Archive for November, 2007

Christmas Next

I am sewing a lot these days, but I did find time for a little shopping at the sale over the weekend.  Here are the flannels I bought:


 They are making much more colorful flannels than when I was a kid.  A likes the strawberries so I have 5 yds of that for future PJ’s.  The red and green are for collar and other linings, and the red print is for me.   There was not much left of the chili print so I am going to make an apron out of that one.  If you have babies to take care of, a flannel apron is very nice.  It is soft for the baby and protects your clothes better.

Now, back to the sewing machine because there are only 687 hours left until Christmas.

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Happy Thanksgiving

I am taking a break from the preparations to make a note of what we are cooking this year.  The inlaws are making the turkey and the sister-in-law is bringing the pies.  My daughter, A, is home for the holidays and doing most of the cooking.  So far she has made fresh rolls, candied sweet potatoes, and green bean casserole.  I made a zucchini gratin from the Barefoot Contessa recipe.  We will shortly be peeling about 20 pounds of potatoes for mashed potatoes.  By we, I mean the spouse and A. It is really nice not to be the one doing all the cooking, so I will sign off and go sew.

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It is the time of year when I am sewing a lot, but can’t show anything because they are Christmas and birthday presents.  I did get a new pattern at the Simplicity sale though.


I just think this jacket would look cute on M and also on A, if she likes it (the one in the upper right).  I would have to lengthen it a bit, but otherwise very cute.

Now, in honor of Grandma G and Thanksgiving, we will go back to her Wisconsin days for a few seasonal recipes.  These recipes date back to the 1920’s.

Cranberry Salad

Cut slices of canned cranberry sauce and place the rounds on lettuce leaves.  Sprinkle with a layer of chopped celery, spread on a layer of salad dressing (doesn’t specify which kind but probably a cooked salad dressing).  Sprinkle thickly with chopped salted almonds.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Boil 5 or 6 sweet potatoes until done.  Peel, then mash or put through a potato ricer.  Add

1/2 cup brown sugar

3 T melted butter

1/2 cup hot milk

Beat together until light and well mixed, adding chopped nuts and raisins to taste.  Put mixture into a casserole, cover with marshmallows, and bake in moderate oven (350 degrees) until the marshmallows are brown and puffy.

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Finished at Last

I am at long last done done done with the Weekender Travel Bag.  My poor hands may not recover for a week, so sore are they from shoving the heavy bag under the needle of the machine and the hand sewing afterward, and all the vicious pin stabs.  There has got to be a better way than hand tacking the lining afterwards, and I will think of it because I am not doing that again.  But I am going to make the bag again because it is a great size. 


 I put in one zippered pocket by cutting an extra side lining piece, splitting it and inserting a zipper.  A girl has to have a private pocket in her travel bag to stash girly stuff.


I would have to say that this project was the most tiring thing I have ever sewn, including several beanbag chairs.  Though now that I think of it, I was much younger then so maybe that makes a difference.

Now, for Torte Thursday we have:


Mrs. Brigham’s Layer Cake  (1 egg)

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup crisco

Cream these together well.

Then add:

1 egg

Beat 2 minutes

Sift together:

2 cups cake flour (or all-purpose)

1/4 tsp salt

2 1/2 tsp double acting baking powder (or 3 tsp fast-acting)

Add dry mixture to egg mixture alternately with

3/4 cup cold water

Beat 2 minutes.

Bake in 2 small layer pans at 375 degrees until they test done.

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 The bag is not really done yet, but manipulating that piping under the sewing machine needle was such hard work, not to mention the numerous pin stabbings, that I had to take a picture of it.  I still have to sew the lining and put it into the bag, but without piping, that will be a breeze.  It really looks much more handsome than I thought it would made out of batik.

I am going to make some more of these, but I am going to leave off the piping just for the joy of avoiding it.

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Torte Thursday!


I have managed to finish quilting all of the pieces for the Weekender Travel Bag, and I cut all of the bias strips that will be turned into piping.  I am ready to start assembling it, but sitting hunched over the machine quilting endlessly is not my idea of fun, so I am going to take a break for the rest of today.

Now, for Torte Thursday, I give you Grandma G’s recipe for Lazy Daisy Cake exactly as she typed it:


I think that those numbers at the end indicate that the cake layer is baked for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees, not that it is broiled for that long (that would give you a very black cake indeed).

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