Monday, November 30, 2015

A Little Food News with Recipe and A Special Visitor - NQR

Saturday I was busy sewing and working on some Christmas gifts when I received a phone call from my great friend Rob and her family.  Rob moved from Southern California to Missouri quite a while ago but she was back for the holiday and to visit her family.  I’m not family but I could/should be.  They were in the neighborhood and wanted to stop by.  It was great seeing her, husband Keith, son Jackson and daughter Charlotte. 


We talked and talked and ended up talking about making homemade bread.  I make pizza dough and bread but I typically use my Kitchen Aide mixer.  Rob was telling me that she uses her bread machine to make her dough for her famous yeast rolls and cinnamon rolls.  In fact, her mother asked her to make some while she was here in California so Rob had her go to the local Goodwill and buy a bread machine.  I was planning on having pot roast for Sunday dinner so the rolls sounded like a perfect accompaniment.   Like many of you I used to have a bread machine but not anymore so off to Goodwill I went and found this.


It was $14 and works perfectly.  It didn’t have the manual but that is easily found on the internet as a PDF.  So it came home with me and using Rob’s recipe.  I made enough dough for 18 rolls.  Here they are before they were baked. 


And hot out of the oven.


Oh my, they are so, so good.  The family loved them and some of the leftovers went home with my daughter. 

Next I’ll try making her cinnamon rolls. 

I’ll add the recipe to my recipe tab over on my website later today but in the mean time here is what she gave me with her instructions. 

Yeast Rolls from Rob Kilmer

1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup warm milk
1/3 cup melted butter
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
3 3/4 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of salt
2 1/4 teaspoons of yeast.

This is the order I would put it in the bread machine. If you were gonna make it by hand, of course you would bloom the yeast in the warm water for 10 minutes first, then put it all together. Knead it, let it rise, form rolls. You can melt more butter and coat the 13 x 9 dish, or just use Pam. Put the rolls in, poor some melted butter over them, let them rise again. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Delicious!!!!

Thank you Rob, love you and miss you already. 



Design Wall Monday–November 30, 2015

My design wall is very busy but with projects I can’t show you at the moment.  I’ll share some of them next week but for now I’ll show a UFO completion.

Millenium Star

This is a Millennium Star by Peggy Martin.  It took a while but I finally figured out that it was started in August 2008 so this really does qualify as a completed UFO.  I made this 18” block in a guild workshop but then put it aside not knowing what I would do with it.  I recently was digging (can you relate?) through a closet and found it hidden at the bottom of a stack.  I knew immediately it was exactly what I was looking for to hang on my front door in January. 

I love how the quilting turned out.  After stitching in ESS (a Cindy Needham term – Every Stinkin Seam), I decided to echo quilt around the perimeter of the star.  I wanted it to show so I used a soft green colored thread in the needle.  I love how it helps give it texture and just enough contrast in color so that you can see it.  

To see what others are working on this design wall Monday check out Judy’s blog.



Monday, November 23, 2015

Design Wall Monday–November 23, 2015

One of my quilt guilds has a UFO challenge each year.  For 2016 I have selected the 5 UFO’s to work on.  Trust me when I tell you I had quite a variety to choose from.  The first UFO finish is due in January so this week, after picking my 5 projects, I started working on this one.


The plan is for this to be a new “front door” quilt for the month of January.  I’m pretty sure I made this in a guild workshop many years ago.  It’s paper pieced but I really can’t remember who the teacher was or what the project was called.  Does anyone know?  I’d love to be able to include the info on my label. 

To see what’s on other quilters design walls, check out Judy’s Patchwork Times blog.



Monday, November 16, 2015

Design Wall Monday–November 16, 2015

On my wall this week is this block I made in a guild workshop on Saturday.


This is just the center of what I hope will turn out to look something like this.


This quilt belongs to Claudia Gomez and it is her original design.  This is my first big step into modern quilting so we’ll see how it goes.  The quilting is fairly simple but looks very complicated and time consuming but it really seems to make the quilt special. 

To see what others have on their design wall, check out Judy’s Patchwork Times blog.



Monday, November 2, 2015

Design Wall Monday–November 2, 2015

A few weeks ago I showed you a long skinny quilted piece that didn’t look like much.  Well I finally got back to working on the project and here it is. 


It’s amazing what you can do with a few leftovers. 


Here’s a peak inside, with lots of pockets.   


I think it makes a great market basket. 

Check out what others are working on over at Judy’s blog



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