Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Good Bye 2013

It's been a great year.  I didn't lose the weight I wanted, and we had some very rough patches as a family, but we made it through, lots of tears might have been shed, but we are still together as a family, and still working it out.

I didn't hit many personal goals, I'm not as organized as I want to be, but my home is slowly coming along.  I took the first steps - I started throwing away furniture that was well beyond it's life span.  Well beyond.  Like it should have been thrown away 5 years ago.  Like I was embarrassed that the trash men had to pick it up and put it in the truck.  Paperwork - when it comes to my desk, I take care of it.  I bought a scan-snap ... best thing I think I've ever purchased - this year - not much paperwork is going up to the attic, it's getting scanned and shredded - love it.  It will always be available at my fingertips - and I back up my computer each day - so no chances of losing it !

All 4 kids went to school this year.  Made myself a promise - once taxes were done, I'd spend some time each day on home repairs or decorating or just deep cleaning, and I'll give myself permission to find time to sew every single week !  More time on me this year, even if I have to say no to some commitments - I've begun to rethink what is really important - my friends, my family - those that love me, and those that I can count on ...  other than that - I have no one to impress.  I want my kids to remember non-stop games of Monopoly, and shooting bow and arrow with mom, not a mom that is tied to her desk day after day.

So good-bye to 2013.  2014 is going to be great - and I'm going to live every single minute of it !

Sunday, December 8, 2013

40 Minute Hamburger Buns

These are so EASY and they are AWESOME!

Made these last night when the kids decided they wanted hamburgers for dinner.  I had some frozen (I make batches and then freeze individually - that way they are already season with fried onions, garlic and spices) - but didn't have any rolls.  Tonight - we were going to have fish - but because of this beautiful snow storm - Sham can't get home, so we'll have egg sandwiches on rolls and save the fresh fish until tomorrow !

40-Minute Hamburger Buns Recipe
40-Minute Hamburger Buns Recipe photo by Taste of Home
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + resting Bake: 10 min.
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water (110° to 115°)

  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 195 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 204 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add oil and sugar; let stand for 5 minutes. Add the egg, salt and enough flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 3-5 minutes. Do not let rise. Divide into 12 pieces; shape each into a ball. Place 3 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  3. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Bake at 425° for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 1 dozen.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Coming to the end of 2013

Wow - this year went by fast.  My oldest is graduating in summer next year ... how the heck did that happen ? 

I didn't get nearly as much sewing and quilting as I wanted.  I didn't get to go on any retreats with my friends.  I didn't even get much of a vacation with my kids - just a week in Michigan, which was more than fun, but more for my Dad than for me or the kids.

This year - some of the same goals as usual -

  • Loose Weight (wonder if I'll ever have a year where that isn't a priority)
  • Spend More Time with Family (I've been having dinner one on one with the kids - enjoyable!)
  • Quilt My Stash - and there is plenty of it !  I always want to have a couple baby blankets on hand - for last minute gifts.  Right now I have nothing !
  • Cook More - which goes along with menu planning and grocery shopping !
  • Home Redo - one room at a time - it's started - we'll see what gets done
  • Stay in Contact with Friends - with the convience of the Internet - sometimes I forget it's nice to just pick up the phone and say Hi !  This year I'm going to try skyping more often so we can chat face-to-face
  • One Blog Post a Week - I was going to say each day, but that's pushing it - but I will try for at least one a week !  With pictures !


What are some of your goals this year ?  Share - maybe I'll find something else to focus on !

Monday, November 4, 2013

A New Start

My husband and I had a long talk last night.  I had gone ahead and purchased a Vitamix 5200 for his mom, because he's leaving to go see her soon.  He wanted to make sure he knew how to work it, so I unpacked it, and got it all set up.  He made himself a smoothie.  He was sold.  He asked why I had never bought one for home - and I explained - they are expensive.  The one I want - the Vitamix 750 Pro, runs about $650.  Then we thought about it - we all could be eating much healthier - how many times do we grab a bowl of cereal simply because it's quick and easy.  Or a "healthy" bar, like a luna bar or a cliff bar - because we just don't have time for a meal. 

Vitamix 5200s Black : Featuring Variable Speed Control and Large Capacity 64oz Container - Also includes Getting Started Plus Recipe Book, Instructional DVD, and 7 Year Warranty!


So - I splurged today.  Not only did I buy a Vitamix 750 Pro, but also bought 2 extra containers (one wet and one dry - they were on sale for $50 each), new bread pans, a 50 lb bucket of white wheat berries, and some  new bread pans.  Now I know my Vitamix will mostly be used for smoothies.  I'm good with that.  But how nice will it be to have fresh ground flour, fresh breads, and fresh baked goods to serve my kids as well. 

Vitamix Professional Series 750 with 64 oz container, Brushed Stainless Finish

I know Amazon will probably have these on sale in the next month for the holidays - but I just didn't want to wait any longer.  I'm hoping to start posting new recipes, new pictures and creative new ideas to use my Vitamix for - and with all my new found free time, maybe, just maybe, my sewing machine will get uncovered again !

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Design Wall Monday

It's been so long since my sewing machine was uncovered !  But now, the fish pond is clean, the pool is open and solar covered, the garden has been started, the lawn is mowed, the laundry is spinning, the dishes are washed .... and it's raining !  So ....

I actually completed one block, and will start working on another.  I'm loving this bright quilt - this one will NOT be a gift - it's going on my bed one day !

Updated - I finished another block !  And ... I checked the forecast - it's supposed to rain off and on all week - wonder what I should work on next !



To see what others are working on - Check out Judy's blog at Patchwork Times. 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Good News Thursday

Another week went by - and get this - I went to yet another spa !  I am a secret shopper, and one of my assignments this week was a shop at a casino.  While it wasn't as grand as the Red Door Spa last time, it was nice to get away from the kids for an evening.  While the hubster and I again didn't have dinner together, we did spend the morning together ordering room service and having breakfast in bed ! 
While they didn't have any King Size beds left when I checked in, so I had to settle for 2 doubles, we did spend some time alone in the Jacuzzi's and the swimming pool before going to the spa, so it was a successful day to reconnect.  Oh, and I got paid for spending some time with the hubster - can't beat that !

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Good News Thursday

Although it's not Thursday anymore - but I was lucky enough to spend a couple days away from home on a little mini-retreat.  Of course, with 4 kids at home, I still stopped by one day (we were only 15 minutes away) and kept in constant contact, but overall it was wonderful to just relax.

We stayed at Harrah's Waterfront Hotel and Casino.  We don't gamble, so it was simply to relax and enjoy ourselves.  The hubster had to work both days, and had tennis matches both nights, so I was mostly on my own.

Day one consisted of a pedicure for me.  If you've never been to the Red Door Spa - I urge you to go!  It's more expensive then your local nail place - but it's soooo worth it.  Next time I'll make my appt. on a day where I can also use the spa ... more on that later !

Dinner on day one consisted of me going to our local Olive Garden - with a stop at home to drop off sodas and a credit card so the kids could order pizza the next day.  I ate my dinner back at the hotel, and the hubster ate part of his a few hours later (we found a fridge disguised as part of a dresser - behind doors - classy!

Day Two - I woke to a beautiful sunrise - this was the view from our room on the 38th floor. 



Beautiful.  After a breakfast of leftovers from Olive Garden - I decided to check out the pool.  The hubster had to leave as he was expecting an appliance delivery at one of our rentals.  The pool was also magnificent -

Although I did learn that in order to have a lounger type chair - you either need to get there pretty early, or else reserve one the day before for $10.  I found a table and a booth and chairs, so I made myself comfortable - if I had found an empty lounger - it would have been a perfect day all around.  The hubster made it back around 3 - tried the pool which was cool, spent a few minutes with me in the jaccuzzi - which was a warm 102°, and then went next door to the Red Door Spa to check out what they offered (with our Living Social Deal we had 2 free day passes!)  He was back about 90 minutes later encouraging me to go - he had to leave for yet another tennis match - so I went.  The hot tub was wonderful, and much quieter since it was women only.  The steam room was awesome as was the sauna.  Love the robe and slippers - I could have spend way much more time here. 
Dinner the final night was at the waterfront buffet.  The hubster made it back in time to eat with me - it was nice.  One guy cooked me a perfectly rare steak, hard to find these days when everyone burns the crap out of your meat so that there is no chance of any diseases.  The seafood was good.  The desserts awesome of course.  I will be going back again - soon if Living Social posts any kind of deal!  But until then, I'll just relax with my memories, and work outside getting the yard ready for summer - and burn off all those awesome desserts !


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Get It Done - April 2013

With all the Championship Swim Meets I had to attend in March - there wasn't one free weekend.  April should be better - next swim meet isn't until the end of May - so should be able to complete a few of the things I was supposed to do - here was my beginning list of the year -

  • Continue working on Amanda's quilt.  Have at least 8 of the blocks completed
  • Stay caught up on both BOM's I've signed up for (of course, April 1, I decided to sign up for yet another BOM - that makes 3 ??)
  • Get the taxes ready and dropped off to the tax man DONE
  • Use Plan to Eat more often and plan healthier menus  

These were the Items I wanted to get done in March -

  •  Continue working on Amanda's quilt.  (Didn't work on it at all during March)
  • Stay caught up on both BOM's Behind One - Two months
  •  Use Plan to Eat more often and plan healthier menus  - Another Big NO for the Month
  • Participate in Judy's What's Cooking Challenge each week - And Another No for the Month
So - For April I'm sticking to my March's Items - but adding one more
  •  Continue working on Amanda's quilt. 
  • Stay caught up on both BOM's 
  •  Use Plan to Eat more often and plan healthier menus 
  • Participate in Judy's What's Cooking Challenge each week
  • MOVE MORE - Garden, Gym, Yard - whatever it takes !


The What's Cooking challenge is pretty simple - Judy names an ingredient, and we all try and come up with a recipe using that ingredient.    The ingredient for next week, Week 14, is “something with Ranch Dressing Mix”. The ingredient for the following week, Week 15, is “Cook something with Rice”.  It can be white rice, sweet rice any kind of rice and it needs to be used in a dish, not something served over rice!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Pastitsio

Judy at Patchwork Times challenged us a few weeks ago to use cinnamon in a new way.  While I've made Macaroni Bechamel many a time - I found someone on another blog (Spiral) posted a similiar recipe called Pastitsio - so I'm going to try it tonight.  I'll substitute some ground turkey from some of the ground beef though - and take pictures later !

PASTITSIO - Greek 'lasagna'

1 lb macaroni
1 Tbl olive oil
1 lb ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
2 8-oz cans tomato sauce
salt and pepper
2 Tbl dried parsley
1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 Tbl butter
1/2 cup flour
2 cups milk
2 eggs
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Cook macaroni according to package directions. 
Drain and toss with 1 Tbl olive oil.
Spread into a 9 x 13 baking pan to create the first layer.

Meanwhile, brown ground beef and chopped onion in a large skillet.
Drain excess fat from pan.
Add tomato sauce, salt and pepper, parsley and cinnamon to browned meat, and stir all together.
Simmer meat mixture over low heat for about 15 - 20 minutes.

While meat mixture is simmering, make cheese sauce layer:
In a medium saucepan, melt butter over low heat.
Whisk flour into melted butter.
In a slow steady stream, whisk milk into flour until smooth.
Increase heat and cook, mixing often, until mixture is thickened and bubbly, about 6 to 8 minutes.
Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool briefly while layering meat mixture over pasta in baking pan.
Stir beaten eggs and grated parmesan into milk mixture and combine all thoroughly.
Pour cheese sauce over meat layer in baking pan, covering all completely.

Bake at 375* for about 40 - 45 minutes, until top is browned.
Allow casserole to sit for 10 minutes before serving.

 8 - 10 hearty servings

Get It Done - March 2013

Hmmm - February really flew by.  I had to go back and see what I posted to get done during the month -

  • Continue working on Amanda's quilt.  Have at least 8 of the main blocks completed (started)
  • Stay caught up on both BOM's I've signed up for DONE
  • Get the taxes ready and dropped off to the tax man DONE
  • Use Plan to Eat more often and plan healthier menus  a big NO on this one

March gives me yet another opportunity to try and stay on track so my goals for the month of March

  •  Continue working on Amanda's quilt.  Have at least 8 of the main blocks completed
  • Stay caught up on both BOM's
  •  Use Plan to Eat more often and plan healthier menus 
  • Participate in Judy's What's Cooking Challenge each week

The What's Cooking challenge is pretty simple - Judy names an ingredient, and we all try and come up with a recipe using that ingredient.  The next few weeks include
The ingredient for next week is:

Week 10 – Orange Juice

Week 11 – Honey

Week 12 – Squash – some kind of squash you don’t normally use.

Orange Juice .... I'm thinking scones.    Of course, Honey, and I'm thinking scones again.  Ever since I broke out the cast iron scone pan - I'm always thinking scones.  I'll come up with something.

March is a busy month.  Not only do I celebrate my birthday, along with thousands of little green men bearing me buckets of gold, but my daughter has 2 major swim meets - Junior Olympics, which I know she should do well in, and Sectionals.  It's her first time qualifying for a meet like this.  Most of the swimmers she'll be going up against are way much older, and probably way much faster.  The meet is a good 7 hours away.  So 2 weekends spent away, I'll need to find time during the week to keep up with goals #1 and #2  !!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Armenia Cookies (Dates and Peanut Butter)

Found these on Facebook posted by
THE ART OF ARMENIAN & MIDDLE EASTERN COOKING
 If you have any interest in Middle Eastern Cooking - I highly recommend you "Like" his page - he posts the best recipes - along with pictures !  This one looks really close to my Date/Nut roll - so I figured I'd give it a try for Valentines Day !
ARMENIAN SPICE COOKIES WITH A TWIST "

COOKIES FILLED WITH DATES AND PEANUT BUTTER

Cookie-base

2-1/2 cups A/P flour
½ cup fine semolina
¾ cup sugar
¾ tbsp baking powder
½ tsp each: ground cinnamon, cloves, mahlab, nutmeg
Dash sea salt

2 eggs
1 cup milk
½ cup vegetable oil

Preheat oven 3250F. Prep middle rack and parchment-lined sheet pan.

Measure and add all dry ingredients into a large bowl. Whisk together the liquid ingredients; fold wet and dry ingredients together.

Bring the cookie dough together and make a boule. Wrap in plastic wrap, allow to rest in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the date and peanut butter filling.

Date and peanut butter paste filling

1-1/2 heaping cups dates, chopped
¼ cup peanut butter, or more to taste
2 tbsp orange honey
1 tbsp vegetable oil

Place all ingredients in heavy duty mixer. Process until mixture becomes a pasty ball. Wrap in plastic wrap, place in refrigerator, until ready to use.

Forming the cookie
On a clean work surface, using a rolling pin, roll out the date and peanut butter paste to about 4” x 12”; set aside.
Roll out the cookie dough into a rectangular 12” x 15” or a bit larger pending on how thick you want to cookie.

Place the date and peanut butter paste roll at the closest edge of the 12” rectangular cookie dough, and roll, jelly-roll style.

Place seam-down, then cut ¾” thick slices, and place each slice face up on parchment-lined cookie sheet.

Bake in preheated 3250F oven for 15-18 minutes or until top is lightly golden.

Remove from oven. Place them immediately on cooling rack. Allow to cool completely before storing.

Store cookies in plastic wrap, in refrigerator.

Lebanese Ka'ak


Ka'ak can refer to a bread commonly consumed throughout the Near East that is made in a large ring-shape and is covered with sesame seeds. Kaak is the street bread that Tripolitan love more than anything else. Widely sold by street vendors, it is usually eaten as a snack or for breakfast with za'atar. Kaak is delivered to all the cart vendors throughout the city.  You buy it and they will fill it with a choice of zaatar or cheese.  




When we visit Egypt - the bread dude always comes down our street - especially when he knows we're there !  Doesn't matter what floor we're on (our family home there has 5 floors) - he'll call out until we answer.  If we are upstairs - we simply toss some $$ in a basket and lower it down to the street from an upstairs window.  He always fills the basket with way more than we've paid for!  When Ramadan comes - we make sure to give him more $$$ then it's possible to give us bread - and if he has one of his children with him, we always send one of our own kids down with money for the kids to buy sweets and a gift for his mum ! 

INGREDIENTS:

2 package active dry yeast ( if I am using 120gm of wild yeast starter I use less yeast)
1 1/2 cups warm water (105 to 115 degrees F)
1 1/2 cups lukewarm milk (scalded, then cooled)
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon salt 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
6 1/2 - 7 cups all purpose flour
1 egg +1 teaspoon water
3/4 cup sesame seed

PREPARATION:

Dissolve yeast in warm large bowl. Stir in milk, sugar, salt, oil and 3 cups of the flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to make dough easy to handle. Turn dough onto generously flour surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 7 minutes. Place in greased bowl; turn greased side up. Cover; let rise in warm place until double, about 50 minutes. Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched. Punch dough down to release the gas, gather again and let it rest for the second time till doubled. Be very patient and let the dough rest for couple of hours or even more... divide to 8 equal parts. Roll over some wheat or bran flour to get more authentic , and texture shape, either the shape of a round handbag, (this is what we used to call them when we were children) or into long rope; moisten ends with water. Bring ends of rope together, and pinch to form rings about 6 inches in diameter. Beat egg and 2 teaspoons water with fork. Spread sesame seed on dinner plate. Brush each ring with egg mixture; dip into sesame seed. Place rings, sesame seed side up, on large greased cookie sheets. Cover loosely; let rise until double, about 30 - 1 hour for the rings, for the rounds let them rest again, at least two hours more. Cover the baking tray with plastic to keep them moist.

Heat oven to 500F . ADD the baking trays upside down and warm them in the oven as well, When the oven is ready, lower the heat to 450F . sprinkle some wheat or bran on the trays and carefully move the kaak and Bake them for 20 to 25 mimutes or until golden brown and puffed.

a deep pan with water in it will also help crunch the kaak and give a nice golden color

suggestion on serving the kaak: open the pocket from the back and sprinkle oregano mix (zaatar) or Sumac, or mix sumac and Dakkah . Also good with Halloumi Cheese, or Cream Cheese

Recipe by Phoenician Gourme

Show Us Your Socks

Judy at Patchwork Times hosts different challenges on different days.  Thanks to her, I usually always try and get a little bit of sewing done each week, as well as try at least one new recipe to share.  This year she's also hosting a "Show Us Your Socks" day.  I don't knit .... I've tried, and I ended up with a very functional pair of slippers.  I'm assuming the yarn I used was way too thick for socks.  I've tried sock yarn, but ended up regifting it .... One day when I have the patience to sit and learn I'll You Tube enough videos until I know what I'm doing, but until then, there's Etsy!  I bought these wonderful socks for my daughter - Seahawks is her swim team.  Luckily - she didn't like them, she likes super thin socks - so now they are mine ! 

Monday, February 4, 2013

Design Wall Monday

This week I don't have much to show on my design wall.  No new BOM's came this week - so I started working on Dan and Amanda's quilt.  The colors are much more subdued than my usual choice - but it's fun making something that I know will be loved by someone as special as Dan and Amanda.

These are the 4 corner blocks
These are the centers of the 12 middle blocks

I did get into the kitchen over the weekend as well.  I woke up really early Saturday morning craving scones - so figured I'd try out my new cast iron scone pan I bought last year - love it !!!  To see what others are working on, visit Judy's blog at Patchwork Times !


Friday, February 1, 2013

Getting It Done - Month Two

Judy at Patchwork Times has challenged us each month to make a list of a few items that you want to get done that month.      Here was my list from January -


  • Finish first 3 BOM for Moon Glow Quilt.  I love this BOM.  I want to stay on top of it, so that when I receive the finishing kit sometime at the end of this year, I can box up the top and ship it off to the quilters !  DONE
  • Hem Adam's pants.  As a mom that can sew, I feel terrible when my son's pants are dragging on the ground.  He's a tall boy - not real sure why his pants are so long - but I do need to get those pj's hemed !  DONE
  • Work on the color challenge from last year.  Judy from Patchwork Times also issued monthly challenges last year to create a quilt using colors from different photos.  I did one - designed it, and worked up many of the blocks, but didn't finish.  It's a quick and easy block to make up, so I'd like to at least work on it.  I'm not putting down that I want to finish it - because honestly I'm not real sure how much is left to do
  • Start designing a quilt for Amanda.  She recently got married to the man who has cooked dd#2's birthday dinner for the last 3 years in a row.  I love this couple, and need to design them a special quilt.  She likes more muted colors than I usually work with - but I'll make her whatever she wants to match her living room ! DONE

I am happy that I did get 3 out of 4 finished. I also completed a baby quilt along the way that was gifted to one of dh's friends.   As for why I didn't finish #3 - I actually began working on the quilt for Amanda - so they actually may get it this year.  I also sent out some emails looking for a long arm quilter - I think I found one that is very much like Margaret (my old long-armer)so I'm happy !  My list for February

  • Continue working on Amanda's quilt.  Have at least 8 of the main blocks completed
  • Stay caught up on both BOM's I've signed up for
  • Get the taxes ready and dropped off to the tax man
  • Use Plan to Eat more often and plan healthier menus  

Pretty good list - I really should be able to do this.  To see what others are working on, check out Judy's blog at Patchwork Times

Friday, January 25, 2013

Design Wall Monday

I know it's only Friday, but the way my weekends have been going lately - it's better early then never!  To see what others are working on - check out Judy's blog at Patchwork Times.

Finished the 3rd and 4th blocks of my Moon Glow BOM.  I really like BOM's because I make myself stay caught up - never letting myself get more than a month behind.  That way, at the end of the year, I'll have 2 really nice size quilts to get shipped off to a quilter (which, I'm still looking for a replacement for Margaret .... VBS) 

Right now the quilt is darker than I thought it might be - I'm hoping when all the blocks are together it might pop more, but I still love the overall look of the quilt.  Not sure I'll be able to gift this one when finished. 


Show Us Your Socks

Judy at Patchwork Times is also hosting a "Show Us Your Socks" - just visiting all the links posted makes me really wish I could learn to knit.  One day when the kids are grown and gone, I'll sit myself down with a pair of needles and some You Tube videos and really concentrate on learning how, but until then I'll amuse myself with fuzzy socks, and hand knit socks that I bought from Etsy sellers!  I have found some wonderful Etsy sellers lately - that don't even charge extra when having to knit a pair for my oversized 13's !

These are my most favorite fuzzy socks.  Fuzzy socks are worn in the a.m.'s - especially in the winter.  I get up, slather on some 100% cocoa butter, and then throw on my socks.  My heels get a tad bit softer (not too much, comes from wearing flip flops .... even in the snow!) and as a bonus my hands are semi waterproof for the rest of the morning !


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Design Wall Monday

First 2 blocks done of my Around Times Square Quilt - done !  I really, really like these colors.  This is going to be a large quilt, over 100 x 100 - so once it's finished I'll be able to add all that fabric to my used numbers - but for now - I'm happy to have something to share for Design Wall Monday hosted by Judy at Patchwork Times. 

Another swim meet this weekend - Sr. Elite ...  so I'm posting this early and will link from the hotel!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Design Wall Monday

Design Wall Monday - hosted by Judy at Patchwork Times - keeps me inspired to sew.  Well, I'm always inspired to sew, but the DWM challenge makes me find TIME to sew each week.

This week - I have to finish the block I'm currently working on for my Moon Glow Quilt,

























because my first block for the AROUND TIMES SQUARE BOM that I signed up for arrived in the mail this weekend while I was out attending a swim meet with Leenah.   Oh, how I hope the hubster decides to go to work early today so I can get these other rugrats on the bus and I can get to sewing ...



Friday, January 11, 2013

First Finish - 2013

No name for this quilt - The hubster asked me to have a baby quilt ready by Friday .... he asked me this on Monday - when I already had 3 sick kids !  By Tuesday, all 4 kids were sick as well as the hubster - yet I still managed to find enough time between Dr.'s visits and ginger ale runs to whip up a cute flannel Winnie the Pooh quilt.  At least I have something to show for 2013 already !

Stash Report Week 2

I am happy to say that I've got one quilt completed for 2013  !  Of course, the bad news is I ordered the fabric for another quilt.  It's a gift for a newly married couple who are both really close to my heart - they both work with special needs children - and are wonderful with Adam.  So - even though I have a finish this week and it can go in my used column - I have to add more to my added column - but I didn't order backing fabric yet - so it's almost a wash !

Used this Week: 5.5 yards
Used year to Date: 5.5 yards
Added this Week: 14 yards (Mandy's Quilt)
Added Year to Date: 14  yards
Net Used for 2013:  Added 8.5 yards

To see how others are doing busting through their stash, check out Judy's blog at Patchwork Times

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Happy Anniversary

This past weekend was the hubsters and I real anniversary.  We usually celebrate October 31st - the day we actually met - instead of the day we got married (yes, we married 2 months after we met - that was 4 children and many, many years ago - so I guess you can say I believe in love at first sight)

We didn't go out to dinner for our anniversary.  We did go out to lunch - he went out with some business associates, I went out with Leenah and Adam.  I think I had a better time.  I got him 3 bottles of EVOO - if I told him the cost ($50 bottle) he'd freak - but he really enjoys it - it's fresh - like only a few months old - including the time it spent on the boat getting over here.  It's green, green.  And I'll borrow it once in awhile.  He didn't get me a gift.  Never does.  In the beginning - that really bothered me.  Now - if I want a gift - I buy it.  That way I get what I want ...  I still have a wonderful London Fog wool coat he bought me ... I think it was for our first anniversary .... it was about 6 sizes too big.  I keep it as a reminder why not to be upset when he doesn't get me anything.  He doesn't have a clue.  I've been debating on whether or not to buy myself a Kindle  Chances are I will buy myself one - just waiting for the perfect sale.  Since everyone already bought Kindles for Christmas - I'm sure Amazon will offer a sale price .... soon !

But, I did get one anniversary present - from my son.  Most of you know that he was born a micro preemie.  Only by the grace of God is he here.  My friends all over the world prayed for him when he was born - whether they prayed at home, in a temple, in a church, in a mosque - in English, Arabic, Hindi, Spanish, Chinese - whatever their language - they prayed, and they kept praying the entire 3 months he was in the NICU - and it worked.  Anyway - because of his birth trauma - he did have some brain injuries - which have created learning difficulties that we work hard to overcome.  One of his problems is retention.  He can learn something today - and forget it tomorrow.  You can teach it to him a million times, and he still might forget it tomorrow.  You can see where this may lead to trouble when learning the correct way to swim.  But for my anniversary - he showed me that he can do whatever he sets his mind to.  Not only did he swim, but he swam so well that he finished in first place - well ahead of everyone else in his heat.  Yes, I give his coaches a ton of credit - the head coach on our team was his first one on one teacher - got into the pool with him, had the patience of a saint, I could never thank him enough.  His current coach is the sweetest lady I know.  She also knows of his problems, yet never seems frustrated at practice when she's teaching him the same thing over and over.  My life is amazing - and that's why a simple gift like this is all I needed for my anniversary


Monday, January 7, 2013

Stash Report, Week 1, 2013

Unfortunately - this is a very easy one for me to post ...

Used this Week: 0 yards
Used year to Date: 0 yards
Added this Week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 0 yards
Net Used for 2013: 0 yards

But - the hubster does need a baby quilt for a friend - that'll be good for next week if I can get it done !
 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

January 2013 - Getting it Done Challenge

Judy at Patchwork Times often inspires me to become more organized.  Will I ever have the neatly labeled food pantries and shelves of color coded fabrics that she manages to keep up with - probably not.  But she has issued a challenge to list 4 things that you'd like to accomplish each month - and I think that'll help me get right on track, with sewing at least !

  • Finish first 3 BOM for Moon Glow Quilt.  I love this BOM.  I want to stay on top of it, so that when I receive the finishing kit sometime at the end of this year, I can box up the top and ship it off to the quilters !
  • Hem Adam's pants.  As a mom that can sew, I feel terrible when my son's pants are dragging on the ground.  He's a tall boy - not real sure why his pants are so long - but I do need to get those pj's hemed !
  • Work on the color challenge from last year.  Judy from Patchwork Times also issued monthly challenges last year to create a quilt using colors from different photos.  I did one - designed it, and worked up many of the blocks, but didn't finish.  It's a quick and easy block to make up, so I'd like to at least work on it.  I'm not putting down that I want to finish it - because honestly I'm not real sure how much is left to do
  • Start designing a quilt for Amanda.  She recently got married to the man who has cooked dd#2's birthday dinner for the last 3 years in a row.  I love this couple, and need to design them a special quilt.  She likes more muted colors than I usually work with - but I'll make her whatever she wants to match her living room !
Here is the first block from Moon Glow - you can see from the colors why I love this quilt !