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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.    Colorations



Goodbye Trusty Pot

Well,  I had a little excitement the other night.  I was making popcorn.  I use my saucepans to make popcorn because I know what is in my popcorn that way.  I'm not so sure about microwave popcorn and I don't want to catch the dreaded "popcorn lung".  That's not likely since I don't work in a popcorn factory and I don't really eat that much popcorn.  Also, I want real butter on my popcorn.  Here is my pot in happier times cooking beets.

But, back to the story.  You add olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan,  in go the popcorn kernels to cover the bottom of the pan, and on goes the lid.  Medium heat works best.  Just as the popcorn begins to pop, it is time to give the pan a good shake to move everything around.  Burned popcorn is not nice.  Next thing I know, I am holding a handle in one hand and and the pot has landed lopsided back on the stove.


Thankfully, it didn't land on my foot.  The lid slid off and popcorn was flying all over the kitchen.  And I do mean flying.  David kept laughing and saying "I've never seen anything like this"  which was funny, but didn't stop the popcorn.  I got the stove turned off and the lid back on the pan.  Popcorn and unpopped kernels were everywhere.  

We managed to salvage the bit of popcorn that I trapped in the pan, but it was sad.  I've had that pan for 23 years.  I bought the set when we lived in Boston.  It's moved to Minnesota, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Washington D.C. and New Jersey with me.  My trusty ironing board has been with me longer and it will be a really sad day when it goes.  (I know, I'm wacky.  Who else has a trusty ironing board?) 

Anyway, just for kicks, check the handles on your pans once in a while.  Wobbly is not good, however my handle was not wobbly before it came off.  As you can see, my new pans have both screws and welds holding their handles on.


Books I've Read


The last time  I posted about a book was on Feb 23.  I don't want to seem illiterate so I'd better catch up on the books I've read lately.  I've finished reading

A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander, #6)A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon

I really enjoy this series, but it is a project.  This book had around 950 pages.  I think most of the other books are about that long as well.  It gets Claire and Jamie to the start of the Revolutionary War with a few other adventures along the way.  I also thought it was the last one in the series.  But no, there seems to be one more so I've got it downloaded to my Kindle.  I need to finish a couple of other books before I start it.    



On my last trip to Idaho and back I polished off

The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3)The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

I felt like this was almost a "beach read".   I liked his first book quite a bit, the second one was fine, and this one was fairly predictable.





And I also read

Stone Cold (Camel Club, #3)Stone Cold by David Baldacci

I really liked this book a lot.  It kept my mind off being wedged between two large men on the flight home.  It is one of the "Camel Club" series.  In fact, with the way the book ended, it might be the last one.  I will definitely read more of his books.  Come to think of it, I already am.  Definitely an author to keep track of if you are into spies, murder, saving the world, and personal justice.



The last thing I finished was

Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

A Twi mom,   what can I say.  And yes, I read all of them.





I'm currently reading The Book of Air and Shadows and another David Baldacci book on the Kindle. I started  it on our trip to Florida.  I guess I'll finish it when I go to Idaho again at the end of the week.  I don't usually read two books at once, but I like to read from my stash of actual books when I'm at home and when I travel, it is the Kindle or nothing. 


Hens & Chicks Update

Here are a few more blocks on my Hens and Chicks quilt.  It may seem like I have stopped working on this quilt, but I keep stitching away.

This fabric is really more pink than the picture shows.


Last Monday I threw one block away.  That really doesn't sound like progress but I couldn't get anything to fit together properly.  After a couple of tries, it seemed best to just start over.  You would think that I could make a block with no problem by now.  I have actually finished 16 of these blocks correctly.  I just haven't got them posted yet.  



Are cucumbers in season at your house?  Especially those little Kirby cucumbers that are good for making pickles.  Well, they are good for making this too.

It's a little salad for those people that are "lettuce challenged".  That would not be me, but certain members of my family are.  It's really easy to make and keeps for a few days if you make a big batch.  I love them as a snack. 

This is just a guideline sort of recipe.  You will have to taste it and tweak as you see fit.  Thinly slice some Kirby or English cucumbers.  Sprinkle them liberally with salt and let them stand in a colander for a few hours.  I give them a quick stir as I pass through the kitchen.  This pulls some of the water out of the cucumbers.   After the cucumbers look wilted, rinse the salt off and pat them dry.  Put them in a serving bowl and mix in a clove of minced garlic.  You may need more if you have a lot of cucumbers.  Use discretion here.  In another bowl, mix a little sesame oil, white vinegar (I like 3 spoons of vinegar to 1 spoon of sesame oil), and a spoonful of sugar.  Taste and adjust to your liking.  If you want some bite, add a few red pepper flakes.  Pour over cucumbers and chill.  For a little more crunch, add a few sesame seeds.

I could almost give up potato chips if I had these around all the time.


A Finished Object

I actually finished a project.  Darn, not one on my top ten list, but a finished project is still a finished project.  My quilt guild participated in the Quilts for Kids program.  Most of these quilts go to Children's Hospitals and are then given to sick children. 


It was  finished in May.  I used bits of fabric that I had on hand left over from another project.  I practiced feather quilting in the purple blocks.  You can't really see the quilting, but since I was just learning to make freehand feathers, I didn't really want the quilting to stand out all that much.  I am actually very pleased at how they turned out and I will be quilting more feathers in the future.  They are not as hard as they look.   Thank you Sharon Schamber!!!  I've been taking her online classes.

I'm spending most of my time these days working on Secret Project 1 and Secret Project 2.  I might finish Secret Project 1 in a couple of weeks.  I could probably talk about them as I don't think the recipients read this blog, but you never know.