Friday, October 8, 2010

Just call me Laura Ingalls Wilder!

Today was a very domestic day for me.
I felt like I was on Little House on the Prairie.
I harvested my garden.
This is half the carrots.
I don't know what a bushel looks like,
but I think I came close.
I know some friends in AZ who will be getting some of these. 
They say that tomatoes are fussy.  These guys will beg to differ. 
They survived over 45 days without water in my greenhouse.
I don't think they will last much longer though. 
They are sweet and make great 'pop in your mouth' treats.
I baked pumpkin zucchini bread (recipe to follow.)
The staging was suggested by my DH.
He is getting the hang of this blog thing.
A few (two) followers will recognize the placemat!
I hand quilted two quilts. 
The bow tie quilt will go to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative
and is smaller than 9"x 11". 
The log cabin will go in a rough wood frame
 and then on the wall of our log cabin.

I am enamored with hand quilting again.
I don't know if it is the challenge of getting those little stitches to march consistently around the quilt
 or the texture they create.
I used a wool batt and it was like butter to needle.
I think I will hand quilt most of my small quilts from here on out
 (did you see the word-most!)
And here is the recipe I promised.
3 eggs, slightly beaten
2 c. sugar (I used just 1)
1 c. canned pumpkin
1 c. butter, melted (I used 1/2 c.)
1 Tbsp. vanilla
3 c. flour ( I love to use this 50/50 blend by Hodgson Mill)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice
1 c. shredded zucchini
1 c. chopped walnuts
Add the ingredients in the order listed. 
 Pour into a greased and floured loaf pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes. 
I had enough batter for 1 loaf and 6 muffins.

Another participant was added to the SAL list today-Lisa in PA.  I am anxious to see everyone's progress.  Post them on your blogs or send them to me and I will display them for you.
Everyone has had so much fun with this that I will do another. 
 Perhaps 4 1/2" finished blocks next time so I have more design options.
Any requests?


  1. What a great day you have accomplished so much!! Time to put your feet up and enjoy a cup of tea!!

  2. I love Little House on the Prairie.

  3. When you come back we will talk about what a bushel looks like -- your Kansas Farm Girl friend. It does look like you had a wonderful day!

  4. I recognize that bit of Texas in Colorado.

  5. Love those pics of your garden's harvest. Looks like you got a bumper crop of carrots and those little tomatoes are so cute.

  6. Quite a haul from your garden! Thanks for the recipe. I love your little quilts! Hand quilting is so relaxing for me - it's just trying to find the time that is the hard part.


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