Wednesday, December 31, 2008

My Black & White Fabrics (sent via e-mail.)

Since I sent this via e-mail, you have to click on the URLS, the first on in the "block" is the bigger main flickr page, the second one is a small print. (We'll call this a failed experiment in blogging with photos.) Clicking your back button will get you back to this page - for what it is worth. You may be able to click on the first URL & then look at the black & white prints in flickr, without going through each of these URLS. Sorry...

<a href="" title="black on white by aviva_hadas, on Flickr"><img src="" width="240" height="180" alt="black on white" /></a>
Black on White

<a href="" title="mostly black on white by aviva_hadas, on Flickr"><img src="" width="240" height="180" alt="mostly black on white" /></a>
Mostly Black on White

<a href="" title="black &amp; white - mostly 50/50 by aviva_hadas, on Flickr"><img src="" width="240" height="180" alt="black &amp; white - mostly 50/50" /></a>
Mostly 50/50 black & white

<a href="" title="white on black by aviva_hadas, on Flickr"><img src="" width="240" height="180" alt="white on black" /></a>
white on black

<a href="" title="novelty black &amp; white prints by aviva_hadas, on Flickr"><img src="" width="240" height="180" alt="novelty black &amp; white prints" /></a>
novelty black & white

<a href="" title="black &amp; white cats by aviva_hadas, on Flickr"><img src="" width="240" height="180" alt="black &amp; white cats" /></a>
black & white cats

<a href="" title="positive/negative black &amp; white cat prints by aviva_hadas, on Flickr"><img src="" width="240" height="180" alt="positive/negative black &amp; white cat prints" /></a>
positive/negative black & white cats

<a href="" title="The piles of black &amp; white fabrics by aviva_hadas, on Flickr"><img src="" width="240" height="180" alt="The piles of black &amp; white fabrics" /></a>
The piles before sorting.

You probably knew that I had quite a few cats, but did you realize that I had an affinity for positive negative prints & polka dots, & stripes? For what it is worth, most of these are fat quarters & some are even smaller scraps. Several will make it into a give away bag after I cut for the black & white challenge quilt.

RB on my pillow - Do I have to sleep on the couch?

RB on my pillow - Do I have to sleep on the couch?
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Not long after, he took up residence on my pillow....

Jacob & RB

Jacob & RB
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

The guard cat is in position.

A bit of black & white

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Before I blog about black & white fabric. (The fabrics are out of the stewdio, but not photographed yet.)

This is another favored photo of mine...

Happy New Year to all! We will be having a quiet evening in. We took the kitties for a check-up & boy oh boy did Jacob put on a good show. We were changing him & he had some explosive poopies! At least they were not as stinky as the cat or dog poops. Our vet is a personal friend & she gave Jacob a very nice book! (We love reading.)

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Baby Blintz & a recipe for Blintz Souffle

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

What do you call a tightly wrapped newborn? Baby Burrito? What about Baby Blintz? (A blintz is basically a stuffing - cherry, cheese, blueberry, & potato - wrapped in a crepe.) Here is my baby blintz. I am sharing (or resharing as the case may be.) this photo now because I just made blintz souffle.

As a caveat, I use purchased frozen blintz - Golden is the brand.

Blintz Souffle

12 blintz (I use 1 package of cheese & 1 fruit)
1 pint sour cream
6 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup sugar

Pre-heat oven to 350F. Mix sugar, eggs, & sour cream in a bowl, until smooth. Arrange blintz in a baking dish (I arrange them like a checkerboard, so that you can get one of each flavor in a serving.) cover with the egg mixture. Bake for 1 hour. Enjoy, for breakfast, brunch, side dish, dessert... We had it for dinner...

BTW I took my black & white prints out of the stewdio while my husband was entertaining the baby, but that it about as far as I got so far....

Monday, December 29, 2008

Still one of my favorites

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

So I got my photos from flickr. Most of them are very nice, but the ones where I edited them in picnik - most are not so nice. Where you add words, depending on where you place them, they get cut off... (90%of mine got cut off - & based upon how they look online, they look like they should have been fine...) On the other hand, when I did this kind of edit, they turned out just fine.

Also, (I kind of knew this before, but...) I just figured out that the baby room/stewdio combination is not the greatest. Right now Jacob is "napping" (not crying) in his crib, so I dare not go in to pull my black & white prints out... (No excuses for not working on binding...)

Just one recipe for Latkes (Potato pancakes) - for the last day of Hanukkah

There are many ways of making potato pancakes (Latkes), this one is fairly easy & straight forward. (You can substitute zucchini for 90% of the potato - par bake the potato that you do use because the zucchini cooks more quickly - squeeze out all of the liquid, sweet potatoes work nicely - par bake them first...)

1 pound (450 g) potatoes, peeled
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped (or to taste - I don't measure & probably use more)
1 large egg, beaten
2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour (you can substitute, cracker, matzo, or bread crumbs here.)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup canola oil (vegetable oil)


1. shred the potatoes with a grater 
2. put potatoes & onions on paper towels & squeeze out the liquid
3. In a bowl, mix together the potatoes & onions with the egg, flour & salt
4. heat half of the oil in skillet until very hot, then scoop mounds of the potato mixture (about 2 tablespoons each) into pan. Do not crowd the pan.
5. press the mounds down with spatula to flatten. reduce heat & cook until the bottoms are golden, about 5 minutes. flip & cook until golden on the other side. Remove to paper towel to drain. Repeat using the remaining oil  as needed.
6. Serve immediately, or transfer to an oven safe dish & keep in a warm oven (250F or 120C) until ready to serve.

Serve with applesauce & or sour cream.

An applesauce recipe


4 apples, peeled, cored & diced (I get 4 different apples - since some breakdown while cooking & others do not)
3/4 cup water
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (or apple pie spice mix)


1. stir together all ingredients in a medium sauce pan
2. cover sauce pan & cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft. Remove from heat & allow to cool.
3. Using a potato masher, mash mixture until your applesauce is as chunky or smooth as you like. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

water main break

I heard about the break several hours ago (I get traffic/weather alerts via e-mail), but I am watching the news on BBC America & this event made the news. (I think that that is a big deal, because they cover the world, not just the Washington area.) Luckily I do not drive in that area very often, but I have driven there, so that makes the event a bit scary... We are also lucky that it did not effect our water supply - breaks have done that in the past.

I can't wait for it to actually get cold... (the mains can & do break more often in colder weather.) Just a bit sarcastic.

Tomorrow is our photo day - I sure hope that Jacob is awake & cooperative during our appointment time... 

Monday, December 22, 2008


The free-bee has been claimed.

flickr fun - Picnik

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Has anyone used Picnik to "enhance" their photos? (Picnik is part of flickr...)

Well I have - I had a "sewing amount of time" without a sewing machine - & no desire to cut or do hand work, so I played with Picnik. I added captions & I did some enhancements. (My living room lights have a yellow cast that is soooo obvious when editing photos.)

I ordered some prints as well, but they have not arrived yet... I'll let you know how those turned out after I get them.

Mommy & son at a Hanukkah Party

Mommy & son
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Happy Hanukkah to those of you who celebrate it. Today is the first full day of Hanukkah - the holiday started last night at sundown. So I had my fried donuts last night. (The holiday commemorates 1 days worth of oil lasting for 8 days, hence the eating of fried foods.) Tonight, we will have potato pancakes with baked chicken & green beans - have to even out all of that oil!

Happy Holidays to the rest of you as well, a few days early. My family is going for holiday photographs on Wednesday & bowling on Thursday. Hopefully a bit of blog reading thrown in for good measure while daddy is home.

Look at the previous post to find out about an almost free-bee from my "stash."

give away

I am probably not the only one who uses under the bad storage bins. (All 3 of mine held fabric when I lived in my DC apartment.) Until last night, only one of mine still held fabric - nickels (5 inch squares) mostly. In the mean time, the newest addition to my home has generated a lot of stuff - So I am culling those Nickels & other sizeable "scraps." (Including a batik 9-patch UFO.)

The nickels/scraps are a lot of "lights", a good amount of bright on blacks, quite a few older Robyn Pandolf prints, some Oriental, & "darks" - although the bright on blacks & several of the orientals are "dark" as well. (I think that this mix could easily make a couple twin sized scrappy checkerboard quilts.) 

The current idea is that some of his stuff can go in that bin... (I am also going to get some "space bags" for under the crib.)

Speaking of space, does anyone get Fons & Porter's quilting magazine? There is an advertisement for some realistic space themed fabric... (In my mind, I am shopping for "boy" quilt stuff...   That space panel can be part of a back for one of my 4 planned I Spy quilts...)

If you want nickels/scraps & are willing to pay for the postage, leave me a comment &/or drop me an e-mail with your snail mail address - shipping next week or the first week in January.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Another reading session

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Jacob's father is reading to him too. I'm pretty sure that is a Sam McBratney (Guess How Much I Love You) book in Hebrew. We are trying to raise Jacob to be bilingual, so a lot of his books are written in Hebrew. I am sure that it is the same with other languages, but the translations are sometimes "interesting."

For example, in Good Night Moon, in Hebrew they do not say good night to the telephone... (Usually it has something to do with the rhyme.)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Now where is...

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

The girl cat?

I'm not sure where she is but just minute ago, all 3 of them were on my lap.

It may not be completely obvious, but the cat is completely asleep with the baby resting on his body. (The arm stretched out is the clue to the sound asleep kitty.)

I can't believe that it is 11:30, I have been running in every direction for almost 3 hours getting everyone but momma fed, a baby bathed & clothed, etc. all of this is quite new for a gal who doesn't wear make-up or blow dry her hair... I am used to my morning routine taking about 30 minutes...

I culled some more fabric from my stash - & you cant tell! My next goal is too look at my black & whites, so that when my sewing machine is back from repairs, I might be ready to fill a minute or two here & there. (I felt like I could have sewn once or twice so far & I actually did a bit of hand applique...)

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Baby foot resting on the cat

Baby foot resting on the cat
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

5 little piggies on 1 little kitty. (Does everyone call toes - piggies?)

I guess this really shows how stubborn my cat is, huh?

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Bath Time

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

While this is about the scariest thing that I do with the baby, for Jacob is is a lot of fun! The baby bath mat is in our Kitchen sink - is that how everyone starts our bathing their babies?

Friday, December 12, 2008

Reading with Mommy

Reading with Mommy
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

While you can't see it here, I have long-ish hair.... I am about to go get it cut off! Those sweet cute tiny baby hands have pulled their last bunch of hair! (I think.)

& you were saying, "He looks so innocent reading with his momma."

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Cat resting on baby bottom

Cat resting on baby bottom
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Yes, that is my boy baby cat resting against my baby boy's bottom. (I was nursing & the girl cat was lower on my lap, so this was the only lap space available.)

BTW the yellow is his cloth diaper & we are so far keeping up with the washing of those diapers. Several friends have bets on how long we last on using them or how long until we purchase more...

Gift quilt for the baby

Gift quilt for the baby
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Jacob got a lovely quilt from "The Calico Quilter." The pattern is Jacob's Ladder - perfect, huh? Oh & we love the colors! They "go" with another gift from a blogger, Fiona, who sent lovely sweater outfit, that we absolutely adore!

A while back, I won some of Vicki's hand-dyeds, I had her do a onesie for the baby, she sent 3 awesome onesies. Jacob may just have to wear one to Mid-Atlantic! (We'll be there on the Saturday.)

The baby is calling...

Monday, December 08, 2008


Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Pretty baby, I hope you keep those blue eyes. They go so nicely with your strawberry blond hair.

2 cats & a sleeping baby - all on or very near the momma

2 cats & a sleeping baby - all on or very near the momma
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Just one of the ways that all three of them manage to take a nap on my lap! & a bit of the "baby mess."

Gift for the baby

Gift for the baby
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Not a baby picture, but a gift for the baby from McIrish Annie! We love it even though 1/2 of the we is a wee bit fussy right now.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Shakespeare in the Park, pattern by Judy Martin

Shakespeare in the Park, pattern by Judy Martin
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

I just got this quilt back from the long armer. Unlike many of my quilts, I knew exactly how I wanted this one quilted. I wanted feathers flowing out of the snail's trail blocks. So this one is a feathered wonder. I can't wait to see it after it is washed... (I "just" need to do the binding.)

This is a 2 fabric quilt - very unusual for me. The dark is a commercially prepared hand dyed print by: Ricky Timms. (It was available in quilt shops several years ago.) The light is a not white - but it is lighter than I wanted. So i am very happy with the use of the thread. (The backing fabric, that does not show the quilting very well, was in my stash since almost the beginning of my quilting! So nice to have used that one!)

As always, RB is helping me by modeling the quilt - which is on my sofa, since it was overcast all day today - with a few snow flurries thrown in for good measure.

close up snail's trail quilt block

close up snail's trail quilt block
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

close up of my Shakespeare in the Park quilt. (Pattern by: Judy Martin)

close up star quilt block

close up star quilt block
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Another close-up from my Shakespeare in the Park quilt. (Pattern by: Judy Martin)

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

The best bouquet

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Yeah flowers are nice, but cookies are GREAT! These not only looked nice, they tasted good too.

I just had an appointment with a lactation consultant, our "issue" has been diagnosed & hopefully solved. The difference with her here & us going it on our own was like night & day!

She is coming back tomorrow to be a baby nurse before & after the Brit Milah otherwise know as a "Bris" (The Covenant of Circumcision) that has its basis in Genesis chapter 17, not modernity. Hence the Wednesday date. (A Sunday date would have allowed so many more people to attend, but...)

Monday, December 01, 2008

new family

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

While it has nothing to do with this photo, I am officially now the mother of a boy baby. Yes, I got peed on today...

I think the baby got more on himself than on me, which did not make him happy - but he is is not happy when being changed anyway. He does not like being "messed with."

I feel like an old lady. We had errands to run after visiting with the pediatrician. I was all hunched over walking slowly...

I have barely had any time to do anything - not sure when that will change... (I had different ideas - maybe they will come to fruition after I heal from the surgery.)

I hope to take a trip around the blog-o-sphere real soon. Thanks for all of the well wishes.