Today on the QuiltCast, Amy and I talked all about Quilt Backs (to piece, or not to piece?), Wide (108″) backing fabric, quilting disasters (you really should hear about the time I unpicked a queen size quilt…) and finally, we talked about our go to items in the kitchen.
The kitchen, you say?
Why yes. Because in addition to being quilters and designers, we’re also moms and humans. :) Gotta eat sometime. And staying healthy and balanced is KEY for my creativity to flourish. So. Kitchen tools were our top 5 this week. One of the tools I mentioned that helps save my sanity is this sweet little PDF I use to keep our menu and food choices organized. It’s so nice to have it up where everyone can see it–then they know what they are having for dinner and what their snack choices are without asking me 26 billion times per day. Also, the items I purchase that I need for meals haven’t mysteriously disappeared by the time I need them. Win-Win I say.
Thought I’d share the PDF with you, in the hopes it will make your world just a little more happy. :) And while it’s not quilting related, I figure, if you’re organized in one place, it just frees up time for more sewing, amiright?
Download the Menu Plan PDF by clicking here.
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I’ve been missing around here, enjoying the quiet and magic of the holidays, and the potential of a new year. I’ve really been thinking about my goals, and what I want to do, and where I want to go this year. It’s been a lot of thinking and a lot of decision making. I think it must be something us artist-types have to do on a regular basis (probably everyone else, too)–evaluating where our plans are taking us, and trying to evaluate and course correct before we get too far from where our hearts really want us to go.
Over the break, I jumped in and made a Scrappy Tripalong quilt (it’s all the rage on Instagram, just check out hashtag #scrappytripalong, and follow me: amrosenthal–or I’m posting my pictures on my Facebook Page, too)–and as I’ve been working on it, I realized it’s the first quilt I’ve made just for fun, because I want to. Every other quilt I’ve made over the last 10 years has been as a gift, for a deadline, to show a pattern, etc. It was a strange realization. Pair that with the fact that I’m having so much fun making it, and I think I’m on to something. Creativity flourishes when it’s set free. If you’d like to make one, the tutorial is here.
This year, I’m excited to learn more, slow down, develop my personal style, and really marinate and become the person I want to be–do the things I’ve always wanted to do. If not now, when? Each month, I’m setting 5 goals (a la Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project), each month building on the previous. It sounds like a tall order, but when each goal is truly a delight to work on, I think it will be blissful and restorative.
I’ve also joined in on a few other things that will help me Become (my One Little Word) who I want to be. I joined in on Fifth and Hazel and Ollibird’s 365 Pattern challenge. I’m creating a repeating pattern every day this year to move me toward one of my goals: cultivating the skills necessary to design fabric. I’m making a schedule and committing to blogging more regularly. (I hope you don’t mind). I’m using Project Life to document these fleeting days, weeks, and months. I’m picking up my Farmer’s Wife blocks again (Posts about these blocks: 1, 2, 3, 4.) I’m decorating my newly remodeled studio–my shelving gets put in Tuesday, and then pictures! I’m eating better, exercising early, and taking my vitamins and supplements (if you’re curious, I’m in love with my doTerra supplements). I’m keeping my family healthy, and enjoying these last few months before my kids start kindergarten. I’m trying to get up the guts to start up the IVF process again. It’s not for the faint of heart. It’s a year of nurturing and growth, for sure.
And in case you think I’m forgetting you, my sweet friends, I’m most definitely not. Many of my goals revolve around sharing tutorials, creating a community, and learning more about my friends. That absolutely means we’re going to have lots of fun this year. Together.
What do you think, friends? Have you done any reevaluating yourself lately? Any creative (or other) goals for the new year? I’d love to hear them. Maybe we can help each other along.
PS First up? That Block of the Month I hinted about in September. I can’t wait to show you. Who’s in?
PPS My Home for Harvest pattern is being featured on the Fat Quarter Shop’s Jolly Jabber blog today–go suggest a fabric line you’d like to make it in, and you are entered to win a $50 gift card. Score!
You may have noticed these little pictures of mine on Instagram (amrosenthal, if you want to be friends!) over the Thanksgiving holiday, chronicling my breakfast preparations. For the record, they’re delightful, delicious, and really, really, easy to make. A few people asked for the recipe, and of course I’m more than happy to share so that I’m not the only one eating breakfast for lunch (and dinner, ahem) around here.
As a side note, I don’t really do measurements on recipes, people. I’ll do my best to estimate, but this one is pretty much foolproof. You’ve got this.
Here’s what you need:
- A mini muffin tin
- Olive oil
- Wontons (24 dumpling size, or 6 egg roll size, cut in quarters)
- 5 eggs, beaten (with salt and pepper if desired)
- Sharp cheddar cheese
Coat the cups in the muffin tin lightly with olive oil. Have a munchkin (or other person) put the wonton wrappers in each cup, being careful not to break them press the dough against the sides of the cup, folding a little if necessary.
Dice the ham into small (1/2″) pieces. I use organic deli slices (honey smoked) and it’s delicious. Saute the ham in a pan with the butter until browned. Pour several tablespoons of water in the pan when the the button on the bottom of the pan is starting to brown. Simmer until the water has evaporated. Remove from heat.
Put a pinch of ham in each cup. Pour beaten egg in each cup to just below the top. Sprinkle the top with sharp cheddar cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 12 minutes.
Make repeatedly until your family has no idea there are other foods in the world.
As a side note, this same thing can be done with a leftover pie crust. Same thing with the egg, cheese, ham, etc. I added 1 shredded potato to it, cooked it for about 23 minutes. It was divine.
In case you needed more excuses to eat breakfast for every meal.
Fall is in full swing around here and I love love love it. October is easily my busiest month of the year, and this year has been no exception. With all the busy-ness, I wanted to pop in here and give a quick glimpse of what’s going on around here.
I’m sending out fabrics to my quilting bee ladies today (it’s my month! Yay!)
Sewing clothes for a dirty, well-loved monkey. Miss Lily picked out the fabric and the Christmas ribbon. :)
Admiring the leaves and taking long deep breaths of the (awesome) autumn air.
Watching the last soccer games of the season, and cheering on our favorite football teams.
Putting up my Halloween bunting (print yours here), decorations, and finishing up my table runner.
Getting my studio cleaned and put together.
Sewing, and sewing, and sewing for market, and getting my posts ready for the Blogger’s Bar Hop tomorrow and my turn on the Sweet Celebrations tour on Thursday (be sure to come back!) Schedules are here.
In the midst of all the things going on, I’m really trying to focus and be balanced. It’s easy for me to get caught up in the crazy and neglect that this time of year is my very favorite of all. We’re going to the little old man’s pumpkin stand tonight for Family Night to choose out Jack O’Lantern pumpkins, and we’re having Breakfast with a Witch on Thursday. I’m also trying to spend more time reading scriptures and having some quiet time for prayer and grounding before my day gets underway. Finally, a friend and I are getting up before the sun to exercise. I’ll be tired, but it’s time to get more movement into my schedule. If not now, when?
What’s going on with you? Is this your favorite time of year? Any suggestions (or encouragement) for my early morning exercise? (Trust me, I need it!)