It’s Design Wall Monday over at Judy’s … I love Design Wall Monday and On the Needles Fridays — you get to see all the projects everyone else is working on. Such fun!
So City Street’s is of course on the design wall. Today, since I gave myself a 3-day weekend, I may get started on sewing these pieces into rows and making the border checkerboard sections for the top and bottom. I also want to make the borders for the dog block shown yesterday.
Don’t know what else I’ll find to keep myself busy today. Laundry is started and I’ve got cream cheese coming to room temp to make some Cream Cheese Squares. I first had these on a quilty vacation with Judy – she made them for us and they were delicious! She’s such a bad influence – makes me buy fabric, makes me buy yarn, and makes me bake treats! 🙂 Actually I waited to make them until today so hopefully I won’t eat them all and will take them into the office tomorrow to celebrate (hopefully) the gals in my corner of the office and I moving back into our new digs in our newly remodeled space. The desks are supposed to be installed today. I’m tired of working on banquet tables.
Oh and speaking of Judy making me by yarn 🙂 — I cast on my pooling sock yarn last night and was watching movies and sort of knitting on automatic pilot and was surprised to find I had knit nearly the whole first leg by the time I decided to quit. There’s definitely a pooling thing going on but I think it will be more interesting to see what happens as I do the heel and gussett and the stitch count changes.
Okay – enough blaming Judy for my addictions for one day. LOL Go see what everyone else has on their design wall.
Don’t forget – the Just Stitchin with Justquiltin projects (current project is City Streets), as well as Strictly for the Birds – are available for download for a limited time only and then they are gone.
No stashbusting to report this week. Not like that’s anything new lately. Tho I did turn down an offered trip to the local quilt shop so did avoid the temptation of adding to the stash. One of these days there will be some progress to report and something up on the wall for design wall Monday — really there will!
As promised earlier – here’s the French Onion Soup Recipe I use which I made yesterday. It’s quick an easy and oh so delicious.
- 1/4 c. butter or margarine
- 2 very large onions (my personal preference vidalias or something similar) very thinly sliced
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1-1/2 c dry white wine
- 5 c. beef broth
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- Melt butter over medium hi heat and add onions and sugar. Cook, stirring occasionally until onions are tender and carmel colored.
- Stir in flour until well blended. Add wine (and pour yourself a glass to sip while cooking). Stir constantly until mixture thickens and boils.
- Stir in beef broth and pepper and bring to a boil. Taste it and add salt as needed.
Freezes great. I don’t have ramekins I can put in the oven to bake the cheese on top so I generally don’t put salt in it because I use Texas Toast restaurant style croutons that have salt on them, put some in a bowl, pour piping hot soup over, and then top with shredded swiss. Yum.
The last installment of the Continuous Chain BOM is now available in the link on the right sidebar. Please share photos if you’ve made this quilt. I’d love to see them.
Here’s what I woke up to yesterday morning. It’s pretty so I’ll try to enjoy that rather than thinking of how long it is until the spring thaw. 🙂
So after filling the bird feeders this morning to make the birds happy, hung up this cute little painted tin decoration I found.
Here’s the second boss’s scarf all finished.
I love the way it turned out. Decided I needed one more for a friend so I started on it last night and here it is so far- I like the way the colors are making a sort of twisted X look.
I also started on my sweater. Haven’t gotten too far but so far so good.
Here’s as far as I’ve gotten with the tree – it’s up – just still lacking ornaments so far.
Susan you wish is my command. Here’s the recipe for the Banana Oatmeal Snack Cake.
1 cup sugar
1 cup margarine or butter, softened
1/2 cup buttermilk (I hate buttermilk so use regular)
1 cup mashed bananas (I use 3 bananas which is usually a little more than a cup but I dump it all in)
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1 cup quick cooking rolled oats
1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Combine sugar, margarine and eggs, mix well. Stir in milk, bananas and vanilla. Blend well. Stir in dry ingredients.
Spread in greased pan. Bake at 350 35-40 minutes till toothpick inserted comes out clean.
OPTIONAL stuff: I dust top with powdered sugar once completely cooled.
Try sprinkling chopped nuts across top before baking.
I’ve added raisins – yummy.
This time I added coconut and left out raisins – also good but I love coconut so anything is good with coconut in my opinion. Course that was before I spied the chocolate chips – drat, a cup of those mixed in could also be very good.
One of the goodies I put in the bosses’ holiday baskets this year was my Mom’s homemade hot fudge sauce for over ice cream. In my biased opinion, it is the best hot fudge sauce ever and so easy to make. I’d show you what it looks like finished, but….ummm.. I ‘ve already finished off the left overs. 🙂 If you’d like to try it yourself, here’s the recipe.
Mom’s Hot Fudge Sauce
- 1/2 c. (1 stick) margarine or butter
- 4 oz premelted chocolate (Nestles or some other brand that comes in the premelt pouches). Run the pouches under hot water to totally liquify and make it easier to dump out.
- 3 c. sugar
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 can evaporated milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
Melt margarine over medium-low heat. Add chocolate, salt, vanilla. Add 1/2 c. sugar at a time until all is moistened. Slowly stir in milk. Cook, stirring occasionally, until all sugar has dissolved. Do not boil. Taste test is the easiest (and most delicious) way to make sure all your sugar has dissolved. It should be a smooth creamy mixture with no sugar granuals left in it. Pour in jars and refrigerate. It becomes thicker once refrigerated so when you are ready to use, put some in a bowl in microwave and heat till slightly warm – heating it will bring it back to a pouring consistency to dump over your ice cream and enjoy!
I finished two more towels last night for my sister – two more left to go. These are both Nancy Halvorsen designs from her 12 Days of Christmas book.
It’s another frigid cold day here – 20 below wind chill and 4-5 inches of snow overnight. Had to hang a quilt up over the glass doors since the hinges on the inside are frosty! Put more seed out for the birds this morning. With all this snow and cold the feeder has been very busy with cardinals, snowbirds, sparrows and even some doves looking for food. It looks like a remake of “The Birds” with them scattered on the ground below the feeder, on the feeder and sitting on the fence across from it waiting their turn to swoop in.
Here’s another EQ pattern I’ve drawn up to add to my christmas quilt making list. Actually drew it up last year but haven’t started on it yet so maybe while I’m on vacation I’ll get a start on it. I call it Holiday Geese.