Catching Up

I’ve been busy trying to catch up on what all of you have been doing.  Maybe blogland should have designated posting days so that I don’t get so far behind everytime I take a break!  We had a great weekend visiting TheSecondChild for Parent’s Weekend.  It’s always fun to check up on him and his friends.  There were dinners out (big treat for college child — away from cafeteria food), a tailgate party and a football game.  And some re-arranging of the apartment furniture.  The boys don’t seem to have the decorating gene.  Furniture just gets placed awkwardly.  Now, the tv is visible from all seating locations.  ;-)

On the way there, I decided we’d take a 10 minute detour off of the freeway and visit a new little quilt/yarn shop I’d been reading about on this blog.  The shop is Clementine’s and I sort of snuck up on Camilla as she didn’t know who I was.


It was my first blog meet and it really made my day!  (I didn’t take any pictures of the inside of the shop because Camilla has some really nice pictures on her blog.)  I introduced myself and we had a nice time visiting.  She was even kind enough to entertain TheManoftheHouse while I browsed the fabrics.  She has a great collection of Westminster fabrics — a VERY needed addition to Indiana as they’re so hard to find here.   I browsed, we talked, I browsed, I selected a fabric, we talked, her 2-yr. old Eli wandered by (so cute!), we talked, I selected another fabric, we talked, I selected 2 more fabrics,  she and  TheManoftheHouse talked, I selected another fabric (someone please stop me!), we talked, she helped me select a Kaffe Fassett print for Magoo, I ended up in the knitting books, she chatted more with TheManoftheHouse, I selected knitting book, we talked about her AGA (which I didn’t even know you could get here in the states), I browsed, ….you get the picture!  Ms. Cami — your shop is going to be a great success — you have mastered the fine art of making the customer feel at home — we browse, we chat, we buy!!!  LOL!

I was VERY impressed!  Supposedly, all five children were lurking somewhere.  They must be very well behaved as we didn’t hear a peep out of them.  Speaking of the children, what happened to that cute little Eli?  Hey — here he is:


Is that TOO CUTE or what?  He fell asleep right by the front door.  No wonder we didn’t hear him anywhere!  After we were done, we quietly left and once outside I had to take another picture of sleeping little Eli — you can see what it looked like if you went walking by the outside of the shop:


Thank you Ms. Cami for a very delightful visit.  I’ll definitely be back — hopefully next time with Quilty Peeps in tow.

I did manage to get a little sewing done on the trip.  I usually do most of the driving when we travel, but this time I made an obvious discovery — if I don’t drive, I can sew or knit!  Duh.  I always thought it would make me car sick, but no!  I did forget to look up often though, so I sort of feel like I missed part of the trip.  I’ll have to work on the fine art of sewing AND paying attention next time.

One last thing — the sweet and innocent hysterical Isabelle has issued a “Show Us Your Jugs” challenge.  Much to the dismay of TheManoftheHouse, I don’t have a jug collection.  Just two reasonably small (and not the same size, I might add) jugs:


Inspired by Isabelle, I’m definitely thinking of starting a jug collection — you must go see Isabelle’s jugs —  they’re very lovely!  And certainly, I’d like to encourage all of you, dear readers, to “Show Us Your Jugs”!!!
Until next time, when I promise I’ll actually have sewing content,

Summer — Don’t Leave Me!

I know everyone is posting about fall. About how the weather is changing, the leaves are starting to turn, and Halloween will be here soon. But I’m not ready! Summer went by too fast. And we just got that darn new grill!

So, in its honor, I’m posting one last summer/grill recipe. Grilling season isn’t over yet. We still have Indian summer. And besides, there are a bunch of you down under who are just getting ready for summer. So, this recipe is for you. It’s a recipe for grilled potatoes wrapped in foil. They make a great side dish and since they’re grilled in foil packets, the clean up is very easy.

1 Foil Potatoes

Grilled Potatoes in Foil

1/2 c. Miracle Whip salad dressing (don’t let this scare you, it melts and disappears while cooking)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 t. paprika
1/4 t. each: salt, pepper
3 baking potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 large onion sliced

2 Foil Potatoes
  • Mix together salad dressing and seasonings in large bowl until well blended. Stir in potatoes and onions to coat.
  • Divide potato mixture evenly among six 12-inch square pieces of heavy-duty foil. Seal each to form packet.
  • Place foil packets on grill over medium-hot coals. Grill, covered, 25 – 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Makes 6 servings.

Throw those potato packets on the grill, burn your pork chops and you’re ready for dinner!

3 Foil Potatoes

We’re off to see TheSecondChild tomorrow for parents weekend.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

P.S. Are all the rest of you being killed with spam comments?  I can filter out most of the drug spam (so if you decide to send me a comment containing “viagra”, “levitra”, etc., your comment will go into moderation!) but I’m having trouble with the Paris Hilton spam.  What words do I filter out?

  • Paris – what if someone wants to comment on a great trip to Paris?
  • Hilton — a comment about a great Hilton to stay in?
  • Crotch — there is occasionally sewing content here — what if we need to discuss crotch seams?
  • Photos — Hello?  We discuss photos all the time!

Send advice!  ;-)


Look, Look, LOOKie!!!! I’ve got my very own GOOOOOAAAATTTTSSSS!!!! Isn’t it exciting???


Aren’t they cute???


Whaaat? You don’t believe me? Just because I’m a city girl? Well, I do. I have my very own goats.

Ok….so I don’t have to feed them — they’re on notecards! The very fabulous Ms. Rohanknitter sent them to me ’cause it was my lucky day a few weeks ago and I just happened to be the first one on her blog to guess that she and her family were going to Wrigley Field to see the Cubs play baseball. (Isabelle, you must forgive the excitement of my run-on sentence!) Just look at all the goodies she sent me.


Goat notecards, cute little paper folders, notepaper with pen (check out those cute sheep on the green ribbon) and some beautiful hot pink extra fine merino yarn. I love hot pink. Thank you, Thank you Karen, for the super prize package! And HOW did you know that Hot Chocolate is my drink of choice? Not tea, not coffee — my very favorite is Hot Chocolate! You Rock, My Dear!


And if that weren’t enough luck, I’ve won two other contests in the last month. They say luck runs in threes and it must be so. (I joked with Marianne that I couldn’t enter her contest because I’d won two this month and I wanted to save my third win to go and buy a lottery ticket — but du-uh, I forgot — I’ve already won three contests.) Anyway, I won two beautiful patterns — the very sweet Cottage Garden Bag from Cinderberry Stitches and the ever-so-cool Magoo from Melly & Me. Thank you — all of you girls — I love everything and you’re all so generous! Please go and visit all of their blogs — they’re all full of great ideas and inspiration.
And also, don’t forget to check in with Hollycakes . She’s going to be having some giveaways (I heard the WS- word — shhhh, Williams Sonoma — among others) and some voting. And besides, you have to get over there to see her very hip, trend-setting cats in their bibs! Scruff saw those bibs and just started whining — he wants to feel the Lakehouse Bib Love too.

A Neighborhood Ride

ScruffI hope you’ve had a very lovely weekend! Ours was picture perfect and I was able to spend the days puttering around doing the things I love most: mowing, cleaning out the car (not a whole lotta love there!), and sewing. And last but not least, catch up on some blogs!

Last week, Mrs. Staggs challenged us to get out into our neighborhoods and notice the things around us. And take some pictures. I was busy sewing in the dungeon and SweetiePie came and asked me if I’d like to go for “a tandem.” Why yes I would! And it would be the perfect opportunity to do as Mrs. Staggs suggested and take some neighborhood pictures. Before we even got started, I took a quick picture of a rather portly Scruff over there on the right — he was a little miffed at having been left behind.
SweetiePie and I went to the garage and got out the old blue tandem that belongs to BigDaddy and MeMum. I love to ride the tandem, especially when someone else is in the driver’s seat! We had a wonderful time, but I must tell you that little SweetiePie is a little ruthless when at the helm of a bicycle-built-for-two. No slow-poke touring for Miss SweetiePie. No-o-o. She’s a motivated dare-devil. I was a little concerned that perhaps I shouldn’t have brought my camera along — the odds of crashing with the poor girl dragging me along behind her were probably pretty high!

Neighborhood 10 Neighborhood 5

I did attempt to take a few pictures. I begged SweetiePie to stop, but she was on a mission. Have you ever tried to take pictures while you’re pedaling? ‘Taint easy! Most of them looked like this:

Neighborhood Dog

Can you tell what that is? It’s a neighbor’s friendly little dog. Sure wish I could have patted him on the head and begged him to pose nicely for a picture! Great shot as we zoomed by.

Neighborhood 6 Neighborhood 7

I did manage to get two, non-blurry pictures. Some pretty pink flowers at the bottom of someone’s driveway and a pedestrian crossing sign. That sign was put in place just for daredevils like SweetiePie — to slow down and don’t run over the poor people crossing the road.

rose of Sharon

Before long, we were back home so I took a quick picture of my Rose of Sharon before the sun slipped too far behind the trees. We had a fun time — thanks for the idea Mrs. Staggs! I need to remember to get out in my own neighborhood more often.

Before I go, just wanted to mention a few things I saw while blog-surfing:

  • Portebello Pixie is making some very cute Halloween garlands.
  • Check out Chookyblue‘s blog. Her camera is in for a multi-week repair so I casually suggested that if each of her blog friends would send her a picture, she’d have blog-fodder to last until the camera was returned. She ran with that idea and she’s done some funny stuff. I’m very impressed that she managed to come up with a topic for mug shots of pinocchio.
  • Have you seen these little hats before? I think they’d be pretty fun to make.
  • I think I’ve probably told you this before, but I just love these gratitude posts.
  • And, be sure you keep up with the Blog-able Feast by Hollycakes — rumor has it there are give-aways in the near future!

Happy Monday!


Blog-able Feast Friday: Raspberry Lemon Pie!

Welcome to Blog-able Feast Friday! A moment of applause, please, for Hollycakes — hasn’t she done a fabulous job of organizing a baker’s dozen of bloggers and keeping us all on task? I’m honored and thrilled that today is my day to participate. I join Morgan in the group of non-designers — well, unless you count software design, which pales by comparison to fabric design. Oh, to be able to fondle fabric (instead of a keyboard) professionally! And Morgan thinks she’s intimidated? Gosh, I have to follow that gorgeous carrot cake! Oops…where was I? Oh yes, you’re here for the dessert!

Today’s feature is a Raspberry Lemon Pie. Nice and easy for when you’re having friends over to sew or discuss a good read.

Raspberry Lemon Pie

Raspberry Lemon Pie

1 (10-oz.) package frozen red raspberries in syrup, thawed
1 T. cornstarch
3 egg yolks
1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup ReaLemon lemon juice from concentrate (This could be a marketing ploy – I don’t know why real lemon juice wouldn’t work.)
1 (6-oz.) packaged graham cracker crumb pie crust
(I prefer to make my own graham cracker crust – it’s not as pretty, but I think it has more flavor. Recipe follows.)
Whipped Topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In small saucepan, combine raspberries and cornstarch; cook and stir until thickened and clear. In medium bowl, beat egg yolks; stir in sweetened condensed milk and lemon juice. Pour into crust; bake 8 minutes. Spoon raspberry mixture evenly over top. Chill 4 hours or until set. Spread with whipped topping and serve.

Graham Cracker Crust
Combine 1 cup crushed graham cracker crumbs, 1/3 c. sugar and 1/3 c. melted butter. Press into the bottom of a pie pan. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

Now for a project I’m currently working on. I’ve started a wedding quilt for TheFirstChild and SweetiePie. SweetiePie and I sat down and drew up a plan: she loves a) neutrals, b) mocha, and c) monograms. So, we decided on a simple patchwork background of neutrals with mocha highlights for the inner border, binding, and their new married monogram.

Wedding Quilt

I’m currently piecing the top, but in light of Pam’s post yesterday (Big Congratulations Pam!), I might have to check out Alex Anderson’s new quilting book on neutrals. That will provide a good diversion while I wait on my Lakehouse fabric order – I’ve ordered some of the much-loved champagne dots that I’m hoping will work for the outside quilt border.

So, Hollycakes! Thanks so much for inviting me to participate in the blogable feast. It’s been great fun to “meet” the bloggers and collect some fabulous recipes that will be perfect for when my quilting friends get together!