Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Rowentas and Goldilocks


I had an exciting day yesterday. I cleaned my irons. Vinegar is bad enough but when it gets hot, phew.

I use Papa Rowenta for pressing quilt backings and tops. It gets a workout and has not given me any trouble for 3 years. I love this iron. There was some serious calcium build-up in Papa. Mama Rowenta is for piecing. I press as I go - it helps tame the wonkiness. Baby Rowenta is just for applique work.

Once the inside was clean, I tackled the outside. I used CLR to get the calcium sludge that came out of the irons.

Now look at them, standing so proudly, clean as a whistle. Goldilocks likes her 3 Rowentas.

Yeah, I need to get out more.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Thanksgiving in June



I was cleaning out my desk a couple days ago and found the Nov 2009 Sunset magazine. (hmm, maybe I should re-think renewing my subscription since I clearly do not read the magazine). So there was a recipe for turkey with herbs and wine. It sounded yummy and easy - a perfect combination for me. It was easy to convince the butcher at Stater Bros to cut up a fresh turkey from the case into 7 pieces and de-bone the thighs.


I found the fresh sage, thyme and rosemary in the produce dept. (nose-thumb back to those of you with wonderful kitchen gardens) The recipe called for Marsala. Hmm, is that another herb? Googled it, it's a Sicilian wine. So I use cooking wine to roast the turkey in my roaster and then simmer Marsala (the California kind), more herbs and red currant jelly to make a gravy.

I am making mashed potatoes and carrots. I figure if Terry recognizes 2 out of 3 of the foods on his plate, he'll probably eat it.
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My life has changed in the last couple of years - some bumps, I retired from quilting, and then I moved to Texas. I'm anxious to see what new adventures await me in the next phase of my life.

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I started quilting when a quilt shop opened in our little town in January 2004. I have been hooked ever since.

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