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.

Monday, October 15, 2012

What's Up Monday

It's hard to believe it is Monday already, "the Man of the Place" was home on vacation last week and we were able to get away for a few days but like many vacations it goes by too quickly. We went to the Civil War battle site

Shiloh in Tennessee. 

It is an amazing park with so much to see and learn. If you haven't been there you ought to look it up and see if that is something you to might be interested in. We wish we had bicycles because the park is so big and there is a self guided tour around the site you drive but bikes would of  been a fun way. 

So what am I going to try to work on this week; 
things for the boys.

Have one of the little dogs completed and still need to put the other one together  
 Do you notice that one is bigger than the other, I guess I relaxed some on the second one because my stitches are slightly larger.

Then I had bought these flannel panels a while back to make for the "little dudes". 

I'm going to back it in another flannel and add rick rack around the edge. The rick rack will be in different colors so each has their own.

Now on to my To Do List
This was the last one I did before "the Man of the Place" vacation and I wasn't able to completed a lot of it, so I am just adding those items to this week To Do List

I did get done number 1, 5, 6,9 and 10.
Not too bad, half of the list

Saturday, October 13, 2012

What's New

I wanted to share a couple of new things that I found. One is this blog hop about Jill Finley's new book. What little I have seen so far it look like a nice book.

Then on Pinterest I saw this recipe for Peanut Butter Popcorn.
I am a big fan of popcorn and I like to try new ways when I come across them. I made it tonight and this one is good.

Their picture looked better than mine, so I'm taking liberties and using this one.

You'll find this one and more at http://www.thekitchn.com/

Peanut Butter Popcorn
makes about 8 cups

1/4 cup popcorn kernels
Vegetable oil
Fine salt
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter (should be free of added sugar)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Have a clean paper shopping bag or oversized mixing bowl ready.

Heat a 4-quart heavy pan over medium heat and film the bottom with vegetable oil. When the oil is hot but not smoking, add the popcorn, shake to distribute, then put a lid on the pan, leaving a small crack for steam to escape. When the first kernel pops, put the lid on all the way. As the popcorn starts popping, shake vigorously to make sure the kernels are distributed evenly. When the popping slows to a few seconds between pops, take the pan off the heat. ( I popped mine in an air popper.)

Pour the popcorn into the paper bag or bowl to cool, and attempt to leave any unpopped kernels behind in the pan. (Coated with peanut butter caramel, the unpopped kernels are a serious tooth hazard). Lightly salt the popcorn to taste.

Mix the honey and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Let it simmer for about 2 minutes, then remove from the heat and add the peanut butter. Stir vigorously until all the peanut butter is melted, then mix in the vanilla.

Immediately pour the peanut butter caramel over the popcorn and stir with a long-handled wooden spoon until it's all coated. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

• This recipe will also cover one standard bag of microwave popcorn, so you can substitute that for the stovetop popcorn if you wish.
• This keeps well overnight. If you want the gooeyness of freshly made popcorn, though, warm a bowl of leftover popcorn in 15-second bursts in the microwave until slightly warm and soft.
• As noted in the comments, some people prefer adding something spicy, like Sriracha, in lieu of the vanilla.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Egg Recipe # 31 - Artichoke, Kale & Ricotta Pie

This is going in my recipe box, a Keeper

Artichoke, Kale & Ricotta Pie 
Serves 4 to 6

Olive oil
4 eggs, beaten
8 ounces ricotta cheese
4 ounces Parmesan, grated
1 cup canned artichokes, chopped
1 bunch (3 to 4 large stalks)  kale, rib removed and leaves roughly chopped (could use also Swiss      
1 carrot grated                                                                                              Chard, Spinach)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a 9-inch cake pan lightly with olive oil.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, ricotta cheese, and Parmesan. Roughly chop the artichokes and thinly slice the kale leaves and add to the cheese and egg mixture. Season lightly with salt and generously with black pepper Stir until combined.

Pour contents of bowl into the greased cake pan and drizzle with olive oil. Cook until custard is set, about 40 to 50 minutes. Cool on a wire wrack for 5 to 10 minutes and serve.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Many Blessings

I have many blessings to be thankful for and this one. To have this view out my dinning room widow this morning while having my cup of coffee

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Day 4 Where did the time go.

Love this picture

It's hard to believe it's the last day and I feel like I haven't made a dent. I figure you could lock me in my sewing room for a year and I probably still wouldn't have it all done.  I think I need to make this my motto

What do you think.

Being that it is Sunday I'll get my sewing done in spurts. 
I'm going to get in a early start, now 8:30 and see what I can done before church, then afterwards I'll get back and give an update. Until then let the fun begin.

Alright it's 1:30 and I'm ready to get back to sewing. This morning I was able to get this months Stash Bee blocks. I hope I was able to get them bright enough for her. They were very easy to put together, and 12.5 " block

Now I am going to make the small churn dash blocks to go on the side of one of the applique block of Scandinavian Christmas I finished a while back

We'll see how much I can get done before I need to go help "the man of the place" load up a few calves that we are going to take to the stockyard this afternoon. I hope and think that these are the last of the calves we need to take until next year.
Till then I'm off .

So it's almost 9 and I have been done for awhile. We had to take a few calves to the stockyard and today they had boys helping on horse back.
Can hardly see the boy helping on left.
I took this picture while sitting in the  truck.

Now for what I did get finish after the last update.
Completed the churn dash blocks

I have small square to still cross stitch to add the the others.

I also prepared 2 more blocks to be appliqued

After these 2, I have only 4 more to go and I can put the top together. It has been a productive time for me and it felt so good being able to sit and sew these past few days. I hope to keep it up and if not at least partake in November's Quiltaton. 

This is me now.

Thanks for following my progress

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Day 3 - Sewing Goddess

It's day 3 and I'm rearing to go. 
Right now I feel like the lady in this drawing that my Grandmother drew for my Uncle back in the 1930's

A Sewing Goddess

But in reality, I probably look  more like this

So no matter how I look or feel I'm ready.
I was thinking that I need to get caught up on my Stash Bee blocks. I have last month and this month to do so I think I'll do that first. Seeing how the temps outside are cold, 42 degrees. I will not be going out there for a little while. I have already taken care of the chickens and fed "the man of the place", so I'm good. But I will need to take a break later to go out and cover up my plants and bring some in because we are going to have a least a frost, possibly a freeze. That's later thou.
I'll be back later with pictures of what I was able to get done.
Till then

 I swear I must be the slowest quilter on the planet. I spent all afternoon in the sewing room and this is all I have to show for it. Now grant cha the couple hours I spent on the computer have nothing to do with it. You know I had to see how I was
 suppose to make my blocks and that lead to another thing and so on and so on. 
I did get last month block done for Danny and still need to do this month block. 
You know I need something to do tomorrow.

I was also able to make and attach portions of the filler blocks 

I have a lot to do on this quilt and it will be nowhere near finished by tomorrow but it felt good to get this much done
Well that is what I was able to accomplish. 
I did get out there to the garden and was able to cover the veggies that I hope to save for a few more weeks of growth. And the plants on the porch were all moved to the garage or covered. 
It was a good day. I hope you were able to have one also. 
See ya tomorrow.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Day 2

It's now 11:00 in the morning and I did get the corners sewn on the William Morris

I like these corners, there are 3 that look like this

But I'm thinking about redoing this corner. I'll see how I feel about later, if its still bugging me I'll redo it

I have had this book for awhile and I find it very helpful. Helped me remember how to do mitered corners.

So now I'm at Sager Creek hoping for others to sit and sew with but it's not to be.  I'll go to the store on my way back home. It's in the 50's today and I think it's Chili weather.
When I get home I will start on the boys quilts and this quilt.
 Some Kind of Wonderful.
Back in awhile

I'm back, groceries away, ate a little something and just digging these cool temperature outside. It's drizzly, gray and cold. Makes me want to sew even more. But the first thing Ill do is get together all the pieces I have ready to sew on SKOW

Some of the blocks I still need to embroider on and then I have a mess of squares to put together as filler blocks
That is what I'll work on now.

 I Wanted to show this again, this a Dear Jane done in Halloween fabric by a lady at the Quilter's Harvest Quilt Shop  in Higginsville, Missouri.

Back later

It's 8:30 P.M.
I was able to get a good start on the filler blocks. I believe I have most of what I need cut and I started sewing the sections together. 
My plan is to work on this some more tomorrow.

I had to get the boys quilts up and started. Theirs will be an easy quilt. I thought the pattern was so cute and boyish but this was before I went to my daughters and saw how she decorated their room. Has nothing to do with cars. I need to make them thou anyway. Maybe someday I'll make ones to match their room, (spaceships) 
This is my NewFO for last month.

So for dinner I made Taco  Soup. If you haven't tried this recipe I give it to you and you can then. It's one of those easy recipes and prefect for times like this when you just don't want to waste time cooking but you do want a good meal.

1 pound hamburger                               1 1/2 cups water
1 large onion, chopped                           1- 4 1/2 oz. can chopped green chilies
3 - 16 oz. cans red beans                        1 pkg. taco seasoning mix
1 - 16 oz can whole corn, undrained        1 - envelope Hidden Valley Ranch dry salad dressing mix
1 - 16 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 - 15 oz. can tomato sauce

Cook beef and onion until browned; drain, mix beef  and onion with the other ingredients in a large pan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes. (can go longer) Makes 3 1/2 quarts and this soup freezes well and can be kept frozen for up to 3 months.

Now that I'm done for the evening sewing on the machine I think I'll watch some TV and work on the "little dudes" Christmas stocking.  I just started this one so is doesn't look like much, so I'll just show the picture on the package.

Till tomorrow

Thursday, October 4, 2012

9:00 P.M. I Quit Day 1

Well here it is the end of day one and I was able to get a couple of things done. But did not get the William Morris finished.

 It took me a while to get the fabric aligned to be able to get them to match. Not as perfect as I would like.

 But it will work for me. I do not plan on putting it in any quilt show. It's taped and ready to sew and it's 9:00 and I am just a little worn out to trust myself to do the job. This is where I'll start tomorrow.

 I did take a break from dealing with the corners to do the attaching of applique spaceships to the bibs for the "little dudes"

And crochet the last part on my basket. Worked out nicely.

Now I'll sit here and spend some time with "the man of the place" before it time for bed.
Not a bad day.
There is tomorrow Day 2 

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