Good Morning Everyone!
How are you? I am not yet fully awake, but trying to make a go of it. Sipping my Cafe du Monde coffee and feeling the warmth slip into my bones. It's a little wet out there - Mabel came in with some drops on her back and I can see rain against some of the windows and on the cars. A good day to stay in. My computer says:
I was not expecting a wintry mix. Not sure that will really happen. It is in the 30's out there.
Yesterday ended up being another baking day for me! In the afternoon I made some brownies:
Back in the day (when Colin was a yongster) I was always baking brownies - at least once a week it seems. And then I stopped. Not sure why, but maybe I'm starting again? This time I added an extra ingredient - Espresso Powder! Oh yum. Next time I will add more. The powder is another thing I ordered from King Arthur.
After dinner I melted a stick and a half of butter and made some Toffee Pecan cookies:
These are so good (sprinkled with sea salt before going in the oven).
As I mentioned to Dee last night (we were texting back and forth while I was baking), I seem to be a baking fool these days. Maybe it's because I didn't do any Christmas baking? I don't know. I was just in the mood. And, Fletch is going to see some former clients of his this week and I always like to send some goodies with him when he visits Connie and David. They are always so appreciative of cookies or breads or whatever, so I will package up a nice selection of cookies, brownies and maybe something else for him to share with them.
But today it's all about the Tiny Needle. I have a finish!! Woo-Hoo! The "Praise Loudly - Blame Softly" sampler by Eileen Bennett is complete. I finished it up Saturday night.
Definitely not one of my favorite samplers and I am pleased to be finished with it! Too many Queen stitches and too much outlining for my taste. But, I did enjoy getting back to doing "specialty" stitches - something other than just x's on the fabric. That part was fun. It's been put away in the "finishing drawer" where my unframed pieces reside.
Ellen Harrison is progressing a bit as well.
Another little motif and the start of the big house. The blue roof and two chimneys are stitched. Here's a closer shot of the roof and chimneys.
Stitching the house will be a bit like mindless knitting. I'll have to count a bit for putting in windows, etc., but mostly it's just a lot of plain stitching back and forth.
Hard to believe it's the last day of January. In 2 days it will be Groundhog's Day! Time to dry my hair and get my day started. Hope your Tuesday is a good one!