Sunday, April 13, 2008

Did somebody leave the heater on? We are having VERY unseasonably warm . . . no, make that HOT weather. Yesterday the mercury hit 91 with more of the same today. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it. I'm just not ready for this to be an every day occurrence for a few more months. I hope the mercury heads back to a more reasonable level soon.
With all those clear skies, it seemed like a good time to head out to the yard and have a look around. Looky, looky! There are apricots on the tree.Such sweet, fuzzy goodness.
The garden now has 3 varieties of squash, 3 varieties of peppers, a couple of cucumber plants and 6 tomato plants. I'm still looking for jalepeno and I want to add some herbs. I'd love to have more, but space is limited and we are only 2 people.
Check out what came in my mailbox this week. A while back I was the lucky winner of a drawing at Ozcountryquiltingmum. Tracey uses her photography to make these wonderful cards and calendars. I have just the perfect spot to hang the calendar where I can enjoy it all year long.
Lisa at Stashmaster had a drawing to celebrate her 3rd year of blogging with a drawing. Her lovely assistant was so kind to pull my name from the hat and before I knew it there was a package at my front door. Inside - a new rotary cutter! And 2 wonderful pieces of fabric just dying to get into a quilt. I must admit that Hubby had to show me how to engage the blade on the cutter, but now I am ready to get cutting on a stack of fabrics or another pile of scraps.
And one last thing. Remember earlier this week when I wrote about making things from scratch versus convenience items? Here is something that tips the scale in finding a balance between modern convenience and the simple things in life.
I love this stuff! I know that it takes no time at all to whip cream in a bowl. It tastes fresh and tops off several yummy and decadent desserts. But I would only be kidding myself if I made strawberry shortcake and didn't buy 'squirty cream.' It is a complete sensory delight- and is there anyone who can resist squirting it directly into their mouth? I hope not.

40 comments:

KCQuilter said...

Okay, enough talk about fresh strawberries and Reddi-Whip already LOL!!! Local berries won't be in around these parts for another month---whine, whine, whine. And now I REALLY want a big ole' strawberry pie with Reddi-Whip on top!!!!

Rabbit Stitchings said...

lol I used to buy that some when I could eat dairy! I am with you, it was easy and really the ingredients were not bad for easy food. Not loaded down with lots of chemicals and what not! mmm it was good...

Catherine said...

Fresh berries and apricots sound like a slice of heaven! We won't see fresh local berries for months yet. If you would like to send a little of that warm air this way, we'd sure appreciate it! Went back to zero last night.

Wendy said...

We had an usually hot day yesterday, we went from 45 degrees the day before to 70 on Sat and now today it's back to cold.

The sheep with the quilt on it's back is a hoot. Enjoy your goodies.

Susie said...

Love you gift from Tracey :)
It's been HOT here too! The "squirty whipped cream" is always on hand in our fridge too :)
xo

gwen said...

Well the heater broke down over the Atlantic! It is cold and raining here and we are still far from getting strawberries, although I saw some asparagus on the market on saturday. Germans just go wild over asparagus (don´t ask, I am not German!).
Your bread looked gorgeous. I bake bread about twice a week and it is just automatic now. I found the right yeast and I stick to it!
Take care.

Stina said...

Ohh..you have been a lucky girl...lovely gifts...I have never seen a apricot tree...and they are beautiful...loved their colour and thanks for showing...and it´s good to see that you use some easy ways in the kitchen...;D

Stacy said...

Libby, Ha If I kept that in the house it would be gone (into husbands mouth) in a day! There is nothing like the fun and convenience of it. I worked at Dairy Queen in High School and we would have whipped cream wars. What could be more fun? Those strawberries have me really looking forward to summer at the lake; they are my fruity weakness.
Your gifts look great. Isn't it fun to win little treasures? That fabric is really unusual, I can't wait to see what you do with it. Enjoy the heat. Love Stacy

Juliann in WA said...

Oh no - that is too hot for me too. I would jus like a week without rain. Maybe I need some strawberries and whip cream - great comfort food.

Finn said...

Your middle name must be Lucky, Libby...LOL. I like that "Lucky Libby", I' absolutely SURE I was suppose to get Tracey's photos and there they are at your house...*S*
They are beautiful. As is the other prize.
Love the apicots..I've never seen one growing before...neat! And RediWhip..ah yes, the good stuff VBS* Hugs, Finn

Marcie said...

What wonderful treats! I have never seen a Gingher Rotary Cutter! Neato! And the darling calendar, etc. You are Lucky Libby!

Chookyblue...... said...

Tracey's cards are fab - you are very lucky with your gifts........

Carin said...

we were so excited that it was in the 60's we had all the windows open!!

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

So pleased you like them!!
That's a very snazzy rotary citter-I would need a manual! Tracey

Dawn said...

Well what a great mail day. And stop talking about the wonderful weather and all those goodies! We are sooo wet here with all the snow melted and we have had tons of raid that we squish when we walk! Say nothing that it is still way to cold to plant! We even had little icy snowflakes in the air yesterday!

Cara said...

LOL! My husband, and now my daughter thanks to him, love to use/eat ready whip! Wen I make pie I am in huge trouble if I do not get a can...funny thing is, I am not sure how much actually gets on the pie! : ) Your apricots look absolutley scrumptuous and now I am craving fruit with whip cream! Enjoy!

Lisa D. said...

Yes, order a "cool down" would ya? I don't want to be roasting in California. A little warmer would be nice, but not 90! Glad you got the cutter and fabrics. It took me a little while to figure out how to cut with mine, too. Enjoy!

dee said...

Oh Libby, I just love opening your blog. You always have something delicious...fabric or food...gorgeous. YUM! Congrats on your winnings. You are fortunate.

Darlene said...

Reddi-whip and strawberries = YUMMY! LOL

So much to see today - woohoo!

Marilyn R said...

Wish you could send some of that warm weather my way! It looks like you received some fabulous gifts! How much fun is that?

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

Hot weather-lucky you! It was 27 degrees this morning but they say we'll be in the 60's by Thursday. I hope so. I still have a pile of snow in my backyard but it is starting to diminish.

Chocolate Cat said...

While you are having unseasonably warm weather we seem to have missed autumn and gone straight into cold, dull winter days!

quiltteacher said...

I did not realize Gingher had a Rotary Cutter! I'm going to have to check my LQS and see if they have them. It will soon be strawberry time in NC. Can't wait.

quiltteacher said...

I did not realize Gingher had a Rotary Cutter! I'm going to have to check my LQS and see if they have them. It will soon be strawberry time in NC. Can't wait.

Katie said...

I've been known to buy a can of the whipped cream but for strawberry shortcake I have to beat it up myself. I put a bit of vanila in too. Love to lick those beaters. Also love it on chocolate pie.

Perry said...

You mean you actually like Redi Whip better than the real thing? Plebian!! lol....I don't think I have ever seen apricots growing on a tree before. And you are having really hot weather for this time of year aren't you? I sure hope we aren't going to get the same thing in OK. Great stuff you got in the mail too.

Cheryl said...

Great giftie item...you are on a lucky streak! I am with you on the heat--hey, it's April for heavens sake. Squirty cream - love it :-)!

anne bebbington said...

You come from the same school as my little boy - when we go to the fridge for the squirty cream - hey presto, none in the tin - who's been squirting it directly into his mouth big style?!?!?!?

Nicole said...

Congratulations on winning Lisa's drawing!
Can't believe you have baby apricots already. I still haven't gotten my herb garden in. I better get moving!

Judy said...

I alwasy look at the "extreme temps" and the 97 was awfully close to your area so I knew you were having a heat wave!!

Fabulous new camera shots!

MammyT said...

Libby, congratulations on your winning the cutter and fabric! And the calendar and cards! You had a great mail day too! Thank you for visiting my blog.
All the strawberries I've had this year have been excellent -- and --
I'll have squirt of that stuff right on top of my coffee, thanks.
Nancy

McIrish Annie said...

I like the looks of that rotary cutter. who makes that?? I have to admit, i'm a cool whip girl never cared for squirty cream!

Our weather improved for a day but now we are back to normal around 60 which is still too cold for me!

LBP said...

I am so with you on the whipped cream! Love it!

Linda

yellowfarmhouse said...

Well you certainly got some wonderful things in your mailbox this week. Congrats to you.

Yummy fruit in the backyard how great is that. But let's talk about that Redi Whip - OH YA - squirt right into the mouth, plus it always makes the desserts look so wonderful with that squirt action. Great stuff :)

Hugs - Karen

The Jen said...

Wowsers, that rotary cutter looks like it means business! Very cool. ~jen~

CONNIE W said...

Love the strawberry banner...luscious looking. And your writing of shortcake, well, may I mention that I'm a wee bit jealous.

kjquilts said...

That is some snazzy rotory cutter! Yeah, I like the squirtty stuff too.

Old Crow said...

Boy - I would love to have your weather and the apricots, lol. We're in the sixties during the day and the forties at night - along time till we have 91. As for the Reddi-Whip - ya caught me - I'm guilty and my cat love it too, only he gets it off my finger........

Hugs, Donna D.

alda said...

what a price!!!! You are very lucky girl!!!

Mar said...

I don't know what is more yummy the redi-whipp or the fabric! good thing you can have both!!