Happy New Year!
Only the second day of the new year and already so much is happening. This morning Hubby returned to work. It was really hard to say goodbye at the door. We are so thankful that his surgery and recovery went well and with relative ease. We slipped into a very nice daily routine of doing everything together - a sneak peek at our future retirement. But work is necessary and so he had to go.
What will I fill my day with?
Tonight is the first Quilt Pals get together of the 2013. Our fearless leader has set us up for some fun. Our assignment is to choose 32 fat quarters, cut them into specified strip sizes, place in labeled zip top bags and wait for further instruction. Using these strips and the addition of other background fabrics, we are going to be making 7 different quilts - each unique and different. A super-sized mystery for sure.
Yet I am already behind***. I thought our return date was next week and have procrastinated cutting my strips. This morning I ironed my chosen fat quarters. This afternoon I will get those strips cut and add in the assigned background cuts for our first quilt.
In the meantime, I need make a dinner plan. Ever since 2000, when I joined up with the Quilt Pals, Hubby and I have always opted for an 'every-man-for-himself' dinner plan which usually resulted in picking up fast-food of choice. Now that that option is off the table, a little more planning is in order, with an eye toward something that holds up well to reheating. Enter soup.
Speedy Chicken Posole to be exact. We have enjoyed this recipe many times in the past. Just a few simple adjustments bring it more into line with heart healthy eating - I baked the chicken pieces rather than saute them which eliminated all of the olive oil and I did not add any salt whatsoever. It tastes just fine without either and the house smells *wonderful*
Each of these things has allowed me to have a little fun with my new toy. Hubby presented me with an early birthday present last week. I have been thinking about an SLR camera for some time. The learning curve will be great to figure out all of the settings. I'm planning to take a class, but that does not start until February. In the meantime, I'll just twist and turn things and see what happens. So far I am enjoying it very much.
Okay, back to work for me . . . cutting quilt fabric waits for no woman.
***Update: even before I could hit *publish* I received an email - Quilt Pals is next week after all. What should I do? Put the fabric away and cut another day or get the job done? What to do? What to do?