Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Gone much too soon

Gord was only 55, an amazing brother, father, husband, son and friend.  The community here has been wonderful ... this past weekend, a harvest brigade showed up to help get the soybeans off.  Those glorious sunshine-filled days we had Saturday and Sunday - friends showed up with their combines, trucks, tractors & grain buggies and got all of our soybeans harvested - more than 500 acres.  It was a wonderful demonstration of the power of our small communities, there for each other, especially when times are really tough.   

If you happened to be in Ridgetown this past Wednesday just after 2pm, it was not a rumoured protest of any type - it was the funeral procession moving from McKinlay's Funeral Home to the reception at the Legion.   Truly, I did hear later that there was some sort of huge protest going on - no - it was just friends and family, celebrating a life, love and laughter taken much too soon.  

The "Harvest Brigade"

Gord's obituary - written by Jen!

Gordon Edward Woods
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
McKinlay Funeral Home

Funeral Service
1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
McKinlay Funeral Home

Memorial Donations
Heart & Stroke Foundation
Canadian Cancer Society 
WOODS: Gordon Edward (September 27, 1956 – October 29, 2011) - It is with immeasurable sadness that we announce the passing of Gordon Edward Woods on the 29th day of October, 2011. This courageous, brave man fought a battle against cancer and passed in the home he so proudly designed, surrounded by loved ones who will miss him so dearly. This Steward of the Soil was born and raised a farmer, and in his last hours he hoped that he gave enough to the community and worked hard enough so that his legacy will be forever remembered. Not only was he an amazing farmer, he was an incredibly generous, caring and inspirational husband, son, father, grandfather and brother who will never be forgotten. We will carry on your legacy and will always wish your tractor never ran out of fuel. Leaving to mourn with fond and loving memories are his soulmate, wife and best friend Yvonne, his effervescent daughter Jennifer, and his hardworking son Timothy Woods who will carry on his legacy. Tim’s wife Liza, grandchild Austin (Spike) and baby on the way will miss ‘Grampa Gord’ forever. His loving parents, Ed and Joyce Woods, and caring sisters Linda McLaren (Don) and Barb DeCook (Albert), along with the rest of his ever-growing extended families will always hold you up on the pedestal where you belong. Gord made a lasting impression on anyone he came into contact with. We will always remember him for the heartfelt and humourous man he was, and always will be. We love you forever. Family will receive friends at the Funeral Home, 76 Main Street East, Ridgetown on Tuesday from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 with Rev. Mary Elford officiating. Donations made in memory of Gord to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com. Me and You, Forever.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Dogwood Blossom quilt for my mom & dad

I've been working on this quilt for a long time - had the top done in the spring but it had to wait for me to get a little more practice on my long-arm. 

This design is from Fabric Trends (Spring 2009), by Cate Tallman-Evans. The moment I saw the magazine article, I knew I had to do this one for mom! She has always loved dogwoods - she has one in her back yard, and I have both a white and pink in my yard.

Fabric is Henry Glass (it feels so wonderful!). Quilt is 88" x 88". 

Quilted on my Pfaff 18.8 using both Qbot designs - a design set by One Song Needle Arts - Donna Kleinke (dogwood border, block and cardinal); and freehand - loopy block and border leaves.

My photo helper in this afternoon's sunshine is Sparky :)

Dogwood Blossoms for Mom & Dad - laid out on the lawn,
with quilt inspector - Sparky
Better view of the blocks and border

Quilting from the back - the two blocks
and the leaves in the red sashing

Border detail - Cardinal surrounded by dogwoods

Saturday, November 5, 2011

And then there was soup!

Sometimes I cook and bake too :)  Tried this recipe published this week in the London Free Press:

Apples, bacon, cheese - intriguing!  I didn't have any cider, and added cauliflower, broccoli, peppers and zucchini.  Yummy!

In case the link gets broken, here is the recipe:

Inspired by the 2011 Ontario Finest Meat Competition's award-winning bacon, this recipe marries the smoky taste of bacon, tart apples and the bite of rich, old cheddar in this smooth, sensational soup.
6 strips side bacon
1 cup (250 ml) each chopped onion, celery and carrot
1 tsp. (5 ml) dried thyme
1/2 tsp. (2 ml) each, salt and fresh cracked pepper
2 bay leaves
4 cups (1L) chopped peeled tart apples 
1 cup (250 ml) apple cider
6 cups (1.5 L) chicken or vegetable broth
2 cups (500 ml) grated old cheddar
In skillet, cook bacon over medium high until cooked through but not crisp, about 7 minutes. Break into pieces and set aside.
Drain all but 2 Tbsp. (30ml) of fat from the pan. Return pan to medium high heat. Add onion, celery and carrot and cook, stirring often until onion is tender and golden, about 8 minutes. Stir in thyme, salt, pepper, bay leaves and apple; cook for 5 minutes. Stir in cider and broth,scraping up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Bring to boil, reduce heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook 15 minutes. Let sit 10 minutes. Remove bay leaves and blend with immersion blender until smooth or transfer to blender in batches and blend until smooth.
Whisk in cheddar until well blended (may need to heat soup to incorporate cheese completely). Serve in warmed soup bowls topped with reserved bacon.
Makes 6 servings.

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