Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Valentines Week and Christian fabric

Valentines week is special for my husband and me. Tony and I were married on the 13th. Lots of people ask us why didn't we wait one day and get married on Valentines Day. Well, when you get married on a 3 day pass from the Air Force you don't have time to wait a day. Tomorrow will be our 37th anniversary. February 13th is also the date of our first date when we were in the 9th grade. We went to his church's Sweetheart banquet and he brought me a corsage of pink sweetheart roses. My boquet at our wedding was pink sweetheart roses. Seems like we have had 3 lifetimes during this 37 years. We have done a lot of fun things and lived many interesting places during our life together. One of our favorite places to go together is Disney World and my favorite ride is the Rockin' Roller Coaster. It is SO fun, 0-60 in less than 4 seconds. Oh yeah, Aerosmith is blasting in your ears and it is dark with lots of neon.
Today after I picked Joshua up at school we decorated Valentines Day Cookies. I baked the cookies yesterday so they would be ready. He was very excited. I had bought a variety pack of cookie decorations and one of the colors was hot pink. I said lets do a hot pink one. He says he doesn't like hot. After I explained it to him he called the red and purple hot too. I decided to lay a clean towel on the counter so it would collect all of the "extra" sprinkles. You can tell by the expression on his face that it took a lot of concentration.
Of course we had to sample a few. I think we both like them best with no icing.
This is an icing recipe that I have had for years. It works great on any cookies and gets hard so you can stack the cookies. You can add flavoring and also dye it for the occasion.

1 cup conf. sugar
1-2 tsp. Milk
1-2 tsp light corn syrup
Place sugar and milk in bowl and mix well. Add corn syrup and mix. Add coloring and or flavoring. Spread on cookies; add sprinkles if desired and leave to dry for about an hour. The length of drying time depends on how thick you spread the icing. Stack them up and you are ready to take them anywhere with no mess.

We just received the new fabric with the religious symbols, prayers and Bible verses. It is very nice and the colors are pretty.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

Isn't this fabric great??? The Wizard of Oz is so much fun. I know it has terrorized children for years but I think we all have a place in our hearts for this movie. There are many more prints at the shop, this is just a sampling. This past year Tony and I went to see Wicked and loved it. If you ever get a chance go see it because it will give you a totally new outlook on the Wizard of Oz. Now, what to do with this fun stuff??? Any ideas?

This new Kaffe Fasset fabric also arrived this week. It is always so fresh and interesting.

I am excited about our "Judy Day" coming up every month in the next few months. Maybe some of us can make progress on our "Judy" quilts!

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Freaky Friday, Watermelons and Tortilla Soup

We held our second Freaky Friday this past week. It was a lot of fun and we had 24 for the first class. We were learning about Paintsticks this month. First we told them a bit about the Paintsticks and then let them loose with the fabric, brushes and Paintsticks. The photo below is the first class. They stayed and played untill about lunch time. It was really interesting to see all of their creations. Speaking of beautiful creations, Pam brought in her gorgeous Journal Quilts for us to see. They were amazing and the detail was really something. This first photo isn't really great but you get the idea. Right under it is a detailed photo of three of them.
I haven't really decided what to do as my theme and may not have one. Several ladies are using holidays or seasonal themes. This gives you all sorts of ideas right off the bat. I think I may do a color and a a shape. Maybe not.
The first Friday of the month are for our demo days and we are going to use the Freaky Fridays the remainder of the months to work on Journal Quilts or really anything you want. I hope you will join us one or all of the Fridays.
If you check out Pam's purple Journal Quilt you will see Angelina is used on it. We are going to demo Angelina in the next Freaky Friday which will be Friday, March 7.

You probably won't believe this but Lois, one of our Quilt Country Supergirls, has finished her Dragon Star! Isn't that amazing???? I wonder if she slept since Judy Niemeyer left. Isn't it gorgeous?
It may seem odd to you but we are busy getting things ready for our booth at the Dallas show in March. I just finished making this really cute watermelon table runner. We will have kits that are mostly precut. I still have to get it quilted and add the watermelon seeds. I love log cabins, don't you?
Before I go I want to share this soup recipe with you. Connie made if for us when Judy was there and I just had to have the recipe. She is a great cook and really spoils us!
Connie’s Tortilla Soup

1 cup onion 1 can hominy
1 cup celery 1 can black beans
½ cup chopped carrots
½ cup bell pepper
8 cups chicken broth
3 cups chicken cubed
28 oz can diced tomatoes
¼ cup lime juice
¼ cup fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon basil
½ teaspoon cumin
Salt/Garlic salt
Garnish with tortilla chips, sour cream and Monterey Jack cheese.