Crisp Mornings = Urge to Make a Hearty Soup

October 30, 2008 § Leave a comment

These last few mornings have been cold and the air  crisp.

There are few things that I like about cold weather and winter, but hearty soup with salad and a grainy bread …the best!

The other good things about winter (in my mind) are:

2. No bugs

3. No road and highway construction

4. Staying home and working in the studio, when the weather is horrid

The list is short.

The soup that I will make  is  Fairhaven’s Manhattan Clam Chowder.  Yum…..

Here is the recipe.

Crockpot: Fairhaven’s Manhattan Clam Chowder

7 generous servings

½ lb. Chopped bacon: Cook and break up. Keep a little bacon drippings to add later.

Finely chop: 4 medium onions, 3 large carrots, 2 celery stalks, 2 Tbsp. parsley

3 finely diced medium potatoes

1 1lb.13oz. can tomatoes

2 10oz. Cans chopped clams in liquor (or a combination to equal approximately 20 oz. clams)

2 tsp. salt

¼ tsp. pepper

1 ½ tsp. thyme

1 can Campbell’s Manhattan clam chowder (Optional) plus 2 soup cans hot water, (which is 2 ¾ cups).

Crockpot on high for about 3 – 4 hours, or on medium for 6 – 8 hours.

Note: You can use 3 cans if you like lots of clams. We use Snow’s brand.

If you don’t include the Campbell’s soup, still add 2 ¾ cups hot water.


Cock-in-the-Woods Fungi

October 27, 2008 § Leave a comment

Here are the photos of the uncommon fungi, cock-in-the-woods, that we found in the woods last week.

The dogs and I hiked through the woods again yesterday.  Such a colorful time of year!

A Walk in the Woods

October 21, 2008 § Leave a comment

We went walking in the woods Sunday, such a beautiful day, actually a perfect day.  Obie and Sunny, my long coat shepherds, accompanied us.  The only thing better in their minds than riding in a car, is walking around outside.

Obidiah and Sunny






Color was tops.  I think the height of fall color in the Indianapolis area is the time right in the middle of October.  We veered off the paths and hiked up the hills through the woods where Maury found cock-in-the- woods fungi at the base of a tree.  I took digitals of the fungi, which I will include in my next post.

Buzzards Bay

October 11, 2008 § 1 Comment

This is my newest work which will be shown in the “Sky’s the Limit” exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in Houston later this month. Then it will be at the IQF shows in Chicago and Longbeach next year; it will travel for three years before coming home.

It is of a sunset in Southcoast, Massachusetts, in Fairhaven at Wilburs Point.  The piece is disperse dyed onto  satin.  It was long arm quilted by Cathy Franks of Carmel, Indiana.

Here is a detail.

Another Glorious Sunset

October 7, 2008 § Leave a comment

I love the way Mother Nature chooses her colors.   I am going to have to dye

some fabric after seeing this glorious sunset!  I can see this one as inspiration

for a piece.

You Are Worth the Time

October 5, 2008 § Leave a comment

I think you’ll get something out of seeing this You Tube video. It is titled:

You Are Worth the Time.
It is also, WORTH the time to to see the video. The message is
pertinent to artists of all mediums and beautifully explains why artists DO make

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