Thursday, August 4, 2016


I can't believe the week is nearly over. My sister from California has been visiting so I haven't been getting much work done. She loves to cook and has been helping me find uses for the monster zucchini plants I forgot to harvest when I should have. I'm trying to do a better job of harvesting them at the proper time. In the meantime, my sister is going to teach me how to make zucchini fritters with the two behemoths I harvested the other day. She also gave me a recipe for a delicious tapioca pudding made with coconut milk. I had not tried coconut milk before so I was anxious to give it a try. The coconut milk that she gets is unsweetened so you have to add something to make it tasty. Turns out she brought the perfect sweetener—homemade blackberry jam! She brought us that, blueberry plum butter, strawberry jam, and ginger peach preserves. You just add a tablespoon of jam to the tapioca pudding and it tastes delicious. She tells me you can easily half the amount of sugar in jam and it still tastes plenty sweet. That seems to be true as the blackberry jam was more than sweet enough for my palate!

My organizing efforts in the sewing room have come to a standstill for now but I do have another giveaway to help spread the wealth. Up next is this assortment of creative inspiration—two books, Historic Quilts of the DAR Museum and Mary's Favorite Blue and White Quilts by Mary Koval; the latest issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine (the fall issue); and a 16" square of beautiful hand-dyed magenta pink wool from my talented friend, Phyllis Meiring. If you want a chance to win this prize package, just leave a comment telling me what your favorite quilt book is. Due to the unexpected higher shipping cost, this particular giveaway is only open to those in the US. You have until Monday, August 8, at noon to enter. I'll randomly draw a name and announce the winner later that day. If no one enters, the books will be donated to the local library as I just want to find good homes for them.

Last but not least, I thought I'd wrap up this post with a cute kitty pic. Figgy has started lounging in this funny position with his back legs splayed out. Do any of your cats do this?

He also lets his tongue hang out even after he wakes up. I've seen kitties do this while they're sleeping but not so much when they're awake.