Thursday, December 22, 2016

Halloween at Christmas Time

Hi everyone!

Happy New Year!

Haven't been on here for quite a while. LOL

So I went digging (again) and pulled out an old WIP.  I couldn't believe that I bought this quilt pattern from Keepsake Quilting in 2009!!!!!  Zowie

One of the first blocks I was working on and used a freezer paper template with a brush and starch BUT I forgot to take out the freezer paper.  Looked nice on the block but I couldn't stitch anything down.  Oh me.

So when I found it again, I just ripped it off and saved the background block to be used again.  I hope that I'm not going to run out of fabric.  Keeping my fingers crossed.

The pattern is by Pearl P. Pereria - Baltimore Halloween.

First I started out with a needle turn for the witch and owl.  However, I have to admit that I'm really not a very good turner. LOL  So then I decided that I was going to use a lightweight fusible and just smack 'em down on the background square and use a blanket stitch.  I'm not sure how I'm going to stitch some of the tiny pieces.

I'm trying to hurry this up because I just put in an order for another of Pearl's design "The Octopuses Garden" which I thought was the cutest and happiest quilt I've ever seen in a long time.  
If you get a chance visit her website at

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Need to Kneed the Bread and Wholecloth

Hi all !

Well, I finished my pillow tops and they will be soaking tomorrow to get out the markings.  I have no idea if the blood stain will come out or not.  I'll have to decide what to do if it doesn't. 
Keeping my fingers crossed.

I guess that you might know this Magic Chef bread maker?  Unfortunately I couldn't find it on Google, especially the 200 model. I still have the small manual that came with it.  
It's gotta be older than dirt, and dirt is old, right?

We got hungry for fresh baked bread (here comes the season for fresh bread and chili, homemade soup) and I didn't have to kneed it when using this gadget.  So this machine had been put away and banished to a closet for a very long time and I just had to dig it out. LOL

It still worked!!!!!

This is the bread machine in motion.  It does a little dance in the bowl.  It looked good at first, but then when I checked on it after the first mix I thought that it was too gooey.  I was right.  So I dumped about 1/2 cup more flour and then it appeared to be the right consistency or so I thought!

It began to rise and do it's thing LOL!  Looks like a brain.

While the bread was doing it's thing, I began to prepare lasagna with three cheeses.  DH has to cut out his beef intake or give it up all together, bummer, but necessary.  Believe me, it's a food challenge of recipes.

Okay lasagna on the way and the bread is done. 

It was a job getting it out of the pan because of the blade in the bottom, but hey, it looked good to me!
Pathetic looking, yes? LOL 
It doesn't look like a loaf, does it?

Poor little loaf. (1 pound) Boo hoo

Kind of a weird shape because it stuck to the bottom, but heck, it was delicious.  I even saved half to make garlic bread the next day.  It didn't go to waste. LOL 
Very crunchy crust!

Okay so tomorrow I'll show you the progress on the pillows, and my next project!  Woo hoo!
Until later...

Sunday, October 23, 2016


Hi everyone!

The last flower for the year. Hate it when I can't enjoy the blooms.  I thought I might like to try and get them to bloom inside?  I'll have to look it up.  You can eat them too! of my favorite seasons is October and Halloween!

I'm still working on this quilt.  It takes a while to get everything prepped.
I did discover that when I used Roxanne's glue I couldn't get the papers separated from the fabric.  I'll have to experiment with something else.  Not sure about a glue stick or a brush with spray starch?  It probably won't be done until next year. LOL

And....I found the perfect thread for my wholecloth pillows.  (I even ordered another baby whole cloth quilt.)  It's a Sulky, thread size 12 weight and has a little twist and sheen.  It doesn't knot up at all.  So when I found this I thought I'd get an economy size and it comes in most all colors at 2100 yards a cone!  It should really last me a while.

And then disaster struck.  I stuck myself and bled on the piece.  I  tried everything to try and lift it out.  But I couldn't wash it quickly because I still had more to go and the blue lines would be gone.  So I'm almost done with it and in the bath it goes.  My fingers are crossed.
Oh, well, live and learn.
I thought if I couldn't get it out I'd probably tea or coffee the piece.  I just want it done now. LOL

Until later...

Sunday, October 16, 2016

By the light of the silvery moon

Hello everyone!

Last night I decided to try another dish.  
This time using ribeye steaks. We like the flavor. 
But you could really use any cut that you like.

Using my ancient pyrex dish, a skillet will work too, add about 1 tablespoon butter.
Let it melt.

Slice a good sized onion or two.

Add onion to the dish.

Cook until they start to get soft.

Then add your meat.  
I season mine with sea salt and cracked pepper.

And the fun part is to now cover your dish and let it simmer for an hour or two until the meat is nice and tender.  

All ready to serve.

Mashed potatoes work for this one.  Rice maybe?

And last night, what a moon, right?

And some time to spare.  It's finished!  Now for a good soak.

Until later...

Friday, October 14, 2016

It's all in the pan-again

Hello guys!

Tried another recipe yesterday.  
My own this time.
I love to use a mandolin for a lot of different foods.  
I wish I could afford a professional stainless steel mandolin.  
Maybe Santa will leave one for Christmas.
Potatoes are one of the favorites I love to slice thinly.  

So with my new cast iron grill (on top of the stove) (love it, love it) use a little olive oil and some butter.  I cooked them until they were on the crispy side and it didn't take very long.  Season to taste and sprinkle with paprika.

After your potatoes are done, wrap in foil set aside, and prepare two pork chops (cut of pork is your choice).  
I love using "Panko" this is so much better than regular bread crumbs.  I used garlic salt/sea salt, pepper to taste.  Make an egg wash with one egg.  Dip your chop into the egg mixture and coat with Panko.  There should be enough egg that you can do each chop twice.  Place in the pan and let it go!

Once the chops are done on one side, turn.  
 I'm a great believer of a thermometer probe.  
When they reach their destination, you're ready to eat.  

Using "Panko" makes them so wonderful and crispy.  
They were so good that the dog even had some. LOL
Still working on my quilted pillow.  
Hopefully I'll finish it tomorrow!
Until later...

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Whole cloth quilting

Hi guys!

Happy Sunday


Well, I surprised myself.  
Since the purchase of  two whole cloth pillows from the Missouri Star Quilt Company and everything went together like butter, I love hand quilting. Amazing!
I've decided that you really need a high quality fabric (muslin or otherwise) and the best quilting thread you can afford.  Quilt sandwiches should be composed of top and backing and the use of "excellent" batting. 
Lesson learned.
I had to stop the quilting on my wedding ring/friendship quilt, quilting was not working very well.  I'm half tempted to take the dreaded quilt apart and save the arcs and get some high quality muslin and better thread.  But I put it away.  I banished it to the shed. LOL

Okay !!
First pass!

This one was sent to the moon.  When it lands I'll try and do something with it. LOL
(Hint, hint)

I think the second pillow I'm going to hand baste it because I hate to have the pins getting in the way.
But, this one is okay for now.

I'm trying to make equal stitches and have noticed that every now and then I get a few out of line.
I'm not perfect. LOL

So I am so excited that this is working well, today I ordered a Christmas tree skirt to use as a tabletop for my dining room table.  This time, the cloth will be in a natural color and I'll be using a cranberry color  quilting thread to go with our decor.  
I know that it's going to take a while, but I really enjoy the rhythm of hand quilting, especially when you have great material and great thread! But the nicest thing is I love it because it's all marked for you !!
I can't use a hoop and I'm very unconventional with the quilting stitches process. (No thimble) As long as it's basted and can't move around, who cares!  LOL

Watching football and stitching!  All day!

Pizza in the oven, a roast later....Yum, yum
Until later...

Thursday, September 29, 2016


Hi guys!

I found the greatest website called the sprout people.  I've had a lot of fun with these sprouts and found a great recipe on the net.  These are actually mung beans.  I really love how plump they got.  The first batch (test) I let them go too long and the sprouts sprouted leaves.  I wasn't too sure if I ruined the batch but I was told it was okay to eat.  They were delicious!
But these look a lot better.

This next piece I have been using as a warm-up quilt sandwich and I've tried to make my stitches all the same, but I'm not that good at it yet.  I can't use a hoop/frame.  I've tried the rocking needle.  Nope.  I tried the stab stitch.  Nope.

So the other day I ordered two pillow tops to quilt.  Put the first one together today and away I went!

The (washout) blue design kinda makes it hard to see how my stitches are lining up.  I guess, in 100 years no one will notice. LOL

So I'll be working on this, watching football over the weekend.
Until later...

Sunday, September 18, 2016


Hi guys!

You know, it's really great when your grocery store offers a penny sale.  Buy one and get one for a penny.  I really wish I had a chest freezer.  You can't get much better than that.  So tonight I'm making another dish with pork chops.  The baked potatoes are in the oven and after a bit I'll be making pork chops with a mushroom gravy.  I am drooling all over.  LOL

So I gave up with hand quilting for a bit.  
What can I tell you.  It has been very frustrating. 

I just can't decide what I want to do.  Soooooo then I went back to Ballet to try to see what color combination I can come up with for the next round.  I'm not very good at selecting what goes with what.  Maybe I should take all the colors and put them in a bag and pull out one by one, go on, and don't worry about it.

Until later...

Saturday, September 17, 2016

A rare day!

Hi guys.  
Okay, started messing around with this pattern AGAIN.  I like how this pattern looks.  For the sides I thought I'd do a tight feather design.  I have no idea yet. LOL
I can't make up my mind.

I have no idea how this will turn out, and I may change my mind.
I'll keep going until I hate it LOL.  Then rip it out again.

Then for another story (I may have told you before):

Basic routine for me is going to bed about 10p.  The dog from hell gets three treats on his pillow and sleeps on the bed.  Okay he eats them, I fall asleep and usually wake up between 6 and 7 am.  No biggie.  DH is a night person and usually sleeps mornings, noon, etc. LOL  However if his internal clock just happens to register 11 am he is out of bed to watch his show. "JEOPARDY." This definitely smacks of old age, doesn't it?
Okay, in between all of this going on, I'm so lucky and I'm smart enough to be really quiet or I get the chance to take out the dog in the morning. 
If the dog from hell licks his skin off, DH yells at me to take him out.
Okay out with the dog. Lucky me.
This morning things went according to plan.  However...I observed the dog who was still on the bed that he was "eating" his biscuits that were left over from the "hotel "that puts his mints on his pillow every evening or so I thought.
I noticed the dog this morning going on with gusto.  I really wasn't sure what he was doing.
UNTIL I went to get him off the bed.

Ugh!  He was chewing on my retainer that stops me from grinding my teeth.  If you have ever had one of these made for you, it's expensive and you don''t want anything to happen to it.
I must have flung it out of my mouth when I got back into bed.
Thankfully he didn't do any damage. 
That's all for today!
Until later...

Thursday, September 15, 2016

It's in the pan!

Hi guys!

The other day DH bought me this square, top of stove, cast iron grill.  I've been using a very large and heavy cast iron pan for just about everything.  You can't beat it, cook it on the stove and/or shove it in the oven, use a rack or bamboo steamer.

Walmart, our local Brookshires Grocery Store and Bed, Bath and Beyond carry them and they are online as well.

My DH and I went grocery shopping the other day and he stopped, looking for another probe thermometer  where all the gadgets were and there - OMG - were 2 of these pans marked down to 10$!!!!  PERFECT
I should have bought them both, but I thought I had a real find!
This sucker is really heavy, just like my big one, and I can hardly lift it.  After using both I should  develop some muscles not to mention it's a good weapon. LOL

Anyway, I was surfing around and found a really great recipe to break it in!

Two thick pork chops with pockets  Will try a bone in next time.  I think it offers a really good flavor.
Crumbled bleu cheese
Salt, pepper
Olive oil
2 apples cored and thinly sliced.
Add special spices that you love.  I can't because my DH can't eat anything green (vegetables or herbs) because of his clotting time.

Okay, stuff pork chops with bleu cheese 
(I may try stuffing them with both cheese and apples the next time)
I also thought a nice stuffing would also work with the bleu cheese and apples.
Sprinkle w/salt and pepper
I also used my trusty meat thermometer for the pork. Let them cook, doesn't take very long.
Cut up apple slices add some butter in this pan and coat them.  Let them brown a little bit.
They were soooo delicious!
We decided that it really did grill on the stove top.  It was amazing. (We like to grill out!)
Of course the cast iron grill takes a little care - no soap - use a brush - wipe and wash and then coat with some olive oil.  Heat and let cool and you're done.  It gets nicely seasoned use after use.

After the great dinner I pulled out the dreaded quilt. 
 I pieced this one very, very long ago. 
 I think if I go back a bit I might have showed you the px.
Anyway I have had a hard time trying to determine what kind of quilting pattern to do.
I can't seem to settle on what I should do.
Any suggestions?

I used Solvey first, however it began to pucker and then it was very hard to get the needle through because of the gunk on the sticky side.  Forget it.

Then I thought what about just echo?  I admit I'm not a very good quilter.

Then I tried a stencil.

Another stencil.

I don't know what to do :)
Thinking,  mmmmmm
Until later...

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Relaxing Sunday!

It rained.  Yay!!!!

Water was spilling over.  We really needed the rain.

I'm still working on the second mitten and almost finished it.  
So instead I pulled out my quilt mess.

The top one is going to be a La Pas quilt and the other is Ballet.

They're fun to do but I can only stay on it for a little while.  My hands get tired.  
Old age, mostly. LOL
Well, it's a nice lazy Sunday to work on this for a bit.  The first quilt is using Inklingo and the second one is being done with the running stitch!

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend.
Until later...
Correction the top quilt is made with EPP (English paper piecing.  Sorry

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