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.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Missed a Week


I can't believe last week slipped by me and I did not update my weekly goal. Well two weeks ago I had the task of going through my cookbooks and thinning them out. I figure about a third of them are going to go into a yard sale.

Before                                                   After


And these are the ones that are going to sell.

Now for what I planned on working on. I started this list last week with the hope of getting all this done by today but I had high hopes "again"!

The is my list
1. Fix hose with Gorilla tape done and didn't work
2. Replant Swiss Chard (need to wait till Aug)
3. Lay soaker hoses
4. Fix the leaks in the a couple of soaker hoses
5. Pull cauliflower plants done
6. Harvest cabbage
7. Tie and stake tomatoes done
8. Fix support for cucumbers
9. Mulch sweet potatoes
10. Weed blueberries and bean beds partially done
11. Clean out last 2 beds for fall crops done
12. Try a natural grass killer in paths

I have about half to still fulfill. 


 

Monday, July 15, 2013

What's Up 7/15/13

I have to admit, nothing has changed on my wall this past week.


But if you look around my sewing room you would've thought I had been very busy and have something to show for it.

My room is very disorganize even when it's not messy. Just too much in a small room.

I think this expresses it all.


I have been prepping blocks (37) for my Pea Ridge Lily quilt.



And I did applique the center on the compass and the background piece that will become the ring around the compass. I now need it make 1/4 circles (32) to go on the ring 


This is a BOM at Esther's Blog


And the second month is here so once I get those circles appliqued on then I will get started on working on this part. I will change the colors though. I'm going scrappy so it won't quite be so uninformed. 

Looks like I'll be busy.
Like I'm not already.


Saturday, July 13, 2013

A Week in Photos

It has been a very busy week here on the farm. The garden is starting to produce and plus been busy preparing the boxes for the fall garden.
The chickens are busy trying to keep cool from the heat and so have I. Except for what chores I do in the morning I stay in the house the rest of the time, so I did not take as many pictures as I should of. I hope you do enjoy the ones I did take.










Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Yarn Along

It has been a few weeks since I have wrote about what I am reading and/or listening to. 
I am still reading Joan Dye Gussow book "Growing Older".
I can read at night but then I'll fall asleep reading so I'm getting through it very slowly.

I just started listening to 




Book Description From Amazon
Release date: April 3, 2012
For fans of Jacqueline Winspear, Laurie R. King, and Anne Perry, Mr. Churchill’s Secretary captures the drama of an era of unprecedented challenge—and the greatness that rose to meet it.

London, 1940. Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Her indefatigable spirit and remarkable gifts for codebreaking, though, rival those of even the highest men in government, and Maggie finds that working for the prime minister affords her a level of clearance she could never have imagined—and opportunities she will not let pass. In troubled, deadly times, with air-raid sirens sending multitudes underground, access to the War Rooms also exposes Maggie to the machinations of a menacing faction determined to do whatever it takes to change the course of history.

Ensnared in a web of spies, murder, and intrigue, Maggie must work quickly to balance her duty to King and Country with her chances for survival. And when she unravels a mystery that points toward her own family’s hidden secrets, she’ll discover that her quick wits are all that stand between an assassin’s murderous plan and Churchill himself.

In this daring debut, Susan Elia MacNeal blends meticulous research on the era, psychological insight into Winston Churchill, and the creation of a riveting main character,  Maggie Hope, into a spectacularly crafted novel.

I can listen to a book so much faster than I can read one lately.
I listen while driving, sewing and sometime while gardening. And seeing how that can be a good portion of my day, you can see why I go through a book quicker by listening.

Now for what is it I'm knitting these days. I am still working on the socks I was last month but I'm getting closer to a finish.


I get tired of knitting on small needles so I started on a new project.
I had seen a bag that had a knitted bottom 



So I'm going to try to make something similar. This is my start to the base of my bag. I hoping this will go quickly. Added plus is I'm using up some of my stash.





Linking up to http://www.gsheller.com/






Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A Basic "Start Here" Scone Recipe

Today is the 30's club at Sager Creek Quilt Shop and the ladies decided they want to have a tea social. So we all wore hats and were encouraged to bring something from the 30's.


I bought my enamel tea pot and kettle collection.




You know a tea is not proper without scones, so I searched the internet and ended up going to one of my favorite baking resource and that was King Arthur Flour website.

So all the credit goes to them and there many more recipes to check out king arthur flour.

Here is their recipe

Here's your basic "start here" scone recipe. While this simple vanilla scone is delicious as is, it's also the perfect vehicle for your favorite add-ins; we happen to love dried cranberries and walnuts. Though chocolate chips are tempting, too!

Our guarantee: These tender scones will have a dark-gold outer crust, and a light-gold, moist inner crumb. They'll taste mildly of butter and vanilla.

Dough

  • 2 3/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup to 2 cups chopped dried fruit, chocolate or other flavored chips, nuts, or a combination, optional
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or the flavoring of your choice
  • 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup half and half or milk

Topping

Directions

1) In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder.
2) Work in the butter just until the mixture is unevenly crumbly; it's OK for some larger chunks of butter to remain unincorporated.
3) Stir in the fruit, chips, and/or nuts, if you're using them.
4) In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla or other flavor, and half and half or milk.
5) Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until all is moistened and holds together.
6) Line a baking sheet with parchment; if you don't have parchment, just use it without greasing it. Sprinkle a bit of flour atop the parchment or pan.
7) Scrape the dough onto the floured parchment or pan, and divide it in half. Round each half into a 5" circle (if you haven't incorporated any add-ins); or a 6" circle (if you've added fruit, nuts, etc.). The circles should be about 3/4" thick.
8) Brush each circle with milk, and sprinkle with coarse white sparkling sugar or cinnamon sugar, if desired.
9) Using a knife or bench knife that you've run under cold water, slice each circle into 6 wedges.
10) Carefully pull the wedges away from the center to separate them just a bit; there should be about 1/2" space between them, at their outer edges.
11) For best texture and highest rise, place the pan of scones in the freezer for 30 minutes, uncovered. While the scones are chilling, preheat the oven to 425°F.
12) Bake the scones for 20 to 25 minutes, or until they're golden brown. When you pull one away from the others, it should look baked all the say through; the edge shouldn't look wet or unbaked.
13) Remove the scones from the oven, and cool briefly on the pan. Serve warm. When they're completely cool, wrap in plastic and store at room temperature for up to several days.

Recipe summary

Hands-on time:
10 mins.
Baking time:
25 mins.
Total time:
1 hrs 5 mins.
Yield:
12 scones

Tips from our bakers

  • For a less traditional, slightly sweeter scone, increase the sugar in the dough to 1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces).
  • Scones are best served warm. They're delicious as is, but add butter and/or jam, if you like. To reheat room-temperature scones, place on a baking sheet, tent lightly with foil, and warm in a preheated 350°F oven for about 10 minutes.
  • Why freeze the scones before baking? Because 30 minutes in the freezer relaxes the gluten in the flour, which makes the scones more tender and allows them to rise higher. It also chills the fat, which will make the scones a bit flakier.
  • To make free-form rather than wedge-shaped scones, increase the half and half or milk to 3/4 cup. Using a large ice cream scoop or spoon, dollop the scone dough in 1/3-cupfuls onto a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake the scones in a preheated 375°F oven for about 30 minutes.
  • These simple scones are a wonderful blank canvas, awaiting your palette of chips, nuts, or fruit. Some of our favorite combinations are butterscotch chips and pecans; chocolate chips and dried cherries; and diced crystallized ginger and diced dried peaches.
  • Flour is like a sponge; it absorbs liquid during humid weather, and dries out in dry weather. In summer or when it's hot and humid, use the lesser amount of milk or half and half in this recipe; during winter, or when it's very dry, use the greater amount. Either way, start with the smaller amount, and drizzle it in till the dough is the correct consistency.


Boy are they Yummy. Can't go wrong with a fresh warm scone with lemon curd.


Monday, July 8, 2013

What's Up - 7/8/13

Today and probably the rest of the month will be my tiny Lemoyne stars up on my wall. This is one of my Git-R-Done for this month

They are small


Finish size will be 3 inches.


They are not that hard because I am using Deb Tucker's Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star Tool.
Here is a link to a YOUTube video of this tool
Once you try this you realize how easy it is to do such a difficult block.


Neat thing about it is that you use strips instead of templete of diamonds and squares. And there is no Y-seams.


Which is a good thing because I want to make a reproduction of this antique quilt. Now my stars will be 3" but on this antique quilt which was probably sewn by hand, the stars if I remember correctly were around 2 or 2 1/2 finished stars and there are 275 stars.
Now see why I'm loving this tool.

Now an update on my Love Entwined 


I have the compass made and need to add the inter center circle plus the outside ring. The fabric in the background will be the ring and I'm auditioning colors for the small circles that go on the ring, 32 of them. Not sure if I'll go with blue (which is my favorite color) or another color. I'll stare and play with it for day or two.


Sunday, July 7, 2013

I love Sundays

I love Sundays, it's the day of the week that is devoted to rest and reflection.
So I try my best to fulfill those things and find great satisfaction.
I believe my stitching is not considered work, I find handwork very relaxing. I love making something so beautiful and useful with my hands and working on this quilt will fit those criteria.
I'm piecing the center by hand, had thought about paper piecing but I don't do it enough to feel comfortable doing it.


So I photocopied the pieces onto some freezer paper, then pressed onto the wrong side of my fabrics. Trace the outline of the pattern so I have a guideline to stitch by.


Seeing how the pieces are all straight edges I used my ruler and rotary cutter to trim them down. I trim to under a 1/4 by not quite a 1/8 inch.



The directions with the pattern are excellent and the suggestion to leave the paper on until time to stitch is an wonderful idea. You never know if an accident could happen. 


Last night I was able to stitch half the compass star together and today I will work on the other half.


For the small circle in the ring that will go around the compass I have heat resistant plastic circle I will use. 



I am really liking so far my choices I made for the fabric.
Like I stated earlier I using my reproduction stash.
Heaven know this will make no dent in it


Speaking of stash I need go through my figures and update my stash report. I put my entries on the left side, that way I can be reminded at how much or little I'm using up out of my stash and I need to be using more.



linking up at Kathy's Quilts







Saturday, July 6, 2013

A Week in Pictures on the Farm

June 30 - July 6

It was such a very nice week, weather wise.
I was very busy out in the garden so much of what I have to show is from there. 
Hope your week was as pleasant as mine was.









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