Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

Jim and I moved to California four years ago in November.  Thanksgiving has become a time of reflection for me.  It is a time be grateful for our health, family, friends, jobs, home and having food on the table.
This year I've finally come to terms with the fact it is him and me in California.  The rest of our family is in Texas.  That also includes my very best friend and her husband.  And I'm actually okay with that. I have a great husband, our children are all well,  I  have made a few special friends here and I have a new job I truly enjoy. 
And so this evening I prepared a traditional turkey dinner with wild rice dressing for the two of us.  Yes we could have feed a few more but I have yet to find those to invite that don't already have family to celebrate the holiday.
My only regret is I didn't make dessert so no chocolate pecan pie for breakfast.
I wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving day and the hope that life treats you well.

Friday, November 22, 2013

The Letter "P"

Today this blog is brought to you by the letter "P".
"P" for pile of flannel pillowcases.

 Ready to be boxed and mailed to my three darlings in Texas.
"P" is for phoeey.
As in phoeey I didn't buy enough fabric to bind my entire quilt.
And "P" for plugging along on my Viajante.  I have now knit through half the skein of yarn of Wollmeise or 850 yards and that means I am halfway through.
All brought to you by the letter "P".

Saturday, November 16, 2013


Sometimes I don't think friends should enable.
I can only hope they are only available for the holiday season.
Thank you sooooo much Cathie.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Kale Pesto

Today I had lunch with my friend Liz and she mentioned making shrimp linguine with kale pesto for her husband the other night and she thought we might enjoy it.
After lunch I headed to the grocery store to do my normal weekly shopping and bought a bunch of kale and some shrimp to try it out.
Liz is a trained chef and didn't really give me an exact recipe so I winged it.
1 bunch kale, cut from stems
4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1/2 cup shelled salted pistachios
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
Process adding olive oil to desired consistency.
 I cooked some fettuccine noodles, sauteed 1/2 pound raw deveined seasoned shrimp in some olive oil and mixed together.  I only used half the pesto so I put the rest in the freezer for another day.
The dish is delicious and Jim gave it a two thumbs up.
I failed to mention to him and he didn't ask that I used kale so please if you see him don't let him know.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Design Wall

My new design wall I bought at the Pacific International Quilt Show in Santa Clara arrived today.
 7 lbs in a bag that becomes a design wall measuring  72" x 72"   from Cheryl Anns Design Wall.
Out of the bag.

 I thought I'd share with you the blocks I have completed for my Dear Jane quilt.
I'm obviously working verrrrry slow but steady.

And here for your viewing pleasure is a finished Dear Jane quilt from PIQF 2013.
I'm thinking you can probably find my finished Dear Jane in 2016, maybe.