Monday, November 19, 2012

Sign of the Times

Months ago, I received this in the mail. It made my day! Except that day (like most days in my 1st trimester of pregnancy) was spent in bed. I admired my package (thanks JJ) and then put it in my sewing bin with hopes for the future!

Well, the future is here and I am feeling like my old self! Two weeks ago, I got out my quilting book (Thanks Ally!) and made a quilt for my sister's new baby girl coming this week (if she doesn't appear early!)

I thought about what to put on the back because they live in Hawaii and my go to fabric is usually minki and that would be too warm. I settled on flannel (white) and it turned out perfect, just right the right weight. Although the color will show every little stain - sorry Gen! I just love white - so crisp!

Now I can gear up for Thanksgiving! Although with a honey baked ham, potatoes au gratin (from a box), salad from a bag it should be a fairly easy meal...I am going to make rolls, jello, apple cake and fancy brownies, so there will be some cooking involved! Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Pumpkin Puree

Did you know you can put an entire pumpkin into the oven? I put two of them in at 400 degrees and baked them for over an hour until they were easy to stab with a fork. When the cooled a bit, I cut them in half, removed the guts, cut off the shell and then pureed the fleshy insides in my blender (with a bit of water). Easier than trying to cut a huge pumpkin apart. Still messy but I liked how easy it was to cut through them and to get to the good stuff. I love real pumpkin puree for my pumpkin recipes. I now have a freezer full of pumpkin puree. It will last me through the winter!