I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, September 1, 2014

My Eagle

Hi everyone! I am rushing out to the beach on this final official day of summer. Oh it is so hot and sunny, poor kids starting school in a few days. That's so sad!

Here is my very primitive Eagle block:

Block one of Lori at Humble quilts' quiltalong. [pattern / book by Jan Patek]

With the encouragement and help of Lori and blog friends, he was more fun to sew and less scary than I had envisioned.
Funny how someone's little casual hint, like Lori saying she trims her seam allowances as she goes, can make things go better.

The book tells a bit of each block's history. This block is based on the Great Seal of the United States. It seems Benjamin Franklin was opposed to using an eagle because he claimed eagles are just low scavengers! But then he okayed this version because in his opinion it looked more like a turkey anyway. Hahhahah! I adjusted my ''turkey'' to be more eagle-headed but those drumstick legs make me smile every time.

I also changed the pattern design to have thirteen stars, for the 13 original colonies....

Thanks to Lori for sharing star fabric for my wreath filler!

Wonder what is next!?



gone to the beach.....

Please check out Lori's blog here to see everyone's Eagle blocks! They're wonderful, so many and so beautifully done. Enjoy.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Amazing Delicious and so Easy

yes it's cockeyed but so is my brain tonight!
Hi guys! I hope your ''last week of summer'' was has been good. Beach weather here usually lasts thru October yet in a way there is a feeling of the summer coming to the end. I haven't had much to share this week because car shopping has turned my brain into tapioca pudding. Forgive me if I blither.


So...what's amazing and delicious, you ask?
Pasta with Brie and Fresh Tomatoes!


My friend here Kelley [of the mango salsa yumminess] shared this recipe with me a few months ago. I've been waiting for the tiny tomatoes to come into season. This week I picked up a pint of  grape tomatoes at the farmers' market, along with a nice ripe runny brie from Trader Joe's.

This is the easiest of pasta sauces! NO cooking on a hot day. No standing over a hot stove stirring the marinara for hours like Helen Plum. Five---I think five---main ingredients. Perfect for a late summer supper, especially if you've been swimming in the high surf of August [or supplies shopping for BTS, whatever] and want to treat yourself and your kiddies to a delicious meatless meal.

At least four hours ahead:

Tiny tomatoes, halved or quartered.

Garlic. Minced.

Basil. "Ribboms" or chiffonade.

Ripe brie. (Buy ahead, bring it out of thr fridge now and then to ripen it. I left the rind because it's my favorite part of the brie cheese.


Mix all the ingredients with olive oil and salt and pepper, stirring now and then as it sits on the counter.

Later: Pasta. I used these cute artisan somethings.

I thought they were campanellas, but no. Whatever is cute, I'd suggest.

Cook until just al dente, no moooshy pastas here, please. I do time my pastas and I am just about the worst at watching the clock and timing things. But well worth it.

Toss hot pasta and sauce, serve with parm. Mmmmm. Perfection.



So dielicous, so easy. Recipe written by Kelley, below. Thank you, Kelley!



gone to the beach........


Mo, helping me sew the Eagle block of the Flag quilt.
Reveal on September first!
Linky on Humble Quilts

Brie and Fresh Tomatoes Pasta recipe
You do not cook the sauce. Prepare it at least 4 hours before you're going to serve it.

4 large tomatoes or basket of grape tomatoes chopped (I cut grape tomatoes in half)
1 lb Brie cheese, rind removed ( or less Brie if u want)

1 cup fresh basil cut into strips

3 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
1 cup olive oil

2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper
1 or 1 1/2 lb pasta ( I usually only cook a pound)

Fresh Parmesan cheese, grated

In a large bowl add olive oil, garlic salt, pepper, basil, and tomatoes. Using the thumb and forefinger, break the Brie (pinching it) into small pieces and add it to the olive oil mixture. Combine all ingredients. Cover loosely ( I usually use a cloth dish towel) and set on the counter at room temperature for at least 4 hours. Stir occasionally if you're around.

Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain quickly and pour pasta into large pasta serving dish. Immediately pour the pasta sauce over the hot pasta. Stir gently and top with Parmesan.

And this is the pasta I get....

Sunday, August 24, 2014

this isn't fun.

town beach in distance...
all those people!
on ''my'' beach!
Hi guys, cranky blogger here today. It is a beautiful cool and sunny Sunday at the beach.

I was sitting there under my umbrella, working on a future block for the Flag quilt...and I had a revelation. I really, really really do not enjoy doing appliqué work for quilts.

It is just so hard, and I don't think my work is good enough. Or good at all. I get so upset and irritated. I am thinking Why bother? My kids will never want these quilts, as they will someday lead slick NYC lives of stainless steel and sidewalk grey. It's not like I am enjoying the process. Maybe I need a break?

This won't affect my sewing the Flag quilt, for Lori's quilt along, which is always a fun thing to participate it. There's plenty of pieced blocks in that project.

Not so sure about Mr. Sunshine. The zillion leaves in the Tree of Life block didn't defeat me, but perhaps all the tiny stars in the Oceans block will emerge victorious. (They are so tiny. And very hard to do.  Ans so not there yet.)

My friend here, Hunter, quit the Dear Jane quilt about 1/3 of the way through. All those tiny hand pieced blocks. And I don't think she plans to start it up again or even put together what she has in a small quilt. Credit for stopping when she decided enough is enough.
And that's not my only gripe---this week, the last week of official summer, I have to go buy a new car. Hardly anything [well, dentist] is as awful as buying a new car. Did I not just buy the one I have? Can it really be three years?
Tomorrow I shall channel my grumpiness and go into bitch mode, and take it all out on the poor sales guy who does not wish to sell me a new Jeep* for nearly nothing.
Maybe this:

Budget. Right.
Okay, I'll end on a cheery note. The first morning glory bloomed yesterday!

"Flying Saucer". And the sweet peas have sprouted and are about 8" tall.

And look what Mo and I saw on our walk:

A swallowtail butterfly. It was so big and ---hover-y---[I'm terrified of bugs, okay?]---that even Mo noticed it and tried to take a sniff.

Have a good week! Wish me car karma and good luck.....

a few nasturtiums
and a mini cinnamon sunflower...



gone to the beach

*Why a Jeep? Well 1- I've always owned Jeeps and except for one lemon [its computer] I've never had a bit of trouble. 2- You get a lot of goodies w/out paying for ''extras"--like roof racks come stock. 3-They are 100% off road so when we have floods and crappy weather, they go anywhere, everywhere. 4- after H Sandy, of all the cars owned by friends and family ONLY the Jeeps made it through the storm and were drivable afterward. So---I am hoping for yet another Jeep. I've never had white, it's pretty, isn't it.
And No, Jeep did not pay me to say that.