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Friday, January 22, 2016

Saffron pumpkin buns and winter quilts!

With cold winter weather, I felt like baking today! These were a big hit!

A friend had given me some saffron, then I saw a chef making pumpkin buns with saffron on P. Allen Smith's show....I found a similar recipe.

In my pantry, I also had this specialty flour from Italy. The flour is made from an ancient wheat called einkorn.

I got it at our local Natural Grocery store and was anxious to try it! It has a less offensive protein than the gluten found in modern wheat!

I do not have a stand mixer, with a dough hook so I "kneaded" the dough in the big crockery bowl with a wooden spoon for quite awhile...until it was ready for it's rising time. ( watched some TV while doing this!)

After rising and being rolled up around their filling, the rolls baked up perfectly, very moist with the canned pumpkin as an ingredient!

Here is a link to the recipe: http://www.thekitchykitchen.com/?recipes=/pumpkin-saffron-rolls/

These will be our breakfast tomorrow, Saturday!

I plan to sleep in, so it is nice to have the breakfast all prepared!

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A couple of quilts have been finished lately, crib size! This (above) is a scrappy 16 patch with turquoise lattice.

I used a bright busy fabric for the binding! See a small piece of the blue background binding fabric in the lower left of this photo...(below).

It gives a very nice effect!

The other recent quilt is this one for a baby girl who is coming into the world this March!

It is called "Baby Bricks" and can be made using a fabric "jelly roll"! Mine is just from my scrap bin of 2.5 " strips!

Above our fireplace I now have a favorite wall hanging. Inspired by Sujata Shah's Cultural Fusion book!

These blocks were being tested before sewing together.....

This is Sujata's original called "Winter"! I love the soft grays, but the pink just "makes" it for me!
Here is Sujata hand quilting on another of her wonderful quilts! She is coming in October to do a lecture and workshop for our quilt guild!
I am so excited!

 

Time to find my quilt/covers for tonight...the heat is turned down and it is time for a long winter's nap!

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Sunday update.

I finished knitting my "Queen Street Sweater" using a pattern in Knitscene magazine (above) Issue winter 2015.

Mine is in yarn by NORO a blend of silk and rayon. A tweedy green as that was the only color with enough skeins at the local yarn shop!

The unusual pockets were what caught my eye in the pattern....

It actually fits nicely and I am very pleased with. It's the appearance and the feel, soft comfy and not too warm...just right! (Silk is a good insulator against cold winter days!)

 

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Feeling almost OK

I tried a workout today, made it for a while on the treadmill before I surrendered.

Still a bit under the weather!

But I tried making gluten free biscuits....using the recipe for 7up Bisquick biscuits. I substituted GF baking mix, club soda for the 7up and Greek yogurt for the sour cream!

4 ingredient (melted butter is the fourth) easy, handle gently recipe!

It was pretty successful!

I didn't cut round biscuits, and some enede up with flour side up in the pan of melted butter...but the one I tried, still not with butter and honey was a treat!

 

 

I don't really need to add more carbohydrates to my diet, but it was fun to try this!

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Then our local yarn shop was having a sale, so I treated myself some more.....10 skeins of NORO for a sweater... The Queen Street Sweater in the latest Knitscene magazine.

Love the kangaroo pockets!

My yarn is green, silk cotton and viscose! Delightful!

 

I also bought some pink washable wool because 4 year old Nina wants me to knit a hoodie for her, with a pocket, pink with red trim...of course!

Her twin sister already has a navy blue handknit-by-grandma hoodie....

Speaking of the twins....

They had breakfast with Santa today!

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Saturday, December 05, 2015

A quilt finished, and plans for retro aprons...

I finished a quilt which had been pieced for some time. It started with a charm pack from Missouri Star's daily deal. Lots of Bethlehem buildings and words from the Christmas story were in the pack, along with blenders and little dots. So I added fabric pieces with manger scenes,the Holy family and wise men, shepherds. Then because it is for little grandsons, I found snowmen and Santas,

Machine quilted by me and a bright red border added.

 

I didn't get to take it for show and tell at QUILT guild as after work, I was really worn out from my head cold, just came home and crawled in bed!

While "resting" after work the next day, I put together some Christmas ornaments

Clear glass ornaments with Crystal glitter, holly and vellum with music.

Staying, home being good and not spending $$$$.....ha!

Pinterest had this really cute apron by Jane Sassaman's crew....using Jane Sassaman fabric!

 

Too cute! In her blog post you could see the vintage McCall's pattern 1577. 1950

I checked Etsy and eBay......found one and ordered it! My iPad brings the shopping world to my couch! Ouch!

I am addicted!

It is on it's way, more fun ahead!

But first need to decorate our tree and get those presents, including the quilt, in the mail!

 

 

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Atlanta area for Thanksgiving holiday

It is always a long drive, here at sunset ,Tuesday, we cross the Mississippi as the moon rises over the Memphis pyramid!

(To the right of the pyramid in the golden stripe...almost full!)

We arrived Wednesday about noon. Cuddling happily with grandkids while they are mesmerized by Mickey Mouse...do they even know I am there?LOL?

Thursday, down for breakfast in new nightgowns...

 

Mom's creative holiday breakfast....Turkey cinnamon rolls....with bacon tail feathers! (Pinterest)

 

Everyone wants to play with the happy baby! He has a wonderful attitude!

 

 

Kids table for Thanksgiving....

Grownups table for Thanksgiving...

Lots of preparations...

Dueling turkey carvers...fried turkeys.....Mr. P getting a photo too!

Busy, busy, busy!

Children constantly busy!

Some work a little bit, even if it is a holiday...

 

The painting I did of Sophie hangs on the wall....
Grandson with a painting he is doing....of Jamaica's Blue Mountains!

The fabulous weather made a group boat ride a sure thing....#1 son rowing...

While I kept the youngest grandchild safe on dry land!

Now to pack up and head home!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Wow! I have been busy....

I almost forgot about my blog! Work and play!

Above...playful test of new art supplies...

Now overview of the last 6 weeks...+

Sitting on a motorcycle at the first day of Bikes Blues and BBQ ....only because the owner insisted and then the photo....I'm there for BBQ and to enjoy try to enjoy the scene!

No biker clothes for this babe!

Then down to Clark County....

Visiting my brother, and painting on his front porch.

Enjoying the last flowers of summer in our front yard!

 

Celebrating my birthday with Mr. P and friend Karen at "Cardamom and Curry" restaurant!

 

 

 

YUM!!!

 

Painting abstract flowers...

 

Sewing pillowcases for grandchildren.

Playing with slightly wacky quilting!

 

And finishing a quilt top which Mom started!

Taking a morning workshop on "migrating geese" quilt and piecing this...

Which has now been quilted by another member of the group and will be auctioned in .december!

 

Knitting sweaters for grandsons..

 
 
 
 
Lovely yarn, washable wool by Cascade! Could knit on that smooth softness forever!

 

 

Making a colander into a "basket" for an auction at a quilt group!

 

Sewing microwave bowl potholders...

Visiting Eureka Springs!

 

Thinking of grandkids!

 

Painting this grandchild!

Hanging out with friends....

Donating another painting to a woman who offers life coaching to a diverse group of women....

That's all for tonight...maybe I will come back and edit, filling in more details later!

 

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