Salmon Loaf

I made this for supper last night and it’s really tasty.  Bill suggested I write the recipe so I can make it again.

Laura had leftovers for breakfast this morning and told everyone how good it was.

You see, I never follow a recipe exactly, and often times just put flavors together using my imagination.  So, here’s what I did.

Mix all this stuff together:

  • 1 large can of salmon, 413 grams, or around a pound.  (who comes up with these can sizes anyway?) drained and mashed with a fork
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard.  (next time I’m trying Dijon)
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste.  (I used a tablespoon of pepper)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped.

Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and fill with the mixture.  Bake at 350F for 45 minutes.

I used pink salmon, not the expensive sockeye.

There’s no picture.  Why?  Because I buttered my loaf pan and the darn thing stuck.  I served it with a spoon right out of the pan. That’s where the parchment paper idea was born.

If you make this, maybe you could send me a picture.



Wrapped or Un-wrapped, 407 by MacPhee Workshop

Sew, here I go again!

This pattern is ingenious!  Normally we pin a sewing pattern to our fabric, cut out the pieces to sew together then set aside the trimmings, like pastry or cookie dough.

Not this one!  In Linda’s Wrap Pant pattern, you prepare two pieces of fabric with right sides together, the size being determined by your size, and whether you going wrapped or un-wrapped.  The pattern piece is pinned onto a specific place on the fabric, cut out, AND set aside.

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This tutorial is for the Un-wrapped version, shown on the right.  But not gathered at the hem.

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Leggings by MacPhee Workshop, #435, almost instant

Does it drive you crazy when your head is full of sewing ideas and then you don’t get time to sew?  It does me, and the people around me know it far too well.

I’ve been dreaming about these leggings for a month now, and finally the dream became a reality.  I GOT TO SEW!


 colourful leggingsThese are my latest, mother/daughter leggings, sewn up in a 4 way stretch poly.  Both were on hangers in 2 1/2 hours from start to finish, and yup, they’re loud, who cares? 🙂


Then, I couldn’t find the time to write about it. 🙁

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Model Tee by MacPhee Workshop #323

.The Model Tee by MacPhee Workshop

I had this great piece of poly knit in my stash, not the plastic bag kinda poly, but a breathable one.  And it’s brown.  A great colour for Laura.  Not me.

I trace off the pattern pieces, back, front, sleeves and th2014-06-08 13.44.39e neckband.

This fabric is very soft and supple, so I feel the need to interface the neckband.  If you’re a follower of my sewing, you’ll know that I keep a supply of fusible knit interfacing in my sewing room, in both black and white.  (I’m going to look for it in a skin-tone, too.)  I fused a piece to the wro2014-06-08 13.51.54ng side of the neckband, making sure the stretch was going in the right direction.  THEN I cut the points. 🙂2014-06-08 14.15.56 Much more accurate 🙂

Fold in half with wrong sides together and press well.  If your knit is heat sensitive, use a press cloth and be cautious.

Lap the right side over the left side as shown.  Baste by sewing together through all layers close to the raw edges.  This is the right side.

I fused 2 strips of the same interfacing to the wrong side of the front, at the bottom of the “V”   then straight stitch2014-06-08 14.10.54ed just inside the 3/8″ seam line.  (Using a chalk marker and a ruler keeps it all straight)  (I don’t estimate 3/8″ very well :()

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Clip the seam allowance into the point, BUT DON’T CUT INTO THE STAY-STITCHING. 2014-06-08 14.27.01

I then fused 1 inch wide strips of that same fusible interfacing along the shoulders and the hems of all 4 pieces.

Sew or serge the shoulder seams and press the seam allowance toward the back.2014-06-08 14.40.222014-06-08 15.11.58

Mark center back and neck quarters with pins.  Also mark the center back of the neck band.  Then fold the center back fold to the point of the front and mark both sides with pins.

With right sides together pin the neckband to the neckline, matching the pins.2014-06-08 14.43.17  I’ll be the first to admit that I struggled with sewing the point of the “V”.  Some tips:2014-06-08 15.50.27

  • Sew with the neckband down against the feed teeth (against my normal way of sewing)
  • Leave the point for last
  • Begin about 2 inches beyond the point and sew the remainder of the neck band.
  • From the wrong side press the seam allowance of the front open.
  • Stick a piece of WonderTape to both front seam allowances.
  • Peel off the paper and carefully stick the neckband in place.
  • Now you can sew it in place, again with the neckband against the feed teeth. The point of the front that you clipped to is your pivot point.   Use a long stitch in case you need to unse2014-06-08 15.51.54w. 🙁

I did it!  after “unsewing” 3 times :(, the WonderTape did it!

Then I serged around the neckband beginning and ending at the point.

Press the seam allowance away from the neckband.2014-06-08 16.05.57

Top stitch 1/8 inch from the seam line on the garment side to finish.


With right sides together serge or sew the side/underarm seams.  Press.2014-06-08 16.25.01

Press up 1 inch hems on the bottom and the sleeves and use a twin needle to finish.

I’m pleased with the results.  Have you sewn this variation?  How did you do?

Model Tee #323 by MacPhee Workshop, adjustments

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I love the look of this tee shirt,,,,, on the hanger,,,,,, lol.

Seriously though, it looks ok on me, but…….I’m 5’10” and my waist is lower and it needs to be longer.

I think it would also look better on me if the scoop neckline wasn’t so low.

Alteration time.  I got out my traced pattern and held it up in front of me holding the shoulder even with my own.  I smoothed the paper over my front and saw that my waist is 3 inches lower than the pattern’s.  Easy fix.  I cut the pattern 2 inches below the armhole and taped a piece of paper into the space to add 3 inches to lower the waist.

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Then I slid the paper down until I was happy with the proportion of the length on my body.  I needed 2 more inches, not counting the hem.

I retraced the new pattern onto a fresh piece of paper then I traced the next highest neckline.  (there are many to choose from, truly a very versatile pattern).

My latest attempt is very flattering, (can I say that?)(eve2014-05-19 16.13.36ryone else does).

Have you made this pattern?    This afternoon I made one for Laura with a very deep neckline.  Not easy, but achievable for sure.  It will be my next post.

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Model Tee, a feminine T-Shirt from MacPhee Workshop

This is a great pattern, not boxy, but shaped at the waist to flatter our female figures.   Or straight if that suits you better.  And, with 20 classic style options, you may never need/want to buy a T-Shirt pattern again.  #323

323 model Tee

There are many style options and I had a bit of difficulty making up my mind on what I wanted.  I decided on short sleeves and a deeply scooped neck, finished with binding.

This pattern is in stock at MacPhee Workshop.  btw, we’re not in business together, just friends 🙂

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Spinach Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

pork tenderloin

I love to cook.  I’m not a chef,  but I do produce some tasty meals.

Tonight I made a spinach stuffed pork tenderloin.


  • 2 small pork tenderloins total weight just over 2 pounds, trimmed and butterflied.
  • an 8 ounce bag of fresh spinach.  (You could probably use frozen, but it’s too watery for my taste.)
  • 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard.
  • 100 grams of feta cheese
  • 100 grams of packaged sliced chicken meat.  (Ham is really good here, too).
  • ground pepper to taste.

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