Yup it's that time again - for the weekly block reveal with Anne. Last week I was a no show with my blocks - hadn't sewn them and couldn't find the book - that was my story anyway and I am sticking to it. This week I met the challenge and finished my 2 blocks. Not wild about the 2nd blocks color choices - I felt like I needed to add in some lighter fabric and step away from the darker side of the lighter end. Geez does that even make sense lol. My light fabrics in my other blocks tended to be more towards the golden/yellow/khaki/tan colorway - so I felt I needed to bring in a brighter/lighter one. Also I was staying a bit safe and decided to throw a brighter red/green/blue fabric in there. It's not a screaming fav but I'm sticking with it. Sometimes those "non favorite" blocks help a quilt pop in a scrappy version. Anywho it can always be redone adown the road if it doesn't work for me. This evening was perfect for taking the pictures outside - everything is do green - LOVE IT
This block is called Strength in Union
This one is called Fox and Geese - it's the one I'm struggling with
So what's new in the nest - well not much. I'm really taking my time going through things and being very very selective on what I'm putting back into the cupboards or closet. Today I went through my personal stash of civil war fabric and put into stacks that look pretty. Didn't finish it up - but I'm close. My other personal stash needs to be really gone through and donated - there's now way I will ever use it all up lol. Does anyone else ever feel like hyperventilating when they take a really good hard look at their stash. I feel like I should have a brown paper bag next to me at all times while I sort through it all. So as I said before - look for a few things to pop up on the blog over the next few weeks that I will offer up for sale - I'm getting close to that point - finally :).
It was my turn to host bookclub here last week and we were able to be outside for our discussion - first really great night for doing so this summer. We were able to be out there all evening with no bugs and a very light breeze. Great book and great discussion. I would recommend The Snow Child - certainly leaves you thinking.
great discussion and lots of different thoughts
I made a dessert for book club - a blast from the past - one I used to make quite a bit during strawberry season - homemade strawberry shortcake.
The kids popped on down on Thursday for a quick dinner together to celebrate Father's Day - and Grandpa and I had a little Ellie time. She's looking in this picture like - why are you holding me like this Grandpa and hanging on with a tight grip lol. I like how the youngestfarmhousehouse-son didn't want to get into the picture while holding the cake they brought Mr. Farmhouse
Ellie is really getting fun with her smiles and giggles and really likes to look around and check things out. Hey PH first spin on her little play mat - she loved it
I gave this recipe a trial run earlier in the week and it was a keeper for the Mr. and I. So I whipped up another batch of Company Mac and Cheese for the kids when they were here for dinner - it was a hit
not the best picture - you know I struggle with food pics lol. But trust me - it's a keeper, at least in our house it is. It's a Taste of Home recipe - and I got it off line somewhere best I can remember.
Company Mac and Cheese
- 1 pkg (7ounces) elbow macaroni
- 6 tbsp butter - divided
- 3 tbsp flour
- 2 cups milk
- 1 8 oz package of cream cheese - cubed ( you knew it had to have cream cheese in it)
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 tsp spicy brown mustard
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 3/4 cup dried bread crumbs - I used Panko crumbs
- 2 tbsp minced fresh parsley (didn't do)
Cook macaroni according to pkg directions. Meanwhile, melt 4 tbsp of the butter in a large saucepan. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil, cook and stir for 2 minutes.
Reduce heat, add cheeses, mustard, salt and pepper, stir until all the cheese is melted and sauce is smooth. Drain macaroni, add to the cheese sauce and stir to coat.
Transfer to a greased and shallow 3 qt baking dish. Melt the remaining butter, toss with the Panko crumbs and parsley if using. Sprinkle over macaroni. Bake uncovered at 400 for 15-20 minutes or until golden. Yummmmm
The flowers are really starting to show their glory and color - I LOVE me a red geranium
This beautiful basket I can't take credit for - but I sure hope I can keep it alive for the summer - its full and glorious (yes the hanger will come off)
I haven't even dragged out the red white and blue for summer yet - hopefully this week - but I did get this cute flag from Sandy No Blog. When I was out visiting Anne we popped over to Sandy's house and she had made a set like this
Ms. Anne gave me with this darling pillow when I was out in Portland that she made for me - she knows I like me some red white and blue - it goes perfectly with the other pillow
When we were visiting Anna out in Sisters Oregon one of the places we went to was a great drug store in that town
WOW that place was loaded with wonderful things - I finally did see a drugstore in there - but it's definetly a great place to look for fun and unusual things. They had a great selection of my fav's Willi Raye figurines. So I bought myself this cute patriotic couple. One of many things I shipped home lol
So that's all I've got out for summer so far - lots more to come that's for sure and I'd better get going - times a ticking.
Until Next Time