Friday, February 27, 2015

Another tea towel...

Last night I made another tea towel...or rather, I sewed a border on another tea towel.  This time I thought I'd try some prairie points...still using the same left over jelly roll strips.  I was happy with how it turned out.  

The little green drawer unit in the background is a vintage spice cabinet.  I got it at an estate auction.  I saw one on a website recently for $150!  I know I didn't pay anywhere near that.  The paint is really aged, and I thought about redoing it, but I can't make up my mind.  

I like having it in the kitchen, but it's too tall to fit between the counter top and the upper cabinet.  I have it sitting next to the sink now, but once Carey gets the open shelving put up, it won't fit there either.  It may just have to sit on the uppermost of the open shelves when the time comes.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What I'm reading Wednesday...

Fear Nothing by Lisa Gardner

I think I'm not in the mystery/thriller mode right now.  Or maybe there is just so much else to do around here.  I'm having trouble working through this one.

There's nothing on the tv tonight, so maybe I'll go read awhile.
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tea Towel Tuesday...

The sewing machine has been staying set up lately, waiting for me to pay some attention to it.  The mood seems to strike at about 10:00 p.m.  

I've been meaning to make some kitchen towels for awhile now.  I found a cute idea for some on Pinterest.  I prefer a fairly thick terry for drying dishes and spills, so I found towels I like for the job, and then I set about making them pretty.

I had some 2.5" strips of fabric left from a jelly roll that I had been using on another project. The jelly roll strips have pinked edges, but I had to hunt down my own pinking shears to cut the strips in half lengthwise, giving me 1 1/4" strips to sew on.  The pinked edges are meant to fray a little with each washing.  I just started sewing, and then folded in a gather every little bit.  Pretty darn easy.  I will be making more like this, as well as others using a different border type.


These are the accent colors I'm leaning toward at the moment, and I think they look cheerful in the kitchen.  
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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday desserts...

When Chloe spent the night Friday night, Caitlyn had a gymnastics meet, and a very successful one at that...she won first all around and her team took first place.

So yesterday when one little girl went home, another came to stay.  Caitlyn had jacks lessons too (which means that I've spent more time on the floor this weekend than in the past year combined).

Today I put her to work in the kitchen.  Her daddy doesn't like sweets, and I always feel guilty putting special effort into dessert for everyone else each week knowing he won't partake.  I found this rather strange recipe for an appetizer on Pinterest the other day, and just knew he would like it.    Caitlyn did a great job putting them together while I got started on dessert.  He did really like them, and I hope he knows we think he deserves some special attention now and then too.


On to dessert.  I had a loaf of French bread in the drawer that had gone stale, so I thought I would make a bread pudding.  I also had some apples in the refrigerator, so when I found a recipe for Apple Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce, it sounded like a perfect fit.  My mother used to make bread pudding, and it was always one of my favorites.  My husband and children never seemed too interested in it, so I haven't made it more than once or twice over the years.


But the munchkins were much more complimentary of my efforts.  Bobby said it may have been the best Sunday dessert yet.  Which either means that he really liked it...or that he hasn't been crazy about any others.  No.  That can't be it.  :)
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Friday, February 20, 2015

Jacks...

Probably my favorite game of all time.  It is impossible to find my favorite kind...the metal ones I played with as a kid.  Well, I'm hoping it's only nearly impossible...I haven't lost all hope yet; I will continue the search.  After much consideration, I purchased these somewhat larger rubber ones.  I tucked them into the drawers of my coffee table for the girls.  Chloe is spending the night tonight, so she found hers when she got here this afternoon.

She picked up the skills and the rules very quickly, and we spent a happy afternoon playing on the floor.

Now she's coerced Jared into playing with her.  What a good uncle!

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

What I'm reading Wednesday...

Seeing the Dead by Sheila Connolly

I picked Seeing the Dead for my Kindle on a whim.  Not great, but not really awful either.  I only just realized that it is the second in a series, so it might have helped to have read the first one, but I probably wouldn't read two.


The Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss

The Hearts of Horses on the other hand, which I read last week, I loved...rate it a 10 out of 10.  It might not be for everyone, but it was for me.  Peaceful reading, but never boring.  I couldn't put it down.  It was innocent without being naive, sweet without being saccharine.  The main character had dreams of living in the books she loved, and now so do I...at least this one.Photobucket

Monday, February 16, 2015

Making it Monday...

I have really been enjoying cooking in the new kitchen!  Aside from the pie I made for Carey on installation day, this weekend I made a cake to share with the kids.  

Yesterday at the grocery, I saw that whole chickens were on special.  I bought two.  I can't remember the price per pound, but they were right about $6.00 each.  Today I put them on to stew.

I decided to make some Chicken Pot Pie to take to Kasey's tonight, and I had to go back to the store to get vegetables for it.  While I was there, I noticed that it was later than I thought it was, so I picked up some rotisserie chickens...I figured I would put the rotisserie chickens in the pot pie rather than waiting for the ones I had cooking.  The rotisserie chickens were $5.99 each.  

I'm glad for the convenience of being able to pick up a rotisserie chicken in a pinch, and I'm glad to know that it's not quite the extravagance I always thought it was.  I do think I got more meat from the two chickens I cooked myself, though, and I am really glad to have it in the freezer...cooked, boned, and vacuum sealed to use later.  And I'm REALLY happy to have three quart jars of rich homemade chicken stock which I will also freeze for later after I remove the fat.  You don't get chicken stock when you buy ready cooked.  

I also put a finished Chicken Pot Pie in the freezer, since I made an extra for that very reason.  If there is one thing I learned from the whole remodel journey, it's how nice it was to always have prepped meals in the freezer!
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