So, we headed for home yesterday, but not before spending a leisurely morning. With Mike newly re-retired, we're in training for "complete sloth level." It takes hours of practice to attain such a lofty standard of laziness, but we're working hard at it. The morning started with me filling my hand-quilting hoop.
Mainly, I'm just going to quilt up each side of the sashing, and then keep the quilting within the block to a minimum. Now I've moved the hoop to the right, and I did a little more stitching there before quitting for the morning.
For breakfast, we had this Blueberry Dutch Baby. This is a recipe from Food & Wine. I used frozen blueberries instead of the blackberries and raspberries. The little bit of lemon zest in the mix goes nicely with the blueberries.
While I was doing that, Smitty was relaxing on Mike's lap. The best part of RVing for kitties is the abundance of lap-sitting and the acres of quilts on which to lounge.
While I was making the Dutch baby, I marveled once again at the convenience of this little phone stand I purchased a while back. I keep my recipes on an app known as Paprika...which is marvelous, by the way. In the past, I've laid the phone on the countertop, but it's in danger of getting food splatters and water on it. On one particularly messy day, I went in search of a stand that would get it up off the counter and put it at an easier-to-read angle, and found this stand on Amazon.
It is fully adjustable and has a non-skid base...always appreciated in RV travel.
I liked it so much after trying it at home that I bought two more, one for each of the RV's. And just let me tell you, it makes me an even happier camper. If you think something like that would be helpful, you can find one of your very own right here.
After breakfast, we headed for home. It was a nice day, bright and sunny for most of the way, although we did get into some fog coming over the coast mountain range. Smitty was happy to get back to his kitty pole back home.
Since we're taking off again soon, I left the hand quilting project in the trailer and went to work preparing the supplies I'll need for this new Snowflakes project from Mary Corbet's Needle 'n Thread. Her 12 Trees for Christmas were so much fun to stitch, and I found myself itching for more. Mary Corbet obliged with this new series of snowflake embroidery patterns. The snowflakes come in 4 sizes, from tiny to this 6-inch size, which is what I'll be doing. Yesterday, I cut all the background fabric squares and the iron-on stabilizer for the backing. A few days ago, I printed all of the designs onto Sticky Fabri-Solvy. Yesterday, I prepared the first block for stitching. Fortunately, I still had enough of that snowflake background fabric to make these blocks.
This morning, I hooped it up and went to town. These are going to be so pretty. This first one is stitched in three shades of blue floss. The smaller circles on the pattern are filled with French knots. The larger circles will be embellished with tiny ice blue Swarovski pearls.
Today I'll be cooking. Christmas Eve is our traditional Christmas celebration. We gave up the gift exchange about five years ago since the youngest of our family is now 35. None of us really need or want anything, and so the gift exchange seemed superfluous. Now we enjoy one another's company around a festive table. On the menu is roast beast, Burgundy mushrooms, and roasted root vegetables with thyme and marjoram vinaigrette. I especially like the roasted vegetables because you can add some chicken or vegetable broth to them, puree them, and then have roasted vegetable soup from them. Also, garlic mashed potatoes (of course), and a couple of appetizers. Mae is bringing dessert and a salad, and so we should have one great feast!
It's a busy day on the horizon, and the week is going to get busier and busier as we make our final preparations to head south. I'll be back tomorrow to announce the winner of the giveaway and update you on anything else newsworthy. Until then, stay safe and warm and be of good cheer.