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Monthly Archives: October 2011

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We’re Ready for the Trick or Treaters

I wasn’t going to do Halloween this year.   I didn’t last year. Well, except for giving out candy.   It’s always fun to see the little ones and not so little ones dressed up carrying their trick or treat bags. But this year, like last, I didn’t feel like decorating the house.  It’s not as much fun with our son off…

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Christmas on a Budget, Gift Ideas, Sewing

Christmas on a Budget – One Hour Gifts to Sew

With just two months to go until Christmas Day, not only must we continue to carefully budget our dollars but if we are planning to complete handmade gifts for those on our list, we will also need to budget our time wisely. Inspired by the one hour table runners I made during October’s Friday Night Sew In, I thought I’d…

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Sewing

October FNSI Results – Two Table Runners

I call this my version of the 10-minute table runner. First, because I defy anyone to cut panels from two different fabrics, pin and sew those panels together, press the seams either open or to one side, turn right side out and press again; centering the narrower fabric over the wider fabric, pin and sew the ends, press that seam…

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Gift Ideas

WIP Wednesday – Stockings

There has been a lot of secret sewing and embroidery happening here.  But those will all have to remain a secret until after my parent’s 50th Wedding Anniversary, a certain December birthday and Christmas. What I can show you are the fabrics I’ve picked out to make a stocking for the Stocking Drive being held by Lyanna from Purple Panda…

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Recipes

German Cooking Week – Schweinefilet im Blatterteig

The second year we lived in Germany, I took some evening cooking classes where we were taught a selection of the traditional dishes served during the Christmas holidays.  Our instructor told us that her family served Schweinefilet im Blatterteig (Pork Tenderloin in Puff Pastry) on Christmas Day. Our family always cooks a big turkey for Christmas Day and we weren’t…

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Recipes

German Cooking Week – How to Make Zwiebelkuchen

One fall day back in 1986, Dave and I came home to our second floor apartment in Kurzell to find a plastic wrapped plate with slices of what looked like onion “pizza” placed in front our apartment door. Beside the plate was a small flask of Neuer Wein (new wine.) Our German landlady would often leave baked treats in front…

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