Today is the first day of my Staycation/Vacation. It is nice to just kick back for a week and do whatever I want to do. I have no real definite plans except for a couple of planned outings. Today was a nice holiday gathering at my friend Laura's house with some of her good friends and family. I made my homemade macaroni salad that is different from others that I have seen, so I will post the recipe here:
1 1/2 cups dry macaroni cooked to al dente
4 ounces of ham - diced small (I buy the pre-packaged diced ham with pieces diced @ about 1/4")
1/2 of a 10 ounce package of frozen peas - thawed
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/8 to 1/4 cup onion - diced very small
Mayonnaise (I prefer Hellman's low fat)
Mix everything together, then add mayonnaise to desired consistency - this is an individual preference. I used low fat Hellman's mayonnaise in the squeeze bottle - add some, stir, then add some more as needed to desired consistency. I also add a little milk to thin out the mayo a bit at the end, especially if I prepare it the night before.
The end of the week I plan to attend the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo here in Indy. One of my favorite quilt designers, Lisa Bongean from Primitive Gatherings, will have a booth there. That is the big draw for me. Here is the link to her blog: http://lisabongean.com/
The other special event this week is the opening of Stacy Nash's studio in Fortville, IN - just a 30 minute drive southeast of where I live. She is having a special Sneak Peek Party on Friday evening. I am so looking forward to what she has put together with her many months of hard work! http://stacynashprimitivedesigns.blogspot.com/
Speaking of quilting, I got my first Civil War Reproductions Club package from the Country Sampler. I became aware of their free quilt patterns when I saw the Sampler Quilt from 2013 (http://www.countrythreads.com/free-quilt-pattern/) at a recent Second Saturday Block of the Month gathering at Quilts Plus. I told my friend Laura about it who then preceded to find their club offerings. Today's delivery was befitting Memorial Day as the fabrics were all Red, White and Blue and the quilt selected was a star quilt. They included a book with this offering has many other quilts, so it was a VERY nice surprise.
Other that that I am planning on a week of stitching, quilting, yard work, home projects and some general R&R.
Happy Memorial Day!