If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.William Morris.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Oh My

At the Wichita Show I just fell in love with this one quilt made by Mary Ann Moore.
As she wrote in her description that she took her love for cross stitch with her love for quilting and put the two together and boy is it spectacular. 
I wish I could of took better pictures, I used my I-Phone and wished I had a nice camera. But I think you can get the idea of how stunning this quilt was. I wished I could of met Mary Ann and ask her the questions racing through my mind.  

This picture dose not show half of how pretty it was.

Just in case you are interested in the pattern she used you can find the pattern she used at Amazon

Hope you like this one as much as I did.

Life's Little Pleasures

This is my first Yarn Along and why I hadn't seen this sooner I just can't figure out. The concept is sharing with others two of some of my favorite things.  I have been sharing what I have made but not too much what I am working on or what I have been reading lately. 
So this is my latest knitting project now since I'm finish with the Chicken Hats and the Little Kitty Purse. I decided to start something for me. I'm trying the Color Affection Shawl by Veera Valimaki I saw on Raverly. There were so many beautiful combinations of colors they have pictures of, so I figured I couldn't go wrong. Easy-peasey.

Then as to what I've been reading, it's a book I have on my Kindle, its "The Feast Nearby" by Robin Mather. In the front page of the book is this written by her, "How I lost my job, buried a marriage, and found my way by keeping chickens, foraging, preserving, harvesting, and eating locally (all on forty dollars a week).
Doesn't that sound like something I would like.
It has been very interesting, I would recommend this one.
 (Took the picture from amazon)
Can't really see inside ;-)

Till next time
Have fun knitting and reading

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

More Quilts from the Wichita Show

I really do not have to say much other than I enjoy the show a lot and came home inspired.
So many lovelies and could not get pictures of them all but I did make a good attempt at it.
I do want to say that it was hot and thank goodness the air conditioner was on but it also made the quilts sway and some pictures are slightly blurred.
( If you click on the picture you can view them bigger and in a slide show mode)

This won Best of Show

This won Best Professional  Machine Quilting

Till next time

Monday, June 25, 2012

Egg Recipe # 21 Homemade Mayonnaise

When I went online to find a mayo recipe I came across basically the same recipe with slight variations by adding lemon juice or vinegar or both, then there was the addition of mustard. could be Dijon or dry powder. Then there was the oil, some said straight canola, vegetable or olive oil but could be a combo. Then on the incredible egg website you'll find a recipe for cooked blender mayonnaise. I think I'll try that next.
There is also a very informative article written on The Guardian  about all the ingredients and what they do in the recipe.

Homemade Mayonnaise


*2 egg yolks
1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard or 1 tsp dry mustard
Kosher salt
1 1/2 cups neutrally flavored oil (vegetable, canola)


Let all your ingredients come to room temperature before you begin.
Using my cute separator
Using an electric hand mixer, stand mixer, blender or a wire whisk, whip the egg yolks for a minute or two, until they're thoroughly beaten.

Add the 1 tsp vinegar and whisk for about half a minute. Then add the salt, and beat for another 30 seconds or so.

Now, with the mixer going full speed (or with your arm whisking as hard as it can) add the oil very slowly.

When the emulsion starts to form, you can add the oil more quickly, but keep it at a fairly moderate stream. Adding the oil too fast will break your mayonnaise.

When the emulsion thickens, add a teaspoon or so of vinegar to thin it out. Continue adding oil, stopping occasionally to add water if the mixture gets too thick.

Finish with the lemon juice, to achieve the right consistency.

Store in the refrigerator, where it should keep for up to 4 days.

*Due to the slight risk of Salmonella or other food-borne illness. To reduce this risk, I recommend you use only fresh, properly-refrigerated, clean, grade A or AA eggs with intact shells, and avoid contact between the yolks or whites and the shell.

My comments; I like the idea of making mayo and did not realize it was so simple with so few ingredients but I found out that I need to check my oil first. I tried sunflower and olive oil. Not a good combo, so I retried with just canola and it was so much better.  

What's up Monday

This is what's up on my wall for me to work on this week, it's my Civil War Blocks from Barbara Brackman's blog she did last year. Need to finish quickly before the site goes down.

I'm home again and it seems like I have been saying that a lot these past few months. Beside telling myself I have so much  to catch up on. I was out in the veggie garden just feeling overwhelmed with the weeds doing so  much better than the veggies I have growing. I usually mulch very heavily but did not have the straw or the time to get it done between trips. That is why the weeds have over taken some of the beds.
There will be some gardening on my list for this week.
With the temp being in the triple digits this week I will only be able to spend a couple hours in the morning outside. I have been indoor way too much lately so I am just not use to this heat. What a woos.
I plan on trying to get my list shorten.
I did get a couple of the things from my last list done, which was two weeks ago.
1. I froze the green beans instead of canned.
2. Pack for trip. Too easy but you need have to some of those on your list just so you feell like you can get it done.
3. Post everyday. Again I fell short, part of it I was too busy and then got tired, second not hooked to wireless but did try my blogger app. Was a good back up
4. Exercise 4x during the week. I was very busy setting up and taking down but that doesn't count.
5. Finish Kitty Purse See how cute it turned out

6. Work on Chicken Hats. See how cute they turned out, next will be pictures of the boys wearing them

7. Pick the winner in Giveaway
8. Learn something new and have fun everyday day.
Not too bad, was able to do most of it.

So here is my new list  
(it should say civil not civel)
I have to confess this is a shorten version of the one on my clipboard, so I should have no excuse for not completing this one. 
Till next time
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