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Thursday, November 19, 2015


In between finishing quilts for clients,
I found online the directions to make this fabric ornament.
I decided to make it and you can use a lot of
leftover scrap material in making this.
It took me less than 30 minutes,
from beginning to end, to do the ornament.
Here's the link:

Friday, November 13, 2015


My family and I love flan!
It is a very delicious dessert and my husband
 has told me I make it the best.
Well, last night we were watching PBS
and the program was America's Test Kitchen.
I love this show.
They showed step by step a flan recipe
that I knew I had to try.
It was different than from the way that I make mine.
All I can say is that it's delicious!
Here's the recipe from America's Test Kitchen

Serves 8 to 10

This recipe should be made at least one day before serving. We recommend an 8 1/2 by 4 1/2-inch loaf pan for this recipe. If your pan is 9 by 5 inches, begin checking for doneness at 1 hour. You may substitute 2 percent milk for the whole milk, but do not use skim milk. Serve the flan on a platter with a raised rim to contain the liquid caramel.
2/3cup (4 2/3 ounces) sugar
2large eggs plus 5 yolks
1(14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1(12-ounce) can evaporated milk
1/2cup whole milk
1 1/2tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2teaspoon salt

1. Stir together sugar and 1/4 cup water in medium heavy saucepan until sugar is completely moistened. Bring to boil over medium-high heat, 3 to 5 minutes, and cook, without stirring, until mixture begins to turn golden, another 1 to 2 minutes. Gently swirling pan, continue to cook until sugar is color of peanut butter, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and swirl pan until sugar is reddish-amber and fragrant, 15 to 20 seconds. Carefully swirl in 2 tablespoons warm tap water until incorporated; mixture will bubble and steam. Pour caramel into 8 1/2 by 4 1/2-inch loaf pan; do not scrape out saucepan. Set loaf pan aside.

2. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 300 degrees. Line bottom of 13 by 9-inch baking pan with dish towel, folding towel to fit smoothly, and set aside. Bring 2 quarts water to boil.

3. Whisk eggs and yolks in large bowl until combined. Add sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, whole milk, vanilla, and salt and whisk until incorporated. Strain mixture through fine-mesh strainer into prepared loaf pan.

4. Cover loaf pan tightly with aluminum foil and place in prepared baking pan. Place baking pan in oven and carefully pour all of boiling water into pan. Bake until center of custard jiggles slightly when shaken and custard registers 180 degrees, 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours. Remove foil and leave custard in water bath until loaf pan has cooled completely. Remove loaf pan from water bath, wrap tightly with plastic wrap, and chill overnight or up to 4 days.

5. To unmold, slide paring knife around edges of pan. Invert serving platter on top of pan and turn pan and platter over. When flan is released, remove loaf pan. Using rubber spatula, scrape residual caramel onto flan. Slice and serve. (Leftover flan may be covered loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to 4 days.)

Wednesday, November 4, 2015


When I came to Florida in late July, I was looking at houses
for my husband and I to move to.
I had gotten to a point that I was so tired of looking at houses.
As I was traveling back to the apartment,
I saw a beautiful and wonderful sign:
Quilt Shop
The name of the store is The Calico Station.
I fell in love with the shop.
I bought five charm packs from Moda called Lilies of the Field.

My husband has been after me for such a long time 
to make a quilt for our bedroom.
When I saw the fabric, I knew in that moment that is what I wanted.

So today I started working on the quilt.
This quilt will be my husband's birthday present.
His birthday falls on December 26th.
I got the squares all sewn and now
I have to go back to the shop
and buy more fabric to make the
sashing and the borders.

The charm packs all sorted out and ready to be put together.

They are now sewn by two's and now the fun
is to decide how to put them together.

Fifty-two squares are done and now they wait till
tomorrow when I but the fabric for sashing and borders.
I'll be putting more pictures of the progress.

I'm safe about posting this because he doesn't read my blog