Saturday, August 27, 2011

Where Does the Time Go?

Poof! Another week gone. I've been under the weather this past week; caught a summer cold and just can't shake it. But I think I'm on the mend now. My mother says I need to rest more. Just can't do it.

This morning my daughter went out to the garden to pick vegetables. We have an abundance of cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, and summer squash. I needed to do something with all of them! So, I made creamed cucumbers (little mayo, sugar, and cream on sliced cucumbers and onion)- we'll have this with our supper tonight. Then I baked a chocolate zucchini cake (yum!) I've been grating and freezing the zucchini too so that we can enjoy zucchini cakes later this winter. I also cooked up some of the tomatoes with celery and onion; this will be frozen and then used for chili later this fall and winter. I think we're going to have roasted zucchini and pasta with our supper tonight! Veggie heaven. (I should invite Joan over - ha, ha! She doesn't eat vegetables!)

Did any of you watch the premier episode of "The Pioneer Woman" on the Food Network Channel this morning? My daughter and I watched and we quite enjoyed it. I think that I will be making the chopped tomato salad for dinner tonight too (gotta use up those tomatoes!) It looked delicious! I'm going to have to visit her blog more often.

Believe it or not, I have another finish to share with you. I haven't felt like doing much with this cold, but I did get some stitching done. Let me introduce you to Crazy Challenge Piece #10!



Quaker Medallion Sampler
C Street Samplerworks (Ruth Ann Russell)
36-count Summer Khaki
DMC Fibers


It was a joy to stitch. I have another one of Ruth Ann's pieces in my WIP pile that I need to get back to (I Sigh Not for Beauty). I really like her designs.

A week ago, I had the opportunity to sing the National Anthem with a group from work at the Minnesota Twins baseball game at Target Field. What an awesome ballpark. On this particular evening they celebrated Jim Thome's 600th homerun (which he hit at an away game a few days prior.) Unfortunately, this was also one of Jim's last games as a Minnesota Twin (he was picked up by the Cleveland Indians this week.) Here are some photos from the ballpark that night...








The last photo is of Joe Mauer of course!

And for anyone who might be interested - here's a link to the National Anthem that night. Let me tell you that it is an awesome experience to sing our National Anthem in a ballpark like this. We stood behind home plate. Gave me goosebumps!



Before I go...my thoughts and prayers are with my stitching friends on the East coast. Stay safe!

20 comments:

Margaret said...

How cool that you got to sing the National Anthem with your group before the game! Wow! As for your finish -- so pretty! Congrats -- you're really on a roll! Hope that cold goes away and you feel all back to normal soon. I didn't know the Pioneer Woman had a show -- have to watch out for it!

mainely stitching said...

The anthem always gives me goosebumps, which I find such a weird reaction.

Congratulations on your finish! And I hope you shake that pesky cold soon!!

averyclaire.org said...

Glad you are feeling better...the quaker sampler is lovely. Nice work.

Shelly said...

I watched the Pioneer Woman and thought it was great. I plan on making the chicken fried steak. That's a nice finish. You're really getting your challenge pieces down to a nice number!

Mindi said...

You go girl! That's so awesome you sang the national anthem at a baseball game!

I love your finish.

Laurie in Iowa said...

The Quaker sampler is beautiful. Congrats on your finish.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Your quaker finish is beautiful, Cathy - love the colors. I loved hearing you all sing the National Anthem; you sounded beautiful!

Feel better.

CalamityJr said...

What a beautiful arrangement of the anthem. I'm thrilled for you, as that's something I'd love to be part of - congratulations! Feel better soon!

Lois said...

What a lovely finish! I've this one all kitted up and ready to stitch but I just haven't got round to it yet. Something I need to rectify I think.

Siobhan said...

Congratulations on the finish!! It's beautiful.

I always cry or at least choke up when the anthem is sung/played. How neat that you got to sing it at a game!

PW... we don't get the US Food Network here but I'd love to see it on the computer--I'll have to do some searching. I love her recipes--every recipe of hers that I've made has turned out soooo well. I guess I get a bit turned off by the 'gosh golly gee, I'm just a city gal stuck living out here on this old ranch in the country' schtick to be a bit much, seeing as the ranch isn't just the podunk place she makes it out to be. But then, I'm sure I'm just being jealous, too. ;)

Barb said...

Great finish. I love the colors you used.

Karen said...

What fun...singing at the Twins game!

Love your finish... I have this one in the To Do pile and should really move it closer to the top. I rally like the design.

Hope you do feel better....

Gabi said...

That's really cool that you sang the National Anthem at the games. Anthems are somehow so very special. I get goosebumps from it, and no clue why.
Congrats to your beautiful finish. It's gorgeous.
Hope you're feeling better soon and get rid of that nasty cold.

Anonymous said...

I knew that "I don't cook" thing was a hoax! Look at you, creamed cucumbers, pre-prepared tomatoes, zucchini cake - that's impressive!!! So glad you sang with the Chorale. Fun!

Anonymous said...

That comment (above) was from Kristin, not anon!

Beth said...

The Anthem was beautiful - it always makes me tear up - guess I am just a softy. Your stitched piece is beautiful - I have been seeing several of her designs on the blogs I visit, and they are all quite lovely.

Katrina said...

Oh wow singing the national anthem at a baseball game, too much fun and what an honor!!!!

Love your finish!!!! Hope you feel better soon. BTW I watched the pioneer woman, I liked her recipes but I think she's going to have to grow on me, LOL.

Lynn said...

Singing your national anthem at a baseball game must have been a thrilling experience. It sure sounded wonderful.
Hope you're feeling better now. Your Quaker finish is great! You're really putting a dent on those Challenge pieces!

Suzanne said...

Congratulations on your Quaker finish!

Karoline said...

Your Quaker Sampler is gorgeous, congratulations