Thursday, September 29, 2011

Quick Post ~ Progress and See Ya Later!

Good Thursday morning friends!  This will be a very quick post.  Today is when CRAZY begins in this house.  I've been slowly getting things organized to pack but now is when it gets serious.  I have two days to get this house in order and have everything packed.  Masterchief and I have a system: I pack everything and he puts in it in the car.  Somehow I think I'm getting the short end here!

This is what the bed in the spare room looks like......

What a mess!  Today I will work on getting this stuff in to tote bags and suit cases.

Here is where I am with Praise God by La D Da.......

I am going to take this one with me but I probably won't get much stitching time in after the first week of being in New Jersey.  I may also be able to squeeze a post in after the first week.  After that I will be too busy to even read blogs.

I am so looking forward to meeting up with Catherine again.  She might even have a couple more stitchers in tow for me to meet!

That's my progress report for now.  Until I am able to check blogs again, please email me if anything major happens in any of your lives.  I hate it when I've been away at work and I come back to the blogging world again only to make a stupid comment not knowing what has happened.  Has that ever happened to any of you?

Oh...and please drop me a line "just because" every now and then.  I'd really appreciate some contact from the real world once in a while.  I can't promise you I'll answer right away but we do check emails daily while working.

Thanks for taking the time today........I appreciate you ALL so much!

~~Peggy Lee

Friday, September 23, 2011

It's a Stitcher's Prerogative........ change her mind!  I know I said I would be starting a design by LHN but I don't have the threads on hand that I need.  I have put them on my list for when I am able to go to The Strawberry Sampler in a week or so.  Instead I rummaged through my basket of charts that I have all kitted up, just waiting for me to stitch the poor things.  I came up with this one.........

It's "Praise God" by....yep, you guessed it, La D Da.  I even got to start it today while Masterchief was out in the addition working.  I'm stitching it on 40 count.  Ugh...why do I torture myself?

While lurking through blog posts today I found a good recipe for biscuits that are baked in a cast iron skillet.

  I only changed the recipe by adding 3 tablespoons of sugar but my Masterchief said I could add more next time so I think this one is a keeper folks!  Believe you  me....he will tell me if I should throw the recipe in the trash.  Truth be known I am glad he doesn't tell me how delicious everything I make is when it's clearly a bomb.  He absolutely LOVES my recipe for banana cake.

Well that about does it friends.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  It is cool and drizzly here but that's OK.  It's a great day for baking! HERE if you want that recipe for the biscuits.

Thanks for visiting......

~~Peggy Lee

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Another Finish!

I finished My Ways early this morning.  I left something out.  Can you guess what it is?  A big huge THANK YOU  to Nancy for lending me this chart by La D Da.  It will be back home very soon!

I have already picked out what I will stitch next.  It was a very difficult decision because I do love to stitch samplers so much but this one at least has words in it.

I have already picked out what I will stitch next.  Battle Hymn of the Republic by LHN.........

I am a softy for anything patriotic so this one should be a fun stitch.  I won't get much time to work on this one though because Masterchief and I will be leaving for work (New Jersey) on October 1st.  I don't  stitch, blog, read blogs or much of anything else during work time.  I barley have an hour after arriving back to the hotel from work before I have to be in bed and do it all over again the next day.  It is very tiring but it will only last about a month and it will be over.  Masterchief's report date is one week before mine so during that week I will be studying and meeting with stitchy friends.  I will be sure to take my camera with  me.  I am SO looking forward to it!  I will need Catherine's help in picking out threads for this next stitch.  It calls for all DMC but I prefer to use variegated threads.

Oh....if any of you quilt please click HERE to see how you can help.  A young girl's fiance was laid to rest just days before they were to be married.  He served in Afganistan.  Such a sad story.  Thanks for looking.

Mmmm....I just heard Masterchief say something about lighting the grill.  Dinner is always good when he's cooking!

Thanks so much for your visit!  I do so appreciate all your comments.

~~Peggy Lee

Monday, September 19, 2011

Coconut Cream Cheese Pound Cake

I had no idea this recipe would stir up so many requests so instead of emailing it several times I am posting it here.  Believe it or not there is one small piece left on the counter yet.  It won't make it through the evening I'm sure!

Coconut Cream Cheese Pound Cake

1/2 cup butter or marg. softened
1/2 cup shortening
1  8oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
3 cups sugar
6 large eggs
3 cups flour
1/4 teas. baking soda
1/4 teas. salt
1  6oz. pkg. grated or shredded coconut
1 teas. vanilla
1 teas. coconut extract

Get the butter, shortening and cream cheese out and let them come to room temperature.  Beat first 3 ingredients at medium speed for 2 minutes or until soft and creamy.  Gradually add sugar, beating at medium speed 5 to 7 minutes.  Add eggs one at a time, beating just until yellow disappears.  Combine flour, baking soda and salt.  Add to butter mixture.  Mix at low speed just until blended.  Stir in coconut and flavorings.  Pour batter in to greased and floured Bundt pan.  Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour 30 minutes.  Do the toothpick test.  Cool in pan on wire rack for 15 minutes.  Remove from pan. Cool completely. Garnish with a drizzle of powdered sugar glaze and toasted coconut if desired.  

It was a big hit here!  

~~Peggy Lee

Saturday, September 17, 2011

That's Random!

Just sharing a few pictures with you that I've taken in the last few days.  Random things, really.

A quick post..........

We have been having much needed rain recently.  Masterchief just put this rain gauge on the deck and look what I saw perched on it...........

We have enjoyed these little bundles of energy all summer and will be sad to see them go.  Just before I sat down to blog I heard them bumping their little beaks in to the kitchen window where the feeder hangs.  Silly little things!

Masterchief and I enjoy playing cribbage and usually have an ongoing game in the works at all times.  On this particular night I thought he must have super-glued my peg in the board cause he was spankin' me hard!  This is the look I usually get when he's full of his Masterchief-self..................

That's ok...I'll get him next time.  I still love him enough to make him this Coconut Cream Cheese Pound Cake...............

I gave him a thin slice before he started mowing the lawn.  It wins his approval but be's called POUND cake for a reason!  I'll share the recipe if anyone wants it.  Just let me know.  This would be prettier with a glaze on it but I knew Masterchief wouldn't care for that.

I must finish this post with something stitchy so here's my progress on My Ways.........

Please forgive the crummy picture.  I held it up with one hand and took the picture with the other.  I am really enjoying this stitch but it is a bit harder for me because I am using 40 count.  I remember a few years back thinking...."I want to stitch on 40 count now while I can because I know there will come a day when it will be too small for me to see".  Well I was right!  Last night while stitching on this I was really having a hard time seeing the tiny little holes in the linen.  I commented to Masterchief how I was having such a time with it.  I thought maybe I was just tired or something but then I looked up and realized I didn't have the lamp swiveled over so it was positioned above my head!  That was cause for a few chuckles.

I hope you all are having a peaceful weekend.  The weather here in southern Kentucky was absolutely beautiful today.  I actually had enough energy to help mow the lawn.  I am very proud of myself.

Thanks so much for staying with me on this very random post.

Happy stitching!
~~Peggy Lee

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Samplers and Old Jars...

Good afternoon dear friends.  I'm in a good mood today.  Do I hear a "YAY"??  I finally had enough and went to see my doctor on Monday and it turns out I'm not going through menopause after all!  I'm NOT crazy....and oh gosh NO, I'm not pregnant either.  Anyway things are looking up.

Let's show the stitching first because after all this is a stitchy blog, isn't it?

Last post I told you about the sampler chart called "I Sew'd My Heart" Beth Twist is giving out to those who take a picture of wherever they may be with her blog page in it somewhere.  (See last post for linkypoo)  I went to work on it right away and finished it in just under a week.  I'm not a quick stitcher so this amazed even me......

I made a few small changes.  The heart and flowers are to be filled in with a slightly lighter color but I like them this way.  No wonder I got it done so fast, huh?  I woke up at 3am the morning after finishing this with the urge to stain it with tea.  So there I was in the dark squeezing tea bags over my finished sampler.  If Masterchief would have woke up and saw me he would have thought I was sleepwalking for sure!  

I also started another piece.  Yes, it's another sampler.  Did you expect anything else from me here at Kentucky Sampler?  Nancy was so kind to send me the chart for "My Ways" by La D Da.  Click HERE to see her blog.  Thank you so much Nancy!  If I had to choose my favorite designer I would have to say it's Lori Markovic with La D Da.  Every chart doesn't speak to me but so many of them do!  

Of course....AGAIN......I didn't have all the called for threads so I had to substitute all but one.  I had the recommended Black Crow by TGA Sampler Threads, which is what you see here.  I really don't have that many threads in my stash but I tried to choose colors that were as close as I could get to what Lori recommended.  I am stitching it on 40 count so it takes about 10 minutes after I start to stitch for my eyes to get adjusted.  The finished sampler should measure 4 5/8" x 6 1/4".  

Now to the Old Jars part of the post............

I'm afraid I have created a monster in Masterchief!  I brought home a couple old Ball canning jars one day a few years back and now he is the local authority on how old they are, what they are worth etc...   I try to use as many of them as I can for pasta, rice, beans, old scrabble letters, wooden nickels, dice.  You get the idea.  Here's the problem: There are too many **TOO MANY** to possibly use in this house!  I have blue jars everywhere.  They have taken over my bakers rack.....

Did ya notice how I sneaked a bit of my stitching in there?
I will admit I love these things but we really do need to come up with some other type of display tactics.  I need to share this last picture of Masterchief's very first "Bill" jar.  The a in Ball is buggered up and it looks like an i.  

Not sure if you can see it here.  It is now one of his most prized blue Ball jars.  

That's it for today friends.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  

~~Peggy Lee

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Red Border Study...FINISHED!

I suppose you can guess by the title of this post that I am VERY excited to have finished Red Border Study II  on Thursday night.........

The one on the left is Border Study In Red which I completed in 2004.  The one on the right is Red Border Study II.  The suggested thread was DMC 815, Garnet but I chose to use WDW Brick.  The designer is Valerie Bieber Mertz from Heron House Designs.  She lives in the same town as my son which is the next town over from where I lived while growing up in PA.  Small world!  I am saddened to report though that despite my repeated attempts to contact this designer I have not been able to locate her.  I found a Valerie Bieber Mertz on Facebook but I received no reply when I dropped her a line through FB.  Short of stalking her, I've given up.  I had someone email me asking me how to get these charts and I'm sorry I haven't been able to help.  These charts were designed in the year 2000.

Beth Twist is having a little offer of an adorable sampler she designed to anyone who takes a picture of their phone/laptop etc... set at her blog page wherever they happen to be at the time.  She has quite a few interesting photos already.  Carmen Sutton of Cardan Antiques and Needlework and I met while I was in Tennessee and she sent a picture of our meeting to Beth.  Beth then sent us the chart for her sampler.  I picked out the threads and linen last night.....

.......and started it already.........

I had to make substitutions for all of Beth's suggested threads because I didn't have any of them on hand.  I tried to pick out ones that were very close.

Well today I'm trying to get all my cleaning done so I can sit my fanny on the end of the couch and stitch away without guilt.  It's a hot one out there today.  I have my clothes lines full, my floors mopped and vacumed and the dust has been dusted!

TCM and my needle calls.  They have been showing early talkies on TCM this favorite!

Have a great weekend everyone and thank you BIG BUNCHES for stopping by.....

So glad to be back home (I caught myself checking my pockets for the hotel key card as I went out for my morning walks the first two days back). **rolls eyes**     Good grief

~~Peggy Lee