SEWING CABINET

After three years – it is finished!  What a beautiful piece of furniture it is!  My husband proved himself to be a good woodworker.  The cabinet holds my embroidery unit and hoops and the hard cover for my sewing machine, plus a wooden insert that can fill the place where the machine sits.  It goes up and down with a touch of the button as it is powered by electricity.  We bought the electric lift at a quilting shop ( Stitch-N-Time ) in Greencastle, Pa. and moved it and  all the pieces  to Cleveland where he finished it.  The four drawers are filled with all my sewing supplies and tools.  The leaf in back can drop down when I do not need it to give me more space in the sewing room and as you can see from the pictures, the side shelf moves in and out and will be just right to press on and to help hold quilts as I quilt them.  Also it doubles as a cutting table as it is a bit higher than most cabinets.  It is oak and  finished by using filler and clear varnish.  It measures 25″ wide and 81″ long.  With the leaf it is 49″ wide.   As you can see it is on large castors for moving it if necessary.

Sneak Peek

The sewing cabinet is ready to clean and come into the sewing room.  Maybe Monday or Tuesday.  I have a wall hanging all ready to stitch the applique in place and then get it ready to quilt.    I will post pictures of the cabinet when it is in the sewing room.  It is hard to get a good picture in the wood shop as it is pretty crowded with that in the shop.

WE PICK RICK!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  That being the case, this picture tells you who should be our next President.  He may not be the liberal medias pick, but he should be ours.  It is interesting to note that he shines in the debates in spite of the media spending most of the time on Mitt and Newt.

PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE ( So they say)

I am so looking forward to being able to be back in the sewing room sewing and quilting instead of ripping wallpaper and painting and such.  It will be a glad day when Sonny brings that new sewing cabinet in and starts putting it together.  It is too large to fit around the corner into the room, so it will have to be brought in in pieces.  The room is painted and ready for that day.

HERE COMES WINTER

This is the first significant snow of the season.  It looks like winter came while we were sleeping last night.  You can see from the pictures that the snow flakes are pretty good size.  Earlier this morning they were almost like rain yet.  It is 19 degrees on the back shed thermometer.  Praise God for the invention of snow blowers!

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies – Whole Grain Gourmet

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies (with Honey)

Ingredients:

Dry ingredients

1 cup whole wheat flour (a pinch more depending on the moisture of the mix)

1 1/2 cups of Large Flake Rolled Oats (smaller flake is ok too)

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 Tbsp Cinnamon (I actually use about 3 Tbsp–got to love cinnamon)

1/2 tsp Nutmeg (optional)

Wet ingredients

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup oil (corn, grapeseed or olive) * you can also use some applesauce to replace some of the oil if you wish*

1 Tablespoon Molasses

1 egg (beat with 1 Tbsp Water)

1 tsp Vanilla

Yummy ingredients

1/2 cup raisins (1 cup for my Dad’s batch)

1/2 cup walnuts (more for my Dad’s)!!

Preparation:

In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together.

In a medium bowl, mix all the wet ingredients together. Hint: when measuring out the honey, spray the measuring cup with oil or baking spray–your honey won’t stick).

Mix the wet stuff with the dry stuff. Add the raisins and walnuts and mix. If the mixture seems too wet, add a bit of flour. If it isn’t binding together very well, you may wish to add an egg white.

COOL the mix for 20 minutes in the fridge.

Preheat the oven to 335 degrees (lower temperature due to the honey in the recipe which will burn more easily).

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto your baking sheet (I recommend lining the baking sheet with parchment paper). Press down with a fork to ensure even cooking.

Bake for about 15 – 20 minutes or until golden on the bottom of the cookie. The cookies freeze very well and make a great snack! Enjoy.

via Healthy Oatmeal Cookies – Whole Grain Gourmet.

FUN NIGHT

Our Needlework Ladies meeting  was filled with show and tell tonight.  We had Rhonda teaching us how to make a quillo, Evan was knitting a beautiful mitten and hat set, Megan was working on a wool roving project and showed us some cute little creatures she had made, Tina has been making wool felt projects, one framed for hanging and another was a beautiful table runner.  Sanica had made an adorable dress and matching pants for her daughter and tonight she made a quillo.  Rhonda brought cupcakes from her Birthday.  Thanks ladies!