Archive for September, 2007
My last post was about a finished project. I thought I might post an unfinished project in hopes that it would motivate me elevate it to the ranks of the finished. Just a little throw pillow, so close to being done that it’s a shame that it’s not.
Also in need of motivation (or inspiration) is my so, so gorgeous lipstick plant. It will soon be too cold to keep it outside and I’ve never been able to keep one alive inside. I think I’ve found a partly sunny and child-proof spot for it. Wish me luck.
I must have started this quilt after the arrival of the big boy over three years ago (hence the blue hue instead of an ambiguous green or yellow). I got as far as attaching the binding to the front and then it sat unfinished until now. The big boy already has his own twin size quilt on his big boy bed. I brought this one to the lake and finished hand-stitching the binding to the back and now it is in the small boy’s crib. He seems to be able to sleep just fine despite the crazy bright colors. I just loved the yellow, orange and purple hippos that are in the centers and border and got fun prints to match. I did notice that my sewing has improved a lot since I started this. Hope the little boy doesn’t notice.
We just got back from a week at Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. It’s probably our last off-season vacation since the big boy is getting to that school age and we’ll have to follow that calendar. Too bad because the weather was (mostly) great… warm days, cool nights. Crowds were gone. The lake was pristine (yes, that’s the sand you see clearly at the bottom).
More blogging soon. Came home to piles of laundry (and a sort-of leaky washing machine, oops) and the house in disarray after some painting that was done in our absence. Enjoy the view!
(I can’t believe I forgot to take a picture. So sorry.)
My task for the annual family clambake yesterday was to make a dessert with a ‘fire’ theme. Baked Alaska came to mind as did Cherries Jubilee but that’s just not good ‘crowd’ food. I needed something that was suitable to serve the hordes and masses by the bonfire.
Bonfire you say? Eureka! S’mores! Ok, now factor in the crowd… buffet style graham crackers, marshmallows and pointy sticks gets way too tricky.
Enter the Seven Layer Bar. A crunchy graham cracker base, check. Lovely chocolate, check. I think we’re on to something. But we need marshmallow. Can you bake a marshmallow? Yes, you can (but only for about 5 minutes or so). So I made a Seven Layer Bar base minus the coconut. During the last five minutes, add a generous layer of mini-marshmallows. Turn on the broiler for a minute or two to achieve a delectable golden crust on top.
And for the pièce de résisitance… set it on fire! Well, we tried anyway. I found a website that said you could soak a sugarcube in an extract (alcohol) and set it on fire. Only one cube really got any flame, the rest left a clump of singed, boozy sugar on the top. Oh well. It was the thought that counted. It’s hard marrying into a family of pyromaniacs.