Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Recipe Published

From time to time, Gooseberry Patch requests recipes from its followers and I am usually only happy to oblige.  They always have a theme -- Christmas, cookie swap, quick-to-fix -- that they are featuring and outline what they are looking for regarding number of ingredients, time involved and so on.  In exchange for a recipe of mine that they publish, they send me a free cook book.  Wow!  What a deal!  A free Gooseberry Patch cookbook for one of my recipes.  I will take that deal any day of the week.

This new cookbook from Gooseberry Patch is called Foolproof Family Recipes, easy-to-make recipes for new cooks, newlyweds, and families on the go.  And I have the perfect recipe -- Newlywed Roast.  Trust me, even if you can't boil water, this roast will rival your mother-in-law's!  With only three main ingredients, this is quick and easy, too -- my kind of recipe.

It's always fun to dig through my (ahem) clutter of recipes.  I intend one day to organize my recipes into a recipe scrapbook and have even started collected ideas and embellishments to do so, but I just haven't found the time as yet.  Pinterest is full of ideas and when I stop to take a peek at what I've already collected, I get sidetracked by new ideas to pin and lose track of time.  Before I know it, it's time to start dinner and I haven't accomplished anything but a slew of new pins.  Wouldn't it be great to have a neatly stacked bookcase with recipes readily at hand of your favorites?  I thought about making a recipe scrapbook of just those recipes I like to use at Christmas.  What a timesaver!  Maybe one day . . . 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Where are you???

* Excuses Reasons for Not Blogging

  1. I’m working on a secret project and there are spies everywhere.
  2. I have become obsessed with Project Life and December Daily.
  3. I fell and broke my tailbone and sitting for too long is excruciating.
  4. I want to write fiction.
  5. The husband has had the flu.
  6. I am addicted to the game Fairway Golf.
  7. I am reading really good books right now – five of them.
  8. I am coming down to the last days of my free use of the Cricut Explore library and am making images like mad.
  9. I’m in the mood to create things for Christmas and it’s still too early to post holiday ideas without getting shot.
  10. I won a beauty pageant and paparazzi are stalking me.

* Some of these excuses reasons may be imagined.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Christmas Red work

Lately I have had an itch to stitch.  I think it's leftover from Madame Samm's Superpower Challenge.  I am also in the mood for Christmas, so I bought the Crab-apple Hill Winter Wonderland red work pattern and have started stitching at night while I watch television.  (Mainly I stitch while watching my husband's chosen selections, since he hogs the remote control.) 

I think this is such a fun design and the red work goes quickly.  At first I was going to use different colors of red floss, but changed my mind when my local stores did not offer much of a selection and chose to use only DMC #666, a cheery Christmas red.   I'm not sure I'll have it finished in time for Christmas, or if I even want to make the complete quilt.  I was thinking, just this first section would make a wonderful table runner for the holidays.  What do you think?