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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Another cheesecake

This is a very busy time of year for our family. One adult daughter has a birthday in late April, the other adult daughter has a birthday in mid-May, and my husband has his birthday in late May. I'd add my mother-in-law's birthday (also mid-May) to the list, but she doesn't live here so I can't bake for her — though I used to, when we all lived in the same town. Since we all seem to prefer cheesecake to layer cake, it was time for yet another cheesecake this weekend. 

This time, I made one that was highly recommended by a good friend, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cheesecake. I'm not usually a fan of white chocolate, but you really don't taste it in this little bit of heaven. Wow! It's amazingly decadent — silky smoothness relieved by the bits of macadamia nuts. It was a hit! The recipe says it serves 12, but I'd say it easily serves 14-16, since it's so rich. I made it in a 9" springform pan, since my 10" pan leaks like crazy — no problems using the smaller pan. 

On the quilting front, I should have a finished project to show you in the next several days, if all goes well. I'm almost finished quilting the top I showed you here, and then I'll add piping and binding to finish it. Oh, and a label, too, of course. :)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

I hope everyone is having a relaxing day with their loved ones. :) I know I am. And yesterday one of our daughters came over with her SO to give me her gifts, since she has to work today. The gift that's easiest to show you is this gorgeous orchid plant. Isn't it the most scrumptious color? I love this shade of magenta! 

Soon my husband and I will be going out to lunch with the other daughter and her family, so it's shaping up to be a very nice day indeed. :)

Friday, May 11, 2012

Mats

Tea mats
Yesterday was the day for the regular meeting of my local quilt group, which is always fun. :) One of the members usually gives a "mini-class" for us to make something new, or we can simply work on our own projects and visit with each other. This time one of our more talented members gave a lesson on how to make an easy mat, including napkin tucked into a little pocket, that can be made with many different themes. Most of us used "coffee" or "tea" as the theme, but it could just as easily be a wine theme, a margarita theme, or even something completely unrelated to beverages, like a holiday. 

Coffee mat
Frustratingly, my lovely little Featherweight sewing machine, which I'd carefully cleaned and oiled prior to going to the meeting, decided to rebel yesterday. After much fiddling by several of us, I finally decided to throw in the towel and take the machine in for servicing. That left me with three of the little mats all cut out and ready to assemble, so that's what I did last night after I came home. Two of the mats I made are tea-themed and one is coffee-themed, and they will be gifts later in the year. Aren't they cute? They're just the right size for a small plate of snacks and a cup or mug of something to drink.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Cupcake Bag

Today is our granddaughter's fifth birthday! I can hardly believe she's five already, and she's the youngest of our five grandchildren. Yikes! Naturally, we bought her a toy that she wants, but then last night I decided I ought to make up this pattern for a Little Cupcake Tote I'd bought last January. I didn't have the fusible fleece called for in the pattern, but I really prefer Soft and Stable, anyway, so I used that. The bag was very easy to make, though I decided not to glue the "frosting" sections to the "cake" sections; instead, I topstitched them in place. I think our granddaughter will like this — especially since she loves pink! :)