Sunday, March 31, 2013

Getting Closer to the Finish Line

I'm so excited.  After our company left and we got the dishes taken care of, I thought about sitting down and reading, but instead I finished the dark blocks for our quilt.

Then I laid it out so I could stack it in the block/row order that I plan to put it together in.  And here it is:



And as you can see I even had a little help.

What a great day!!

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Easter Brunch

Our good friends Gerald, Robyn and their son Drew joined us for Easter Brunch today and I was so excited to see them and feed them.  Here is the table all set with everything but the Ham.



Now for some food porn as some of my friends call it:

Eggs in Hashbrown Baskets - Pioneer Woman made these on her Food Network show, so I went to the website and got that recipe.  They were so delish - everyone really enjoyed them.

Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake (I'll share the recipe in a bit)

Robyn brought a nice big bowl of delicious fruit - I LOVE fresh fruit!!
We also had ham, guess who didn't get a picture of it.  And I was going to take a picture of everyone at the table, but guess who got to talking and forgot.

We also had coffee and bloody mary's with brunch.  And then we all needed a nap from the food coma, haha.

Now, about that blueberry cake, I found the recipe on the internet, but I don't know where so I can't give the site credit.  But I can tell you this it was so scrumptious.  We all LOVED it.  Sadly I should have made a bigger pan of it - next time I'll double the recipe as this only makes a 9x9 square pan of cake.  So here is the recipe.

Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake

1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temp)
2 tsp lemon zest or more - I used the zest from 1 large lemon
7/8 cup sugar (7/8 cup = 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons)
1 egg, room temp
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 cups fresh blueberries (some like to coat the blueberries with a bit of the flour the recipe calls for, but I didn't do that - you can, just use about a 1/4 cup)
1/2 cup buttermilk**

**To make homemade buttermilk, place 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup.  Fill the cup with milk to the 1 cup line.  Let it stand for 5 minutes, then use 1/2 cup as the recipe calls for.

1.) Preheat the oven to 350.  Cream butter with the lemon zest and the sugar till light and fluffy
2.) Add the egg and vanilla and beat till combined. 
3.) Whisk or sift the flour, baking powder and salt together
4.) Add the flour mixture to the batter a little at a time, alternating with the buttermilk.
5.) Fold in blueberries.
6.) Grease a 9 inch square pan (I like to use pam for baking).  Spread batter into pan.  Sprinkle a tablespoon of sugar on top of the batter or I used coarse decorator sugar.
7.)  Bake for 35 to 45 minutes till a toothpick comes out clean and cool at least 15 minutes before serving.

Hope you'll try the recipe, it is so good.

Happy Stitches and Hugs and a very Happy Easter,
Tam

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Happy Easter

Busy weekend here at our house.  We have friends coming over for the week and tomorrow I'm fixing Easter Brunch.  We are having ham, eggs in hashbrown baskets, fruit and a blueberry buttermilk breakfast cake.  It should be delish and the company will most definitely be outstanding.  If I'm on top of it, I'll try to get some pictures tomorrow.

Now to get busy doing some prep work in the kitchen.





Happy Easter, Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Friday, March 29, 2013

Painting

The weather has turned warm.  It is heavenly, no jacket needed or at best a light jacket.  Soon it will be time to open windows and enjoy the fresh air before the heat of summer arrives.  And when that happens, this girl is gonna get to painting.

I'm going to paint our main bathroom a light lavender.  Right now it's a bland peachy color.  I received this beautiful soap dish from a friend and it got me thinking - dark purple and forest green towels and a light lavender on the walls


Here is the wall color, not to dark, but very soft and will look beautiful I think.

 
I also plan to paint the kitchen. Since I'm a green lover, I have a lot of green accents in my kitchen.  Currently the walls are your basic off white color, but soon they will be this color:


A real light sage green, just a bit of color, but nothing to drastic.

The other room that I must paint, especially after the electricians got done in there - my sewing room.  I'm leaning toward a light and very happy yellow, but we shall see.  I'm tired of bland off white walls and want a bit of color.  That said, I don't want the color to be to dark and smack me in the face either.

I'm sure I'll post about the torture of painting once it begins, right now it's just in the planning stages.  I need to be able to have the windows open for these jobs - between asthma and the fact that I'm not fond of paint smells, it's a must.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Progress Report

The quilt for our bed is coming along nicely.  Today I put together the light fabric nine patch squares:


And I got the strips sewn and cut to put together the dark nine patch squares:


I also have a couple of cool, new to me, gadgets in my sewing room:


The one on the left was given to me by my friend Kelly.  It's magnetic and slaps around the wrist and holds the pins on the magnetic circle part.  It's made by Clover.  The other is a magnetic dish that you can find at car parts stores.  It's a really strong magnet and holds a lot of pins.  I still keep both in a small tote, because I have 2 cats who make it their mission to see what is out and try to bring it to me as a gift.  Yep I will wake up and find a spool of thread, small scissors, fabric, you name, usually in front of the bedroom door.  We also come home to find CR's slippers in front of the entry door waiting for his return.  My black cat - Chanceman loves to bestow gifts and goes to great lengths to do so.  So I have to keep things tucked away or in places he can't get to, especially in my sewing room.

I went out shopping for a bit today.  I needed some jean capri's.  Since when did jean capri's become so expensive?  Some of them are 60 dollars and higher.  Am I cheap or is that a bit much.  I found some that were 31, but they didn't fit well.  I did end up finding a pair of white capri's - jeans, for 27.00 at Penny's and they fit really nicely.  I'm waiting for a sale to get dark denim.  I remember in High School there were these jeans that were all the rage and they were 28 dollars, well according to my Grandma, that was ridiculous, and guess who didn't get them.  Nowadays that is dirt cheap.  I know so many people who pay 100.00 for a pair of jeans and say it's worth it to get a good fit.  Well I can get a good fit for a lot less, but it takes some work to find them.  I favor Levi's and typically the price isn't to bad and you can find good sales.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Let There Be Light

As I mentioned in a couple of other posts, my wonderful Hubby - CR, had the electrician come in and "light me up".  My sewing room was so dim and the older I get the dimmer it seemed.  So yesterday, our electrician showed up bright and early and wowzer, no more shadows, no more dark corners, no trouble seeing!!

Before:


After:




Just one problem, I need to paint the room now, oh to have such issues, right!!  We also need to get a cap for the middle of the ceiling to cover where the old light was.

At the quilt show yesterday they had a harpist - she was so good and the music was just beautiful:


And a few more quilts from the show:






Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Friday, March 22, 2013

Scenes from the Quilt Show

What a wonderful day.  I went to lunch with my good friend Kelly and her friend Leslie, then it was off to a fantastic afternoon at our local Quilt Show and the quilts were so beautiful.  I didn't take a picture of all of them, but I took many pictures.  Here are a few of my favorites:

























My goodness the talented people who create all that beauty.  It was so much fun to see and be inspired.  Not all the quilts were colors I would have chosen, but all of them were beautiful in design.  My friends tried to convince me that I should enter one of my quilts, but I feel so inferior when I see the craftsmanship I saw today.  Perhaps next year I might get brave.  The merchants were pretty good this year too, lots of fun stuff to see.  I bought a quilt kit and a couple of patterns that I really liked.

My big toe is still smarting from the cortisone shot it got yesterday, but I was walking a lot easier than before the shot, so it must be doing me some good.  And it will only get better in the next few days.

When I left to meet my friends the electrician was hard at work putting in my new lights.  Tomorrow I'll show you a before and after picture.  I'm am so thrilled - the light in that room is AMAZING!!

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Thursday, March 21, 2013

It's all about the lighting!

I've noticed as I've gotten older that there is no such thing as to much lighting.  And I've been struggling in my sewing room with the issue of not enough light.  Well all of that will be remedied tomorrow when our friend Arlin, an electrician comes to install 6 lights in my room, and as he said - light it up like a Christmas tree for me.  Since he did all the lighting in our shop/garage and we were so happy with that, I'm sure my room is going to be amazing when he gets done.

Here is a "before" picture - Just one little light in the middle of the room:



I also went to the doc today about my ankle and I am allowed to ditch the big and heavy boot/air cast and now have a smaller, support to wear and exercises to do.  I see him again in 4 weeks.  The ankle is looking good and feeling so much better.


I also had to ask him about my very painful right big toe.  Well it turns out I have arthritis in it and so guess who got a cortisone shot today - in the toe - OUCH!!  I hope this does the trick cuz the toe hurts like crazy and now with the cortisone shot, well it's an angry toe at the moment.  My arthritis started in my early 30's and never considered that my darn toes would get it too.  Darn toes, weren't my hands enough.  Anyhow, now you know, shots in the toe joint hurt like holy heckola - try to avoid them if you can!!


Not much sewing today, we went out to lunch with a bunch of folks CR used to work with - every month they have a retiree's lunch and get together to catch up.  It was a nice time.  Then it was off to my doctors appointment.  Now I think it's time to put my poor toe up in the air and read and relax.

Tomorrow I get my new lights while I'm out with my friend Kelly (she taught me to quilt - best gift a friend has ever given to me).  We are going out to lunch and then to the local quilt show.  I've missed the last two years because of my cancer, and I am so excited to go this year.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam