Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgivukkah

When he will wear the shirt again is anyones guess. & yes my husband got us all a matching set.
Turkey's in the oven, cranberry sauce is done, pie is done, stuffing is in the oven, veggies will be done closer to meal time - which right now will be about 2:00 this afternoon. :o)

Monday, November 25, 2013

Cranberry sauce

Cranberry sauce by aviva_hadas (Amy)
Cranberry sauce, a photo by aviva_hadas (Amy) on Flickr.

the standard back of the bag recipe plus a stick of cinnamon.

It feels good to have some Thanksgiving & Hanukkah cooking out of the way.

We ordered the birthday cake, so that is one less thing to worry about too.

Too bad Jacob is not interested in chicken nuggets… He wants fish… I guess I could make fish sticks instead.

Do you make home made applesauce?

I do, in the oven. I don't generally like to brag, but this stuff is so YUMMY!

I added a couple cranberries for Thanksgivukkah, but my secret ingredient is nutmeg.

There are so few cranberries, that you just get a tart bite here & there or you can miss them all together (almost) & they add a bit of pink color - but so did the black twig apples. :o)

I need to get this in writing

Last week sometime, Jacob was looking over my shoulder while I was looking at Thanksgiving recipes. (I tend to make the same things the same way, but I also search for new stuff.) Anyway I was looking at the stuffing recipe on do it delicious & Jacob asked, "What is the green stuff?" I said, "Parsley." He saiud, "Oh, Passover lettuce." Made me smile...

I also need to do a bit of meal planning here & Thanksgiving planning/prep. (I'll throw in a birthday & Hanukkah because we don't have enough on our plates already.)

Monday:
Rotisserie Chicken
vegetable (snow peas, sugar snap peas, baby corn are available options)

make cranberry sauce & apple sauce

Tuesday HAPPY BIRTHDAY
chicken nuggets from scratch (take the breasts out of the freezer)
one of the vegetables not chosen on Monday
Birthday Cake!

(Pickup the cake, pumpkin pie, groceries - incl. challah & mushrooms - take Jaocb to 5 year old check-up where at a minimum he will get a flu shot.)

make cranberry sauce & apple sauce

Wednesday HAPPY FIRST NIGHT OF HANUKKAH
more rotisserie chicken
the third vegetable
latkes - ? Hopefully I made the apple sauce earlier this week.

Make cranberry sauce, apple sauce, & get the stuffing ready for the oven.

Thursday HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Go to the gym @ 7:00 for an 8:00 spin class (The class will be a "sell out," arrive early to get a seat.)
(Husband will go to get pumpkin donuts for THANKSGIVUKKAH)

Take turkey out of the refrigerator to bring it up to room temp.
(Stuffing preped the night before, cranberry sauce already made, pie purchased)
bake Turkey (baste with hard cider)
brussels sprouts (when turkey is resting)
butternut squash (Roast while the turkey bakes)
Stuffing, bake while the turkey bakes
microwave 1 or 2 sweet potatos
While the brussles sprouts roast & the turkey rests, turn the lower oven to keep warm & leave the stuffing, sweet potatoes, & squash in the oven until time to serve
Carve the whole turkey
set aside 1 breast, one thigh, etc. for leftovers
serve one breast sliced & one thigh with stuffing, cranberry sauce, & vegetables for THANKSGIVING LUNCH
pie for dessert
boil the carcass & neck for stock. Chop & set aside cubed turkey for leftovers recipe

Donuts for HANUKKAH

Friday
Birthday Breakfast at IHOP?

Thanksgiving leftovers for lunch & dinner (cube challah & allow to dry out)

Saturday make challah, mushroom, & turkey bread pudding

Quilting list of things to do:
bind 2 charity quilts due early December
wrap 2 quilty gifts (one to mail & one for quilt swap)
order gifts for sew & tell & wrap them
bake cookies for exchange (mail with quilty gift)
bake cookies for sew & tell
bake cookies for Carla's party
sew new 2.5 inch squares quilt(s).
make backing for the last 2 scrap vomits
sew grey blocks

What are you up to? What's on your holiday menu?



Sunday, November 17, 2013

Another Scrap Vomit

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100% done! You may recall that I am working through a series of these following the rainbow. All of them are at least top stage. This is the 3rd that is 100% done. (2 more are awaiting long arming, the others are awaiting backs - repurposed tops? I don't know yet.)

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Everything including the kitchen sink!
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You knew there had to be a cat, right?
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The main block is a diamond, the alternating block is a 7x7 scraps block.
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Love that Nanny Bee, the whole scrap vomit project waited for this fabric to arrive. :o) Yes, I make scraps to use in my scrap quilts.
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The back a super soft scrumptious flannel & you can see the fun squares quilting here too.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Just waiting for her momma to return.

Before my trip to Houston, this one was content to stay in one of her many hiding places - the linen closet, a box, on her quilt near the sliding glass door, etc.

After Houston she has been my almost constant companion.

What is the lesson to be learned here & who shall learn it?

Saturday, November 09, 2013

yardage from Houston

On my list of things to get at Houston was a large piece of "Taupe" background fabric. (Taupe describes the type of Japanese Fabric, not the color.) I thought "light" but this was such a good background that I went with my gut & got the dark too. I'm glad, whats left of my already cut 5 inch squares are rather light. This pile of fabric will be a "Round & Round" quilt - pattern by Thimbleblossoms.

I could have made the light work, but I would have had to cut yardage & fat quarters - so I am glad that I got the dark.

I have to admit that I am not 100% sure why I had so many light 5 inch squares cut… (Some of the lightest ones were in a different finished quilt - that also has the medium squares.) My darks are depleted because my "Number the Stars" quilt was made using scrappy darks for the background.