2016 APQ UFO Challenge List

Sunday, November 20, 2016

New Recipes - September and October 2016

When we got to the end of September, I realized we only had a couple new recipes to share, so I decided to hold them for October. 

Hash Brown Potato bake made its way to the weekly meal plan when I discovered three partial bags of hash browns in the freezer!  This recipe was a great way to use them and it was a tasty dish. We devoured about half of it on the first night and the leftovers were even better (as is often the case with a casserole like this!). 

Chicken Mornay is a recipe that was given to me by my former Girl Scout leader, but for some unknown reason, we'd never tried it!  We had a small issue with understanding how to use bouillon when making this one, so it was a little too salty...but we've since tried it again with the right mix of ingredients and it was great!  A perfect comfort food with chicken, a nice cream sauce, noodles, and cheese. 

Sauteed Pork & Cheddar Studded Wild Rice is one of those recipes that I passed by many times and kept thinking we had to try, but never quite pulled it out of the folder. Well, we finally did and it was interesting. It's made with apple juice and dried cranberries, and the combination of both of those was a little too sweet, at least in the rice portion of the meal. i think we'd try it again, but we'd omit one of the two to make it more savory than sweet. 

Oven Baked Chicken Parmesan is an old standby, and we've tried a few versions of it over the years. This one was really easy and quite tasty. Even though the recipe is from Ragu, I bought a little better pasta sauce to make this with. It was a good weeknight recipe and the kids enjoyed it. 

Chicken Jalfrajie was a new recipe with a very interesting name!  This one came from the Brewpub Cookbook and is from (according to the book) the only brewpub in the country serving Indian food. It was tasty and easy to make. 

Now, saving the best for last, hands down the best recipe we've had in a while is White Cheese and Sausage Pasta. It was this wonderful cheesy, tangy, delicious pasta dish, and I could have eaten the whole pan in one sitting. I think I called the leftovers while we were still eating!  I told my husband that we could have this one every week! 
Okay, I forgot one...and this is the cutest one! Jenna is turning into quite the baker, and she had to try her hand and Indiana's signature pie, Sugar Cream Pie. She saw the recipe at the State Fair this year and decided it was something she needed to make. She did everything herself and then we all enjoyed the fruits of her labor :) 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

October 2016 Retreat Report and Accomplishments

October was sure a busy month - it started with retreat, my 20th college reunion, a family vacation to Florida, a camping trip with my Girl Scouts, a trip back to Florida for work, and a full day field trip with my Girl Scouts.  It's amazing I had time in there to breathe! 

The start of the month was the time of the most sewing, given that it was my retreat. I started the month by doing some prepping so I would have my projects ready to sew, and then headed to Shipshewana, Indiana for our annual trek to Amish country with about 90 other quilters.  I bought a few things along the way there, while there, and on the way back, which you can see in my last post. While there, I made great progress on my projects: 

- Bound and labeled the QOV that I quilted last month, and then gifted it to my friend at the college reunion. 
QOV at Show and Tell
QOV with my friend Adam who served in Afghanistan. He teared up when I gave it to him. 
- Made up the snuggle scarf from the kit I purchased a couple years ago while on a day shopping trip with my bee. 
- Pieced a panel into a quilt top (no picture until after Christmas!)
- Started and finished Martin's pennies, a project that is in my UFO Challenge list for this year. 
Martin's Pennies at Show and Tell
- Made two purses - one for me and one for my mom. 
Mom's purse (left) and mine (right)
Interior of my purse with a little pop of orange
Interior of Mom's purse - lots of pockets and areas to store stuff
- Finished a table runner that has been my leader/ender project that I only work on when away from home. 
Leader/Ender Christmas Table Runner
After all that, and given my schedule for the remainder of the month, I didn't touch my sewing room again until the 31st.  I worked on some QOV blocks that will be heading to Dar of Dar's Patchwork Garden. I ended the month with 21 1/2 hours of sewing. 

All in all, I am very happy with all I got done at retreat, and the rest of the month was quite enjoyable too! 

Oh, and before I let you go, I have to make your mouth water a little. We start each retreat by having dinner at an Amish farm the night before and the food is unbelieveable - noodles, mashed potatoes, pies, bread, roast beef...it all adds about 5 pounds, but it is really worth it. I took pictures of that a few years ago and didn't think to take any this year (and they ask us not to take pictures that might include any of them). Then, throughout the next few days, we have a couple places we always make sure we go. One is JoJo's Pretzels - and I have to tell you, I look forward to this all year! They sell about a dozen varieties of pretzel, plain or with toppings. My favorite is the plain, regular pretzel, but this year I also tried a whole wheat pretzel. It was great - still smothered in butter :) 
JoJo's Whole Wheat Pretzel
JoJo's is on the first floor of this great building called the Davis Mercantile, while also happens to have a fantastic quilt shop in it. Up on the top floor of the building is a lunch place that we also love to visit during our retreat. I've had great salads, burgers, and sandwiches there over the years, but the pie there is....just yummy. It is also made by an Amish lady, and she usually turns out to be our waitress too.  This year, I tried the pumpkin cream pie and it was really, really good!  
Pumpkin Cream Pie
Hope you've had your lunch already! I'll be back in a few days with the recipes we've tried in the last few weeks. 

Oh, I was about to post this when I realized I forgot to include my stitching finishes! I didn't spend much time stitching this month, but I did finish two ornaments from my year of Just Cross Stitch Ornaments. Here are the ornaments for October and December (I am a little out of order!). 

Merry Christmas - October ornament

Olde-Time Christmas - December ornament
Okay, now I think I'm done!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Stash Report - October 2016

Wow, over a month since my last post, but I've been busy! Yesterday was the first Saturday in a month that I haven't been out of town or committed to something for the whole day...and it was lovely! My mom and I went to lunch, did a little shopping, and then I came home and took a nap. It was great! 

From a stash perspective, it has been a pretty busy month. It started with preparations for my retreat - I did a little bit of cutting so that I could just sew when I get to retreat, which makes me feel like I get a lot more done there. I cut out a panel/top, and two purses, which had lots of pieces! 

I also took some time to pull together the leftover fabric from the quilter's garage sale earlier this year, and took a full tote of fabric to sell. It was mostly Orientals, as I have decided that, while they are very pretty fabrics, I really hardly ever use them. I did save a few from the stash, but the rest went into the sale bucket, and I did really well. I sold just over 26 yards of fabric! It paid for my purchases and my food while at retreat :) 
Stitching supplies - a new pattern, linen, threads, and ribbons to embellish finishes

I did buy a little fabric - there was a neat kit on sale at Pumpkinvine Quilt Shop and I just couldn't pass it up. I also added a few FQs, and a few stitching supplies as well. 
Quilting additions - a kit, a few FQs, a towel kit, and a few bobbin holders
Here's the final result on the stash for October. 

Fabric added this month: 3 5/8 yards
Fabric used/sold this month: 29 1/8 yards

Fabric added year to date: 16 7/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 81 1/4 yards

Net fabric used: 64 3/8 yards

 I will be back soon to show you all that I got done at retreat!