Posted by Brenda Gorseth | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 28-01-2015
January is nearing the end and that means Valentine’s Day baking is around the corner; I must say, I enjoy baking for it because I have quite a few fun things to bake. First I had to make myself get office work done; cleaning off the desk, paying bills, signing up for vendor shows, and making phone calls. Four different times I walked into the lab, started to work and made myself leave-I am worse than a child at Christmas. When I get sick of the kitchen, you can’t get me out of there fast enough, but if I tell myself I can’t be in there, that’s all I want to do. By lunch the desk looked normal and so rewarded myself by trying recipes, silicone molds (loved them) and variations of recipes I already have tried and liked. I made a large raspberry twist for an appreciation function tomorrow at a bank and it turned out beautifully:
Finally, I made a pasta salad with the aronia dressing I had made for Opie’s gathering; I wanted to see how it tasted so added whatever I could scrounge from the fridge-onion, celery, and Greek olives. If it isn’t in the fridge or pantry, it’s not going to be bought; that is the beauty of a salad. We sprinkled parmesan on the top right before serving;this would be great for a Minnesota Vikings tailgating gig, Harvey Hornets gathering, or any other team whose colors are purple because it really colors the pasta! However, it was pretty good and more veggies could be added as well as meat-but at the end or you’ll have purple turkey and who wants that? Here’s picture of it:
And yes, we still use my grandma’s Corning Ware plates; it’s a piece of her and until they all break, are perfectly fine to eat off of for meals. They may be 70s, but every time my son sets the table I see her and it makes me smile. We throw too many things away because we get bored and then later realize they were an important part of us and pine for them. I hope my sons each get three or four to use when they are married and have children.
Loved quilting class Monday night; we learned how to make a friendship star, log cabin, and flying geese blocks. She must think we are fast learners because we cruised through those three and have more at home to make. I took pictures so I could remember what to do so obviously I’m not as bright as she’d like to think. I think I’ll be calling someone or going to Designer Fabrics on Super bowl Sunday for help. I like how the owner has a little get together that day for those of us who aren’t following the teams. It’s kind of deflating for their egos, I’m sure. Pun intended! Here is one of my squares-can you guess what my quilt theme is? I also appreciate having the class at the fabric store; things are at our fingertips if needed and that is really helpful.
I’m trying to train our dog to bark when the bus comes; if she does, she gets a treat. She did great on Monday, barking both am and pm, but on Tuesday, nothing. I even opened the door to my lab (storm door stays closed-it’s been warm but not that warm) and encouraged her to bark, but all the animals did was meow, stare at me, paw at the door, and beg. I’m sure the smells coming from the oven were driving them crazy, but alas, no bark. I’d take a picture of the cats, but by the time I get the camera ready, they have moved. They’ll stand on their hind paws and lean against the door, watching me work and whining. It’s comical at best and annoying at worst. It isn’t like we’re starving them; all four cats and the dog are healthy looking-I don’t want to say chunky, but they have a good winter coat…
With that another day dawns on the North Dakota prairie-and lately both the sunrises and sunsets have been stunning. That will be the topic of another blog…