Monday, October 24, 2011

I finished her!!

 Evelyn, the quilter, is 21 inches tall. She has her basket all packed with fat quarters, batting, and all the accessories she'll need for her afternoon with the quilting club. She needs to put a few finishing touches on her latest small-quilt project. Her hair is wool roving, her dress made from a scarf, and she wears comfy sneakers. (Her ankles are a bit swollen from all those hours she stands at her work table, but ohh, she does enjoy it!)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Time for a snack

Time for a break from Dolls and Patterns. It's your turn to do that. Scroll down, order the pattern, and make a nativity set to decorate your home or someone else's.
Meanwhile, I'm going to bake something. I'll even share the recipe. This is my favorite.... I call it My Yummie Yam Bread. It is equally scrumptious made with sweet potatoes, butternut squash, or pumpkin. And be generous with the orange peel.
1 cup sugar,  1/2 cup oil or melted butter, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 tablespoons orange zest, 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes.  Beat well with mixer.
Add: 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon soda, 1 teaspoon ginger, 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 teaspoon salt.  Beat well.
Add 1/2 cup each: nuts and raisins.   Bake in greased pan at 350* about an hour.
Easy way to do the orange peel: Peel a whole large orange with a carrot peeler. Chop the peeling up a little, run it in a food processer, chopper or blender, with 1/4 cup of the sugar, until finely chopped. Works like a charm!.  Enjoy!