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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Pat W, chicken & biscuits tutorial


Michael left for a golf tournament here at SCCL at 7 AM on Wednesday (8/21), while I followed much more slowly  :~).  Janice and I were finally sewing by 9 AM once again, and I got the backing loaded up for Jerri's quilts (all 5-1/4 yards) before leaving at 10 of 10 for my guess pass meeting.  WHAT a fiasco!!!  

I head up to the Lake House, had to park a mile away because it is always busy…finally get in there only to find out that the meeting is at the Lodge.  I rush up to the Lodge, look in all of the rooms, nobody!!!  Head back to the Lake House, check out ALL of the rooms…again nobody!!  I finally head home, thoroughly sweaty and disgusted and send off an email to the head of the group asking where I went wrong.  Well – I totally missed the email that moved the meeting to next week!  BUT, I was VERY, VERY glad that I hadn’t missed the meeting!!!  Anyway, I was home for an hour before heading out for some blood work for an upcoming doctor’s appointment.  After a quick stop at the grocery store, I was home once again to sew away the afternoon.  

Pat stopped by to visit in the afternoon and one member of the family just wouldn't leave her alone:  



She has been so busy in her sewing studio with a new piece of furniture....I am totally jealous:

before pic....table really not study enough for embroidering

after....doesn't that look FABULOUS?!?!  All of those drawers for storage space!!

By the time she left we were all hungry and so headed upstairs.  I had a couple of things to use up in the fridge and I had seen this recipe for chicken and biscuits, so that’s what I decided to make for dinner.  The original recipe just made a boring gravy out of chicken stock and a bit of cream, added the chicken and that was it (here's the oringinal: https://www.thefrugalgirl.com/how-to-make-chicken-and-biscuits-a-casserole/)…but I thought I could improve on that a bit:  

I sauteed celery

scallions

and mushrooms

Janice added in some garlic


I threw in some flour and cooked it before adding a big splash of sherry

chicken stock and a bit of cream

and reduced the sauce for just a bit



Other than the fact that I forgot the leavening in the biscuits (!!), dinner tasted good.  Michael and Janice said the biscuits were more like dumplings.  

After dinner, we headed back to the studio to sew until around 9 PM.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Janice arrives!, 3rd QoV totally finished


It took a long time to get my blog out Tuesday morning (8/20) because I hadn’t written anything the day before….but at last it was done.  

Michael had cereal for breakfast and came downstairs to look at his emails before leaving for an appointment at AAA, but it was not to be.  Once again he had sensations in his chest and only lying down for 1/2 an hour took care of them….I really hope we can figure out what is causing this.  He felt much, much better after that, so he took off to buy movie tickets and hit the bird store and the pet store and the grocery store.  

Actually some woman tried to pick him up in the grocery store….it was this woman:   


Yes, Janice is visiting again (YAY!!!!) and she called me from the store to see if I needed anything….Michael had just called me, so I told her to find him.  After they both came home, Paula came down to say ‘hi’ to Janice and then we proceeded to sit in the kitchen and talk and talk and talk about quilting!!  

Eventually Janice and I made it downstairs, she got all set up, and we started sewing:  




Michael left after 6 PM when Larry picked him up to go and see THE KITCHEN, and Janice and I continued to work in the evening, and of course we had company who once again, made herself comfortable:  



along with Anne, who came by for a visit and to get and give all of the info to be had!!

I got the binding finished on the 3rd QoV: 


got strips cut for Anne’s quilt, and pulled an old UFO out to begin to organize it to go on retreat.  Janice finished up many of her scrap blocks:




Here’s the list for today:

-the second Scrap Happy QoV           DONE
-scripture embroideries for Jerri       DONE
-breast cancer bows for that same quilt     DONE
-binding for my QoV #1     DONE
-binding for my QoV #2    DONE
-binding for my QoV #3    DONE
-cream strips for Anne’s quilt     DONE      
-packing for the Fiber Floozies retreat
-borders for my quilt with brown leading
-charity quilts for Jerri (I think 4 -5 of them)


*** MMR – Michael’s Move Reviews ***

Once upon a time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino’s latest starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and various cameos of other stars (Al Pacino for one). If you at all remember 1969 this movie takes you there. Leo and Brad are two movie stars whose careers on the way down. We follow them on many misadventures but the draw to me was how true to 1969 Tarantino is. Scenery, cars, music, clothes, ads, movie marquees, tv shows all take you to 1969 and keep you there for over two hours!  The plot is funny, serious and dark all at the same time.  The sub plot of the life of Sharon Tate is intertwined with our two main characters leading up to a real Tarantino ending. See it you’ll love it!  I give it 4 fat quarters out of 5.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

MESIG Show & Tell


I got up at 6 AM with my honey on Monday morning (8/19) to put together a breakfast sandwich for him to take to golf.  I tried to go back to bed for a bit, but never fell asleep, so I just got up and started my day  :~).  I got my emails done and blog out and a little clean up in my sewing room before heading back upstairs.  By then it was just after 8 AM and I felt a little sleepy, so I snuggled into my chair in the living room to close my eyes for a few minutes.  Imagine my surprise when the garage door opened at 8:30 AM and Michael came walking into the kitchen.  He said his heart had been fluttering for over an hour, so when he got to the golf course he decided he’d better come home!  We called the heart doctor and ended up going to the emergency room in Waxhaw.  I dropped Michael off at the door and parked about 2 feet away…but the time I made it inside (within about a minute) then had already taken him back and gotten him all hooked up to monitors.  They did blood work and monitored his heart and found nothing wrong….but the doctor did recommend that Michael should be on a heart monitor for maybe a month to go more data on what is going on.  

We came home and I had time to grab a package of crackers and head up to Machine Embroidery.  Pat S gave a demo/talk on painting on fabric and her samples were AMAZING!!!!  Show and Tell was great:  

Here are just some of Pat's painting examples (sometimes shw combines embroidery and painting.  For example, she'll stitch out an outline of flowers with black thread, and then use her pens/watercolors to fill them in):






Mary Jo - doesn't this remind you of that x-stitch I did in the big wooden hoop?




and here are the rest of the embroidery items:


a cross body purse done all in the hoop





Pat made these mug rugs for gifts in a couple of months


And her memory quilt for Ruby & Maggie who have both passed over the rainbow bridge



isn't this the cutest thing...I have the pattern too!




When I got home, Michael and I spent a long time talking about whether or not he should change heart docs (we’ve become increasingly disenchanted with the office staff at the current docs) and if we do change, how do we find a good one!  

After that we both read for a little bit before having tortellini salad for dinner.  Michael wanted to watch some of his shows and I got a second wind, so I headed downstairs and got the binding 1/2 way onto the 3rd QoV.

Here’s the list for today:

-the second Scrap Happy QoV           DONE
-scripture embroideries for Jerri       DONE
-breast cancer bows for that same quilt     DONE
-binding for my QoV #1     DONE
-binding for my QoV #2    DONE
-binding for my QoV #3    1/2 way done
-cream strips for Anne’s quilt            
-packing for the Fiber Floozies retreat
-borders for my quilt with brown leading
-charity quilts for Jerri (I think 4 -5 of them)

Monday, August 19, 2019

breakfast w/ Pat, hamburger rolls, QoV totally finished, Evelyn & Phil, Evelyn & Larry


Michael was up at 6 AM Sunday (8/18) to be out the door shortly after 7 for golfing here at SCCL.  I got my blog out and started working on my binding again…waiting for Pat’s call.  I had a coupon for a free breakfast sandwich at Panera:


so we decided to have breakfast together.  We met there around 9 AM 



and got all of our talking in.  We haven’t seen each other in forever….and so had lots of our lives to share.  

I got home just after 11 AM and put together bread dough since we have NONE in the house!!!  One set of our dinner guests called….now they are sick and couldn’t make it for dinner!  They were going to bring rolls for the hamburgers, so I turned some of my bread dough into hamburger rolls:



before baking the rest into an extra large loaf. 

Michael came home around 1 PM….all happy because he shot an 88 and had a chip in birdie!!  We sat in the living room playing word games until 3 PM when my bread and rolls were finally out of the oven, and then both headed downstairs…him to his computer and me to my sewing machine.  

I worked on my binding until 4:30 when it was done:  



Michael had been up in the kitchen cleaning up, and he got out extra chairs and set the table:  



Evelyn & Phil: 



and Evelyn & Larry: 


arrived at 6 PM for our Tortellini Salad:


tomatoes & mozzarella with balsamic vinegar 



and perfectly done burgers:  


Everyone pronounced the meal delicious and we played several games of Mexican Train 


before having ice box cake and cookies for dessert:  


After everyone left we relaxed in the living room, once again playing word games on our devices….I got into a tournament and ended up 4th out of 100….YAY!!!

Here’s the list for today:

-the second Scrap Happy QoV           DONE
-scripture embroideries for Jerri       DONE
-breast cancer bows for that same quilt     DONE
-binding for my QoV #1     DONE
-binding for my QoV #2    DONE
-binding for my QoV #3    started
-cream strips for Anne’s quilt            
-packing for the Fiber Floozies retreat
-borders for my quilt with brown leading
-charity quilts for Jerri (I think 4 -5 of them)