Archive for September 13th, 2009


First things first – a blog award has been sent to me by http://yarnjourney.wordpress.com. The Box of Chocolates Award – how appropriate is that??!! So, here is the deal…now I must share this award (and you know how much I love chocolate) with other blogs that I particularly find inspiring, fun, enlightning, etc. Here are the sweet rules from the originator.

“In my best southern accent, I would like to say that I have been thinking about a new award and what I would like it to say. People are like Forrest Gump said ” Life is like a box of chocolates and you never know what you’re gonna get.

You can see this box of chocolates is filled with different and unique candies and just like the chocolates we are all different and unique people. We are the same in that we all have common ingredients that make us more a like than not. Except for the frosting, which represents our personalities, we are indeed very similar on the inside.”

1. That you must pass this award to others.

2. Link back to me when you have passed them forward.

3. Write a nice post about this award.

4. You must read this award with a southern accent. I call it southern day where we all have to speak with a southern accent. I know that will be hard for some of you, but for the rest of us, we will be fine. So now, ya’ll just enjoy this little ol’ award and have fun with it.

5. And of course let your folks know that they have a nice award waiting for them.

I would like to share this award with the following bloggers.




As for Applesauce – I have been up to my elbows in the stuff…we picked off of 2 trees on Friday. The honeycrisp need just a tad more time…yum!

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The first batch soaked in a 50/50 vinegar & water solution before being rinsed & then cut up & placed in a water/Fruit Fresh solution.

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Cooking down in small amounts, so the apples don’t burn.

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Going through the food mill…

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The final product & getting ready to add sugar to taste…I love the pink coloration you get when the apples are cooked with the peels still on.

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Over the next few days, more batches will be done and join the other jars in the freezer. Hopefully we can store fresh apples too.

When not in the kitchen, I have been attaching sleeves & labels to the back of my quilt show entries…two weeks and counting. That’s what I get for being lazy and not doing it as each quilt was completed. Now I have 6 quilts to wrap up. I slipped up and actually did sleeves, etc. on 2 earlier wallhangings. But going over 8 entries for loose threads, dog fur or untidy corners is not my idea of creativity. Another “and what have we learned today” moment. I actually did some “real” sewing and have the little bag made for the Friendship Bag Swap over at Quilting Bloggers. Included is a tea towel to which I added an embroidered border.  And, a few little quilting goodies, yet to be purchased…must get moving on that this coming week as my Secret Partner lives in the Netherlands and everything has be mailed  soon.

Applesauce 013The stitching on my Gardening Angel “Hope” by Crabapple Hill is now complete. I am pleased with the way she turned out and have sewn the first little inner border…my thoughts are to have this Angel grow into a medallion style piece…sometime this coming winter. It is part of my new “diet” away from those chocolates I talked about last week! Love those organic batiks…

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Well, that is about it from our little neck of the North Woods…we are having our July now…upper 70’s-80’s and very dry. Might just get a ripe tomato or two, yet! Hope you have a good week and…

Always take time to stitch…


From Jan - a pincushion made with vintage '30's-'40's fabrics

From Jan - a pincushion made with vintage '30's-'40's fabrics


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