Sunday, October 27, 2013
I took a butternut squash with me. One our retreaters likes to open the bar REALLY early (well, really early in my opinion). Rotary cutters are a little dangerous if you're shit-faced, so to nosh on with our afternoon cocktails, I made Butternut Squash, Cranberry & Goat Cheese Crostini. The recipe is here. These were very (!) good. The rest of the BS was chopped and roasted when I baked the salmon.
After I finished my Mondo Bag, and got my guild B.O.M. finished, and made three little cell phone wallets, I finally got back to my Blooming 9-Patch. This quilt was started here at this cottage back in July. The blocks are finally all stitched into rows. My thighs were killing me because I was up and down so many times picking blocks up off the floor to stitch together. My next step is to add the setting triangles then stitch the rows together and add the final border. Closer... closer... closer to completion.
Well, hell has apparently frozen over. DH went out and picked zucchini while I was away.
Picked this week: 2
Picked YTD: 46
Picked last 2 weeks: 5 (2 for soup, 2 given away, 1 cooked in Tobermory)
Picked YTD: 18
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Woo hoo!! Our group project is complete.
We each selected our colour preference. Then we gave each other 32 squares of the requested colour. The bags are MONDO BAGS by Quiltsmart. Each pattern includes the premarked iron-on interfacing. These are now our official shuffle-stuff-to-tobermory totes. After we all sighed "finally" we proceeded to move on to our own stuff.
Yesterday's weather was AWFUL. We didn't so much as stick our heads out the door. Rain. Ice pellets. Gale force winds. Today was sunny and cool so we ventured in to town for a walk and to replenish the alcohol supply. We tried our luck at scratch & win lottery tickets too. Nope. Scratch & LOSER.
Off to sew...
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Sunday, October 20, 2013
I added one line of stitching in each piece, and VOILA. Perfect.
DH and I went for our
Since he was scavenging for me, he figured he would also scavenge for our niece. Our pockets were completely full of stolen food by the time we got home. She was bemoaning the fact that she cannot find FRESH edamame at any of her local markets. Now that we've scraped up this bag of soybeans (with a bit of gravel) off the side of the road, she can grow her own. The farmers have been harvesting and their grain bins are not exactly sealed. There are always little piles at the side of the road. Click on this LINK for your Wikipedia lesson on Edamame.
When I picked up my quilts from the Simcoe Fair (along with my big fat CHEQUE :-) ) I stopped at the orchard again and got 10 lbs. of Spy apples. Here is one 5 lb. bag, all closed up with pastry. Yum yum yum. I will be making 3 more pies today with the other 5 lb. bag. Sheesh - I should get a life!
Any suggestions for the leftover pastry trimmings? I always throw them out, but it KILLS me because there is enough here for at least another bottom crust. I assume that rerolling this would make it tough and crappy, like store-bought pastry. Yes? No?
Yesterday while I was slaving away over a hot needle and a beautiful quilt, DH was up in the kitchen staying busy. Holy smackeroonies!! You readers should send your hubbies over here for lessons. Fresh pizza dough made for the crust. Fresh sauce made. Toppings of bbq chicken, bacon, red, yellow & hot peppers, onions, and lots of mozzarella. And the bonus part - I wore off all the calories running up and down the stairs to find the spices that were all clearly labelled, but apparently invisible.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Here are the most recent six...
Nice. This is a new pantograph, called Cedar.
Single Irish Chain.
Quilted with Bubbles.
Quilted with Chinook.
I have no idea what quilt design this is. The fabric is great - all Canadiana motifs.
Quilted with English Oak.
Quilted with Path To My Heart.
Quilted with Celtic Hearts.
Picked this week: 1
Picked YTD: 44
Picked this week: 2 (gave them both away - traded for a turkey dinner!! Good deal.)
Picked YTD: 13
BS Tidbit of the Week: Exercise is the first thing on my calendar every day. ha ha ha...
Friday, October 11, 2013
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
So, here it is...
I love the subtle stripe in the dark pink fabric. I cut the pieces for the quilt maker using JAWS, my Accuquilt die cutter.
The quilting is easier to see on the back.
DH was cooking yesterday - he made a h.u.g.e. pot of vegetable soup, so there is a ton of that in the freezer now. As much as he bitches and moans about zucchini, he picked a large one (that it seems I missed in the garden), and shredded a bunch of that into the soup. He was shuddering while doing it though. :-) When we sat down for supper of soup & Pumpkin Bread I was excitedly thinking I could skip my Omega 3 pill, since we were eating vegetables for supper. Then I looked at the toasted pumpkin bread slathered with butter. Um, hmm, ok - take the pill.
Picked this week: 1
Picked YTD: 43
Picked this week: 2 (one went into the veggie soup, one cooked with pasta. Recipe link.)
Picked YTD: 11
BS Tidbit Of The Week: I limit my tv time to 2 hours per week. ha ha ha ha...
Friday, October 4, 2013
I spent yesterday morning stitching, but then came to a standstill where I needed to speak to my client, and she was unreachable at work. Hmm. I could have put my feet up and turned on the soaps. But oh nooo... I have to stay busy. Pfftt.
First on the list: Two loaves of pumpkin bread, from the gifted pumpkin a few weeks ago.
A little warning here: this is not the boring orange sugar-sauce that you buy in the store or get in the little plastic packages with your Chinese food. This is SPICY and very, um, piquant.
Chinese Plum Sauce
- Place bell peppers under broiler and roast until skin is blistered and lightly charred on all sides. Remove from heat and wrap in a damp towel for 15 minutes. Scrape off skin. Remove seeds and stems. Set aside.
- Simmer sliced peaches and plums, 2 cups of the vinegar, and the water in a large pot until the fruit is tender (about 20 to 30 minutes). Remove from heat.
- Combine the remaining 2 cups vinegar, the sugars, and corn syrup in another large pot. Stir and bring to a boil.
- Add the fruit mixture, bell peppers, and remaining ingredients. Cover and simmer 8 minutes. Remove lid and simmer for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
- Remove cinnamon stick and puree mixture through medium disc of food mill to remove skins and fibers. Return sauce to pot and bring to a boil. Continue to boil gently until sauce thickens (10 – 15 minutes) stirring frequently.
- Ladle hot sauce into clean, hot, half-pint jars, leaving ½” headspace. Attach lids & snap rings.
- Process in boiling-water bath 10 minutes.