The sun is out and the air is fresher this morning. We finally had some very much needed rain yesterday. It started around 3 p.m. as a very gentle rain and then became heavier and heavier. It sounded wonderful and the scent of rain was like a bit of heaven. Our rain gauge is showing we received about 1.75".
Yesterday I did successfully avoid any domestic cleaning chores. However, I was not idle. I did a bit of cooking. We were having Oven Roasted Ratatouille for dinner, so I baked some bread to go with that.
A gooey mess that was perfect last night as the temp had dropped along with the rain. Eggplant, yellow squash, onion, basil and garlic mixed up with EVOO, S&P. Marinara sauce in the bbottm of the pan, pour in the veggies and top with chopped tomatoes. Bake at 400 for about 40 minutes...pull out and pur some mozarella on top...back in the oven to melt the cheese. Kind of like a veggie pizza without the crust!
After dinner I baked a batch of toffee chip cookies!
I used salted caramel chips that I found at Trader Joe's and oh my! These cookies are so easy to make and so delicious.
In between cooking and baking I did work a bit on my stitching and even some knitting. Today is Tuesday, so let's see where the stitching is. First up is the Sampler Aux Bouquets. I am closing in on finishing up the first sesction (of 3):
I love the birds. However, I may need to rip out a few things. There are two versions of the chart. The first one is the chart for this section only - if you were going to stop after stitching this first part. Then there is the version you stitch if you intend to add the other section after this (which I am planning to do). On the second version the X and the Z are placed a little higher on the fabric. I will work down from the top and see how it goes. If I need to, I will re-stitch the X and Z. It's kind of annoying and frustrating that the two versions are noticeably different. And, this 32 count linen fabric is some of the softest I have ever stitched on and (to me) it is noticeable when something is ripped out. Hopefully I will have this figured out by the time next Tuesday rolls around!
Autumn Posy by Plum Street Samplers is coming along nicely.
I'm loving stitching on 40 count linen again using just one thread of the overdyed cotton threads. My plan is to finish that bottom motif today. Of course, I have other things that I would like to work on as well. Busy hands and all that!
How is your Tuesday shaping up?