Saturday, January 2, 2010

Fall Finish and More Baking!

I finished a little stitchery I started before our big move! All that needs to be done is add the back and stuff it to make a little pillow. A quick trip to Joann's for stuffing today and it will be complete! I used some homespuns from my stash to add borders as well as for the backing. The stitchery is from Primitive Stitches which I bought complete with fabric and wool from Karen at Farmhouse Woolens. I actually changed out the background fabric for a lighter distressed cotton, but will use the darker fabric that came with it and make this again - perhaps for a gift!

Melanie emailed me the other day with a recipe for Mincemeat Cake! It sounded so good that I just had to make it right away! Mr. Squash and I headed out to the grocery for mincemeat (the sweet variety sans meat) and commenced baking! It turned out perfectly and is Oh-So-Good!!! Thanks for a fantastic, seasonal recipe, Melanie, we'll make it again and again!
We have had a couple of fires in one of our two wood burning fireplaces so far. The first one wasn't so good, but the second (below) was a bit better. We've both burned wood fires quite a bit in the past, but it seems we need to re-learn the proper methods! We purchased a bundle of kindling that you can see in the picture below. It helped a lot for this fire, but it was short lived. Either our wood isn't quite dry enough yet, or we haven't built up enough ash below to keep it hot. We need to practice more for sure! We also need to purchase a good set of fireplace tools!
Monday morning I begin painting again. I took the past week off after painting my studio, but it's time to get back to the grind! This week it will be the kitchen walls, which will complete the room. Then on to the rest of the house!


Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

I love your stitchery with the little appliqued pieces. It's adorable.

The fire looks nice and cozy -- hope you're keeping warm!

Barb said...

Great job on the stitchery!!!

Stephanie said...

Sweet stitchery! My grandmother used to make mincemeat cookies...the cookie has a top and a bottom and then filled with the mincemeat, sealed on the edges, and baked. I've never made them. Your cake looks delicious.

Trisha said...

So wonderful for you to be cozy in your new home. Love your stitchery. It is so cute.

Jackie said...

Your stitching is wonderful! I can't wait to see it finished.

Even in Florida, we've been building a fire in the morning. It's wonderful and cozy!

Anonymous said...

Your mincemeat cake looks lovely. It was a favorite of my Father around the holidays. Cute pillow from Karen's place. I miss our wood stove so much. We heated our home in the mountains for 15 years with woodstove. It gets the house so warm, nothing like it. Stay warm.

Stephanie D. said...

That's a cute little stitchery project! And I've never heard of mincemeat cake before, but it sure looks good.

When I was house-hunting, one of the things on my wish list was a fireplace, because we had one at the former house. However, this one, the one I fell in love with, doesn't have one, nor does it really have space for one, and I sure do miss a good fire!

Anonymous said...

I have to tell you...feels like home...comfy and cozy!!

Libby said...

Mincemeat! Haven't had any of that around since Thanksgivings with Grandma *s* I wonder if I would like it now that I'm grown up?

onlymehere said...

I do miss having a fireplace. I had to give up having one in this house when we built it (budget cuts) but I had one in the last house. I love the picture you took of it. Now that's the way to enjoy life!

cockermom said...

Well somebody sure looks cozy near that fireplace! I am so glad you are enjoying Squash House!
Best wishes in this New Year!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely stitchery. Have fun with your snuggly fires. I'm sure you'll get back into the hang of using them.

Lisa D. said...

Your fire looks cozy. Glad to see you are getting settled into the Squash House!

pratima said...

The stitchery is sooo cute! I like the border fabrics too :)
The cake looks so yummy... very comforting to sit before the fire place and enjoy a huge slice :`)

Nadine said...

You've been busy....and posting besides! Better than I have that's for dern sure! I think I need that Mincemeat Cake recipe....can you share? Please?

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Oh that is such a cute project. Our fireplace is broken in the family room. I am coveting yours!

Karen said...

Beautiful Fall Finish. It's hard to get stuff finished in the right season but I know you'll be happy to have that in the Done box when it's time to decorate for Fall!

happy zombie said...

I was following you over at Nanette's... running fast to catch up with you, and there you are relaxing in front of the fire! I'm just gonna be bold and invite myself to sit on the chair next to you. Ahhhh... so toasty. Wait, wait... where are you going? I just got here. Painting? Why SURE! I would love to help you paint!

I love your stitchery!!

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