This was the perfect day to hibernate at home and get started on quilting the Double Irish Chain quilt. I started the free motion quilting around 2:30 this afternoon. I stopped for about an hour to get supper on, to eat, then clean up and get back to it again. I think I have about 7 blocks quilted with a nice celtic knot design. This is also the first time in a long time I am quilting without using invisible thread! I am feeling more confident with each block I make and my stitches are improving. I'm so excited!
I love using the pre-stamped designs. You just sew on the lines following the arrows. Then just tear away the paper
I think I have 24 of these to quilt in all.
I like quilting on the dining room table as I can spread out the quilt better, not to mention be able to watch a movie in the living room at the same time
The results of my first stitched Celtic Knot. Not too shabby! :)
I also realized that I haven't posted a recipe to my blog since before Christmas. This morning I decided to make myself and Trevor some homemade Belgian Waffles!! I took out the waffle maker and hunted through my recipe books for a nice topping. This is what I made! They were sooo yummy! I want to share the recipe with you all! Every now and then it is fun to make something a little more different for breakfast than the usual bacon and eggs! I found the topping recipe from a free recipe book called "Inspired" that a local grocery Store, Sobeys, hands out every season. This one came from the Fall 2008 book. I have made a few recipes from this booklet and we have loved them all!
Let me know if try these out!
Homemade Belgian Waffles with Warm Carmamelized Apples
2 cups all-purpose flour (or whole wheat flour)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 3/4 cups milk
1 Tbsp brown sugar
4 Tsp baking powder
1/4 Tsp salt
Heat the waffle baker. In a medium bowl beat eggs with a wire whisk until fluffy. Beat in the remaining ingredients until smooth. Pour abou 2/3 cup of batter onto center of hot waffle baker. Bake about 5 minutes or until done. Remove waffles carefully.
Will make approximately 10 waffles (freeze any waffles you don't use right away)
Caramelized Apples (Seving for 2)
3 Spartan or Northern Spy apples, peeled and cored
2 Tbsp salted butter
3 Tbsp 100% Pure Maple Syrup
1/2 Tsp cornstarch
1 cup apple juice
1/4 cup brandy (optional) or additional apple juice
1/4 cup dried sweetened cranberries
1/4 cup whipped cream, 35% (optional)
Chop one apple and thickly slice remaining two into wedges. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat until sizzling. Spread apples evenly in skillet and brown on one side. Flip apples over and drizzle with 1 Tbsp maple syrup. Reduce heat to medium and sauté until apples are browned but not scorched, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate and reserve.
Stir cornstarch into apple juice, brandy (if using) and remaining maple syrup; pour into skillet, add cranberries. Increase het to high. Boil mixture until thickened and glossy, about 5 minutes. Return apples and heat through, tossing to coat.
Place 2 waffles to a serving plate and top with apple mixture and whipped cream!
Well I am going to get going. I want to try and get a couple more celtic knot blocks completed before the end of the night!