Monday, June 18, 2012

Baking Day

Sunday now seems to be my baking day for the week. Somehow i'd ended up with a pile of overripe banana's again. So out came the recipe books. I did find a recipe a few days ago online for banana & choc chip muffins.
These are all that's left after the kids got into them. The recipe says it makes 12 muffins but i found the batter makes about 18. Whilst they were cooking i made this
fruit salad chiffon pie. They don't make the pie shells the same shape they used to. The recipe used to fill 2 pies shells but now i'm also filling 2 ramekins with the leftover filling. Next up was a banana & pecan slice. I threw the extra choc chips left over from the banana muffins in as well.
Iced with a mocha icing. Just delicious. Couldn't decide on a final banana recipe so i asked the guinea pigs kids what they'd like. Banana bread was chosen.
I had some rhubarb that needed using up. I made an apple & rhubarb cake.
That lot ought to keep them happy for the week.  :)

Happy Stitching,

Sunday, June 17, 2012

FNSI, Labne & a swap

Friday night i took part in this months FNSI run by Heidi. First project i worked on was to repair my daughter's skirt. She came to me quite a while back asking if i could repair her favourite skirt. Only way i could hide the tear was some applique. But what sort & what fabric? I think she gave the skirt to me about the time i bought the Baby Go. I got the Baby Go out Friday & cut the flowers. That was fun. I followed the instructions to a T or so i thought. The darn thing wouldn't roll through at all. Even my daughter tried. At whit's end as to why it wouldn't work & putting the 3 pieces back together(cutter, fabric & mat) i turned the mat around only to discover( by accident) the damn Baby Go likes the printed end of the mat to go through the machine first not the blank end.
2 flowers needed to cover the tear. Luckily i had an old child's dress that was suitable for the applique colourwise. 2nd project i worked on was this
Didn't think i'd show you all of it did you? Just a sneaky peek until the recipient gets it. I also finished the stitching on this. It's drying now after rinsing the tracing pen out.
Yesterday i took the Labne from the fridge where it was draining & hoping for the best i opened up the cheesecloth
& found it soft but firm. So far so good. Gave it a taste test. As i've not tried Labne before i'm hoping it was as it should taste. I can see why my research on Labne has a few mentions of using it in place of Philly cream cheese but i doubt i would do so. I wasn't sure what i wanted to do with the cheese so i decided to do what Fast Ed did with his.
Not easy to shape soft cheese into balls. They are marinating in olive oil, peppercorns, lemon zest & fresh rosemary. The cheese must taste ok as i gave my son a taste test last night & he was trying to sneak the whole container home with him. Sorry only the pea & ham soup for you my dear.

A while ago on Facebook i entered a pincushion swap. The pincushion that was sent to me arrived last Friday.
My partner also sent me the little chooky she made.

Happy Stitching,

Friday, June 15, 2012

How time flies !!!!

I heard from my Winter Wonderland swap partner last week that her parcel had arrived. These are 2 of the things i sent.
 A wallhanging from Kaaran's First Friday Freebies. The other is a mug rug with an embroidered snowman.
I was recently inspired to drag out a kit i've had for quite a number of years & trace it out. This is the kit
No problems you say? Well it is a tad had to trace when this happens
Bella thought i'd turned the light box on for her to sleep on. :) But i did manage to get it all traced.
Meanwhile i've been working on this
& this,
Last weekend was our annual retreat. As usual the food was to rave about & the company fun & fabulous. Thanks ladies for the great weekend. Took the camera but was to lazy to take photo's. :( I did work on this
but discovered a little problem with the iron on bits so all i could do was sew the pieces together for the bag. Next i added the borders to Michelle's stitchery which i'd finished last week.
It just needs the backing & binding now. I made a bag whilst out there. Love the size of it.
Made from charm squares & it's huge.

A while ago on Better Homes & Gardens Fast Ed made Labne Cheese. Today i have finally gotten around to trying it out.
Just 3 ingredients into the bowl.
 All whisked together & into the fridge for 1/2 an hour.
Ready to hang to drain overnight. Now i'm off to make Limoncello & a nice batch of Pea & Ham soup in the slow cooker.

Happy Stitching,

nine patches

 Somehow i have gotten behind again with my nine patches so yesterday i sat & sewed & i am all caught up. Week 12 week 13 I think i ...