Family Bethlehem Star quilt

Family Bethlehem Star quilt

Sunday, August 21, 2011

A Smorgasbord....

 (Note: this post is from earlier in the week...we are going through a difficult time with our oldest sheltie in addition to a commitment this weekend. I hate to miss Miss Jenny's Alphabe-Thursday so this is the best compromise for now...promise to visit the other "S" entries asap.)

You can tell summer is winding down...everyone seems to be pushing things into fast forward, trying to maximize each minute of the day. The gardens are finally producing in a manner that requires daily attention..zucchini mysteriously appear on everyone's doorstep, left quietly in the night by visitors...I think these got away from someone...
Actually, extra are appreciated as we shred the overgrown ones and freeze for future raw food prep used for our shelties. (No, you can't have my address!! :o) 

Last weekend was spent with my dear friend, Connie, from Elkhorn. She probably needed a day or two to recuperate from our full day on Saturday. We started out with one of Mr. Outback's fine breakfasts...Apple Pancakes...(he is soooo proud of these...just ask him!)

Took off for the LQS and discovered a tent sale in place...made a couple of quick purchases with a promise to return after lunch. Met both our Mom's for a Mother-Daughter lunch at our favorite tea room...Johanna May's; then returned to the LQS (promises made, must be kept!) and did some more shopping. Picked up another friend and headed to the movies where we met 3 more friends & watched The Help. Just as in the book, one moment you are laughing so hard and in an instant, you are in tears. Such a powerful story and the acting is excellent. Abilene and Minnie will steal your hearts. You must see it soon! After the film was over, it was growing late and we had about  a 50 minute drive home. Making an executive decision, we picked up 2 take and bake pizza's from Papa Murphy's, called Mr. Outback to let him know we were on the way and headed up the back roads towards home. Add in a couple of glasses of wine, and we were done for the evening! Any stitching thoughts were far from our foggy minds. Oh, we did muster up enough energy for dessert. I had made this pie on Friday - 

From Bon Appetit's current issue, this recipe is one of the most amazing combinations of tastes ever. I love making curds, lemon, lime, etc. The only change made was baking a graham cracker crust which seems to compliment all the other flavors - rather than a traditional pie crust which they called for. Oh Yum! (You can't see it, but there is a hidden layer of blackberries made into a compote underneath the lime curd mixture...oh yes!!) After this I need to double up on the cholesterol meds...

Sunday we were 6 for breakfast - Mr. Outback's famous omelets and Tasha Tudor's Blueberry Coffee Cake. After everyone left, I checked the garden for peas, squash and cucumbers and then collapsed the rest of the day...
Did manage to complete another of the BTCT blocks & can now check this one off the to do list...lots of little "fingers" made for a time consuming applique block but am happy with the results. 

And so the pace continues to accelerate...tomatoes & our apple trees have a hint of color, green beans and cucumbers multiply daily and recent nights have a little crisper touch to them...starlings are gathering, flocks of geese are moving and the eastern and southern fields are blooming with yellow tansy and goldenrod.

Have a wonderful week & as always your visits and comments just add so much to each day...come back again...lots of quilting stuff going on to share with you in the days ahead. 








19 comments:

  1. Well, let's see - the apple pancake is right up my alley - throw some of that Blackberry Lime Curd pie in for good measure and I would not have to eat dinner. Good food and good friends - a wonderful combination. So glad you got to see the movie - I thought it was excellent - tears and laughter. Judy C sends her best.

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  2. Apple pancakes - oh yum!!!! The pie you made - looks like heaven in a crust - the rest of it just sounds like too much fun and laughter and all topped off with a fabulous applique block - lucky you!

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  3. Hmm, where to start? I think the Blackberry & Lime tart would win me over..yumm. I always grate the zucchini, freeze and use in winter soups, stews and zucchini cake, such a versatile vegetable..
    Lizzie
    xxx

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  4. Thanks for the cooking feast. I like looking without the temptation. Your BTCT block looks great. It is so nicely done.

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  5. Everything looks and I bet tasted wonderful! Lucky you as usual! Lots of fun as well. Have to look for my Tasha Tudor cookbook. I made blueberry muffins that were pretty good, but coffee cake sounds even better. Thanks for sharing, TO!

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  6. I'm amazed at how much you accomplish!

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  7. These are busy days in the garden. Everything seems to come to harvest quickly. What a wonderful looking pie!

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  8. Gosh, you just surround yourself with fun! This sounds like a glorious time, start to finish.

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  9. PAPA MURPHEY'S!! Yea!! We love it! I always get the same thing! The Chicken Mediteranean, thin crust, and then I add a little more parmesan/reggiano. It is THE BEST! It is the only pizza that Rod can eat without getting accute gastric reflux! Great post, Pat!!!

    Oh, tht other pie looks to die for! If only I liked sweets!!

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  10. Oh man, now I'm HUNGRY! What fun :)

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  11. Apple pancake - ooh it looks so good!
    I hope everything settles down for you - take care!

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  12. I think I gained 20 pounds just reading this post! LOL!

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  13. Well, you did wonderful with your post this week! I was not able to get a post up this week, but hope to get one together for next. Loved all the food photos! yum! And read my daughter's copy of The Help in July when we went to visit...and saw the movie. It was very good. The cast were perfect picks...especially the twins that played little itty bitty Mae Mobley. :o)

    Enjoy the days!

    Blessings & Aloha!

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  14. oh ! And your BTCT block is *of course* most exquisite!

    Blessings & Aloha!

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  15. Sounds and looks like you are having a wonderful count-down to autumn.

    Don't eat too much! Remember, you'll have to get through the snow.

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  16. I just wanted to check back and see if you had updated about your sweet Sheltie. Is everything okay?

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  17. The food looks so delicious and Mr Outback is a fabulous cook, those pancakes look amazing.
    Your block is another beauty, must get back to that one myself.
    I loved The Help, my favourite movie this year by far, I needed two tissues.

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