Mid-September

We’ve been having the sort of weather where you have to change clothes 3x per day. Long sleeves and a sweater or hoodie in the morning, changing to a lighter cotton shirt later on or shedding some layers, and then getting fairly warm in the afternoon.

It went to 83 degrees this afternoon…a quick change to something sleeveless and shorts prior to getting 2 of the grandkids after school. That’s the warmest that it has been in awhile. Our chilliest was 41 degrees one early a.m.  and no, I did not turn on the furnace :)

I simply did what Kim at Exquisitely Unremarkable does, and she had posted about that last year or at some point.  I got a quick shower, dressed, and put my big fuzzy bathrobe over my clothes for the morning until it warmed up.

I mentioned in my prior post that the DIL had minor surgery ( getting better every day ) and I’d been helping out with cooking and laundry and so on. Yesterday she and I and three of the grands went to the grocery store after school.

I’d forgotten what it was like to do major grocery shopping with little kids but I WILL say that we all started using the long cucumbers in the vegetable section as microphones to sing in to along with the music for a minute or so there , to Mama’s Dismay :)

I  managed to applique another Airship Propeller Block since my last post. I turned this project over to following the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month. This month is orange and I had so little that I resorted to peach for one block and I chose pastels for this one.

Fall is coming but we are in the middle of two seasons here and the pastels in the fabric mirror many of the flowers in the garden right now.  ( Cosmos, zinnias, roses, sweet william, foxglove that has returned, an unnamed flower, and peegee hydrangea turning from white to pink  )

Meanwhile while helping out with cooking for my son’s family, one day we did an English Shoulder Roast ( this is so tender ) with Golden Mushroom Soup…I find that this is the best soup to use with a roast in the crockpot.

I roasted some vegetables, made a cucumber salad, and a corn souffle which they all loved. I don’t know why I make this so rarely….only around the holidays…because it is so very simple.

I pulled this photo from a prior post but I don’t see that I ever posted the actual recipe ( the pan that I made for them doubled the original recipe which is below the photo:

  • In a bowl, mix ( with a spoon, no need for a mixer with beaters )
  • 1 can corn or the equivalent of summer corn on the cob, cooked and cut off of the cob
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 T flour
  • 1 cup  milk ( I usually use 2 % )
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon butter ( to cut up into small pieces and sprinkle over the mixture once it is in the pan )
  • Mix and pour into a pan to cook on 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour.  Check it the same way that you do a cake…if the edges are browning and the knife comes out clean in the middle it is done.  If you double this for a big family or potluck, it will take the full hour or a bit more.

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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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