Thursday, November 27, 2008

A Singapore Thanksgiving

Which should rightly be called a Martha Stewart Thanksgiving. Let me 'splain:

A couple of weeks ago, driven crazy with boredom, I decided to browse ITunes and see if there were any free video podcast I wanted to watch, and I found a whole slew of Martha Stewart podcasts. Now, I'm not a huge Martha fan, but I was desperate. So, I downloaded them and began to watch. It took a couple of days to see them all; I didn't just sit in front of the computer for hours. Fortunately, they were all about Thanksgiving. That was when I noticed they had all been uploaded on the 5th of November. That's bad news because it means the podcast isn't consistently updated. And sure enough, it hasn't been updated since. Darn!

Well, I got inspired and here's what we had:

Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges and Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Vinaigrette

Herbed Mashed Potatoes (and sparkling cider)

And then I made the Joy of Cooking recipe for stuffing, adding dried berries and raisins, and I invented this turkey part: cutlets rolled with stuffing inside, glazed with honey.

Here's what they turkey looked like when cut.

You'll notice the small portions; there's only three of us, after all. We also had cranberry sauce, not very interesting.

And then for the big finale (was it the 4th of July? Wrong holiday.)

Rustic Apple Tarts (my daughter made the tiny apple sauce tart.)

Pumpkin Souffles (now I'm just getting silly)

Here they are together. The souffles were a disaster. My husband's was the only one to set up properly. Mine and my daughter's were quite wet inside. Well, you saw my little oven...pitiful. Not good for souffles, anyway.

So, you can tell, we stuffed ourselves. Thanks, Martha!

Oh, and here's our lovely table and my lovely daughter before things got messy.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Filling In The Blanks

Well, this is the solution to the problem of the gaping holes in my quilt top. I'm showing it to you step by step.

I actually took 40 photos of the process, but I wont bore you.

I'm dragging it out like this for you because this is what it was like for me. It took me all stinking day!

Ok, so I could sense your impatience.

This last corner has more filler than motifs, but I kinda like that.

Ok, ok. Here it is, unbound, unquilted.

And I am so happy with it. But I discovered I don't have a piece of batting big enough, so I have to go downtown. And tomorrow is the pre-Thanksgiving blur, so it probably wont happen until next week. Sigh.

Wheee! I am so happy with this quilt!