Hearty Salmon Chowder

Hearty Salmon Chowder

Anyone who knows me knows I have a weakness for seafood.  I love it!  Recently I made a quadruple batch of this chowder recipe to feed people at a church function.  It received rave reviews.  There are a lot of ingredients, but they make the chowder.  It is absolutely delicious.  One bowl is chock full of healthy goodness.

Hearty Salmon Chowder
From: Anne Lindsey “Lighthearted Everyday Cooking”
Serving Size : 6

1 can salmon
2 teaspoons margarine, imitation
1/2cup onion — chopped
1/2cup celery — chopped
1/4cup sweet green pepper — chopped
1 clove garlic — minced
3 cups potato — diced
1 cup carrot — diced
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon dill seed
1 cup zucchini — diced
385 milliliters evaporated skim milk (1 can)
284 milliliters corn, cream-style (1 can)
1/2cup parsley sprigs

Drain and flake salmon, reserving liquid.

Melt margarine and saute onion, celery, green pepper and garlic, stirring often.

Add potatoes, carrots, stock, water, pepper and dill seed; bring to boil.

Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.

Add zucchini, simmer, covered, for 5 minutes.

Add salmon, reserved liquid, corn and pepper to taste. Cook over low heat till heated through. Freeze at this point if freezing.

Before serving, add milk and parsley. Heat and serve.

Serve with biscuits and a salad.

In my studio…


I’ve started a new wall hanging – Dancing Tree.  This is a real live tree that grows outside of The Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria, B.C.  Such form, grace, and movement I’ve never seen before.  I understand Emily Carr’s tree explorations more fully for seeing this tree.

My goal this week is to hook this.  Not sure I’ll finish the background, but I’m taking an honest stab at it.  To be honest, I’m not sure how I’m going to hook the background yet.  I’ll think about it as the work progresses.

Weekly Review


It’s been a busy week.  I finished the hanging systems for Sprouts and Blue-eyed Grass.  Hubby hung them on the wall for me.  They are now up for sale folks!

Sprouts is 6″ x 36″ and $225 CAD + shipping.  Blue-eyed Grass is 7″ x 36″ and $260 CAD + shipping.  Shipping via UPS runs about $75 CAD.  All pieces are insured for shipping.  Both pieces come with a Certificate of Authenticity as well.  Also, the hanging system (dowel) is included.

I had a delightful lady in Wednesday afternoon for a finishing class.  She is doing a wonderful job with her rug hooking and I hope to see her again soon.

I managed to package up Prairie Sky, the large version, and ship it off to its new owner.  Hopefully it will arrive safely.

I’ve been updating my business books as well.

AND, last, but not least, I actually cleaned up my studio!  I sorted out a mess of worms (small leftover strips of fibre).  I am feeling the need to do a scrappy wall hanging.  Hmm…will have to think about it.


WIP Thursday

S and BeG hanging sleeves

I finished sewing the hanging sleeves on Sprouts and Blue-eyed Grass.  Had to make a run to Lowe’s to pick up some doweling to use as hanging rods.  Just waiting for Hubby to help hang them as they are both being hung in high places I cannot reach even standing on a chair!

Not much accomplished on the knitting the baby blanket again.  I’ve been busy with teaching a finishing class and tutoring this week.

Today I’m focusing on putting new patterns on backing.  I still haven’t decided which patterns I’m going to put on backing.  So maybe I’ll just put a bunch on and see what strikes my fancy to start hooking.

Tuna Egg Waldorf Salad

Tuna Egg Waldorf Salad

Tuna Egg Waldorf Salad

We take Tuna Egg Waldorf Salad in the cooler on the road with us whenever we go on a road trip.  That and Tabbouleh.  They are filling and stay fresh for a couple of days…if they last that long. 🙂

Tuna Egg Waldorf Salad

Serves 4

1 can tuna, drained and flaked
2 stalks celery, diced
1 gala apple, chopped
1/2 onion, finely chopped
3 hard boiled eggs, chopped
2-3 large tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 c. toasted sliced almonds (optional)

Make a bed of lettuce on the plate. Mix all the ingredients and heap on the plate. Yum!

In…and out…of my studio…

AGR the Barn

Hubby and I were over to the Art Gallery of Regina this weekend to see my wall hangings on exhibit.  It’s nice to see them hanging with so many other local artists.

This week will be a mix of in and out around here.  A lucky someone purchased Prairie Sky – the large version.   So today I’ll be packing it up and hopefully, shipping it off. 🙂

The weather is forecast to be in the teens for most of the week.  That means yard work, and maybe just some general fun with the camera and my rug hooking frame outdoors.  I will also be working on cleaning the room our new boarder will be going into the end of the month.

I still need to put hanging sleeves on Sprouts and Blue-eyed Grass.

Still contemplating my next piece to put on backing.  I may pause to dye some silk fabric, especially if I can open the windows.  Might have to wait till next week for this though.  We are getting a couple of cooler days midweek this week.

AGR Dead of Winter

Weekly Review


It was a short week, but I did manage to finish hooking Blue-eyed Grass.  Today I’ll block it and hem it.  And that’s all I’ve done for rug hooking.

I think I’ll work some on hanging sleeves today.

Have a great weekend everyone! 🙂


WIP Thursday

Easter dinner Min bd b

Well the story is this folks, I have not knit a stitch on the cellular baby blanket in two weeks.  What gives?  Well, I was a little busy preparing for and getting through the Easter holiday weekend.  Doing what?

  • celebrating two birthdays,
  • visiting with friends,
  • phoning family,
  • hooking a wall hanging,
  • buying a car (yes…it’s red!),
  • tutoring two young boys.
  • reading Online Marketing for your Craft Business by Hilary Pullen.

I find the tutoring requires some prep work for me, especially as I sold or gave away all my education material just this winter.  Thankfully the mother is not only paying me, but also covering the cost of materials.  Makes it a lot easier for me.  Still, I’ve had to do some serious shopping – online and off.

Hopefully this week I’ll find time to get back to the baby blanket.

Inspiration Wednesday

It’s spring!  Here’s a sampling of my Easter in photos.  Heavy on the tulips because they’re beautiful!  Hope you enjoy…

Easter dinner Min bd d

Easter dinner

Tulips 1

Tulips & Carnation

Tulips 3


Tulips 4


Tulips 7


Daisy tablecloth

Daisy table topper

In my studio…

In my studio this week I have a lot of catching up to do.

I have yet to put a hanging sleeve on Sprouts.  It’s been lying on my ironing board awaiting a pressing before I make the hanging sleeve.

I did not hook a many loops the past four days, and it’s been killing me.  But I am forcing myself to take breaks for the good of my body and disposition.  I need to remember to spend time with family and friends too.  But with everyone back home and back to work this week I hope to finish hooking Blue-eyed Grass as well.


Happy Easter everyone!


Today is my last post before Easter holidays.  It’s been a mixed up week for my blog, what with the router going and the snowstorm interfering with my plans for an outside photo shoot again.  However I did manage to work some more on Blue-eyed Grass, as you can see above.

I did cruise through another sketchbook, but I have not scanned more sketches into my computer for editing yet.  I am deep in debate with myself over what direction to take my work.  I seem to have two streams going: realistic work based on nature, and abstract…also most often based on nature, but not necessarily.

This angst is holding me back in starting new pieces.  This is part of being an artist.  I just have to continue my work and let it decide my future I think.


Rice Souffle

Well we finally figured out our Internet problem yesterday.  Our router died.  We picked up a new one last night and Hubby connected everything up. So now, without further ado, is the Tuesday recipe for you all…

Rice Souffle and green beans…an old family favourite I haven’t made in years.

rice souffle & beans

Rice Souffle

For those of you who don’t know…making souffle is a tricky business.  The slightest vibration and the whole mixture heaves a sigh and collapses.  This is not good!  So once the egg whites are mixed in with the rest of the batter, tread softly!  Send little bodies outside or park them in front of a TV or computer in a room far away.  You want absolute quiet.  Better yet, make this for a special date night when the kiddos are having a sleepover someplace!  The good news is, even if this does fall, it still tastes yummy.

Serves 4

1/2     cup  uncooked brown rice
4        tablespoons  margarine
4        tablespoons  flour
2        cups  milk
1/4     teaspoon  paprika
1 1/2  teaspoons  salt
1/8     teaspoon  dry mustard
4        tablespoons  cheese — grated
3        eggs — separate out yolks

Cook rice till tender.  Rinse with hot, then cold water, drain.

Melt margarine, remove from heat,  add flour and mix to smooth paste.  Add milk and cook over low until thick.

Beat egg yolks, add rice, sauce, seasonings and cheese.  Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites and pour into greased shallow pan.

Bake at 350 F for 35 minutes and serve immediately.

Internet down

I’m posting from my iPhone. We’re having a doozy of a spring snowstorm here and power was out for a while. I cannot get our modem up and running again. 

So on today’s agenda is more hooking.  I did do some research yesterday on eagles for a wall hanging based on my youngest daughter’s poem. She wrote it in grade 9 I believe.  But I’ll leave it till I finish the wall hanging to share.  

I will also be sketching and planning more wall hangings. I badly need a new footstool cover and may work on that as well.  

In My Studio…


This week the emphasis is on Blue-eyed Grass.

I also intend to put more patterns on backing.

And I intend to do some research and more detailed sketching for more poetry pieces.  We’ll see how that goes.

I also need to clean up my computer a bit.  My business email is out of control.  Plus I need to create a digital file of recent work completed.

It promises to be a busy week…

Weekly Review


I was able to finish removing the colour from the nylons.  It required a trip to Micheals for more RIT colour remover, but I did find a couple of packages.  I started hooking Blue-eyed Grass this week.  I’m afraid I did not accomplish much, but it’s a start.

I didn’t accomplish much because I also took time to go through my sketchbooks and scan in potential images for future wall hangings.  I also edited them and resized them into something that might approximate a wall hanging.  Note, these are not small 6″ square wall hangings.  They are larger ones.

That’s about it from here for this week.  Not much, but it’s something.  Spring is in the air and I’m busy cleaning out the basement at the moment.  We’re preparing for the new boarder come the end of April.  We have a ways to go to make room for him. 🙂

WIP Thursday


I knit more on the cellular baby blanket.  I’m afraid my knitting isn’t as good as my rug hooking!  But it will do.

I also started hooking Blue-eyed Grass. I still have to clip the tails even with the surface.  And the dark moss green stem is a holding line for now.  I’ll decide later if I want to keep it that colour or not.  I may go more towards a blue green.

Today I hope to hook more on Blue-eyed Grass.  If I have time, I may knit too.  We shall see.  I hope everyone is having a productive day today.  I am so far… 🙂


Jean’s Chili


In our house chili night is a good night.  Hubby loves chili.  I love chili.  In his family they ate chili straight from a bowl…unadulterated.  In my family we always served chili over rice.   Now we are older and into healthy eating, it’s over brown rice.  Hubby introduced me to cheese over top chili.  I love it!  We use an old cheddar cheese.

I have no idea where this recipe came from.  It’s origins are lost in the mists of time.  I know it is typed up in the very first cookbook I made for myself over 35 years ago.  I remember serving it to people the first few years we were married.   I remember modifying it as I experienced other people’s chili. So I guess this can be called an original.

So without further ado, here is the recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Jean’s Chili
Serves 6

1 lb. ground beef
2 tbsp. oil
1 onion, chopped
1 can kidney beans
1 28 oz. can tomatoes (or 8 medium fresh tomatoes)
2 c. mushrooms, sliced
1/2 c. celery, sliced
1 tbsp. chili (or more…this makes a mild – medium chili. Hubby says it is mild. I say medium.)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. oregano
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce

Brown the beef in the oil.  Add everything else and simmer for 3 hours on the stove, 6 hours in the crock-pot.  If you make it in the crock-pot it will be more watery than if it is cooked on the stove.  We actually prefer the stove-top version in this case.

Serve however you like your chili! 🙂

In my studio…


This week will be a busy one for me.  We have company till Tuesday.  We will be celebrating Hubby’s birthday tonight…for the third time this weekend.  We’ve had a fair bit of company. 🙂

This week I’m hoping to remove the remaining colour from the nylons.  Last week I managed to get them to a pale yellow.  But I am after white, so there will be more colour removal yet.

I also managed to scan sketches of potential wall hangings into the computer.  I have them on my laptop, and did the editing and re-sizing this weekend.  I’ll print them off to put on backing as I work on them one by one.  Usually I draw directly on backing for my wall hangings.  But these are more detailed pieces that I want to maintain element placement and scale, so I am going the long route to putting them on backing.

I also hope to go out on more walks and photo shoots of the neighbourhood for more inspiration.  I love capturing moments in time with my camera.  Though I am still a bit self-conscious about using it.  It’s not a cell phone camera, but a big DSLR camera.

Other activities this week?  I am hoping to start the actual hooking of Blue-eyed Grass.


Weekly Review


I finished Sprouts. And I started Blue-eyed Grass.

I removed most of the colour from the nylons, but need more RIT colour remover to finish the job.

I scoured my sketchbooks for more wall hanging ideas.  Will transfer some on backing today, as I still have to wait to pick up the RIT colour remover.   I will be spending some time sketching as well today.

I was to the opening of the Art Gallery of Regina 40th Salon Show this week.  It was a great evening celebrating a diversity of styles of art and craft.  My work showed well and I was pleased with how it was hung.  A big shout out to the people who made it happen.

It’s a nice sunny, warm day here today, and I hope to go outside with my camera.  Nothing like a little spring inspiration.

Have a great day everyone!

WIP Thursday


Hi everyone!  How’s your morning going?  Mine is going great.  I managed to put Blue-eyed Grass on backing the other day.  Today, if the temperature warms up to above 10 C, I’ll be popping open windows and taking some dye out of the nylons.

If not, then I’ll be drawing more designs on backing for some hooking fun.

In other news, I knit a few more rows on the cellular baby blanket, but not enough for another photo shoot.


Inspiration Wednesday

I am fascinated by Celtic knotwork.  So much so I have frames with Celtic designs, took a workshop on creating Celtic knotwork designs, bought books on knotwork designs, and even used them in one of my wall hangings.  I guess part of this fascination could be my Irish heritage.  But mostly I just love the flow of the designs.  They make great borders and central images for designs.  Here are some of the items that inspire me or were inspired by Celtic knotwork.  

What inspires you? 




Danylo's Quilt 003

Danylo's Quilt 001

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Black Bean Soup and Cornbread

black bean soup

I found this great Black Bean Soup recipe on the Internet at Food.com. We topped it with cilantro and homemade yogurt, paired it with basic cornbread from “More With Less”, and enjoyed a delicious meal! I’ll be doing this one again. 🙂

Black Bean Soup

3 c. black beans
1 c. homemade chicken stock (or 1 tsp. OXO granules and 1 c. water)
nonstick cooking spray
1 small onion, chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 c. chunky salsa (I made mine fresh)
4 teaspoons lime juice
2 teaspoons cumin
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/3 cup plain yogurt
Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves

Put half the beans with liquid and chicken broth in blender and blend till smooth. Spray large saucepan with cooking spray. Add onion and garlic and saute over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes. Add blended beans, rest of beans, salsa, lime juice, cumin, and crushed red pepper. Heat to boil. Then simmer for 25-30 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and serve with yogurt on top.  NOTE:  I had no salsa, so made my own fresh salsa using a Food.com recipe as well.

Basic Cornbread (“More-with-Less”)

1 c. cornmeal
1 c. flour (I used whole wheat)
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 c. dry milk powder (optional)
2 beaten eggs
1 c. milk
1/4 c. oil or melted shortening (I used canola oil)Mix dry ingredients together. Make a well and add wet ingredients. Stir till just smooth. Pour in greased 9×9″ pan and bake at 400 F for 25 minutes.

NOTE: There are all kinds of options and variations on cornbread in this cookbook, and I highly recommend buying a copy for your own use. This is simply one of the best cookbooks I’ve ever used for frugal living.