Yes, I know that my last post was about food, but this one will be, too. Two of my grandsons are spending quite a bit of time with me lately while their mother is out of town on business. Everyone knows that grandsons need snacks after school, so I've been baking. It's for them, of course; that's my story, and I'm sticking to it! ;)
I recently ran across a recipe that claimed to be for the best chocolate chip cookies ever, due to a not-so-secret ingredient, so I gave that a try. I whipped up the cookie dough yesterday and baked the cookies today. I have to admit that they're pretty tasty and passed the grandson-test with flying colors. Interested? The recipe is here. I think some variations might be really good, too: perhaps some chopped nuts or some dried cranberries or raisins?
DH and I like to go out to dinner about once a week, and guess what we had last night! Yum!
I love sushi, and this was just one of the varieties we chose this time — crab, avocado, spicy tuna (not too spicy, of course), with wasabe and ginger. The other ones we ordered disappeared too quickly for me to get a photo. LOL! Yup — I do love sushi. :)
You may recall this post (with the misspelled jacket name). I've been working on the Elecktra (correct spelling for the pattern) jacket with the hope of finishing it in time to wear for the cooler weather. The instructor for the project, Maria, has been so helpful! I'd been unable to make it to the Saturday sessions for the group making this project, but she's always been very willing to help me when I could stop in to ask what the next step would be.
At any rate, today I finished the jacket, and it's now soaking so that I can block it and — yay! — wear it. It's a little different from the sorts of jackets I usually wear, but I do like it. My husband very kindly took these photos so I could show it to you. The fronts just fold back without fastening, which makes it very easy to wear.
By the way, the shop where I purchased all of the yarn for this project and had my lessons is one I "discovered" last spring. It's called Sin City Knit Shop, and it's recently moved into a larger space to accommodate the numbers of knitters who flock there. :) The owner, Debbi, is really welcoming and helpful, too. I feel so lucky to have a wonderful yarn shop and a wonderful quilt shop nearby!
I was at a friend's house today, working on projects with her and another friend. One of these all-day "things" always ends with dinner with our husbands, and it was my turn to provide dessert. I saw this recipe on the Williams-Sonoma site and had to try it — and I'm glad I did! The almond flavor from the frangipane under the apples is wonderful, and the apricot glaze is a wonderful finishing touch. Yum!
A couple of weeks ago, I posted about another Drunkard's Path quilt I was planning to finish after letting it languish for over a year. I've now put all of the blocks together and decided that borders on this one just don't add anything to the effect I want. So for the past couple of days I've been doing the very boring stabilizing quilting, which amounts to ditch quilting all of the blocks. Ugh. Where's the fun in that? Even worse, I was using invisible thread, which I don't like but which was the only logical choice with all of the different colors in these blocks.
Today, however, I began the fun part! Yay! I've just finished doing the first set of wedges, which are all going to be done with petal shapes to suggest flowers. I'm using a King Tut thread I've had forever and which is in lovely taupes that seem to blend quite well with the fabrics in these sections.
I'm a retired high school French teacher from Arizona, now living in the Las Vegas area. I loved teaching French, but I love retirement even more! I'm a quilter, and most of what you see here will be about quilting.
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