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Oh baby it’s cold outside…

Big Old Oak tree

Big Old Oak tree

So I decided that I was going to write a post about warmer things. It will be mostly pictures of warmer, sunnier days. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of the seasons of the year and living in the Northeast gives us the opportunity to experience them all.  So here are some warm memories.

Bonfire at the beach

Bonfire at the beach

I love the memories that we make in the summer at the beach.

Columbine

Columbine

Iris and Poppies

Iris and Poppies

I love the beautiful flowers in my garden.

wonderful memories with people we love

wonderful memories with people we love

The beach, the pool, the fourth of July!

the beach

the beach

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4th of July

4th of July

the pool

the pool

Just a reminder that the snow will melt and the winds will warm and more memories will be made.

In the mean time stay warm, bake bread, make soup and cuddle under homemade quilts.

Be Kind…

Faith

Latest Quilt challenge….

Fabrics for Challnge

Fabrics for Challnge

Back in April we signed up for a challenge at Evergreen Quilters – we were given 21 8″ blocks. I wrote about it here – https://quiltingonthecove.com/2013/04/03/faith-in-me/.   I had an idea of what I wanted make but I have to admit that I procrastinated for over a month and then I started cutting and paper piecing the background.  I used my Electric Quilt program to print up several various 4″ log cabin blocks.  My plan was to use the fabrics to make a background for my garden.  The lower part of the quilt is the ground and the steps into the garden.  There is a stone path and as your eyes work upward the sun is setting.  I was thinking of a fall sunset with all of the reds and oranges as the sun goes down.  Ok, so you may need to use your imagination but that is what creating a quilt from a disjointed pile of fabrics is about.

Flower Garden Challenge Quilt

Flower Garden Challenge Quilt

I added bias cut stems and 3 dimensional flowers.  I am really pleased with the final outcome.

3 Dimensional Flowers

3 Dimensional Flowers

I neglected to take a picture of all of the wonderful creations that my fellow quilters made.  Silly me, but they were amazing!!!

I have a ton of projects in the pipeline – several with deadlines.  So I will be very busy in the next few weeks.  I also have pickles to pickle and salsa to make so it will be a crazy few weeks.  Life is good – fall is coming and I am ok with it all.

Be Kind…

Faith

Too many cherry tomatoes….

Too many tomatoes!

Too many tomatoes!

I planted 3 Sweet 1000 cherry tomato plants. So I have tons of wonderful sweet cherry tomatoes. The solution to that is fresh Checca Sauce. This recipe is adapted from Giada DeLaurentis – Everyday Italian Cookbook. It uses a lot of cherry tomatoes and it is fresh and delicious.

Here is the recipe:

12 oz. of cherry tomatoes halved (I used more like a pound)
3 Scallions (white and pale green parts only) coarsely chopped
3 garlic cloves
1 oz. of Parmesan cheese coarsely chopped
8 fresh basil leaves-torn
3 T olive oil
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4 oz fresh mozzarella cut into 1/2″ cubes

1/2 tsp salt and freshly ground pepper

1 lb angel hair pasta

In a food processor, pulse first 6 ingredients, just until tomatoes are coarsely chopped – do not purée them. Transfer to a bowl and add mozzarella cheese and salt and pepper. Toss the sauce with cooked pasta immediately.

Delicious

Delicious

Enjoy!

Be Kind….

Faith

Fun weekend & Mabel visits Maine part 2…

Jacoby Ellsbury hitting a triple

Jacoby Ellsbury hitting a triple

What a wonderful weekend I just had.  Friday night we went to Boston to see the Red Sox.  We met our daughter in Boston, sat at the bar at Jerry Remy’s, had a couple of cold beers and some nachos and just talked.  It was wonderful to have some time to just visit and be silly.  Our daughters boyfriend met us later for dinner and then we went to the game.

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We had fabulous seats and had a really nice evening.  Got back to Maine at about midnight.  Phew long, but great day.  Sadly the Sox lost.

On Saturday our son and his girlfriend came to visit.  Of course they brought their 5 month old, 70 lb. English Mastiff named Mabel.

Mabel is a very large, very sweet dog.  She has her crazy times as do all puppies but then she gives you a big sloppy English Mastiff kiss and all is right with the world.

Mabel

Mabel

 

The weather was absolutely beautiful.  The temps are perfect, no humidity.  We had some wonderful meals together, the kids and Mabel went to the beach for a walk.

A man and his dog.

A man and his dog.

We have determined that Mabel does not like the water.  We tried to get her into the pool but she wanted no part of that.  When we brought her to the beach she skittered away from the waves.  Some dogs like the water and some just don’t.  Mabel is a don’t.

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Mabel thinks that she is a lap dog.  Which is fine now but someday she may weigh in at 150 lbs.

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Mabel loves the yard and the freedom to check out the flowers and the bees.

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She also likes to sunbath.  Overall I think that Mabel likes visiting Maine.  Every time I see her she has grown a lot.  I have to say that I love this dog.  I love her goofy antics when she is chasing a ball and sliding all over the floor.  I love when she pounces on an ice cube and sends it flying across the floor.  She is a puppy disguised in a very large dog body.  Mabel is fun!

 

 

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend also.  I hope it was spent with people you love, that always makes the weekend better.

Be Kind…

Faith

Giving back…

my geraniums are finally blooming

my geraniums are finally blooming

 

I live in a wonderful coastal community in southern Maine.  Every summer our Community Club has a Seaside Fair.  We have local craft vendors, lobster rolls etc for lunch, a bake sale and a silent auction.  The money raised goes the the Community Club to help fund scholarships, and other community activities.  

In the winter when the summer people are gone we have movie nights, bean suppers, pot luck dinners and lots of wonderful gatherings to keep us connected during the long winters that we have in Maine.  It is a wonderful group of sharing people.

I believe in giving back.  I love to bake and I love to sew, so the logical conclusion would be that I would bake something for a bake sale and sew something for the auction table. 

As you are all aware it has been very hot lately – I don’t have central air conditioning.  UGH – my house is hot, but I needed to bake a pie last night.  I figured since I was baking 1 pie for the bake sale I may as well make one for us as well.  Nothing is much tastier than a homemade mixed berry pie  with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.  I used strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries.  YUM!

Two Mixed Berry Pies

Two Mixed Berry Pies

I also made a cute little bag for the auction.  People always ask me how long it takes to make something like this.  It took me about 2 1/2 hours last night.  I am really happy with the way it turned out.  I love to work in bright colors and this just seemed very summery to me.

cute summer bag

cute summer bag

I hope that you are enduring the heat and I also hope that it breaks soon.  It is very unhealthy for many and for others it just makes us cranky.  I sadly fall into the cranky category.

Enjoy the weekend,

Be Kind…

Faith

so much fun….

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My goodness it has been way too long since I have written anything.  Spring/Summer is a very busy time of year.  Gardens to plant, pools to open, beaches to walk on, Fourth of July parties to plan for.

Every year we have a family reunion on the 4th of July.  All of our kids and grand kids come to the house for the 4th of July week – or weekend depending upon when in the week the holiday falls.  This year the fourth was on a Thursday.  By Wednesday evening everyone who was going to make it was here.  Let the parties begin….

We eat, drink and be merry for the weekend and it is a wonderful family memory making time.  I was up early on the fourth.  These are some pictures of my backyard at about 5:45 the morning of the fourth.

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We are so blessed to live in such a beautiful setting.

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I love the American Flag and I fly it proudly and thank those who have sacrificed for our freedoms.

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We had some fireworks in the yard.  The neighbors enjoy them also.  We have had so much rain this year that thankfully we didn’t need to worry about any fire dangers.

I love that we make wonderful memories with our family every summer.  We laugh, play games, and tease each other.  Love and fun are the main themes of the weekend.  Walks on the beach, swims in the pool, and lots and lots of great food.  We are all back to our normal (or not so normal) lives now and basking in the memories of a fabulous weekend together.

Next post will be back to quilting – I have been working on a lot of wonderful things but some of them have been gifts so they have to be kept under wraps.

Be thankful and Be Kind…

 

Faith

One of my favorite times of year…

Today am not going to write much – instead I am going to let the pictures do the talking.

Iris split and transplanted from my neighbor Helen's garden.

Iris split and transplanted from my neighbor Helen’s garden.

What a Beauty

What a Beauty

Some of my peonies.  I love them and so do the ants.

 

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I love the way the purple of the Iris contrasts with the orange of the Poppies.  I would never think to pair these 2 colors together but nature does it and it works beautifully.

 

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My Dogwood Tree is beginning to bloom – when this is in full bloom it is absolutely amazing!

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Some of the pretty colors from my potted plants:

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I hope you enjoyed this little tour of some of my flowers –

When I am struggling with color choices for a quilt, I will look at the wonderful pictures of Spring and Summer.  I usually can find the answer in the garden.  If I would see the colors together in nature then they are OK together in a quilt.  So when you are undecided walk outside – if you see it in the garden go for it you may be really pleasantly surprised.

Rain is coming tonight – we have had way more than our share of rain this Spring.  I just hope that the weather patterns change soon or we will be having a cool, damp summer.  Not good for the gardens or the local seasonal businesses.

 

Be Kind….

Faith