The other day I made out a grocery list for the coming week. Mr. Squash is having cataract surgery today, so I wanted to make sure I had enough to prepare meals for several days in case we didn't want to leave the house. One of the main dishes I wanted to make was this Chicken Biryani recipe I clipped from Cooking Light a few years ago. We both love Indian food. Stephanie has been learning to cook it with help from Pratima lately, and it's made my mouth water just thinking about it!
After I returned from the grocery, there was a package in the mail from Stephanie. A lovely vintage postcard (double wedding ring quilt) from her mother's collections and a very fragrant package wrapped in foil!
Here is the treasure the foil package held - Stephanie's own, homemade, Garam Masala!! I was absolutely overjoyed - I can use it in the Chicken Biryani! I immediately emailed Stephanie to tell her how timely her gift was - we are two gals on the same track for sure! Thanks again, Stephanie, you really made our day!
On Friday, Mr. Squash and I decided to take a little road trip over to Idaho - about 2 hours away. We drove around a town we frequently pass through on our fly fishing trips. We wanted to see what else was there instead of just driving by in a hurry to get home! On the way there, we stopped at this old flour mill which is now a restaurant. They weren't yet open for the day when we arrived, so we just poked around and took a few pictures.
Here is an old truck that was displayed next to the mill which most likely transported flour back in the day! It was a great spot --- we plan to go back sometime and try the food!
So, on to the question, "Where would you rather be?" For most of us, the answer to that might be quilting at any given time! Well, along the road to Idaho below, just outside of a tiny town of 1,300....
...is Rather Be's Quilt Shop and Retreat House!
Mr. Squash knows how I love this shop, so he's always willing to make a stop! I took a few photos for you to drool over! I love their selection of fabrics which are most often right up my alley!
Below is their current Block of the Month. I wish I had gotten the name of the pattern - maybe next trip.
The red and black quilt below had parts of a panel for some of the blocks - it was really striking.
Of course I loved the pumpkin quilt in front of the cash register!
I must confess I purchased a couple of yards of fabric for a bed quilt I plan to make - I've been on the hunt for a coordinating setting block for some time! And Mr. Squash...being the wonderful husband he is just wouldn't let me leave without picking out a gift --- a jelly roll of Kansas Troubles fabric I've been wanting!
Rather Be's also has a quilters retreat house behind the shop complete with bedrooms, kitchen and workshop area - at the incredible rate of $30.00 a night! I think I might be gathering up some of my quilting friends for a girl's retreat weekend soon!