Monday, August 18, 2014

August 18: Peaches

Oh, peaches!  Delicious, juicy peaches.  So many ways to enjoy them.

Did you know peaches came from China? 
"Although its botanical name Prunus persica refers to Persia (present Iran) from where it came to Europe, genetic studies suggest peaches originated in China, where they have been cultivated since the early days of Chinese culture, circa 2000 BC. Peaches were mentioned in Chinese writings as far back as the 10th century BC and were a favoured fruit of kings and emperors. As of late, the history of cultivation of peaches in China has been extensively reviewed citing numerous original manuscripts dating back to 1100 BC.Wikipedia

Peach flower, fruit, seed and leaves as illustrated by Otto Wilhelm Thomé (1885).

Sunday, August 17, 2014

August 17th: Quilt Show

I could post for all my missed days... but I am not going to.  Life just gets busy sometimes.  Or it could be that I forget sometimes.

I went yesterday to a small quilt show.  Actually its a decent size quilt show.

 Isnt this the cutest- a pieced bathing suit!

A gathering of color for an art quilt- sample for a class.

Monday, August 11, 2014

August 11: Scrap Quilting

These are a few, ah hem, of my scraps...  I might have just a bit more.  Yes, I am scrap crazy.  I was scrap crazy when scrap crazy wasn't cool.  I have always loved a scrap quilt, especially paired with white.  It really is what quilting is about for me.  It makes me think of older quilts.  Scraps of shirts, feed sacks, whatever.

There are a number of scrap quilts I have made and a number of them I want to make.  Here is the ones I have made.


Here is one in progress:

Here is the one I think I will make next:
Lake View Quilters Guild
Or in this color way.
Source:  Spring Water Designs

Sunday, August 10, 2014

August 10: Mint

I collected some mint from my garden.  I really should have had this done a few weeks ago.  I like to dry it for tea for the winter months.  I love mint tea.

Mint tea has great health benefits... Its an old time remedy for upset stomach. "Though there have been few human clinical trials on the health benefits or risks of peppermint tea, there is some evidence that peppermint-based products (and potentially, the tea) have healing effects because of the peppermint oil or menthol that it contains, and that treatment using orally ingested peppermint oil will relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.[2] The oil of peppermint has also been shown to be an effective antispasmodic during colonoscopy and upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. "  Wikipedia.

If you are tempted to plant mint, be careful.  Its a weed.  Its crazy voracious.  It sends runners just beneath the soil.  It will spread very quickly.  Where you want it and not where you want it.  In other words everywhere.  If you dig into the soil and put up barricades it will stay where you want it.  Get a large planter, cut off the base, sink it into the soil, at least five inches and have it above the soil as well, about two or three inches.  This will it keep it in place.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

August 9: Antiquing

I am not a big fan of antiquing.  Some aspects of it I like...  It kind of depresses me.  Especially looking at older clothes.  If I look in a history book of styles from the past it does not bother me.  For some reason in an antique shop it does.  Dolls too.  I have no idea why.

My brother and sister in law are big into antiques.  When they come to visit I like to go with them.  Last year I was on a quest for milk bottles.  I bought several and I really like them.

This year it was antique cook books.  I freaking love them.  They have a ton more recipes in them than most modern day cook books.  And because I am "from scratch" type cook - its perfect.

The above is my collection.  Okay, I know two of those are not antiques but they were at the antique shops and I love them.

The one called, "Womans Home Companion Cook Book is full of great recipes.  The Round The World Cookbook is totally bookmarked by me with all kinds of recipes to try.

Friday, August 8, 2014

August 8: It

This is one of the antics of my child.  She came down this morning with her shirt on backwards, walking backwards with her glasses on the back of her head.  She looks like "It" from The Adams Family.  The girl cracks me up.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

August 7: Bananas

Time for banana bread.  I think I should skip buying bananas in the summer.  They do not get eaten as fast and they turn brown really quick.  I like to buy them though because they make smoothies super wonderful.

I froze half of them for smoothies and made banana bread with the rest.  Loved this banana bread. 


1 egg
1 cup sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 cups overripe bananas, mashed
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Crumb Topping:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup all purpose flour
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease two small loaf pans.

Beat together the sugar, egg and vanilla until combined. Add the butter and beat until smooth and the butter is fully incorporated. Beat in the buttermilk and bananas.

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon. Slowly stir the dry ingredients into the wet until all the flour is incorporated. 

For the crumb topping combine the powdered sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt and melted butter. Using your hands, crumble the mixture over the batter in the pan. Bake for 45 - 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.