Last Weekend of Winter

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I haven’t seen the grass in my front yard since November as it faces the north, and the last of the snow doesn’t usually melt until April. It snowed again this week but I enjoyed it as it’s probably the last snow until next fall. At least it covered the “black” snow that’s been there forever so it is nicer to look at. It was in the single digits again, too, so it was “SOUP TIME” at our house! I love soup anytime of the year, but more so when it’s cold outside. Here is a recipe for one of my family’s favorites that is quick to make, healthy and delicious! Enjoy!

Spaghetti Soup 
*This recipe is doubled so it makes ten 1 1/4 cup servings.

1 lb. of lean ground beef
1 cup of chopped onion
4 cups of beef broth
29 oz. jar of Prego spaghetti sauce
14.5 oz. canned of diced tomatoes (undrained)
1 cup of chopped green pepper
1 cup of thinly sliced zucchini
2 teapoons of dried Italian seasoning
3/4 cup of uncooked rotini
*Optional: two 4.5 oz. cans of drained mushrooms and 1/2 teapsoon of garlic powder

Brown group beef and onion; drain. In a large pot, add all of the ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 15 – 20 minutes (or until rotini and vegetables are tender).

Variation: 
Instead of using rotini, clean and scrape 2 medium size potatoes. Cut potatoes into small pieces and boil in lightly salted water for about 5 minutes.

hopscotch

Receiving fat quarters of the fabric above was a “breath of spring” for me! It’s a new collection after called Hopscotch by Red Rooster.  It’s a very fresh colorway with a watermelon-y red and rind green.  The editor of The Quilter magazine had received the same fat quarters the day before and we both thought it was a GREAT summer collection. I’m going to design a project for her September issue (which comes out in July).  Can you see a quilt with these fabrics on a white wicker couch on a porch with a pot of pinky-red geraniums next to it? A table next to the couch with pale green glasses filled with lemonade and lemon cookies on a matching plate? Sounds like a delightful place to read, sew or just relax on a hot summer day!

Piece,
Michele