Tuesday, May 22, 2018

My Going Away Party For Myself Bash

I have been completely slammed the last few days. Friday was filled as was Saturday. Sunday was my Going Away Party For Myself and yesterday I was in an all day class and had to meet up with tradesmen all days except for Sunday and waited and waited for them to get out of the house.

And tonight is no exception.  They found the porcelain tile piece and after my approval they proceeded to do a beautiful job of putting it in as the location was no picnic.  It is just newly grouted so it looks a little darker but it will dry exactly as the other grout is.  All is well so let's get to the food I made for my going away party!!!


These were leftover pecan pies I made for the Kentucky Derby that I had left over.  They froze beautifully.

Always a favorite, the Brie Puffs can be made ahead, frozen and served at room temp.

Always a favorite, apple slices (Gala and Granny) with the very best Taffy Apple Dip I have ever had.

Tiny tomato tarts (Ree Drummond's recipe) was the second time I made them and they were all eaten.  Talk about an easy breezy recipe.  I know I tend to make overly complicated things (or so people tell me) but this one is definitely not over work.

This is my blue cheese cheese cake that I normally top with my home made pear preserves but I had left over pricy fig preserves so I topped the cake with that and served with stacys pita chips.

This bowl was almost immediately emptied.  It is Cass's bark which if I didn't  put it on Tommy Cooks, with encouragement I will!


My individual pizzas, which I have made for fifteen years,  did not disappoint.

This is a second time new app that I LOVE.  Crostini topped with herb and panko crusted goat cheese, baked and topped with tomato jam, made by me.

A staple of mine, mini ( 1 1/2 inch) sized BLT's, can be served room temp easily.

New to me and very very popular was manchego cheese and fig straws.  It is on Food Network and the chef is Valerie Bertinelli's.

I had a chicken chiliquilles basket with shredded lettuce, pico de gallo,  the chilaquiles and chips.  They went pretty darn fast.

I  love my friends and I thank them everyday for my waking up every morning knowing I will spend some time with them!!!!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Baby Quilt Kits Done!

I finished up appliquéing the heads of the sleeping baby quilt kits.


I had only to do the border fabric choices to complete the two kits

The heads are done, the center quilt blocks are done and now,

as of yesterday during Stitch and Bitch, the kits were completed and I gave them to Lynn,
who is the holder of the auction blocks.

Speaking of Lynn, she brought her eight month old Havanese puppy  named Happy.  It's a bit of a love/hate relationship with Bella and the puppy.   Bella puts up with her with a little bit of good natured growling to show who's boss!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Owen's Fish Camp

I have wanted to go to Owen's Fish Camp since I was hobbling around Sarasota when my dear friend Jayne came to visit me, not long after I had the hip replacement.  She said for us to go out and explore so that is just what we did.  I walked by the Fish Camp and thought it was a bit odd and I took twenty photos yesterday when I eventually went there.

Here's the thing.  Last month it was my turn to pick the destination for our Quilting Forks and I chose Owen's Fish Camp.  On the way to the restaurant I called to see what was the wait.  It was 4:15 and their was an hour and a half wait.  We switched to Mediterraneo, one of my favorites.  I am not gonna wait in 90º temps to eat at 6 p.m.

Because I was heading home, up north in less than a couple weeks, my girlfriends decided that I needed to go before I departed.  Foregoing lunch, we left home at 3:15 for the half hour drive.  The place didn't open until 4 and we got there at ten to so we sat around and perused the area.

We were the first one's in the front door.  We chose an indoor table due to it being 87º and in the rainy season.  We made a perfect choice.  All the food was great but the most beautiful deviled eggs were the star.

The color was a very pale yellow, not the normal yolk hue.  As you can see, some were bigger than others.  There was a triangle of pickle with some 'hillbilly caviar' on top

I had oyster basket that was so big, I still have the oyster basket.  We also tried chicken fried lobster which was very yummy but was so small, the five of us barely got a taste and it was $14.  Wine was very expensive; 8 bucks for 2 oz.  but then you don't go to a place like that to have big pours.  For that, you go to Carabbas for that.  Kathy and I are still talking about that!  (Inside joke!)

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Sleepy Baby

I had mentioned before that I am a co chair for next years quilt show block sales.  I have committed to doing at least 11 kits of blocks that can be purchased and then put together by the purchaser.  Two of these sleepy baby quilts are on my list of ones to do, so I thought I would start with the 'quilt'.

I proceeded to finish three center quilts and started on the fourth when I realized that they aren't supposed to be sewn together but rather blocks.  So I have made some that I can certainly use for the multiple babies born each year.

Because there are 9 squares across and 10 down, I decided to make blocks of three across and five down.  Finished up, I have six blocks for each of the two sleepy baby quilts.  Now I am gonna tackle the baby head blocks.

Monday, May 14, 2018

All Done

I just read that Judith Leiber, the gal who made the glam handbags with all the beading and stuff, who was 97, and her husband, Gerson Leiber, 96, both died of heart attacks, just hours apart at their home in New York. I don't know why I found that so interesting, but I did because I have never heard of such a thing.

I finished up the next quilt top I have been working on.

I used the left over fabric to make it bigger so it can be used on a bed.  It will join some other quilts that are waiting, first, for a long arm quilt job, and then for a future wedding present.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mothers Day

To all you mothers, have a terrific day!!!!

Look what was delivered to me from my daughter and her hubby.  My favorite flower is a Sterling rose.  I'm gonna go and eat a whole cake!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

My Feathered Friends

The best time of the year, if you ask me, is when the baby sandhill cranes can be seen.  This mom and dad are taking a stroll with their new babies.  The babes grows so fast!!! I saw one last week that was no bigger than 12" and so wanted a picture but I was in the car with traffic behind me so I couldn't stop.  I had never seen one so small.  These two young ones are the average  size I usually see.

As is usual, I had Stitch and Bitch yesterday morning.

Lynn brought these two paper pieced blocks.   They measure about 30" high.  These are two of twelve, each of which are different, that she is making for her grandson that will be going to the University of Chicago.

The precision of paper piecing is very evident in these

two closeups.   I wonder if I will be around when my grand daughters will be going off to college.  That seems so far away!

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Flooring Issues

Remember the crack the installers caused when they dropped a large piece of granite they were removing from my kitchen counter?  Well, so far, a match to the rest of the tile hasn't been made.

The installer came back yesterday and took the rest of the tile, in hopes that the larger piece would
be better for a match.  I really don't know what is gonna happen because if they don't find a match, especially since the tile is from 2005, we will need to change out most of the house with new tile.  6 steps forward and 5 steps back!!!!

I actually cleaned out my refrigerator and pantry yesterday.  It took most of the day but that had a lot to do with me getting sidetracked quite often.

Monday, May 07, 2018

Metro Link and a Shooter

This is how much I put together yesterday and today.  It is very time consuming due to the multiple pieces.  The pattern is called Metro Link by Paisley Pear Quilts.  These strips aren't all sewn together yet and I hope to get it pieced tomorrow.  This photo shows about half the quilt strips.

I was watching something on Food Network, oh I just remembered it was Pioneer Woman, and she made shot glasses out of candy.  I had never heard of these silicone shot glass molds.

They are made by Wilton (that does the cake stuff).  I can't wait to play around with them and I LOVE the color of the silicone!!!!!

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Kentucky Derby

So, here I am at the Kentucky Derby party.  If you notice anything about this photo that stands out, besides my masking tape name tag that says Tom, it would be

my hat.  It was the most beautiful hat at the party.  I asked my grand daughters, Violet and Charlotte, ages 7 and 4, to make me a hat for the derby party.  And a hat they made.

They asked me what colors to use and I let them decide and I told them I would work an outfit around whatever they chose for color and style.

The gold lame covered one of those dried moss domes that you can plant flowers in and hang.  Pretty clever if you ask me.  I think they thought of the lake when they picked out the seashells.  It was a very big hit.

My contribution to the Kentucky themed food for the party was to make little individual bourbon pecan pies.  Topped with whipping cream, they were a big hit too!

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Comma Quilt

I got this far sewing the Comma quilt together. I noticed two mistakes in piecing and when I went back to find them, I couldn't find them so I am going to let it go, which is a bit difficult for me.
The pattern, which I have made before and only used the cutting instructions of it this time, told me that I didn't do the quilt top right.  I was supposed to hold back half of the 36 blocks and cut into the remainder of the blocks.  Well, I forgot that and cross cut all the blocks.  It really doesn't matter one way or another, because it still all works out but just ends up a little busier!!!!


I then put on a border, which is helpful when putting it on the long arm.


I fitted the leftover pieces into the backing center.

I had been sewing little leftover strips together so it was no big deal to add them in. This will go up north with me to use on the computerized long arm.

We are going to a Kentucky Derby party tonight.  I have a surprise that I am wearing and will share it with you tomorrow!

Friday, May 04, 2018

Cinco de Mayo

Our Cause A Stir Kitchen Club had a familiar theme this May because the club (12 of us) meet

the first Thursday of every month so two years ago my month happened to land on May 5th and

Linda said, You have to do Mexican!!!! and so I did. Then the next one, last May was also in honor of Cinco de Mayo and we made our own corn tortillas. This month, Suzanne did a fantastic job by using a wonderful cookbook that she got from this restaurant in Austin, Texas, http://www.fondasanmiguel.com.  The cookbook is beautiful and all the dishes we had (no picture of the Mexican Wedding Cookies; margaritas were served;  I say no more). were from the cookbook (which is on the way to me, ordered earlier in the day, at lunch!)


This corn casserole was like a scuffle topped with thin slices of poblano.

This wonderful salad was made of jimaca, orange segments, cantaloupe with a lovely pink dressing.

We had pork tacos with all the fixings.

We also had baby peppers stuffed and guacamole and chips.  Yum.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Gift To Myself

Today is my birthday and I gave myself a mighty fine and overdue gift.

This is my lovely kitchen.  It has one, in your face,

problem.  It is dark.  There are ten can lights in the ceiling and even though the ceilings are quite high and they are led, it is still dark.  So, I decided to do something about it.

We had the counter tops taken off.  We figured the top drawers would be easier access

with no tops on them.


Nah, I was just kidding.


We had the black granite counter tops taken off and replaced with white quartz.  I don't even need a
a light on to walk into the kitchen.  It makes a world of difference.  Now I really need to replace the white outlet covers on the grey diamond backsplash because they stick out like a sore thumb.

We have a bit of a problem because the great installers dropped a large piece of granite when removing it and made a deep crack in the floor tile.  We don't have any spare tiles and it was built 13 years ago.  Chances are pretty good that we can't find them.  Just another conundrum to overcome.  We will prevail!!!!

And I don't feel a day older.