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Hi All,

How is everyone doing?  We are doing well here.

So one of my assignments here was to create a BlogRoll that lists the blogs that I like to follow – that’s quite a list by the way because there are some great blogs and websites out there.  I will try to do that later today.  This one is more techie, and I seem to be having a blocked moment with techie stuff.  Maybe because it’s just too nice out lately :).

Another assignment was to make a blogging prompt that I had read in someone else’s blog personal.  In other words how reading someone else’s blog post hit me personally.

So I decided to use a post I read the other day on one of my favorite food bloggers – We Are Not Martha.  They are a Web site that I try to check in on at least once a week because they always have great recipes, great drink ideas, 🙂 great craft ideas and a lot of cute stories.  Recently, they did a blog post featuring a recipe from Thomas Keller’s Bouchon cookbook.  The recipe was for Croque Madame and of course it looked delicious (all “WeAreNotMartha” recipes look delicious) but the way that the author talked about this cookbook hit me, and I immediately had to Google it.  I found it on Amazon along with another one of his cookbooks – Bouchon Bakery, and I of course immediately purchased them.

At first I thought I had never heard of this guy before but then when I saw that he was the owner of the French Laundry restaurant, I realized that not only had I heard of him.  I think I already have his French Laundry cookbook…  That’s scary when you can’t recall all of your cookbooks…

I have the same problem with quilting books too by the way :).

Anyways, both of these cookbooks are beautiful!!  Beautifully written and have beautiful pictures.  They look more like coffee table books, and I can’t wait to try some of these recipes.  One of the reviewers for Bouchon Bakery said the cookie on the front cover was the best cookie she’s ever had in her life.  You can’t ignore comments like that – at least I can’t anyways.  He also has a recipe for his version of Ho Ho’s.

Here are some photos of the books and some of the pictures inside.  I apologize for my bad photography.  While the pictures inside his book are beyond beautifully done, my iPhone photos of his photos might be less than perfect.

Bouchon Cookbook

Bouchon Cookbook3

Bouchon Cookbook2

Bouchon Cookbook1

Bakery Cookbook1

Bakery Cookbook4

Bakery Cookbook3

Bakery Cookbook2

Bakery Cookbook5

Bakery Cookbook6

Like I said – really beautiful cookbooks.  I am looking forward to trying a few of his recipes (especially those “Oh Ohs” which are his version of Ho Ho’s), and will let you know how they come out.

Have a great day and Lots of Love!!

Cheryl

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Hi All,

My next assignment is to friend a few neighbors here in the Blogsphere, and I am so thankful for this assignment.

As most of you know, I love to cook and bake, and I am addicted to food blogs.  Through this assignment I was able to get connected with a couple of beautiful food blogs.  One blog in particular caught my attention because they featured an Indian chicken recipe that called for harissa paste.  Harissa is an ingredient that I have been researching after seeing it for the first time in a recipe for Harissa and Dijon Mustard Chicken on Superman Cooks.  This food blog is entitled Cupcakes and Curries and their recipe is the Middle Eastern Roast Chicken with Pearl Couscous Salad.

Now I have two harissa recipes to try.  Is your mouth watering yet?  Always looking for new ways to make chicken, and I really love to play with new spices.

Unfortunately, my acid reflux doesn’t like it…  Anyone know how spicy harissa is?

I also visited a few of the new friends that I’ve made over the last couple of weeks, and I have to say the most creative response to this assignment goes to Around Zuzu’s Barn.  Very creative post – loved it!

Lastly, I thought this entry from Katzenworld was very sweet!

There were many other blogs that I am now following, and I am looking forward to catching up on my reading!!

I hope everyone is enjoying the posts.

Lots of Love!!

Cheryl

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Hi there, My next assignment is to help with targeting a new audience.  Since I am hoping to speak to quilters out there, I thought I would write about my recent trip to the Vermont Quilt Festival.  Here is my post.  Let me know what you think!

How are things going w/you? Things are going well here. I was on vacation for the last week and a half. First, some friends and I went to the Vermont Quilt Festival in Burlington, VT. As most of you know, this was my first time attending this yearly event,  and I was very excited to check out the 80 or so vendors. Spent way more money than I wanted.  But it was a nice and low key trip – no rushing around… Next year, I might take a class, but I’ve heard rumors that if you want to take a class you need to sign on around midnight the day the class schedule is released or else the classes sell out.

Plus if you’re a quilter and you’re anything like me – taking a class means another UFO** hanging around that will probably NEVER get finished….

**Quilters’ slang for unfinished projects

On our way to the Quilt Festival, we stopped at a place called Simon Pearce.  Simon Pearce is a place that does beautiful glass blowing but is also a great restaurant.  We had a nice meal, observed some glass blowing techniques and perused their beautiful shop.

SP Fire

SP Tools

SP Display

Finally – we made it.

The Vermont Quilt Festival had about 80 or so vendors!  OMG…

VQF Vendors

And I said hello to every single one of them 🙂 !!

They also have the most unbelievable quilt show.  I could have taken photos of every single quilt that was hanging there.  Speaking of hanging, there were quilts even hanging from the ceiling!

Hanging Quilts!!

After visiting with the vendors, we walked around the quilt show.

One spectacular quilt after another.  My photos don’t do them justice.  They were beautiful…

Here are just a few of them.

CS -Quilt CS - Ribbons CS - Credit

COL  COL - Credit

I just love bright jeweled tones on a black background!

Hey, does this quilt look familiar?

Tonga Nature Quilt   Tonga Nature - Credit

How about now?

My Tonga Nature

This quilt was NOT in the VQF, but I just finished it and had it hanging in my Guild’s (Rising Star Quilters) yearly quilt show.  It was nice to see the Paula Higgins’ version at the quilt festival, and I loved her choice of colors -very beautiful!

This is the last quilt I’ll show you, but I think it really represents the creativity within quilters.  I just loved it!!

WW Quilt    WW Credit

I could have posted so many more pictures – they were really quite exquisite but unfortunately I know that my photography wouldn’t do them justice!!

The last thing we did was attend a lecture by Bonnie Hunter.  If you ever have the chance to take one of her classes or see one of her lectures, don’t hesitate.  She was such an energetic, hilarious speaker.  I wish I had an ounce of her energy!  The auditorium was packed to see her!

Bonnie Hunter  Bonnie Hunter Audience

After the Vermont Quilt Festival which was Friday through Sunday, I spent the following week organizing my kitchen and basement. I bought four shelving systems that my Dad installed in the basement.

That last part probably sounded like the worst vacation EVER, huh…

I feel pretty good about it though. When we moved here, Jim’s health was in a bad place, so we literally dropped boxes and unpacked the bare essentials so even after almost three years here, I still had boxes to unpack.  But boy do things accumulate!! I cannot believe all the stuff I have accumulated over the years.

My Dad did an awesome job putting together and leveling the shelving.

Now, everything that was cluttering the kitchen counters and cabinets that I didn’t use on a regular basis was brought downstairs and put on the shelves so now I can see what I have and I know where it is. The kitchen looks beautiful – nothing on the counters and even all the drawers have new utensil holders…

Nice and clean…

We won’t discuss the number of boxes of fabric that I have in the attic though – EEEEEEK!!

That’s my next organization project.

Well, it’s getting late, and I think I’m an assignment behind now because I decided to go to bed early last night.  I’ll leave you with a picture of Kendall.  She always likes to lay down with one arm stretched out so I was trying to make it look like she was taking a selfie…  Like I’ve said before, bad photography…

But she just wouldn’t look at the camera!!

Kendall Selfie

Have a great night!  Lots of Love!!

Cheryl

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Hi All,

Since Jim had his heart transplant, I have been thinking about a new direction for the blog.  One idea I had was to devote it to my quilting obsession (I mean hobby) along with posting various recipes that I’ve tried.

Maybe also some gardening posts?  I hear you laughing Mom!!  My Mom has a green thumb.  I do not…

I thought I would give Kendall some more exposure as well.

Quilting, Cooking and Kendall!  Maybe that can be the new name – we’ll see.  Still playing around…

Should be a lot more pleasant than posting about health issues, that’s for sure!! Although I do still plan on giving updates on the healthcare front.  When I first started thinking about blogging it was at first going to be a quilting site but then my husband’s health took a bad turn and I started blogging about the heart failure journey.  We really wanted to connect with others who were having similar health issues. We have met a lot of great people along the way plus it was a great way to keep friends and family updated.

I am looking forward to unveiling the new blog and I hope you enjoy reading it!!

Lots of Love!!

 

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