I thought I would start out today with the prettiest of my pictures that I have to share. It’s a cake that I made over the weekend that I have been wanting to try. While I am working in the studio everyday, I make the mistake of having the Food Channel playing on TV. Episode after episode the hosts turn out beautiful things, while making lots of yummy noises.
By the end of the day, I am craving all sorts of unhealthy things and feeling much hungrier than I should. I’m not sure why I torture myself, but I continue to do it. After seeing this recipe I printed it and saved it for occasion when I needed something to bring. Last weekend we had a family meal and I got to try it out. In the end, it looked really pretty, but didn’t taste quite as good as it looked. (granted that is a pretty cake, so it’s “face” probably is writing checks that it’s “taste” can’t fully cash, if you know what I mean)
That sums up my husband’s philosophy on those television shows – the food always look really good on camera, the host raves about them, but in the end, Mom’s is much better. Maybe you guys can help us settle this debate. Does anyone else agree with him? We’ll put it to a vote. (Maybe the issue is more that our Moms make some really good food, therefore we have high expectations?)
Just in case you want the info on the cake, here it is. I love the idea of combining chocolate and coffee and the cake was good. I just happen to like my Mom’s chocolate frosting recipe better ;-)
So what else have I been up to lately? I’ve just come home from two quilt retreats, so I have been doing lots of sewing, machine quilting, and binding. Much of the work has been for an upcoming book, so I will show more on that later. I start the photography next week, so I have been busy trying to hit my deadlines.
In the meantime I made a couple more things with Artful Home. (I promise that I will soon move on and make some quilts from something else. I am waiting for my Christmas line to arrive next month, so then I will switch to that!)
I started making blocks for my Diamond Diva pattern.
I decided I didn’t have time to complete the wall quilt, but there are two other smaller options in the pattern, as you can see here.
So, I used those blocks to make this:
Now I have lots of leftover blocks, but at least I have two finished projects.
The runner works well on the island in my little kitchen. Plus, it works out nicely that the Keyholes quilt from my last picture is in the background, to kind of pull things together.
I’m still auditioning the little guy in various places.
These little accessories actually got me started on my love of dark turquoise. I already loved red, but now I love them both together.
Funny how that happens.
I’m off to quilt another quilt that needs to be done by Sunday, so I better get crackin’.
Have a great weekend!