Sunday, August 28, 2016 stitching for the past few days.....

Why?  Well,  yesterday was John's 70th birthday.  John is my gentleman friend.
  I had the brilliant idea of throwing him a surprise party.....So I planned the guest list and the menu, and then found out he absolutely HATES surprise parties.  I did not want to make him uncomfortable, so we had a frank discussion regarding the celebration of his big 7 -0h.  The compromise was that he would host a party at his house, as an open house, and would supply the beverages and the brats, and I would cater the rest.......

So, off I went, lots of shopping, baking, chopping, slicing, cooking,.... well, you get the picture......I forgot to get a picture of all the different salads and side dishes, but remembered to take a picture of the appetizers and the desserts.  Everything was home made, including his birthday cake, which is his great-great grandmother's recipe.  It is a spice cake with a chocolate butter cream frosting and his absolute favorite dessert in the world. 

He had a great time, and so did all that attended.  Very little food was left over, so I think everyone enjoyed it.

Now I have to clean my kitchen and run the dishwasher about 10 more times.....and then I can stitch....

Monday, August 22, 2016

......and Even More Jam!

Sigh.  I can't stop making jam.  This weekend I made Salted Cantaloupe Jam, Raspberry Jam and Tart Cherry Jam.  And it is noteworthy to mention that the raspberry jam was made from raspberries that I picked myself, with a little help from a friend. 

The Cantaloupe recipe needs a little work, but it is good anyway.  The Tart Cherry Jam is rather good, it was requested by my dear brother and then my dear sister said she also wanted some.  Too bad they couldn't tell me when tart cherries were in season.  The Raspberry Jam is just marvelous!  When my cousin's raspberries are ready for picking, I will head over and pick some more......see, I can't stop making jam.  I still have empty jars.....

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Joyful World Stitch-a-long September Completed

 Finished the stitching for September this evening.  The owls are cute but I wanted swans!

Below is the entire piece so far.  I am stitching this on 40 count Newcastle linen, over 2 fabric threads with 1 strand of the recommended floss.  It is still going to be bigger than I expected......I can't imagine stitching this one 28 count over 2, it would be huge!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

More Jam!

Help!  I can't stop making jam!  I had some friends taste test the watermelon jam this week.  They really liked it and told me not to change a thing!  I did however add some apple to the watermelon as I didn't think it was jelled enough and the apple has natural pectin in it.  I am hoping that will make it jell better.  I stopped at Aldi to do some grocery shopping and they had berries on sale, so I bought some.  After a trip to Meijer for more jelly jars, I made some blackberry and tripleberry this afternoon.  Peach Jam has always been my favorite, but.....the tripleberry is outstanding!  My family and friends better like jam, because that is what everyone is getting for Christmas.

Friday, August 12, 2016

And Now it's Really Finished!

Thank you to CalamityJr for pointing out some missed stitching on this piece!  I had forgotten to stitch the colored block around the G.  I am so glad she caught this before I had it framed or finished!

And now it is really done!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

ABC Lessons Finished

ABC Lesson by Lizzie*Kate is finished!  This was the last of the 15 new starts from Stitch May-nia that needed to be finished! 

It is stitched on 32 count Lambswool Jobelin with Classic Colorworks threads. 

Not sure yet how I will 'finish' it.

Monday, August 08, 2016

A Finish of a Different Kind

I have spent the last few weeks making jam.  I haven't made jam in a long time....4 years to be exact, so it was high time to make more.

Since I can only cook in massive quantities, I made 36 jars each of three different kinds. 

Perhaps I will make another flavor or two before the summer is over.....