Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas To You All!!!

Hard to believe Christmas is here once again. Trevor had to work an overnight shift for Christmas Eve as well as for Christmas Day. After Bambino was finally put to bed and the last few gifts were wrapped and toys assembled, Mum and I sat down with a nice little glass of Christmas Cheer and relaxed for a few hours. No TV, no radio, just complete beautiful silence.

It is a bit odd this year to be home during Christmas Eve. Normally every year we do a little bit of visiting and gift exchanging then head off to Midnight Mass. With an 8 month old who decided to have some hard teething issues the last few nights, we are home relaxing this year. We are figuring we are going to see a couple of those pearly whites making their debut any day now. Poor little fella he is having a bit of a hard time the last few days. I finally had to break down and go to the local pharmacy at midnight last night to pick up some Benadryl and Baby Advil to help with the pain. He put in a very hard and painful night. Tonight I was more prepared... got the stuff on his gums and some pain meds and so far (keeping fingers crossed) he is asleep in bed with sugar plums dancing in his head!

(William at his Great Aunt and Uncle's home this afternoon helping to prepare supper).

It is now 12:30am Christmas Day. I'm off to bed myself as I want to get up a little bit earlier in the morning before Trevor comes home from work. I'm planning to make a nice big Christmas Breakfast!

At this time I just want to wish you all a very happy, healthy and safe Christmas season. From our home to yours, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Quiltingly Yours

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Getting Ready for Christmas

The past two nights after William was put down for the night I have been in my sewing room wrapping gifts. Over the last year or so Mum and I invested in a 3 small banquet size drop down tables that are great for when our sewing group comes to meet us on Wednesday nights. When they are not here we use those tables for many other uses.

So tonight, with Mum in her apartment with the door closed (as her door opens out into the main sewing room) and me in the sewing room, we worked away on wrapping each other's gifts as well as a few other friends and family gifts.

Here is a Christmas table runner I made just before going to hospital in early October. This will be for a friend of the family.

About a month before William was born, I had a major case of insomnia. I would spend many hours into the morning watching really crappy tv shows and knitting socks! It was something that didn't require much getting up and down (which is not easy with a big belly) and I could just sit and knit. Well since that time, I have made 9 pairs of socks!!! Here are 7 of the socks. The 8th pair is still on the needle. Well I only have about a couple inches to go to complete it.

Over the last couple of weeks while on the mend, I have been sitting to my embroidery machine and stitching out some different Christmas designs. It was something that again didn't require much moving and twisting and turning. I decided to make up two sets of Christmas Bathroom Towel Sets for a couple gifts. Here are the results.

I just love playing with my embroidery machine and found (through an online quilting friend) this amazing site to purchase designs. The site is The Embroidery Library. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! I could spend alot of money on this site! There are always great deals and when you sign up (free membership) you will get weekly emails informing you of various sales and free designs!

I'm hoping either by tomorrow night or Saturday night to take a few more photos of some other gifts I have made before wrapping them up. When I do, I will post a few more.

Until then, it is after midnight here and I am zonked and can't seem to stop yawning. Baby woke up a moment ago for his overnight feeding. He will be good til he wakes up in the morning now, so I'm off to bed!

Quiltingly Yours

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Long Hard Haul

Well I am still here believe it or not, but since my last post back in October it has been a wild wild time!!!!

On October 8th, I was in hospital for a day surgery to get my gall bladder out. All this happened due to being pregnant!! Who knew (til after the birth) that this is a common thing amongst preggy women!! geeez!!!!! A few days later, I got a call from my surgeon saying I had to see him ASAP in his office! We knew for a while there was another issue besides the gall bladder and a few diagnosis possibilities were given to me. When I got that call though I had chills up and down my spine.

The following day I was the first patient in his private clinic. I had a dangerously blocked common bile duct that had to be operated on immediately!!!! The following week, October 19th I underwent a 5 hour Wipple procedure! For those of you who have never heard of this or don't have a medical background, basically I had to get 10% of my stomach removed as well as a part of my pancreas, small intestines, some lymph nodes removed and have the common bile duct cleaned and reconnected to everything again! I was in the ICU for a day or so and then on the Special Care Unit for another couple days before being placed in my own private room. I was in hospital for almost 2 weeks.

This type of procedure is very very rare for someone my age (38 years old). Because of my age and good health practices I had that in my favour in my recovery. This procedure is normally done on people 50-60 years old and more men than women! I am still recovering almost 2 months later and I still am unable to lift my little boy. I am not able to lift anything over 5lbs... (he is now about 21 lbs) although I am slowly working on that and getting my strength back. I am giving myself a couple times each day to lift and play with my sweet William. I am still very tired and find myself in alot of pain and discomfort in the early evenings. But things could be worse... I could be dead....

Thats right, you read that as I said. This issue I had could have become pancreatic cancer if it wasn't detected in time. It is one of the types of cancer that is hard to detect until it is too late. Basically if it wasn't for my little boy being born and giving me gall bladder problems this other issue would never have been detected until one day I went to my doctor complaining of really bad back pain (which I would have thought was pain from a car accident I had back in 2006 and wouldn't have bothered going to the doctor). The doctor would have run a series of tests and scans only to come back to say there was so much cancer on the pancreas there was nothing that could be done and within a year it would be game over!!!!!!!!!!! I went weak in the knees!!!!

THANKFULLY....... I am VERY happy to report I am cancer free. My surgeon called it an "auto immune". Something that (very rarely) just naturally occurs in the body. But if it was undetected there was still the possibility it could have developed into the big "C".

My sweet William has literally saved my life! He is my hero, my world and my universe.

A mother's love is so very strong with their children. The bond is something you can't describe unless you have a child. The bond I have with my boy is just all that much stronger knowing that I will now be in his life for a much longer time than I feared was going to happen. I had to wait over 3 weeks to find out if I had cancer or not! It was the longest and scariest 3 weeks of my life!

Since coming home from the hospital Oct 30th, I have been doing alot of sleeping and resting and getting my strength back. Sewing and quilting has been like a distant memory. I still have many things to complete that I had planned to do for this season. Now that I'm getting a bit more energy, I am also finding I'm having a hard time kicking my butt off the couch and getting downstairs to my sewing room. I have never been one to watch tv or lie around for hours on the couch, and these past couple months thats all I've been doing!!!

(William's first Halloween!! He LOOOOVES frogs! So this just had to be done! I got home in time to see him in his costume and have his first halloween!)

But last night, I finally kicked my butt off the couch and sat to my embroidery machine to stitch out some Christmas towel set samples. I did a bit of binding on a quilt project tonight and finished it!!!! Yippeeee!! I'll post photos later.. shhhh its a Christmas gift!! I'm hoping to try and get to my sewing room each night through to the end of the weekend if I feel up to it and work on some stuff. I have things to get done and time is getting shorter and shorter!!!

I really hope once Christmas is over and we are back to some form of normal, I'll be able to post more frequently to my blog here as I have missed it alot and have missed reading and posting to some of your blogs out there! I'm anxious to get back to posting on projects I'm working on and getting back into swaps and other fun quilting blog stuff I was involved in before William was born and I was so sick. As tradition goes, come the first day of January, I'll take out my project book again and make my list of projects I want to do and complete. AS well as start my Christmas list of the gifts I need to make for next year. With a baby in the house, time is all the more precious and so I'll be starting my gift making by January/February!!! Yep you read right!!! That's how I did it this year, and had it not been for the crazy Fall season I had I would have been all finished AGES ago!!!!

So, before I go, I thought I would also give you a little update on bambino!!! Can you believe he is 7 months already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He started crawling about 2 weeks ago and we can't keep up with him!! And now the new thing is (which he started last Wednesday, Dec.1st), learning how to stand up with the help of his crib railings, chair, or anything else he can figure to use to haul himself up!!!!! I said to him the other night as Mum was giving him his bath and getting him ready for bed (as I still can't do those things myself yet) "William!!!! Slow down!! what is the rush!!! You are growing up wayyyy to fast"!!!! He just looked up at me with that two bottom tooth smile and laughed! Changing him is a REAL challenge!! He is such the wiggle worm and all he wants to do is roll over and start crawling away! Forget putting him on the change table now!!! I'm figuring I might just have to put him on the floor next and sit on him!!! LOL Joking of course!!!!

We took him to meet Santa today and get his photo taken!!! The photographers were amazed how easy it was to take his photo!! He was laughing and smiling the whole time he was in Santa's arms!!!! Poor Santa is probably easing a sore knee right now too as William kept bouncing up and down with excitement! From time to time he would just look up at Santa and take him all in!

He is a very sociable baby! He puts the charm and flirt on everywhere we go! Myself, Trevor and William went out to breakfast the other morning. William had all the dining customers in our seating area in the palm of his hand! He is such a great baby and we are so blessed! The only time he cries is when he is hungry or tired! He LOOOOVES food!!! I make all my own baby food and he sees the spoon coming and he goes APE!!!! We were given a small jar of commercial Squash baby food. He HATED IT! Trevor tried feeding him a couple spoonfuls and William squished up his face and cried! Don't blame him. Trevor and I both tried a taste of it and nearly gagged!!! Guess William prefers Mama's home cookin!!!!!

Well I best be going and get some sleep. I have been suffering from a touch of insomnia the past few weeks. I think my body clock is all fooled up where I was sleeping so much all day and night each day. I hadn't planned to write as much as I did tonight, but I guess I had alot of catching up to do and it just started to flow out of me. hmmm perhaps I should put my insomnia to good work and use it to do some sewing, knitting or blogging!!!!!

Til next time!!

Quiltingly Yours

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Still Here!

It has been way too long since I posted to my blog but for all good reason. I just recently had surgery to have my gallbladder removed due to the pregnancy. Actually the surgery was yesterday. I am home and now on the mend. Between Mum and Trevor they are taking care of sweet William as I am unable to lift him for the next 2 or so weeks. It has been a rough summer illness wise, but please God all will be well again and I will be back on the mend and blogging again in no time! I have so much to talk about and share!!When I have been feeling good I have been quilting and playing in my kitchen and of course watching William grow into the sweet little boy he is!!!

Quiltingly Yours

Friday, June 18, 2010

Still Alive!!!!

Wow!!! It's been WEEKS since I have been able to get here and post!! I have missed all my friends in blogland and feel so out of touch in the quilting world!

I figured with Sweet William taking an early evening nap, I thought I would take a few minutes to post a little blurb on how things have been going as a new mommy and how life is with a baby in the house..

Wow.. where to begin... Sweet William turned 7 weeks yesterday!!!!!! Where HAS the time gone at all!!!! He is growing like a weed and his little personality is beginning to show in different ways. He especially loves music and dancing with his Mommy.
We also joined a great play group of 9 Mommies and 9 babies. In the group there are 3 boys and 6 girls. Sweet William is the youngest and the oldest is a little boy named Kyle who is 7 months old. We meet every Wednesday afternoon for a few hours and each week a Mommy hosts in her house.
His baptism is next weekend on the 27th of the month. His Nana is going to make his baptism gown and his Great Aunt Elsie has knit him a bonnet, booties and a cardigan. I can't WAIT to see him in his Baptism attire. We plan to have a little reception back here at the house after the ceremony.
As for sewing... well not a heck of a lot of time for that these days. I have been making a few little things in between sleeps though. I made a nice butcher apron and pot holder set for a Christmas gift. (yep, I actually started making my Christmas gifts as of February past... knowing the little fella would take up alot of time in the beginning I had to start early)..Although I think with him sleeping a bit more and a bit longer I think the time is coming soon for him to give Mommy some more longer "me" time sessions. Now that he is aware of more things around him he is soooo curious about everything.
I also finished making the first set of one of a kind flip flop tote bags I will be selling this year. Here is a small peek at two of them. I'm hoping Trevor will help me tonight with getting better photos of them so I can sell them online.

Since sewing/quilting has come to a slow crawl, I am managing to get some knitting done though. That is easier to take up and put down. So far I have made 4 pairs of socks and have another pair started on the needles.

As for my kitchen days.. LOL well they too have come to a slow crawl pace... I managed to find a great recipe magazine all on slow cooker recipes. Those work GREAT with an infant in the house.. throw everything in one pot and it cooks all day long and viola cooked supper without the hassle! I have been buying a few other recipe books too for when I do get back to playing in my kitchen. I figure once the little guy is a bit older and able to sit up and entertain himself, I'll roll is playpen in the kitchen so I can keep an eye on him and cook at the same time!!!
Here is a small shot of a great salmon recipe I make with phyllo pastry.. it's one of our favourites.. the rice has spinach and feta cheese through it!

I did add a new toy to my sewing room... my brand new Philips CD/Ipod/Radio boom box!!! Now I can dance and sing when I DO get back to playing in my sewing room again LOL

Well I best get going... I have a little video monitor here that allows me to see my little boy while he is sleeping and he is starting to get a littlel restless... it's time for his evening bottle and bath then he is good for the night. I just wanted to post a little something here to say I am still alive and kicking and enjoying mommyhood!

Quiltingly Yours

Quiltingly Yours


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Sweet William Has Arrived!!!!

It has been over 2 weeks since I posted here, but for all good reason. Sweet William Todd Best arrived into the world Thursday, April 29th, 2010!!!!!!!!!!! It's hard to believe he is already two weeks old today! The time is going quickly and I can see such amazing changes in him already. Momma and baby and doing alright. Momma had to endure over 23 hours of labour and a very hard delivery but we survived! He weighed in 7 pounds, 11 1/2 ounces and as of yesterday during a little weigh in he is now 8 pounds 5 ounces.

Today and yesterday have been two rough days as our little boy has had some nasty gas pains. His poor little body is just crumpled in pain and discomfort. We have had next to little sleep. I have been doing some research online about infants and gas related issues and hope to try a few things. Up to yesterday evening he has been always able to sleep in his crib, but since last night the only place he seems comfortable and able to sleep is in his car seat. I guess he feels better in a semi sit position sleeping than on his back right now to help ease his pain. The poor little fella. I wish I could take the pain from him. I really hope this passes soon. I have read some nasty incidences where the gas pains could go from 24 hours to 12 months!! Ooohhh Help me!!!!!

As for sewing... well .. umm that has now been put on hold for a while. I did manage to get in about 20 minutes a few nights ago on some hand sewing of my hexagon blocks, but then the little fella woke up for a feeding and that was the end of my needle work!!! Sigh.... will I ever get to sew again???? I'm already suffering withdrawls!!!!!!!

Please tell me it will happen!! I need re assurance!!! Don't get me wrong I love love LOVE being a Mommy, but Mommy just doesn't have her own time anymore. I have been soo use to doing what I wanted when I wanted and that suddenly changed. For the good mind you, but I do miss my sewing time already!!! Keep your fingers, toes and eyes crossed that his little gas pains end very soon and we have a happy baby and happy Mommy and Daddy again!!!

Quiltingly Yours

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Momma In Waiting

Still no baby............ Sigh........... Well the due date was yesterday, but with other friends of ours having their babies earlier than their due dates we just want to have our little bundle to hold. The waiting is driving us NUTS!!!!

This photo was taken last week

Since I last posted I mentioned how my energy level is next to nil and I have also been dealing with a bad case of insomnia. Oohhh and my favourite, MAJOR MAJOR itch/scratch fest all over my body!!!! I had that checked out already as it is a sign in some pregnant women of liver issues that could be both dangerous for momma and baby, but thankfully I don't have that. However, doctors have said some women get a very bad case of the itchies all over their body and the only way to help relieve it is through calomin lotion and oatmeal baths. So each day and night I soak in what I call "a bowl of porridge" for 20 at a time, then lather up my feet especially with calomin lotion to help relieve me for a little bit. My poor ole feet, ankles, legs and now arms and wrists are scratched up and cut up from scratching so much!! If the old saying was true that if you had an itchy hand and you had to scratch it, I would be multi millionaire!!!!! LOL

Back in my last post I mentioned I really didn't have much energy to do much sewing or cooking and spent much of my time lying around on the couch watching movies or sleeping when I was able to drift off. However since then I have been getting little energy spurts (I hear it's a sign of 'nesting') and I have found it really keeps my mind of the insomnia and the long long long time it is taking for this baby to arrive. So during those times, including in the wee hours of morning when everyone, including the dog is asleep, I have been working some some hand projects while watching some really bad bad tv shows. I'm not a tv person, and I have to say there is alot of crap on both day and night. However, saying that I have found a really funky show called "Cake Boss" that comes on Monday nights. This guy, named Buddy makes the most INCREDIBLE cakes! Last week he made a life size Nascar car out of cake and cereal treats!!

Anyway, I am getting side tracked... so yeah, hand sewing projects and other stuff.

I think I mentioned also some time ago that I planned to get a really good head start on making my Christmas gifts early this year. With a little baby soon on the scene, I won't have as much sewing time as I normally do, so I have managed to get a good head start on the gift making.

I showed you some time ago the center of a sewing machine cover I am making. Well it is almost complete. I just have to sew the binding around it and then it is ready for photos and to share here with you.

Next up, is Mum modelling this Butcher Apron with matching pot holders! Butcher aprons are fun and easy to make up. I thought a bit of seminole would do the trick up against the black apron fabric. I love this style apron and I think I might need to make a couple for myself before the year is out!

I have also got into a sock knitting craze!

I have been off work now for 4 weeks, and in that time I have 3 pairs knit and complete with a 4th pair now on the needle!

I am not straying too far from home these days in fear that I will start labour or my water breaking in public, but the other day I had such a bad case of cabin fever I HAD to get out of the house. Mum and I headed to a local wool shop here called "Wool Trends" I ended up picking up enough wool to make another 4-6 pairs of socks!!!!!!!! LOL

Finally I got a good start on the one of a kind summer flip flop bags I have been making for a few years now. I have 7 cut out and embellishments picked

and 2 complete. Here are two of them.

I figured if I keep myself busy, nap when I can the time will go by faster and my little boy will be here!!! Keep your fingers crossed something happens soon, cause I am ready to claim my body back now!!!!!!!!

Quiltingly Yours

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Waiting... Waiting

Sorry for not posting recently, but I'm starting to slow down a bit due to my pregnancy almost to the end. I could pop anytime now and I'm finding I am not doing a heck of a lot both in my sewing room or my kitchen these days. Although saying that I have been doing some small hand sewing projects and knitting. I can work on these things while resting and propped up on pillows on the couch or in bed. My energy level is shot right now LOL.

We are anxiously waiting for William's arrival. Things are starting to progress in that department (so says the doctor), for now it's a waiting game. I so want my body back now!

Lisa had her baby April 9th. She had a little girl. She was a week ahead of me!!!

Quiltingly Yours

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Odds and Ends

I did a little more nesting yesterday by taking the vacuum to the house, cleaned the bathroom, and made two new loaves of bread. One is a cornmeal bread with fresh herbs and ooooooooooh it is sooooooo yummy!!! Tonight I'll put on a multigrain bread in the machine. I also made a big pan of chicken enchiladas for supper last night.

They freeze well so I have a few more meals of enchiladas to add to the freezer food!!! I think I'll tackle my chicken and broccoli casserole on Thursday.

I mentioned the other day that I was working on some redwork for the center of a sewing machine cover I am making my aunt for Christmas. Well, here is the finished center. Tonight I will cut out the rest of the fabric pieces to assemble the cover together.

I also started on another pair of knitted socks.

I plan to make up a few different pairs of knitted socks for Christmas gifts this year. I figure they will be easy little projects to work on while taking care of a baby. It is also something I can work on during the summer months while relaxing out on the patio deck.

The Flip Flop Bag fabrics are finally all prewashed and half of them are pressed and cut out. So far I have 6 bags cut and ready to go on the serger. I still need to cut out the the flip flops and liners for each bag. I hope to get back to them tomorrow afternoon.

Well this is a short post tonight as I want to get an early start on cutting out the machine cover. I hope everyone had a nice Easter break this past weekend and you didn't OD too much on chocolate!

Quiltingly Yours

Friday, April 2, 2010

Good Friday Tidings

Not alot went on today. In fact I slept for most of the day!

The weather here was absolutely beautiful! It was sunny and temperatures went to a nice 15 degrees celcius!! That is fabulous temperature for this time of year here in Newfoundland! Trevor and I are just itching to get the patio ready for the summer season! From what the forecast is predicting, we are to have a nice sunny and warm Easter weekend. We might be crazy enough to get some of the patio ready. We have two mini patio size greenhouses this year and we are biting at the bit to get our veggies and herbs started!

I decided to start up another Christmas gift today.. Yep you read right, I am working on this year's Christmas gifts now! Hey, with an infant on the way, my time will not be my own when I want it to be, so I have to start early! I already have one gift completed! This next one I'm doing will be a sewing machine cover for my aunt. The center of the cover has a little bit of redwork embroidery work to it so I have that to stitch first. I will post a photo of the center when that part is completed. I plan to work on it again for a bit after I post this message.

Being today is Good Friday, it is a meatless day for us. Trevor and I opted out for the traditional ordering out of fish and chips and went on a more healthy route. I made up my homemade cod au gratin with a Ceasar salad on the side. I think I posted this recipe before, but I thought I would post it again. It is so easy to make up. I made up extra today so I could freeze it for later meals.

Cod au Gratin

3 lbs fresh cod fillets
3 Tbsp butter
3 Tbsp flour
2 cups 1% milk
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
Pepper to taste
3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 tsp savoury (dill or tarragon are good to use as a substitute)
1 1/2 cups shredded medium cheddar cheese
1 cup cracker crumbs
1 Tbsp olive oil

Scald the milk in the microwave for about 4-5 minutes. In a medium saucepan add the butter and flour and cook together for 2 minutes. Slowly pour in the scalded milk whisking constantly. Cook until the sauce begins to thicken. Add the lemon zest, Dijon mustard, savoury and pepper. Add the parmesan cheese just before pouring on the fish.

Arrange the fish in the bottom of a greased 9x9 inch baking dish. Pour the sauce over the fish and top with cheddar cheese.

Mix the cracker crumbs with the olive oil and sprinkle over the cheese. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour in a 350 degree F oven until bubbling and the top has evenly browned.

Well nothing more to report since my last post. I'm heading back to the living room for another hour or so to do some more embroidery work.

Happy Easter Weekend Everyone!

Quiltingly Yours

Thursday's Musings

I lost track of the loads of laundry I did today! Along with our regular weekly wash, it took an additional 3 loads to wash all the baby clothes, wash clothes, receiving blankets and everything else! It all got sorted into sizes and are now stored away in the bureaus. I also picked out 3 outfits to take with me to the hospital for the little guy to wear. My knapsack is already to grab and go on the big day!

Hopefully this weekend Trevor will get the base outfitted in the car for the car seat. Hey I could pop at any time now and we need to be ready!

I also managed to clean out all the stuff that was in the crib from the 2 baby showers and other stuff that was accumulating there. There is now room to put the baby in there!!

Here is the whimsy little monkey that sits at the bottom of the crib to keep him company. I just LOVE this little guy! Trevor found him at our last trip to Toys R Us and he couldn't resist!

I can't remember if I mentioned already how I was going to quilt the crumb quilt. Originally I thought in all my insanity I would hand quilt it.... well..... I've changed my mind. I have decided to free motion machine quilt it instead. It is a HUGE quilt and I just want to complete it now! Once the preggy belly is gone and I can get down on my hands and knees on the floor to layer and baste this bad boy, it will be on the machine.

Prepping my pattern designs for free motion quilting later on.

I also worked on tracing 357 hexagon templates for my Grandmother's Garden quilt I'm handsewing. Yep once again another insane production of mine!!! I'll be heading to the mental I'm sure after these two quilts are done! Between last night and this afternoon (hey my laundry room is just off from my sewing room, so while doing wash I can be productive) I traced out more templates. I also spent an hour or so this afternoon on my EQ6 software and quickly drafted how my Grandmother's Garden quilt will look like. I have 913 background/spacer hexagons to cut out and hand sew!! hee heee.. Yep... I have officially lost my marbles!!!!

I spent a little while last night pulling fabrics to get started on making and selling my one of a kind flip flop bags. I sold a pile of them about 1 1/2 years ago. I had someone message me the other day who ordered one from me 2 summers ago that they want to order two more! For the moment I have 8 different bag fabrics figured out and my flip flops traced and ready to go. I just need to wash up the fabrics and have them cut and assembled. I'll show the finished results soon.

Yesterday I also tried out a new breakfast recipe. I made a Mexican Frittata. I have never made one before, but I must say it turned out very yummy! I do think the next time I make it I will add a little more seasoning to it as it still needs a little something extra for kick!

Here is the recipe if you wish to try it!

Mexican Frittata

2 whole medium potatoes, peeled
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp minced garlic
5 large eggs
1 Tbsp of chopped fresh chives (or 3/4 tsp dried)
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 cup salsa
1/4 cup finely grated medium cheddar cheese

Cook potatoes in water and salt in medium saucepan until tender but firm. Drain. Cool. Cut into thin slices.

Heat olive oil in non-stick medium pan on medium. Add garlic. Heat and stir for 2-3 minutes. Layer potato slices in pan. Reduce heat to low.

Beat next 4 ingredients with whisk in medium bowl until well combined. Pour over potato slices. Cover. Cook for 20-25 minutes until egg is set. Remove from heat.

Spread salsa over the top of the frittata. Sprinkle with cheese. Place frying pan on top rack in oven. (SEE NOTE BELOW) Broil for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from oven. Let stand for 10 minutes. Cut into 8 wedges

NOTE: to avoid damaging frying pan handle in oven, wrap handle with a damp tea towel or foil before placing under the broiler.
Also you can you a cast iron skillet, which is what I used.

I also managed to finish my formal dining room placemats the other day. I meant to post them earlier, but I forgot to take a photo. I finished them 2-3 days ago!

I have been suffering insomnia on and off now for the last month or so. I had a bout of it last night and never got to fall asleep until after 3am. I am finally starting to feel tired now (it's after 1am here), so I think I'll get the photos uploaded, post this puppy and head off to bed. If the sleep gods are in my favour I'll be in la la land very soon! Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Quiltingly Yours