Monday, July 21, 2014

wooly bully

lest you think that all we do around here is eat...
he's a complicated guy

this guy is so AWESOME!!! 
his outline and some of his fill-in-the-blank is based on a drawing in a coloring book by Sue Coccia - i lurve this woman's art - the rest are things that are meaningful to me...
 that's right, it IS all about me...

all right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my closeup
i embroidered bullion knots to fill in the pine cone ... i lost count of how many times i stabbed myself and had to stop stitching so i wouldn't bleed all over the big guy...


If all the beasts were gone, man would die from great loneliness of spirit. 
For whatever happens to the beasts,
soon happens to man.
All things are connected. 
Ted Perry, screenwriter for Home

Sunday, July 20, 2014

veggie table

when i read Thimbleanna's comment on firecrackers...

And THAT is why I don't like jalapenos. You never know if you're going to get hot or mild. I prefer to keep my tastebuds in working order. (But those look good with the cream cheese and bacon anyway. I suppose it would be cream cheese overkill to use a green pepper, huh?)

i decided that she has to be the Most Brilliant Person in the World - cream cheese, bacon, and peppers without the heat...
but...
you had to know that was coming
green peppers are BIG... 
it would take an entire package of silver-wrapped bliss 
aka Philadelphia cream cheese 
to stuff just one...
what to do?!?
what to do?!?
what to ... wait!!! 
i remembered seeing tiny bell peppers at the grocery store and wanting to buy them just because they were so doggone cute...
 Auntia told me to wait - she had planted a mini bell pepper plant and we would have tiny peppers in a couple of months... 
mutter mutter mutter
so...
 the next time she sent me on an emergency run to King Soopers to get yet another bag of White Cheddar Cheetos which i swear she goes through faster than green grass through a goose 
i made a detour to the produce aisle and bought a package...
aren't they pretty?!?


neat ... sweet ... petite
shiny!!!
and used my jalapeño corer to clean out the seed pods... 
stuffed them with cream cheese... 
wrapped them with bacon...
 and baked them...
oooo!!! Anna - you would LURVE these!!!

Oh. My. Good. Golly. Gee.

they were really, really, really tasty!!!

who knew that vegetables could taste so doggone good?!?

they were so tasty 
that we decided to make our entire meal vegetarian...
katana corn skewers ... there can be only one

except for the bacon...


Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.
Doug Larson

Sunday, July 13, 2014

time tracker

 i've been known to watch court shows on TV ... i know, i know - a waste of time, right?!? and yet, for a few minutes every once in a while, i can distract myself from my own Trials and Tribulations by laughing or shaking my head at some of the crazy predicaments people get themselves into...

anywho...

one of the daytime TV judges says that
if it ain't written down, it didn't happen...

hmmmm .... where was i going with this?
oh yeah - i remember...

sometimes i use this blog as a time tracker to remember when i did whatever...
and now i'm thinking that it's not such a good idea cuz more often than not i do not post about the things that i am doing ... or the things i want do ... or the things i am thinking about wanting to do ... or the things that are happening that are just too doggone messed up to commit to the Written Word...

but i digress again...

this little guy...
go ninja! go ninja! go ninja! go!
celebrated his second birthday on july 9 ... which means that it has been two years since Auntia and i gave his mom, Mrs. Moth, a baby shower ... and i thought i'd take a Sentimental Journey down Memory Lane aka a month of sundays posts to look at the Party Pictures and Remember a Fun Time in the Past...
the shower was in june of 2012 - a month before the baby we knew then as Superman but is now Super Sam was born - so i went back to 2012
 and found a post in january
 and then a post written by LuLu as a guest blogger in june..
she mentioned that there was gonna be a party for her baby brother and suggested that she oughta get to open all of his presents ...
the next post was a month later
 and i wrote that my mother died...
and since it is written down, it must have happened...
which makes me sad and caught up in missing her all over again for the seventy-sixth time today...

anywho...

having realized that i never did blog about Sam's shower, i thought i'd better write it down so that it happened...

because Sam was due in july, we decided to go with a red, white & blue/picnic basket/Independence Day/firecracker kinda theme ... our home is a cottage kinda house that is waaaay too small to host more than three or four people, so Auntia and i rented a room at Thornton's Carpenter Recreation Center and transported all the stuff to decorate it - except for the balloons ... we put Mrs. Moth in charge of getting the balloons from her house to the rec center a mile away cuz there was no way all the party stuff was gonna fit in Forrest the Car along with 24 helium-filled mylar balloons...
we found that out when we picked up the balloons a day earlier -  i couldn't see out the back window and both of us sounded like Alvin and the Chipmunks when one of the balloons decided to leak...
we had already taken these pictures before she arrived, so the 24 star-shaped red, white & blue floating balloons are missing in action...
the dessert table - bundtinis from Nothing Bundt ... so doggone yummy!!!
oooooo!!! Auntia's World Famous Seven-Layer Salad
more food and drinks
presents and presents and more presents
one of the guest tables ... they all looked pretty much like this one
 a treat basket with cracker jacks and bubbles, a pinwheel and a package of forget-me-knot seeds, tootsie rolls and mints, pop rocks and a firecracker picnic caddy
 i found ALL of the fabrics for 40 of these in our red, white & blue stash...
and the red, white & blue bin is STILL not empty
we spent lots (and lots and lots) of money
 and worked for hours (and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours) to put all of this together...

but it wasn't a REAL party till these two showed up...
Gumdrop and LuLu the World's BEST big and little sisters!!!
two of my beautiful grandbabies!!!

and now it is written...
so it must have happened!!!


So let it be written, so let it be done.
Yul Brynner as Ramses - The Ten Commandments

Friday, July 11, 2014

firecrackers

this is the only kind of fireworks that are legal at our house...
uh huh - i have a special plate just for jalapeño poppers aka firecrackers
Auntia the wuss watched as i ate the first one - it was tasty and not even a little bit spicy...
so she bit into the second one ... i think they heard her gasping for air in the next county ... she finished off the bacon seriously?!? the bacon is why i eat them!!! well - the cream cheese, too - but mostly the bacon!!! and gave the rest of it to me...
i took a bite...
 Oh. My. Good. Golly. Gee. 
it was hot!!! 
my oh my !!!
sheesh!!!
my jalapeño corer must have missed some of the seed pod cuz 
the capsaicin was strong with that one!!!


Life isn't like a box of chocolates. It's more like a jar of jalapeños. What you do today might burn your butt tomorrow.
Larry the Cable Guy

Friday, July 4, 2014

peace of cake



i'm not sure how it happened, but Betty Crocker has my number and has been sending me emails about how to impress friends and family by baking impossible-to-duplicate EASY desserts with just a couple of million ingredients and hours and hours a few minutes in the kitchen...
if you follow this link it will take you to what this cake...
Happy Birthday, America!!!
is SUPPOSED to look like ... 
Betsy Ross is the front and center of our founding foreducks
 minus the peace sign...
yeah ... 
maybe not so much, eh?!? 
it would have been nice to know BEFOREHAND that the frosting was gonna melt and the layers would do the slip and slide...
i'm meeeeeeellllllllttttting!!!!
AND it would have been nice to know that i was gonna have enough leftover layers for another (shorter) cake...
ANOTHER ONE?!?
cuz that would have saved me yet another trip to the grocery store to buy more frosting ... by then i had learned my lesson about boot-scooting layers, and channeling my inner Martha anchored them with straws...
 short and stout ... and messy
yeah... 
anywho...
it took me three days of baking during the cooler hours between midnight and 1am - ha ha ha to assemble all the different layers... 
my kitchen counters looked like this...
 will someone please tell Smurfette to get her boobs off the counter?!?
but all over ... baking racks and messy pans everydamnedwhere...

anywho ... 

did you notice the waaaaay cool Mt. Rushmore quilt in the background?!?
are those Presidents stoned?!?
it was a display model from The Quilt Store that had a price tag of $65!!! 
can you believe that?!? just the fabric would have cost that much!!!
now i have a finished Fourth of July quilt with three of my favorite Presidents of the United States of America!!! and i didn't have to make it!!!


It is better to be alone than in bad company.
George Washington

We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
Thomas Jefferson

If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.
Theodore Roosevelt

Monday, June 30, 2014

snow in summer

there should be a picture of Snow in Summer here... 
sigh... 
there is not a single blossom left on our plants...

remember Awesome! ?!?
i do love this quilt ... it is Awesome!!!

well...
i had some extra yardage (long story for another post) of the fabric that i am using to stitch Snow Days by Meg Hawkey of Crab-apple Hill
and came up with the brilliant idea of making a winter version of Awesome!
which is what it is actually supposed to be...

so ... the same pattern as Awesome!
Over the River by Meg Hawkey of Crab-apple Hill 
but
uh huh - there's that but 
different...

blues and purples - i lurve me some purple instead of neutrals...
variegated blue and purple DMC #4240 Mid Summer Night floss instead of #310 Black...
and any other kind of pieced blocks that are not the original pattern...

the embroidery is done...
 fabric is Stonehenge Glacier Blue 
 that's LuLu in the backseat
the flamingos are practically covered with snow!!!

and i've started on the pieced blocks...
Awesome! has falling leaves
and i thought that maybe a winter OTR ought to have falling snowflakes...

seriously?!?
after paper-piecing four snowflakes for Auntia's tea towel quilt i thought i would never never ever make another paper-pieced snowflake ...
but then i found this pattern...
by Paper Panache
and ordered it
secretly hoping that it would be out of stock or lost in the mail
it arrived safely...

sigh...

 i took it to Kinkos to make some copies and give it a try...
so...
what do you think?!?


“Layer upon layer of soft-packed snowflakes settled in near silence, forming a quilt of feathery ice crystals.”
Rebecca Nichols Alonzo, The Devil in Pew Number Seven