Wednesday, May 27, 2009

It's been way toooooo lonnnnng.....!

Life continues to be busy. I must admit, I love my work schedule. Five (5) days on (with a 2 (two) day break in there) and seven (7) days off! Couldn't ask for a better work week!

What have I been up too you might ask? Lots of quilting that's for sure. I did play some more on Penelope, practicing my feathers. They're coming along nicely! Not ready to put them on a quilt yet... soon with more practice.

I did finish a top that's presently on Penelope. I used some reproduction fabrics! I want to have it machine quilted before I blog about it. I'm presently waiting for some thread! That order should get here in a couple of days!

I did finish block 9 (nine) of Hocuspocous Ville! I love that pattern.

Meg from Crabapple Hill did come out with a new Halloween pattern called Vintage Trick or Treat. That's another one on my list of to dos! I love her work!

So many patterns so little time! ;o)

A couple of weeks ago, Libby and I were corresponding regarding our Kitchenaid mixer. We both love our friend. ;o)

We were talking/writing about making pasta. I was telling her about the special adapter that attaches to the mixer. Anyway, by the end of our discussion, I knew what I wanted for dinner!

I had to make some pasta! LOL

I just love fresh pasta and this special gadget makes it so much easier. Both hands are free to play with the dough.

I make my pasta dough using semolina flour that I purchase in Montreal. Nothing like that around small town USA. You can make it with flour, but I prefer to use semolina.

I knead my dough using setting 1 and then 2.

After I feel it is properly kneaded, I go through the various numerical settings to thin it out.

Once the dough is thin enough for my liking, in this case number 5, I pass it through the fettuccine cutter.

(PS. the dough should be extended as it goes through the cutter - I needed to get my hand out of the way for the picture and quickly extend the dough before it passed through). We're talking action shot! lol

There's also a spaghetti noodle adapter that comes with the set.

That night, you guessed it, we were having Fettuccine Alfredo! Yummy!

That was dinner!

Fresh pasta, fresh artisan whole grain loaf and a glass of red wine!

Yes, I took the time to bake a loaf of bread. Libby gave me the bug! There was a time, prior to my going to graduate school, that I would often make bread. I fell out of the habit! Now, I'm back on the habit! lol

Cheers!

Thanks for stopping by!

13 comments:

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, I've lusted after one of those pasta makers. Are they hard to clean up? That's my only worry - gadgets are sometimes more work than they're worth!

Carol said...

YUMMERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm on my way for dinner! There's nothing better than fresh pasta.

Yvonne said...

I was wondering where you were....thought you might be buried under bolts of fabric at the shop. :) Supper sounds wonderful.....glad to see you are enjoying yourself.

Needled Mom said...

Boy....does that sound yummy. I, too, love making bread. There are few things so satisfying as a freshly kneaded loaf ready for rising and baking. Oh....did I mention THAT smell?????

Pam said...

That attachment for the mixer looks great. The hand crank pasta makers are more of a two person job!! We have on made the pasta once so far but I think once the kitchen reno is done we will be making a lot more pasta - so yummy.

How is the store doing? Lots of fun I bet!

Libby said...

Oh you've pushed me over the edge and I made noodles today. I know for sure I'm putting the pasta attachment on my Christmas wish list this year *s*

Quilter Going Bananas said...

Nothing like fresh pasta, it's the best! Glad you've had some time to play with Penelope too...

Dixie said...

The fresh pasta looks great - I love the texture of it. We can get fresh Asian noodles here which are yummy in chicken noodle soup. Love your hocuspocusville block - can't wait to see how you put it together!

Guðrún said...

Yummy, mmmmmmm. The Vintage Trick or Treat stitchery is fantastic.

julieQ said...

I have the pattern for the embroidery Halloween quilt, have not made too much progress yet. I love your blocks, though! I looked at the Vintage pattern, and love it too. TOOOOOooo many want-to--dos!

Teresa said...

I am so impressed. Can I come to dinner?

Darlene said...

Looks yummy! I hope you're enjoying your venture!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

OMG your making fresh pasta??? Look at you go!!!!

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