About candiharris

I'm married to an amazing man, have three adult children and two wonderful grandkids. Both extremely talented and in College( although I may be a tad prejudiced ) I love God, my family, my quilting, new recipe's and I attempt gardening.

Back To Cutting/Sewing

I got started last week cutting out more Churn Dash blocks, then got back to it last night. I finished the last two this morning and hope to start sewing this afternoon.

A couple of days ago I got the last set sewn up. Yay, I’m ahead of the game for a change. I was able to pin the binding on the red/pink quilt that’s been waiting for a while too. Lol

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Rain, Rain, Rain & Football Brownies

Good morning, we’ve had rain, rain, rain! I believe we’re out of the drought now, but we remain in the same water usage until spring. I don’t know how the water planning works, but it seems you should be able to use any amount of water, not wastefully, you need right now. The lakes are all over full, the rivers are extremely dangerous with water flow and some of the dams are having difficulty letting the water out.

Not having to worry about watering lawns or outdoor plants in the winter now is water saving and nice. πŸ˜€ The rain right now is quite high; I believe it was up 8000 feet, which means the snow melt is awfully early and causes flooding. We’ll have a break from the rain this weekend, then more next week, so we’ll see how it goes. Feast or Famine in CA. πŸ˜„

Anyway,we have Super Bowl Sunday at my sister-in-law’s every year and usually try to take a dip or other food with us. Lois always goes all out and has a wonderful spread, but I feel we need to take something to contribute. Sooooo, I decided to make some football brownies. 😊 The brownies came out delicious and the ganache as well. However, my cake decorating these days seems to have a lot of ‘buts’ in the story telling.

When it came to putting the laces and football markings on top, that was another story; 😁 they looked pretty sad. The lines were quite squiggly and gave a new meaning to the word uneven, but Bert came in the kitchen wanting to try his hand at it. Now, his baking starts and ends with pre-baked pizza! ☺️

I can’t tell you which brownies he did and which ones I did.. When finished, all we could do is laugh. Lol. When I suggested swirling the white frosting to make it look deliberate, Bert insisted we leave them. He then nicknamed them “deflated footballs”, which would make the strings look good. Lol

Truly, this was not for Tom Brady, quarterback for the New England Patriots, who was playing that day. For those not football fans, last year there was quite a scandal about the footballs being deflated, which gave the quarterback a better grip, giving the Falcons an edge. Tom Brady, their quarterback, was found to be involved. The Falcons won, as they did this year. It just happened that my brownies were perfect “deflated footballs”. So Bert took some by our daughter’s house and headed to the Super Bowl Sunday party. The brownies were enjoyed anyway. πŸ˜†

The bad part is that I became ill all of a sudden and couldn’t go to the gathering to enjoy the day. They all had a great time, though, and I watched the game at home. Anyway, the “Football Brownies” were a big hit, πŸ˜€so all turned out well.

Have a great week!

Rain and Football

Good morning, we’ve had rain, rain, rain! I believe we’re out of the drought now, but we remain in the same water usage until spring. I don’t know how the water planning works, but it seems you should be able to use any amount of water (not sloppily) you need right now. The lakes are all over full, the rivers are extremely dangerous with water flow and some of the dams are having difficulty letting the water out. Although not having to worry about watering lawns or outdoor plants in the winter now, is water saving and nice. πŸ˜€ The rain right now is quite high ( I believe it was up 8000 feet) which means the snow melt is awfully early and causes flooding. We’ll have a break from the rain this week end then more next week, so we’ll see how it goes. Feast or Famine in CA. πŸ˜„

Anyway, we have Super Bowl Sunday at my sister in law’s every year and usually try to take a dip or other food with us. Lois always goes all out and has a wonderful spread, but I feel we need to take something to contribute. Sooooo, I decided to make some football brownies. 😊

The brownies came out delicious and the ganache as well, however, my cake decorating these days seems to have a lot of “but’s in the story telling. . When it came to putting the laces and football markings on top, that was another story, 😁 they looked pretty sad. The lines were quite squiggly and gave a new meaning to the word uneven, but, Bert came in the kitchen wanting to try his hand at it (now his cooking/baking starts and ends with pre-baked pizza ☺️) I can’t tell you which brownies he did and which one’s I did when finished, so all we could do is laugh. Lol. When I suggested swirling the white frosting to make it look deliberate, Bert insisted we leave them. He then nicknamed them “deflated footballs” (which would make the strings look good. Lol) Truly, this was not for Tom Brady (quarterback for the New England Patriots), who was playing that day. ( those not football fans, last year there was quite a scandal about the footballs being deflated which gave the quarterback a better grip, giving the Falcons an edge. Tom Brady (quarterback)was found to be involved. The Falcons won, as they did this year.) It just happened, the brownies were perfect “deflated football’s”. Lol So Bert took some by our daughters house and headed to the Super Bowl Sunday party. The brownies were enjoyed anyway. πŸ˜†

The bad part is I became ill all of a sudden and couldn’t go to the gathering to enjoy the day. They all had a great time though and I watched the game at home. Anyway, the “Football Brownies” were a big hit, πŸ˜€so all turned out well.

Have a great week and wherever you are be safe. The weather all over the country is so harsh this year, so many things happening.

Rain & Strawberries

Just an update on the drought here in CA, and it’s good news. I heard on the news ( briefly, I missed the report),the drought is almost over. Not sure exactly what that means, “almost”, but I’ll take it as a positive. We’ve had a good bit of rain this month and have more coming in by Friday. Just two days of it, but every little bit helps.

On another note, I have some strawberry πŸ“ plants growing in the house. I won’t set them out for a while yet. BUT I actually have a blossom on one plant, a teeny tiny blossom. Lol

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Isn’t it cute? Lolol

Churn Dash Blocks

I belong to a small group of ladies that Swap Churn Dash blocks every month. Depending on how many are in the group at a time, tells us how often we mail. For example, if there are 3 people in the group, then I make three different blocks for three people, one each for the other two member and one for myself. This woul be 3 months worth of blocks. i was going to try and explain the process ( it’s really quite simple) but it would be lengthy. I’ll try and do that later, I’m a little foggy headed this morning, (and usually am, but that sounded good. Lol) Anyway, I received three blocks from each lady this month, and next month I send three blocks to the next person. This covers a three month period for each person, so we mail to one person monthly, rather than to each individual every month. That name changes every 4 the month. Ie: I receive Jan, May and Sept.

The point of all this is I’m finally able to sit at the mochine and sew. Yaaaaay!! I’ve had a lot of physical problems the last few years, so I’ve been away from my machine for quite a while. Anyway, I got my Churn Dash blocks sewn for next month and ready to go. I’m trying to post a Pic of them, but not having much luck. I guess I can do that later, when I figure out what I’m doing wrong. Lol

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Rain -Rain-Rain

Whoohoo, we had rain last week and it looks like a few more days of rain this week. Still concerned about flooding, the levies holding and the tree’s falling because of shallow root systems. The roots worked their way toward the surface for water and now with the ground saturated the winds are taking several out each storm. Fortunately no one has been injured, but property damage and tree’s landing on cars is costly. Better the car than the house though.

Our neighbors have large tree’s, but we don’t worry about them so much. We do have a very tall Palm tree in our front yard, but I don’t know anything about their root system. Might be something to look into today.

My granddaughter is due home from the Netherlands Friday and I’m anxious to see her. She’s been over there for a month and I think has learned a lot about what we take for granted. She’s had a great time, so I’m sure she has some good experiences to share:)

Hope everyone has a great day!