Melon Wrapped in Prosciutto

cantaloupe melon with prosciutto. italian appetizer

It is peak melon season now in Utah. Luckily, we’ve been able to grab fresh melons at our local grocery store where the melons are sourced from Hurricane, UT. But there’s also a melon stand at the Downtown Farmer’s Market that we buy from as well. I’ve been eating a melon a day it seems like, but sometimes I want to enjoy more than just melon. Here in Utah we also have some of the best cured meats you could imagine: Creminelli. Between the local melon and local cured meats this is a wonderful salad / snack for ANY hot summer day.

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Grainline Studio Willow Tank

Grainline Studio Willow Tank

For such an easy pattern, I’ve had a dilly of a pickle sewing a version of Grainline Studio’s new Willow Tank pattern that will last. I’ve gone through three versions and two different sizes to finally get a version that looks fabulous. I sewed with rayon for the first time and was completely disappointed with the results, hence all the trials and errors with this pattern. Even though I had fabric issues, the pattern is awesome. I only had to make one small adjustment, otherwise the pattern is nearly perfect! I was worried that the tank would be boring, boxy, and look awful, but I was wrong. Grainline Studio has given us another solid pattern that I will return to over and over again.

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Emoji Brains

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I spent the summer collecting ideas and with the school semester starting, I now have time to sit at the computer and make my inspiration into a reality. My first goal was to design more brain / neuroscience fabrics and for some reason I was drawn to create emoji brains. Emoticons are such a fun and powerful way to express yourself in the digital age. Think about how much writing and effort it would take to describe your feelings when a single winking emoji says it all. Right now these emoji brains are available as 12 x 12 digital scrapbooking pages on my Etsy site!

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Tomato Sauce for Canning

Homemade tomato sauce in a white bowl and fresh tomatoes on wooden background

I’m always looking for new recipes to enjoy during the dark days of winter. I think a good meal would be spaghetti with marinara sauce. I could never bring myself to purchase store-bought tomato sauce, but making my own canned tomato sauce seems more exciting. I thought I would make marinara sauce, but that’s rather complicated and I’m afraid I’ll add too much onions and garlic. If you make tomato sauce, you can make marinara sauce after the fact when you are making dinner. You will need 2.5 pounds per pint jar for a thinner tomato sauce. I used roma tomatoes from Chavez farms that we picked up from the fruit stand on 800 N in Orem.

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Sweet Corn, Canning

Fresh corn on the cob on vintage platters of the Himalayan salt, on wooden background. selective focus

For the first time, we are canning our own corn using fresh Utah corn on the cob. This year we decided to use Petersen Family Farms corn, a local farm in Riverton. It probably isn’t the cheapest corn, but we were able to purchase 7 cobs for $2.50. You can get a lot of canned sweet corn for that price. I think the most intimidating part of canning your own corn on the cob is cutting the corn off the cob. The internet suggests all these fancy gadgets and techniques, but I found the easiest way to cut corn off the cob is a knife and a roasting pan. After that, raw packing the corn and pressure canning is pretty easy and straight-forward.

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