Friday, July 27, 2007

The Quilt

About a month ago, I told some ladies at a church we visit when traveling that I would make a baby quilt for their collection. I intended to do this while the boys were at scout camp. I never bought the fabric and I wanted to take my time at the store looking at patterns, so it wouldn't work with the girls with me.

I finally bought the fabric two weeks ago. I started sewing it Monday. A dancing squares quilt. I boogered up. The sides ended up with green, the top and bottom had yellow. I cut it off so it would all be green. What to do now? I needed to come up with an extra 6". I ended up making mini dancing squares. The whole thing was quite a headache for a couple of days.

I finished it last night. I like the cheerfulness of the quilt. I don't like the pink strip. It seemed off with the purple, which made the pink out of place. All I can say is a lot of care went into it. I was challenged by having to stay within a certain measurement.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

I bought a package of these pens when they first came out. I tried it once and didn't find that it worked very well. I gave them to my husband and suggested he take them to work. He took one pen and the other two have been sitting in the laundry room for over a year. I was eating some cherries and some juice dripped on my shirt. I have a dinner group tonight and I want to wear the shirt I have on. I got out the pen and gave it another shot. It worked. I'm so surprised. I can't help but wonder why it didn't the first time around.

I'm taking cashew chicken to the dinner tonight.

Cashew Chicken

1T sesame oil

1/4C rice vinegar

1/4C cooking sherry or apple juice

1t garlic powder

1-1/2 lbs. skinless, boneless chicken, cubed

3T cooking oil

3C broccoli florets

1C thinly sliced carrots

2t cornstarch

1/3C soy sauce

1/3C hoisin sauce

1T ground ginger

1C roasted salted cashews

Cooked rice

In a large bowl, combine first four ingredients; add chicken and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. Remove chicken from marinade and reserve marinade. Heat oil in a wok or large skillet. Stir-fry chicken for 2-3 minutes or until it is no longer pink. With a slotted spoon, remove chicken and set aside. In the same skillet, stir-fry broccoli and carrots for 3 minutes or just until crisp-tender. Combine cornstarch, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, ginger and reserved marinade; stir into vegetables. Cook and stir until slightly thickened and heated through. Stir in cashews and chicken; heat through. Serve over rice. Yield: 6 servings.


I got an order from SU on Tuesday. I wish I felt more like playing. I trimmed the Wanted set last night and just stared at it. Nothing really hit me. I read on SCS that the scallop punch fit perfectly around the large circle design. Very cool. I stamped it, punched it and thought, now what. It wasn't until today, when I should have been cooking that it hit me that I also purchased the Sanded background stamp and that would work perfectly to give it a little more rustic look. I really like the way the card turned out. I'm not sure about mellow moss and river rock together, but it worked out okay.

What you can't really see too well is that the main image has the Sanded BG stamped in versamark. I also did the small design with the versamark and then lightly went over it with some chalk to make it a little more visible. The scallop design also has the sanded background.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Head Lice!!!

I never had head lice, never expected to have to deal with head lice. Always knew it was a possibility that one of the kids would get it through school or friends. This week Ben was at scout camp. Another boy from another troop came to camp, knowingly, with head lice. Through rock climbing and horseback riding, he managed to spread it to other boys. While Ben didn't participate in either of these activities, somehow, he came in contact with someone that did. I received an e-mail Friday announcing that 7 of the boys from our troop had lice. I was e-mailed later that Ben was indeed one of the lucky 7.

Fast forward to Sunday. I told my husband to take him for a haircut. No one would cut his care. I was surprised because I know of places here that will. I didn't let either of them in the house Sunday night until I checked there head. Well in Ben's case, I didn't need to check it. I cut his hair by the light of the patio, it was almost 10 p.m. I went through his hair and got about 10 eggs.

This morning I washed his hair, did a vinegar rinse, had him sit with a towel that was soaked in half vinegar, half water. He sat with his head wrapped for an hour. After his hair dried, I combed it and pulled out another 14 eggs. I think I'm going to do the vinegar treatment every day. He washed with the medicated shampoo at camp on Friday. I will have him do that again this coming Friday. Yucky stuff.

In the humor of it all, I just had to inform him that the lice had sex on his head. Not a nice thought for him.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Where did the week go?

I had these grand visions of getting a lot of cleaning, stamping, cleaning, cooking, stamping and did I mention cleaning done this week while my husband and son were as Scout camp. I did get some things done that I wanted to, some things I started and never finished. There are things I never even attempted. I didn't cook at all. Dinner was very basic every night, although the girls did not complain about having to try something new. It was a relaxing week. I had to deal with some issues as the president of an organization. I read a bit. I did some research for a class I'm teaching in August. The girls and I went to dinner one night, we had a party another night, we even went bowling this week. I spent some time dabbling with digital scrapbooking again. I still prefer the traditional method. I even updated our family site.

It is Saturday. I'm working on laundry so I will be ready when they return tomorrow to tackle all of their gear. I will have to tackle some things that I wanted to do and didn't. I will have to finish some things I started. I will cook tomorrow. I will clean today.

I know I will never get to all that was on my list for the week. I will get the important things done. There is always next week, with a new to do list.
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