Family Bethlehem Star quilt

Family Bethlehem Star quilt

Sunday, April 3, 2011

There is something to be said....

...about creature comforts on a cold, windy, snow-filled Spring day in early April...

When the little bluebird "cottages" that line our walking path are still shuttered for the winter and the drifts are knee high...

We can take hope in discovering the first "true" leaves on the tomato seedlings as they reach for light by the south windows.
 And with the sound of icy needles hitting the glass, a hot cup of coffee and the anticipation of newly checked out library books or deciding to watch my new DVD gives a sense of well being...
This weekend in the kitchen, a new bread recipe is in the works...
The dough is filled with dried cranberries, raisins, walnuts and even a few dried cherries for extra sweetness...there is no sugar or honey in the recipe...

No-knead Harvest Bread
(King Arthur Flour recipe)

After rising in a bowl overnight, the dough was placed in my almost-forgotten-about clay has not seen use in quite a while! 

Baking in a clay container creates a crisp crust and the rustic loaf made for very tasty panini's at dinner last night. 

An easily pieced block for #14 at Barbara Brackman's Civil War Quilt
Fox and Geese
And another bunch of cherries are harvested...

The rest of this day stretches lazily before me...Mr. Outback decided to drive to his skeet shoot competition after all (he is like the Post Office - neither rain, nor snow, nor dark of night....) and it's just "us girls" keeping the home fires warm and cozy..we know where our creature comforts can be found. 

Wishing each of you a good day filled with your own comforts and blessings.



  1. Sounds like a delightful weekend! Oh and I love the new "harvest" of cherries! Are those all appliqued?

    Blessings & Aloha!
    Also, if you are interested, I have some giveaways on my current post of the art that I do.

  2. Perfect cold spring day, here it's a cold (well for us) windy autumn weekend. Time to light the fires and make soup...

  3. Buurrr!! Sure don't miss that! I't almost 80 here...sorry, I couldn't help myself.

    I've been meaning to try a no knead bread that I saw on America's Test's baked in a dutch oven. Those panini's look sinfully yummy!

  4. The bread looks delicious and no sugar or honey,wow. Hang in there, spring is on the way.

  5. Oh you made me happy just reading your post! Had a great weekend here too but it was a busy one. I did do a little snoopy dancing at seeing my seeds sprout too though. What a great thing to wake up to.

  6. Ooooh I loved Downton Abbey! I hope you enjoy it. Your afternoon sounds perfect. Those cherries are adorable.

  7. Spring and snow doesn't sound quite right but you had a lovely weekend by the sound of it. The bread looks wonderful, perhaps one for me to try except we don't have dried cherries.
    The applique looks wonderful as does all the other lovely things you got up to.

  8. Your bread looks delicious, perfect for the weather these days. It's still cold in the NW, and a lot of rain. Your cherries look fab, I like that you did the stitchery first, then put the cherries on top. I'm going to use that technique when I do that block. I've made all the cirlces in purple for grapes, but I LOVE the red mix you have. hmmmmmm

  9. Beautiful handiwork. I love dried cherries! And King Arthurs products.

    You are definitely keeping busy there...hopefully Spring will be here before you know it.

  10. Hi Pat,

    Your applique on those cherries is fantastic! That is going to be a beautiful quilt. My tomato seedlings are growing fast, too, but are maybe a week behind yours. Sounds like this weekend we'll get a real peek at spring! Finally! Chris

  11. Downton Abby was a snoozer for me. Hope you enjoyed it! If it is more than one program anymore, I am done! Your food and quilt looks delicious and beautiful as always!


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