My crafting and family life journal

The humble dandelion

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A lot of fun was had the past couple of weeks gathering produce for natures pantry. Over the course of the past two weeks I have started several wild herb and flower oils, tinctures and dehydrates mixtures for later use. One of the flowers that I have been collecting again and again is the humble dandelion, which root to flower is usable in a number of items. This morning I just picked the dandelion flowers which I incorporated into a batch of moist and slightly sweet quick breads. 

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Rainbow bridge

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Put my other projects aside to stitch this for a friend who recently lost her four legged companion. Made it into a pillow so that she could hold it when needed. I hope that she likes it…

English paper piecing

Making slow but sure progress on my king sized English paper piecing project. Started working on squaring up the edges of the project. This process turned out to be a bit more complex than I had envisioned, especially since I didn’t bother to develop a pattern before starting the project, but I think I have a template now. So it should be smooth sailing going forward. Still hope to finish this project this year.DFD8E92F-84DF-4BF9-A483-8B6D9467D144

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Finished stitching my first wedding gift of the year. I really enjoyed stitching this tree of life and selecting the quote that I felt was appropriate for the couple. Now I just need to get it framed and in the mail before the wedding.

 

Scrappy Star quilt

Finished hand piecing the last of the hexagon diamond blocks over the winter, now it is time to piece the 3000 English paper pieced hexies into a scrappy king sized star quilt.

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just finished the August band for the Linen and Threads 2017 SAL. For some reasons I had to do a lot stitching and then ripping them out with this band. Hopefully the September band will be much easer.5CC09CAA-1F3B-485C-ADDC-4ECA5D4A6AB8.jpeg

December SAL update

The holiday break provided me with an opportunity to finish up a few gifts and make a nice amount of progress on the Linen and Threads 2017  SAL. Finished February, March and April this month.

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Smokey Mountain Christmas

I spent this fall and early winter working on a Christmas cross stitch project for my honey. I really, really found this project enjoyable and the color selection relaxing.  The finished piece was turned into a wall hanging using some simple log cabin blocks.


November SAL update

One month into the project and January band completed. Truly loving this project. 5C8947C2-8828-4A91-B429-816671127E8E

Fell in live with the Linen and Things 2017 SAL, so I am starting my first stitch along project. I will be using 20 count fabric and Threadworx hand over dyed threads.

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i have made a bit more progress on my garden sampler, but with the warmer weather upon us less and less time is being dedicated to stitching and more time to outdoor pursuits. Hopefully I will carve out a bit of time in July for a new row start.

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Scrap Quilt Finish

Thanks to the wonderful longarm quilting done by Joanne at Spitting Stitches ( http://splittingstitches.blogspot.com) I finished the patchwork bedspread and shams along with the coordinating counted cross stitch pillows. The set is washed and placed, so now I need move on to finishing the quilt I promised my daughter almost a year ago.

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Tabbouleh Bread

Twice a month I take a Friday morning to make bread for my household. This Friday i took advantage of some early spring herbs and made a  tabbouleh bread.  The bread has a great sent, flavor and makes great sandwiches that are piled high with fresh feta or Farmer’s cheese and vegetables.

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Ingredients

2 cup water
1/2 cup bulgar
3 T olive oil
1 T yeast
1 cup warm water (additional)
2 tsp salt
1 egg
1 bunch flat leaf parsley chopped
6 green onions sliced thinly
Zest 1 lemon
5-6 cloves garlic chopped
6 cups flour (may use white or a white/whole wheat mix)

Instructions

Cook the bulgar in 2 cups of water and the olive oil. Turn pan off when it comes to a boil and cool until lukewarm.

Dissolve yeast in 1 cup warm water.

Mix parsley, green onions, lemon zest, chopped garlic, salt, egg, flour, bulgar mixture, and yeast mixture well.

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Allow dough to rest for fifteen minutes. Add more flour if needed to make a soft dough.The dough should be soft and slightly tacky, but not sticky.

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Knead dough for 5 to 10 minutes by hand or by machine, until a smooth ball. Place dough in a greased bowl and allow to rise for one hour or until double. Punch dough down. Rest for 10 minutes. Shape into two loaves and place into greased pans. Let rise for 45 minutes or until double. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

Serving Suggestions

Bread is great served with a olive oil and lemon dipping sauce or used on a sandwich of herbed feta cheese, sliced tomatoes and sliced cucumbers.

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This week I will be starting on a mandela quilt design that I selected fabrics or more than two years ago. The pattern consists of 32 paper pieced spiral wedges in rich golds, greens and deep reds, that will be placed on a 18th century floral background of warm red tones.  The fabric was cut into strips last year and put away until I felt I had the patience to work on a highly detailed project again — I believe this spring into summer season will be a good time to tackle this project.

 

Pillow talk

i spent the last month make some monogramed pillows for the master bedroom in preparation for the memory quilt that is being quilted for the bed. The pillows are a combination of cross stitch and blackwork. I so love hoe he blackwork makes the colors in the flowers pop that I have started a rather large sampler  for one of the bedroom walls that will use the same technique.

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New bed pillows that should pop on the richly colored quilt they will be placed with

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First anchor block of the alphabet wall hanging …. only 29 more blocks and the border to go… the next block will start to add color.

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