Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

It was a beautiful Spring day here today.  It was
sunny but still had a coolness to the air.  Later in
the afternoon the wind started picking up and now
at 7pm, it is getting cold even though the sun is still
up.  We may get a frost tonight so I just went out 
and covered some plants.

Here at our American Homestead, Avalon, we 
believe in making the world a more beautiful 
place and for us, we find beauty in nature.
Mr. Wonderful came home today with a 
forsythia shrub and a few knock-out roses.
I planted some lily of the valley earlier in the
day.  Planting perennials is a great way to add
to the beauty of your home, they return year
after year.

These hostas grew a few inches today.  We have
hostas all over our gardens and they all started 
from just a few plants and years of dividing them.

I got this little pussy willow start from one of
my favorite Master Gardeners.  I planted it 
last Fall and with the terrible Winter we had,
I wasn't sure if it survived.  About half of it 
broke off over the Winter and I've been 
waiting to see some sign of life from it.  And
today, on Earth Day, I saw the first new 
growth ~ it lives!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Grape Hyacinths

A true sign of Spring for me is when the grape hyacinths 
come into bloom.  I noticed the first ones today out in my
little garden by the pond.  

I've arranged them with a bit of soft lamb's ear in a mini
white hobnail vase and they will go on my bedside table.

When I wake up in the morning, the scent of the hyacinths
will be the first thing I notice, even before I open my eyes.

Loving Spring!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

We spent a quiet Easter Sunday at Avalon,
our American Homestead.  Our Kate came 
home from school for the weekend so I thought
I'd make something vegetarian for Easter dinner.
But Mr. Wonderful had other ideas, he wanted
a ham.  I made some veggie side dishes also.

Tomato/Mozzarella Salad ~ A family favorite.

Cauliflower/Pea Salad ~ this has always been
one of Kate's favorites.  When my kids were little
they loved peas like other kids loved M&M's.  I
considered myself very lucky.

The best scalloped potatoes I ever made.
I wrote Keeper: Delicious! on the recipe.

A spiral sliced ham with a honey crust,
we'll be eating this all week...

After dinner we walked across the backyard
to have the egg cake with my Mum and sister
Trishie.  It was delish!

From our American Homestead to wherever 
you may call home, I wish you a joyous Easter.

We missed you Brennan!

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!