This-n-That & Some Slow Stitching

My DIL took this phone photo of the children and Merle on Friday morning.

My son has shared custody and Brent is in another school district. Merle stayed home, Javis, Aiselyn and Mya went to school and Brent came here as it was an in-service day at his school.

It was cold and blustery…in the mid-twenties with gusty winds. I found a Zootopia movie for him to watch, we played Chinese checkers, and made cookies. Cookie baking took up quite a bit of time as I had him do just about everything.

We made oatmeal scotchies and added four different kinds of nuts to the recipe. They turned out moist and delicious. The recipe is HERE.  The only thing that we did differently is add about a cup of mixed nuts ( almonds, macadamia, pecan and peanuts that I had in tupperware to use with cereal.) This made them quite filling.

My son is on the tail-end of recovering from a knee injury that occured at work. While it has been difficult financially since he cannot do any heavy work and put in overtime hours, being on light duty means the ability to take a lunch hour. This is how the last 1/2 of it was spent : ) I snuck a quick photo with my phone.

Meanwhile, while “Zootopia” was on, I sat with Brent for awhile and got to the point in my latest quilt block where I just needed to finish the last round of sashing area prior to moving the hoop again.

By the time that Brent was fully immersed in the movie, I snuck off, went upstairs and prepped some applique pieces.

The color of the month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is red.

I started making Little Baskets as an accompanying project to the Airship Propeller blocks. While I had the fabrics out for the Airships, I could easily also use some for the baskets. Any smaller scraps are put away and used for berries and leaves for the Flower Basket Medallion project. My kitty Kanga inspected the progress thus far:

I have some applique to keep me busy for Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy’s Quilts.  For the Winter Project link party with Jennifer at Thistlebear, I will keep on working on hand quilting Scrappy Granny during the winter.

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Naan Bread, Cabbage Indian Style, Yard Work, Kids & Reading

I made Naan Bread recently, using the recipe that I found HERE.   ( there is a printout version there as well. )

Note : I did not knead in any garlic, nor did I grill it, but just used my skillet, and I only used 4 cups of flour versus the 4 1/2 ( you can always add more if needed. )  

It was a very easy dough to work with and rather than having to knead for 6 minutes it was more like half of that time. I used bread flour.

This was my first time…a few were too thick, the dogs enjoyed two burnt ones, and the rest were wonderful. I kept a few here and took the remainder down the street where my son said that they were perfect and to make more soon.

I haven’t posted about using Indian spices in cooking since I wrote ages ago about using them in the summer and making Tandoori Chicken.  I’ve used them off and on since then when I roast vegetables in the oven.

Recently I was in the mood for Cabbage & Noodles or Cabbage & Potatoes ( a skillet dinner that I typically just use cabbage, onions and olive oil to prepare ) and I thought why not try that with some Indian spices as well? I used mustard seed, cumin, chili power, tumeric and garam masala in addition to the cabbage, onions and garlic. I added boiled potatoes and a few cut up cherry tomatoes and it was a great success, and nice to have something different. Having used an entire head of cabbage, about 2/3 of this went down to the kids along with the Naan bread.

Half of mine was gone before I remembered to take a quick photo :

For days on end now, the weather has been more like April or May than February. I headed out to the yard. The privet bush got a drastic trimming ( a vine with poisonous berries landed there a year or two ago). I started on the snowball bush as well. ( a wild grapevine landed there ). Thank you, birds, for dropping all of this crap on my bushes! :)

This is all done manually with a hand held trimmer. I stopped when it felt as if my hands were going to cramp up if I did not. What is here in the yard will go into two garbage cans for pickup week after week for several weeks and then I’ll tackle the snowball bush again.

Meanwhile I have started reading this book…amazing! :)  Equally amazing is that I took the photo out on the porch, where I was reading it, during a 66 degree day, in February.

Last but not least, I showed a photo of the girls ( wrestling ) in a prior post.  The family photo of all four of the youngest grands was made available online recently. The photographer does such lovely work!

Today, Friday, is to be our warmest yet….in the 70’s. I can’t recall a February like this! Over the weekend we will have a cooldown and be a bit more ‘normal’ here in southwestern PA.

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