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August 31, 2020
My Day in Pasta Sauce from Cat Patches

Yesterday I spent the whole live-long day in the kitchen. I was a tired pup when I was finished. Usually, I spread the pasta sauce over two days, but I did all of it yesterday. It made for a lot of time on my feet. When I was finished, I had nine quarts of deliciousness.


A few years ago, I learned a way to make this job easier. I used to score, blanch, and skin the tomatoes. Then, somehow, I got the idea to roast them instead. I put them in a convection oven set to 425°F and roast ...

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My Day in Pasta Sauce from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday I spent the whole live-long day in the kitchen. I was a tired pup when I was finished. Usually, I spread the pasta sauce over two days, but I did all of it yesterday. It made for a lot of time on my feet. When I was finished, I had nine quarts of deliciousness.


A few years ago, I learned a way to make this job easier. I used to score, blanch, and skin the tomatoes. Then, somehow, I got the idea to roast them instead. I put them in a convection oven set to 425°F and roast ...

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August 29, 2020
Produce Production from Cat Patches

The day didn't go exactly as planned yesterday, but it was so nice to take another day off from canning. As I mentioned, Mike and I made a trip into town. We first stopped off at Working Hands Farm to pick up 40 pounds of tomatoes. They grow the most beautiful tomatoes. Here's one box of 20 pounds. And there's another just like it.


Also, I've harvested about two dozen from our own plants. Our own plants are producing fast and furious now.


The tomatoes are going to get turned into pasta sauce and salsa, and ...

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Produce Production from ... Cat Patches

The day didn't go exactly as planned yesterday, but it was so nice to take another day off from canning. As I mentioned, Mike and I made a trip into town. We first stopped off at Working Hands Farm to pick up 40 pounds of tomatoes. They grow the most beautiful tomatoes. Here's one box of 20 pounds. And there's another just like it.


Also, I've harvested about two dozen from our own plants. Our own plants are producing fast and furious now.


The tomatoes are going to get turned into pasta sauce and salsa, and ...

read more
August 28, 2020
Snowflakes in August from Cat Patches

There isn't much to say about yesterday. It was a driving around and grocery shopping day. It was 2:00 p.m. by the time I got home. I had some lunch, and then took a cue from Sadie. The two of us had a nice afternoon nap together.


So, I didn't make my way into the sewing room until nearly 3:30. Despite limited time, the background for my challenge piece is put together. Recall the prompt for this challenge is "The Sea." I'll be doing some top-stitching on it today, and then adding the main ...

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Snowflakes in August from ... Cat Patches

There isn't much to say about yesterday. It was a driving around and grocery shopping day. It was 2:00 p.m. by the time I got home. I had some lunch, and then took a cue from Sadie. The two of us had a nice afternoon nap together.


So, I didn't make my way into the sewing room until nearly 3:30. Despite limited time, the background for my challenge piece is put together. Recall the prompt for this challenge is "The Sea." I'll be doing some top-stitching on it today, and then adding the main ...

read more
December 5, 2019
Good Quilting Karma from Cat Patches

It was a full day of quilting, and I had a lot of help from my kitty friends. There was a break after every go-round of the quilt, and so I would estimate that quilting and breaks were about equal in time. Kitties are excellent timers in this regard. When they demand treats, it's a good time for a break.


Breaking for treats has the added benefit of gratifying them enough to get them off my work space for a while. Kitties and free motion quilting are not a good mix.


Smitty was purrterbed when I made him get ...

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Good Quilting Karma from ... Cat Patches

It was a full day of quilting, and I had a lot of help from my kitty friends. There was a break after every go-round of the quilt, and so I would estimate that quilting and breaks were about equal in time. Kitties are excellent timers in this regard. When they demand treats, it's a good time for a break.


Breaking for treats has the added benefit of gratifying them enough to get them off my work space for a while. Kitties and free motion quilting are not a good mix.


Smitty was purrterbed when I made him get ...

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December 4, 2019
Busy Day from ... Cat Patches

There was no time for quilting yesterday. There might have been time had I not fallen down on the couch, not to get up again until I'd taken a good long nap. Being out and about is exhausting, especially at this time of the year. I got my hair cut and colored. Then I filled my gas tank and headed for the grocery store. While there, I scored this year's Christmas tree. You might remember our tree from last year. We didn't win the award for the Charlie Browniest tree ever (point of clarification...there is no ...

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Busy Day from Cat Patches

There was no time for quilting yesterday. There might have been time had I not fallen down on the couch, not to get up again until I'd taken a good long nap. Being out and about is exhausting, especially at this time of the year. I got my hair cut and colored. Then I filled my gas tank and headed for the grocery store. While there, I scored this year's Christmas tree. You might remember our tree from last year. We didn't win the award for the Charlie Browniest tree ever (point of clarification...there is no ...

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November 15, 2019
Block Party from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday's sewing day consisted of sewing together block after block of the Mulligan Stew quilt. This was all done under the watchful and faithful catsultation with the Catmittee on Quilt Construction. Smitty is the Chairpurrson of the Catmittee.


Sadie is only one member of the Catmittee. Pink Mouse also has an impurrtant part in the decision-making purrocess.


After lengthy catsultation, I was able to continue assembling the blocks for the center of the quilt. I took a break to fill the bird feeders when I had it this far.


By day's end, the entire quilt center was complete ...

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Block Party from Cat Patches

Yesterday's sewing day consisted of sewing together block after block of the Mulligan Stew quilt. This was all done under the watchful and faithful catsultation with the Catmittee on Quilt Construction. Smitty is the Chairpurrson of the Catmittee.


Sadie is only one member of the Catmittee. Pink Mouse also has an impurrtant part in the decision-making purrocess.


After lengthy catsultation, I was able to continue assembling the blocks for the center of the quilt. I took a break to fill the bird feeders when I had it this far.


By day's end, the entire quilt center was complete ...

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November 12, 2019
A Little of Everything from ... Cat Patches

It was good to get back into the swing of sewing yesterday, but there was also some time in the kitchen. Ever since acquiring a 6-inch bundt pan, I've been itching to try reducing an existing cake recipe into a cake for two. Yesterday was the day. For reference, here's a link to the original recipe from Cooking Light. (Weirdly, the picture at that link is not at all the cake that goes with the recipe. Don't be confused...you're eyes are not deceiving you.)

So, anyway...a 6-inch bundt pan has a volume of 3 ...

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A Little of Everything from Cat Patches

It was good to get back into the swing of sewing yesterday, but there was also some time in the kitchen. Ever since acquiring a 6-inch bundt pan, I've been itching to try reducing an existing cake recipe into a cake for two. Yesterday was the day. For reference, here's a link to the original recipe from Cooking Light. (Weirdly, the picture at that link is not at all the cake that goes with the recipe. Don't be confused...you're eyes are not deceiving you.)

So, anyway...a 6-inch bundt pan has a volume of 3 ...

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November 11, 2019
Canning and Slow Stitching from ... Cat Patches

Two days in a row with no sewing, and the kitties can hardly believe their eyes. What is this world coming to? Sadie settled herself on the Wine Country quilt to contemplate what it might be like to take up drinking.


Smitty already has the market on catnip cornered, and so she thinks wine might be her only refuge from no-sewing days.

As for Smitty, he keeps parking himself in front of the glass door, hoping it will open again for him some day. He hasn't had a good gopher in weeks.


On the other hand, we did have ...

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Canning and Slow Stitching from Cat Patches

Two days in a row with no sewing, and the kitties can hardly believe their eyes. What is this world coming to? Sadie settled herself on the Wine Country quilt to contemplate what it might be like to take up drinking.


Smitty already has the market on catnip cornered, and so she thinks wine might be her only refuge from no-sewing days.

As for Smitty, he keeps parking himself in front of the glass door, hoping it will open again for him some day. He hasn't had a good gopher in weeks.


On the other hand, we did have ...

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November 10, 2019
A Kitchen Day from ... Cat Patches

As expected, there was no sewing yesterday. I spent practically the whole live-long day in the kitchen. It was my choice, and I'm as much in my happy place there as I am when I'm sewing. Even though I thought I was finished canning for the year, I decided to give it one last gasp for 2019 and planned four projects for the weekend. Two were accomplished yesterday.

First, we got a stalk of Brussels sprouts in our last CSA share. That was quite a treat since they usually don't appear at the farm until the winter ...

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A Kitchen Day from Cat Patches

As expected, there was no sewing yesterday. I spent practically the whole live-long day in the kitchen. It was my choice, and I'm as much in my happy place there as I am when I'm sewing. Even though I thought I was finished canning for the year, I decided to give it one last gasp for 2019 and planned four projects for the weekend. Two were accomplished yesterday.

First, we got a stalk of Brussels sprouts in our last CSA share. That was quite a treat since they usually don't appear at the farm until the winter ...

read more
November 8, 2019
Final Fourteen from ... Cat Patches

This morning's post is later than my usual. I'd like to say I slept in all this time, but no. There we were, sitting reading our email, when the power went off, and we found ourselves sitting in the dark. It was 6:30 a.m., and still dark outside too. The only light in the room was from our glowing iPads. I went to the Portland General Electric website to get the low-down, and found that the matter was under "investigation" and that power would be restored at 9:30 a.m. Later that forecast was revised ...

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Final Fourteen from Cat Patches

This morning's post is later than my usual. I'd like to say I slept in all this time, but no. There we were, sitting reading our email, when the power went off, and we found ourselves sitting in the dark. It was 6:30 a.m., and still dark outside too. The only light in the room was from our glowing iPads. I went to the Portland General Electric website to get the low-down, and found that the matter was under "investigation" and that power would be restored at 9:30 a.m. Later that forecast was revised ...

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