Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Cooking Blog?


For this week my blog is being published as a cooking blog.  We had the most amazing experience of a three day wood burning oven cooking class held up in the wine country near Napa, CA.  We’ve had a wood burning oven for about seven years and have always wanted to expand our cooking to include more than pizza. 

Well….this was exactly what we needed.  It was three days of cooking everything from cinnamon rolls for breakfast to baking peach cobbler and bread pudding for desserts.

The adventure begins…..across the Golden Gate Bridge to the charming town of Healdsburg.

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We built our first fire and started to cook.  We had six wood burning ovens for our use so there was a lot of cooking.

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These were some of our creations.  Can I just say “incredible”?   Do you see how beautifully our flame is burning over the roof of the oven?  Pizza and empanadas are done when the oven is the hottest - 650* on the floor.

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As the oven cools you can go into the roasting stage which is 550* on the oven floor.  Different areas of the oven will register different temperatures so it is a lot of playing around.  Baking is done when the oven floor reaches 450* and after removing the hot coals.  These are SOME of the foods we made.


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Prosciutto wrapped scallops on rosemary skewers.
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Peach cobbler before baking
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Sweet stuffed peppers.
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Singaporean style shrimp
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Zucchini blossoms
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Zucchini blossoms stuffed with ricotta
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Wood roasted eggplant parmigiano
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Pan seared lamb chops marinated in garlic and rosemary
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Our appetizer table presentation.
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Rotating the bread loaves.
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Finished rustic bread loaves.
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Zucchini gratin with tomatoes and Gruyere.
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Roasted peppers.
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Halibut Ligurian style.
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Beef tenderloin.
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Paella.
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Chicken -done under a brick
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Parsnip fries.
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Limoncello Bread pudding.
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Our class with our delightful teacher, Andrea Mugnaini, in the center.
It was such a fun and busy few days made even better by meeting up with a dear friend (and our daughter’s Godmother) for dinner at her home in Healdsburg.  We have shared so many wonderful times together. 

I had a lovely squishy package in the mail when we arrived home.  I had won a giveaway from Tudy at Tudy’s Craft Cupboard and she sent me some of her exquisitely made items.  I have always admired her crochet and I am thrilled to have some of her work.  Can you say “pretty”? 

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I have been doing a bit of sewing, but I can’t share it yet.  Hopefully, I will be able to on my next post.

Monday, August 11, 2014

A Wee Bit Busy

It seems like the busyness of summer is a common lament around blogland lately.  Life around here is no different.  Summer is always packed with fun and exciting events, putting up the products of the garden and trying to maintain a bit of sanity at the same time.

This week has been a bit busier than normal as we added four grandchildren to the mix.  Mommy and Daddy went to Hawaii for the week and had a wonderful trip with only minor rain from the hurricanes.  Life was not boring with a 1, 2 1/2, 4 and 5 1/2 year old in the house.  We loved it, but it was really nice to have some quite time yesterday once everyone left. Can you guess that I was also missing from the blogging world?

I have missed my sewing time lately so I slipped away to my creative room and left the cleaning until today.  My Spider Web leader and ender project has been so close to being finished so I did the last two blocks and then sewed it together.  It ended up to be about 70” square. 

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Today was so quiet.  I missed the early morning snuggles with the little ones, but it felt good to have clean floors and windows!!  Winking smile How could you not miss these faces?

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The two year old went to Costco with Grandpa on Saturday and picked out a bouquet of flowers for Grandma.  Doesn’t this just look like something a 2 year old would choose????

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We had a little excitement while the children were here.  Our tortoise eggs started hatching.  The little ones kept a close eye on the activity although the process is quite slow.  Two out and three more to go…..

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Some of the grandchildren headed back to school today.  How can that be?  The rest go back next week.  Where has the summer gone?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Goodbye July


How can it be time to bid farewell to July already?  Yikes, it will soon be Christmas at this rate.
July’s color for the RSC14 was red.  I managed to get my red Soul Searching block in just under the wire this month.  My guess put next month’s color at orange, but it is moving along quickly.  I love the red!


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Now there are seven…..  I am not really pleased with my blue block (the first one) and I may remake that one in the end.  I like it better when the intensity of color matches better.

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Since I have been spending a lot of time with my mom in rehab since her surgery I have had some peaceful hand sewing in the works.  See the gingham????  It’s a project for the upcoming See You in September blog hop.  My date is September 11th – sadly, an easy one to remember.
 
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Welcome August!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Orange Peel


My mom had surgery a few weeks ago so I have had some added time for a little hand stitching.  I contemplated doing some Grandmother Flower Garden flowers, but decided instead on some Orange Peel blocks.  I enjoyed working on the ones in my Trifle Dish quilt.  There is a fun QAL going on through the summer for the Orange Peel blocks.  This is what I have so far.

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We managed to slip away for a few days for our annual family fishing trip.  I was not great with picture taking this time, but here are a few shots of the kids and grandchildren with whom we made memories. 

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Son #1 and family.
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Son #2 and family.
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Son #4 and family.
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Daughter and family.
These pictures were taken the night before we left and son #3 and his family had to leave early to get home in time for a summer camp date and a horse show on Sunday. 

There is nothing quite as relaxing as having a pole in the water, waiting for a nibble and enjoying a view like this. It recharges the body batteries!

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thoroughly Thursday


The weeks are just zipping along here.  Here we are in the middle of July already.

After working on the Trifle Dish QAL, I thought many of the rows would make great little table runners.  With July’s RSC14 color of red, I decided to make some red posies.

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These became this making a nice 16x46” table runner.  It's been a great year for fabric selecting from my scrap bins.

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That is about all of the sewing that I got done this week with houseguests and celebrating our country’s Independence Day. 

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Our quilt guild had Gyleen Fitzgerald come and speak this week.  She was a great speaker – so witty and a wonderful quilt show too.  I had participated in her Pineapple Challenge about four years ago and enjoyed her technique.  You can see my Pineapple Quilt here.

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I’ve had some exciting mail lately that I must share.  First was a win from Sherri of A Quilting Life.  These gorgeous fabrics arrived in my mailbox.  The colors are soooo pretty.   The fabric is Moda Printemps Pond.
 
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As well, I was the lucky winner of three Gigi's Thimbles patterns at A Little Bit Biased.  I really think I need to try the Fresh Cut design as I think I have a few granddaughters who would claim it right away.   Thanks, Amber.

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Onwards with July!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Controlled Wonky


It was so interesting to read the different comments on the border for this quilt.  I appreciated all of them.  To me, it felt unfinished, but I knew I could not add another full sized border.  I liked the "wonky" of it being offset.  In the end, I made it into a more controlled wonky finish.  Be sure to visit Moda Bake Shop to see all of the different quilts for this sewalong.

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It’s a big quilt, finishing at 80” x 107”.  With all of the unsewing I did on this one, I am ready to be finished with it.  Thanks to Moda Bake Shop for the fun Trifle Dish SewAlong this summer.

I have a few of my orchids blooming in the house.  They always look so elegant.

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We’ll have houseguests for the next five days so computer time will be limited.  Have a safe and wonderful July 4th.