Saturday, June 27, 2009

Just Out of the Oven


Just popped this out of the oven......had some fresh peaches, so I sliced them up and made a cobbler for supper tonight. Made the house smell yummy! Maybe I'll skip the chicken and butter beans and just go straight to dessert.......

This cobbler is really easy to make with any fresh fruit. You can use canned fruit but it's really, really good with fresh fruit. It has a crusty outside and a smooth, gooey inside.

Peach Cobbler

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Put 1 stick of butter or margerine in a casserole dish, melt in a microwave and set aside. In another bowl cut up 2-3 cups of fresh peaches~~about 6-8 peaches. In a third bowl, mix 1 cup of milk, 1 cup of sugar, and 1 cup of self-rising flour and stir for 2-3 minutes. Next get the casserole dish with the melted butter and pour the milk/flour mixture directly on top. Do not stir. Then, spoon fresh fruit directly on top without stirring. Bake at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes. Great with whipped cream or ice cream.

My New Find This Week for a Future Sewing Room











First of all, look at my kitchen counter. This is the weeks pulled threads all in a pile on the kitchen counter. Another reason I'm going to make room in the basement for a "stitching/sewing room".
I picked up those linen napkins, which are a little on the large size for.......1.00 a piece.
I haven't decided what exactly I will stitch on them but ..........couldn't turn that down.
I also got a large piece of pink linen....yes, PINK, is my favorite color.......for only 25 cents.
And, those pink buttons in the middle of this pulled floss caught my eye. Haven't a clue yet what I will put them with but I thought they were so cute and could only imagine a pinkeep with these pink buttons.
Lastly, this large sampler I got for my future sewing room. It's old, old old. The tension is poor. The stitches are not so great but there was something about this piece that yearned to go to my sewing room. Of course, I will not even try to correct the tension issue or any missed threads, I like it really for the verse on it:
Be it ever so humble
There's no place like home
Well, I've got a counter to clean and floss bags to get going here.
Hubbie was outside about 10 minutes and said it was scorching hot already. He was up early to take to a charity some donation items. I'm going to work a little at putting some more things on Ebay and maybe, just maybe by our week of vacation we can clear a spot for stitching. But we have a ways to go........
Stay cool!
Jennifer





TGIF


Today went pretty breezy. I started the Sampler Girl's Hot Weather piece from her Companion Booklet 4. Will take a pic tomorrow of the progress. Tonight I came home and fell asleep from 7-11:30pm from pure exhaustion, this is definitely not the norm for me as I am a night owl but I'm almost ready to go to bed again, hoping tomorrow is more energizing.

Hubbie ordered his shop building today and we are excited about it being here in the next 2 weeks. It will be painted same color as our house with a red metal roof, 10 x 20 building, where he will house all his guy things like workshop tools and stuff.

I'm having trouble finding any TV channel that does not have Michael Jackson, blah, blah, blah, on it. I have such mixed feelings about him. I guess I shouldn't voice my opinion in a public domain here but honestly folks, this is a child molestor. I know, I know, I liked his songs too and back in the day, his songs provided lots of dancing and fun but in the past few years the guy has demonstrated bizarre issues and his child molestation charges kinda took the excitement of him away. I do not have any level of appreciation for child molestors......at all.

I'm surprised America is treating him as a king now with his perversive ways. Again, his music was great. Person.......hmmmmm.........

I do hope that the news deviates from the continual Michael Jackson blah, blah, blah, back to the Afghanistan War where real heros are dying for our country. I think the media needs to line up priorities. However, like Elvis, I think we will be hearing about it for a very long time.
Well, I'm almost becoming comatose myself, yearning for sleep here. So off to bed......again.
Have a great weekend.!


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Summer Around the House






































Clearing of the trees has made a new spot for a workshop for BG. We have new wood now for woodburning next Fall, not this year as it has to dry out a year but will split soon and put in the wood pile.




We have so many trees that I would love to take some more down but not right now.




Our Labs, Raven and Ruby cannot be still. Just cleaned out the refrigerator and they love to get the leftovers of the leftovers! Tonight they had an old leftover strawberry pie I made. Can't believe we didn't eat it all but anyway, they had a good dessert. Raven (my dog) is hyper as can be and in constant motion. Ruby is on the right (BG's dog) and usually reserved and cool. We are dooddling around the house now after eating hotdogs and baked beans, fresh tomatoes on the back porch. Love country life! We skipped our usual 2 mile walk tonight.


Yesterday was the longest day of the year. I believe it! And when it's still light outside, it's hard to settle down for the night. But winter will come soon enough and we'll miss these days.

Hope to start on a new stitching piece tonight. I showed a pic yesterday, sampler from Tanya Anderson's Companion Booklet 4. I will settle down and catch up on the latest world news. We are thinking of Brandon all the time. I don't know if they get any Internet access in Afghanistan but if so, hope he knows that alot of people are praying for him and his safety. Again, thanks to all the friends who have told me they are praying for him. I'm sure his guardian angel is quite busy right now.
Well, off to cleaning and then settling down for some stitching with world news............................
hope you are having a great summer evening!

Jennifer

A Favorite Poem



THE WEAVING



My life is but a weaving between my Lord and me:



I did not choose the colours - He worketh steadily;



Oft times He weaveth sorrow, and I, in foolish pride



Forget He sees the upper, and I the under side.



But when the loom is silent and the shuttles cease to fly,



Then He’ll unroll the weaving and explain the reason why.



The dark threads are as needful in the Weaver’s skilful hand,



As the threads of gold and silver in the pattern He has planned!




author unknown~~~~~~

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

On Any Shore With You Finished!












Today I finished, On Any Shore With You by The Sampler Girl. This was my goal today.
I coffee stained it and then dab dyed it, blow dried it, and then sewed some strips of a fat quarter on to it. As you can see my sewing is not perfect but with all the imperfections here, you can see that it's a great piece!!!!
I hope it was ok to substitute our initials instead of the ones on the pattern. I left the year the same. I guess we were in another lifetime here!!! LOL
Jennifer




Happy Birthday BodyGuard











Today is a special day


I am inviting you to a concert. Click on the link below and enjoy.

Happy Birthday, Body Guard!


Love you,

Jennifer

Hope you have many many more birthdays!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Sewing Classes

Well, I'm at lunch break at work now.......thinking about a sewing class tomorrow night. It's a basic class and part 1 is tomorrow night, part 2 is next Tuesday night.

If.....if I can pick up my sewing machine, then I am planning to go.
Supposedly with this basic class, I will make an apron!
I'm still contemplating a sewing machine. A little snag in the fix is Ebay. I have sold some stuff on Ebay and can't decide quite yet about which one. There seemed to be a mix up with Paypal and Ebay due to an email address change and for that little reason, I'm becoming good friends with tech support at Ebay! 1 hour conversation last night with someone about it. But, when all that is straightened out and then buyers can pay me, then I will have exactly enough for a basic computerized machine.

I am clearing out a work area in the basement and hope to make it my "studio" to give me more elbow room when stitching, put all my stitching supplies in one place (besides the kitchen counters) and just a little hide-away and escape after a busy day at work.
There are two birthdays in the family this week. Tomorrow my hubbie will be....hmmmm.....better not say but going on 30. LOL LOL
Next week, Meghan will be 21.
So, best to get back to work now...........

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Peddling Through the Weekend

I measured a frame that would be suitable for my On the Shore piece by The Sampler Girl. I found this after rummaging through a couple of seconds stores. Measured right. I will dismantle the existing aida fabric 80's piece and use it to frame my piece.

The quilt shop which is conveniently located right by the shop where I get my haircut was beckoning for me to drop in. I got a few fat quarters.

The Sampler Girl's companion booklet 4 came last week in the mail and I have pictured the fabric she has to go with one of the pieces. This is my lavender sack that I put in the bag with my floss on the current project. When I unzip it to stitch, my floss smells heavenly! Really.......lavender is supposed to be relaxing........therefore this weekend I had to really inhale it.

Here is a pic of my next project that is in the Companion Booklet 4. The weather right now is fitting.


Overall, here is my stitching progress on the Sampler Girl piece, On Any Shore With You. I
have never mismeasured on the fabric before like this!
Look at how close to the end.......living on the edge here.........

Therefore.....I have to put some fabric around the piece before framing.

Here is the fabric I chose from my stash~~~~~


All this, of course, was rewarded by a visit to Pizza Hut today. The best pizza in the world........close to Chicago pizza.
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