Posts by Linda aka Crafty Gardener

‘Soup’er Sunday – Sweet Potato & Carrot Soup

Categories: 'Soup'er Sunday and Recipes.

~ Would you like a bowl of sweet potato and carrot soup?  It is delicious and a great way to get your servings of vegetables. This is a quick and easy to soup to make and it freezes well in smaller portions. Ingredients 500 gram sweet potato, cubed 300 grams of carrots, diced small 80 grams sweet onion 4 cups of water 1 cup of milk stock cube is optional, or substitute water for veggie stock Directions Saute onion in butter till translucent Add water, carrots, sweet potato and stock cube if using.  Instead of water you could use veggie
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The English Kitchen

Categories: Books.

~ I’ve had a new recipe book to preview from The English Kitchen.  I’m originally from England, moved here to Canada in 1956 with my parents.  We came across the Atlantic on the Queen Elizabeth and entered through Ellis Island, New York, USA and then took the train to Canada.  My Canadian husband has English connections as his mother was from England and was a War Bride to his Canadian army father.  During our married life we have lived both sides of the ocean, and two of our three daughters were born in England.  We are a family of dual
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‘Soup’er Sunday – Bean Soup

Categories: 'Soup'er Sunday and Recipes.

~ Nothing tastes as good as home made soup on a chilly day.  This delicious bean soup is quick and easy to make. The ingredients fit nicely into a mason jar to make a tasty hostess gift or Christmas gift. This ‘soup’er Sunday recipe comes from  Garden Therapy’s ebook of Homemade Gifts. The original printable recipe is here.  I purchased all the ingredients at the Bulk Barn and made up some jars in no time.  To put together two gift jars it cost less than $4.50   It took me longer to design a label with the cooking instructions to add to
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Cozy Feet

Categories: Knitting.

~ Awhile ago I knitted some slippers from a vintage 1960’s pattern which I’ve had for a long time.  I have seen it for sale on some etsy stores, not sure how you can sell something that was originally free but once they put vintage in the title I guess it is worth a try. At one time I knit lots of these for family members.  The instructions come in 3 sizes.   I use double yarn of a worsted weight for extra thickness.  The pair that I have are starting to wear through on the soles, and they have
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‘Soup’er Sunday Green Pea Soup

Categories: 'Soup'er Sunday and Recipes.

~ I’m a slow food lover and have been making different soups and stocking up the freezer.   This recipe comes out just like a certain condensed pea soup and it was delicious but the best part is it doesn’t have all the added salt. The recipe was in The Essential Vegetarian Cookbook which I picked up for $2 at one of the local Seedy Saturdays I went to.  The cost to make this green pea soup was just under $1.50 and it made 6 servings.  It’s a split pea soup with a twist. You need 1 1/2 cups of
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Beauty at Season End

Categories: What's Been Happening?.

~ On October 23 in the morning we woke up to a red sky.  Take warning says the old weather saying.  We knew that rain was heading our way in the next day or so. The leaves are coming down quickly and just over the weekend we raked and bagged several large bags of them and took them to the landfill. The temperatures were still close to 20 Celsius, absolutely glorious for this time of the year.  I’ve been cutting greenery from the garden, the back fields and the landfill.   I always take the garden cutters when we go
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‘Soup’er Sunday – Leek & Potato Soup

Categories: 'Soup'er Sunday and Recipes.

~ Leek and potato soup has to be one of my all time favourites.  I’ve shared this recipe before but have recently updated it a bit to include more accurate measurements.   I’m all into weighting the food we eat and recording it.  This is something my dietician recommended as a way to control portions.  I also have to be careful with what I eat as I have diverticulitis and irritable bowel syndrome.   I stopped using ready made veggie and chicken stocks as they have so much salt in them.  I control the amount of salt as I recently
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Mermaid and Shark Tails

Categories: Crochet.

~ I recently finished a couple of fun crochet projects, one for each of our grandkids out west.  These were both Yarnspiration free patterns.   The mermaid tail was made using Impeccable yarn in the variegated colours of mauves, purples and green.  The shark tail or sack as the pattern calls it used Lion Brand Pound of Love yarn in grey.  Both used an 8 mm hook.  The only change I made to the pattern was to make the shark sack flat instead of in the round.  It just worked out better that way, I tried working in the round
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