Embroidery Guild

I joined our local embroidery guild a couple of months ago.  One of the things I need to do is complete the name tag so that everyone knows who I am.  It’s really nice – they give you all the supplies, all I have to do is stitch it.  I had great plans to make it right away!  HA!  That didn’t happen.  This is where I am now:


Embroidery Guild Nametag

I have to be done by the next meeting which is next Tuesday or my penalty is a $1 fine for each meeting I come to without my name tag.  I better get on it!!  Here is where I was a month ago:IMG_0965

Wish me luck on finishing in time!

SAL Update

Well…this is a day late!  I had every intention of updating yesterday and then we decided to go on a family outing up to the city.  We had a great time, but I completely forgot about the SAL update until about 10 minutes ago when I sat down to do some stitching.

This SAL is really fun.  Usually a SAL is when many people all stitch the same project at the same time.  This one is different in that each of the participants are stitching something of their own choice and updating once every three weeks.  In that way, we all will complete something while having a great time together.  The project that I am working on is “Candy Cane Santa Stocking” by Dimensions for my 17 year old son.

This is where I am now:IMG_1095

I started the red because I got tired of just using the cream for the background.  I really like the contrast between the two colors.  Here is where I was last time:IMG_1020

I worked on the letters and only have the back stitching on them left to do, I did a bit more of the cream background stitching and then of course the red.  All in all I am pleased with my progress this month.

Please take a moment to take a look at what everyone else in this SAL has been working on for the past three weeks:

We have a new player, Jackie — welcome Jackie!!

Rainbow Pinwheel Cookies

Even though it has been super hot here lately, the 15 year old daughter wants to keep on baking.  She started school, but the homework has not ramped up so she is taking advantage and trying to cook/bake with me almost everyday.


Rainbow Pinwheel Cookies.

For these, we made my regular sugar cookie recipe and refrigerated it for awhile, then separated it out into several different sections and added the coloring.  Then pinched off a little ball of each color, rolled each color into a “snake”, twisted them so they were twirled and then rolled them into a circle and pushed a lollipop stick into the back.  I should have taken a picture of our hands since we didn’t wear gloves – they were quite colorful!


My baking companion.

The baker!


Oldest daughter enjoying a snack.

This is her second one that is why she looks a little sheepish!


Our youngest. Obviously he enjoyed these!

My other two kids were working but don’t worry, we saved one for them!

Grasshopper Pie

This was a request of my daughter’s.  We try to bake together once a week – she usually picks the recipes.  This one is more like an assembly of items that an actual baking project, but we really had a fun time together!


Grasshopper Pie.

We used a pre-made oreo cookie pie crust, mint ice cream and vanilla ice cream sandwiches.  It was delicious!!!

Shortbread Jam Squares by Tasty

I think I’m starting to sound like an advertisement for this app, but I really like some of the food that is featured.


Shortbread Jam Squares.

These were very yummy, super easy to make and didn’t last very long. Everyone liked these except me.  I am just so-so for them which is great because then I won’t eat them!



Turkey roll-ups.

This is what the 15 year old girl eats everyday for lunch.  I roll the bread flat, spread cream cheese, put some sliced turkey on it, add a little bit of lettuce and presto, a healthy lunch that she will eat is ready to go!!  Now, if only the other two were so easy…

Fried Chicken And Egg Rice Bowl by Tasy

I have discovered this free, new cooking app called Tasty.  I discovered it because Tasty cooking videos started showing up in my Facebook feed and I liked quite a few of them.  I down loaded the app and now I am trying out many new recipes like this one.


Fried Chicken And Egg Rice Bowl by Tasty

As usual, I wrote all over it so next time I can improve the recipe for our family.  I can’t believe the recipe is for one person – it was soooo much food just the way I did it.  I also decided to bake the chicken instead of frying it – a little healthier.


Fried Chicken And Egg Rice Bowl by Tasty.

I was not successful in getting it out of the muffin tin in one piece – next time I will grease and flour the tin much better.  This was a true winner in our family – 6 out of 7 of us liked it which is really a good ratio!!  I will definitely make this again!