Monday, March 29, 2010

Rain, rain, go away....

All we have had is rain and more rain, houses are flooded, roads are flooded, no good hair days, just lots of rain. Now in the middle of all this I have a birthday and it was brightened by lot of flowers and well wishes. My family had dinner ready for me and I got flowers from my sister in Texas the day before. Beautiful yellow tulips and purple iris'. Iris' have a special meaning, they were my Nana's and Mom's favorite and they bring a smile and happy loving thoughts to all of us.

My sweet husband always brings me red roses...for the last 39 years.....
oops I'm only 39, how can that be?

These flowers came from my son and daughter. The best gift of the day was a call from my son! He had been away all the week before and I worry when I don't hear from him, but that call made my week!!!

My beautiful sister sent these, a total surprise! I am so lucky because I have the best sister in the world and I love her very much! There may be many miles between us, but the closeness is always in our hearts:)

Monday, March 1, 2010

What did you do this weekend?

I had a quiet weekend with lots of catching up at home. Some cleaning, the pantry, the stove and the whole kitchen. I love having time to cook on Sunday morning. Williams and Sonoma is where I found the pan and the recipe just click here for recipe. The spiced apple filled pancakes have lots of steps, but are easy if you have the time and oh so yummy. There are many more versions I want to try, pumpkin filled, chocolate filled? Who knew? First you grate the apples and add the spices and cook for about 20 minutes while you make the batter. The smell is so good, just like apple pie!

You put a spoonful of batter in the circle which has been brushed with melted butter, then a spoon of filling and top with another spoonful of batter. You turn the little dumplings with wooden skewers.

When finished you sprinkle them with confectionery sugar and cinnamon.

Won't you join us for some little apple filled pancakes? Coffee or tea?

Now in the afternoon I was still obsessing over the Nest pillow from Pottery Barn, I got some osanburg fabric and washed it. I got a zipper, I don't sew much so I was a little scared, but I need to get out of my comfort zone sometimes. I had a 12 x 24 down insert.
Next I had played around with letters in Print Shop. I went and got the paper for iron on transfers. I printed it off. I have never used this before and the sales girls in Joanne's Fabric were no help at all. It is the only fabric store in our area, understaffed on a Sunday, remind me to never go there on the weekend. 20 minutes in line to get the fabric cut! I really like this pillow.
I was not going to post the picture, because the outline of the iron on shows in the picture, I have taken several and it shows in all the pictures, but here is the kicker, it does not show in real life and I love the pillow! Close enough for me...Now I am going to do one that says ~ Home~
I did ok with the zipper...I just followed the directions, even thought they looked like Greek to me. My Mom always did these things for me. Boy, she could sew! I remembered watching her do this and some of it came back to me. Thanks Mom! Wish you were here to help.

Have a good week!