Temperature Gradient

While the outside is looking like this:

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And then this:

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It’s a bit challenging for me to get in gear for these:

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The fabrics are from Wilmington Prints for a quilt appearing in “The Quilter” mid next-year. I think I am going to make me a cup of hot tea before I get started – that should warm me up to these summery fabrics!

Meanwhile, I hope you have gotten a great start to a new month! Till next time.

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Missy had awarded me (Thanks, Missy!):

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[From Missy’s post – the rules are not intellectual, spiritual, etc. Not really hard! All you have to do is pick up the closest book to you, turn to page 56, go to the 5th sentence and type it. Then pass the award along to 5 people!]

The book that is closest to me is: EQ5 Design Cookbook (what can I say? I am in my sewing room)

Page 56, 5th sentence: Click the Adjust Tool.

I am going to pass the award along to Ellen, Barbara, Kalianne, Michele, and Rosy!

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Needlework: This shouldn’t take…

… seven years to complete, I hope! ;) I am still catching up with my cleaning around the house. But I have also been having some cross-stitching fun. I am appointing Vicki as my accountability partner for my cross-stitch projects. She has been great in prodding me along in my cross-stitching after my round of quilt deadlines (THANKS BUNCHES, Vicki). Vicki puts out the most fabulous Field Trips in Fibers on her blog — definitely a treat for crafters, needleworkers and quilters! It’s a great way to get inspired by the pretty things others make!

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I also picked up a couple more cross-stitch patterns. Aside from the wedding sampler, the cross-stitch projects (big and small) I have done so far have been mainly for gifts. Silly me, I never took any pictures of those projects.

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Thanks to Kathi for awarding me:

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Kathi is definitely an encourager. I have been studying about encouragement in my quiet time, and Kathi definitely comes to mind as an encourager! Thanks, Kathi!


Won’t you join me…

One of the routines that I personally enjoy tremendously leading up to the holidays is putting up my spring/summer dishes in early October, and switch them out with my fall/holiday dishes.  I like to do this on a day when I am by myself, and enjoy the beauty of the different plates, cups and saucers etc. as I am switching them out.

Now that that is accomplished, and the weather is gradually getting nippy… won’t you join me for a bit of apple crisp (yes, we still haven’t gotten tired of the countless rounds of apple crisp I have been making, hahaha!) accompanied by something hot to drink, served in a fall theme?

Have a wonderful autumn weekend, everyone.  I will be back on Monday!

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Easy Apple Crisp

Much to my delight, my sister-in-law brought me some home grown apples over the weekend. Can you spot my “leaning” Tower of Apples?

I have been making rounds of Apple Crisp with the apples. The recipe is as follows:

5 cups sliced, peeled apples
2 tbs sugar
1/2 cup regular rolled oats
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon each of ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and ginger
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans)

For filling, place fruit in a baking dish, stir in sugar.

For topping, in a mixing bowl combine oats, brown sugar, flour, and nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in nuts. Sprinkle mixture over filling.

Bake in 375 F for 30-35 minutes. It is that easy!

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream, if desire.

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Also, Arlette has graciously awarded me this (thanks, Arlette!!!):

Arlette is an amazing crafter — do hop on over to visit her — you will fall in love with her creations, I promise!!

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I hope you have a very wonderful Wednesday, my bloggy friends! Do drop me a line and let me know of your visit.