Now that the days are longer our birds have been providing us with a large quantity of eggs. Some have been sold, dozens are frozen for the fall when the birds molt, and a number have been used in various baked goods. Today I used a dozen of the duck eggs to make a batch of lemon curd for cakes and toast in the winter months. We will really enjoy this liquid sunshine during the cold months…
Our gardens are just starting to come to life after a long cold winter. The fruit trees and berry bushes are covered in fruit starters, the vegetable gardens are starting to show promise, and the flower beds are displaying some wonderful colors. I truly love this time of year when each day has something new to show.
Between wood splitting sessions this weekend, I was able to make a bit of progress on my botanical crossstitch sampler. I am really hoping to finish the stitching this summer so that I can spend time this fall working on the quilted bit that will surround the piece.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
One month into the project and January band completed. Truly loving this project.
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.
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.
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.
2 cup water
1/2 cup bulgar
3 T olive oil
1 T yeast
1 cup warm water (additional)
2 tsp salt
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New bed pillows that should pop on the richly colored quilt they will be placed with
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.
Just finished a blackwork piece that I have been working on for the couple of months, just in time to start working in the gardens during my free time. I am really happy with the finished product.
This piece and another featuring a hummingbird will be worked into a quilt top.