Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tuesday's Truth

If you gut the wilderness with roads, or lace it up with safety railings, you no longer permit the hard worker to achieve more than the lazy one. You even out the challenge, and everybody gets more or less the same thing for the experience (Paul Schullery). 

Is that what we really want out of life?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tuesday's Truth

When hiking in bear country its important to make sure your hiking companion is slower than you and carries the food in their pack. Just sayin'.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sunday, Sunday

Such a relaxing weekend.
The weather was great, low 80's with lowish humidity.
The phone was quiet and the neighbors were too.
The mowers started (thanks Doug!) and lawn is mowed (at least the front).
Laundry is clean and smelling fresh, clean sheets and towels to start the week.

Spent a good part of the weekend working on a me project.
Remember my post on the black and whites I cut out?
Well, I have an almost finished top, just need to add a border to make it big enough
(they always want to be bigger).
Here's a sneak peak:

Ya'll didn't expect a full unveiling just yet did ya?
Hopefully the week won't be too busy and I'll have the energy to put on the borders
and get this sucker on the machine.
I'm really excited to use some of my newfound knowledge from Angela Walters
 to quilt this bad girl.
 Its not entirely what you might think, can't wait to get it quilted and show you.

After the fiasco with the blue thread on my Stepping Stones quilt
(I still have all the black and whites cut to make another, just don' know if I'll do it)
 I am already thinking light grey or white thread.

With so much focus on black and white this weekend
dinner tonight HAD to be bright.
Like ORANGE bright.

Bought these beauties at the local farm (not market, but FARM)
and had to do something with them tonight.

Toss with onions and peppers from the farm,
a bit of olive oil and my own fresh rosemary from the porch.

Dinner was a bit monochromatic in the orange sense
with orange beats (sweet as candy) and chicken and all those peppers and tomatoes and such,
but oh so tasty.
Check me out, more veggies than proteins.
Yes, I'm a healthy gal!

Here's to a good week for me and you!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tuesday's Truth... on Wednesday

When you work hard and are good at your job you will be rewarded .... with more work.

School is back in session and the swim team is back in the pool. A guarenteed 12 hour day until November 2. Gee, 12 hours sounds nice right now as I haven't been home for dinner before 7:30 yet. All that wonderful learning I did this weekend with Angela Walters will have to wait to be put to use, I need to plan my Beowulf unit for readers on the 3rd grade level. Nothing like taking an Olde English epic poem and translating it to low level inner city!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

I survived and came away smarter!

Its time for another round of
True Confessions (dun dun DUM).

I have never taken a quilting class.
I didn't understand the allure of them,

Sometimes, I am so stupid.

I went to my first ever, pay money to get in, taught by a talented quilter, class.
I have to admit, I don't know what the HELL was wrong with me!

So, a friend mentioned she was going to a class taught by Angela Walters.
Yep, THE Angela Walters, quilting goddess.
You know, the cute, can't be older than 22, talent coming out of her
sunshine-y hair, with one amazing book in print
(if you can find it, seems the next print release is already sold out)
called Free-Motion Quilting
Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters: Choose & Use Quilting Designs on Modern Quilts

And another NEW book coming out this fall (and book three already in the works, squeal!).

Anyway, that friend mentioned that you couldn't get into the class unless you knew someone in the quilt guild that was bringing Angela here. 
Just so happens I knew such a person, and got my self on the class roster.
SOOOO glad I did.

Angela was really personable and down to earth
and brought all sorts of quilts to show.

Then she spent time drawing out some of her favorite stitches and taking questions.

She also spent time REALLY showing us how its done on the machine.


So I am no longer a class virgin. I got one under my belt and will likely go again.
I learned a lot and can't wait to put some of it to use in my quilts.
Really, you should check out Angela's blog, Quilting is My Therapy,
Lots of great advice and beautiful quilts to look at for ideas.

First full week of school and swim team, too.
Cross your fingers I survive that as well!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Still here

I haven't fallen into deep space, a septic tank, or can't get up.

School is back in session.
Which means I'm back to the 12-15 hour dog days of August.
Getting ready for teaching equals really long hours
and swim season doesn't start until Monday!

I did manage to sew up a little somethum' somethum' for myself.

 My old school bag had an unfortunate demise in Mother Nature's attempt
at turning my building into a swimming pool.
Needless to say, it had to go in the dumpster.
 So here's my new one, a Zakka Style pattern
using Essex Linen in Natural and a yummy print I picked up in June in Paso Robles
at Birch Fabrics, aka Fabricworm (can't remember what line it is, other than beautiful).
Pockets galore, with a great black and white lining.

See Floyd the cat checking it out? He only wishes he could use such a bag.

Its cooling off for a bit in steamy St Lou, house is open and the canned air is off!
Should be clear nights to watch the Persiod Meteor shower this weekend.

Only thing better would be to watch it in South Dakota or Wyoming.
If you see a shooting star, make a wish for me.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Balsamic Peaches and Cherries

One of the things I like best about summer
(ok, my favorite thing next to summer vacation)
is farmers markets and all the goodness I can create from the spoils of my visits.
St Louis has a ridiculous number of farmers markets,
so many that if I went to two different markets every week
 I still would not make it to all of them.
Today I headed west to check out the Lake St Louis Farmers Market.
It used to be closer, in O'Fallon at the ballpark, but moved
(this year, last year? I'm not sure).
So much fun to see old friends Farmer Gene and Lindaand their great meats, eggs,
 and yellow tomatoes,
and Farmer Bill and his amazing cherry tomatoes
(black and yellow, got the black this week, very meaty!)
and to chat bread with him (he makes a good foccacia) and the other bakers.
New friends today, chatted up a farming couple about their orange beets,
I suspect they will have grilled beets on the table tonight
after I shared that particular yummy prep idea.

The best part?
It was raining!!!!!
Boy do we need some more of that.

So I got home and was inspired to do something with my Calhoun County peaches
and this is what I came up with:

Balsamic Peaches and Cherries.

Super easy to make:
Combine a half pound of pitted and halved cherries with
2 Tbsp of sugar and
2 Tbsp of balsamic vinegar
in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.
While that is getting happy (stir occasionally while it boils, 5 minutes)
slice up a pound of peaches and put in a bowl.

After the cherries, sugar, and balsamic vinegar boil for 5 minutes
pour over the peachs and combine.

Then jar it up!
Because you are not really "canning" this, it will last in the fridge for about 3-5 days.
But really, it will be gone in less than two.
Soooo good over oatmeal in the morning and ice cream any time of day!