Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Peep! Peep!

 This week we had our usual Monday sale on Tuesday so folks could enjoy Easter. If the sale's on Monday, the sale barn crew has to work on Sunday, receiving cattle. It was a short sale, as holiday sales generally are, and we were finished at noon. That gave me time to run a few errands and bring home a dozen of these

Every 3 years or so I replenish my flock as the older chickens move into retirement:

This year I brought home 3 Red Sex Links, 3 Black Sex Links, 3 Red Productions, and 3 Easter Eggers.

I hauled an empty water tub into the bunkhouse and set up a little brooder to welcome them home

Hard to believe these little fluffballs will devour a 50# sack of starter in a matter of weeks.

 but they eat nonstop:

You can't even see the feeder when they converge upon it

They are fun to watch - this little one looks like she's praying. LOL

I am easily entertained

I don't know why baby chicks bring me so much joy, but they do!

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Baby Sails Quilt Finish

 Yes, I am sharing a lot of finished quilts lately. I'm not finding much time to sew, but quilts have stacked up at Jackie's for a while. I've picked up 6 in the last few weeks. I always let her know that I am not in a hurry to have them back unless it's something I really need soon and in those cases (twice in 12 years) she zips them out in a day or two.

A quilt top might hang around here for a few years before I hand it off to her so from start to finish, my quilts usually go through a proofing season...or two. 

I do not sew in the evenings because I prefer to spend that time with DH, but I DO generally have a quilt to bind so I will often stitch on that as we visit. 

I bought a fat quarter pack of On Deck fabrics from Craftsy back in2017:

And I paired it with this pattern:

I love having a few baby quilt on hand and I needed some little boy quilts to fill in the gaps and I thought this one fit the bill nicely. I still love all of these prints and this was a quick one to piece:

The little appliqued boats are such fun

I bought 2 of the offered backing pieces and used one for this quilt

Jackie's daughter, Sandy, quilted fun rollicking waves across the quilt and I bound it with a blue from my stash:

At 42" x 48", it's going to be a perfect little quilt to welcome a new baby boy. 


I am ready to empty this bin and I still want to add to my baby quilt supply so I cut the leftover prints into 5" squares and set about making HSTs. I needed some more light background fabric so I added this little print  on the right to finish out the HSTs

And I left a stack of rectangles for a possible piano key border. I am pretty sure there are 2 more quilts hiding in here:

Monday, April 4, 2022

Rhubarb Crisp

 I don't bake much these days, or at least not as much as I used to. I still bake when the kids are here, or when I've got a crew, or when the county works our road, but not so much for just the two of us. However, DH loves Rhubarb and the season is short. I probably should have been growing it in the garden, but I saw some last week and added it to my cart. I could tell the checker didn't know what it was so I told him. He'd never heard of it and I had to repeat it a few times, but I was kind. Then he proceeded to ring it up as Rutabaga. 🤣 The cabbage also stumped him and he rang that up as lettuce. He was a nice kid and I didn't want to embarrass him anymore so I just let it slide. 

The next morning I called my MIL and she dug out her recipe. She is a wonderful cook and so many of our family favorites originated with her.

Rhubarb Crisp

4-6 C Rhubarb

3/4 C sugar 

4 tsp flour

1 TBSP Tapioca flour

*Mix together


1/2 C brown sugar

1/2 C flour

1/2 C butter, melted

1/2 C rolled oats

*Mix together and dot onto Rhubarb

*Preheat oven to 350°. Bake 50-60 minutes. I bake this in a deep dish pie plate for this amount. Serve with ice cream. 

*My MIL uses 1 C sugar, but we love the tartness so I use less. Her recipe also calls for 4 tsp of flour to mix with the Rhubarb, but I love using Tapioca flour as a thickener so I use a combination of flour and Tapioca flour.

So good!

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