Weather Mystery & Some Blues

After an extended stretch of bitter cold temperatures, we went to 55 degrees on Wednesday and an amazing 66 degrees on Thursday here in southwestern PA.

This means enjoying the weather break but also dealing with snow and ice melting and a major muddy mess in the backyard for the dogs to track in…

On Thursday morning I checked the weather and saw a Winter Storm Warning. What?  We were going to 60 or above today…was this a glitch?

It was not. It was issued for FRIDAY at 1:00 p.m. for my county, lasting through Saturday.  Yet the local weather said 55 degrees and rain for Friday and no ice / sleet / snow until Friday evening.

Well there is a weather mystery going on here and I suppose I’ll discover what really happens in the next few days :)

Koopa says ” I am not worried. She’s stocked up on our dog food and there’s still a half box of treats for us on top of the fridge.”

Yes I am stocked up on food and essentials just in case we really do get the ice and snow. I’ll never forget a few years ago when the forecast was for 6 inches and we ended up with over 20…

As to sewing, the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color for the month of January is blue and here are some more blues that I have worked on.  ( And Koopa is a Bluenose Pit so he fits in here as well :)

An appliqued Airship Propeller block :

Another Starflower and Little Basket :

And two more Little Baskets :

I am quite happy to be done with the blues for the month. Going forward I’ll be happy to work on any color but blue :)  A collage from earlier posts :

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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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