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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

To Do Tuesday 8-16-22

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Last week Bonnie commented about my "squirrel project page". She was referring to the name of the pattern on the piece of paper in my photo, but the phrase got me thinking - what a perfect name, and so I created a project page just for my squirrels! You may access it from the photo above or by clicking the "Squirrel Alert" link in the pages listed right under my blog name. Thank you Bonnie. 😁

Last week's goals were a bust. We had some other activities going on, so when I was in the sewing room, my focus was elsewhere. Squirrels ruled:
1. Sandwich and start quilting The Wedding Quilt
2. Sandwich and start quilting RSS quilt
3. Continue to work on Get On Board With Sewing project
✅4. Give in to the clamoring squirrels and just have fun - Done - I tried a few things and discarded one, but fun was had!



One of my "other activities" last week was baking. My husband and I love sourdough bread, either in a loaf or baguette. I kept a sourdough starter when I catered, back in the late 2000s, so I was familiar with the process. This time I made it easy on myself and purchased a "live starter" from Breadtopia, and it is excellent. All you do is feed it, and it bubbles and smells wonderful.


Then, after baguette inspiration and a recipe referral from Cheree, I made sourdough baguettes, and we are so happy with the results! Crisp crust -✔  Soft interior -✔ Nice tang -✔ Thank you Cheree!

I hope to finally get a few things done this coming week, so these are carry-overs:
1. Sandwich and start quilting The Wedding Quilt
2. Sandwich and start quilting RSS quilt
3. Continue to work on Get On Board With Sewing project

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

To Do Tuesday 8-9-22

Good morning and welcome to To Do Tuesday, where we share events from our week and make plans for the coming week! Join us as by clicking on the link at the end of this post. Need more information? Just click on the busy couple above, and let me know if you have any questions.

My son and family!

Here's a little family update: Today is our second granddaughter's 19th birthday. She's the one on the right, next to my son. They celebrated her birthday early this past weekend at their favorite Mexican restaurant. She is not smiling her usual big smile because her boyfriend of three years broke up with her - by phone - the day before. Her second year in college starts next week. Our grandson (23) next to her has moved to Dallas (one hour from us!) into a condo with two of his friends, and he has a girlfriend who is attending law school in Oklahoma. Granddaughter #1 (21) has moved into an efficiency apartment at college and her junior year classes start next week - can you believe it is that time already! Our DIL is a counselor at a private high school, and our son works from home. They are all planning to visit us at the end of August!

Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

Beautiful new sourdough starter

In spite of the heat, I baked this past week! I attempted to make my own sourdough starter but it was unsuccessful, so I used the discard to make hamburger buns and some sourdough French bread loaves. I purchased some wonderful live sourdough starter from Breadtopia, and it was ready to go within a day! I can't wait to make "real" sourdough bread.

The cookies are peanut butter (mine with chocolate chips). This (slightly adapted) Jif peanut butter recipe used to be our standard, but I have found a new one we like even better. Here is my version - give it a try if you like soft peanut butter cookies with just a slightly crisp edge:

Big Soft Peanut Butter Cookies
1 stick salted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup peanut butter (not natural) - I use crunchy
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Extra sugar, for rolling

Whip butter and sugars until fluffy. Add peanut butter, egg, and vanilla and mix until smooth. Whisk together dry ingredients and add to mixture until well blended. Scoop by heaping tablespoonfuls, roll into balls, roll in sugar, and place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Very lightly crisscross with fork dipped in sugar. Bake at 375 for 10-14 minutes, depending on how big your scoop is and if you like barely baked or slightly crisp. Let cool on cookie sheet. I always add a few semi-sweet chocolate chips to mine.

Here is my playlist from last week:
✔1. Piece backing, sandwich, and quilt RSS quilt - Partly done - I got it pieced!
❌2. Sandwich The Wedding Quilt - Not done - BUT it is all ready to spread out and sandwich. I put it off because it is big and I have to do it on the floor! 😒
✅3. Work on project for Melva and Brenda's September "Get On Board With Sewing" blog hop - Done and fun!
✅4. On Saturday, help our daughter with a few projects at her house then take her to lunch! (The Littles will be with their Dad) - We ended up staying with The Littles yesterday instead of visiting our daughter Saturday, in order for our her to go to a doctor's appointment yesterday. Lunch will have to wait until the next time The Littles stay with their Dad.

A Christmas squirrel may have entered my sewing room last week . . .

This list should keep me busy for the coming week:
1. Sandwich and start quilting The Wedding Quilt
2. Sandwich and start quilting RSS quilt
3. Continue to work on Get On Board With Sewing project
4. Give in to the clamoring squirrels and just have fun

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Tuesday, August 2, 2022

To Do Tuesday 8-2-22

Welcome to To Do Tuesday on this first Tuesday in August! Today is the day we share our "playlists" or goals for the week and report on results of our efforts from the past week. If you are new to this event and would like to participate (and I hope you will!), just click on the couple above for more information.

I saw this on Instagram and thought it was so funny!

Last week's playlist:
✅1. Piece together The Wedding Quilt backing - Done!
✅2. Continue to sew RSS quilt rows together - Done - it's a flimsy! I ordered the perfect backing for it, and it arrived yesterday!
❌3. Make more Indiana Puzzle blocks when fabric arrives - Fabric is here but no progress
✅4. Stay with The Littles while our daughter has her annual physical on Friday - Done and fun!
✅5. If time allows, start on Moda's new Sew-Along - Letters to Santa! - I chose my letters and now need to decide what extra blocks to add

This week's playlist:
1. Piece backing, sandwich, and quilt RSS quilt
2. Sandwich The Wedding Quilt
3. Work on project for Melva and Brenda's September "Get On Board With Sewing" blog hop
4. On Saturday, help our daughter with a few projects at her house then take her to lunch! (The Littles will be with their Dad)

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