Saturday, April 19, 2014

Elle's Kitchen: Bunny Hops

Kate was coming home for the weekend so
I was decorating the house for Easter yesterday.

I decided to mix up a little Spring time cocktail
to go along with the Springtime decor.

First I mixed a bit of honey and water together
and rubbed it on the rim of the glass and then
dipped the rim in green sugar.

1 1/2 oz. Whipped Cream Vodka
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
3 oz. Half & Half
dash of grenadine

Mix ingredients together and pour into glasses.
Add a peep to the edge (bunny peeps would be
better but this is all I had) and a few jelly beans.

My review is, they looked great and festive.  I 
felt the vodka made them very strong, next time
I would try something like a White Chocolate
Liqueur, I think that would make it tastier.


Friday, April 18, 2014

100 Blocks: Twice is Nice!

When I got home today there was a package 
waiting for me ~ I love presents!

Inside the package were issues of the most 
recent edition of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks
Collector's Edition, Vol. 9 magazine.

Even more exciting is my block was chosen 
as one of the 100 blocks, it is called Felicity
and it is on page 30.

To add to the excitement, my wallhanging
using the block was chosen to be included in
the Designer's Gallery, it is on page 14.

I'm thrilled, what a great way to start off
the Easter weekend!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Where Are You?

I guess you have really gone into hibernation when 
even facebook is asking you, "Where are you?"

I'm here!

Though my mind may be placing me in some exotic
and exciting locale, in reality I am busy at work.
So far, I have written 16 chapters for Book #2 and
I have completed 20 of the 21 projects.  I'm hoping
to complete the first draft of all the chapters by next
week and then I will have to shift my attention to 
prepping for International Quilt Market which starts
one month from today ~ yeeps!

I will be promoting my first book, American Homestead
Quilts at Quilt Market this year so at least all of the 
projects are finished and ready to hang in the booth.

I will also be bringing along the feltwork patterns and 
a new product that will launch this year in response
to all the requests I received from my customers 
last Fall in Houston ~ stay tuned for more info.

So there is a little catch-up of where I have been and
where I will be for the next month.  I'm hoping life will
get a little more exciting in June.  I still have travel 
blog posts to write from my trip to Spain in January
and February, time is just flying...

Enjoy Spring (if it ever really comes)!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Happy 91st!

Today is my Mum's 91st birthday.  My sister 
and I enjoyed a lovely dinner with her.  She had
people calling to wish her well, birthday cards
 arrived, flowers were delivered, we had cake 
and then opened presents.

One of the presents I gave her was handmade
by me, a tea cozy for her teapot.

Happy, Happy Birthday!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Oh Not Again!

Just when we thought Spring was finally here, 
the snow shovel was stored in the shed a few
days ago and the winter coats were placed in
the back of the closet...  Our local weatherman
told us today it will be in the 20's by morning.
Oh yippee. AND there may be snow.  What?

I just ran outside in the rain to pick bundles of 
daffodils, just in case they don't make it through
the cold snap.  At least I'll have some Spring
inside for a few days.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Astronauts and Sorority Girls

We headed out bright and early today to 
drive through the beautiful farmland and
cross the state to visit...

Purdue University.

It was Mother's Day at the Sorority House.  
We got to mingle with Moms and daughters, we 
were treated to a lovely lunch and the best part
was being able to spend time with our Kate.

It was a perfect Spring Day and the campus 
was filled with people enjoying the beautiful
weather.  It was Spring Fest today, the 
Boilmaker was driving around campus.

Tonight there is a reunion of alumni who
have become astronauts.  Purdue has 23
graduates who have become astronauts.
This frathouse was welcoming back one of
their brothers to campus, Gene Cernan, 
the last man to walk on the moon.

Of course, another graduate was Neil Armstrong,
the first man to walk on the moon.

I am amazed at the amount of time the students
of today spend on their studies.  We are always 
hearing from our kids about the multiple all-night
study sessions that they have weekly, yes, weekly.

Did you know that Purdue is ranked number 8 in 
the list of the 16 colleges and universities where it
is the hardest to get an "A"?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Feathering the Nest

The animals we see on our hikes always keep 
us entertained, especially the squirrels. For
one thing, there are so many of them and for
another thing, they are crazy!
This guy was feasting on a treasure that was
probably buried beneath the snow all winter.

This guy had been drinking from this big puddle.
I was shooting this from a distance and into the 
light so I thought he was still drinking and it 
wasn't until I got home and saw he had turned 
around to pose for the camera.

These two were so busy, they were stuffing 
their mouths with leaves and trying to run 
up the tree without losing the leaves.

I was distracted by the one still on the ground
when Mr. W yelled, "Look where he is going!"
Into a little hole in the tree, it must be Spring
cleaning time.  I wonder if babies are on the way?
We will keep an eye out for them...