Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas and Beef Bourguignon

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.  I had a nice weekend visiting family and seeing how much older all my nieces and nephews are getting.  It is so hard to believe they were just little things when I got married and they were in my wedding or they were in diapers.  Now all but three are taller than me and the last three are gaining.  I will again be the shortest one in family by next year. 

Two of my nephews where quite excited this year to bend down and give me a hug and rest their arms on my head and pretend they could not see me because I was sooo short.  Granted they both did this on their own without each other because one is from my family the other from Brian's family.  I thought that was pretty funny.  I did get my revenge I made sure and kiss them both he he.  I think that will be always be my ultimate Aunt revenge.

Beef Bourguignon
I did get a wonderful gift from Brian.  He normally does a theme for my gifts one year was traveling and he got me a cookbook from around the world and a Japanese block print calendar and learn Japanese on CD (I am still working on that.)  This year was cooking (he really likes it when I cook if you could not tell)  he got me the Julie/Julia movie and Julia's Kitchen Wisdom.  If you have seen the movie you will know that Julie in the movie loves Beef Bourguignon not just any Beef Bourguignon it is Julia's Beef Bourguignon.  So of course after watching the movie this weekend I was compelled to make Julia's Beef Bourguignon. 

After starting at 1:30 p.m. today and eating at 5:30 p.m. it was so freakin' fantastic it was worth the wait.  I know buttermilk biscuits are not french but they just seemed like the right thing to make.  I know I will make this again just on a I want to cook weekends.  I find it relaxing to have a meal that takes so long to cook.  The smell wafting through the house just makes you feel all homey and makes you want to watch an old movie while you wait for the food to be ready.  At least that is what is does for me. 

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and if you do not celebrate Christmas I hope you had a good Holiday and had plenty of family time. 


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Coats & Clark Book No. 180

Coats & Clark's Book No. 180-7This from the Coats & Clark Book No. 180.  It is a very simple patter but would look great with bright colors. 

Enjoy it.


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Tea Towel Tour V

The best gals embroidered towelThe tea towel has been going on since September this year.  I was not able to actually participate this go around because I knew I would be to busy. 

I did instead agree to be a group leader.  It was fun as always and the gallery is fantastic.    My group was winding down and I was a bit sad that I did no participate in the swap, well sulky is more like it.  A couple of days ago I got the best package in the mail.  The ladies in my swap all decided to send a towel around for me.  They are fantastic!!  I thought I would share their lovely embroidery.  Did you by any chance notice they all have bees in the theme.  It really is the best!

I only know two people that did the embroidery so far.  I do hope they will let me know which ones they did so that way I can give them credit. 

Hope you are all enjoying your last week before Christmas. 


Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Bibs for BabyThis is what I am wishing was out right now the SUN!  It has been a cold 12 degrees here with a wind so it is even colder.  I hope in your neck of the woods it is nice. 

Enjoy the Vintage Aunt Martha pattern.


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Vogart 141

141 Cover

This is a Vogart 141 pattern.  I like the little daisy flowers.  I also have the heart apron pattern and the regular apron pattern.  I really should make these some time to use around the holidays.
Vogart 141-8

Hope you all had a wonderful Turkey Day.