That's the Quil Sisters, Lady Kleenex and The Luden Brothers - we've been really tight this week hanging out together and chilling. Yup a big old nasty summer cold has kicked my butt to the curb. My voice has been pretty much gone all weekend and I'm thinking Mr. Farmhouse might be liking that - naaaa, he says he likes to hear my song bird voice, lol. Anyway not much has been happening around here, not even sewing. I've been doing what I have to do and not a lot more. This post I think will be a little all over the place, you know like how my brain is functioning right now.
So first off thanks for the b-day greetings for S#2. We went up to see him on his special day and take him out to dinner. We stopped at his house so Mr. Farmhouse could see what he's done since the last time he was there - me since I've seen the place more recently I took a quick nap on his couch since I was feeling punky which helped me get through the rest of the evening. BUT being the great Mom that I am (ok I must be hallucinating, lol) I did make up some cupcakes that we took up to him instead of a birthday cake - LORDY slap me silly these were good -
Banana Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting and you can find the recipe here at your home based mom blog. She was making cupcakes for a wedding and has some really good recipes on there for more. Plus she just has good recipes in general.
Earlier in the week I also whipped up a Blueberry Tea Cake to go with our Beef Barley Soup for our dinner.
This recipe is a "blast from the past", one I used to make for my boys all the time. I had a pint of blueberries in the fridge and thought - shoot I'm going to whip that baby up for dinner, you know blueberries are good for you and if there surrounded by a little cinnamon, butter, sugar, well you get the drift it can't be all bad - right. Here's the recipe for you to whip up one yourself
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup butter - softened
Cut butter into the dry ingredients until it forms course crumbs
This tea cake is really good served just a little warm - yummmm
I also need to show a couple of more gifts I received in the mail as house warming presents. First up was a wonderful set of place mats and matching napkins from Nadine
Thank you Nadine - these are beautiful and will be saved and used when I entertain the Peeps and the Woolies. It was such a sweet thing for you to do. There beautiful and the stitching is wonderful on them.
Next up is a cute set of blocks from my Anne. She had these specially made for me.
Because Anne has asked me where I put them - this is where they are right now - but I keep moving them to find the perfect place. Thank you Anne you know I LOVE THEM.
Let's see what else, oh ya, one of the classes I took while at Primitives of the Midwest was from Stacy Nash - I'm not sure how I feel about cross stitching on the small 32 count weave yet, the jury is still out on that one - however she had a few finished models for sale - well I snapped up one of those in a hurry, I mean a Stacy Nash original - and it's perfect for Liberty House
Well for those of you getting fall fever, here's a sign that it's just around the "torner"
S#2 loves his Fantasy Football and is involved in 2 different leagues and last night was the the draft for the first one. He spent a good part of yesterday finishing up his homework on his choices and making sure he had backup plans in case they were snapped up by someone else. He found that t-shirt at a store and thought it would make the others concentrate less, maybe a little intimidation - we all got a good chuckle on that t-shirt. So chickies fall must be just around the "torner" if the leagues are gearing up for business.
You know the peeps had their annual retreat here at the lake a couple of weekends ago. For the first time EVER might I say no air conditioning was needed, no swimming in the lake to cool off, no showers at night to get the sweat off of us and no electricity outages. Yes those were a few challenges we faced when we held it at the old cabin. It was always freakin hot, we always had breakers pop with to much juice being needed. A dip in the lake was almost a requirement around 3 or 4 in the afternoon and a shower was a must at the end of the day. Nope we had cool weather of course, because this year we had the option of turning on the A/C if needed. I did take those peeps for a "funtoon" ride and even parked that sucker all by myself - only took me 3 tries and that was due to the waves, not my parking ability, although that was in question by me. Can I say I was impressed with myself, lol. It was a bit more windy when we came in then when we went out - but it all worked out just fine.
Here was our set-up
Sitting outside was so nice weather wise
we had a guest visitor one day - one of our Brainerd Peeps came to spend the day with us - Judy brought a beautiful stitchery quilt that she was sewing the binding down on - WOW it was so pretty
she also brought a couple of small quilts for show and tell
here is what the peeps worked on
the above blocks will be hot pads for holiday gifts that PH is giving to her family members
there was a little swearing going on with these blocks - I'm just sayin
I sewed on bindings on a few small quilts
picked out fabric to reproduce this quilt
and then did all the prepping to make this quilt from Liberty Star. I picked up a kit while at Prims of the Midwest, this is one of the classes that she taught - love it. I'm planning on doing wool centers - shocked by that, lol
This is the sample block of the little basket exchange the peeps are going to do. I just worked up one quickly so they could see it done and those peeps a little nervous about doing the "A" word would see it's not a hard basket. They are all game to do applique. We will each do our baskets in a different color and then we will embellish the center of the basket in whatever way we want. I'm pretty sure my basket will have wool in the center - what do you think :). Thanks Karen for helping me out with this basket :).
Well holy smokes could this post be long enough - thanks for sticking with me if you did. I am now totally caught up and I feel like I'm working my way back to why I started this blog. I've posted something sewing related and a recipe - YAHOO. Next post I will show you the 2 new tables that have come to the Farmhouse for my sewing room - SAH-WEET. There's a wooly gathering on Thursday - so who knows what I'll have to share - I bet there hoping I still don't have a voice, lol.
Until Next Time