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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Jam! on: September 01, 2013 02:02:07 PM
I recently went on vacation to Michigan (which is also home), and returned to DC with a ton of fruit!

After some thinking, I decided on making lots and lots of jam.

From left to right: Apricot, Tart Cherry, Vanilla Bourbon Peach

The Apricot and Cherry recipes came directly from the Pomona's Pectin package. The Peach was adapted from a Blondie's Cakes & Things recipe.

I also made blueberry sauce, for my cousin Ben. We had attempted blueberry jam earlier in the year, but used a different kind of pectin (and not enough sugar), and it never jelled. He loved the resultant sauce so much he requested we try and recreate it. I used half the pectin amount, and increased the berry volume. It worked well!

I didn't want to make this post super image heavy. If you're interested, there are more pictures in my blog post.
2  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Summer Watermelon Mint Sorbet on: September 01, 2013 01:54:28 PM
Hi Jakabird!

I believe that would work too. I've also heard of freezing it in a shallow pan/cookie sheet, then breaking it up and running it through a blender.

Good luck! Let us know how it turns out!!
3  COOKING / Dessert / Summer Watermelon Mint Sorbet on: August 12, 2013 12:09:26 PM
When my roommate moved to Canada, she left behind an ice cream maker. It is now one of my favorite summer things. I've made watermelon sorbet a number of times now, and love it for a refreshing (light) summer dessert. This time, I added mint from my plant.

This is my first time posting in this category, and the recipe is cross-posted on my new blog.

I adapted the recipe based on a lot of sorbet research. This version doesn't have any added sugar, and will likely freeze harder than store-bought. The upside to this is that the recipe is VERY low calorie, and as healthy as a watermelon!

Watermelon Mint Sorbet

Seedless watermelon chunks (equivalent to approximately 4 blended cups, about 1/2 a watermelon)
2 sprigs mint (optional)
Juice from one lime (or to taste)
1 oz. Liquor (vodka is the most neutral, but feel free to experiment)
1 dropper liquid stevia (to taste)
Ice cream maker, chilled

Put all ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth. Refrigerate until cool, or use a pre-refrigerated watermelon. Start ice cream maker and pour mixture into reservoir. Process according to your machines manual. My Cuisinart requires about 20 minutes run-time. Eat right away and freeze any remainder. Defrost a few minutes before serving from the freezer to soften.

*I apologize for the instagrammed photo, I made it at night and didn't have natural light to photograph with. It really does look this good though!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Sleepy Kitty on: August 12, 2013 11:30:36 AM
I love this! Great work!!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Le Petit Rouge Take 2 - (Another) Quilt for a Baby Girl on: August 04, 2013 09:37:00 AM
Thank you all so much!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: A clutch fit for ...breakfast! on: July 31, 2013 09:34:01 PM
This is Fabulous!!

Did you follow a pattern or just wing it?
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Le Petit Rouge Take 2 - (Another) Quilt for a Baby Girl on: July 30, 2013 12:24:10 PM

It's baby season in my world (I have four friends due in December alone), and I'm trying to make something for each of them. I am currently unemployed (turns out it's not a good idea to work for a government contractor when sequestration hits), so I have quite a bit of time available, but no real income. For this quilt, I used leftovers fabric from a jelly roll of Aneela Hoey's "A Walk in the Woods" fabric that I used for a quilt last year. The pattern is super simple (I have an excel chart of everything, if anyone's interested, I'm not sure I can call it a "pattern" per se, just a guide).

The squares finish at 2", with 4" of white space in between. I quilted the whole thing in a grid, which looks great from afar, and slightly wonky close up.

I had other plans for piecing the back, but ran out of the Moda Bella white and had to improvise. I like how it turned out in the end though.

I waited to finish the quilt until the baby was born this time, and embroidered the center square with her full name and birth date (which have been partially blurred to protect the innocent).

It's fairly simple, but sweet. Now I just need to get it in the mail and off to Seattle!

Thanks so much for looking Smiley

P.S. Here's a link to my first Petit Rouge quilt.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with Choosing Fabrics on: August 08, 2012 02:31:56 PM
alwaysinmyroom: I'm not sure who the original quiltmaker was, but the pattern is from Dear Stella, and is available here: http://dearstelladesign.com/projects/palladium-diamonds/

Hope that helps Smiley

Edited to add: According to the pattern the quilt was designed by Missy Shepler.
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with Choosing Fabrics on: August 07, 2012 11:07:54 AM
Thank you both so much!

I ordered the set, and will look for solids (or solid-look) fabrics that coordinate when it gets here. I forgot to mention that the background is going to be a light tan (assuming it coordinates well). I'll show you the results when I'm done (fingers crossed, before the wedding in November).

Thank you again!
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Help with Choosing Fabrics on: August 05, 2012 02:52:58 PM
Hi All!

I'm starting a quilt for a friend's wedding in November, and was hoping you could help me with finding coordinating fabrics!

I'm planning on making this quilt:
Palladium Diamonds

Her sister says that this line works the best with her room:

But I would like to add a few more fabrics than the line has.

Do you have any recommendations for coordinates that might work? I'm pretty bad at figuring them out for myself (which is why I try to buy things in a set!), and I'm hoping you lovely Craftsters can give me a hand!

Thanks so much!
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