Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I took my electric eye and did a little nature hunting. Enjoy these as much as I enjoyed taking them.
Notice these tree friends.
Would you like to be a tree the next time around????
Grapes of a different kind.
Oh, how pretty.
Me doesn't think that these grapes are the edible type.
Wanna bake some dinner here.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Fool Proof Sudoku Quilt
First of all, a sudoku quilt is THE most unrandom way to make a quilt look random. A sudoku puzzle is a 3 x 3 grid. Each box is made up of 9 numbers. The numbers don't repeat in a box or in rows, across or down. So how do you make this into a quilt? Here's the way I did it.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
HAVE A LAUGH ON US
+++++++++JOKE OF THE DAY++++++++++
Harry, age 94, and Liz, age 92, were all excited about their marriage and honeymoon. They went for a walk, and discussed the upcoming wedding as they passed a drugstore. Harry and Liz went inside. Harry conversed with one of the store clerks. Are you the manager? The clerk answered yes.
Harry said: We're getting married. Do you sell heart medication?
Clerk: Yes we do.
Harry: How about medicine for circulation?
Clerk: Yes, of course, all kinds.
Harry: Arthritis, rheumatism, etc? Clerk: Why, sure.
Harry: What about Viagra? Clerk: Definitely. We have medication for alzheimers, arthritis, memory loss etc. We have all sorts and types. Harry: Do you have vitamins, sleeping pills, geritol, and treatment for parkinson's disease? Clerk: For sure. Harry: How about wheelchairs, walkers, and adult diapers? Clerk: Yes, we have those, and diapers in all sizes and thicknesses. Harry turned and conversed with Liz, and then said to the clerk: We will register here for our wedding gifts, for sure.
"Ever since we got married, my wife has tried to change me. She got me to stop drinking, smoking and running around until all hours of the night. She taught me how to dress well, enjoy the fine arts, gourmet cooking, classical music, even how to invest in the stock market," said the man. "Sounds like you may be bitter because she changed you so drastically," remarked his friend. "I'm not bitter. Now that I'm so improved, she just isn't good enough for me."
Jill and John got married. John thought this would be a "marriage of the 90's" -- equal roles for equal partners. So, the first morning back from their honeymoon, he brought Jill breakfast in bed.
Jill wasn't impressed with his culinary skills, however. She looked disdainfully at the tray, and snorted, "Poached? I wanted scrambled!"
Undaunted, the next morning, John brought his true love a scrambled egg. Jill wasn't having any of it. "Do you think I don't like variety? I wanted poached this morning!"
A man and his wife were having some problems at home and were giving each other the silent treatment.
The next week the man realized that he would need his wife to wake him at 5.00 am for an early morning business flight to Chicago. Not wanting to be the first to break the silence, he finally wrote on a piece of paper, "Please wake me at 5.00 am."
The next morning the man woke up, only to discover it was 9.00am, and that he had missed his flight. Furious, he was about to go and see why his wife hadn't woken him when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed ... it said... "It is 5.00am; wake up."
Monday, August 18, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
It can be done in any color scheme that you like.
The fans can be foundation pieced or string pieced.
The dresden fans can be appliqued to the background, or inset.
The blocks finish at 8 x 8 inches. (You may make yours smaller or larger)
The finished quilt size is 60 x 60 inches. (variations on the block size will change your quilt size)
There are 36 blocks. (hides as I type that)
Can we get a vote?
Type YES or NO in your comment space below.
(Seriously, with our busy schedules, it could take at least 3 months to finish this one.)
1 1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. molasses
1 1/2 c. cooked squash
3 c. flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. each baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg
3/4 c. milk
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
In bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add molasses, eggs and squash. Mix until smooth. Sift dry ingredients together and add alternately to batter with milk, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Beat until smooth. Stir in nuts. Pour into 12 cup Bundt or tube pan that has been well greased and dusted with flour.Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes or until cake tests done. Do not underbake. Allow cake to cool in pan on a rack for 20 minutes. Then invert onto rack or serving plate. Serve plain or with whipped cream flavored with a dash of cinnamon, ginger and 1 tablespoon brandy, if desired
"Forget and forgive. This is not difficult, when properly understood. It means that you are to forget inconvenient duties, and forgive yourself for forgetting. In time, by rigid practice and stern determination, it comes easy."
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
1 cup fresh Apples
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup sliced seedless red grapes
1/2 cup Raisins
1 cup Plain Yogart (can substitute with mayo)...add more as needed
1/4 cup diced onions
1 TAB sweet pickle relish
1/4 cup chopped Walnuts
Fresh loose leaf Spinach and/or Kale and/or Collard Greens
Mix all of the ingredients together. Serve on a layer of fresh loose leaf Spinach and/or Kale and/or Collard Greens. Also goes great on bread as a Sandwich or in Peta bread as a veggie wrap.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
1lb. spaghetti pasta cooked, drained2 cups Brocolli cooked, drained9-10 cloves garlic 3-4 Tbs. fruity olive oil1/4 tsp red pepper flakes3/4 cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsleylots of grated Parmesan cheeseoptional-2 chopped fresh tomatoes
Peel and chop garlic. Cook in about 2 1/2 Tab. of olive oil until golden...not brown. Remove from heat and add red pepper flakes and parsley. Toss into pasta, add brocolli. Add tomatoes if desired. Top with lots of Parmesan cheese. Add extra olive oil as desired.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Completely embroidered by hand, this Victorian-like Botanical study can be displayed as a Pillow OR Sachet. Lightly scented in Rose, the scent can be changed or enhanced by adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the back. size approximately 6" Wide x 5" Tall x 1/1/2" Deep.
Fairy Princess Pillow
Available for Sale here: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=10880830
Completely embroidered and sewn by hand, this Victorian-like pillow would make a great gift! The image depicts a Fairy Princess with her Frog Prince sitting on a mushroom. Display it with your other fantasy collectibles. Give it as a gift to someone who is Irish, to someone who loves Victorian items, or to someone who loves Fairy Tales :)size approximately 13" Round x 3" Deep
Available For Sale here: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=10585080
This Beautiful Round Angel Pillow was completely embroidered and sewn by hand. I used Silk thread to create the Wings and Hair. Her body was rendered in ink, and the edges of the pillow were frayed. Silver, blue, brown, and black thread.Approximately 11 inches Round x 2 inches Deep.
make substitutions as necessary
Cooked, drained, Black Eyed Peas (about 15 1/2 ounces)
1 medium Shallot finely minced
1 Scallion chopped
2 cloves Garlic minced
3 Tbl Parsley chopped
1/4 Tsp Chili Sauce
6 oz. Crimini Mushrooms chopped
1/2 cup Toasted Walnuts chopped
2 Tbl Olive oil
salt and pepper
1/2 Cup Flour
Oil for frying
Mash Black Eyed Peas in a bowl. Add shallots, scallion, parsley, and chili sauce. Heat a skillet on medium heat. Add Olive Oil. Wait a few seconds and add mushrooms. Saute just a few minutes until nicely browned but not cooked down. Add toasted walnuts, garlic, and saute for about a minute. Remove from heat and add to pea mixture. Blend well with a fork or hands. The mixture should be a little dry and easily shaped into patties. Form patties to desired size.
Heat a heavy skillet, cast iron is best with a good coating of vegetable oil. Put the half cup of flour on a dish. Take each burger and dredge in flour. Place in hot skillet and cook until a nice brown crispy coating appears. Turn carefully. When done, place on a bun with your favorite burger toppings, or serve with a salad.
Goes great with a side of Fries or Mashed Potatoes too.