So many little things to talk about today, time for a Sunday chat on a lot of subjects. First, I want to thank you all for the kind words, and encouragement as My Sweet Babboo recovers and we get back to a ‘normal’ life. We now turn our attention to the enjoyment of each day, the beauty of our world, time with friends, and gratitude for our wonderful lives. Almost like a gift to celebrate the good news, the white irises came into full bloom.
I needed to be at home for several days, so I had a variety of projects to keep me busy. All were things that needed to get done, some a bit ahead of time. I went over my entries for the Garden of Quilts Show coming up in just a couple of weeks. I remembered that I needed to pin some muslin over all my labels, so I got that done. Then I placed all the quilts flat on the guest bed to minimize the wrinkles and creases while they wait to be turned in for judging day and hanging in the show.
One of our MINI clubs sent My Sweet Babboo a huge basket of food for a get-well gift. It was amazing, and I should have taken a picture of it before we dug in. It had summer sausage, two kinds of cheese, water crackers, bananas, apples, apricots, kiwis, pears, grapes and oranges, plus chocolate, cookies and peppermints in a pretty basket wrapped in cellophane with a big bow. I have to say, this was the most thoughtful gift! It made it possible to make a light meal several times, and was good, healthy food for a recovering patient.
There was so much fruit, that we weren’t going to be able to eat it all before it went bad. So, I began baking. Banana bread was first, as the bananas were the most perishable. My Sweet Babboo ate one, then the others were made into my Banana Cinnamon Bread. I just use a basic recipe for one loaf, then I add a tablespoon of cinnamon. Yes, I said a tablespoon.
Then I decided I should look at the State Fair categories for this year’s cooking competitions. Boy am I glad I did! The NC Egg Assn competition is Coffee Cakes! That was a surprise. Previously they’ve done things like Eggs for Dinner, or Egg Appetizers. This year, you have to have a coffee cake that uses 3 eggs in the batter. OK, well, let’s see if I can make something work with these two giant oranges from the basket, and My Sweet Babboo’s favorite spice, cinnamon.
Well, it tasted good, but a contest winner it is not. Back to the drawing board!
Speaking of experimenting in the kitchen, a surprise came this week. Milk Street has a new cookbook called The World in a Skillet, and once again they have knocked it out of the park. I love cooking with international flavors, being somewhat partial to Asian, Italian, Mexican and French, but willing to experiment with others. I’ve already put dozens of little sticky notes on the pages for all the things that appealed to me on the first look. The best part is the recipes only use one skillet, and they are organized by how long the recipe takes. From about an hour, and moving to faster dishes, this is a great reference for weeknight meals with a flair. I need to get a few new spices, and stock up on a few basics, and I’ll be able to cook some interesting new meals for My Sweet Babboo. I’ll share the recipes I decide to do first with you soon. In the meantime, you can check out Milk Street online.
At the guild meeting, the viewer’s choice winners in the National Quilting Day competition and show were announced, and prizes awarded. Just as a reminder, here was my entry – it had to have a theme of celebrating our guild’s 40th anniversary. I used the teal colorway of the challenge fabric, and added the black.
I got the third place prize, a fun basket full of goodies. Most important, the ribbon that brings bragging rights.
There was a lot more packed into the basket than I thought could be! Six fat quarters, seven spools of thread, a postcard pattern, needles, pins, and a gift card to a local quilt shop in an absolutely adorable egg basket with a chicken wire body and green ceramic handles. Perfect for my kitchen! I realized that even though I have to count 1-1/2 yards of fabric ‘in’ for Stashbusters, I never counted the project’s fabric out. I’ll catch that up this Friday with the next reporting post.
The sewing goodies were taken to the sewing room. I found spots for everything, then loaded a lap size quilt on the longarm. Some of these blocks are reader blocks sent in for the Safelight quilt project. These were left over after that project ended. I’ll finish quilting and binding it, and have it in the booth at the quilt show for sale. The proceeds will go to the next Safelight spa bags project, and I hope we can do another one this summer.
I moved all the plants from the Carolina room to the veranda, now that our danger of frost is past. The geranium is already happy and blooming again.
Here’s one more shot of the white ruffled iris, as I can’t stop taking pictures of these beauties. I just love the purity of the white color. More buds will bloom in a few days for a long lasting show.
What’s going on at your place this week?