4th of July Weekend

I spent the weekend up in Kerrville with my mom, my stepfather, my sister and her two boys. She’s got a five- and a three-year old, and either one is a handful on their own. Together they are a force to be feared. If only my sister would let me use the cattle prod…

I finished the candleflame shawl and put a little bit of garter stitch along the top. You know how whenever you go on a trip, you suddenly remember some overloocked thing when you’re halfway to your destiniation? This time, it was the Eucalan (sp?) wash. I was going to use a little bit of dish soap to wash it, but my sister and mom both agreed that it didn’t really need blocking. So I turned it over to my grandma after giving Koolah one more shot with it.
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Yes, it’s lying on the grass. I’ve been picking bits of hay out of the yarn for months, so I don’t think it’s going to be a big deal. Grandma liked it a lot, and she told me that the building she lives in is always cold, so she’ll have plenty of opportunities to use it.

4th of July – fireworks, beer, lots of food, yadda yadda yadda. I went to a wonderful party that my sister’s mother-in-law throws every year. My cousin Jeremiah was there with his wife, and I was really glad to finally meet her. I haven’t seen Jeremy in years. He’s a Staff Sergent in the Army. He’s doing heavy weapons instruction now. Except for the part where his job description includes being occasionally shot it, he seems to be doing really well.

On Monday, I took over my mom’s kitchen to make a batch of roasted tomato & basil soup. Her garden has produced a huge crop of tomatoes and basil, so those ingredients were fresh.

Here’s the tomato lineup, with my mom holding the two biggest ones for perspective:

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To start the soup, you first cut the tomatoes and toss them in olive oil, salt and pepper. Most of them went quietly.
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The monster tomato had other ideas, and grabbed the tomato knife when I wasn’t looking:
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Luckily, my mom’s kitchen is well stocked with the tools needed to put down a vegetable insurgency:

So much for that one. The tomatoes went into the oven to roast for about an hour. I did some knitting on a hat and then chopped up some onions and garlic.
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Then I went down to the garden and snagged several handfuls of basil.

I washed the basil and then sauteéd the onions and garlic in a mix of olive oil and butter. About this point, the kitchen was smelling heavenly. When I pulled the tomatoes out of the oven, a cloud of smoke and steam filled the kitchen. Mmm, it was great. I wish I could have captued the smells along with the images:
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I added everything to the pot and poured in some chicken stock, then sprinkled in a little thyme.

After simmering for a while, I ladled the soup into a blender to process it, then added some cream cheese and simmered it a little more:
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Finally, I poured myself a bowl and threw in some goldfish. My mom’s dogs were very jealous and sat by me while I wolfed it down.
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Happy Independance Day, everyone. Eat, drink and be merry.

No Responses to “4th of July Weekend”

  1. mwyn Says:

    The shawl is beautiful. I fell in love with the pattern when I first saw it. I am going to make this shawl but with a twist. I was thinking about putting an Icord & additional background sts along the outer edges. I want it wider. It’s too elongnagated for my taste. I read your comments about the width of the flame & THAT sounds like a good idea also.
    I’m so glad I found your blog.


  2. Georgina Says:

    Beautiful shawl.
    I will have to try the soup too. Looks yummy

  3. Cari Says:

    I was with you right up until the chicken stock. Then you went and added it and broke my vegetarian heart. Sigh.

    Ah well. Sounds like a lovely weekend.

  4. Stacey Says:

    The soup sounds delish. I will have to try once my tomatoes ripen (in about a month)