Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Just realized that my toolbar has the added option of Type in Hindi...सतरंगे!
Monday, November 23, 2009
We flew into Delhi through Amsterdam and spent a few days there before flying on to Hyderabad. Yesterday we hired a car & driver to see the sights around the city. We went to some historical sites and then stopped a couple of places to shop. The first was a pearl shop (Hyderabad is the pearl capitol of India) and the second was a handicraft shop where I purchased a lovely pashmina wrap (for myself :-) and several silk scarves to give as gifts. I was pleasantly surprised when the driver asked if we would like to visit a "cloth" shop. I, of course, responded an enthusiastic "Yes!" and told Mike he could wait in the car with the driver while I shopped for fabric. Imagine my disappointment when we pulled up in front of a clothing store. I profusely apologized to the driver for misunderstanding him. Mike just smiled.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
"What kind of food?"
If my children read this, they will recognize this conversation.
Well, we were in Chicago earlier this week and had better than just good food...we had FANTASTIC food at Topolobampo. I had the Adventurer's Tasting Menu. The pictures are from my iPhone, so they are not that great, but trust me, dinner and wine were fabulous!
*"Tostadas" de Atun y Erizo: Hawaiian ahi tuna carpaccio and fresh Maine sea urchin with crispy tortillas, fresh lime and roasted garlic mojo. Fried leeks, avocado, sungold tomato. (Wine pairing: 2008 Sitios De Bodega "Con Class" Verdejo, Rueda, Spain)
*Mollejas de Ternera, Mole Verde: "Popcorn" sweetbreads with green pumpkinseed mole. Roasted local turnip, fried plantain, Bayless Garden microgreens. (Wine pairing: 2008 Brander "Cuvee Natalie" Santa Ynez Valley, California)
Cachetes de Halibut con Flores de Calabaza: Pan-seared halibut cheeks with creamy squash blossom sauce. Fresh shell black beans, garlicky "wilted" spinach, Oaxacan string cheese, tortilla crunch. (Wine pairing: 2006 Vincent Giradin Mersault "Les Narvaux" Cote D'Or, France)
*Mole de Olla: Rich, red chile-and-epazote broth with 72-hour-braised Tallgrass short rib. Corn masa dumplings (chochoyotes), xoconostle (sour prickly pear) green peas, chayote. (Wine pairing: 1997 Terreno Chianti Classico Riserva, Tuscany, Italy)
Mesquite, Peras, Manzana, Chocolate: Warm, nutty mesquite-bean cake with cajeta (goats milk caramel). Negra Modelo-poached Klug Farm pears and apples, dark beer chocolate. (Wine pairing: NV Campbells Rutherglen Tokay, Victoria, Australia)
The restaurant was very busy, crowded and noisy and the server was very scripted, but we still enjoyed our evening very much.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Here is my latest block of the month:
And here is a little (12"x 34") table runner I made from some of these fabrics. Not bad for two bucks.
I bought this chair as a birthday gift for Mike to go with our new couch.
We have had this chair for at least 15 years. We bought it at an antique store with no seat. We cut a piece of plywood to fit, had a piece of foam cut and I covered it with this 90s green fabric.
When I ordered the new chair, I also ordered a yard of matching fabric and recovered the cushion. Not a great picture, but you get the idea.
We decided that we needed a different coffee table to go with our new look. We considered buying a new one, but decided to take this route instead. Mike has had this trunk since his mother died. She used it when she moved from Chicago to San Francisco in 1939.
This is the shipping tag that was still attached. People misspelled Gillin even back then!
We had glass top made for it and are very pleased with the result.
As previously mentioned, I have the binding machine sewn onto this quilt, and have started the laborious process of blind-stitching. Wish me luck!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Probably the best passport pictures he has ever had taken, for only the cost of photo paper and ink. Now I just have to get him to take one of me. I'm sure I will be more critical of mine.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
It was HOT outside, so you can see why everyone was trying to huddle in the shade while Jim Denevan gave his talk.
This is the herd of cows whose off-spring make their way into our freezer.
After eight months with their mothers, these guys have it made in the shade while they fatten themselves up native grasses.
And here is where the pigs live, out in the forested areas.
One of the two heritage breeds, Berkshires and Durocs, that are raised here.
Some of the prep work being done to serve dinner to 150 out in the middle of the farm field.
Roasted pig noses (they tasted better than they looked!)
Chilled cushaw squash soup with arugula pesto & purple hull pea crostini
Goat tamales in banana leaves
Grilled Gulf whole snapper with chile glaze, squash, radishes & field peas
Crispy roasted pork belly, apples & red cabbage
Toasted, herbed cornmeal poundcake, goat cheese mousse, blueberry compote and butternut squash, spicy walnut & sage macaroons.
Quite a different menu from the event in Minnesota, but that's what locavorism is all about! The food was all great, even the pig noses and tails, but hopefully next year they will hold this event in late October instead of September, when the chance of cooler weather is more likely.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Les Petites Images: Better than Christmas: A Give Away
Sunday, September 20, 2009
As I mentioned earlier, Marjorie and I hit 9 of the 14 shops in the North Texas Shop Hop. At each shop we got a free fat quarter...these are mine. A couple of the shops let you choose any one in the shop, but most had a limited selection to choose from.
I bought these at Cabbage Rose to make a table runner, figgy pudding by basicgrey from Moda.
This was the last they had of this Tulip Nouveau by Ro Gregg for Northcott at Quilt Among Friends but it was so pretty I had to take it. They had shown a black skirt and jacket trimmed in it. Maybe I will get the urge to take up garment making again.
And at Common Threads they had a bin of "scraps" that you could fill a bag with for $2, and fill it I did!
Can you believe all this was in there? I especially love the orange and brown vintage cowboy print.
In total, I don't think I spent more than $30 (excluding gas :-), but we sure had fun!
Monday, September 14, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
And this is the third block in their new 3rd Saturday mystery block of the month. Kind of boring after the previous ones, but it will be pretty with the first two.
And while I didn't win the Marx Foods giveaway, the nice folks there did send me 25 of their palm leaf plates for posting about it. I don't usually use disposable plates, but these are pretty nice. Maybe we'll have to have a party...
Friday, August 14, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
But you're not here to hear about my technology trials and tribulations, you're here to see my latest quilt! I didn't post anything about it when it was a work-in-progress because it was a surprise for my sister's 50th birthday. She and her kids came down last weekend, so I was able to give it to her in person. It was made out of a layer cake of Tula Pink's Nest fabric.
For the label I scanned a picture of her and me taken in one of those four for 25¢ booths in 1961 or so.
I also had the opportunity to give my niece Emma a quick sewing lesson, and she made this cute pillowcase out of Amy Butler fabric. It was her first sewing project, but hopefully not her last. She comes from a long line of seamstresses and I hope she grows to love the craft as much as I do!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Les Petites Images: Outstanding in the Field: MN Edition
Saturday, July 25, 2009
The year Kate went off to college (2000), my nurse manager asked me if I wanted to get my MBA with her, one night a week for a year and a half. I said, "No thanks, I think I'm going to take a quilting class." And so it started. Over the last 9 years I have only made a dozen quilts or so, having dabbled in knitting, cross stitch, beading, scrapbooking, etc. as well. But recently I have really been into it. I have one quilt at the quilter, one that I am sewing the border on, and I just finished machine quilting (stitch in the ditch) this one. I bought the kit at Painted Pony and Quilts when we first moved to Houston. I have worked on it off and on for several years, and am finally almost finished. I just need to find the fabric for the binding. I'm pretty sure I know where it is. It is Mary Engelbreit fabric, and my first foray into applique and prairie points.
I fused the hearts with Wonder Under and used the blanket stitch on my machine.
The kit came with the stems and leaves already embroidered, I just had to sew on the buttons (also done on the machine).
I am pleased to be (almost) done with another work in progress. I am trying to decide what to start on next. These are the first two blocks from Cabbage Rose Quilting's new mystery block of the month.
I have fabric and patterns for several more quilts, just need to decide what to start next. I have been thinking of making another T-shirt quilt. I have numerous Mary Engelbreit T-shirts which I never wear, and a boatload of ME fabric, so I think it would be a fun project.
And on a totally unrelated subject, these are eggs from the farmers' market...aren't they pretty?