Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Catching Up!

Valentine's Day has come and gone. My Hubby brought me a beautiful bouquet of flowers, and I wanted everyone to see what my friend, Renee sent to me from France. This is a friend, I just recently got acquainted with through our Blogs. She hand made the Valentine and cross stitched an initial "B" on it for me, the bookmark is also cross stitched with another "B" on it. This bookmark I have placed in my Bible and use it daily. The free kit is a DMC kit, called The Sloe Fairy with Aida fabric, DMC threads, needle, chart and picture mount all included. Thank You so very much Renee.
The other photo is a table runner I quilted for my dining room table last week. My friend, Marie, who recently had by-pass heart surgery, was a guest in our home last week and it was easier for me to quilt this table runner, rather than work on my cross stitch. I love patrotic items, and sunflowers! By the way, Marie, is doing very well.
The weather here has turned to Spring! It was in the upper 60's today and suppose to stay this way until Saturday, when it drops down into the 30's again.
The stitching group, for the love of stitching, is doing a SAL of the Beatrix Potter Quaker Sampler. I am stitching on 18 count Antique Ivory fabric with DMC thread 815. A lovely lady, Roberta from Florida is leading this SAL. I have been trying to stitch on mine each Saturday at 3 p.m. and several in the group join together to stitch and have a cup of tea or coffee.
Today, when I came home the mail brought me the wonderful package of goodies I had ordered from Down Sunshine Lane, a great online cross stitch shop. I will share my goodies with you tomorrow.
I want to share this recipe with you today. It is a Paula Deen recipe. Enjoy!
Pine Bark
35 Saltine crackers
1 cup butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
5 (4-ounce) milk chocolate bars, broken into pieces
Preheat over to 400 degrees.
Line a 15 by 10 x 1 inch jelly roll pan with tin foil. Lightly spray foil with a non-stick cooking spray.
Place saltine crackers, salty side up, in prepared pan. In a saucepan, boil butter and sugar for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in almond extract. Pour mixture over crackers and bake for 4 to 6 minutes. Remove from oven, top with candy bars, and spread evenly as chocolate begins to melt. Cool slightly and transfer onto waxed paper. Allow to cool completely.
There is no better exercise for strengthening the heart than reaching down and lifting up another.


Renee said...

Your kindness is so great, Barbara. You deserve friends and their love. It was so friendly to welcome Margaret and her daughter after she had surgery. I'm very glad that she feels better every day. Your table running is wonderful. I would like to know making such a lovely piece but I never tried, and I would not managed to get something satisfying. So I admire what the other clever women are making. Congratulations to you! It's nice that you are part of a stitching group. I don't know any around here, and I stitch alone, but I don't mind. I just share friendship through the blogs. And so it happened that I had the blessed opportunity to meet you. I wish you a lovely Wednesday.

Renee said...

Please excuse-me! I made a mistake: your friend is not Margaret, but mary. Apologies!

Heidi said...

Great job on the tablerunner Barbara! It looks very 4th of July. I love that you are quilting and hope to see more in the future.

Nancy said...

Hi Barbara,

How nice that the paths of you and Renee have crossed. You sound so much alike it was a friendship meant to be! Your tablerunner is very pretty, and your Valentine gifts are real treasures. Thanks for sharing these.


solstitches said...

Hi Barbara,
Your table runner is beautiful!
That's the one I have half made right now. I took the pattern from the Fat Quarter site and really like how it turned out but it's the quilting part that defeats me.
The gift you received from your friend Renee is so pretty.