Sunday, September 27, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I'm back! I hope everyone has been well and have a bunch of posts for me to papoose.
Last weekend my mother had a school reunion and we took the opportunity to have a mini family reunion. Here is a picture of my mother, sisters (sans Vikki), my niece and my Mom-Mom. I ask you, is she not the most beautiful grandmother ever! I'm in the top row, second in from the right.
And with that I am going to go check in on all of your blogs.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Here is my next problem. I miscounted or the pages bred while I wasn't watching. In either case I am coming up short on Dutch Beauty! I will have just enough to finish the first line, though not the right side border. I can scrap it and start over on a larger piece of linen or I can attempt to weave/stitch an extension piece on the end. Now here is where I need advise, is the latter even possible? My kingdom for an ounce of patience!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
For our June EGA meeting we are having a pot luck/finger food gala. I have decided on mini zucchini quiche. I have a really easy and delicious recipe that I would like to share with you. I have to figure out how long to cook them in the mini muffin tin that I'll be using, I usually just bake it in an 8" pie pan. Wish me luck and I hope you all try and enjoy this recipe!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
On a stitching note: I've completed page six and only have one more page until I finish the top row! I don't know how you all do it, I am quickly losing my religion stitching this thing, I've never made so many mistakes. I have nightmares that herds of frogs are chasing and mocking me - ugh.
I received an unexpected gift in the mail Friday. I was admiring a piece that a fellow EGA member had been stitching at a previous meeting. I finally remembered to ask her the name of the pattern. She hadn't brought the piece to this meeting and said she'd e-mail it to me. To my delight, Elaine was generous enough to mail me a copy of House Samplings from Hillside Samplings. I have met so many wonderful women at the EGA and am so glad that I decided to join.
I have a busy week ahead so I will wish you all a good weekend and happy stitching now.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Last month we went to Minnewaska on a beautiful day and the falls were so pretty that I though I would share a few pictures of them.
Our Mulberry trees are in full bloom too.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter and Good Pesach. Sadly, after an ugly chocolate binge, my pants and I are currently estranged. We hope to reconcile soon.
At the April EGA meeting, one of the women (Joan) had a great blackwork project for us. She came equipped with perfect instructions and blackwork patters, which was good as I had never worked with it before. I choose this cute owl and may plaster it to the side of an eco-friendly shopping bag (which I have yet to sew, so that may have to wait for a bit).
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the much awaited warm weather!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I have been prepping the garden and cleaning up the yard on the few nice days that we have had and managed to get a few spots of poison ivy - ugh! I came across a wonderful tip that I would like to pass on to you. There is a plant that you may or may not know, called Jewelweed (sometimes referred to as Touch Me Not, when it is ready to spread seeds, they will fly out of the pods then they are touched - watch your eyes!). If you accidentally touch poison ivy just break off a piece of the Jewelweed stem and rub the juice on the affected area, you shouldn't get the dreaded ivy rash. It’s also good to for warts, bruises, and fungal skin infections such as athletes foot and ringworm. It's is also helpful for nettle stings, minor burns, cuts, eczema, acne, sores, and any skin irritations. It also has either beautiful orange or yellow flowers, and can get upwards of five feet tall. It grow wild around here, but you can order seeds, plants or even soaps online.
I wish you all a good week and hope to have another update soon.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I have another quick finish, it's a Russian crane pattern. It's stitched one over one on 28 count ivory linen. The site is really good, you should check it out - lots of patterns. This one comes with a border, but I think I'll leave it as is. I found a set of four fable patterns that have a similar look, I might work this one in with them. Click title for patter. Enjoy!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
1.5 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast cubed
5 cloves garlic chopped
2-3" ginger chopped I go heavy on the ginger (turns out that it is best to peal it - live and learn)
3 Tbsp fish sauce (easy to find at the grocery store, in the Asian section)
3 Tbsp soy sauce (my ankles require that I use low sodium soy)
5 ish Tbsp sweet chili sauce (I like it hot, so use to taste)
1-2 Tbsp lime juice
1 each small zucchini chopped (green and yellow - for color)
1 small head broccoli chopped into large florets* (I often use frozen veggies thawed)
I put a little olive oil in bottom of a large skillet and cook the chicken, ginger and garlic on med heat about 10 minutes-ish, until the chicken is just about cooked through. Mix the rest of the wet ingredients in a small bowl and add with the veggies to the chicken. Cover and cook on med/low for about another ten minutes, stirring occasionally. If you want the sauce to cook down more, remove the chicken and veggies and cook uncovered at a low boil for a few minutes. I serve over sushi rice.
I hope you try and enjoy it!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
I started this about three or four months ago, and just picked it up again the other day. I am only on page 2 of 21. I am up to date on my other projects, so I should have some time to make a real dent in it. I'm using DMC floss on 28 ct. ivory evenweave stitching one over one. Once again I couldn't wait to properly start it and used the largest piece of fabric that I had. I should have waited to get a slightly darker linen, ahh, I'll never learn. Still, the patten is pretty enough to pull it off.