Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The Colors of Autumn

There is beauty in every season. Autumn brings a change of colors to the landscape. Yellows, golds, and purples are sending happy vibes through the mountain landscape. They are the colors of royalty! Fresh flowers mix with dried branches and twigs to create an interesting nature bouquet. There's always something interesting and colorful to find in nature!

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Quilting in October

The local ladies of the quilt guild have been busy! It's been six weeks since there was a group sewing day, so the "show & tell" was filled with many projects for the October meeting.

Chris shared instructions for making pumpkin decor for the holidays. Super simple and super cute! All you do is wrap a roll of paper towel or toilet paper in pretty, seasonal fabric. Tuck into the top of the roll. Then, add a stick and some silk leaves. Wah-la. A pretty and colorful centerpiece or vignette piece is the result.

Of course there was a lot of talking as friends caught up with one another.

Our "block of the month" charity quilts are all done now. As a group we made more than a dozen of them. Each is quilted and bound now and ready to give away. This was an amazing group project!

There were many seasonal quilts shared at the October "show & tell". Chris shared her Halloween quilt. She is an gifted quilter!

Judy showed us her Halloween table runner. She is our "paper piecing" expert, and this runner did not disappoint! She gives each project she completes such fine attention to detail.

Louise shops at Tuesday Morning shop for fat quarters and jelly rolls at discounted prices. She shared two table runners she made using Halloween themed fabrics.

And Roxy showed us her current project; a hand-quilted table runner. She used silk leaves from the Dollar Store for the center of the runner. She said to remove the plastic "veins" so just the silk leaf remains. Then applique onto the fabric. Oh, so very pretty! And what a great idea!

Lee made several pretty quilts using panels as the focal point. Toni machine quilted them and the result was "wow"!

Froggy shared the rag quilt she made for her new grandson. Cheerful!

Judy showed us her Seahawks quilt! Timely!

And Chris shared her amazing "basket quilt". So many tiny triangles all stitched together!

Friendship. Sharing. Sewing. Lunch. Community. It's amazing what can result when those who love quilts are bound together by common purpose.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

A World Where There are Octobers

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn't it?"

Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Plucking Chrysanthemums

 “Plucking chrysanthemums under the eastern hedge, I calmly view the southern hills." 

 ~ Tao Yuanming ~ 

Happy October!

Friday, September 05, 2014

Perfect September

The lazy days of summer are coming to an end. The exhausting heat of summer has passed and have been replaced by perfect temperatures. Darkness is falling earlier, yet the days are still long enough to pack in a lot of fun things. Tomatoes from the garden are ripe, and the zucchini crop (of the neighbor) is fantastic! Sudo has been here and continues to charm everyone around. What a doll! She robs the sunshine every day, soaking it up to her heart's content. September is the month when the roses start to bloom again; when we really enjoy walks in the park because it's now closed to campers and belongs to the local community again; and when we can fully eat "from the garden" with great satisfaction! The neighborhood children are back to school and the voice of the announcer at the high school football stadium can be heard in the community as he announces football plays on Friday nights. What is September like at your house?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Coconut Cream Pie

This recipe is a favorite! Easy to make, it has a rich flavor and appeals to anyone who loves coconut or custard!  It's dairy free and eggless and can be poured into a regular pie crust or into a nut or graham cracker crust as well.

Coconut Cream Pie

3 1/2 cups vanilla flavored rice milk
1/2 cup agave syrup or honey
6 tablespoons cornstarch
2 cups unsweetened coconut, fine
2 tablespoons coconut extract

Save out 1/2 cup rice milk to blend with cornstarch for thickening. Bring the remaining ingredients to a slow boil, then add the 1/2 cup rice milk with cornstarch. Cook until thick. Cool completely. Pour into baked pie crust. Chill and serve.

*Use gluten free crust if necessary.