Friday, October 30, 2009
take your bananas apart when you get home from the store … if you leave them connected at the stem they ripen faster
store an open chunk of cheese in aluminum foil … it will stay fresh much longer and will not mold
peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating raw … peppers with 4 bumps are firmer and better for cooking
add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef ... it will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking
for a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed … melt Andes mints in a double boiler and pour over warm brownies for a wonderful minty frosting
add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic as if that would ever happen in my house or at the end of the recipe if you want a stronger taste of garlic that's more like it
leftover Milky Way bars from halloween make a delicious dessert … simply chop them up with the food chopper … peel, core, and slice a few apples … place the apples in a baking dish ... sprinkle the chopped Milky Ways over the apples … bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes … serve alone or with vanilla ice cream
go get some!
i know ... i do know ... no one expects me to ever make anything that is earthy or muted ... but i am full of surprises...
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
when i wasn't outside shoveling the walks and drive and knocking snow off of the trees that didn't get a chance to lose their leaves i worked on this pile of fabric...woof! woof!Lone Wolf by South Seas ... mmhmmm ... look at all that snow ... glad i don't have to shovel it!
have you ever bought fabric knowing that you need to make a quilt out of it with no plan whatsoever?
my other brother from the same mother will be 60 on March 28, 2010 the day before Mr. Husker and i need to make a quilt for him ... the Other One lives about fifty miles from here, in the high foothills of the Rocky Mountains ... he moved there from the suburbs a few years ago ... i've never seen his mountain home and i don't know much about him anymore ... he has called himself the black sheep of the family but actually it is me who baaas from my little sheep mouth ... when we were kids, i thought of him as a lone wolf ... maybe he is a lone wolf in black sheep's clothing - ha ha ha!
anywho, a few months ago i asked his daughter the lovely Princess Sarah if she could give me any ideas for a quilt for Other One and she told me that he loves national parks and north american wildlife and that he prefers earth tones ... hoo boy - me and earth tones - like that's gonna work, eh?
so i started the search ... i decided on Snowy Silence by South Seas and ordered the panel and some yardage way back in february ... and waited to be inspired ... and waited ... and waited ... and then i saw the Lone Wolf panel and changed my mind ... that's okay since i still didn't have a plan for Snowy Silence ... i ordered the wolf panel and some yardage ... and waited to be inspired ... and waited ... and waited ... i guess my muses have been on furlough cuz my quilting mojo done got up and went ... when Mr. Husker's Homestead made its way off the sewing table i knew i'd better come up with something - inspired or not - and this is it...mutter ... mutter ... mutter
a plan of sorts for a band quilt using the panel and the stripes, the trees and the sky ... i couldn't find any fabric online that i liked for paw prints in the snow - so Auntia and i went to JoAnns - i fussed with white on whites and cream on creams and blues and browns and greys until Auntia made the decisions for me - i'd prolly still be there if she hadn't - thank you, Auntia ... so last weekend i worked on 240 half square triangles......i'm gonna need to make 24 more because - and this is gonna be a shocker - i changed my mind ... and today i cut out 264 of theseand 66 of theseso i can make 66 of theseand then i can make 66 of these!
these is a weird looking word ... i did spellcheck because it just doesn't look right ... but it is ...... anywho ...... can you tell that i am really not wanting to go back to the magick shoppe and work on those snowballs? i'm running out of excuses...
i finished reading An Echo In The Bone ... but Auntia hasn't - she keeps asking for spoilers and i dunno when to keep my mouth shut ... she asked me to make her a quilt with Wolf Song because her favorite character is Rollo - she's rather fond of wee Ian, too ... wait till she finds out what Diana Gabaldon does to the two of them in this book ... and i think that the paw prints will look cool for her wolf quilt, too ...... okay ... okay ... okay ... back to work
... and - boy howdy - were they right, or what?!?
Saturday, October 24, 2009
today's weather is much colder than it was the last time i took their picture together...
aawww! aren't they sweet!!! just don't try taking their binkies - you do NOT want to go there!
...my LuLu is the little sweetie waving at her crazy nonna with the camera ... gotta love her - she's the baby!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
and here is a picture of the m&m's just before they left for school ... i cross stitched the cat eyes on Gumdrop's sweatshirt more than fifteen years ago - for Auntia ... either she didn't wear it very much or she takes very good care of her clothes ... LuLu's onesie says i (heart) my mummy ... and it glows in the dark
Monday, October 19, 2009
...the latest baby girl fashion statement is leggings ... i looked at a pair that were priced around $16 and decided that i could buy knee socks and a bit of ribbing for a whole lot less ... i didn't save the sock part of the first couple of pairs that i made - until Auntia asked me why i wasn't putting ribbing on the bottoms to make socks for her - duh, huh?!? the smaller pairs are made from little girl knee high socks (so Gumdrop and LuLu will have matching footwear) and the others are from women's knee highs...bungle in the jungle
...and i am caught up with the Saturday Sampler 3 BOM blocks ... i started over again after i decided that i hated the way the blocks were looking ... two of the leopard prints are now a green batik and a green botanical and i like them a lot better ... i'm still not crazy about the whole jungle theme - so Auntia told me that she will trade quilts with me when we are finished ... woo hoo!
Friday, October 16, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
...so here is a picture of Heart dressed like Gumdrop when she's playing soccer...get those cleats off the hardwood floor! and leave that door alone before you smash your fingers!
...and a picture of Gumdrop getting ready to go to soccer practice ... she is new to the sport ... the only advice i could offer was pretend like you've just had your nails done (so you don't use your hands) and wear your shin guards ... i'd bubble wrap my little grandbabies - if i could - and protect them from the cold cruel world ... she just sighed and rolled her eyes
why i'm no longer married...
when a woman stole my husband
there was no better revenge
than to let her keep him
i was incomplete until i married
i was finished
my marriage was the triumph of my imagination over my intelligence
Saturday, October 10, 2009
... and slipped and slid and slipped some more ... by the time we made it out of the store and back onto the streets, it was even icier and most of the metro area was on accident alert ... we decided that paying $5 for the fat quarters and instructions for october's BOM made more sense than risking life and limb ... so we went home and i worked on Mr. Husker's borders while Auntia watched Lie to Me Season One dvds that we rented from Blockbuster Online...just the outer border on Mr. Husker's Homestead and it will be ready to quilt ... woo hoo!!! i had to stand on a foot stool while Auntia took this picture - Mr. Husker is not a short man and needs a nice, long quilt
...i was still waffling on what the outer border should be ...... it needs to be not too wide and not too narrow and not too busy and not too distracting ...... then i looked at the picture... i'm gonna go with more of the red ... of course, i didn't have enough left to go all the way around the quilt one more time ...... by noon the snow had stopped and within an hour most of the streets were cleared ... so i went to Hobby Lobby and bought another yard of the red ... i needed 28 inches but the way i've been with measuring lately it just makes sense to get a couple of inches more ... and i actually walked out of the store having spent less than five dollars! that never happens ... i gotta admit, i was distracted more than once with other cool things that i would have bought on impulse and later asked myself what the h-e-double-hockey-sticks was i thinking?!!? if Auntia hadn't been there to keep me on task ... she was even better than me - she didn't spend any money at all ... at Hobby Lobby ...... but we still had to go to TQS for our SS3 BOM pattern and fat quarters ... and the store wasn't crowded with its usual hustle and bustle of saturday morning quilters ... so we were able to look around a bit ... and Auntia fell in love with a little quilt made with Sherry Berry christmas fabric charms and a bit of yardage...ooooh! i love that little pinwheel quilt!
...she has a quilt top already started using Kim's Fireworks pattern in the same fabric ... but this one spoke to her, too ... sigh ... i didn't argue too much - i wanted the pattern anyway for some charm packs that i have from Stella Bella's giveaway (thank you again, Gretchen!) a few months ago ... anywho, we made our purchases and then stopped at McDonald's for a strawberry milk shake for Little Nonnie...
a swan and posies and the sea and some tulips
...she had her hair done yesterday, but still didn't want her picture taken ... so i told her i would show off her watercolors instead ... after we left Little Nonnie we went to JoAnn's ... Auntia bought three skeins of yarn for scarves for herself...selfish ... selfish ... selfish ...she's already five inches into a scarf to match the periwinkle blue hat that i crocheted for her last winter
and a creepy pumpkin with a skull on it (no picture - too creepy) and a pair of candy corn flip flops (which we used to call thongs ... but now thongs are underwear ... what is this world coming to?!?)
and i bought a little pumpkin made with cheeto-colored daisies that was 60% off - woo hoo! for the kitchen table and some queen-sized bamboo batting with my 50% off coupon...as soon as i took this picture the table was re-piled with all the junk that sits on it most of the time ... sometimes i forget that it has a black top
and then we came home ... most of the snow that fell has already melted and tomorrow is supposed to be a much warmer autumn day instead of old man winter and his little buddy jack frost showing up uninvited when i have things to do ... places to go ... people to see
Friday, October 9, 2009
i should never have left them alone ... and the mess from eggshells squashed underfoot was unbelievable...
mistakes have been made ... others will be blamed
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
i don't want anyone i care about to have cold feet ... so i crochet hats for people i love ... lemme rephrase that - i haven't crocheted a hat for every person i love - yet - so don't be sending me any nasty emails asking where your hat is...
anywho, i modified the pattern that i use for preemie hats to make bigger hats for bigger heads ... i always seem to have some yarn left ... not enough to make anything ... not even enough to give to whichever charity calls for donations of discarded household stuff ... but i don't like throwing away perfectly good yarn ... scraps of yarn were starting to pile up ... so i came up with a plan ... i started a scrappy hat ... and each time i had some yarn leftover from a hat for someone else, i crocheted it into this hat...i love my hat ... and no one will ever try to steal it on accounta it's so ugly
Friday, October 2, 2009
that's better ... now say ooooh! aaaaah!
i used blah blah blah single strand
uhm ... i'm using two strands of DMC #3371
DMC?!!? floss?!!?? sneer
uhm ... yes
i finished the quilt in three months
well, that's great! good for you!
how long have you been working on it?
uhm ... since february
february??!! and you haven't finished the embroidery??!!
uhm mum mum ... no
grrrr ... yes ... really ... i'm embroidering - plain old embroidery with a plain old hoop and a plain old sharp needle and plain old embroidery floss - something i haven't done since i was a teenager when rocks were soft and mist was in the air ... and i am enjoying every minute of it ... i'm not running a race and i don't have a timetable ... i'm not stitching Hocuspocusville to impress anybody - i'm stitching it cuz i like it ... and it doesn't much matter to me if it takes six months (not likely) or six years ...... okay ... rant's over ... i feel much better