Friday, April 29, 2016

It is a finish - Red and Grey quilt

naught and crosses quilt pattern
Four borders and I am ready to start backing and pining etc. I am thrilled with it. The pieced border is just the left over bits from making the crosses. I sew a quarter inch away from the cutting mark before I cut the corners off. Gives a whole lot of other blocks.

Am feeling pretty good today. Not only am I happy with this but I got 19/20 for my last university assignment and for the first time ever I trouble shooted the computer and fixed internet problems. Feeling like wonder woman at the moment.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Who found the best treasure?

The school holidays and it is always important to exercise the boys, the dog and me. Out on our hour long walk around the block (which goes past two sports grounds, the bmx track, the pony club, the graveyard and a good section of the Ashley river).

My sister Ruth taught us the game of "who can find treasure" whenever we are out and about. We had not played that for a while but then when we were out crossing the river, on a gravel island, Jakob found a really high quality builders hammer. So the competition began. Eli found a large manuka pole but then also three fence paling's that he could not carry home.

Morris would not be outdone and carried a huge stick on river crossings, up banks and getting stuck in trees. All I managed to get was a bag of gum bark, leaves and twigs to start the fire with.

 We came home and the boys could finally have some more screen time as they had been out being physical. My sister came for lunch and we had a delicious wholemeal bread, blue cheese and grapes off her vines.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Now it is looking like a quilt

Blocks all finished finally.  I had thought nine blocks would be enough but decided that twelve would look good as it would be a more rectangular quilt. I finished twelve but no not enough so went to sixteen to make it square, I had it all done and bordered and realised it was just too small. So a bit of unpicking and making more blocks, now I am happy with the size.  All bordered with a peek a boo border.  Now I have to try and work out how to finish it. Another couple of borders I think but not sure yet what they will look like. Still loving the grey and red look.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sewing the last cross block

Still working on my red cross quilt.  Twice I thought I was done and twice now I have ended up sewing more.  Fingers crossed that this will be it.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Warfedale Tramp

Last weekend Aaron and Jakob decided to do the Warfedale Tramp. So in the morning to limber up and relax they jumped in the hot tub. Then Eli and I decided to make waffles so they even had breakfast in the tub!! 

The Track has had a massive upgrade, thanks due to the Mountain Bike club. It is one of the few areas where mountain bikers can go for weekends. See the bikes to the left of the hut. Because of this you do need to take a tent just in case as the hut only sleeps 8-10 and you can have triple that. 
But a good nights rest was had in the hut with 5 others. 
Gorgeous bush on the top of a rise looking over Canterbury Plains. The track is very up and down. 
As tired as they look, I would have loved to be with them. But everyone has things that they can no longer do.

 Two sticks looking like NZ!!

Happy trampers, ready for their meat pie on the way home.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

A bright quilt finish

My sister and I spent another Saturday night completing quilts for Hope Homes International

Thanks to Hazel for the quilt top. I made a backing and pinned the quilt, Anna quilted it and then I finished it on Saturday with the binding.

When I was in Dunedin last week I discovered a part finished quilt in an Op Shop (Charity Shop), amazingly it had all the material to finish it off. So Anna got busy on that while I backed and pinned the quilt that Jennifer donated.

We were both a bit tired but a great night. Now well on the way to another two more quilts being finished for Hope Homes.

Linking to these places and Crazy Mum Quilts

Monday, April 11, 2016

My new go to dinner after a work day

Lemon and chilli salmon recipe
Wow the most scrumptious meal we have had in ages and so quick to make. Now after a busy work day, this will be it. This recipe was in our local paper Northern Outlook and is a recipe from Nadia Lim in association with My Food Bag. We love salmon here and so to have a different recipe was great. The marinade was delicious and brown rice with broccoli, peas and beans (was meant to be spinach but I did not have any).

While making it we were mucking around with a new voice activated selfie app!!

Pea and broccoli rice:
3 cups steamed brown rice
1 head broccoli
4–5 handfuls baby spinach leaves
1 cup frozen peas, defrosted
1 teaspoon sesame oil
Lemon and sweet chilli grilled salmon:
600g salmon fillets, cut into 4–5 pieces
3 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of ½ a lemon
To serve
¼ cup chopped coriander leaves and stalks
½ a lemon, cut into wedges

Preheat oven to 220 degrees Celsius. Line an oven tray with baking paper. Bring a full kettle to the boil.
Start by cooking the rice to go with the meal. While rice is cooking prepare vegetables; finely dice broccoli florets and about half the stalk; roughly chop spinach leaves. Set both aside.

Pat salmon dry, remove any remaining pin-bones and arrange on prepared tray, skin side down. In a small bowl, mix sweet chilli sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, lemon zest and juice together and spoon over salmon. Roast for 7–8 minutes or until just cooked through, depending on thickness (salmon is best served medium-rare).

Place broccoli and peas in a medium, heat-proof bowl. Pour over boiling water and set aside for 4–5 minutes until bright green and just tender. Drain and add to steamed rice, along with spinach and sesame oil. Fluff up with a fork until spinach has wilted slightly. Season to taste.
To serve, divide pea and broccoli rice and salmon between plates and spoon over any remaining sauce from oven tray. Garnish with coriander and serve with a lemon wedge to squeeze over just
before eating.

Recipe courtesy of My Food Bag. via stuff.

A gorgeous break in Rarotonga

Woo hoo, A holiday with no kids for 11 days. Bliss, relaxing and warm! BTW it was an early 20th wedding anniversary present to ourselves....