Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Comforts of Home

Fall is almost here, and apples are abundant in our yard. It has definitely made me think of the comforts of home as we get ready for the cooler seasons.



I have finished all the machine sewing on the coverlet. I will do the "tying off" later. That is when I make a little tie in each joining corner. And it will need pressing too. I did bind the edges of the coverlet using the backing which was larger then the front. It went very well. I will enjoying using it, just don't want it to be too soon.


While harvesting the many apples we have from our trees I made some plans for dinner tonight.
I went on line to find a recipe.......... This recipe was excellent, the pork was VERY tender and flavors blended well together. Because it was just the two of us for dinner I cut the recipe in one third, just using 1/2 pound of pork. It worked very well. I bet I make it again soon.

TENDERLOIN OF PORK WITH APPLE-RAISIN GRAVY


I found this recipe at Cooks.com


1 1/2 lbs. pork tenderloin, trimmed of fat

1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground sage
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
3 tart apples, sliced
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 c. orange juice1 tbsp. vinegar
1/2 c. raisins
Season pork with salt, sage and pepper. Roast, uncovered, in a preheated 350 degree oven 30 to 40 minutes.
Combine apples, brown sugar, flour, orange juice, vinegar and raisins. Pour over roast. Return to oven and roast about 30 minutes or until meat thermometer registers 170 degrees. Baste several times during roasting. Serve with hot cooked rice, if desired.
And for dessert, it was time for apple pie. I messed up on cutting one of the vents but it didn't hurt the flavor or consistency at all. The pie won't last long anyway.










Monday, September 14, 2009

The Kitties

I am still working on coverlet. More pictures this afternoon I hope..... but now for a bit of a change of subject................... Just a couple of pictures of our kitties.

Our kitties keep us entertained as long as we feed them I suppose.

Tuffy is on the left, Bentley is in Back and Spooky is on the right.



And here is Tuffy taking a nap in a little "nest" she created for herself behand the pillow on the couch.








Sunday, September 13, 2009

Quilting for winter warmth

Winters in Pennsylvania are NOTHING like they were in Maine...... but they still get cold and I like to be comfy in my house.....

A few days ago on one of my shopping trips I found an upholstery store that sells lots of goodies...... and you can get fabric samples there too...... So wandering around in the store and seeing what was
available led me to the samples that I ending up picking through. I found enough to make a nice patchwork coverlet. And then picked out a piece of fabric for the backing. I won't need to add batting to this. It is plenty heavy. And will keep me toasty warm on winter nights when I sit in front of the tv. Or curl up on the couch with a good book. Here is the fabric I picked out.
The first step was laying out all the squares in a random fashion. Then starting to sew up the rows. That didn't take too long. The best part of this type of quilt is NO CUTTING. I labeled each by pinning a small yellow square paper at the top left of the row and numbered so they would go together in the right order.
My sewing machine is set up in an area where I can watch my shop for customers. That helps a lot.
I started putting the rows together, there will be 7 rows of 6 squares. That should make it approx 42 by 49. We shall see. But meanwhile you get the idea. I hope to get a lot more done this afternoon and then put the thing together. Well before winter arrives.



I hope to have real progress tomorrow.