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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Another Day, Another Greenhouse...

Several people have asked for the broccoli salad recipe that I frequently bring to hook-ins. I finally made some today and took a picture. This recipe comes from Kami's family in Bedford County.

Broccoli Salad

1 head of broccoli
1 head of cauliflower
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup cubed cheese: mozzarella, mild white cheddar, Monteray Jack, etc.
Any of the following: crumbled bacon, raisins, dried cranberries
sunflower seeds, pecans, etc.

Dressing: 1/2 cup mayo or Miracle Whip
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons white vinegar
I like more dressing on my salad so usually make a double batch.

Break broccoli and cauliflower florets into bite sized pieces. Add onion, cheese and other add-ins. Pour dressing over the veggies and mix well.

In this version I used dried cranberries and chopped pecans with American cheese.
The little bobbin lace doily is a find from yesterday's trip to the fabric sale.

I didn't go to Grant Street for the hook-in today because I was SUPPOSED to stay at home and work. After all, I was out running around yesterday. But the weather is supposed to get progressively warmer over the next few days. We need to go to the greenhouse and get plants!

This is the herb area. I got cilantro, basil, rosemary, sage and two types of parsley.
The green hanging things are upside-down tomato planters.

This is the fern jungle.

Part of the water garden display.

The orchid and African violet room. I love the orchids!!!

The Lurgan Greenhouse is owned and operated by Amish. Today they had their baked goods stand set up. I had never seen these before and just had to try them. They are mini chocolate covered chocolate whoopie pies! Talk about gilding the lily!!!
Scrumptious!!! We also came home with a gigantic apple dumpling to share.

This afternoon I worked on a new design for my tags to put on rugs. I've done this many times in the past and didn't like the results of any of them. I think this one is a keeper.
The border is machine embriodered. I just wrote in the documentation with a permanent pen.

As soon as I get it sewn in, the Moon and Stars Watermelon rug is officially done!
I joined another challenge on Rug Hooking Daily. This one is 'forest secrets'. I have a design started on paper, but of course I can't show it! Waaaaah!!!
Tomorrow Brad will be giving history talks to school kids at the Military Heritage Center in Carlisle. Kami and I are going to the PA Fabric Outlet for their 50% off sale.
Then on Saturday, Zip and I are going to York for the cat show. Maybe we'll come home with a new baby!
Happy Hooking!


  1. Your broccoli salad recipe sounds wonderful!!! I will certainy make it very soon.

    Nice green house pictures. I think we go to our local nursey at least once a week this time of the year and like yours is Amish owned.

  2. The salad picture looks like out of a fancy cookbook! Nice! Your labels are really great! I have been thinking about labels too getting ready for this art show. Did you do the machine embroidery yourself? Have a good weekend at the cat show.......I suspect you'll be having a new addition to the family soon! Cathy G

  3. I'm so glad to find you. I love stitchery (on canvas)and family history, also cooking. We have had a terrible drought out here on the big Island of Hawaii. I'm a new blogger and when I learn how to add pictures, I'll send you a picture of my land. (Before drought and my new sedums that won't need water) I've added myself as one of your followers. Do you enter family information in familytree?

  4. Hi Pat!!!

    Your salad looks yummy! I love broccoli salads!

    I haven't been to Lurgan's yet but maybe this weekend. Have fun where is this PA Fabric Outlet? Sounds like an interesting place!

  5. Hey Pat, we all missed you yesterday! But you certainly have been busy.
    You are going to make a lot of people happy by giving out your recipe :).
    Love you label, very sweet!! With the way you hook up your rugs, I hope you made a bunch of them in advance lol.
    Have a wonderful weekend, it's going to be gorgeous. Perhaps I'll make it out to the greenhouse this weekend. It seems I always get there late in the season when everything is picked over. Thanks for posting that! Hold back your temptation, or you may come home with a LITTER lol. But hope you find a new little one :).

  6. Thanks Pat for the salad receipt. It is the best!!! I know that there is a kitten with your name on its forehead. Have a wonderful weekend.

  7. Pat - you are KILLING me with that picture of Chocolate Covered Whoopie Pies! Oh my goodness! I would have lost it with those! LOL

    Missed you yesterday! Everyone kept asking where was Pat!

    The salad recipe looks good - haven't made a b-salad in a while and I know my husband loves it!

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh A Cat show - how fun - Hope someone at that show picks you specially!


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