Sunday, November 24, 2013

Osa's Casserole

This recipe is from Osa, the late mother of one of my high school girlfriends, Sonja.  Her mother was a Norwegian native and made this whenever I would visit.  It's good anytime of the year with chicken or turkey, but an especially nice way to use Thanksgiving leftovers.  The recipe is shown here in my own mother's handwriting from a book of her favorite recipes she gave me one year for Christmas.  When my own mother is gone (and I hope that is many years away!) one of the things I will miss the most is her cooking.  

Monday, November 11, 2013

Hair Clips: A Quilter's Friend

It's been a long time since I've needed any safety pins, and even longer since I've had hair!  I was rifling through a storage drawer looking for safety pins (prepping two baby quilts for quilting), when I re-discovered a stash of hair clips.  They are such a great alternative to pins when finishing (hand-sewing) binding.  I had forgotten about them!  I don't know how many times I've been stuck by pins in the binding process.  Even with the hair clips, I somehow always manage to run the sharp end of my sewing needle under my left thumbnail a few times, and the blunt end usually punctures the middle finger of my right hand at some point. Ouch! 

I made this quilt for my niece Jeny.  She and her husband, Seth, are expecting their first baby Spring 2014.  Here she is opening the quilt at her baby shower in Kansas City, their home.