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April 21, 2019
A Do-Nothing Day from ... Cat Patches

We're both still recovering from a day of weeding and other yard work, and so we were feeling too lazy to clean out the greenhouse yesterday. Today it's happening. For sure. It can't go another week, because I really need to get some seeds started. So, it was an easy decision to head into town when I decided I urgently needed to visit an office supply store. After picking up some envelopes, we had lunch in town and then headed for home. The kitties were sitting together on the catio when we drove up.


When someone tapped ...

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A Do-Nothing Day from Cat Patches

We're both still recovering from a day of weeding and other yard work, and so we were feeling too lazy to clean out the greenhouse yesterday. Today it's happening. For sure. It can't go another week, because I really need to get some seeds started. So, it was an easy decision to head into town when I decided I urgently needed to visit an office supply store. After picking up some envelopes, we had lunch in town and then headed for home. The kitties were sitting together on the catio when we drove up.


When someone tapped ...

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April 20, 2019
Blending Episode #101 from Hobbies Up To Here

Hey hobbyists and crafters! We’re back with a new episode sharing our thoughts of blending multiple crafts to complete a project. Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments below or on our Instagram! Mother’s Day is coming up soon and if you have a crafty momma in your life, check out our … Continue reading Blending Episode #101

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April 19, 2019
Saturday on Thursday from ... Cat Patches

Every lawn mower on our hill could be heard running yesterday. It was a single dry day in a month of rain. We and all of our neighbors were itching to get outside and beat back the weeds. Mike stayed home to spray and mow, and so it felt like Saturday. My goals for the day were to weed and clean-up my culinary herb garden (check), deadhead the hydrangeas (check), and to weed any areas that Mike couldn't hit with his spray (mostly check). It was a knee-killer of a day, and it caused me to weenie out on ...

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Saturday on Thursday from Cat Patches

Every lawn mower on our hill could be heard running yesterday. It was a single dry day in a month of rain. We and all of our neighbors were itching to get outside and beat back the weeds. Mike stayed home to spray and mow, and so it felt like Saturday. My goals for the day were to weed and clean-up my culinary herb garden (check), deadhead the hydrangeas (check), and to weed any areas that Mike couldn't hit with his spray (mostly check). It was a knee-killer of a day, and it caused me to weenie out on ...

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April 15, 2019
Getting my Goat from ... Cat Patches

As I was thinking about the title for this post, I remembered that song from A Sound of Music...

High on a hill was a lonely goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo
Loud was the voice of the lonely goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo

and on and on. And now it's stuck in my head. And now it'll be stuck in your head too. Misery loves company, you know. You're welcome. 

So what is all this talk of goats, you ask? Well, I made one yesterday. It's the final section ...

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Getting my Goat from Cat Patches

As I was thinking about the title for this post, I remembered that song from A Sound of Music...

High on a hill was a lonely goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo
Loud was the voice of the lonely goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo

and on and on. And now it's stuck in my head. And now it'll be stuck in your head too. Misery loves company, you know. You're welcome. 

So what is all this talk of goats, you ask? Well, I made one yesterday. It's the final section ...

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April 14, 2019
Spring Holiday Celebrations from From My Carolina Home

Ham is the traditional Easter meal in many households and today I want to share some ideas for ham again for my newer readers.  Then, I’ll share a new recipe for lovely spring asparagus to go with it. Last year I think I found the absolute most perfect way to serve a Slow Cooked Holiday Ham, and blogged about this during last fall’s Autumn Jubilee. (The link for the zucchini on the plate below is on the linked Holiday Ham post.)

Slow Cooked Ham at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Since most hams nowadays are fully cooked (see the original post on that too), just heating them ...

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April 13, 2019
RSC19 from Quilts....etc.

Finally I got another block done for the RSC challenge – now I need to get some 2.5 inch squares done so I can do the 36 patch blocks to go with this one.  I got started first thing yesterday morning cutting this block out And I got it done before noon!  Now of course […]

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April 11, 2019
Good Fortune from Quilts....etc.

Quilting is the only sewing I have been doing – but today is the last warm day – our little bit of summer is coming to an end and back to being a little chillier.  We had 3 days near 85 and today will be about 75 then cooler and cool nights again too – […]

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April 8, 2019
Some Pizzazz for a Busy Day from ... Cat Patches

There was barely any time yesterday morning for my daily dose of slow stitching, but some is better than none. So, I started my new project.


That was as much as I had time for because I needed to get going on our dinner. Mike smoked and grilled a flank steak, but I needed to get it in the marinade. Also, there was pie on last night's menu.

Lemon Meringue is my favorite, as it is for so many others. It isn't hard to make, but it is a bit of a to-do. I like this recipe from ...

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Some Pizzazz for a Busy Day from Cat Patches

There was barely any time yesterday morning for my daily dose of slow stitching, but some is better than none. So, I started my new project.


That was as much as I had time for because I needed to get going on our dinner. Mike smoked and grilled a flank steak, but I needed to get it in the marinade. Also, there was pie on last night's menu.

Lemon Meringue is my favorite, as it is for so many others. It isn't hard to make, but it is a bit of a to-do. I like this recipe from ...

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April 6, 2019
A Rainbow Day from ... Cat Patches

It was kind of a lazy day yesterday. In the morning, I had all sorts of ideas about what I would accomplish, but things kind of fell off the bottom of the list when I decided I'd neglected to add napping. After lunch, I got some dinner started in the crockpot, and then I was so sleepy that I laid down and didn't wake up until Mike got home around 3:30. All I can say is, I must have needed the sleep.

As for that crockpot dish...that turned out to be really delicious. It's one ...

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A Rainbow Day from Cat Patches

It was kind of a lazy day yesterday. In the morning, I had all sorts of ideas about what I would accomplish, but things kind of fell off the bottom of the list when I decided I'd neglected to add napping. After lunch, I got some dinner started in the crockpot, and then I was so sleepy that I laid down and didn't wake up until Mike got home around 3:30. All I can say is, I must have needed the sleep.

As for that crockpot dish...that turned out to be really delicious. It's one ...

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April 2, 2019
Double Yolk Eggs from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

I’m sure it’s no surprise that it doesn’t take much to excite me but cracking into an egg with a double yolk really excites me. I sometimes get them from my chickens but mostly it’s when the hens are just starting to lay. Yesterday I was making meatloaf for our dinner. Chad was fixing himself...

The post Double Yolk Eggs appeared first on Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara.

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March 31, 2019
Let's Just Say It Was Saturday from Quilting My Way

Just saying it was Saturday - one of those Saturdays that nothing gets done when I was planning otherwise.

This morning we went shopping. We didn't spend as much as we normally do, because I bought a lot of veggies just a couple days ago. I was limited to what I could get and Patrick wasn't getting much for himself. So, it went pretty quick. And the best part was it didn't cost near as much.

Came home and Patrick went outside to mow the yard. He was surprised at how beautiful the day was. Plus the yard ...

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March 28, 2019
Breakfast from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

With Vince having been retired or off work for over a year (medical first, then retired), it’s been a long time, and seems like even longer since since I got up really early and fixed breakfast. Addie had wanted bacon and eggs yesterday morning and they didn’t have bacon so I got it when I...

The post Breakfast appeared first on Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara.

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March 25, 2019
Orange Cinnamon Waffles from From My Carolina Home

It’s National Waffle Day, and I had an idea for a great new waffle, full of flavor yet very simple to make.  Many moons ago, when I was in college, I worked at a mom-and-pop breakfast diner whose specialty was pancakes and waffles.  Their waffles were light and fluffy with a crispy crust that soaked up butter and still had that crunch.  They were not Belgian waffles, but flatter than the Belgian waffles in other establishments, and big as a dinner plate.  For years I have searched the diners for one like it, without success.  Neither IHOP nor Waffle ...

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March 21, 2019
Loving this quilt... from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 I didn't get everything done that I had planned.  LOL!  I knew that wasn't going to happen.  :)  I did get the binding sewn by hand on the cardinal quilt.  I also got this queen size quilt loaded and about 2/3 of it quilted. 
 I'll have to say that I'm anxious to post a pic of the whole quilt once I get it finished.  This is a customer quilt that is pieced from 10" squares.  The most awesome thing about it is that none of the fabrics go together normally but once pieced together they look ...

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March 19, 2019
The Breville Steamer from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

The Breville steamer arrived today and I think I’m going to love it. There are, of course, huge differences, besides the price. The hole in the right side is where water can be added. On the small Black & Decker steamer I had, in order to add more water, I had to either pour it...

The post The Breville Steamer appeared first on Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara.

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