I felt like trying out some new-to-me embroidery designs today. First on deck was this one which I bought myself for a birthday present from Oregon Patch Works:
My machine (Bernette Deco 500, about 10-15 years old, I think) has a 4″ design field which is about the right size for embellishment on clothing. I keep trying to think of ways to use corner designs since I seem to have accumulated quite a few. This design is stitched in Maxi-Lock thread in a variegated red for the flowers with pink centers, and a variegated green for the leaves. I love the way this one turned out.
The next design is from the designer, Designs in Stitches, and is a free sample from their Simply Daisies collection. This one would look great on a yellow little-girl dress. The set it comes from has all sorts of related designs, corners, leaves, etc.
In food news, there was a potluck at church and I was assigned to bring bread or rolls. My day got away from me so I just made a big loaf of bread in the breadmaker and cut it into thick slices. Just before I left for the meeting, I decided to make a spread for the bread, hopefully a little lower in fat than the usual butter or margarine would be. Here’s what I made up, which I am recording here because it turned out very well and was a success at the potluck (not all my inventions are successful, so it’s nice to be able to report one that was).
Strawberry Bread Spread : I put a big spoonful of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Light in the food processor. Then in went a spoonful of strawberry jam (about half the amount of the ICBINB or a little more), 2 of the small wedges of Laughing Cow Light cheese, about 1 Tablespoon of coconut flour (which soaks up extra fluid, hopefully, since the light spreads have more moisture in them), and a few drops of raspberry extract. I processed it all until almost smooth, put it in a serving container, and went off to the potluck. At least 5 people asked for the recipe, so that is a good sign for a successful recipe.