Friday, March 28, 2014

Where Is Spring?

That is right where is spring?  The ground surrounding us is still mostly covered with snow but the spring clock in my head keeps telling me I need to get started.  I need to start buying seed for our garden and  picking out some chicks to order from the Hatchery.  I want to dig in the dirt and hold baby chicks!  

I've had a lot of time to crochet and sew, and I expect I will be wishing I had some of that time back once the canning and weeding are in full force.  The last thing I shared here were crocheted blocks so this time around I will share all the quilt blocks I have worked on since the first of the year.  I am very happy with the progress I have made on my Farmers Wife quilt although I have not even hit a quarter the squares I need for a queen size bed.
# 109 Windows
#93 Swallow

# 98 Waterwheel
#75 Rosebud

#17 Cats & Mice
#11 Broken Dishes

#29 Economy
The next two blocks are from the Aurifil Block of the month.  These are free patterns that are posted each month on the Aurifil site here.




Sewing is what has been keeping me busy through my spring fever. We are expecting a break in the weather over the next couple of days but I may need a canoe to float down the drive to the road. 

Wishing you a blessed weekend from our home in the woods!

Brenda

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Friday, March 14, 2014

New Grandbaby

I know it has been a while but I have been busy.  I had some grands visiting for almost a complete week while we waited for this little guy to make his appearance into the world.  This is our eighth grand, grandson number six and the forth child of my youngest daughter.  He was born on February 27th.  I have been using my phone to take pictures with recently when I am not at home and am finding it hard to get them downloaded where I need  for editing so you will have to excuse all the background stuff.  This was taken at the hospital at two days old.  
 In the creative department I have caught up with the CAL that I am following along with on Moogly.  As I mentioned in an earlier post I am making two of each block and will then have two Christmas presents at the end of the year.
  Here are blocks 4 & 5 in the pink color scheme:


And the purple color scheme:


Now that I have 10 blocks altogether, I decided I better get busy blocking them.  I did pick up some blocking pins the last time I was in the city but I did not pick up anything to pin the blocks to until they dried.  So I went scrounging and found these foam puzzle pieces that the grands do not play with anymore.  Put a few together and then flipped them over to the non-textured side.


I then drew a twelve inch square on the foam pieces with a permanent marker and gave it a little drying time.


Next step is to lightly wet the block and pin to the foam pieces along the lines that I drew.  I will leave it overnight until it dries and move on to the next block.  So in 10 days I should have this step done and will make sure from now on I block each piece as I finish it.  


I was happy to find a way to recycle these foam puzzle pieces into a useful project.  

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!  Blessings from our home in the woods.

Brenda

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

FNSI Results

The truth is I did not get a lot done that I could show you.  I can show the fabric that I pressed and cut to size for the project that I continued to work on.  But I cannot show you the finished project because it is a gift that I need to mail out in a few days.
There was some applique and hand stitching before the assembly.  I will have to share later.  Short and sweet.  Going to go visit some of the other FNSI participants now.  Have a great weekend!

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Friday, February 21, 2014

FNSI

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I am in good company with a lot of other creative bloggers around the world tonight.  Hope to see you back tomorrow with the results!

Brenda

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Bad Weather? Cook and Bake!

For dinner today I made this soup:


Hamburger with Barley Soup
1 pound lean ground beef
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped cabbage
1-28 ounce can tomatoes, undrained
28 ounces water
1/3 cup  uncooked barley
4 teaspoons beef bouillon base (concentrate)
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon thyme
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon brown sugar 
2 teaspoons vinegar

In a kettle or Dutch oven, brown beef just until no longer pink.  Add remaining ingredients, except brown sugar and vinegar.  Cover, bring to a boil, and immediately reduce heat.  Simmer 1 hour.  Add brown sugar and vinegar. Check seasoning.  
The color is better on this picture of the soup.

This recipe is out of the cookbook, Mrs. Chard's Almanac Cookbook Hollyhocks & Radishes written by Bonnie Stewart Mickelson.  This is a great book that you would love reading the excerpts that are letters written from Mrs. Chard  to the author.  Mrs. Chard ran a produce stand on Les Cheneaux Islands along with her husband. It is full of great recipes and wonderful stories.  I bought the book at a barn sale but you can still buy it on Amazon.

Wildtree Beer Bread
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I also baked some not too healthy cookies.  I had told hubs that I would bake cookies on my day off and he told me yesterday he had been thinking about fresh baked cookies all day.  I made these cookies  years ago when my daughters were little.  The recipe makes around 7 dozen cookies, so some for hubs and some to deliver to my grandchildren tomorrow since I am stopping at both homes.



Ten Cup Cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1 cup butter
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup coconut
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1 cup raisins or dates (I used raisins but have used dates in the past both are good)
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup quick oatmeal
1 cup flour
2 eggs (from our very own feathered ladies)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda

Cream together butter, peanut butter, sugars and eggs, followed by flour, to which baking soda and baking powder have been added.

Stir in coconut, chips, raisins, walnuts and oatmeal.  Drop on lightly greased cookie sheet from a teaspoon.

Bake in 350 degree oven 10-12 minutes.  (11 minutes worked best in my oven)

Make a fresh cup of coffee and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy these recipes.  I have finished some more Farmers Wife quilt blocks and I will try and get a post finished with those soon.  As you can see from the photos above, the overcast skies from the rainy day we were having today made it difficult to take a decent picture so I decided some recipes would be better than quilt block pictures. Blessings from our home in the woods!

Brenda

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