Sunday, November 26, 2006

Before you pack all the Thanksgiving decorations away...take a minute to be thankful . And thanks to Linda for posting this link in her blog. I will put some of these to work!

Today I was a slug woman. All I did was eat, feed my child, walk the dog and read a book! I hope this day of recharging will pay off tomorrow...I have WORK to do! Presents to finish and one to mail....and a guest room to clear out and redo! WHEW! no WONDER I'm already tired! Off to get DRESSED at 4:30 in the afternoon! Told ya I was a slug...

Friday, November 24, 2006

Pumpkin Pie

This is forTracey . I'm not sure if pumpkin pie is a 'learned' favorite or if it is universal! Try it and let me know!

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
2 large eggs
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
1 can 12 fl oz evaporated milk
( NOT sweetned condensed milk)
1 unbaked pie shell (9 inch) (deep dish-4 cup)

Mix sugar, salt and spices in a small bowl. Beat eggs in a large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk.

Pour into pie shell

Bake at 425° oven for 15 minutes.Reduce temperature to 350°. Bake 40-50 minutes or
until a knife inserted in near the center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate.

Note: the spices are all ground. No whole spices used in this recipe.

I take NO credit for this recipe! I came right off the back of the Libby's canned
pumpkin can!I wish now I had a picture of the WHOLE pie...we only have one piece left.

Black Friday

My youngest son...a pumpkin pie afficionado...BEGGED for more pie. I caved. THEN I found THIS evidence on the kitchen table later! The scamp had bigger eyes than stomach. I guess I better make 2 at Christmas or there will not be any for the rest of us!

I was SUCH a good girl today. I waited ::: Patiently::::: to be helped at a quilt shop I had ordered a new table from for my Bernina. ONly to have to wait till she explained EVERYTHING on 3 separate machines to a lady who then said "I won't be buying for a year, but thanks" wandered off...came back...STILL NO HELP! I finally just left. I didnt' yell...didn't fuss..but I sure wont' order anything from that dealer again! Then it was on to my FAVORITE store...they had a 30% discount on fabric today. I'm not REAL sure why I went as I'm on no-buy till April! I did get 2 "LEGAL" pieces...sashing and backing for a school project I'm doing with the 5th graders at my son's school and 2 packs of machine needles ( I have TONS for the frame machine..but none for the sewing machine!) And since it is Flinging Friday...I flung fabric at a friend for her church sewing group and some empty plastic boxes to another friend. Now its time to do a bit of tidying up in the 'studio' so I can actually GET to the machine! Ta ta!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Problem SOLVED!

I will teach my son to 'borrow' my camera! I went out and purchased a NEW one! Merry Christmas to me! This is the 'treasure" I wanted to show you. I help teach a garment sewing class at my church's outreach center. I'm not the lead teacher by any stretch of the imagination. It is rewarding tho and helps me channel my fabric-holic tendencies. ::;snicker:::: If I get ready to FLING fabric, I can ALWAYS fling it there and it will be put to good use. We get donations of fabric, patterns and all sorts and sundry of sewing notions. When older notions come thru, the other teachers know I kind of collect stuff like that. I have needle packs and scissors that belonged to one of my grandmothers.

My special favorites are wooden spools. Wal Mart has a nice large glass jar with a lid that I'm filling up. The thread on them is not reliable so we would discard it with me at least it has a home. Arent' the colors wonderful?...

This time of year I always am a bit emotional. It took me a few years to find the root. Our youngest child ( a boy almost 11) is adopted. His birthday is December 26th...a Christmas baby so to speak, altho we had to wait till April for him to arrive. I say he is the best Christmas present I ever had to wait for. I think of his mother often, but tears come to my eyes more frequently during the holidays. For he is with us, and she has no knowledge of him. I say a special blessing on mothers such as her. The gift he gave to her son and to us is unspeakable. So if you see me and I look kind of red around the eyes, say a prayer for her too.

I like the Gratitudes from time to time I will include mine. I hope it will make me look around with a discerning eye

~ a new camera
~ feeling healthier
~ a little girl in front of me at the grocery store to chat with while I waited
~ all my baking done for a full table tomorrow
~ having my husband home on Thanksgiving for the 1st yr in about 5
~ a son who looks nothing like me, but loves me all the same

Happy Thanksgiving! And as my dad says " Don't eat too much of that turkey with the sleeping pills in it!"

Monday, November 20, 2006

You Are The Stuffing

You're complicated and complex, yet all your pieces fit together.
People miss you if you're gone - but they're not sure why.

OK...So I'm stuffing. I'm still antsy about my son borrowing my camera. If I dont' have it back soon, I may just have to go purchase another one. Gee doesn't he know I have to have pictures for my BLOG??? :::sigh::::: I have a treasure to show off.

I'm tired of not feeling well and not sleeping well. I had x-rays and a blood test on Friday but have to wait for another week for my follow up appt. I think I have a pinched nerve in my neck, but I will let the doctor diagnose me! HA! See you tomorrow with PICTURES!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Wednesday surprise!

I have no camera as my son 'borrowed' mine for a few days. I told him he had to have it back QUICK as I needed it for my blog! (you should have seen my husband ROLL his eyes....gee..its important to ME!!)Here is my surprise from an e-mail today:

Remember the rainbow quilt I posted? Well I had taught that as a class in Aug. One of my students sent me this picture today of HERS! Isn't it GORGEOUS! I think she was the only one who chose Christmas. Her colors were picked from the border fabric. It was such a lovely surprise! Thanks Carla! You made my day...

Sunday, November 12, 2006

My slump is over!

FINALLY! I have been in a funk since I returned from Texas. I'm not sure if it was delayed stress or what, but I'm SURE glad its over! Today I machine stitched the ties of the Christmas tree skirt (its DONE DONE now...:::Grin::::).

I completed free motion quilting some placemats, trimmed up 3 and have applied binding to one. Its pinned and ready for hand work at soccer practice. (hey, ya can't be by a machine ALL the time...) I must be SICK as I never get hand made presents done until the last minute!
Dinner is ready, so I will post this and maybe come back later...or maybe I will sew some more. I have a backing I need to piece and then sandwich a quilt for SID. That one is hanging over my head needs to be done last week.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Home Again

Well...Dad is home. Starting to recuperate with staples in his head! He will be a difficult patient I'm afraid with at least 2 weeks of no driving to look forward to. I feel like I have a hangover and I don't drink anymore! Geeze! At least if I was going to feel like this I would rather have had the fun too. Traveling was pretty uneventful except for forgetting my wallet at home. Luckily I was able to take the next flight with no problems. Just goes to show me how concerned I was for Dad. We knew he was on his way to recovery when he told an off color joke to the nurse in the ICU the 1st night. My mom was SO embarrassed! This was a wake up call for them. Mom is talking of downsizing the house, selling the RV, and wanting to know where all the important papers are. Not bad things to know in any case. The house and RV will take some doing. Time will tell. I'm hoping to get to some sewing later today. I told one of my son's teachers I will help with a 'quilting" project. It will turn out to be mostly a WonderUnder/fabric paint project, but I will enjoy working with the kids. Its so nice to be home...the dogs are happy, the washer is humming, and I'm blogging! :::grin::::

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

sewing STUDIO

I decided a long time ago to rename my sewing room a STUDIO. Since REAL work goes on in there, I should get credit for it. Granted it IS a hobby, but many gifts are made in that room. Angie told me if I saw HER work area, I had to post MINE as well. Here goes if Blogger will cooperate. From what I hear from the rest of you, its being crabby lately. here are 3 pictures of said Studio. This is the cutting/ironing table. I have a home made Big board but with the ironing board underneath is all wasted space. I found these telescoping legs at IKEA. The top is melamine board I had cut at Home Depot. The wire cubes I had used in a toddler room...and the plastic square buckets I got at Bed Bath and Beyond during a back to school sale. The pad I made fits the whole thing,but I usually cut on one end and iron on the other.

Here is a view of what my husband calls "the Mother of all Sewing tables" It has room for my sewing machine and my serger. There is an extension that is folded down to make room for the frame.

THIS is why I'm on no-buy! It is over flow from the closet...and the closet picture is for another day! Now you will HAVE to come back! ::grin:::

I think I will be out of town over the weekend. My dad is having some unexpected surgery. He should be fine, but I feel like I need to be there. Everyone is covered here at home till Tuesday, so off I go. Time to go check out the clothes situation. I will try to check in on my regular round of blogs while I"m gone.