The Joy of Cooking

I have some new toys in the kitchen!

First, I have used the Joy of Cooking cookbook for years.  This book was given to me in 1974:

The cover has completely fallen off, it is dog-eared and much-loved but I have found myself turning to other cookbooks in recent years.  Some of the ingredients were either outdated or the terminology was – after all, I don’t have much oleo around.  Then my dear step-daughter, Joy, asked for a Joy of Cooking for Christmas and I took the opportunity to thumb through it before wrapping.  Very updated and chock full of recipes I wanted to try!  So when I saw that Groupon had a deal for a new Joy of Cooking I jumped on the chance! Don’t you just love Groupon?

Here are the old and the new Joy of Cooking cookbooks side by side:

It seems the Joy of Cooking is something of a tradition within our family.  When Joy got married about 4½ years ago, I gave her a wedding shower and asked each of the guests to send me a favorite recipe or two.  I included a few of my own and several of her mother’s recipes and created our own version of the Joy of Cooking:

My other new toy in the kitchen is this:

I have always wanted a real Cuisinart food processor and over the year received several gift cards for my birthday and Christmas for Bed, Bath and Beyond.  It was tempting to buy towels or candles after my birthday, but I saved the gift cards and after Christmas, with a 10% off coupon, I was ready to buy.  Wow – this thing is fun!  It will completely slice up an entire onion is a split second!  We had stir fry last night and prepping the veggies took about 30 seconds!

Between my new Joy of Cooking and my new Cuisinart food processor my challenge will be to keep hitting the 24 Hour Fitness so I can keep playing with my new toys without having to buy new jeans!

Have a great weekend, y’all!

Mystery Quilt

I mentioned a couple of days ago that I had my eye on a new project.  It is Carol Doak’s Twisting Mystery Quilt project available through the Carol Doak Yahoo Group. This is a paper piecing project and all the instructions and patterns will be provided on the Yahoo group.

In 2009 Carol did an Anniversary mystery quilt.  I had a lot of fun as each part of the mystery was revealed and was really happy with the result.  I gave it to my dear DIL as a birthday gift – I hope she likes it. 🙂  Here is my Anniversary Quilt:

For the new Mystery Quilt Carol has provided a file on the Yahoo Group web site with a general idea of how much fabric to buy of different of colors – warm colors, cool colors, etc.  She also has a cutting list so before the first patterns are revealed you can get your fabric ready to go. You have to join the Carol Doak’s Yahoo Group to be able to access the file, but that’s not hard to do.  As the project continues, the next steps will be available on the web site.  The discussion group is also awesome for help, tidbits and encouragement.

Here’s my fabric:

I went for Batiks for this project and had a happy shopping spree at Berry Patch Fabrics in Fort Worth.  I was lucky enough to have a Groupon (which was a retirement gift from my sweet friends Janet and Laurie – thanks y’all!) so my total cost was $1.31!  I think Groupons are GREAT!

So that’s the new Mystery Quilt project.  I’ll keep you posted as we progress and I hope you’ll check out the Yahoo group if you are interested in joining me!

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