On Friday, I pause and remember a single, wordless moment from the past week – inspired by The Warden’s Log.
Archive for September, 2011
My oldest daughter, who lives with me, loves to celebrate birthdays. This is what I found on my kitchen table on Friday morning.
One of her many talents is making jewelry. And, of course, she knows I love horses. There are tiny horse head and horse shoe charms on the bracelet.
Today is my 79th birthday and this is the last of the countdown gifts. It’s been so much fun coming out to the kitchen at 6 AM and finding a new treasure.
My oldest daughter, who lives with me, loves to celebrate birthdays. This is what I found on my kitchen table on Thursday morning.
This is one of her hand-crocheted doilies in the most delicious colors – the picture doesn’t do it justice.
A BONUS EARLY GIFT
Last evening, I was telling my daughter that I had been disappointed not to find a mini-quilt rack on our recent trip to Amish Country in Holmes County, Ohio. I have been seeing them in displays at quilt shows and in quilt shops, but there were never any for sale. She suddenly left the room and returned with exactly the rack I wanted – she had managed to sneak it out of a shop and into the car while we were in Amish Country. It’s designed to hold up to a 12×15 inch piece, just the right size for a mini-quilt that I’m already planning in my mind.
Posted in Fall, Quilting, Quilts, tagged Amish country, Charm OH, fabric, floursack, Holmes County OH, Mel and Mary's, Quilting, Streusel Concord Grape Pie, Windham on September 28, 2011 | 8 Comments »
Last week, my oldest daughter and I made a return trip to Holmes County (Ohio) Amish Country. We have been visiting this area since 1998 and always stay at Mel and Mary’s Cottages in Charm. They converted part of their Mennonite farm to cottages for visitors.
…and this was my view to the left….
We had to get a close-up shot of these beautiful horses.
In my opinion, the area ranks right up there with Vermont and Switzerland for having the most beautiful scenery in the world. Around every bend there is another stunning view.
In addition to the peaceful, quiet stay at Mel and Mary’s and the gorgeous scenery, there is a large shopping area with restaurants, quilt shops, gift shops, antique malls, wonderful Amish markets ….. the list goes on and on ….. and amidst all of this, the Amish go about their daily lives in their black buggies with the beautiful sleek trotters.
I got quite a bit of fabric, including yardage and fat quarters ….
And one of my favorite things to buy – a bag of scraps left over from making quilts.
At an Amish market, we enjoyed huge scoops of homemade ice cream and I found Concord grapes which are difficult to find in our area. I made my favorite Streusel Concord Grape Pie as soon as we got home.
Another beautiful trip to Holmes County.
My oldest daughter, who lives with me, loves to celebrate birthdays. This is what I found on my kitchen table on Wednesday morning.
Another passion of mine – harness horses. My father was a trainer/driver and I was co-owner of several horses back in the 1960s. This is a lapel pin with a medallion from the Hall of Fame of the Trotter in Goshen, NY.
I was looking for a supper dessert to use up some fresh peaches. I wanted something that wasn’t too rich or too sweet and lighter than a pie or cobbler. This recipe from Mennonite Girls Can Cook fit the bill perfectly. It’s like peaches in a baked custard. I had enough for supper, for the next day’s lunch and some to send to my youngest daughter.
- 3-4 cups of sliced fresh peaches
- 1 cup whole milk (or light cream)
- 3 eggs
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
Generously butter a deep-dish 9″ pie plate or a quiche pan.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
Place sliced peaches in the buttered pan.
Put milk, eggs, sugar, flour, vanilla and salt in a blender; blend until smooth and creamy.
The Clafouti will collapse as it cools. This is best when it is slightly warm but also good at room temperature. Makes 6 servings.
Posted in Collectibles, Family, French-Bauer Dairy, tagged 79th, birthday, collectible, dairy, Family, French Bros.-Bauer Co., French-Bauer, ice cream, memorabilia, spoon on September 27, 2011 | 13 Comments »
My oldest daughter, who lives with me, loves to celebrate birthdays. This is what I found on my kitchen table on Tuesday morning.
I collect items from an old Cincinnati dairy, French-Bauer – I remember watching their horse-drawn milk wagons when I was a child. At one time, they also had a restaurant in downtown Cincinnati. This is a tiny 4-1/2 inch ice-cream spoon from that restaurant and the name engraved on the back, “French Bros.-Bauer Co.” dates it to the mid-1920s before the name change. This is a nice addition to the china pieces I already have. My daughter definitely knows what I like.
My oldest daughter, who lives with me, loves to celebrate birthdays. This is what I found on my kitchen table on Sunday morning.
Here is what was inside the package. I have a large collection of Anchor Hocking EAPC glass but have never seen these two coasters.
Four more days until the big 79th celebration on Friday. I wonder what will be on the kitchen table tomorrow morning.
Posted in Civil War Quilt, Quilt Blocks, Quilting, Quilts, tagged Barbara Brackman, Civil War Quilt, free pattern, Hovering Hawks block, how-to, Kansas, quilt, quilt block, Quilting on September 25, 2011 | 6 Comments »
This is block #39 in the Civil War block-of-the-week series offered by Barbara Brackman. It is called Hovering Hawks. Go to Barbara’s blog to get the pattern and to see the story and pictures related to this block.
This is a fairly easy block with an interesting pattern. For new quilters, this is how I assembled the block:
- Cut the A squares per Barbara’s directions.
- Cut the B pieces as directed but do not cut diagonally. This is how I make my half-square triangles:
- Place 2 squares right-sides-together according to how you are going to use your fabric in the block. For my block, I placed together 1 polka-dot blue and 1 gold flower; 2 polka-dot blue and 2 light blue; 2 pink stripe and 2 music pattern blue. There should be 5 sets.
- On the lighter pieces of each set, draw a diagonal line.
- Sew ¼ inch from the drawn lines on each side.
- Cut on the diagonal line and press toward the darker fabric. Trim tails – piece should measure 2-½ x 2-½ inches. You should have 10 half-square triangles.
- Lay out the pieces on a mat in the proper order.
- Separate into four 4-patch blocks and stitch each of the four patches together. Press seams so that they will interlock when joined later.
- 4-patch blocks should measure 4-½ x 4-½ inches.
- Join the top two sections, pressing seam to the right.
- Join the bottom two sections, pressing seam to the left.
- Join the two rows.
- Press and trim – piece should measure 8-½ x 8-½ inches.