Friday, April 18, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Washington DC in Cherry Blossoms

Soon I will be visiting my daughter in Virginia/Washington DC.  She recently sent me a picture of the Cherry Blossoms blooming right now.
Looking forward to seeing them for myself.  

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Done! Done! DONE!

Yes, I am finally done with Kimberly's quilt.  I actually finished it last week and it turned out so beautiful.  I am extremely pleased with it.  You've seen it in pieces, here and there, but here's a re-cap and additional photos of my "journey" ...
You can see that I am using all of my concentration skills to work the quilting machine, intent on getting it done.  Here I am in action:
video
Now ... the finished quilt...

 I absolutely LOVE the colors of this fabric line.  I was skeptical at first, but let Kim pick her fabric.
I will admit that I am lazy when it comes to sewing on the trim.  On my first quilt, I sewed the trim on by hand, and decided - right then and there - that I am not patient enough to do that.  So I have been sewing the edges on my quilts using a long zigzag stitch.  I'm happy with that.
Since this quilt is large enough to put on her bed, I wanted to make matching pillow cases.
Of course!  They just add that finished touch!  Can't wait to see it on her bed!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

My four-legged kids

are sleeping in their kennels...
 Sophie is under her pillow and on top of her Harley Davidson blanket.
She cracks me up.
Jack's bedding is being washed, so he is resting on a beach towel.  
He wasn't feeling so good today.

Monday, April 14, 2014

I love odd napkins

One thing I would really like to do - some day - is to have a dinner with everyone getting a different napkin.  I think it would make great conversation around the table.  I have picked up napkins along the way in preparation of that dinner.  Recently a friend at work had a birthday and the napkins were not birthday themed, but instead....
This!
(Makes me think of that "dream" dinner.)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Muffins!

This first muffin is from Liberty Market.  I really wanted to try it (and of course, forgot to take a picture before I buttered it and cut it.  This is sweet potato muffin and I just thought it sounded wonderful.  Guess what?  It was.
My next task is to find a recipe.
 I must be in the muffin mood because I made these below.  
Nope, they're not sweet potato.
They are banana pumpkin muffins.
I bought this pumpkin pancake/waffle mix but I have to say that I was not really impressed with it.
It was "cakey" or something.
So... I decided to be a little daredevil-ish and try using it in my muffins.
I used my regular banana bread recipe, used half the flour and half pumpkin waffle mix.
I added a single serving of applesauce to the mix.
I added 1/2 tsp. of a sweet spice/allspice.  
Everything else was the same.
I took them to work and everyone loved them.
They were a big hit, which made me feel good.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A "Cutting" Good Time!

For my birthday, MaryAnna bought me something off of HSN,
or maybe QVC.  I can't remember.  
It was a set of embossing folders and metal die cuts - 
a collection offered by Anna Griffin in conjunction with Cuttlebug.
 She got it earlier this week and she came over Friday night to try it out.
 The designs were so intricate and delicate - absolutely beautiful.
We cut an entire box of lacy die cuts.  
We worked well as a team - she set up the die cuts and I rolled them through.
You can see how beautiful they are.  
I'm excited to use them in my own projects.  

Friday, April 11, 2014

Some people just do weird stuff...

I was stopped at a red light, looked around me and saw this:
Look close.  Someone took their Nissan SUV and put pink eyelashes on the headlights.  Obviously a girl, but really?  I wonder what she did to the inside.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Miniature Fashionista

Remember Addy?  She is my one of my great nieces in Florida - the youngest and smallest of the Florida clan.  She dressed herself recently...
She is so darn cute!  She wore her pink boots and if you look closely at her dress, it actually has pink in it so she is 100% coordinated.
She is obviously happy with her selection - just as she should be.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Yep, I had a birthday...

I had a birthday in March and had a lot of fun celebrating...
 That's me holding the Lake Bled Creme Cake made by my friend, Pat.  
It was really, really good and extremely close to the dessert I had in Lake Bled, Slovenia last fall.
She did a marvelous job.
She did say, however, that it was so putzy she most likely would never make it again.
 People at work always bring goodies to share on birthdays.  We never lack for food.
My birthday also happens to be my boss' birthday.  
(I've told him it was fate, but I am not sure he appreciates the humor.)
So I bake something and bring it in to share.
This year I made what I call "Esther's Easy Dessert" because I got the recipe from my friend, Esther.  
I have doubled this recipe, but generally it is baked in an 8 x 8 pan. 
The recipe is my normal recipe for the 8 x 8 pan.  
The pictures are of the doubled recipe - don't be confused by that. 
Step 1:  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt 1 stick margarine in the pan (in the oven) while the oven is preheating.
Yep, that is melted butter in the top photo.  BUDDA, lots of budda!
 Step 2:  While the butter is melting in the oven, mix the following items:
1 c. flour, 1 c. sugar, pinch of salt, 1 tsp. baking powder, and 2/3 c. milk.  
It makes a thin batter.
Step 3:  Pour the batter in the pan over the butter.  DO NOT MIX.
Step 4:  Add fruit.  I always use a can of peaches (15-16 oz.), juice and all.  
Don't drain the juice.  Just pour the entire can over the batter.  Again, DO NOT MIX TOGETHER.
 This time I also added a pint of fresh blueberries.
Below:  This is what it looks like before it is baked.
 Step 5:  Bake at 350 degrees for about 45-55 minutes, until lightly browned.
 Mmmmm.  It is really good.  The blueberries added a tartness that was really good right up next to the sweetness of the "cobbler."
I hope you try it - I know you'll like it!

For dinner, we always go to either Joe's BBQ or Liberty Market. 
A little secret - you get to eat free on your birthday.  So... it's tradition.
I had invited a few friends, but my daughter, Kate, surprised me by inviting Sondra and her two little guys - Isaac (the baby) and Isaiah (the almost 2-year-old).
 Isaac slept through my birthday dinner.  :)
 Isaiah, on the other hand, entertained all of us at the table.
Let me tell you, he is good on the IPhone, faster than most.
 Here's the dinner party.
I am so appreciative of having such great friends and wonderful daughters.  
Thanks to Pat, Gretchen, Adriana, Isaiah, Sondra, MaryAnna, Kate, and Chelsea for 
making my evening a memorable one.
The only one missing was Kimberly who lives back east now.
 Happy Birthday to me!