Friday, November 24, 2017

Another treat............

I promise this is the last food post.  Yesterday morning I baked the frosted creams for today's party.  My daughter's family also took some to the party of the other side of the family last night.  They have always been a favorite dessert in my family.



They are a molasses sheet cake and I shared the recipe in April 2015 but here is is again.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream 3/4 c. Crisco and 3/4 c. sugar
Add 2 egg yolks and 3/4 c. molasses
Add alternately 1 1/8 c. cold water with 3 c. flour, 3/4 t.baking soda, 3/4 t. cinnamon, 3/4 t. salt. (I do 1/3 of flour and other dry ingredients first, then half of the water, another third of flour, other half water, then remaining flour) beating well after each.  Spread in a 11.25" x 17.25" greased pan.  Bake 30 min. or until edges are browned and pulling away from pan.  Frost with your favorite butter cream frosting.  Yield, about 40 pieces.  In the oven I have now 25 minutes is long enough to bake it.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving...............

I am thankful for family who all got here safely yesterday.  I am thankful for all of my readers who faithfully join me each day on my blog.  I am thankful for all of the comments.  I am thankful to have a beating heart, thanks to my pacemaker, so I can continue to create and tell all of you about my projects.

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate on this day.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

More Thanksgiving prep...........

Yesterday was the day to move the last few things out of the guest bedroom and then bake chocolate Spritz cookies.  I use the recipe in the 1950s Betty Crocker cookbook.  They are a favorite of one of my grandsons and several others in the family.
In the evening to relax I do some knitting on dishcloths.  I like to have 2 or 3 going at the same time and then I can knit on whichever color I want.  My east coast family and Colorado family both arrive today.  On Thanksgiving day everyone is going to the other side of the family parties.  Our dinner will be on Friday.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Cleaning and more baking............

I had a date with the vacuum cleaner yesterday and then it was time to bake some more.  This is English Toffee Squares.  They don't get stale so I can always bake them several days in advance.  I don't like nuts on or in anything but I had a bag of chopped walnuts so I put them on part of it.  I hope that part gets totally eaten because I don't want any of them.
This is my mother's hand written recipe card with my own notes written in pencil.  It is a thin layer of toffee which is hard to spread really even.  My note tells me that I need to be sure it is totally browned or it will be soft instead of crisp.  I also use the mini chocolate chips instead of sweet chocolate on top.  It is really important to cut them while still warm, within a few minutes of spreading the chocolate topping.  Otherwise they are too brittle and just break into lots of pieces while cutting.  This is one of my family's favorite treats.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Baking day...........

My family is divided on which Kringla recipe is the best...so I made both kinds.  I have shared the recipe in the past and here it is if you missed it the first time.  One has egg in it and the other doesn't.

This is what I will be fixing on Wednesday.  My family loves the Chex mix made in the oven the old fashioned way.  I think it gets crispier that way compared to the newer microwave method.

I have had many questions in the last 2 weeks from NO REPLY commenters.  Evidently they don't know we can't respond to them without a link to their email (go to your Google profile and enable your email address, scroll down and click on SAVE).  So.....if you have asked me a question and you didn't get an answer in an email from me.....it is because I don't have your email address.  I have an email link on my right sidebar and another link in my profile so you can contact me.......I just can't contact you.



My 2 week pop-up shop closes tonight at midnight EST.  If you want a last look at all of the new detail photos on each item you need to do it now.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

It's a quilt top............

This is the design wall where I do most of my photography.  I just took down "The Star of the Show" and some of the leftover squares are still on the wall.




I pressed this colorwash quilt top and did the staystitching and then it was time for photography.  I was pleasantly surprised how much I like this one.  I built it with the left edge at the bottom but had decided I was going to turn it so the flower bed was on the bottom and the sky at the top.  I feel like I can walk right into this scene to the sunlight in the center.  I'm glad I spent more time tweaking the center before I sewed it.  It is a little under 34" square.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Final layout............

I finally got back to my colorwash and did the final tweaking.  Here it is not yet sewn and ready to take down in rows to go to the sewing machine.








This is what it looks like all webbed together as I add each row to the previously sewn part.







The seams are pressed up in one row and down in the next row.








I haven't pressed it yet but I had to admire my nicely matched intersections.







I will press it today and do the row of staystitching around the perimeter and then photograph it for tomorrow's blog post.