Thursday, August 27, 2015

Pear Season

My community has a Fruit Group which allows me to buy unsprayed fruit by the box for 10% over cost. I ordered Bartletts.

 I also made pear crisp and pear sauce. The crisp didn't stay around very long.


Monday, August 24, 2015

Color Work Charting

Recently a knitting friend wanted to de-stash some yarn. I'd seen the color combination and offered to adopt it. She was thrilled.

I didn't know what I wanted it for, but something would come to mind. I just found the combination so lively.

A couple weeks later I found this Fair Isle pattern for a baby hat and an idea began to percolate.

I played around with the colors in a graphics program and came up with two possibilities.

I don't know that it'll actually get made, but I loved the flow of creativity.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Bread and Butter Pickles

This week I harvested more than a dozen pickles, in five varieties. I looked up Cold Cucumber Soup and made that first. It was yummy made with buttermilk, and tasted refreshing on a hot day.

But I still had more cucumbers than we could eat in a week, so I looked up pickles and found out how easy they are! I made a half recipe, substituted powdered mustard for mustard seed and dried dill for the celery seed, mostly because that's what I had on hand! The recipe seems really forgiving.

From lft to rt: Armenian, Poona, Long Improved Green, Marketmore, and Lemon cucumbers.

I didn't use the Armenian cucumbers because they were too soft for pickling.

They're tasty and ready to eat. I also think they'll improve with time. The taste of summer on into fall.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

LeMoyne Star Update

Here's another one of those quilt projects I work on for awhile and then put away. I got it out again this month and have been making more blocks.

This time I've almost gotten it to the piecing-the-border stage. But starting another Quilt of Valor quilt is beckoning me. Now I know why they coined the phrase - short attention span quilt.

Sunday, July 19, 2015


It's probably been 20 years since I canned fresh fruit...

but it seems it's up there with learning to ride a bike, you don't forget how.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Pineapple Rule

Do you have projects that you keep coming back to? I just looked at my notes and the first time I tried this pineapple mini was in 2010. I got it out a second time in 2014 with only slightly better results. I recently tried again, but this time I actually bought the ruler. It's amazing how easy it really is, once I stopped fighting against buying yet another ruler. I know it's an oft repeated cliche', but the right tool for the job makes a difference.

Now all I need to do is figure out how to miniature-ize it. ;)

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Two and Four

With birthdays two years and two weeks apart, we celebrated Evan's and Cayson's fourth and second birthdays together. One big, BBQ, birthday bash, blow-out! The usual suspects were there...

The gift opening was a fun, noisy, crazy, free-for-all. These pictures portray such a calm view of the occasion. ;)

Bubble Meisters

These bubbles were such a blast! They formed slowly and floated lazily. We were at the end of a cul-de-sac and took over the street. Bubble block party!

Much better than a bounce house! The grown-ups had fun too.