Piecing, EPP and Baking

Baking/cooking, Fall Harvest (scrappy baskets), Handful of Scraps

yesterday was a relaxing day compared to the day before.  I was actually quite tired most of the day due to allergy medication  – hay fever season is hitting me already and it is not even “high” yet.  I managed to get the mistake row ripped apart for the Fall Harvest quilt and pressed – and even sewed back together again the right way.  I am now half way done piecing the blocks and rows together.  Don’t forget it will change in appearance when I get the squares on the ends cut down into the setting triangles – rough measurement is around 62 inches I think.  I will work on this top for the rest of the week I’m sure until I am done and then look at fabric and figure out how I will finish the borders and what size.  I am linking to Jo’s Country Junction also linking to Midweek Makers #86 where Susan has shown my Primary Colors quilt from last week.  Linking to My Quilt Infatuation also.

Fall Harvest

It was actually much less humid yesterday and I was able to sit out on the porch for awhile and enjoy stitching some hexies and finish sewing the third row to the bottom of Handful of Scraps – now I need to baste more hexies before I start the sides.  I might be basting hexies outside this week – the weatherman actually said it might get in the 50’s Thursday night – that will feel good with windows open a little bit at night it will warm up day times of course but will be nice to have windows open for a couple days.

Handful of Scraps

I plan on making apple butter in the crockpot and saw a recipe that said any fruit could be made into a fruit butter in the crockpot so I wanted to see how Strawberry/Rhubarb Butter would turn out in the crockpot and see how much it would actually make once all the evaporation of the extra juices got out – it has worked so well with the tomato sauce.  So first thing in the morning I got the crockpot back out and tried it.  I had a bag of frozen strawberries and a bag of frozen rhubarb (I had picked it up before Jessica brought more from WI) the bags I used were the 12 oz size.  It turned out really well but didn’t make a lot – maybe one pint with a little extra left over.  I decided to use the majority of it with strawberry/rhubarb crisp bars.  The recipe which I changed up slightly said it was for a 9×9 inch pan – the crust was a little too thick and I wonder if it could have spread out enough in a 9 x 13 inch pan instead.

Strawberry/Rhubarb Butter

1 bag (12 oz) frozen strawberries (fresh if you have them but I’m not sure how much 2 cups?
1 bag (12 oz) frozen rhubarb (est. 2 cups?)
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla

Cook on high for about 4 hours stir occasionally.  After four hours stir again and crack the lid for about 4 more hours or until it achieves the thickness that you want.  I think it would make about 1 1/2 pints but I didn’t put it in jars so not sure.  I would either use within a month – freeze or can the usual way.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp (the crisp part of recipe link here)

1 1/3 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
3/4 cup melted margarine or butter
2 teaspoons vanilla

Mix the crisp ingredients together until crumble add the melted margarine/butter and vanilla, continue to mix crumbly mixture.

Place 2/3’s of crumbs on the bottom of a greased pan or line with parchment paper.  press down firmly.  Using the above strawberry/rhubarb mix cover the crust with as much of the fruit mixture as you want – I used a little more than half of the mixture from the above recipe – about 1 1/2 cups I think – I didn’t measure it.  Then scatter the leftover crumbs over the top and press down slightly.  As I say this made a full 9×9 pan and I might try it in a rectangular pan next time – might need to use all of the fruit mixture but then the crust wouldn’t be as thick.  Bake at 350 for 50 minutes.

strawberry rhubarb crisp

strawberry rhubarb crisp

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  • Deb Aug 23, 2017

    Karen, I never thought about making fruit butter in my crockpot. How easy that looks.
    Your crisp or crumble slice as we’d call it here in NZ looks really delicious. I think that may have to go on the “to make:” list.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Karen Aug 23, 2017

      it worked out really well – I left the lid on for at least half the cooking and then just moved the lid a little so that it was a good air vent on it for about 4 hours and it thickened up nicely and I did not have to stand stirring it for hours on end!

  • Mary Aug 23, 2017

    I don’t think I’ve ever tasted rhubarb. It’s not something that grows in our area. The pictures look really good though!
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    • Karen Aug 23, 2017

      no it is a cold weather plant – I grew up on the banks of Lake Michigan in WI and it was prolific! It is an acquired taste and normally when you make something with it it is mixed with another fruit – it is very tart and sour – in Arkansas I can find it sometimes in the frozen fruits at the store. I have tried to grow it but it always dies after a couple months and in the north you can’t kill it for anything!

  • Deb Aug 23, 2017

    I love the strawberry-rhubarb combination ; used it alot when the kids were young and I grew some rhubarb ( grandparents had done so and I got used to having it in the early summer with a local farm’s berries ) Your crisp looks delicious. Beautiful work on the hexies and baskets.
    Our weather cooled off as well. I had the girls down at a local creek yesterday and it was 91 degrees / dropped 20 degrees within the hour after a storm.
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    • Karen Aug 23, 2017

      we had a little rain in the early morning and it should feel nice today with the cool front coming through more today. Hope it last more than a couple days. The crisp is good but I froze most of the bars so we wouldn’t eat it all right away – too tempting!

  • Paige Aug 23, 2017

    Love your design wall and those baskets! Your crisp looks delish! Thanks for sharing! Stopping by from Midweek Makers!
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    • Karen Aug 23, 2017

      thanks – it has been a busy summer of canning tomatoes but still plenty of time to sew

  • maxine lesline Aug 23, 2017

    Yes rhubarb is definitely an acquired taste… then it might become addictive. My mother and grandmother grew it here in Kansas.. made into sauce it was on our table as a summer staple. In the produce section at the store it costs nearly $1 a stalk. A friend in an apt is growing a plant in a bucket. Your crockpot recipe sounds great…

    • Karen Aug 23, 2017

      I think I will leave my rhubarb in a bucket for now and see what happens to it – I know it would probably die if I plant it – the summers just get way to hot.

  • Dottie bishaw Aug 23, 2017

    Your crisp sounds delicious, and such a pretty enticing picture of it, yum. Thanks for both recipes. The little baskets top looks so good, halfway done yay! The hexie top is just so pretty and almost done. It’s raining here this morning and much cooler for Texas, 84. A good day to stay inside and quilt.

    • Karen Aug 23, 2017

      the hexie top is far from done 🙂 this is just the center of the quilt that I have been working on – the crisp was delicious!

  • Susan Aug 23, 2017

    Both quilts are fabulous! But seriously, I’m more interested in that strawberry-rhubarb butter and the crisp recipe. Hubby loves strawberry-rhubarb pie and this would be a nice change. Thanks for sharing all of these yummies today!

    • Karen Aug 23, 2017

      your welcome Susan – I’m a big fan of rhubarb but the rest of the family not so much – they didn’t grow up with it like I did – I wish it grew well in the south but I will need to be satisfied with it frozen and what I get from dear daughter when she visits from the north – daughter in the north planted it after hearing me rave about it and then decided she could care less about it – but those plants do not die for nothing in the north 🙂

  • tubakk Aug 23, 2017

    Such a lovely hexie quilt.

    • Karen Aug 23, 2017

      thanks!

  • maggie Aug 24, 2017

    yummy – and the quilts too
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    • Karen Aug 24, 2017

      thanks!

  • Belarmina Aug 24, 2017

    Karen guardo la receta ¡¡gracias!!!

    • Karen Aug 24, 2017

      hope you like it

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