Baking/cooking

All washed up and pretty as can be – I have no name on this one, well need to think of something so I can get a label done up for it – along with labels for the last 2 quilts I finished – I’ve been slow at labels lately.  Measures 33 x 43 just right for a little baby or on the floor to play on.

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Big stitch hand quilting with perle cotton #12 – it is hard to do big stitches when you are used to doing small ones.

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That darn border took longer than I thought it would – using a big needle and the perle thread for big stitch quilting – I’m so used to a tiny needle!  The border would have went faster doing it the usual way for me.

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Kind of hard to see it on the back – lighting wasn’t right.  It’s got that soft crinkly just washed feel to it though so that is what counts Smile

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A very rainy cold day Sunday was – I spent time appliqueing circles and sewing on tiny buttons!  I’m watching Netflix   “Call The Midwife” a British series that takes place after the war (WWII) in the 50′s  I’m hooked on it although I do Mike the favor of lowering the volume every time a woman goes into labor LOL. Actually that is for me too all that howling can get to you after awhile but I love the story – based on a true story.

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this is the border just laying on top of the quilt on the quilt frame so I could photo the tiny buttons – I got a package of bright mixed colors and putting one on each tip to hold them down.

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Yes a light dusting of snow Sunday here in on the edge of Northwest Arkansas – closer to the central part of the state really – down to 25 tonight!!  when will this winter end?

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My sister was talking about rhubarb earlier yesterday and it got me thinking of course of the last bag that I have in the freezer – also I had 3 apples that were getting kind of old so I put 3 chopped up apples in the saucepan, 1 cup of chopped rhubarb, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of apple pie spice.  Cook until the apples are soft and mash them up a little.  I had one frozen Pillsbury pie crust in the freezer so I thawed it out and made 4 turnovers  (not the neatest) and 1 pint of sauce.  I love to put about a 1/2 cup of sauce in a bowl with a carton of vanilla yogurt and stir together and chow down LOL  (the turnovers baked at 425 degrees for 20 minutes) we had already eaten two of the turnovers when this photo was taken and shortly after supper the other two disappeared as well!!  if you like sweet put more sugar in them, I like them a little tart.

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This is how messy under the bird feeder looks by this time of year – they usually get turned over into the ground at some point and then I have some sunflowers growing in here in the summer time.  The birds were flocking so much in the cold weather today the ground looked like it was moving!

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Thursday is first day of spring – do we think it really well be spring?

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I worked more on the pillow cover Sunday after I got home from grocery shopping on Sunday – I like to get that done in the morning when the store isn’t as busy.This is what it ended up looking like – and after I got done with it I thought it looked too much cut in half if you know what I mean – but there you go – if I make another I will make sure to try it a bit differently.  One could do the same thing here by going across the batting diagonally with strips or all going the same way across the batting either way.  By doing it like this when I started on it yesterday I started at the opposite end and then when I got to the middle I pinned one side down to turn the seam under and sewed on top of that to have a clean edge.  The dark aqua piece distracts me the more I look at it the more I do not like it – and before I finish this up I might just sew a different strip over it! then maybe it won’t look so divided in half if you know what I mean.  The aqua stands out too much to me.

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Because your batting will be covered up you don’t have to worry about clipping threads or anything – this is the back

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then I sewed a “cover” over that – you probably don’t have to do this step but I I plan on having it so I can toss it in the washing machine now and then and wanted to protect the batting.  I don’t like this fabric so seeing as it won’t be seen used it for this.  I will try to finish it up today to get this small project out of the way and finished.

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More work on the POTC last night while I was watching a movie on Netflix.

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This is where I pick up on the quilting last night.

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I had several inquires about the waffle recipe – couldn’t read it well – I had actually just meant to show how I saved the recipe – Smile but seeing as it is a fast and easy waffle recipe and several asked me to clarify the ingredients as it was hard for them to read -  here is the recipe so you can see it!

Oat Waffles

3/4 cup rolled oats – quick
1 1/2 cups water
3 tablespoons butter cut in pieces
1 1/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup milk

In a glass measuring cup (I use a 4 cup) put the oats, water and butter – cook the oats until the butter is melted and the oats have absorbed the water – I do this for a couple minutes and keep checking them-it doesn’t take long.

Add the dry ingredients to the bowl (that is why I use a 4 cup – one bowl) in another bowl beat the eggs and add the milk – Stir the liquid into the dry until well blended.

on your pre-heated waffle iron cook your waffles as you normally do for the size iron you have – about 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup batter – I think mine usually go for about 4 to 5 minutes – you know until the steam is about gone.   For just Mike and I cut this recipe in half and we both have a round waffle of good size with one leftover that we either share or I make up the next day for whoever wants it.   I serve mine with syrup and butter as that is how we like it.  Over time this recipe has been altered – sometimes I add a mashed banana and cut back on the milk – sometimes mini chocolate chips have been tossed in or a chopped apple – be creative!

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I didn’t get around to quilting until after supper.  Saturday was a gorgeous day outside.  I started out the day with some waffles – I am not a morning cook and only make waffles or pancakes type of meal once in awhile – yesterday was my favorite Oat Waffles – I like this recipe so much – I cut it out of the newspaper years ago and laminated it – I keep it in the top utensil drawer in the kitchen so it is readily available – I hadn’t thought to laminate a recipe until a couple years ago when I realized it was either that or type it in the computer so it wouldn’t fall apart.  I think I will do my favorite cornbread recipe like that too – nice and handy.

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I woke up a bit before Mike and had already had a small pot of tea and was half way done with my waffle when he woke up so I took time to make him one too -

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Crocuses are now open in the yard – I only have a little bit but they are a welcome site.

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More daffodils opening in various locations in the yard

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Some Iris’s growing and yes that white stuff on the ground is still some left over sleet that hasn’t melted – most melted yesterday as it got up to 64 but here and there in the shade there is still some there.

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This is what is left of the wood pile!  we used almost all of the wood this year – something we normally do not do – this was full and then when we used about a 1/3 of it we had more down by the workshop and brought it up to the house as by that point we had a feeling it was going to be a hell of a winter and filled this up to the top again and here it is almost depleted.  As you can see it is mainly small pieces or some that were a little odd shaped and couldn’t be split and ended up not fitting in the fireplace – so they got tossed back out to the pile.  This probably isn’t much to y’all up north but it is for us as we do not use it as our only heat source but mainly back up for when power goes out and very cold mornings.

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Yesterday on the Moda Bake Shops site they showed how to quilt a pillow top as you make it and I thought I would do one in my own design – sort of like theirs but a little different.  You start with your batting and add strips in what fashion you want and quilt it as you go then add a backing to it and your pillow back -   this is how I started mine

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Here it is about half way done.  I will work more on it tomorrow. I have a rectangular pillow that I am making this for.

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On Friday  night I got back to working on Patchwork of the Crosses and got a lot done – I must have sat there for 2 hours taking two short get up and stretch breaks.

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This is where I picked back up last night.  I am linked to Kathy’s Slow Stitch Sunday - go visit and see what others are working on .

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Now that we are having nice weather come up this coming week I imagine I will be doing more yard clean up as I did yesterday I will still try to fit in some quilting time.  I was going to work on the Granny Square quilt yesterday but never got around to it although I did a few more stitches on the baby quilt while the news was on  – progress!

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What better way to spend the day then quilting and baking and just a little shopping with your daughter?  Neither of us are much on shopping and got that done yesterday morning– jeans and hobby items were needed Smile  then we both went back to our own homes and got busy with our day.

For me that was making more Granny Squares first.  I got two more done!  Now I have 6 rows x 6 rows – 36 blocks.  Right now I think I will do a sashing of some type and then a border to make it queen size.

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Before I can go any further I need to figure out color layout – I will start to work on that and assume it will take several days of rearranging standing back and looking at it and then waiting a couple more days to make sure LOL .   The color is all from 2 1/2 inch strips in the scrap basket and of course it still doesn’t look like I made a dent in it!!  While I am figuring out color arrangement I will also be thinking about the sashing color.

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I have linked up with Freshly Pieced: WIP’s As I have mentioned I am trying to only use stash this year unless I absolutely have to buy to finish a quilt – so I am looking through the stash to see what I have that can be used as sashing and the only thing I have is this one – these are what I have —  A bali water color batik in a gray color – not sure if your screen has the same color as mine – mine is not quite right.

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Other than that I have the light aqua and the darker aqua (also bali watercolor batik) that I have been using up for ages now but still have some left.

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Or a dark blue batik which I really don’t think would go with it well.

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So what choice to make?  I will certainly have to think on it.

On to the baking:

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

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1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 ripe bananas (edited: 8 AM sorry I forgot to put the bananas in the recipes!)
2 eggs
1 cup peanut butter – your choice chunky or smooth
6 oz container vanilla or plain yogurt
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup old fashion oats
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
optional mini chocolate chips

Cream everything in your mixing bowl and then add the flour and oats.  I found this was going to be too much for my loaf pan so I got out my doughnut pan and made 4 “baked doughnuts”.  Oven 350 degrees – the doughnuts baked in 20 minutes and the loaf in one hour – times vary from oven to oven.  As you can see the bread was much darker than the doughnuts – it just didn’t want to quite get done in the middle so I had to put a piece of aluminum foil over it the last 20 minutes.  (in the photo above as you can see we ate two of the smaller pieces immediately) Winking smile

Interesting read about quilting and other hobbies at this link below:

“A study found quilting improved well-being in ways that physical and outdoor activities could not, and offered a creativity that had been ‘stifled’ in the modern world.”

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66 degrees for a high on Monday – well that is ok with me.  I skipped the fitness center and worked out in the yard again – it will get chilly again though for the last week of the month from what the news said so we can’t get used to it yet.  But first thing yesterday morning it was a house to clean, laundry to do and I made jam!

I had been going through the freezer the other day and realized I had more blueberries (from my brothers farm) and rhubarb (from my WI daughter’s patch) in the freezer than I thought I still had.  Fresh blueberries will be ready in June –I haven’t been doing a ton of baking and do not like to eat blueberries by the handful – I like them in something not by themselves.  So what to make – jam!  I had not made any – I had plenty to work with so why not – I have a rhubarb cookbook as well and saw that some recipes combined berries with rhubarb for jam – sure enough – they had a combo of the two.  I still have a quart of blueberries left over and about 2 cups of rhubarb for something else – but now I have 4 jars of jam too.  One jar wasn’t completely full so that one is now in the refrigerator to use first.  All She Cooks has a link up on Wednesday if you want to check it out – I’m linking my jam there.

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With a little peanut butter  it made a nice snack when I needed it this afternoon!  Not super sweet – the rhubarb cut the sweetness just fine.  I will get more fresh blueberries in June and maybe if my rhubarb plants don’t come back I might get more rhubarb from Jessica when we visit her next – I assume we will see her sometime in summer or early fall like we usually do.  The recipe I had for the jam called for 4 cups of blueberries and 2 cups of rhubarb – plenty of sugar of course but I used half Truvia and half sugar (7 cups total) to cut down on calories a little – also used 2 packages of liquid pectin and because the last time I attempted to make blueberry jam it never thickened (I guess those berries were just plain too juicy)  I decided to use one package of the regular pectin as well – it made a nice firm jam – as you can see I tried it out after it had cooled off for about 3 hours. (I preserved using a hot water boiling bath of 15 minutes, take the jars out, cool and lids sealed)

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For two days I have not done an overabundance of quilting/sewing.  I did get some quilting done on Sunday night while the Olympics were on – this much of the first border still left to do on Patchwork of the Crosses.  Last night I intended to continue working on this area.

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And this much left of the baby quilt – I turned it sideways so I could lay all my patches out on the flannel – half of the quilt is sewn together – and some of it is just laying there – most of what you see is just laying there looking kind of messy – like I say I was outside working in the flower beds and pruning rose bushes and hydrangea’s – nice to be out in the sun when it is nice at this time of year.

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Were you busy Monday?

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Patches and Baking

by Karen on February 13, 2014

in Baking/cooking, quilts, Scrap Organizing

First the quilting – last night I took a break from the hexies and the applique – yes I have been working on the applique as well Smile just can’t tell because it all looks the same – I’m working the 3rd corner of the Floral Fantasy quilt sometimes and other times the hexies while the Olympics are on.  But – last night I changed it up a little bit and decided to quilt a little bit instead and put the little tv on above Mike’s area in the sewing room – it is to my right side when I am at the frame so I must listen while quilting and then turn when needed – I didn’t get done with a lot LOL.

Yesterday morning and almost every morning I try to make one Granny Block and work on the leaders and enders baby quilt (no name at the moment).  Here you see the Granny Block I made and 3 of the patches needed for the baby quilt Smile

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I don’t know if I ever showed the box that holds tons of white scrap fabric that resides up on the top shelf with the other scrap boxes – it is crammed!  I started to go through it and I will have plenty of white pieces to work into the baby quilt for all the 3 inch squares that I need – 72 of them at least if I counted right.  I had the iron out and spray starch and pressed and cut until I had them all done.  Then sadly to say all the scraps – the majority were put back into the box for another day!

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The wall is filling up!

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When I work on more than one project at a time like I was doing yesterday I pull my table out and extend the leaf that is on the back of the cutting table – this is actually a made for the kitchen island.  This is how much more room it gives me.

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The baking!  I posted a recipe on here four years ago – can’t believe it was that long ago! Oatmeal BreadI basically did the recipe the same way – except I doubled the granola to get rid of some that had been sitting around for awhile – I’m going through a tired of granola phase and seeing as I doubled that I cut the amount of oats.  I think I had something like 1.5 cups of granola and a half cup of oats.  As dough was raising I had a craving for cinnamon rolls – well this bread recipe isn’t what you would normally use for it – but what the heck – way not have a darker color bread for it.  I will say they are not as sweet as most – but they are good.

I cut the dough in half after the first raising and put one half in a loaf pan and rolled out the other half in a rectangle.   I spread it with butter, then sprinkled brown sugar on it, golden raisins and cinnamon.  Let rise again for the same amount of time as the bread – bake at the same time but leave the bread in the full length of time.  I didn’t measure for the rolls – just guessed at what I wanted by the way it looked.  They baked up in 25 minutes.  Recipe at the link in the previous paragraph.  You could do like sticky buns and melt butter in the pan put a good layer of brown sugar in it and place the buns in that and they would be much sweeter.

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The bread loaf

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The baked cinnamon rolls with some icing on them.

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