I apologize for the radio (blog?) silence for the last couple of weeks, but I’ve been spending every spare moment, it feels like, getting Christmas gifts ready! Over the next few days, I hope to share the things I worked on for other people, now that they’ve all been gifted! I did take a little time for some “selfish sewing”… doing a little sewing for myself!
I got my name tag for the Tacoma Modern Quilt Guild finished in time for the December meeting. It was actually harder than I thought it would be to find decent lanyard hardware that would accommodate a lanyard 1″ wide, but after an Etsy order from SewCanShe, I was set! The meeting this month was at the Olive Branch Cafe and Tearoom in Tacoma, and I had a great time. The food was wonderful, the ladies working there were super friendly, and there were tons of ladies from the Guild there to celebrate! This was my second meeting, and I’ve officially joined them for the coming year. I’m really looking forward to getting to know everyone, and connect with more quilty people in person instead of just through Instagram (lovely as all of those ladies are, there’s something to be said about in-person contact!).
I also made a “Sew Together Bag” for myself, just like I made for my great-aunt. I was finally able to decide on fabrics for my own bag (handy thing being that if I find fabrics I like better, I can make another!). I love the way that it turned out, and I’m hoping to use many of the same fabrics to make a Betsy Travel Bag here soon, if I can just decide which fabrics to put where for that wonderful pattern! I used the same zipper modification that I had used on my great-aunt’s bag (I think it looks a lot more professional than just sewing the zippers into the end seams), and the tutorial from The Quilt Barn was a lifesaver again!
After I made a couple of things for me, I did a boatload of sewing for a couple of Christmas gifts, and managed some Christmas cookies and snacks for Christmas Eve with the family, as well!
I made my Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies again this year – and thanks to a Costco box of Ritz crackers, a jumbo jar of Jif Naturals Peanut Butter, and an excessive amount of Chocolate Meltys from Winco, I made a little over 150 cookies! A whole tin of them disappeared at Christmas Eve (and a baggie was sneaked into my Grandma’s purse for cookies-to-go), and I’ve got some boxed up ready to mail to my dad, as well. Sharing all around!
I also made a batch or so of Pickle Dip from my mom’s recipe, but I used my homemade pickles, which gave it some extra kick. It was delicious, and went over well, as you can see from the picture above! The recipe is really more of a guideline – adjust it until you think it tastes “just right” and the consistency is good for pretzel-dipping!
About 4-5 dill pickles
Approx 1/4 cup juice from the jar of pickles
1 – 8oz. block of cream cheese
1/2 tsp onion salt
1/2 tsp garlic salt
Blend the pickles – my mom uses a blender, but mine is awful, so I found that the food processor attachment for my immersion blender worked beautifully. After the pickles had been turned into relish-sized bits, I mixed in the 1/4 cup of pickle juice, and the 1/2 tsp onion salt. I held off on the garlic salt until the end, as my pickles have a strong garlic taste already. Then I added the cream cheese, slice by slice, while continuing to blend it. I did have to stop and hand mix it a couple of times to keep it blending. I ended up using a little more cream cheese than was called for, to get the consistency right for the dip, and added a little garlic salt at the end. Delicious!
I received some nice gifts this year – including a gift certificate to one of my two favorite quilt shops, a new head lamp for hiking, a plush Bumble (from Island of the Misfit Toys – I love him!), and some very nice steak knives, which worked out beautifully as we had steak for Christmas dinner! I’m looking forward to sharing the gifts that I made with you over the next few days!