Thursday, June 22, 2017

Key Lime Pie

THE BEST DESSERT    Sew Says Mimi
.. simple and a family favorite...

Sew.. I know food bloggers add all kinds of pictures to their blog..

BUT...this is Sew Says Mimi.. a I need to get back to the studio....
And..truth be told, we ate the pie.. Sorry!

Sew...When we were kids...in the 60's, 
it was a HUGE treat to go out to dinner... 
And, in Ft. Lauderdale, our favorite place was 
The Sea Grill.. It was a simple, high quality seafood place,
 but their claim to fame was the 
KEY LIME PIE. 
 It was the best.... and something I have tried to reproduce, on and off for a long time... 
Now, with Amazon providing an amazing selection of hard to find food items, and Pinterest providing recipes galore, 
I have gotten as close to the Sea Grill as I expect is possible....
 with a few of my personal ideas thrown in...


So ... to start.. you need good Key Lime Juice.... 
the only one I have found is Manhattan Key Lime Juice..
available on Amazon

There are several of brands calling their product "Key West Lime Juice"...but I don't think it's the same thing. 
I have seen key limes in the produce section occasionally..they should be yellowish when they are ripe..but they are too small to juice on my 1960's model Waring juicer...

Pie Crust.. 
Use your favorite graham cracker, or other cookie crust. 
I use a premade Keebler chocolate crust . 

They recommend brushing a bit of beaten egg white on the crust and baking it for 5 Min ant 375 degrees to crisp it up..let cool before filling. It makes a huge difference...

Filling:
4 egg yolks
1(14 oz.)can sweetened , condensed milk
1/2 cup Key Lime Juice
Whisk egg yolks and milk together, then add key lime juice.

Pour into crust and bake for 15 min at 325 degrees. Cool on an hour on a cooling rack at room temperature, then refrigerate.

Top with Whipped cream when ready to serve

Whipped Cream tip:  For every cup of cream, add 3 Tablespoons of confectioner's sugar. (Powdered Sugar, or 10x sugar). Confectioner's sugar helps the cream stay firm longer. 

Back to the studio...Sew Says Mimi!





Monday, June 19, 2017

A Busy Quilter's Garden !

I love gardens,and if there were 36 hours in a day, weeds didn't exist, and my knees were not 65 years old... I would have a big beautiful garden for both flowers and veggies.. 
But it seems the only thing I'm willing to make time for is the part where you buy the plants!  That's right..just like shopping for quilt fabric...plant shopping is so much fun!
 The grandkids love to go plant shopping..and we share the perfect garden! It's in a 24" saucer shaped container, has a path and a "shell" swimming pool (I just noticed in the picture ..the pool needs cleaning). there's a few places for the fairies to sit,  a bunny, and a variety of perfect sized plants and the stem from last year's pumpkin that looks like a fallen log. 
Our local plant center, McNaughton's, had a great selection of perfectly sized plants. We also found some at Terrain in Concordville, Pa (shopping at Terrain..a whole other post!)
Granddaughter, O, loves to play with the fairies, and she helps me weed the garden and prune the plants. The tiny fairy actually looks like her! She and the fairies were happy to discover that one of our plants...new this year...gets tiny purple flowers.

Fairy gardening is so much like quiltmaking...You get to shop, trade, and search around for different textures...and piece them together in a visually pleasing arrangement. 

And you can take care of it and still have plenty of time to quilt!


Grandson L  asked me to tell you , we also have a venus flytrap  who lives in the kitchen.
 "If only he liked the outside, he could live in the fairy garden"

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Honey Pot Bee Urban Woven Block

Honey Pot Bee Princesses..Welcome!...

As you may guess, I am new to blogging.. in fact, I learned it just for you!  So please excuse any tech errors.. and enjoy the block!

Urban woven
block designed by Debbie Hagy for the Honey Pot Bee
finished 10” by 15”
Suggested fabrics:
1 very light, or very dark background fabric… ¼ yard

4 accent fabrics..  I use 3” read solid” (from a distance they look solid)fabrics),  and 1 more of a printy print.. I  used the printy print as accent #1(green in the photo) in the place with the most seams… the seams show less…

My background fabric is:
     Meadow Storm Misty from Victoria FindlayWolfe (Marcus Brothers)
Accents prints are:
     Garden Dreamer from Maureen Cracknell (Art Gallery)

From background fabric cut 1 strip 2 ¼” wide   Cut 7 2 ¼” squares. Cut 1 strip 4” wide, cut (3)  4” squares cut squares in half on the diagonal, twice to make 12 triangles  (10 of which you will use).

From Accent fabric #1 (green)  Cut (1) 2 ¼” Cut (8) 2 ¼” squares, and (1) rectangle 2 ¼” by 6 1/2"

From Accent fabric #2 (orange) Cut (1) 2 ¼” strip, subcut (2) 5 ¾” by 2 ¼” rectangles, and (1) 7 ½” by 2 ¼” this pieced will be trimmed after the block is finished.

From Accent fabric #3 (yellow) Cut (1) 2 ¼” strip, subcut (1) 5 ¾” by 2 ¼” rectangles, and (4) 6 ½” by 2 ¼” these pieces will be trimmed after the block is finished.

From Accent fabric #4 (purple) Cut (1) 2 ¼” strip, subcut (1) 5 ¾” by 2 ¼” rectangles, and (4) 6 ½” by 2 ¼” these pieces will be trimmed after the block is finished.

1.Begin piecing with the lower right hand corner. 
  Sew (2) white triangles to the accent #1 rectangle. (A "Sleepy" unit). 
 Sew an accent #1 square to  (2) accent #4 6 1/2" rectangles.        Don't worry about how extra long some of the pieces are  ou will trim down later...


Press as shown below, then match seams and sew across...This is one of those rare places where I pin!


Press towards Accent #4 It should look like this...



2. Now.. piece (4) background squares, (2) accent #1 squares, 
and (1) accent #3  5 3/4" rectangle together as shown below

Press as shown below

add (2) accent #2 5 3/4" rectangles to  the pieced square. 


3.Now, piece a "Goofy" with 2 background triangles, 1 background square, 1 accent #1 square, and 1 accent #3 6 1/2" rectangle.


Sew as shown below

Press as shown below.   You have now made a "Goofy" unit  .



 Piece 2 background triangles and an accent #3  6 1/4" rectangle as you did in step #1("Sleepy" unit)



Sew "Goofy" and "Sleepy" to step #2 unit

4. Piece a row starting with an accent #4 5 3/4" rectangle. Sew an          accent #1 square to either side,
     then add an accent #4 6 1/4"  rectangle to either end.
    Press towards the accent #1 squares.

5.  Sew everything together as shown below.

6. Now you need to make a pair of "'Goofy" units,
 1 right and 1 left, using background triangles and squares, accent #1 squares, and accent#3 6 1/4' rectangles.


  7. Sew the "Goofy" units to an accent #2  7 1/2" rectangle.
      Press as shown below.
8.Sew all units together. Press..

 9. Trim to about 10 1/2" by 15 1/2".

All Done!!


Hope you enjoyed sewing  
Urban woven






Sunday, May 21, 2017

Seasonal Fruit? What's that?

Sew... if you are old enough, you remember when  strawberries were a huge treat, as were melons, watermelon, blueberries, peaches, etc.  New Jersey is also famous for asparagus, beans, and of course, the famous Jersey tomato!Most of our favorite fruits and vegetables were really only available when they were "in season". Now, most things are in the stores year round, although sometimes they aren't too great. Were am I going with this?
It's strawberry season in southern New Jersey! Yippee! Even though Driscoll strawberries are in the stores all the time, and they can be really good, there is nothing better than local strawberries. I bought a quart at the Haddonfield Farmers Market, from Duffields,  a farm store from Sewell, NJ. They are amazing! They will have them 'til mid June, and then we have to wait a few weeks for the peaches.. 
In an attempt to avoid the shortcake, ice cream, pie, and other calorie laden strawberry desserts,,, I just fixed this beautiful dish , inspired by my neighbors from Truman Avenue in Haddonfield. In the day (30 years ago), fresh strawberries, drenched in sour cream, and then, coated with brown sugar...Amazing. The updated version... greek yogurt.. and just a bit of brown sugar.. wonderful!  



In case you care..the plate is Spode, belonged to my grandmother..
.and the tablecloth is an old, worn double wedding ring quilt..

Sew, what will we do with the peaches?  
Have to wait 'til they are In Season...




Thursday, May 18, 2017

Beach Bag..from a towel

Sew recently I found several tutorials for a beach bag made from a towel...The idea is terrific!  the towel is lightweight, you can wipe and dry your hands on it, and, after the beach...you can put the bag in the wash with the towels.. Brilliant!
Sew.. I bought a Clemson Tigers beach towel, and, at Assemble, using one of the amazing Bernina sergers, I had a bag in about 20 minutes...The handles are 1 1/2" wide cotton twill tape.. I used 2 layers sewn together to make them sturdier, and about 28 inches long.

This simple project will be taught during Kids Camp #4 Projects-
or as a private lesson with me at Assemble.  


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Not now...the new quilt!

Sew.. this week I decided a friend of mine needed a quilt, probably as a birthday present...Late summer... I have a beautiful quilt top.. the original was on the cover of American Patchwork and Quilting magazinea few years ago. it is 72" by 86"... the photo is a close up of a section of the patchwork.....


So the quilt needs to be about 120" wide and 95" long . 15 years ago it would be simple, just add big borders and voila!  a big enough quilt..

But..not now.. now I need to think more interesting, probably off center, lots of fabrics,  because we can't just add borders anymore..

Modern quilts, especially when they begin life as traditional quilts...they take some work..
Tomorrow it starts..... watch for a progress report!


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Orange Muffins Like Mom used to make

In honor of Mother's Day......let me share today's baking story...
My mother, Mimi the 1st, used to make orange muffins for Sunday breakfast.   She probably used a Betty Crocker mix..They were the newest kitchen craze, and she kept a pantry full.
Anyway, the mix is not available now, so a few years ago, I tried to reproduce it. I learned that the flavor comes from using the whole orange, but even though I had success..I never wrote the recipe out!
Sew, this morning I am attempting to recreate them...  Cooking and baking is so much fun now, with access to millions of recipes, along with reviews, comments, and funny disaster stories.
Google it, read through a few recipes, then tailor your attempt to what you like, how much time you are willing to spend,  and what you have in the pantry..
Pam (the wonderful daughter in law) had purchased a box of sunkist navel oranges...so I washed one, cut the thick ends of and tossed them out, cut the rest in chunks and pureed them in the food processor. The recipe I referred to was for a bisquick banana muffin, It called for an egg, and 1/3 cup sugar, so I added that to the orange, still in the cusinart, and mixed it up. One thing I know about baking muffins is  you don't want to over mix them, so I added the 2 cups of bisquick and mixed it using the "pulse' button..on and off, just long enough so that it was blended. The recipe said to bake in a muffin pan w/ paper liners at 400 degrees.I use the convection setting on our oven for baking. I like the evenness (word?).  I thought that was hot, but did it anyway. Into the oven, for 15 minutes.....As I went back to my computer to check the time, I realized that the recipe also called for 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil ! Oh, well, too late... funny disaster story ?


So the good news... you don't apparently need the oil! The muffins are very good, although they could be alittle sweeter. A drizzle of icing might be a good addition.. I ate one still warm, and another once it had cooled, and the flavor is better when it is room temp.  They rose nicely and browned... I'll have to eat another for lunch..just to make sure they are okay for the family.

For my quilting friends...we use a quilt as a tablecloth everyday for every meal.  Quilts made well, machine quilted and best quality fabric, will wear well when machine washed and dried.  Use that quilt and enjoy it..
The quilt in the photograph is one I designed several years ago as part of a collection called
 Stash Stew... The big print is a favorite of mine, from Martha Negley.  It's called something like "fruit and floral". This color doesn't seem to be available .. but I found the same print in "plum" on several sites...
If you made this quilt in a class with me...please take a picture and post it in comments!


Key Lime Pie

THE BEST DESSERT    Sew Says Mimi .. simple and a family favorite... Sew.. I know food bloggers add all kinds of pictures to their blog...