Recently, I received an email that they were running a block of the month on a Jacob's Ladder version quilt. I LOVED the colors (there's a cranberry red color coming), and look of the quilt so I signed up.
This is month number 1 completed (in case you are wondering there are a 130 of these 4 block squares in those stacks - it calls for 128, but I had the fabric so I made 2 extra just in case)!
Okay, so it's Friday, of yet another VERY long week.
Now, what's for dinner?
PIZZA, after all, it is Friday.
Here is the dough ready for toppings:
and here it is all baked and ready for consumption while watching a movie in the family room!
Happy Friday evening!
Hope this inspires your own creativity...
1 cup very warm water
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tbsp sugar
- I add these ingredients to my Kitchenaid bowl with dough hook and mix for one minute then add:
2 tsps yeast
2 cups all purpose flour
- mix on medium speed for about 8 minutes until dough forms a ball on the dough hook.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap for about 30 minutes. Punch down and shape into pizza pan (you can get 2 "normal" size pizza crusts out of this (often I bake the other one and freeze for use on another day). Place toppings on and bake at 350F for about 20 minutes. Enjoy
Today is the anniversary (? I lack a better word) for the passing of our beloved Mr. Kit E. Kat (he never did tell us what the E. stood for).
Mr. Kitty as we called him came in to our lives very unexpectedly. He was found early one spring morning in Saskatchewan by my sister's friend and being pecked at by the crows.
No one seemed to know where he came from or who owned this tiny kitten, but he came to live with me in British Columbia shortly after.
He lived with us for 12 years, and during those 12 years became an integral part of our family. Now, don't get me wrong, I am not a "Cat" person, I don't usually like them. I cannot tolerate their scratching, being on counters, and in general furring up of things - Achooooo! But, Mr. Kitty seemed to have no idea that he was a cat, even as he got super fat (28 lbs) he could not get up on the couch and he would slide off because he did not know he could get traction with his feet.
The best part of Mr. Kitty was that he fancied himself some sort of guardian of our family and house. If you came to visit he would plot ways to attack you, and all of them were nasty, yet however, with our son he always sat near him as an infant, was always between an adult other than mom or dad and the kid, and let our son learn to pull himself up on Mr. Kitty's fur and learn to walk holding Kitty's tail. Mr. Kitty would even come back when our son fell down to help him get back up and carry on their way.
Unfortunately when he was about 10 years old we found out he had renal failure. The vet wanted to put him down that day as he had attacked the vet, and the vet was bleeding (Mr. Kitty purred in my arms while the vet was bandaged up by his assistant), but I refused and chose to palliate Mr. Kitty.
He lived almost another 2 years, and passed away peacefully at home.
Mr. Kitty having a nap (he had many) and yes that is how he napped.
Last evening my son and I made chocolate chip cookies.
Now, these are not just every day chocolate chip cookies. When my son and I were at the Easter Midnight Madness sale at the Lindt Factory Outlet in Edmonton, we came across these Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips.
We used the recipe on the back of the package to make these cookies, and I do not know if I can go back to regular chocolate chip cookies now!
Okay, you read that correctly, it is Dill Pickle soup. My friend recently had this soup at a bistro downtown and commented on how delicious it was. Since then I have been looking for a recipe for this.
After several searches, and a cook book from the St. Albert Public Library, I made my version of Dill Pickle soup, and it was delicious!
Yesterday evening after violin lessons we came home to a whole option of left overs. Great. But nothing that really fit or worked together, so I dug out one of my favorite cookbooks of all time Taste of Home Casseroles, Slow cooker & Soups, and made this bean casserole.
This is my final version of modifications of the Paper Pumpkin project. For this card I again used the Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series Paper, but also added a pearl and some coordinating bakers twine (still managed to use only Stampin' Up product).
I finished this sock this afternoon while at my son's piano lesson and realized I had never posted a picture of it's work in progress!!
I started this a few weeks ago at piano lessons, and just due to the stress that is my life right now, I somehow forgot to post pictures of it : (.
I actually have no idea who made this yarn because the cat on one of his many attempts to steal wool in his "lair" ripped the label off of it. All I know is that I got the yarn this summer on one of my many trips into Knit & Caboodle. Super cozy socks, and once this evening I have even caught the cat trying to carry the finished sock off!!!!
If you have the fortune (or mis) of knowing me you will know that I really do not like to see anything go to waste. No, this is not some new "recycle" fad that I have come up with, it is simply the way I grew up and a value that I hold to this day.
Hence, today's project. I refuse to eat bananas once they have even a wee spot of brown on them (I have a colleague who I tease all the time because she eats bananas when they are completely brown!) OMG.
I take the "rotten" bananas as I refer to them and put them in my freezer to be used later in what is referred to at my house as "rotten banana bread".
Today we have a cake!
A few days a go in my mail arrived the Spring 2013 copy of the Kraft What's Cooking publication and in it a recipe for Chocolate-Banana Coffee Cake.
It is delicious, I did change the flour to whole wheat and although dense, was still very moist!
For anyone who wished to count, yes that is 120 triangles made from 4 1/4" squares!
Remember, no new fabric was harmed in this process, this is all scraps from prior quilting projects!
Hope this inspires your own creativity...
Basically, it is a paper craft kit that arrives in the mail middle of the month!
This is the package I received for this month, an this is what the end product looks like:
Really quick and easy, but a neat project for yourself and the other for a gift (my son took the other thing as he decided it would make a good field journal for all his little kid observations, explorations and investigations of his world).
As some of you know I decided to participate in the Sock of the Month club offered by Biscotte & Cie.
This is the March version of the sock, and yes I started it on April 01 (so there's my April fool joke)!
It was hard to get started but now that I have the hang of it I am glad I persevered. I was ready to give up and change to just knitting a striped sock when my son reminded me (as I always remind him about the piano, violin...... that one has to keep trying until you can do it better) that I could not give up and do this the easy way.
Well, I am glad that I continued with it. Hope to get this one and its partner done soon as I LOVE the April sock!
Late last night (red eye crafts), I realized that I did not have anything for morning snack for my or my son's lunch today.
A running joke in my family is the time my grandmother (also a nurse) decided to make scones at midnight, so that is what I decided to do last night.
Since I was too lazy to go down to the extra pantry and replenish my stock of chocolate chips I added in Scor bits (grandma would be proud of not only my late night baking, but also my creativity in this situation :).
They are delicious! The great thing about this recipe is that you can add any type of additive you want! Get creative!
Here is the recipe for these scones:
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup non hydrogenated margarine
-use pastry blender to mix together
- add in:
1/2 cup sugar
4 tsps baking powder
3/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup (chocolate chips, dried fruit, butterscotch chips...........)
-Mix together, then roll out and cut into shapes. Bake in 400F oven for about 12 minutes. Enjoy!