Thursday, November 29, 2007

Anyone in the mood for a drawing???

First off, I am finally feeling like my normal self (ok Sharon I can hear you snickering from here)! I worked a part day Monday, and part day Tuesday and I came home and felt absolutely horrible. Put my PJ's on and basically laid on the couch till today. Tuesday I decided I had enough of those pain pills and stopped taking them. I was doing such fuzzy thinking it was scary. Plain old Aleve seems to do just fine and today I am almost feeling perky. I am even thinking tomorrow morning I'm going to drag out a little Xmas spirit.

Thanks to everyone for all the well wishes. I know that's what did the trick. My bloggy friends have been so wonderful. I've been thinking of doing a drawing. I haven't had my 100th post yet....gee, I think I'm only at 37, but I've decided just because everyone is so darn nice that's a good enough reason to do a drawing.So here goes! This was a class I taught at the quilt shop about 8 years ago. It was a mystery quilt. The fabrics are all Hoffmans with the gold metallic in it that was so popular then, and a creamy gold background. It measures 46 X 65 and is quilted with metallic thread. After hanging in the shop I folded it up and tucked it inside a pillowcase and put it in my mom's hope chest and promptly forgot about it!

Back to the drawing! If anyone is interested in winning this quilt all you have to do is give me a comment and I will enter your name in the drawing. I will pick the winner the morning of December 12, so I can get it in the mail in time for Christmas!

Not much more to report on since I have just been laying around and being a slug! Here's a photo I took this evening from my sewing room window --- the sunset was so pretty!
Also thought I would do an update on my son and daughter in laws dog....see she can sit still, but boy does she have an attitude in this picture :-)!!!!!!
Lastly, Sharon's friend Kris is new to blogging and if you have a chance hop on over and give her a BIG bloggy hello....she's got a really cute blog. Well enough of my blabbering.........see you later gators :-)!!!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

I Love My Girls!

We had a bit of a scare the day before Saturday. My mother in law was taken to the hospital with what she thought were problems with her heart. Two years ago Thanksgiving she was hospitalized with a heart attack and she thought it was the same thing again. Turns out it was a problem with some medication that had been recently prescribed to her. We are all very grateful that she is OK and at home resting. They did a complete workup of her heart and everything looks wonderful, which is very good news to hear.

Here's my girls....... They were wonderful. They grated, they chopped, they stirred, they rolled, they baked and if it wasn't for them our day would have been pretty food less! The best helpers ever, and I told them they did such a good job next year they can take it away! Girls I so much appreciate the two of you. It made it easy for me not to worry. Of course dad did his thing with the bird on the barbi.......ymmmmmmmmy! Very tender! Everyone pitched in with the dishes. My son was even drying the china. And knowing that John's mom was feeling better, made the day perfect.
The kids decided they wanted to take a picture for their Christmas cards this year with their dog Bailey. As you can see she is a bit of a wiggle worm. Think we will have try another time :-)!
I am still really sore, but making progress. I'm going to try a half day a work tomorrow and see how that goes. After not doing much for a week I'm hoping it will feel good to be a little busy, we'll see. Thought I would give you the recipe for the pumpkin cookies my girl made. She got it from Enjoy!
Pumpkin Cookies
2 cups shortening
2 cups white sugar
2 cups canned pumpkin
2 eggs
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups all purpose flour
6 tablespoons butter
8 tablespoons milk
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup packed brown sugar
Cream shortening, white sugar and pumpkin. Add eggs and mix well. Sift together the baking soda, ground cinnamon, salt and flour. Add to pumpkin mixture and mix well. Drop from spoon to cookie sheet. Bake 10 minutes at
350 degrees.
To make frosting: cook butter, milk, and brown sugar until dissolved. Cool and add confectioners' sugar and vanilla. Spread over warm
cookies. These are very soft, cake like cookies.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Bring on the turkey!

Today is our big Turkey day. My family has been busy getting ready....the girls are cooking like crazy. My girl made the most yummy iced pumpkin cookies last night..........I am surprised there are any left with all the taste testing that was going on. Megan made a pot of garlic mashed potatoes that will be going in to the crock pot shortly not to mention 2 Famous Balls of Cheese! The Turkey just hopped on the barbi, dressing, gravy and cranberry sauce all ready to go! Thanks to my family for doing all the work while I lounge on the couch and of course do some blogging :-)!

Back to feeling better. I had a couple bumpy days, but I can see I just have to take it easy and not overdo. I just don't do well at sitting and especially this time of year. I would love to be pulling out my Christmas stuff like Miss Sharon, but that might just have to wait for a week. Got some great mail yesterday. My Santa letters arrived. Not a very good picture........cause they are way cuter then in person. Love the paper that Mika picked, very
vintage. You pick the words and give her your colors and she will make you the most wonderful words ever!You can reach Mika at, and if you haven't already visited her moms blog, Cherry Hill Cottage, you might want to take a visit. It's one of my favorite blogs.
I have had lots of questions about the pattern used for my Chocolate swap quilt that Carol made. Silly me, I thought it was a Buggy Barn pattern, but actually it is a pattern by Sandy Gervais called Tree Up! Lights On!
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

OK, moving forward!

Boy things can change so quickly. A week ago Turkey plans were foremost on my mind, but than things changed.........SHINGLES! Yucko. Today I feel quite a bit better. I spent a couple days just feeling really sick, that was until my good friend Carol (Nurse Carol) suggested I cut my pain pills in half and take a smaller dosage. That did the trick. Much better, much, much better. Thanks Carol. I know I have to take it easy, but at least I'm up off the couch and moving around. In fact I decided I wanted to go out for a bit, just for a change of scenery (something besides the family room :-)! Got out of my polka dot pj's and put on my favorite pair of shoes...polka dotted of course, and went out for a while. OK maybe not the best of ideas (ouch), but it was nice to be up and moving. I definitely will follow all of the doctors (and Nurse Carol's) orders. I want this to go away quick!

So I'm settled back down on the couch, back in my polka dot PJ's (nice and loose) and I hear the UPS Van. I know what that means. C H O C O L A T E!!! My chocolate swapping buddy Carol had alerted me that my box was on the way and sure enough..........
IT'S HERE! Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate...............sorry, I got a little sidetracked:-)! I haven't had any chocolate for well over a week. Part of the chocolate swap was to put the goodies in a handmade container. I open the box ......wait a minute.... I did just take a pain pill, OK half a pain pill, but what the heck this looks like a quilt! Inside the card Carol has signed "I hope you enjoy both the chocolate and the "container" "! This wonderful quilt being the container wrapped around the wonderful chocolate!

Wow, Carol the chocolate and quilt ...both amazing!. I love the Buggy Barn Trees and I have the perfect spot to display my new quilt, and the label on the back is very special. Hope the wonderful quilting shows up in the picture! You really made my day Carol! Once again, happy tears.......must be all the drugs! Thank you Sharon for hosting such a fun swap!

Thanks again for all the emails and guys are the best! I'm looking forward to Katie coming home Thursday night and spending lots of time with Katie, Megan and Matt, and then our big family Turkey Day on Saturday (the girls are taking over for me!) Hope that everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving spent with lots of family and friends and yummy chocolate.................whoops, I mean Turkey :-)!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Can't Thank Everyone Enough!

Sharon called me today to let me know about all the nice comments.....and I just don't even know what to say except THANK YOU!! Probably was the pain medication but I had happy tears. In the scheme of things this is minor and I know it will pass, but all your good thoughts and wishes have meant so much to me. The next time somebody tries to make me feel silly over blogging all I'll have to do is let them know about the kind thoughts and words from everyone! Thank you, thank you, thank you :-)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Turkey Day is Coming!

I would love to tell you that this is what I've worked on for this year and hope to have it done by next week.....but I have to admit I actually made it last year and all I need to do is get the buttonholing done! Seems easy enough, but I am hoping with some public humiliation that may encourage me to get it done! So come on girls, heap it on :-)!!!

Here's a picture of the little table topper that Carol and I bought at Festival and started in the hotel room. Just needs some primitive stitches plus some primitive quilting and it will be this one is doable :-)!! It's so hard to believe that next week is Thanksgiving. I can hardly wait... it's definitely one of my favorite days. Growing up it was always a big family doing and it's a tradition that I've tried to carry on for my family. I mentioned before the make ahead gravy recipe and I thought I would share it with you. It was passed on to me by my mom.

Roe's Make Ahead Turkey Gravy

4 turkey wings (about 3 to 4 lb.)
2 medium onions, peeled and quartered
1 cup water
8 cups chicken broth
2 medium carrots, cut in chunks
2 medium stalks of celery (with leaves) cut in chunks
4 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 tsp. dried
3/4 cup all purpose flour
2 Tblsp. stick butter or margarine
1 tsp. freshly ground pepper, or more it you like

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Put wings in large roasting pan, lay onions on top. Roast 1 1/4 hours or until wings are browned. Put wings and onions in a 5 to 6 quart pot. Add water to roasting pan and stir to scrape up any brown bits on bottom. Add to pot. Add 6 cups broth (refrigerate remaining 2 cups) the carrots, celery and thyme. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered
1 1/2 hours. Remove wings. When cool, pull off skin and meat. Save meat for another use. Strain broth into a 3 quart saucepan. Discard vegetables. At this point refrigerate overnight so the fat that rises to the top can solidify and be removed easily..the next day after you removed the fat bring broth to a gentle
boil in a saucepan. Whisk flour into the 2 cups of broth that you saved before
and blend till smooth. Add flour mixture to broth that is gently boiling and boil for 5 more minutes to thicken. Stir in butter and pepper. Serve or pour into containers and refrigerate up to 1 week or freeze up to 1 month.

Yummmmmy! You can doctor it up more if you like with different spices, but it is very good and makes about 8 cups.

This is a cute Fall snowman hanging that Carol made for me a couple years ago. I just love it and at least it's done :-)!
And Kim, yes my Monday group did meet tonight, which is
Monday and we got lots of gabbing done, some sewing and talked all about our Thanksgiving dinner plans! Hope everyone is enjoying Fall! Later gators!!!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Is It Monday or Friday?

Tonight was late night sewing for my Monday night group..........that was for you Kim :-)! Once a month we do late Friday night sewing complete with goodies to munch on. See the world famous ball of cheese right in the front!
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My Lucky Star quilt was back from the quilters - notice I said quilters.....we have two sisters that do quilting for us at the shop. Without exaggerating I have to say they are amazing....the quilting is so beautiful! You can click to enlarge the picture and see the wonderful feathers they put around the stars.
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Not much going on this weekend. A few bindings ready to go, and more Thanksgiving planning. Time to dig out the Turkey day recipes. I have a wonderful make ahead gravy recipe that was my moms that is made with turkey wings, so I need to get them ordered from the butcher. I worked on my chocolate swappers package tonight, so I need to get that finished up... oh yeah, and fill it to brim with yummy chocolate! Well it's way past my bedtime! Later gators!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Back to my routine!

Think I'm getting back in to the swing of things. Caught up on my sleep and worked my three days at the shop! Now I'm off for four days. I'm planning on gearing up for our Thanksgiving extravaganza!

Thought I would give a turning of color update on my trees-they just aren't cooperating this year! We have been having unusually warm days, so I'm afraid the beautiful show they normally put on is just not going to happen this year :-( !

Lots of pretty quilts to look at this week at the quilt shop. This quilt belongs to Jennifer in the Monday night group. The picture just doesn't do the quilt justice - it's so pretty.
All three of these quilts belong to Jan who comes to class on Mondays. They will be coming home with me for a while so I can get the bindings on them.

If you look closely, in the bottom picture my friend Carol's dog Chester is making an appearance! He's the best dog in the whole world and he loves to come to the quilt shop and greet all the customers.

Friday night will be another late night sewing with the Monday gals and I'm hoping to get both of my swap items done, if not the Chocolate police might come and get me .......YIKES!! Hope everyone is having a good week and getting lots of projects done!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Report From Festival!

And I thought Market was good :-)! Carol and I had the best time. We wasted no time when we got there. Landed in Houston around 3, picked up our car and headed over to our hotel. Amazing, we didn't even get lost...well we had a slight wrong turn, but it all worked out well and we got checked in. We were so excited to hear that they had added a shuttle bus from our hotel, so we immediately went down, got the bus and we were on our way! Right off we met the nicest ladies on the bus. Some with tales to tell from past festivals, and some like us, experiencing it for the first time. We were very close to the start of the line and the minute those doors opened we were off and running. Carol and I had a master plan ...........................power shopping, which proved to work quite well. We started a few isles over and starting zooming up and down, picking up things along the way -OF COURSE :-)! By the end of the evening we were definitely worn out.....................but, tomorrow would be a new day and we would be at it again.
A sighting of Sharon and our Lil Miss Doe in line. Those girls were so excited to get in they were moving all around! Actually I think I was the one doing the moving!
A view from overhead of Festival - only a small portion of all the vendors! So many
amazing booths!
Carol getting a picture from up top.......probably figuring out which booth we need to head to next!
This is Penny Sturges and Jill from Qtuiltsillustrated. Loved their booth and all the cute purse patterns.. They were so friendly and helpful. And see the cute quilt behind them, well I just had to have that kit! Love that Lakehouse fabric!
Here's the nice gals from Plain Janes's -
again cute booth and loved all their kits.
Carol and I found a really cute turkey table topper that we ended up working on in the hotel room - that is after chasing all over the festival looking for Wonder Under. What quilters won't do to get going on a project. We ran around so much we had to find a wall to lean against and take a break. Notice the health food - now that will give us more strength to carry on :-)!

A few more shots of festival. They don't like you to take pictures but I found a few willing souls! A couple weary quilters getting a back rub in the Medi-Rub booth!!!
The nice lady from The Sewing Studio........Carol and Ella (who we met a Festival) sharing fabric for a quilt they want to make.....fabric from the Sewing Studio.
And one of my favorite pictures, Carol's Haul!!!!
We had the best time and there are so many more stories to
tell, I could just go on and on. Not to mention thinking we
were going to crash on the plane ride home.................well that's another whole long story :-)!! I have missed you all, hope I didn't bore anyone too much!
Later gators!