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Happy Mother’s Day!!!

May 9, 2010

Filed under: Judi,Recipes,Sewing — admin @ 4:16 pm

It’s early Sunday morning – Mother’s Day. I hope that if you’re a mother, you’ll be pampered and spoiled today. My family – at least those who live close by, will be coming over shortly for a brunch that I am NOT cooking, and my plans are to haAsian PJsve some quality sewing and gardening time today. Time spent doing just what I want to do!

My newest sewing project is a pair of Indygo Junction’s Asian Pyjamas. I collected the fabrics for these PJ’s some time ago, and they’ve been one of those projects sitting, “ageing” in my sewing room waiting for just the right time to get started. I chose some beautiful coordinated Asian prints from the Mandarin Dynasty collection by Hoffman in shades of goldy-tans and rose-corals with splashes of blues and greens. There are dragons and chrysanthemums in the print and I’m looking forward to finishing them off. Here are 3 of the fabrics I’m using. I’m still working on my Jenny Haskins “Moulin Rouge” embroidered quilts – I’m on block 4 now. The nice thing about that is that with all 110,000 stitches of embroidery in each of 8 blocks, I’ve got lots of time to work on my PJ’s while the embroidery machine is stitching away.

Mandarin Dynasty Fabrics

Here’s one of my favourite spring time pasta recipes – and one that my family has always enjoyed. If you cook for someone who doesn’t like to eat their vegetables, this is a delicious way to disguise them!

Broccoli Pesto Linguine


  • 2 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. ricotta cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil


  1. Fill a medium saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add the broccoli and cook until slightly tender, about 3 minutes.
  2. Fill a large bowl with ice and cold water. Drain the broccoli and immerse in the ice cold water. This will keep the broccoli’s bright green colour.
  3. Drain again, and transfer the broccoli to the work bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade.
  4. Add all the other ingredients except the olive oil and pulse 6-8 times, until the mixture forms a chunky paste. Do not puree!
  5. Pulse again, drizzling in a few teaspoons of olive oil at a time. You may need additional olive oil to get the consistency you want.

Toss the pesto with linguine noodles cooked al dente and serve. If desired, top with grilled chicken breasts and add a tossed salad for a complete meal.



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