Friday, November 30, 2012

Back Seat Quilting

You've all seen this Block of the Month I've been working on for what seems like the entire year.  Well, I guess I really have been working on it all year seeing as how it was a Block of the Month - lol!  The shop that sponsored it closed after the 3rd month or so.  I decided to have the remainder of the blocks sent to me all at once and managed to finish it late this summer.  It's been a thorn in my side for one reason and another.  I was going to try custom quilting it, but in an effort to move on to something else because I'm a finish-what-I-start kind of gal, I decided to use a pantograph.

I have about 4 or 5 more rows to go.  I call it "Quilting From the Back Seat" because I use the back of my machine and follow the pantograph with a laser rather than standing at the front.  You can click any photo to enlarge.

I chose a tan thread for lack of any other idea of something that would blend with the gray, red and cream and was totally surprised at how well it works!  With any luck I'll just make it to the end before this spool runs out, too!
Here is a closeup of the quilting design.  It's one of my favorites!
We had a lovely Thanksgiving with Otis and Teresa who drove up from John Day, Oregon.  Otis is the fellow who married us!  Look how relaxed they are along with Mr. Squash, and we hadn't even eaten yet!
After Thanksgiving Mr. Squash and I did a little antiquing.  I found this great Bakelite "pickle" fork which matches my set of Bakelite. I've also been wanting a needle threader that works with my long eyed needles - score!  Cute buttons and something I've searched high and low for - vintage clothespins in their original box!  They don't even look as though they've been used!

This weekend I'll be decorating for Christmas.  Come back in a few days and I'll take you on a tour around the house!

Friday, November 16, 2012

NPR Cranberry Relish

I finally have a new camera card.  It took forever to get here and when it arrived, we saw that it came from New Jersey -- no doubt delayed by Hurricane Sandy.

A few days ago Mr. Squash asked if we could make the "NPR Cranberry Relish" that we always hear being made each year around this time.  Actually, it is a recipe from NPR's Susan Stamberg's mom.  She calls it Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish.

This is Mr. Squash's "preferred" cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving.  He loves it when it comes out of the jar whole with the can ring impressions still on it!  I have a feeling there are a lot of others who feel the same way.

We'll have both this year and I'm going to show you how to make Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish.  Start by washing two cups of fresh cranberries. 
 Place the washed berried in your food processor.

Add a small chopped onion.  At this point you're supposed to pulse the two together for a chunky grind.  I forgot to do this, but it didn't seem to be a problem in the end.  Add 3/4 cup sour cream (I use Daisy Light sour cream). 

 Finally add a half cup of sugar and 2 tablespoons of horseradish (whichever kind your prefer).  
 Pulse this all together until you have a fairly rough grind -- you don't want it to be smooth.
Place the sauce in freezer containers and freeze until the morning of Thanksgiving when you want to take it out and put it in the refrigerator to thaw.  Susan says it should have a few icy slivers left in it.  She says it has a tangy taste and is great on leftover turkey sandwiches!

We have friends from Oregon coming for Thanksgiving and staying the weekend.  What are you doing?