Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Old dog learns new tricks!

 I finally learned how to store onions properly.   And I keep them in a dark cupboard in my kitchen.  Just a plain old lunch bag with holes punched.  It's easy to get all those holes if you fold the bag and punch through several layers.  Thank you to who ever's Grandmother taught her this...I googled it and now I have no idea who it was.
The second new thing I learned is this............this was on You Tube somewhere on a quilting video....thank you again to whoever shared this.......
It may not look like much but this is how you center and sandwich a quilt on a table.  You find the center of the table and using painter's tape you tape some skewers (cheap at the grocery store... used for kabobs) to those cross hairs.  Then when you're trying to find the center of your quilt and laying down your materials you just have to feel where the skewers are underneath all the layers.  "Brilliant, I say....brilliant!"  If you're not a quilter this may not make any sense to you or mean anything to you but, if you've walked around a table with your materials on it a zillion times trying to ensure it is all even, this is a million dollar tip!
Since I was so busy this week....who isn't it seems at this time of year?....I didn't get my bread made.  So, I saw this 5 Ingredient Beer Bread  recipe and decided to try it...........it is very good I think and great if you need bread and are in a hurry or have guests coming.     
 I had it in the morning toasted also and it was delicious.
 Here's the recipe from Half Baked Harvest if you're interested.  You do need beer for the recipe.

I'm finding heart shapes everywhere I look these days.  I take them as a sign of love and affirmation that I am following the right path.
 The one above was from yesterday's walk the one below from today's.
 I walk up a "mighty big" hill that really gets the heart rate pumping and the dogs even need to stop and rest.  I'm not sure if it's the humidity or the altitude.  LOL!  I'm pretty sure it's good for all of us though and you can't beat the scenery.
 The lake is at the bottom of the hill....in fact the lake is actually a huge valley they dammed up and made into a lake.
 Hmmm.....a fairy or leprechaun home?
 Below looks sort of like a honeysuckle but I have never seen pink so maybe not......
 Have a great day and Happy Trails!


  1. Such sweet photos..
    Love and hugs x

  2. Hm, could that last photo be bee balm?

  3. lots of little thoughts -
    ~I will have to try the skewer trick

    ~I too see hearts in nature

    ~gorgeous photos

    ~in the pic with the jellied toast, the bottom piece looks like a map of the US

  4. Well, you have learned some great new things this week!
    I'm impressed with all that you accomplish!!

    Loving that scenery that you take in on your walks.


  5. Sam I Am or Sam? Just wondering... Well am I ever glad I found you because you have given me two tips right off that I think will be a huge help to me...the onion tip and the quilting tip, Thank you!

    (I also think you should use your comprehensive comment at my place as a post here. I'll link to it! )

  6. Thanks for sharing tips on onions. Always tricky to know the right way to store fruit, vegetables and other miscellaneous things lol. Beautiful views!!

    Re: Christmas. Last year I made kumquat marmalade/jam as a Christmas present. I picked the fruit in June (in in-laws garden) and prepared it, then froze the lot and cooked it closer to Christmas. Lots of work, but I'm happy with the result! :)

    Have a lovely weekend! Happy Swedish Midsummer :D

  7. Finding the center of a piece of material for cross-stitching is much easier than finding the center of a quilt. HA! Glad to see you are enjoying your walks. Nice scenery indeed. Have been making a quick bread myself lately. So yummy with a nice bowl of soup! Wishing you a happy weekend. Tammy

  8. I'd call the final photo Monarda. Which I think is Bee Balm. Does it grow wild near you?


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