Saturday, July 24, 2010

Flying Geese Christmas quilt

All those rectangles and squares have been transformed into flying geese.  Next step, blocks.  Here is one of the first ones.  The background is Kona bone, so the whites are a bit off in the picture.  I'm really pleased with how they are going together, except some of the seams are bulky.  I'm a little concerned about quilting it.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

New Patio Cushions

We bought a patio set a couple years ago. It's just two comfy arm chairs that can recline, two footstools and a small side table.  The cushion had become faded and stained.  While it seems like it would be easy to find replacement cushions, the seat cushions are sloped in the back to fit neatly under the back cushions.  I couldn't find replacements the same shape, and the cushions themselves are still good.  So I recovered them.  I still have one more footstool cushion to make, as I only cut one as my first test cushion.  I think they came out nicely, and LBK likes them.

Our small garden is thriving and soon we'll have some tomatoes.  I've gotten a couple of cherry tomatoes, but that's all so far, not counting tons of herbs.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs and Last Minute Fried Rice

I bought these teriyaki meatballs at Costco after someone, probably over here or here, recommended them.  They are pretty tasty, and only have a touch of that weird squishy-ness that purchased meatballs often have.  I just warmed them in the microwave from the freezer.  They'd be better in the oven, but the microwave was good enough yesterday as I didn't really plan ahead to use the oven. 

I thought that they came in more of a sauce, and had just prepared plain rice to go with them.  When I realized that, in fact, they were not saucy at all, I pulled out a little of this and that from the fridge - oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, green beans, red peppers, fresh spinach, scallions, soy, fish sauce - and the freezer and made fried rice loosely based on some recipes for pineapple fried rice.  I rarely make fried rice, so I was extra happy when it turned out good.  I mean, really, really good.  Not just good for last minute good.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

One Valance Up, One to Go

Finally, finally, one valance is hanging up.  It fits.  I hung it by myself.  And I love it more each passing day. 
Here's a little more context.

One more to go.  And maybe a matching apron, no?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Eggplant Patties

A few days ago, I made these eggplant patties from Marcella Hazan's book, Essentials of Italian Cooking (I think.  I returned it to the library.).  They were good and made for a light dinner with a small salad and some white table wine in a fish bottle