Friday, April 12, 2019

What's up ....?

It's been a while since  my last post. I must admit, nothing much in my quilting world has been happening.

What I have been doing is being a cat rest ....


And then there's this one ....


You try getting anything done! lol

I'm hoping to have something to show you soon. Until then .... I'm just enjoying the love from Princess Stella.


Catch you all later!

Monday, March 4, 2019

I have a wedding to attend ....!

One of my nieces, Michelle, is getting married on March 9. I decided that I needed to go shopping for a new outfit. Yea, I'm cutting it close!

For the record, I do not like to shop. I am one of those people that is on a mission when she enters a shopping mall. Get in and get out in record time ... Oh and sometimes, I make an attempt to beat the previous record! lol

Since I live in small town America, I went into Montreal ... At the suggestion of my niece, Stephanie, I headed for the Carrefour Laval. This place is huge! One can easily get lost ... so remember which door you came in ... for me is was Sport Expert.

Stopped at a couple of boutiques to check out the dresses and found nothing. I did notice that there was a Lego store! Bonus ... my shopping experience just improved.

But first, the dress ... Keep focus Carole ... I went to La Baie and tried on this dress ...


Winner on first try ... now for a jacket ....


Bonus ... I'm done! Oh, and yea! By the way, I plan on wearing the same socks ... or perhaps, at the suggestion of my friend Cheryl, I'll wear gumboots! Naw, ankle army boots would be much better! lol

With my purchase in a tow I sought out the lego store. Around and around I went. Did come across this gorgeous display ...


After I decided I had had enough of going around and around in circles walking exercise, I stopped at the info kiosks and ask for directions .... Yea, the mall is that big that it has info booths with actual people and not just a maps!

Once I arrived at the Lego store ... OMG, I was in heaven .... I love legos.

I found the perfect fun wedding gift .... don't tell Michelle, it's suppose to be a surprise .... She doesn't read my blog ... hum, I don't think she does! lol


The clerk told me a story about this couple who a bought this set as a wedding favors for their guests ... what a fun idea.

My gift to myself .... drum roll please ....


Nasa Apollo SaturnV rocket ... Did you notice that it has 1969 pieces ... The year of the first moon landing! Oh yea ... I'm excited to build this baby!

Thanks for stopping by my little corner in cyberspace.

Catch you all later ....

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Out of site ... Out of mind!

I've been decluttering, getting rid of stuff. It's amazing how much "stuff" we accumulate when we have a place to store it. Out of site ... out of mind!

I've been quilting for over 11 years (the number of years have been changed to protect the age of the blogger ;), and let me tell you ... you accumulate a lot of stuff ... projects you've started ... put aside ... that you may or may not want to finish.

Fabric scraps ... OMG!


At what point/size is a fabric scrap considered a discard ... trash? Seriously, I have stuff that is less than an inch big!!!

In my defense, my plan was to create an English Paper Piecing quilt using 3/8" hexes .... CRAZY ... by the way the fabric saving has been going on for years, however I cannot say the same for the project ... it hasn't even been started!!!

Time to get rid of stuff!

I cleared out numerous UFO projects that I have no intentions of completing and gave them, along with the pattern, to a charitable organization. You know what they say ... One person's discard is another person's treasure!

As I was organizing stuff, I came across a box of various fabric scraps.


Some were sewn "left over" from various completed projects ... like the wings of a flying geese that you used as leaders and enders, hoping to include them in your next quilt. Not sure that's ever going to happen ....

Time to continue with the purge.

Catch you all later! Cheers!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Did you hear me yelling?

Here I was, minding my own business, getting dressed for work and out of no where this bottle fell on my foot ... FRIGGEN FRAGGEN $%^&*@


OMG, did that ever hurt ... luckily I had an appointment with my GP the next day. He was certain it was broken ... I mean check out the bruising? His concern ... bone fragments.

After some X-Rays, I am happy to announce that it is not broken ... and no loose bone fragments. Just lots of colors and pain.

The culprit ....


A $30.00 bottle of body cream ... intact ... despite falling on a ceramic floor ... thank you foot for acting as a buffer ... yea right ... Sigh!

I'll be nursing my wound for a while .... Catch you all later!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's day!

How wonderful that there is a day designated to remembering those we love and how much they mean to us.

I have been fortunate this year to have many people around me that thought of me during this holiday.  Thank you so much for thinking about me. It means a lot to me.


It's been somewhat of a challenging time for me. Lot's of positive changes in my life. However, even thought they are positive and healthy changes, it is still challenging.

I came across this picture posted on Greg Braden's facebook page a while back. It provides a different perspective ...


I love that perspective! Spring will soon be here ... a time to bloom!

Thank you for following my blog. I so appreciate it!

Namaste!

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Vanilla Cranberry Scones ...!

I just love cranberry scones ... So I've been working on perfecting a recipe to give me a delicious Vanilla cranberry scone. It's been challenging, but I think I've got it!

THE RECIPE:
VANILLA CRANBERRY SCONES

2-3/4 cups Flour (I use King Arthur all purpose)
1/2 cup of Sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt (non iodized)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup cold butter (one stick)
1/2 cup Cranberries (I use frozen)
2 large Eggs
2 Teaspoon Vanilla extract (I use Nielsen Massey)
1/2 cup of cream or milk

TOPPING

2 teaspoon of milk
Demerara sugar (crystal sugar)

Preheat the over at 425F - bake 20-25 minutes

TRICKS AND TOOLS:

I like to work with a "mise en place" which means to put everything in place. It is a technique I learned when I started baking bread from scratch. By having all of my ingredients in place, I don't have to worry about missing anything ... did I add the salt?

"Mise en place" simplifies things ... yea some of you might say ... but that just creates more dishes to wash. Yes, but well worth it. Besides, I have come to enjoy doing the dishes. My mom never asked any of us kids to help wash the dishes ... we were free to play. I asked her recently about this and she said "doing the dishes was my quiet time, a time for reflection" I get it!

A great tool to have for any recipe that requires cutting in fat is a pastry cutter.


Because we will be working with cold butter, you want a sturdy one. There are two types of pastry cutter, the one that looks like a whisk is actually used for cutting in soft fats. Never use that one with hard butter, you'll trash it.

After you've mixed your dry ingredients together (I use a whisk),  add the cold butter.


Once the butter is cut into small chunks, the fun part starts! lol

With your bare (clean) hands, find the chunks and smash/flatten each chunk of butter. They should all look like this:


This will create layers in your scone ... flakier scones.

Add the cranberries. I tend to purchase cranberries in season, wash and freeze them. By using frozen cranberries, they will not break down and colour your dough while you are mixing.


Now add the liquids ... mix. Do not over mix. The goal is NOT to develop the gluten strands.


On a lightly flour surface, work the batter lightly and create the desired shape. In my case, I use a scone dish so I shape my dough into a scone circle.


I use the underside of my scone dish to mark the size of my pieces.


Place the Scone Circle on the dough and gently press to create an indentation


Cut on the lines


Place the wedges in the scone dish. Baste the scones with milk and sprinkle with a form of sugar crystal.


Voila! Delicious scones!


I hope you enjoyed this post. Drop me a note and let me know!

Catch you all later! Cheers!

Monday, January 21, 2019

Baby ... It's cold outside!

We had a wonderful snow storm this weekend that lasted well into Sunday. Not sure how many inches of snow we received. It was so windy, all I know is that I shoveled three (3) feet of snow ...

Today, is quite windy and brrrr!


A perfect day to sit with a latte and read the new cookbook I recently bought .... The Red Truck Bakery Cookbook


Interesting read with lots of wonderful recipes. I myself love a cookbook filled with pictures and stories related to the recipes.

Given how cold it is today, it was a perfect day to try the Howdy Neighbor Muffin recipe. It did not disappoint.


OMG ... they were delish!

Catch you all later! Cheers!
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