It's kind of a double-whammy, isn't it?
Just when you need a little more time in a day - a few more hours - the days are shorter and pass so much more quickly. I know, there are still twenty-four hours in a day and they don't technically pass any faster... whatever. They do go faster - I don't care what the laws of nature or physics say.
First things first... Thank you to Kathy - aka The Teacher's Pet - for inviting me to play along with her book tour. And thank YOU! I'm very happy that so many "alter-egos" have been revealed... though please, that's all the revealing required. It's too cold right now for any more "stripping"!
As for a winner - Kim Rennie... aka Prince Heavenridge. I'm guessing "Prince" takes off something purple.
[No. I don't have a picture for this.]
Second thing second... Because this is Christmas and because I want to thank you for how amazing you've been this year and all the rest, somebody is going to receive this by December 24th...
Figgy Pudding - made with the Winter collection by Polly and Laurie - Minick and Simpson. Just leave a comment telling me what person, place or thing has brought you Joy this past year by midnight Sunday, December 15th. (That's Sunday/Monday... I always get it confused.)
There's likely to be something else in the box too... just so you know, rumor has it that I pack a pretty decent "goodie box".
Whew. So what else is going on?
Are you happy that Christmas is less than two weeks away? That there are less then three weeks left in the year?
I am - mostly. That means I'll be happy when the rest of my packages are wrapped and shipped, my cookies are baked, the garage re-do is finished, the decorating is finished and I can sew. I did get my Christmas lights up - I was the first person in the neighborhood. (Shhhh... so I left them up last year. I did buy a timer for them this year.)
Cookies? I've got the ingredients to make these again...
Double Chocolate-Cherry Cookies from Midwest Living magazine.
I'll go ahead and bake about half the recipe but I'm going to freeze the rest of the dough. I read about this on Pinterest - of course - and it works really well. It's not freezing the dough as a whole, it's freezing it so that you can bake a couple cookies at a time. Using a cookie sheet or pan that will fit in your freezer, place as many dough balls/scoops/mounds as you want cookies. I line the cookie sheet with parchment and I put the dough about 1" apart. Put the pan/sheet in the freezer for 30 to 40 minutes - until the dough is frozen. I wrap six "cookies" in a single parchment package/roll, and the packages then go into a ziploc bag. And back into the freezer. For fresh-baked cookies, you just take out however many cookies you want and bake them at the regular temperature for 4 to 6 minutes longer than originally specified.
There has been some sewing going on - I've been going Round and Round, and Round and Round. It wasn't my fault... someone suggested a sew-along on Instagram. I know... I didn't have to do it but the project is that wonderful.
Miss Camille's pattern is so nice... I made it twice.
Okay. I think we can see that I have some issues with following directions. I don't know if it's a "control" thing - probably - or I just like to be different - probably. Whatever the reason, I love these quilts. If you don't have the pattern, you should get it. If you have the pattern but haven't made the quilt yet, you should do it soon. I think this would make a really nice "holiday break" project... hmmm, three is supposed to be a charm of some sort. The half-triangle squares take the longest - you have to trim up 224 of them. Once those are done, there are seven blocks and three rows.
(I'll be back later this week - yeah, right - with more pictures. Quilt-y pictures.)
I also finished a big version of Morning Joe for a class.
And oh yeah... that American Patchwork Sew-along. I'm a tad behind on that - as in, I've got most of a block done, no pictures, and I'm late with a blog post. Trust me, I would rather have been sewing that quilt that moving garage stuffus into the house and putting out boxes and boxes of paper for recycling.
So yes, I will be back in another day or so. Really.
I'll bring cookies.