Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
P.S. You may ask, "Why was I bored?" I have remade two of the blocks and I have rewritten the instructions for some of the earlier blocks. Sorry they are out of order. My goal is to have them all available in one place soon. The numbers are insignificant. It is just the order in which I made them.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Although I am almost to the end of the blocks, I will slow down and allow new participants, and old, to do a little catchup. At the end, we'll all post our quilts in a slideshow. I think Picasa will let me do that, hopefully. Merumo can help me if I can't figure out how!
Looking forward to adding those names...Cheryl in Arizona
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Since my latest crazy wool pincushion will be finding a new home, I have been researching the design of the new one. Kaaren is always my go to gal for that. The Four Seasons will be the theme. I like my fall designs and will include pumpkins along a purple fence! I loved her snowman, but need to find a crisp white wool for that one. I will design around Easter for spring. A flag and some watermelon for summer? I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
The program tells me it is centered. OK, what do you see? It is on the left side for me. Never mind, I centered it. Oops, maybe not.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
4 ounces tomato-basil feta cheese
juice of 1/2 a fresh lemon
3 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
organic chicken broth
5 oz package of organic baby spinach
2 cloves of garlic, minced
10-15 bite-size tomatoes cut in half or 1 tomato, chopped
2 tablespoons of flour
1 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. paprika
olive oil and butter
- On a large plate, combine the flour with the 3 spices listed below it. Set aside.
- Add a tbsp of olive oil to a skillet. Heat and add the minced garlic. Toss in the spinach and saute until wilted. Transfer to a bowl and add diced tomatoes.
- Add the lemon juice to the feta cheese and mash up. Cut a pocket in each chicken breast and stuff with this mixture.
- Dredge in the flour mixture and then brown on all sides in a mixture of olive oil and 1 tbsp. of butter. Transfer to an ovenproof baking dish.
- Add another tbsp of olive oil and of butter to the saute pan. Add enough of the flour mixture to make a roue. Cook on low heat for 1-2 minutes to thicken.
- Make sure the pan is not too hot and then add enough chicken broth to the roue to make a nice sauce. Add a drop or two of Kitchen Bouquet for color and flavor. Add the spinach and tomato mixture. Season to taste with Kosher salt and pepper.
- Pour over the prepared chicken breasts and bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes until the juices run clear.
I have served this flavorful dish with couscous and steamed broccoli.
I cook without really measuring anything, so I apologize for the vague measurements. As my hubbie say, "Nothing every comes out the same twice."
Enjoy! And this is an all time record: 3 posts in one day. I need some wheels!
Second, a pattern from my friend, Kimber, at Heirlooms by Ashton House. I was so excited I just had to make one up. I am sans transportation, so I will have to wait until tomorrow to get some black seed beads to replace the pins, but isn't it adorable. Great gift idea with the holidays around the corner! Her easy to follow pattern is available for purchase at her blog, where you can email her your request. And this morning's cup of coffee produced the next block in the SAL--Evening or North Star Variation. You will find the instructions here.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
- I married my high school sweetheart and we have been married for 35 years.
- I have two adult children and a granddog.
- I was born and raised in Northern California and was lucky enough to spend most of my summers as a child at Donner Lake.
- We love to take vacations on our bicycles, and I have cycled Italy, Ireland and France.
- I am a scuba diver and wanted to be Jacques Cousteau's protege.
- I have degrees in Biological Science and Nursing, and practiced as a CCRN in the ICU for 15 years.
- I have been teaching quilt piecing now for about 6 years.
I am not one for passing things forward, unless it is a good deed or act of kindness. I really do play nicely with others, I just feel awkward doing this part of the award. So thank you Linda and visit all the blogs listed on my sidebar. I love them all.
I have become a special fan of a new blog I follow, Heartspun Quilts by Pam Buda. I won her pincushion giveaway and will post about it again when it arrives.
The next block in my sew-along has been posted here. It is 'Cubed Lattice.' While searching for patterns of 4" blocks, I stumbled on this one at an online site. I liked the optical illusion it created and decided to draft it as our next block. The 'big' word for this block was hard to find. No new challenges from followers! So the last word came from my oldest, so this one will be from my youngest child's first name. Again, Webster's New World Dictionary only has 5 1/2 pages of words starting with the letter K. I love to say katydid, believe in karma, wonder what do they wear under a kilt, but chose the word kinship. It is the word for the close connection I feel with other quilters, especially those I have been lucky enough to surround myself with.