Did you have a wonderful holiday? We had a lovely day, with a prime rib dinner. This year I made fresh Brussels Sprouts for the first time. I looked online for the best method to decrease the bitterness, and found that cutting them in half and charring the cut side would do that. So, I prepared the sprouts by cutting off the bottoms, removing the outer leaves, then cutting them in half.
Toss with a bit of oil (I used a garlic oil that My Sweet Babboo gave me for Christmas) and put cut-side down in a pan. Cook on medium high, and don’t move them around. Just check one after a couple of minutes, and keep checking until they are nicely browned.
Flip them over, and continue cooking until done to your liking. I like mine crisp tender. My Sweet Babboo said he wanted them a little softer, so next time I’ll add a couple of tablespoons of water to the pan at this point and cover it so they steam cook a bit more.
They were served in the china vegetable bowl for Christmas dinner. I don’t often use serving dishes at the table for just the two of us, but for a holiday meal it is nice.
For the table, I picked up the stoneware Christmas dishes, changed the chargers to red ones, and set out my Holiday Tartan china. The napkins match the china and were a gift to me last month from a dear friend. I was delighted with them, they looked fantastic on the table.
I was able to finish the Christmas quilt before the holiday weekend, but not in time to use it this year. I finished the quilting with the snowflake pantograph.
The pantograph has two styles of snowflakes.
I quilted it with ecru color Glide thread, with Bottom Line in the bobbin. The quilting went well, with no thread breaks.
It was inspected to be sure all the quilting was good, then taken off the frame.
I bound it by machine in red as I planned. The extra red on the edge gives it a symmetry in design.
All finished, and ready to be sold. It is too late for Christmas this year, but do let me know if you are interested. I’ll probably consign it locally if there is no interest with readers.
It is a quiet week between Christmas and New Year’s day. I’ll spend some of this week taking down all the decorations, and going through them again to donate a bit more. Tables and cabinet tops will get a good dusting. Then I’ll put out simple decor in mostly white for the new year. In the sewing room, I have a lullaby quilt that I’ve started to use up some blue and yellow scraps, and I’ve also been working on something else coming in January.
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