Thursday, July 23, 2009

What's going on....

So this week there is no sewing going on at the house - why? It was past time for the sewing machine to have a cleaning and tune-up! I finished sewing up some bags and then packed up the Elna to take over to Intown Quilters (see link on the side-bar). They have a deal with a local place that does cleanings and repairs on sewing machines. I haven't heard from them since I dropped off my baby so I'm hoping that everything is going along well with the cleaning. My elna was my mothers' - she gave it to me several years ago and I've loved sewing with it. When I took it in to IQ one of the ladies recognized the carry case and then praised the machine - she had apparently had one years ago and loved it :) I had been a bit nervous about dropping her off, but with those comments I knew everything would be OK.

So instead of filling my day with sewing I've been trying to do some other things around the house - I cleaned a bunch of stuff out of the office - YAY!! And Sunday evening I did some cooking... I'll do a separate post for that because I have a bunch of photos to go with that post too.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Recipe Time!

I've been keeping myself busy making bags and even getting a little bit of knitting. My girasole is coming along slowly - up to 640 stitches around so each row takes a bit of time.

I made hummus today as we're having a "greek" geek night tonight and I thought I would post my mom's "secret" hummus recipe for everyone. This is an easy recipe and makes really good hummus.

Here's what you need:
2 cans Garbanzo beans
1 teaspoon salt (I use kosher salt)
2 cloves of garlic (I cheat and use the prepared diced garlic)
1/2 cup tahini
1/3 to 1/2 cup lemon juice

olive oil & chopped parsley for garnish

Drain 1 can garbanzo beans and reserve the liquid. Pour the other can including juice into your food processor. Add salt, garlic and tahini into the food processor and turn on. Add the lemon juice to help with the blending. Process until smooth. Taste! Add more lemon juice if needed or the extra garbazo juice if it's too thick.

That's it! So easy and good!

Substitutions - you can sub peanut butter if you can't find tahini. Also while processing, you can add more garlic if you like or black olives or roasted red peppers to make a different tasting hummus.

Use pita chips, carrot sticks, celery sticks or just use a spoon to eat!