24 February 2012


At last!!! I have finally added three more "Swoon" blocks in with the others. What do you think?
It sure is a crazy mix of colors.  It's my Circus Swoon! (Or at least that's what I think to myself when I look at it.) My favorite blocks are the orange/blue ones.  I think a whole Swoon quilt of those would be really something special.
Three more blocks to go! 

19 February 2012

English Pudding

Most Saturday mornings at my house begin with a hot bowl of English pudding for breakfast. My mom used to make this for me and my brothers and we always loved mixing in our favorite ingredients. My childhood favorite was frozen raspberries; they begin thawing immediately in the hot pudding and leave streaks of color as you stir them.  I'm also a big fan of banana slices.
It takes ten to fifteen minutes to make, and you'll feel mighty fancy starting off your day by tempering something.  Let's get started!
Ingredients (2 servings)
  • 1 C. milk
  • 1/4 C. granulated sugar
  • 3 T. flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T. butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Fresh or frozen fruit 
First, put the milk in a microwaveable bowl and heat for about 5 minutes. In the meantime, mix the eggs, flour, sugar, and salt together in a small bowl with a wire wisk.
Now for the tempering!  The goal is to combine the egg mixture and hot milk without making scrambled eggs. Begin by pouring a little of the hot milk into the egg mixture while simultaneously stirring.  Add a little more milk--I probably end up adding 1/2 cup of hot milk to the egg mixture in total.
Now that the egg mixture has been "warmed up" a little, you can go ahead and incorporate it into the big milk bowl.  Just make sure you are stirring the milk as you pour the egg mixture in. 
Put the big bowl back in the microwave and cook in 30 second intervals, stirring the pudding in between intervals. Make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl since that is usually where it starts to thicken first.
Once the pudding is thickened, add the butter and vanilla extract and stir well.
Divide among bowls and serve with your toppings! Easy peasy!

08 February 2012

Swooning in February

Let the scrap liquidation commence! As I mentioned in a previous post, I have banned myself from buying any more fabric until I can use up some of my existing supply.
The first project I'm working on is "Swoon" by Camille Roskelley.  It's going to be colorful!
Three blocks down, six more to go...