Thursday, July 26, 2012

Three quilts and a recipe

K & M's quilt top is finished.  Well, maybe not.  I used this pattern which is a little smaller than they requested.  They wanted something big enough for them both snuggle under and I don't know that it is quite big enough.  So, I'm thinking of putting a border around it. I'm on the look out for the right fabric now.  Even without the border I love it. I hope they like it.  Joe certainly does.

 I could not get him out of the pictures.  He was very determined that I should play ball with him. I guess he figured that repeatedly dropping his ball on the quilt would be the most certain way to get my attention.
Well, it worked.  After I took this shot, set the camera aside to play a little fetch/keep away with him.  Strange name for a game you say.  Well, there is a story behind it.
Joe has never quite mastered the art of fetch.  Oh sure, he will run and fetch the ball, but he will never actually give it back to you.  He will run to within inches of you and stop. When you then try to retrieve the ball, he will keep moving his body just far enough out of your reach to keep you from taking it from him.  This will continue indefinitely until you actually tackle him, take the ball and throw it again.  This game is high entertainment for The Joe.

Back to the subject at hand.  I also finished this cute, little girls quilt. Anybody know a special little girl who might like this? 


I tried a new-to-me machine quilting design called a hooked swirl.  It was very easy and gave the quilt great texture.  don't you love the look of it on the linen I used for negative space?  The only thing I might do differently next time is to quilt the pattern a bit smaller.


I found this cute, aqua floral in my stash.  I think it makes the perfect binding; still feminine but keeps the pink factor from becoming nauseating.

I recently found out that another person I know is battling cancer.  News like this hits so hard because I know there is really nothing I can do.  I want to help, but can only offer support.  I had a few squares left over from the first quilt, so I whipped this up to show I care.  It's very small, but I'm thinking it will make a nice center if I surround it with a nice gray solid.
Well, that's what I've been up to lately in my spare time.
And now, for a special friend (I told you I'd finally get around to it) who requested that I post it.  Check out what new on the What's Cookin' page.   I think you'll like it.



Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Random Questions

This will be a picture-less post since I'm posting from my phone while on jury duty.
Sitting in the jury assembly room for hours certainly causes a gal's mind to wander. I begin to wonder about all sorts of things.
Things like:
Why are there some people who simply must talk all the time?
The woman sitting behind me has been prattling on about everything from her disability money running out to the size of another prospective jurors boobs, the entire time we have been here. I feel sorry for the poor man sitting next to her.
And another thing:
When did the average woman lose sight of how to dress appropriately?
I would probably have been spared the diatribe about the perspective jurors boobs if said juror had not shown up in ridiculously tight skinny jeans and a halter top of which said boobs were falling out.
Really?? This is what she thinks is appropriate for court? She's not the only one, either. Across the room is a woman in a spandex micro mini and 5" heels. Now that is an outfit one might expect to see in a courthouse, although, probably not on a juror.
And let's not neglect the men. We've got quite the assortment of style choices there as well.
There's the biker dude with his leather and chains sitting next to the old guy in the grateful dead shirt and ZZ top beard. Lovely.
I would hope a jury of my peers would have a little better grasp on appropriate public service attire.
And finally:
How can I shake this guy who has been following me around my entire lunch hour??
I think he's trying to pick me up.
Matt, we have GOT to get my wedding ring repaired. A wedding ring is really a girls best stalker defense.
Is it time to go home yet?


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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Jam

It all started when I flipped through this magazine while waiting in line at Vons.  The beautiful images and delicious sounding recipes filled me with the urge to put up some jam.
So I tossed the mag in my cart and excused myself from the line to find the needed supplies to purchase.  Luckily this mad impulse seized me on my day off, so I could get started right away.

I decided to start with this recipe. I've made freezer jam in the past so I knew I could handle it.
Oops, bad picture.  It says Lime-Kiwi Freezer jam.


This recipe was incredibly fast and easy.
I just peeled and chopped about 9 kiwis and added the zest of one lime.

Then comes the sugar.  Lots of sugar!
Yes, I did use white sugar.  I know that goes against my clean eating principles, but we will only be eating this as an occasional treat, so I went with the recipe as is.  Later, I might experiment to clean it up a bit.  Maybe I'll try it with honey or agave.

Once the sugar was incorporated, I let the mixture stand for 10 minutes.  It made a nice fruit syrup which I quite enjoyed licking off my fingers.
In the mean time, I boiled 1/2 cup of water with one box of pectin and the juice of about one lime.  After boiling for a minute, I stirred it into the fruit for 3 minutes to make sure all the sugar dissolved and wasn't grainy.


Once it cooled for about 15 minutes, I ladled it into my freezer containers.  I'm so proud of them!
Disclaimer: Making jam is a very exact science and since I'm pretty sure I would get thrown in jail for plagiarism if I put the exact recipe here on my blog. Therefore, I did not do so.
If you want to make this, and I highly recommend you do, run out and buy the magazine.  Matt and I put some on our pancakes yesterday and it was delish!


The next recipe I tried was Nectarine and Vanilla Bean Jam.

The process was much the same but this one required processing in a water bath or steam canner for 5 minutes.

And here they are.  I got a little fancy and topped them with some spare cupcake wrappers I had hanging around.  Aren't they cute??  This jam is delicious as well.  In fact, out of the two I would say it's my favorite.
There are so many more recipes in the magazine I'm dying to try.  Our local farm is having pick-your-own blueberries this month.  Hmmm, I think I see some Blueberry-Cinnamon freezer jam in my future.

I've also been working on my mantle, lately.  Sorry, I don't have a before photo but trust me, it was pretty boring.  When I found this wall clock at Home Goods the other day and I new it was just what I needed.  I then framed up some pages from an old map calendar I saved, gathered a few other goodies from around the house and voila!  What do you think?



And of course, I'm working on a new quilt.  This one is for Kade's wedding.  Yep, he popped the question and she said yes! Yay!  We are so excited to be adding another wonderful daughter-in-law to our family.
So it's been a very happy, homey couple of weeks around the ol' Burnham homestead.
Nothing makes me feel more content than tending feathering my little nest.
Things are good right now.
I feel very blessed.
I read an article the other day that really inspired me.  I thought you might like it too.