Work on quilting.
I had a whole day set aside for this but with
the lightning that day, I preferred to keep the
the longarm unplugged. Priorities.
I did get one pass done over the weekend.
One. (Lame. I know.)
Charity Baby quilts
Finish first and start on second top.
This quilt was finishing up at 36 X 36 but
I needed it to meet the minimal requirement
of 36 X 40. I wasn't comfortable with the
low amount of the theme fabric anyway
(also a requirement) so I thought this was an
opportunity to bring it home, so to speak.
Putting the top and bottom on first allowed
me to take a step back and decide if it should
go all around or not. Easy decision.
Way too busy with it all around.
I wish you could see this one in person
because it really is so much more cheery
and fun than it shows in the picture.
I moved right on into my second charity quilt.
As usual, I need just that *one* more little bit
of fabric. One more teensy pop of color.
Like not even a fat quarter. Like if you lived
close to me, I'd probably come raid your scraps...
Depending on the weather, get onions and
shallots planted and cut up seed potatoes.
I'm very impatient when it comes to these first
crops. It is not unusual for KS to have a very wet
spring so if the garden is even close to being ready,
I push it. In sunny and/or windy conditions, I'll turn
turn over the top lightly with the tiller in an effort to
dry out and warm what is beneath. In doing so, I'm
working (and walking on) the slightly damp soil so
I know you full-on gardeners are cringing at this.
No it's not recommended...but I do it anyway.
I just counter my poor method with lots of compost.
With chickens and three acres, compost is aplenty!
But anyway, last week was no exception to my
unorthodox gardening shenanigans but it has been
raining ever since--a lot--so I'm patting myself on
the back once again and kind of wondering why
I didn't toss in some lettuces for good measure.
Here's the part where I digress....
Last week I linked up a few Irish recipes, including
the Steak and Ale Pie from Global Bakes. I refer to
her as Tanya-Who-Made-It-To-The-Tent because
she baked in THE tent on the British Baking Show.
To me, this is like the end-all/be-all of foodie things.
And I know that I could never in a million years
do it so I respect anyone that has.
We have put on a lot of dinners for large groups
which have given me such a respect for chefs.
The research, planning, timing...
just literally having so many plates spinning at once!
I think I would get used to it after a time and maybe
even grow to like it but, as it is, performance cooking
is not my strong point.
I finally made rough puff pastry. Pastries seem to
scare me and I'm not sure why--well, aside from the
bajillion calories I take in while just looking at them.
But anyway, hubs made the steak and ale and,
because his baking experience is next-to-nil, I took
on the pastry. There was plenty of dough left-over
so I cut it up into pieces and tossed them on a baking
sheet with a bit of egg wash. In retrospect, if I'd
realized they were were going to be the most flakey,
crispy pastry items I've ever made, I would have done
something more creative but, in truth, my confidence
in my pastry skills is about...oh...50%.
Oh me of little faith.
After years of avoiding something I thought was
beyond my patience level, I write to you now feeling
pretty darned accomplished and I'm telling you all
that this one is doable! My mind is already
reeling with all the appetizer possibilities
(I always need good ones for dinner parties)
among other things but I'll stop there.
I just wanted to follow-up on that one and
share that pastry recipe again.
And now, because this is also a
I'm going to move back to the matters at hand.
It's not so bad with all of the rain keeping me
out of the garden now because I have plenty
to keep me busy inside. The week ahead:
This is a must because the baby quilts
have to be quilted asap.
Charity Baby Quilts
Finish top #2.
Even better if I can get a start on their quilting.
Who knows here?
It's not a priority so we'll see.
Likely nothing here. Too wet.
Even for this gardener.
Happy quilting and happy St. Patrick's Day!
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