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Finished 2018

1.  Colorations



What Am I Working On???


1.  Granny's Wedding Quilt

2.  Josh & Nicole's Quilt

3.  Lone Starburst

4.  Kaffe Fasset Quilt

5.  Round We Go



6.  Qiviut Cowl

7.  Square in a Square Throw

8.  Travel Socks #3



9.    Chicago Ornament



Asparagus Salad

Do you like mushy canned asparagus that has been cooked to death and then some?  If so, you had best stop reading now.  This salad is made from strips of raw asparagus and is delicious and ever so easy.  

I found this recipe at  The Smitten Kitchen.  Her pictures look a little more elegant than mine.  

It's almost too easy to call it a recipe.  You wash the asparagus, cut off the woody ends, shave, and toss with a lemon vinaigrette.  A little shaved Parmesan Cheese on top and you're done.  


The Secret Projects

Yay!  The secret projects are done.  They are not delivered yet, but that will happen soon.  I can talk about them because it's highly unlikely that the recipients read this blog.  This is Ansel's quilt.

And this is Aaron's quilt.  I hope they will be able to tell them apart.  It won't be too hard really, the backs are different.


This is what it looks like when I'm doing the quilting.  They are all flannel and really heavy.  I quilted wavy rectangles on this one.

I have made one of these quilts for my nieces and nephews for high school graduation gifts.  Ansel's and Aaron's are a little late, they've both finished their first year of college.  I also made them for Josh and Jeremy and several of their friends.  Thirteen or fourteen of them over the years, I seem to have lost count somewhere.  

Time to update my Top 10 Projects.   



Or rather, why I'm not a bartender.  You know you've seen them--movies, videos, podcasts of bartenders shaking drinks and straining them out, perfectly chilled, into cocktail glasses.  I found a recipe that sounded tasty, I had all the ingredients, and I follow directions fairly well.  It's amazing the things that can hang you up.

I muddled the lemon, gently crushed the sage, added the tequila, honey, water, and ice.  I put to top on the shaker and started shaking.  I shook until the metal was frosty.  I attempted to take the shaker apart.  It wouldn't budge.  I waited a bit and tried again.  Nothing.  My ice was melting and diluting the drink.  I tried again.  I looked up "stuck bar shaker" on Google.  (Google is my friend.)  One suggestion was to whack it on a fence, but that seemed to have a high chance of disaster.   


I settled on the roll and jiggle method which was potentially messy, but glass shards wouldn't be flying at me.  I rolled and jiggled and rolled some more.  After a while, I gave up.  I walked away, played a little WOW (World of Warcraft, if you don't know) and let the ice melt.  Later,  I used my hands to warm the metal part of the shaker.  I rolled and jiggled again.  I heard a tiny little hiss.  I rolled and jiggled and there was a faint popping noise.  Finally, I was able to pull the top off and strained it into the glass.

There is no picture of the finished drink, garnished with a sprig of sage.  It was all warm and diluted and yucky and by now it was bedtime.  Maybe one day I'll try it again.  Well, actually, I won't.  I threw the recipe away.  It's really pretty clear that the universe didn't want me to try that drink and I think I'll listen.




Step on a Crack


Step on a Crack (Michael Bennett, #1)Step on a Crack by James Patterson

I read this book while David was in the hospital having his knee replaced.  Detective Michael Bennett is the chief negotiator in a hostage situation involving the Who's Who of society.  It kept me entertained and was a perfect hospital book.  The story was easy to follow and I didn't get lost putting it down and picking it back up again.  The bad guys were bad and the good guys were good.  It was a little far fetched (this from a person that reads Science Fiction and Fantasy) but still enjoyable. 


First Farmer's Market

Last week, my friend Kim and I went to our first Farmer's Market of the season.  That just makes me so happy.  It was in Stockton, NJ.  


There are baby greens, garlic shoots, chives, thyme, hummus, and cheese.  The raspberry, blueberry, and blackberry (notice a theme here) macarons didn't last very long.  They were quite tasty.  Oh yes, and the pickles, hot dill with jalapeno slices and basic dills.  I didn't try the habanero pickles.  I also picked up some crab claws from the fish monger which we promptly ate for dinner.  

I need to go back because there are a few things I didn't get to try.  The mushroom stand wasn't ready. There was a barbecue shop but I couldn't have crab and barbecue for dinner.  Kim was looking at the waffle dipped in chocolate but we had just eaten lunch and dessert.  The alpaca shop was closed and I found something I won't mention because I want to get it for my sister's birthday present at another stand but he was closed too.  

 Oh those macarons are calling to me.


 p.s.  The West Windsor Farmer's market opened today.  Hedgehog mushrooms, baby spinach,  and fresh eggs.