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November 17, 2018
Gray Day from ... Cat Patches

The clouds have moved on and we're expecting bright and cold weather for this weekend. Yesterday, the skies were gray and overcast, no doubt made worse by smoke from the California fires. It was hard to see any smoke against the gray skies, but my lungs were feeling it. Sue and I got out for our Friday morning walk. We were glad for dry weather, even if the skies were gray. Here are some things we saw along the way.

We first crossed paths with these two...honking furiously. They were not happy to see us.

Hey! You there ...

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Gray Day from Cat Patches

The clouds have moved on and we're expecting bright and cold weather for this weekend. Yesterday, the skies were gray and overcast, no doubt made worse by smoke from the California fires. It was hard to see any smoke against the gray skies, but my lungs were feeling it. Sue and I got out for our Friday morning walk. We were glad for dry weather, even if the skies were gray. Here are some things we saw along the way.

We first crossed paths with these two...honking furiously. They were not happy to see us.

Hey! You there ...

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Cobbler Recipe from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

This is a cobbler I’ve made forever. Here’s the ingredients and instructions, then I’ll give you my thoughts below. Ingredients: 1/2 stick butter 1 cup flour 2 tsp. baking powder sprinkle of salt 3/4 cup sugar 1 cup milk 2 cups fruit Directions: Preheat oven to 350. Melt butter in 9 x 9 pan. In...

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November 16, 2018
Another Turkey from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Why do I let him talk me into these things? 

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Cranberries and More Cranberries from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

It’s been so long since I spent time canning so I’ve actually enjoyed canning the juice and cranberry salsa. Today I canned 21 quarts of cranberry juice (in addition to 13 quarts yesterday) and 18 pints of cranberry salsa. The recipe called for serrano peppers and since I didn’t have serrano but had jalapeno peppers,...

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Another Aldi Find from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

If someone had told me 15 or 20 years ago that my favorite place to shop would be a grocery store, I would never have believed it. We find the best stuff at Aldi and it really is a shopping experience. It isn’t so huge that I’m having to beg Vince to leave. We can...

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November 15, 2018
Results of Juicing Cranberries from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Twelve bags of cranberries are juiced and I have 13 quarts of juice. Let’s just say we bought enough cranberries that I’ll be canning cranberry juice for a week and we’ll have enough to have one quart per week for over a year. There’s actually 13 quarts and one pint. I didn’t can the pint...

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November 14, 2018
Cranberry Juice from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Aldi has cranberries for 99¢ per 12 oz. bag. We bought a lot to make more cranberry juice. I get about 1 quart of juice per bag. I’ll add a little sugar but I’m not going to add orange or lemon juice. Sometimes I will add orange juice when we open a jar of fresh...

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Gumbo Today from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

This morning when I woke up, the first thing I thought about was . . we’re having gumbo today. Yes, I love gumbo! I got it totally done yesterday so the flavors could do whatever they do overnight . . blend, intensify . . I don’t know. All I know is that I like gumbo...

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Thanksgiving Projects and Ideas from From My Carolina Home

Every year at this time, I go through the some past posts that have relevance to the season.  There are so many fun things to do for Thanksgiving and the Autumn season, that I have not run out of ideas yet.  But, new readers may not have seen these ideas from past years, so here is a round up of some ideas.  First up, in 2014 I told a bunch of Thanksgiving stories from years gone by in Thanksgiving 101.  I love reading your stories too!

Thanksgiving Decor 5

From the first Autumn Jubilee, a Pumpkin and Leaf Table Topper with links to ...

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Beans & Sausage from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Red beans, sausage and rice is one of Vince’s favorite meals. I like it but I don’t love it. We had gone by the grocery store early this afternoon and I was tempted to buy a bag of pre-cut coleslaw but it was $2 or a small bag. I had a whole cabbage at home...

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November 13, 2018
A Day of Cooking from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

This morning I began cooking early. There was a chicken to boil. There was roux to be made. There were veggies to chop – onions, green pepper, jalapeno pepper, garlic. A trip to the greenhouse and garden for bay leaves, parsley and green onions. The gumbo is for tomorrow. Today we’re having beans, sausage and...

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November 12, 2018
Red Sky at Morning from ... Cat Patches


Sailors take warning. There's a change in the weather coming. It isn't really as ominous as all that, however. We're just going to go from sunny and cold to rainy and warmer. That's how it is in our part of the world. We get sunshine with the coldest temperatures...rain when it warms up.

But remember when we took our tree down, I said I thought we might be able to see Mt. Adams again? Well there it is.


When we bought our place, we had a three mountain view, including Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier ...

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Red Sky at Morning from Cat Patches


Sailors take warning. There's a change in the weather coming. It isn't really as ominous as all that, however. We're just going to go from sunny and cold to rainy and warmer. That's how it is in our part of the world. We get sunshine with the coldest temperatures...rain when it warms up.

But remember when we took our tree down, I said I thought we might be able to see Mt. Adams again? Well there it is.


When we bought our place, we had a three mountain view, including Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier ...

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A Full Day Of Bowling - And I'm Tired from Quilting My Way

This morning was up and out the door heading to Longview. Patrick decided to come along.

Patrick and I drove down to Longview for bowling. We arrived a few minutes before hand. Patrick wanted to go to Red Lobster after. We ended up bowling our other team from Fairway, but they didn't show up. Sara was back after her hip replacement. It was good to see her again. We all bowled pretty good. I bowled a lot better. I ended up with a 167, 178, 192. That was good for me. I actually worked it out pretty good.

After ...

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November 11, 2018
Yes, I Can from ... Cat Patches

When I started cooking cranberries yesterday, I had three recipes on my mind. I wondered if I could get them all done in one day. I'm happy to report: Yes, I can. First, I tried this Cranberry Pepper Jam. I'm going to give you the link to the recipe, but I must first warn you that the yield is seriously underestimated. The recipe promised me 3 half-pint jars. Since I was thinking of giving it as little gifts this holiday season, I decided to use 6 quarter-pint jars instead. They'll fit in a pocket, and so I ...

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Yes, I Can from Cat Patches

When I started cooking cranberries yesterday, I had three recipes on my mind. I wondered if I could get them all done in one day. I'm happy to report: Yes, I can. First, I tried this Cranberry Pepper Jam. I'm going to give you the link to the recipe, but I must first warn you that the yield is seriously underestimated. The recipe promised me 3 half-pint jars. Since I was thinking of giving it as little gifts this holiday season, I decided to use 6 quarter-pint jars instead. They'll fit in a pocket, and so I ...

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Dog Love & Horseradish from caledonia quilter

I was approached earlier this year by a woman who wanted a quilt made.  It was to feature photos of her beloved companions, and large enough for a queen size bed.

I have no facility here to print fabric of a size that would bring her vision to life, so I directed her to Spoonflower.  That center panel of the dog in the fall leaves measures about 38 x 54.

After she received her package of fabric in the mail she went shopping for the additional fabrics that would create the top, and she got a lovely backing fabric to ...

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Strips and Yarn from Quilts....etc.

I was sorting through my jelly roll strips and have them all starched and pressed – I didn’t get around to sewing though for the new Christmas tree skirt.  The pattern includes a coloring page that you can make copies of and decide your layout.  I made three of them and then had Mike pick […]

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It's Called Saturday from Quilting My Way

I was up early this morning. Patrick wasn't too far behind.

He went out to work on the leaves in the yard. I worked on doing the bookkeeping for our water system. Then I worked on our checkbook. It took forever on our checkbook because I was off 10 cents. That actually drove me nuts! Patrick had to come and help me figure out it. Come to find out I made a correction of 10 cents, but instead of subtracting it, I added. So, that explained the 10 cents. Plus there was some corrections that had added up to ...

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