I believe I've written at least one blog about the new quilting bee that has formed in my neck of the woods, the China Dolls Bee. I didn't know how I'd manage with yet another meeting to attend, but I have loved being in this Bee. The women are a fun, talented bunch, and we help and advise one another each time we meet. We meet usually twice a month, taking turns hosting. Yesterday it had rolled around to be my turn again. Each bee member brings something to work on. Many of these women are machine embroidery lovers and true experts, so often they bring their amazing embroidery machines. Some bring handwork to do, applique or hand embroidery or perhaps sewing down the binding on a just-completed quilt.
The hostess usually prepares lunch for the group, and, oh, the wonderful meals we've shared! Soups of all sorts this winter usually, but yesterday I decided to prepare a much-loved chicken wild rice casserole, plus two congealed salads, tomato aspic and pineapple/lime. The aspic, I would say, got the most raves!
The last time we met, at Lynne's, was on Valentine's Day, which also happened to be her birthday. She had made a delicious chicken chili and huge tossed salad, but also some beautifully decorated Valentine cupcakes. Lynne invited the editor of the weekly paper for the two communities of China Spring [thus our name] and Bosqueville to come learn about this new quilting bee in China Spring. This charming man is not only editor but also photographer, and as a graphic artist himself, he was fascinated to learn more about quilting. He tooks many photos, some of which ended up on the front page of The Enterprise, his paper, under a huge headline reading "Queens of Quilt."
Below are two of the pictures Clint took:
1 box of lemon Jell-O
1 can of stewed tomatoes, any flavor, but preferably peeled, sliced tomatoes
1 tablespoon vinegar
Heat the stewed tomatoes to boiling. Pour in the Jell-O and stir until dissolved. Add the vinegar. (Rice vinegar is mild, but I used red wine yesterday, and that was good and tangy.) I have a large Tupperware ring mold that I use, and for this, I triple the recipe.
Pour into a small oiled mold or a small square Pyrex dish. Chill until firm. Serve with a dollop of mayonaise on a pretty lettuce leaf.