Saturday, April 30, 2011

GRANDMOTHER'S LIBRARY: Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

Just finished Bitten. It is so good to have my new contacts!
This Kelley Armstrong novel (which I believe was her first novel) is about Alena, who is quite an anomaly: she is the only female werewolf known to exist.  She is torn between the human world, where she desperately is trying to make a life for herself, and between the world of the pack, where she feels trapped; after all, she was bitten, she wasn't born a werewolf.

Of course there is a love twist. Alena has a human that she loves, but who knows nothing about her. She also has Clay, the werewolf who turned her (whom she was engaged to at the time, but had no idea what he was).  There are some very modest, discreet love scenes, but then there are a couple racy scenes -- no idea why writers feel the need to include some of those details in a book, UGH!

I actually liked the story line, but I do like supernatural thrillers.

Friday, April 29, 2011

GRANDMOTHER'S SEWING ROOM: Baby Quilt from a panel

 I made this quilt for a friend's baby. I started with a panel, added a blue border, then pieced a brown and tan border.

This is a close up of the middle of the panel. Usually baby panels are bright and colorful. These soft, muted tones are just so sweet!

This is what I put on the back.  The jelly fish don't quite go with the theme of the toys in the swing, but the colors were muted, too and I thought they went well together. I used this with a darker piece to make the final border on the front.  And aren't those jelly fish with the eyes just cute as can be??

Thursday, April 28, 2011

GRANNY'S KITCHEN: Missionary Pizza (Rice Krispy Pizza)

I was wanting to send Nathan a fun box of something, and read about making a pizza out of rice krispy treats and sending in a pizza box.

I dug out Mark's favorite rice krispy treat recipe and put on my pizza board that was lined with parchment paper. I wet my hands with cold water to keep them from burning and sticking as I pressed and shaped the bottom.  The next layer was about a cup of melted chocolate chips. If you use milk chocolate rather than semi sweet, you will need to add a dab of butter or oil to make it smooth enough to spread.

I then melted some mini marshmallows with some butter and spread on top of the chocolate. This was the cheese part of the pizza.  The 'pepperonis' are fruit roll ups that I cut out with a medicine bottle lid.  I wrapped all this up with cellophane wrap (not with the pizza stone! lol, I had nothing but the parchment paper circle under it, but you might put a piece of cardboard under it if you want) and put in the pizza box.  I love how there is NOTHING written on Muccuck's pizza box, but they have ordered printed boxes. :o( Oh well, maybe I'll get another box or two picked up before they get the printed boxes in. :o)

I picked up a new pizza box and put the cookie pizza inside. Tomorrow, I am heading to the dollar store to find a pizza cutter to put in the box with it, then it will be shipped to Nathan at the MTC.

My husbands favorite rice krispy recipe (chocolate scotcheroos)
~Boil together 1 cup sugar and 1 cup corn syrup, then remove from heat.
~add in 1 cup peanut butter and 6 cups rice krispies.

This is all I usually do, and hubby really loves it.  The recipes goes on to have you melt 6-oz chocolate chips and 6-oz butterscotch chips over hot water (I use the microwave, but you have to think the book is copyrighted in the 70s! lol) and spread over the top. Maybe next time I will spread the butterscotch/chocolate chip mixture on the pizza rather than just chocolate.  It is big enough to share.

Monday, April 25, 2011

GRANNY'S KITCHEN: Easy Garlic Bread

 Needing to make garlic bread and I hate doing that whole mess with the melting of the butter, cooking it with crushed garlic, slicing the bread and pouring it over and into each slice, wrapping into foil, and cooking. Whew, that wears me out just thinking of all the steps!
The way I make my garlic bread is so much easier and more tasty!!
 If you have french bread, slice it in half and lay it open.  I didn't have any, but had some hamburger buns that needed to be used. I opened them up.
If you have soft butter, that is preferable, but spreadable margarine works. I used some that was not made with hydrogenated oils. Whatever you use, spread the butter on the top of the slices.  Sprinkle with garlic powder and pepper.  You can sprinkle some parsley on that: I sprinkled Italian seasoning on mine.  Then top with a hard cheese. I usually use Parmesan, but this time used Romano.I cut each bun in half.  When doing large French bread, I leave whole and break it at the table.
It only takes a minute or two under the broiler until you have the PERFECT cheesy garlic bread!!


 Here is the quilt I sent for the survivors of the Japanese tsunami.
They quilts went to quilters newsletter first. That gal is collecting them to ship to the editor of a quilting magazine in Japan.
 Don't know if you can tell much, but I embroidered (by machine of course) geisha girls on the dark pink blocks.
Here is another one. I had 9 or 10 different ones.