What a week this has been! My birthday was on Sunday the 14th, but on Wednesday the 10th I found myself being massively surprised with a surprise party! My friends, who are like family to me, worked with Brad and the kids to really get me good. I can usually see surprises and/or presents coming, but not this time. I was had! Also, I should note that if you are a Pinterest user and have awesome friends like I do, there will be a Pinterest test. The theme of the party was All About Christine, and they went through all of my pins to decide on the menu for the evening. The fact that I had not pinned one vegetable was noted. Although, I did pin quite a few potato recipes, so that counts… right?!
On Sunday I was spoiled rotten. No cooking, whatsoever! Breakfast at my favorite hole-in-the-wall diner, an afternoon showing of Suicide Squad, Pizza for dinner, and delicious cupcakes from a local cupcakery, Smallcakes. I had to share the amazing presents the Mister and the kids got for me (Yay for Amazon wish lists)! Mister picked out The Quilt Block Cookbook and the Round Up tool for me, Josh picked out The Ultimate Guide To Machine Quilting, and Callie found this adorable Les Amis print and a bunch of face masks (not pictured). They know me so well!!
One day before my birthday I added the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker to my Amazon wishlist for Christmas. I was blown away to find that the Mister had purchased it for my birthday the week before! I am super excited about this, but my first use of it was an epic fail. I tried cooking rice according to the book directions, but it was a gummy, mushy, ucky mess. SO GLAD I had Minute Rice in the pantry!! I have done some research and realized it either cooked too long, had too much water, or both. I hate to “play” with food to find what works right since that is so wasteful, but I am going to make another batch tomorrow and my fingers are crossed that will cook correctly. If you have a pressure cooker and some favorite recipes, I’d love it if you’d share!
I did get the Churn Dash quilt assembled and put the borders on. Up close I really love how it all works together, but it looks very soft and almost pastel because of the print used for the snowballed corners and the border. I have grown to love it though, and while it probably won’t work as I envisioned in the living room of the Oregon House, it will go great in the upstairs bedroom. I am excited to get this one done and start on another quilt with some of the new fabrics recently purchased. This week I will make the backing, baste the quilt and begin quilting. It would be awesome if I could finish the quilting by next week, but it’s hot here and I’m not sure how much quilting I will want to do in this heat.
This week’s To-Do list:
- Piece backing
- Baste Quilt
- Begin Quilting
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