Recipe: Bacon Potato Salad

Happy Friday! In the states this is a holiday weekend so many of us are looking forward to a three day weekend. My sister, niece, and her children are coming for a visit and I’m so excited to get to spend the next few days with them.

I’m still working on the William Morris HST quilt and won’t bore you with pictures that look more of the same. I had hoped to have the quilting finished by the weekend, but a stomach bug hit me earlier in the week and threw me off track. I’ll try to get in snippets of quilting this weekend, but you know how it is when houseguests arrive. I’ll go in to full play time mode with those sweet kiddos!

Today I want to share with you my favorite recipe for potato salad. It’s easy, fast, delicious and includes bacon – what could be better?

I would love to give credit to the creator of this fabulous tasting side dish but I can’t. The recipe has been in my collection for several years and I have no idea where it came from. I try to usually make note of where I find recipes but failed to do so on this one. But a big shout out and thank you to whoever put these ingredients together – they are so yummy!

Let’s get started!

First, peel three pounds of potatoes. Cut into bite size pieces. Cook until done, approximately 10 – 15 minutes. Drain and cool slightly.

While the potatoes are cooking, cook a half pound of bacon until crisp. Chop or break into small pieces.

bacon cooked and chopped

Bacon makes everything better!

You will also need to chop six green onions and two stalks of celery.

chopped green onion

Tasty green onions.

Toss the potatoes, bacon, onion, and celery in a bowl. Add 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper.

salt and pepper

I love my bamboo salt box. Too cute!

Now, mix 1/2 cup of mayo and 1/2 cup sour cream. Stir into the potatoes. Let them chill out in your fridge for a couple hours or until cold. You want all those yummy flavors to blend together!

Garnish with some sweet Spanish Paprika, or whatever kind is hanging out in your pantry, and voila! You have yummy potato salad that your friends and family won’t be able to get enough of!

So, the above is the ‘official’ recipe. Here’s how I really make this. I don’t measure 3# of potatoes. I usually grab a five pound bag and use all of the potatoes in the bag. And a half pound of bacon? Who are we kidding? I cook up the entire package and throw in whatever looks good. (The rest gets thrown on a sandwich with tomato and lettuce for a tasty BLT.) I also almost always throw in an extra onion or two because there’s never just six when I buy a bundle of green onion. Now, by adding in these extras it means I need more of the dressing. So I use 1 cup each of the mayo and sour cream. I may not use all of the dressing, but I have it on hand if I think the potato salad needs it.

Finished potato saladAnd here it is! Yummy, bacon-y, onion-y potato goodness! We’ll be eating this over the weekend and I’m already drooling just thinking about it. 🙂

Do you have a favorite potato salad recipe? I’d love for you to share in the comments!

Here’s the written version:

Bacon Potato Salad

3# potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/2# bacon
6 green onions, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream

Cook potatoes until cooked through, (10-15 minutes). Drain and cool slightly. Cook bacon until crisp, and chop or break into small pieces. Mix together potatoes, bacon, onion, celery, salt, pepper. Stir together mayo and sour cream, add to potatoes. Chill for at least one hour.

ENJOY!

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MCM #115 – Main Crush Monday is Back!

Welcome back to Main Crush Monday! I’ve missed all the wonderful links the past few weeks, but I hope you understand why I had to put the linky party on hold. The 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop has been a lot of fun, and I know all the new bloggers appreciate the time you took to visit and comment. I hope you found some new blogs to follow, and were inspired by all the ‘getting to know you’ posts. I love reading all the stories about how/why someone started their quilting/blogging journey. It’s very inspiring!

I’ve been pretty busy with my quilting, working hard to catch up on all the customer quilts I have to do while trying to make progress on some of my personal projects. This is what is on my longarm now:

Finished HST Quilt

Remember when I was working on the William Morris half square triangle quilt? That’s been, um, quite a few months ago. I finally worked it into my schedule and loaded it up to start the quilting. I’m pretty motivated because I entered this quilt into a local quilt show next month (gulp!) so I need to get it finished!

I’ll admit I have really struggled with the quilting plan for this one. I thought I knew how I was going to quilt it, but once I started it went in a whole different direction. It’s one thing to have a stitching plan, and then have it fall apart when one realizes their skill level is not up to executing said plan. 🙂 I’ve been back to the drawing board many times. I’ve lost track of just how many times I’ve sketched this quilt. I finally decided to just start quilting, which isn’t the best way to approach a project like this, but I’m up against a deadline.

First there were the HSTs at the top of the quilt:

Half square triangle quilt with free motion quilted diamond sashingI’m not 100% satisfied with these blocks, especially the background triangles, and I may go back and add another motif if I have the time. They feel a bit empty to me. However, I do love the diamonds in the sashing strips. They were so much fun to quilt and stitch up pretty quickly. I have more of those to do in the bottom part of the quilt.

Then I got to the middle section of the quilt.

Curved Crosshatch quilting on Half Square Triangle quiltThese rows have been a lot of fun, and I love that curved crosshatch. I have wanted to do that for a long time. I received a set of The Quilted Pineapple rulers for Christmas and they have been waiting patiently for me to put them to work. Here’s a pic of one block with the top and bottom half of the crosshatch stitched out:

Curved Crosshatch using rulers by The quilted PineappelIsn’t that so pretty? It is taking a good bit of time to quilt these rows. I’m still working on the first row and I have two more to do. This project probably won’t be finished until the weekend; I have to work two days this week and that cuts into my stitching time. I know, whine, whine. But really, which is more important – work or quilting? I say QUILTING!LOL

I don’t have any idea what I’m going to stitch inside the print section of the blocks. I am open to suggestions. I’ve been scouring Pinterest and stalking all my Instagram friends for inspiration. If you have any thoughts I’d love to hear them!

So there’s what I’m crushing on for this Main Crush Monday; I can’t wait to read about yours! But first, here’s a shot of the rainbow we had on Saturday. I snapped this right before it faded. This was the view from my front porch. It was so bright and pretty!

Rainbow in the blue skyNow it’s your turn to share your projects. I’d love to read about what has you excited to be in your sewing space this week. You can link any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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Week 4 – 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop & Giveaway

Welcome to the fourth (and last) week of the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop & Giveaway. I’m so glad you’re here, and I’m excited to introduce you to more participants from my hive, the Sunshine Quilters!

I hope you’ll take the time to visit these dynamic and exciting bloggers from my hive:

Cherie – Cherie’s Quilting Journey
Cindy – Gray Barn Designs

More new bloggers are being introduced by my co-hosts:

Jen @ Dizzy Quilter, – Quilt, Blog, Repeat Hive
Karen – The Quilt Rambler
Sarah – 9658 Textiles

Sandra @ mmm!Quilts, – In Stitches Hive
Tracy – It’s a T-Sweets Day
Joni – For the Love of Thread
Sandy – Gray Barn Designs

Tish @ TishnWonderland – Happy Stitching Team Hive
Terri – Meanderings Along Lizard Creek
Liz – Savor Every Stitch

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We are so thankful to the generous sponsors of the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop! This week you can enter to win one of these prizes:

Make Modern Magazine – 6-month subscription
Northcott Fabrics – fabric bundle
Victoria Findlay Wolfe – small fabric bundle
Phat Quarters – fabric bundle
Island Batik – one fabric bundle
Christina Camelli  – PDF copy of ‘Magic Carpet’ pattern
Benartex – fabric bundle
The Quilter’s Planner – Full size or mini Quilter’s Planner
Cooking Up Quilts – Winner’s Choice of (2) PDF patterns – You’re Here!
Devoted Quilter – Winner’s Choice of (2) PDF patterns
Meadow Mist Designs – Winner’s Choice of (2) PDF patterns
Quilting JETgirl – Winner’s Choice of (2) PDF patterns
Sew Fresh Quilts – Winner’s Choice of (1) PDF patterns
Canuck Quilter – Winner’s Choice of (2) PDF patterns
Sew Sister’s Quilt Shop – $25 Gift Certificate

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The giveaway will run from May 14th through May 20th 11:59 pm EST and is open to entrants 18 years or older. Winners will be announced Sunday, May 21st!

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Week 3 – 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop & Giveaway

Welcome to the third week of 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop & Giveaway. I’m so glad you’re here, and I’m excited to introduce you to more participants from my hive, the Sunshine Quilters!

I hope you’ll take the time to visit these dynamic and exciting bloggers from my hive:

Dione – Clever Chameleon
Cate – Chaos Theory Quilting

More new bloggers are being introduced by my co-hosts:

Jen @ Dizzy Quilter, – Quilt, Blog, Repeat Hive
Tara – Quilt District
Roseanne – Home Sewn by Us

Sandra @ mmm!Quilts, – In Stitches Hive
Linda – Cozy Quilts

Tish @ TishnWonderland – Happy Stitching Team Hive
Karen – Tuna Quilts
Rashida – No. 3 Quilt Studio

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We are so thankful to the generous sponsors of the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop! This week you can enter to win one of these prizes:

Make Modern Magazine – 6-month subscription
Northcott Fabrics – fabric bundle
Victoria Findlay Wolfe – a copy of her book, 15 Minutes of Play: Improvisational Quilts
Phat Quarters – fabric bundle
Island Batik – one fabric bundle
Needle and Foot – $20 Gift Certificate
Benartex – fabric bundle
The Quilter’s Planner – Full size or mini Quilter’s Planner
Cooking Up Quilts – Winner’s Choice of (2) PDF patterns – You’re Here!
Devoted Quilter – Winner’s Choice of (2) PDF patterns
Meadow Mist Designs – Winner’s Choice of (2) PDF patterns
Quilting JETgirl – Winner’s Choice of (2) PDF patterns
Sew Fresh Quilts – Winner’s Choice of (1) PDF patterns
Canuck Quilter – Winner’s Choice of (2) PDF patterns

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter!

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The giveaway will run from May 7th through May 12th 11:59 pm EST and is open to entrants 18 years or older. Winners will be announced Sunday, May 13th!

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Trying a New Border Design

This week I’ve gotten to spend a lot of time with my longarm, working to catch up on the pile of quilt tops waiting to  be quilted. I am really pleased with this finish and am happy to share it with you today.

The top was pieced by Karen, a lovely lady I met when she enrolled in the beginning quilting class I teach. Karen is fun to be around and the quilting bug has really bitten her. She gave me the top to quilt and told me to ‘do whatever’.

Sometimes it’s really scary when someone says that to me in regard to their quilt, but not in this case. As soon as I pulled the top out of the bag and laid it on the frame I knew exactly how I needed to quilt it. I love when that happens! Doesn’t happen very often, but when it does it’s like unicorns and rainbows dancing all around. 🙂

I love the colors Karen used, and the easy design which shows off the fabrics so well. Those HSTs finish at six inches. They are the perfect size to highlight the gorgeous colors of the prints. Sometimes, simple is better!

dot to dot free motion quiltingI admit that deciding how to quilt the border took me a couple of hours. I wasn’t sure what to do. My go to design is usually piano keys, but that didn’t feel right for this quilt. I finally got out my Shape by Shape books by Angela Walters and started flipping through them. I found this perfect border design after only a couple of minutes. I love how it plays off the quilting in the blocks. When I look at the quilt as a whole, it looks like I planned out the entire design ahead of time. I didn’t, but no one except me and you will ever know!

The backing is a great navy blue print by Riley Blake. I used the same thread color front and back and I can barely see the green thread on the blue back. Mostly you just see the texture.  That’s a win in my book!

Riley Blake fabric for backingAll the quilting was done with rulers and minimal marking, utilizing Angela’s ‘dot to dot’ technique. Sounds like a lot of work but it went quickly, especially because I was in my happy place. Ruler work and free motion quilting make my heart sing and I always feel my most creative when I get to quilt that way.

Ruler Work FMQI hope you enjoyed this tour of Karen’s quilt. Thank you Karen for allowing me to quilt for you!

Linking up with Finished or Not Friday and Finish it up Friday. Be sure to hop over and check out all the inspiration and eye candy!

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