Sunday, January 31, 2010
starting point for an AWESOME V-day decoration (I hope). So excited to
start it tomorrow.
The "boy" quilt (top and back) is totally done. I stitched the binding
on while watching the Grammys. (Taylor Swift is so friggin' adorable!
So glad she won as many as she did!). I looooove the back. It might be
time to play with more solids. I really like the definition of the
quilting on the solid. Hmmmm... It might be time to try my hand at a
"modern" quilt, they tend to hve lots of blank spaces....
I think this quilt is getting donated to a fundraising auction for our
church.... I just don't know why to suggest as the opening bid....
Poor C came in to watch the graphics on the Grammys and passed out, so
he became my model.
Ramona’s So-Easy-So-Fast Turkey Meatballs
2 packages ground turkey from Costco (they come in sets of 4)
2 eggs (big ones, from my chickens, so probably 3 medium?)
1 yellow onion, minced
3 big cloves of garlic, minced
3 big pieces of bread (I used sourdough, from Costco), crumbed in food processor
¼ cup minced parsley
Salt, pepper, Italian Seasoning to taste
Preheat oven to 350F
Heat up 1tbsp olive oil in a small skillet, put in onions, cook over medium heat till onions are soft (5-10 minutes), add minced garlic, cook for another minute or two. Allow it to cool to warm/room temp, (not hot)
In a large bowl, mix breadcrumbs and eggs, then add turkey, spices, and onion mixture, stirring/mixing/combining with your hand(s).
Shape into 1” meatballs and place on a baking sheet, cook for 25-35 minutes (until no longer pink inside) (my oven took a full 35 minutes, but they were still nice and juicy..)
Cool and refrigerate or freeze, then pop them into a pan with sauce and heat till all warm…. Serve over pasta (or on toothpicks as toddler finger food)
I combined recipes from Williams Sonoma, Alton Brown, and several recipes on various cooking websites to get this one, and I will most definitely be making them again!)
Friday, January 29, 2010
here's the front...
and the back...
I decided to grade the saturation on the back (like we did for the 1/2 square triangles on the front), rather that just use white.
i LOVE it.
I quilted it with double diagonal lines, by drawing lines through the points, then lining up my quilting/1/4" foot on the line, and sewing on either side... so the lines wind up being 1/2" apart...
again, i LOVE it.
just to be pretty, I put my other baby quilts on the fence too....
D has been insisting on having "wankets" on him all the time, so they're both out, getting used constantly... which is good, that's why I made them, after all....
the blue and yellow one is from a book, and the other two I just made up as I went along...
here they are again, with my grapes below and the gorgeous blue sky above...
LOVE winter in Southern California....
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
And I bordered the baby quilt...
It's a solid red, then a print, white with teeny orange petals, and red, green, brown dots, then a slightly wider orange border...
I'm in LOVE with this quilt....
here's a close up of the print/border...
I'll take better pics tomorrow, but it's 11pm right now, and I need to sleep...
I'm thinking of piecing the back, which I've actually never done before...
I was originally planning on just a plain white background, but now am considering doing a diagonal piecing of pink solids.... from palest to darkest, cause I have 4 from this.... might be cool, not sure if I have enough to go diagonally though... might just do horizontal or white...
plan the borders... Hopefully I'll choose/sew them tonight, and can
make my quilt sandwich tomorrow (tonight if I'm lucky!).
Also, while my ukulele lessons aren't going so well (it hurts!!!), my
bread baking skills are definitely improving... Thanks in large part
to America's Test Kitchen, (their "Baking Illustrated" book, in
particular), I can now officially make successful biscuits!
I have made 2 awesome batches of "cream biscuits," and a batch of
Monday, January 25, 2010
well, they were not wound and put away quickly enough!
I thought it was bad enough that the Bean took them to be necklaces, but then...
I discovered D, using them to "catch" aliens!
and then I looked back, and the Bean had MORE!
she's so pleased with herself!
I have rescued and wound them all up now, so no more toy skeins for babies... but I had to share...