Thursday, February 26, 2009

No Mum, I'm fine.....

I never realized how many people I know actually read my little blog.

I called my Mum last night and her first words were "Are you ok? There's nothing new on your blog". Hmm, yes, I'm fine however just in that February funk of boredom.

Let's see, here's 3 random facts about me:

  1. My blood type is RHO negative
  2. I'm an only child
  3. I dread shopping for clothes. I know how can this be?

However, I do love shopping for fabric which I'll be doing with Quilting Newbie on Saturday, cause you know one of us will be getting the 20% birthday discount. Sadly, it won't be me.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Martha Stewart Living February 2009

Ever have this problem? She's more of a hindrance than help! This weekend I was able to get the back pieced and my quilt sandwiched and basted. Now I just have to decide on how I'm going to top-stitch it.

I like reading The Quilting Bookworm, Sara has a lot of great blogs listed on her sidebar. This is where I found another Sarah at Looking In. To justify her magazine subscription to Martha Stewart Living, she makes the effort to do one thing from each new issue. I thought this was a great idea!

I decided to make Cote de Boeuf With Hash Browns from the February 2009 issue.

My husband bought the beef from Halenda's. I only had one potato so I substituted with a sweet potato.

Everything turned out as well as I expected. However, this was way too rich of a meal for us. We both had a bit of a tummy ache after eating it. Separately, each dish would be great on their own with a nice side salad. If I ever made the Hash Browns again, I don't think I would saute the onions in the bacon drippings; olive or vegetable oil would be lighter tasting.

The steak was great even though as usual, I cooked it too long. The 10 minutes specified would have been perfect.
So that's about it, nothing exciting going on. Just the usual February dul-drums. See you soon!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Super Bowl Sunday!

Ah, another favourite day has arrived; Super Bowl XLIII Sunday is here! Particularly exciting this year since it's being held in Tampa, which is so close to where my parents winter in Largo, Florida. Should be a blast for all the oldies in the park down there!!

Flying Geese

I've been working on my quilt all weekend. I didn't get as far as I wanted to but I do have half of the strips sewn together and might get a few more done after posting this.

As random as I pulled and pieced these, you would think it would be hard to not have matching patterns and colours beside each other. I spent an hour mixing the rows before I found a pleasing pattern.

I really like seeing "stained glass" patchwork photos where you photograph the quilt top held up against a window.

This part is for Quilting Newbie, as per our discussion on Friday, I did mark a test square with both pencil and a Crayola Washable Marker. Result -- pencil was still visible however the Crayola Marker totally washed out.....YEAH!

On a sad note, my good friend Mark from work lost his Mother on Friday after a battle with cancer. I'm going to the wake this afternoon. Above is a recipe she gave me years ago. It's one of those fantastic Grandma, old-school CWL inspired squares. Remember those squares with the fruity marshmallows embedded in a squishy-cookie crumb; this is that recipe.

Potato Skins

Finally I will tempt you with the Super Bowl menu for today, Potato Skins, Panko crusted boneless wings, Nachos with cheese dip, Boy Scout Caramel popcorn from my nephew and Beverages!

Gee, I hope I don't see the 7 pounds I lost last month appear back on the scale tomorrow? Have fun and see you soon! GO (insert team name here)!! Whatever, we all know I only like it for the food and booze!