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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving, whether you live in the U.S. or somewhere else, and whether you actually celebrate the holiday or not. I'll be headed to my daughter's house for our family dinner, and I'm taking the pumpkin pies and whipped cream, as well as cranberry relish and some wine for a holiday toast. I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a wonderful day and to hope that everyone has as much to be thankful for as I do. :)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Pistachio muffins

While my friends and I were in Houston recently, we "discovered" pistachio muffins. Oh my! They were so good! Unfortunately, Phyl and I were only able to get one each, and we've been drooling over the memory ever since. Phyl decided to do a Google search for recipes, and here you can see the results of the first one I tried. Or — most of the results, at least. My husband and I had to sample them, of course, and they're pretty darned tasty, though not quite as I'd remembered. If you're interested, the recipe is on the King Arthur web site.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Yes, yes, I know I said it was finished. However, while I was in Houston a couple of weeks ago, I found these cute little balls of wool. They're available in different sizes and in a rainbow of colors, but I bought small white ones for this. I think they make pretty good saguaro blossoms, don't you?

I flattened them slightly with my fingers and held the new shape in place with yellow thread before stitching each one onto my saguaro. Now it's really finished. ;)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

I've been quiet

but I've had good reasons. ;) First, I was away -- at the "really big show" in Houston! I don't have any photos to share, since I didn't get around to asking permission of the people in those photos, but rest assured that it was a wonderful several days. :) Four of us flew from Las Vegas to Houston on Wednesday, Nov. 3, and met with the fifth member of our group at the airport, as she was coming from Phoenix.

Our hotel wasn't quite ready for us, but we stashed our luggage in one room and headed to the convention center to check in and pick up our preregistration materials. Then it was off to the preview event and the marvelous expanse of gorgeous quilts and amazing vendors. We repeated our trip to the show each day until Sunday, mixing viewing quilts with browsing the vendors (and buying a certain number of useful items, of course!) and watching some of the Meet the Teachers presentations.

Three of us also had a class all day on Saturday. The class was *really* good, too; it was a class on techniques for finishing quilts, from corded piping to binding and facings and even to hanging sleeves. I know I'll be using those techniques a lot on my own quilts, so I'm very glad to have been able to attend this class and benefit from the ideas presented there.

Now I am headed to the sofa with a cozy quilt so I can nurse my sinus infection a bit. ;) That sinus infection is the second reason I've been so quiet; I just need to baby it a little.