930’s. Unfortunately the Denver show has closed. A special evening out was Christmas Lights at the Denver Botanical Garden. The lightly falling snow added to the perfect outdoor evening! We had dinner at a wonderful restaurant near the Botanical Garden. I wish I remembered the name but can get it from my daughter if you are interested. Maybe it is the most favorite place  I’ve dined in Denver.



What you see at our back yard this season.


I bought these antique skates at a farm auction.

From Denver we flew to Irvine, California for our nephew's wedding on December 30. The wedding was special. We thought everything was perfect!   New to me was the way the food was served using Dinner Stations. Appealing stations were set in place in several areas of the reception- a gorgeous rustic setting. For instance—Appetizers: Tomato Bisque Shooters, Italian Meatballs, Bruschetta were available in one spot. Salad was in another area.  Sides: Yukon Mashed Potatoes, Ratatouille were another options at another spot. You get the picture, I’m sure. Seats were assigned but this way of serving was perfect to move around the room and get a chance to get see more of the guests.  
New Year’s Eve in our CA hotel was perfect!  The outdoor patio with a fireplace was wonderful for spending time with the family visiting from all across the US. It was relaxing. There was no expectation to stay up late and  usher in the New Year.  I know we were in bed before midnight!


I hate to tempt you with events that are over so I must tell you about something you can attend.  BEE-CLECTICS, a fabric mixed-media group, in Bozeman, have displayed their work until the end of February at the Bozeman Public Library. The artists create with thread, paint, beads, paper and of course fabric. Check for details on the Library website. While you’re there take time to enjoy browsing in the library. I like to treat myself to a Vanilla Latte while I’m at the Library. It’s a special place!


More snow than we’ve had for years.

It’s my favorite season. SOUP SEASON! I’m sure glad that Bill doesn’t object to menus including lots of soup. I’ve been try lots of the soup recipes from my Soup’s On Cookbook. If you own the book take a look at it. I make a double batch and share with friends or freeze extra portions in Zip-Lock bags.
Recently I tried a recipe from the Bozeman Chronicle.  I have a Chili recipe that I’ve used for decades and usually don’t think of trying other Chili recipes..
1 T. canola oil
1 large onion, peeled, chopped
1 ½ lbs. Ground beef
2 C. favorite Bloody Mary mix (spicy preferred)
2 cans (14 oz. each) diced tomatoes with green chilies  (or 28-oz. can diced tomatoes with juice)
2 cans (14 oz. each) kidney beans, drained and rinsed well
4 T. (or more if you like) favorite chili powder, divided. (I used only 2 T.)
Garnish with:
Corn Chips
Shredded cheese
Sliced green onions
Sour cream




In a medium pot, heat the oil. Add the onion and sauté about 8 minutes until it becomes lightly golden brown.  Add the beef and cook until it browns, breaking it up as it cooks. Stir in the Bloody Mary mix and heat on medium-high, stirring and scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan.
Add the tomatoes, beans, and 2 T. of the chili powder.  Stir well. Bring to just a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover slightly and simmer 30 minutes.
Just before serving, stir in the remaining 2 T. of chili powder. Serve with desired toppings.
About 50 years ago I received a recipe for Five-Week Muffins from a friend. You can bake a few at a time.  They are great with chili. If you don’t have a similar recipe let me know and I’ll send you my recipe.

Our cats!  Sisters- Lissy  and Maggie.


Kathy and Anna are finishing up projects. Take notice of the quilt on the wall. Next time I write you I will explain the story of the quilt.   Or maybe you can guess!

The Quilting in the Country Gals got together several weeks ago to work on unfinished projects and just plain enjoy each other’s company. If you haven’t visited the QIC Bunkhouse these pictures will give you an idea of how things have changed. My friend Pat refers to it as Jane’s Playhouse. I think she’s got something there! Growing up I had a great playhouse. Pat had one too. Did you?


QIC gals at work (or is it play?)
These words by John Lennon may have something to do with the way we QIC gals feel about each other.
He said, “Love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep on watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.”


Kristin embroiders. Bev and Carol brought their machines. I think they accomplished quite a bit!

Remember Kim and Tina? Both are elementary school teachers but found time to work at Quilting in the Country during the summer months. Kim worked on an embroidery piece. I helped Tina warp her frame and get started on a rug. She sent me a picture of her progress the other day. The rug is looking great! It’s the perfect project for Olympics watching.