New Years Day Will Be: Cooking, Applique, & One Monthly Goal

I am not sure what foods are traditionally cooked for New Years Day around the country. What do you have ?

Here in southwestern Pennsylvania, the custom for most of us is to cook pork, kielbasa and sauerkraut. It’s such a nice, easy dinner to throw together…everything goes in to the crockpot and later on, make some mashed potatoes.  ( if you have a hangover from the night before, just serve those potatoes in the same pot you mashed them in, alongside the crockpot, ha ha! :)

My staying up late, partying and hangover days are long gone so I’ll be doing some sewing prior to dinner time.

First of all, I decided to join in the One Monthly Goal link up this year over at Elm Street Quilts. The idea is to post a goal to link up at the beginning of the month, and if you achieved it, link up at the end of the month. She has sponsors and prizes lined up for the achievers :)

If you are tired of seeing Stars and Spools, so am I. My OMG for January is to finish hand quilting the last border. It is slow going but that is an achievable goal for the month. If I can actually totally finish it, as in binding it as well, great, but my goal is to finish this last border. 


Then, in my previous post I showed a bit of life around here after Christmas as well as the first border completion in regards to my Flower Basket Medallion project. ( Here )  

I wasn’t in the mood to start prepping leaves, berries, etc. for the next border yet. I decided to prep my next Airship Propeller Block and a few Little Baskets.  In the past, I had not saved tiny scraps…I generally did not save anything smaller than what could be used for a 2 1/2 inch square but times have changed :)

Now I can use the tiniest of scraps for the little circles in the baskets as well as for the berries that will continue to go into the Flower Basket Medallion.


My middle sons’ family are traveling to a friends house to spend New Years Eve, and they’ll stay overnight. Before I do any cooking or sewing on New Years Day, I’ll be down at their house at the crack of dawn to let the dog out. My Facebook feed showed a memory of how little and adorable he was at this time last year :)


Update … I went there and brought him here for the night. LOL here he is ( Half Rottie and Half Lab ) playing with my dog Jugsy ( Half Rottie and Half Husky )


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After Christmas This & That and a Bit of Quilting

This & That going on around here /  an after Christmas Slice of Life with a bit of quilting

MORE BAKING ?  There’s that feeling after Christmas…the relief in the thought that the major baking and cooking are now over…

Well? Not exactly, lol :)

My oldest son requested that I make another batch of sugar cookies for him to take home ( St.Louis now )  to his girlfriend and her son. I did that on Monday morning first thing. I told him that I would not decorate them ; that was half the fun, and that  little Gabe would enjoy it very much.

Later on, after the baking was cleaned up, and after a run to the store, the grandkids showed up… hungry.  Now their mama insisted that they’d eaten just a half hour or so earlier, but somehow those kids see me and get hungry. Ten eggs and half of a loaf of bread and most of a jar of honey later, they were rooting through my cupboard and spied the chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. Next you know I was baking cookies for the second time that day! :)

I used the Toll House recipe ( add 1/2 cup more flour to that for a better cookie ) but I mixed the chocolate and butterscotch chips. Delicious.

Meanwhile, I had purchased a set of nesting lunch boxes a few years ago, and I packed up Gabe’s cookies in the largest one, instructing my son how to carry it so they wouldn’t get broken. They arrived intact and I started to get some texted photos the next day of the decorating going on there… I made a collage of a few of them.


TECHIE STUFF :  The oldest hooked up the WIFI for me ( versus the modem ) and the youngest presented me with a FIRE STICK.  I have not had cable TV for years, relying on either DVDS or watching Amazon Prime movies on the computer. The Fire Stick plugs into the back of the TV / picks up via the WIFI, and now I can watch those Amazon movies in the living room if I want to. I can buy Netflix etc. as well if I desire to do so down the line. What is VERY nice is the Amazon Prime music. The computer speakers are not very loud but once I had this all hooked up I could BLAST music from the TV….I chose the best of Fleetwood Mac to start :)

A HANDSOME VISITOR ( perhaps attracted by my singing “Edge of Seventeen” at the top of my lungs?  )  I don’t usually see hawks in my yard so I was thrilled when he stayed long enough for me to go grab my camera.



On Thursday the DIL and her twin sister decided to take their restless children to Pittsburgh by the river. They did bundle up but it was milder when they took off than later in the day when the wind kicked up and the temperature dropped.

The idea was to ride their scooters there and also they took food for the homeless and street people that they might run into. This collage is hers, from her FB post.


What is funny is that while they were doing this, I was making ham, bean & vegetable soup and taking a pot down there to put into her fridge…it worked out great and neither of us had planned it that way :)  They came home cold and tired..

I did not manage to quilt, applique or anything during the Christmas week. I just picked it back up again on Wednesday for a bit. I had about 5 or 6 leaves to applique in order to finish the first border of the Flower Basket Medallion. Done! It was a bit windy when I took this picture…


The next day I brought the Stars and Spools back out to quilt.


You would think that after not touching these for a week that I’d feel all gung-ho about them, especially because this is the last border of the Stars and Spools quilt. I did not…I just felt poky and restless! This may because I have not pieced anything or done anything fast or finished anything for awhile….or I might just need to check what phase the moon is in now :)

As to Christmas around here, I tacked on Christmas photos to the second half of my yearly review in the previous post.  :) Happy Mid-Holidays to you all :)

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