Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Cooking ... a new passion!

I've always enjoyed cooking. In my late teens I was baking bread from scratch. I love to eat too! ... Good foods that it ... Not that I don't enjoy the occasional junk food, it's just that I would much prefer to eat at a nice restaurant rather than fast food.

I do love eggs but am not a hard boil egg kind of gal. I thought I would turn my love of eggs into mini frittatas. 

The recipe - Frittatas

6 eggs

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan or sea salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1 cup of cooked corn (I use frozen organic corn) 

1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese 

3 slices of crumbled bacon cooked (I use Organic humanely raised fruit smoked North Country bacon)

Preheat the oven at 350F

Butter your pan. Place the cheese, corn & bacon in the container of your choice. I use ceramic cupcake molds. 


Mix the first four (4) ingredients together. If you want a little heat, add a couple of drops of hot sauce.


Using a gravy ladle, pour the egg mixtures into your prepared cups. I fill the cups half way and mix the ingredients with the eggs.


I then pour the rest of the egg mixture into the cup and Bake at 350F for 20 to 25 minutes ... Voila!


Enjoy them warm or save them for later. They are great at room temperature. I grab a couple for lunch. You can also substitute the corn for what ever vegetable you prefer. I have done them with broccoli and also a batch with asparagus. Yummy!

Because I don't eat bacon much (as a matter of fact I only use it when called for in a recipe).. I freeze it as individual slices in a large ziplock bag. I use freeze paper (as a quilter I have tons of it) and place the strips layered between freezer paper. Works great, I just pull the number of slices I need. They thaw in no time.


Hope you enjoy this recipe. It's so easy and versitile.
Catch you all later! Bon Appetite!

Saturday, May 8, 2021

It's past getting old ....

 My brother posted this picture on my facebook wall that I thought pretty much described my present Covid life. lol


I haven't been up to much. Still plugging away at those hexe. 


I am running out of documentaries to watch/listen. lol I guess I'l just have to re-watch my favourites. I'm sure I've missed lots of important information! lol

Hope all is well with you. Thanks for stopping by! Catch you all later! Cheers!

Friday, April 30, 2021

Almond Cookies ... A retirement treat!

 I recently made a batch of Almond Cookies for a colleague retiring from my present work place. She loves Almond Cookies and I thought I'd bake a batch just for her. They were a hit!

Almond Cookies - The Ingredients

2 sticks unsalted butter room temperature

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon Vanilla extract

1 teaspoon Almond extract

2 cups unbleached flour (I use King Arthur Flour)

1 cup almond flour

Sugar coating

1/2 cup powdered sugar sifted

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Pre-heat the oven 350F. Combine butter, sugar, extract and salt and beat till light/fluffy. Slowly add the flour. After a bit the dough should come together. 

I use the orange Zeroll Universal EZ disher scoop, (purchased mine from King Arthur) which is a a bit larger than a teaspoon. I turn all of my dough into little balls.

I will then roll the ball into a log.


Turn the logs into crescent shapes and flatten them out. Of course you can shape them as you wish.


They are not perfect but once coated with the powdered sugar, no one will notice ;) ... I think! lol 

VERY IMPORTANT: Refrigerate the shaped cookies for at least 30 minutes prior to baking. This will help prevent spreading during baking.

BAKE at 350F for approximately 11 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack. Once cooled coat them with the powdered sugar.


Enjoy!

Monday, April 26, 2021

Insane or creative ... It's a fine line!

 Well, I managed to clean up the cutting table of the 1/2 inch hexagon project mess ... only to find myself distracted by the left over scrap strips from that nine (9) patch project on my cutting table... Squirrel!


Hum .... what did I want to make with the left over 1.25 inch muslin strips? A thought popped in my head ... that 1.25" bag of scraps that I was thinking of throwing out .... you know the one that found me on the edge of insanity?! lol

I grabbed that bag and messed up the clean cutting table ... so excited to think about starting a new project using 3/8" hexagons. 


I quickly went to work and pieced this little block for a grandmother flower garden pattern ... wall hanging size!


Not stopping there ... SQUIRREL! Hum .... I'd really like a grandmother flower garden in feedsack fabrics! 

Off I went into my sewing studio and pulled out the bins of feedback scraps and grabbed some bags of 5/8" hexagons templates.


Now, hold on a minute ... the idea was to use the 1.25 inch muslin strips ... they would look nice with the feedsack! 

Off I went to create this little block using 3/8 inch hexagons.


It's just so adorable and so happy .... the only problem is that I do not have a lot of small feedsack scraps to use. I have to cute them from the bigger scrap fabrics. In good conscience I should use up the 19th century reproduction scraps. I could make the 5/8" hexagons grandmother's flower garden quilt and use the scraps to make the smaller version. That's the future plan! I think!

Then, no sooner had I calmed my project enthusiasm did I come across a bag of one (1) inch strips of fabrics from the nine (9) patch quilt project .... Much too small for the 3/8" hexagon ... Oh wait a minute ...


There's that edge again .... or have I actually fallen into the abyss of insanity?! LOL

Thanks for stopping by! Catch you all later! 

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Monday, April 12, 2021

Still a mess ....

 I've been putting way too many hours at work ... all work and no play makes Carole a dull girl! Time for a change. I've taken a couple of weekends off to spend time with myself. 

The first thing I scheduled was cleaning out the sewing studio. It had become a dumping ground. I've been quite the scattered brain since Covid started and as you can imagine, there wasn't one surface in that room that wasn't covered with something. I also took the time to purge, but obviously, not enough. Sigh!


I have some kits left over from Fibre Junction days that I have no intention of piecing and thought I'd post them on Facebook market place. So far no bites ... the bite I did get (which makes me wonder why I even posted that in the first place) were 2 small Artbin boxes. Not sure it's worth my time to coordinate the exchange of goods. Oh well!

After the cleaning, I actually sat down in front of my sewing machine and started piecing a nine (9) patch quilt I had started cutting last year. I had cut up all of my reproduction charm packs (another attempt at de-stashing). Some were acquired at Market; new 19 Century reproductions fabric lines coming out etc. It will make a nice memory quilt. I'm using muslin for the nine patch block with 19 Century shirting as the alternate block.


Sadly, I did not have enough fabric to make another similar block, but I can make one that is different. I'm thinking of using those blocks to make a smaller quilt using prints in between the nine (9) patch blocks.


Seriously, what else could I do with that bin of scraps?


The pattern is from the book Preserving History by Julie Hendricksen. I love that book!  I also have another flying geese feedsack quilt project going from that same book. I did blog about it here and here.


I first saw the nine (9) patch quilt at Market and fell in love with it.


The original size of the block is 1.5" finished. NO way was I going to turn that into a queen size quilt. So I've increased the block size. It makes it much more manageable!


I haven't continued on that project because ... well my cutting table is still a mess from the hexe project.


I really do need to clean that up. I mean, I do have a fair amount of bags made up of hexe blocks to keep me busy for some time.

Well, that's pretty much it for now. Hope you are keeping busy! Catch you later! Cheers!

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Plugging away ...!

 I've been in a funky mood. Covid is getting old ... It feels like Ground Hog day ... I'm so eager for some change ... but, looks like it may take quite some time to happen ... sigh!

In the mean time, I've been stitching away on that 1/2 inch hexagon quilt. There's something about emptying a spool of thread ... Ah, what an accomplishment! lol

 

I've been hand basting the hexagons. This allows me to use spools of thread that I have no idea why I bought ... A hot pink hand quilting thread ... what was I thinking! Oh well, all gone!

I've been thinking of ways to remove the hexagon papers without causing too much damage to the template, allowing me to re-use them multiple times. The smaller the template, the harder it is to remove. To facilitate the removal of the small template, I use a 1/8" hole puncher and punch a hole in the middle.


In the past, I used appliqué pins to secure the template as I basted, but I found that to be cumbersome, damaging and prickly! Now I use a glue stick, which minimized the damage to the template. The trick to using glue is not to apply too much. You only need a little bit for the fabric to stick. 

At first, I used a pair of hemostat to remove the template.


I could not master the art of removing the template without creasing it to death. I lived with it for a while until an uncommon tool popped into my mind ... a seafood pick.


It fits beautifully into the hole.


And the template pops right out.

With minimal damage to the template, making it reusable ... Voila!

So far, I have a nice little stack of blocks completed.


What have you been up to? 

Thanks for stopping by. Catch you all later! Cheers!

Sunday, March 7, 2021

A free TV ... so it would seem!

Believe it or not, I have never owned a TV. I'm not one to sit and watch programs on the television. I mainly stream and pay for what I watch and do so on my lap top computer.

My friend, Mary, decided that she wanted a bigger television screen and gave me her small TV. I thought about whether I wanted a TV or not ... I mean, it is fun to watch people's reactions to "you don't own a TV?" Even my neighbour's grandchild made mention when he walked into my home "where's your TV?" lol

I gave it some thought and decided that it would nice to watch my programming on a larger screen rather than on my small lap top. Actually, because I tend to view documentaries, I don't really watch the program, I mainly listen to it. So, I gladly accepted the free television.

Voila!


Of course I cannot own a television without a dvd/blue-ray player ... then came the Amazon Fire Stick to stream from the internet. So all in all this free television ended up costing me $150.00! LOL I just think that's funny.

I have been enjoying the free one year subscription to the Food Network Channel that came with the Amazon Fire stick. I guess you can say I now listen/watch cooking shows too! lol

That's pretty much it for me at the moment. Hope all is well in your world!

Thanks for stopping by. Cheers!

Monday, March 1, 2021

Time to declutter .... Squirrel!

 I decided that I needed to uncluttered my quilting life. I have so much quilting stuff, some left over from the Fibre Junction days ... fabric and more fabric. I'm not sure what to do with it all except make more quilts. Not that it's a bad idea, but I already have so many projects going at the moment. For instance ...

This half inch hexagon English Paper Piecing (EPP) quilt ... started quite a while back ... perhaps 5 years ago. It's an ongoing project. The goal is to have a queen size quilt!

As I started to tackle the quilting studio, I came across a bag of 19th century reproduction (less than two (2) inches) fabric scraps. Squirrel! Great! I can get rid of the scrap bag by cutting the fabrics into 1.5" inch squares for this EPP UFO project I'm working on. Perfect way to purge! Off I went to start cutting ....

First I organized the scraps into colours, then started cutting ...


Realizing that the bag of scraps was not enough ... I reached for my bins of reproduction scraps.

As I was cutting the fabric, it dawned on me ... Why don't I also cut for that scrappy 3/8 inch hexe quilt that I have in mind to piece? 
Suddenly .... I realized that I was standing on the edge of insanity! At what point/size will I consider a piece of fabric trash? I quickly crabbed on to the ledge of my sanity and went about continuing to cut for that half inch hexe quilt. 

Shush! Don't tell anyone but I started a bag of 3/4" fabric scraps! Just in case I change my mind! LOL


Three days later ... I'm still at it ... 


Oh but I have a pile of fabric trash to show my progress ...

My cutting table is still a mess and the carpet needs a good vacuuming ... My quilting studio still needs purging .... but, I've got a bag prepped of hexagon blocks for when Chookyblue does her next Zoom quilting meet! lol


My hand piecing progress ... Queen size??? I may have to rethink that!


At what point/size do you consider fabric trash? 

Ever since I started to English Paper Piece, I have a difficult time throwing fabric away. You just never know! The smallest EPP hexagon is 1/4 inch! Turn that into a queen size quilt! ROFLOL

Thanks for stopping by! Catch you later! Cheers!

Thursday, February 18, 2021

A different type of piecing .....

 Not sure if any of you know this, but I'm such a Lego fan. As a matter of fact, I have to be careful when I go on their site ... I can easily drop quite a few dollars in no time. 

Funny thing, Pumpkin loves Legos too. At first, I would indulge my love of Legos by buying her sets. Now, I just buy for myself ... like last week! lol


Pumpkin came up a couple of weekends ago and we decided to continue working on the Saturn V rocket. We started the rocket late July 2020. There were 14 Lego bags total for building the model. The first seven (7) bags was just for the first stage! 

Working on the other stages of the rocket went much quicker. We were done in a couple of hours. Voila!

The little astronauts by the Lunar Module are to scale. You can just image how huge the rocket is. All of the stages stack together just like the real one. It's so cool!

Once the Saturn V rocket was built, we went shopping for more Legos! lol Pumpkin fell in love with the tractor ...

I've always wanted a tractor! I guess that will do for now! lol

Last but not least .... Here's T

Better watch it ... he's scary. So much so that Stella did one of her funky black cat jumps when she saw T. It was hilarious to see! lol

Well, I do hope you are keeping well. Thanks for stopping by! Catch you all later!

Friday, February 5, 2021

Tear down the wall ....

I've been in a quiet mood as of late. I seem to be listening to a lot of older music ... music from my teens. Pink Floyd ... The Wall has been a constant play ... album style!


Just sitting ... quietly listening with Stella getting some lap time.


I've been mindful of spending time with my kitty. She was recently diagnosed with stage 2 kidney failure. She's now on a special kidney friendly diet that I'm hoping will stabilize her condition and allow her more time on this good earth.


She is such a wonderful companion and quite the character! Spunky nut case at times! lol

Thanks for stopping by! Catch you all later! Cheers!

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