Wednesday, March 21, 2007


Yes, the car is packed and ready for an early morning departure. Where am I off to now? It is time for my yearly Spring Crop Get-Away with my friends. We have rented a house in Owatonna Minnesota (Preserving Memories Retreat) and will be there through Monday. Kirstin will join us Friday evening for the weekend. I have brought along the sewing machine and materials we need to work on her quilt for her dorm room next year. I also have my knitting along.. and threw in my cropping stuff for good measure.

Kirstin found a great scarf pattern over Spring break and is already well into her second scarf. It's an easy pattern and they look and feel wonderful!! I have started one out of Noro yarn.. but work keeps cutting into my knitting time!!!

The brown scarf is Paton's Wool Merino, Taupe. The middle one is Paton's Varigated Wool Merino and the little one is my Noro one. (Hope to show my progress after the weekend is over!!)

It's hard to see the pattern real well... but it's really nice. The pattern is called Rafaela's Twisted Brioche Scarf by Jane Marino. (Click on picture to get an enlarged photo)

Of course the weekend would not be complete without food!! We team up for meals and each team takes one meal start to finish. Kirstin and I have Saturday lunch. We are going to make 3 different salads and have bread sticks. One of the salads is a must at every crop. I mixed up the dressing tonight to take along. I don't have a great picture, but here is the recipe.

Spicy Chicken Salad

1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts
1 whole green onion, cut in half
1 Tbsp dry sherry
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
2 cups water

1. Place in saucepan.
2. Simmer 20 minutes.
3. Cool. Shred Chicken.


Stir together until blended:
1 1/2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
2 1/2 Tbsp salad oil

Stir in:
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp white vinegar
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/4 to 1/2 tsp ground red (cayenne) pepper
1 Tbsp minced green onion
1 Tbsp minced fresh cilantro.

Blend well.

To assemble salad, place shredded lettuce on plate, top with chicken and then add dressing.
(I usually triple the dressing... mixes great in the Pampered Chef Salad dressing mixer)

I wanted to show the finished purses that I sent with the team to Russia. I heard the team arrived safely, with smooth flights; good connections and zero lost luggage. It will be wonderful to hear of their time there.

Well, everyone have a wonderful weekend!!

Until next time....


Anonymous said...

The bags look great! Have a fun retreat, sounds like a wonderful time. Maybe I'll have news when you come back. (Really hoping!!)

Rohanknitter said...

Looks like a great time!
The bags are gorgeous.

hakucho said...

Have fun!Your bags look just great as usual :)

happy knitting and sewing :)

Shelley said...

Sounds like you're going to have an awesome time this weekend! I hope you get lots done!

All three scarves look great (I like the pattern of the one in the middle).

The bags look awesome, and I'm sure whoever gets them over in Russia is going to love them. Glad to hear the team arrived safe and sound!

Bonnie D. said...

Another awesome recipe, Janice.