Wednesday, September 30, 2015

On the Eight Day

Time to say goodbye to September on our Eighth day of Autumn. I think September was a beautiful month. I hope October is comparable!

And now for the next exciting verse.

 On the eight day of Autumn My true love gave to me…

Eight Salted Caramels
Seven Crunchy Leaves
Six Pumpkin donuts
Five G O L D E N Gourds
Four Halloween Oreos
Three caramel apples
Two Candy corn  AND
An Acorn from an old oak tree


Here is information on an upcoming class focusing on the work of Rebekah L Smith.

for a look at her style. If you have her book you know what great projects she has provided.

On Monday October 19 from 10-4 we will spend the day creating our own versions of her patterns.

I will have wool available to you and the floss that she uses. The cost is $20.00 and includes lunch. I need to you sign up so I know what supplies to have ready.

NEW WOOL APPLIQUE Project Book: Inspired by by PrimFolkArtShop:

Her Work:

Some of the designs in her book.


I'm happy to tell you that I have received a shipment of Blackberry Primitives wool. Here are a few pictures.

They are beautiful. I know some of you wanted to know when they arrived. They will be available today if you let me know when you can come. They will also be available in class Thursday and Friday.


I've also dyed some fabric and cheese cloth in pumpkin colors. This picture shows a much lighter color than they really are.

I have some Robyn Pandolf fabric and Fat Quarters from my days at The Quilting B that I am ready to share.


This darling fall bucket list is perfect for checking off all the fun fall activities there are to do, and it makes super cute fall decor too!:

Fall Bucket List Template:


Portland MAiZE (Corn Maze)

Location - 
16511 N.W. Gillihan RoadPortlandOR 97231
Neighborhood - Near the City
Categories - AttractionsFamily Fun
Get lost in the MAiZE!  Located at The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island, these 5 acres of twists, turns and dead ends are sure to challenge children and adults alike! Visit the website and check out these fun things to do while at 
the farm
Pumpkin Patch Maze1
Tour a local brewery and have fun sampling all the heavy fall and winter brews.
Harvest your garden or hit the farmer’s market and buy ingredients to make your own salsa based on your personal tastes — corn salsa? Super spicy salsa? Salsa verde? Make a big enough batch that you can can or freeze enough to eat all winter.
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Make a nice dinner at home. Serve pumpkin and bacon pasta.
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 140g pancetta or bacon, cut into cubes
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 25g butter
  • 500g/1lb 2oz pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and diced
  • 20g pack fresh sage, finely shredded
  • 400g pasta (we used penne)
  • 25g freshly grated parmesan
  • Heat a heavy-based saucepan, add 1 tbsp olive oil and pancetta or bacon, then cook for a few mins. 
  • Add remaining oil and the onion. Cook for 5 mins, until the onion softens and the pancetta is crispyStir in the butter, then tip in the pumpkin or squash and sage. Mix well to combine, then season. Cover and cook for 6-8 mins, stirring occasionally until the pumpkin is soft, but not falling apart
  • Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to pack instructions. Drain and add to the pumpkin mixture. Stir in the parmesan and season. Serve in pasta bowls sprinkled with extra parmesan.

Thank you for looking in again. I hope to see you soon. Betty      503.680.7436

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Seventh Day of Autumn

I heard that today is National Coffee Day! 

The Best Coffee Freebies You Can Get Tomorrow for National Coffee Day

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And now for our Autumn Anthem

On the Seventh day of Autumn My true love gave to me…

Seven Crunchy Leaves

Six Pumpkin donuts

Five G O L D E N Gourds

Four Halloween Oreos

Three caramel apples

Two Candy corn    AND

An Acorn from an old oak tree


Hood River Valley Harvest Fest

October 16-18, 2015
Hood River Event Site

Lots of fun things to do.

Enjoy the best Portland events, festivals, and things to 

do with this calendar of events.


"For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together.  
For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad."-   Edwin Way Teale

"Delicious autumn!  My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth
seeking the successive autumns." 
-   George Eliot

"A few days ago I walked along the edge of the lake and was treated to the crunch and rustle of leaves with each step I made.  The acoustics of this season are different and all sounds, no matter how hushed, are as crisp as autumn air."-   Eric Sloane


Got this in my email last night.

Posted: 28 Sep 2015 08:03 AM PDT
a simple four patch in cheddar and black......

And she generously provided the pattern

cheddar and black four patch....
cut ~ 1&1/4" squares.....

for larger four patch....
cut ~ 2" squares from together with cheddar and black four patches....

alternate squares cut ~ 3&1/2" squares

~ cut 3&7/8" squares, cut once diagonally for setting triangles and corners....

side borders are cut ~ 2&1/2" wide.....
top and bottom borders are cut ~ 3&1/2" wide.....

I hand drew a pumpkin in one of the alternate squares, filling in in with cross stitches for fun.....

enjoy ~ cheri


Blackbird Designs Blog with cute project pictures.


I got this recipe from a friend and it is GOOD!!

BLT Chopped Salad with Corn, Feta + Avocado




2 cups butter lettuce, chopped
2 cups fresh arugula, chopped
1 pint grape tomatos, quartered
4 slices thick-cut bacon, fried and crumbled
1 cup sweet corn
1 avocado, chopped
4 ounces feta, crumbled
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 lime, juiced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper


As a note, to chop my lettuce I like to lay it out on a big cutting board and just continuously run my knife through it (in all different directions) until it's chopped as much as I like.
In a large bowl, combine lettuce, arugula, tomatoes, corn and avocado. Add in salt, pepper, olive oil and lime juice then toss well to coat. Fold in bacon and feta then divide evenly amount 2 plates. Serve!

Enjoy another wonderful day and I'll see you tomorrow.   Betty

Monday, September 28, 2015

On the 6th Day

Did you see the moon last night????

Here we are already 6 days into Autumn. I think it is beautiful.

Now for the next verse of our theme song.

On the Sixth day of Autumn My true love gave to me…
Six Pumpkin donuts
Five G O L D E N Gourds
Four Halloween Oreos
Three caramel apples
Two Candy corn  AND

An Acorn from an old oak tree    

Bet you can't wait for tomorrow!!!
Pictures from our Spargonian Class on Saturday.

Kelley has been working on a couple of projects.
And another that she sewed together. It's the Sewing Case designed by Sue called Firefly.

Cindy has blocks sewn together and 

more ready to join.

My little bird is number 20 of 30

Gail is embellishing 

And has a pin keep ready to sew together

You are invited to join us in the Spargonian class. It's the 4th Sat. of each month. 


Our house is getting more decorations. Loren brought home corn stalks on Sat. It's looking good!!


Here is a really good recipe that I have made with success!

1/2 stick Butter, softened
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 Tblsp. Grated Orange Peel
2/3 cup Semisweet Chocolate Mini Chips
2/3 cup Almonds
1 1/4 cups Sugar
4 Large Eggs
2 cups Flour

1.  Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly grease & flour a large cookie sheet.
2.  In a large bowl with mixer on high speed, beat butter, 1 cup sugar, the orange peel and baking powder until well blended.
3.  Beat in 3 eggs.
4.  On low speed, beat in flour just until blended.  Stir in chips and nuts.
5.  Turn dough out on a well-floured work surface (dough is sticky).
6.  Divide dough in quarters.  Roll each portion into a 9-inch log.
7.  Place logs 3-inch apart on prepared cookie sheet.
8.  Beat remaining egg in a small bowl with a fork.  Brush on logs, then sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup sugar.
9.  Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown.  Let cool slightly.
10.  With a long, sharp knife, cut each log diagonally in 1/2-inch thick slices.
11.  Arrange slices upright on cookie sheet.  Bake 15-17 minutes longer until crisp.
12.  Remove cookie sheet from oven and turn cookies to brown other side.  Bake for 10 more minutes.
13.  Remove to a wire rack to cool (cookies will get even more crisp.)
14.  Store airtight at room temperature up to 3 weeks or freeze up to 3 months.
15.  Makes about 72 biscotti


I thought you might find it interesting to know a little about how the Jewish people in the Bible celebrated fall.
Feast of the Ingathering

The Israelites or Jews of the Bible celebrated the harvest with feasts called Sukkoth

Sukkot or Succot (Hebrew: סוכות‎ or סֻכּוֹת, sukkōt), in traditional Ashkenazi pronunciation Sukkos or Succos, literally Feast of Booths, is commonly translated to English as Feast of Tabernacles, sometimes also as Feast of the Ingathering. It is a biblical Jewish holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the month of Tishrei (varies from late September to late October). During the existence of the Jerusalem Temple it was one of the Three Pilgrimage Festivals (Hebrew: שלוש רגלים‎, shalosh regalim) on which the Israelites were commanded to perform a pilgrimage to the Temple.

Sukkot has a double significance. The one mentioned in the Book of Exodus is agricultural in nature – "Feast of Ingathering at the year's end" (Exodus 34:22) – and marks the end of the harvest time and thus of the agricultural year in the Land of Israel. The more elaborate religious significance from the Book of Leviticus is that of commemorating the Exodus and the dependence of the People of Israel on the will of God (Leviticus 23:42-43).
The holiday lasts seven days in Israel and eight in the diaspora. The first day (and second day in the diaspora) is a Shabbat-like holidaywhen work is forbidden, followed by intermediate days called Chol Hamoed. The festival is closed with another Shabbat-like holiday called Shemini Atzeret (two days in the diaspora, where the second day is called Simchat Torah).

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Enjoy the day and I'll visit with you again tomorrow.  Betty

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Day Five and counting

I'm looking forward to our Open Sew class today. It is always an encouragement to see all the projects that are being worked on. I nearly always see one that I think I must start. We feed off each others excitement. I invite you to come to one of the classes, you are always welcome.

I know you are anxious for the next verse so here it is:

Have you been waiting for the 5 Golden What’s….

On the Fifth day of Autumn My true love gave to me…
Five G O L D E N Gourds
Four Halloween Oreos
Three caramel apples
Two Candy corn and

An Acorn from an old oak tree

Autumn Poems

'The Death of Autumn' by Edna St. Vincent Millay

When reeds are dead and a straw to thatch the marshes,
And feathered pampas-grass rides into the wind
Like agèd warriors westward, tragic, thinned
Of half their tribe, and over the flattened rushes,
Stripped of its secret, open, stark and bleak,
Blackens afar the half-forgotten creek--
Then leans on me the weight of the year, and crushes
My heart. I know that Beauty must ail and die,
And will be born again--but ah, to see
Beauty stiffened, staring up at the sky!
Oh, Autumn! Autumn!--What is the Spring to me?
St. Vincent Millay had an appreciation for the darker things in life. Forget about April showers and whatever happens in May, Millay was more of a dead flowers and rigor mortis kind of girl: "But ah, to see Beauty stiffened, staring up at the sky!" Based on this gorgeous and creepy ode, she would have traded springtime for autumn any day. 

'III. NATURE XXVIII. AUTUMN' by Emily Dickinson

The morns are meeker than they were,
The nuts are getting brown;
The berry's cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town.
The maple wears a gayer scarf,
The field a scarlet gown.
Lest I should be old-fashioned,
I'll put a trinket on.
Compelled by the dazzling color palette of her native New England landscape, Emily Dickinson resolves to be fashionable by adding an ornament to her fall ensemble. Although one typically imagines Dickinson staying classy in basic black or all white, the poet wasn't too chic to ignore seasonal cues when it came to updating her wardrobe. Did she opt for a lacquered hair comb? A bright shawl? Chunky cuff bracelet? Forget Pinterest—take a walk down your nearest tree-lined street for inspiration. 

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Really awesome recipe for Banana favorite

site for her current blog

Orangette blog for Molly   Her books that you see on her blog are really good also, I've read them both.

Another blog with Orange in it is  great for primitive things and rug hooking

And here is the actual recipe 

Banana Bread with Chocolate and Crystallized Ginger
Makes 1 loaf or 1 8-inch round cake
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
2 large eggs
3 large ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup well-stirred whole-milk plain yogurt (not low or nonfat)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Set a rack in the center of the oven, and preheat to 350F. Grease a 9- by 5-inch loaf pan or an 8-inch round cake pan with cooking spray or butter.
2. Melt the butter on the stove or in a microwave and set aside to cool slightly.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Add the chocolate chips and crystallized ginger and whisk well to combine. Set aside.
4. In a medium bowl, lightly beat the eggs with a fork. Add the mashed banana, yogurt, melted butter, and vanilla and stir to mix well. Pour the banana mixture into the dry ingredients, and stir gently with a rubber spatula, scraping down the sides as needed, until just combined. Do not overmix. The batter with be thick and somewhat lumpy, just make sure all the flour has been incorporated. Scrape the batter into the loaf pan and smooth the top.
5. Bake into the loaf is a deep shade of golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 50 mins to an hour. If the loaf seems to be browning too quickly, tent with foil.
6. Cool the loaf in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Then tip out onto the rack, and let it cool completely before slicing. The loaf freezes well wrapped in plastic wrap and again in foil to protect from freezer burn.

That's enough information for today! Enjoy your Sunday and I'll see you tomorrow.


Saturday, September 26, 2015

And on the 4th Day of Autumn

It's feeling more Fall-like.. More Oregonish! I like the rain and the clouds and a little splash of sunshine.

Met with some friends yesterday and stitched for several hours. It's amazing how much you can get accomplished when you are working and talking and hopefully listening.


On to the next verse of our 12 Days of Autumn Song

 On the forth day of Autumn My true love gave to me…
Four Halloween Oreos
Three caramel apples
Two Candy corn
An Acorn from an old oak tree      

Now, I need to tell you that it took a long time to come up with these really awesome lyrics so I hope you appreciate all the work I did!!! Stayed tuned for Day just gets better.


Pictures from the Quilt show at Expo...Mostly I go to see the Vendors and buy wool and stuff and then I love to see the Quilts.

For those who enjoy Sue Spargo 

Helene Knott

Simply Amazing

There were so many styles of quilts and so much talent. We should be proud to have such a good showing in Portland.

Here are a few things that I've been working on.

Because Susan made one, I needed to make one also. Ready for stitching.

From our Paper Mache Box class....Some still need more work.

Because Judy made one I needed to and as of today the binding is finished!

Almost finished...I got distracted by another one that Susan did and am almost finished with that one.

First block in a cute Fall quilt by Heart to Hand

And our dog Oscar, just cause he is sooo cute.


Ideas for celebrating fall.

Pick some Apples

Try out a corn maze or a hay ride

Find the perfect pumpkin

Take pictures of fall leaves

Kick some of those leaves

Bob for apples


OK some dumb fall jokes

Q: What did the tree say to autumn? A: leaf me alone. 

Q: What did one autumn leaf say to another? A: I'm falling for you. 

Q: How do you fix a broken pumpkin? A: With a pumpkin patch 

Wisdom Words for today

Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall. Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down. And this is all life really means. ~Robert Louis Stevenson

If you don't like how things are, change it! You're not a tree. ~Jim Rohn

Thanks for visiting