Visit this link to read about the ABC Dinner Club’s selection for the letter “Y.”
Check out the latest chapter in the adventures of the ABC Dinner Club here, where one in our group ordered the octopus salad. A unique and upscale experience!
Click HERE to check out where the ABC Dinner Club recently lunched! Definitely one of my favorites so far! Only three more installments to go until this series comes to an end.
I recently completed a color block quilt for my soon to be born third grandchild. The parents decided not to learn if their newborn would be a girl or boy so they chose the neutral colors of grey and mint for decorating the nursery. I love this combination of colors and since I had made a grey strip quilt a year ago (see that post here) I actually had some leftover fabric I could use. The mint fabric I ordered from Carousel Designs where my daughter had picked out this fabric for some of the nursery linens. You can bet I made sure it was 100% cotton quilting fabric before I ordered it so as not to have the issue I had with my last quilt (read all about that here.)
I cut out all the pieces including the white borders.
For some reason I did not take any pictures of piecing this quilt but did get one of the basting process.
The hand quilting went very quickly since I just quilted “in the ditch” around each of the blocks. I made the binding out of the mint fabric, sewed it to the quilt on the machine, then hand finished it. I really like the binding process and I think that is because it just finishes the quilt so nicely.
Baby quilts are so fun to make, they go so quickly and I always think about the sweet little newborn who will be using it.
1. We traveled to Houston a few weeks ago for a grandbaby fix and on the way I noticed these long thin rows of clouds. It reminded me of perfectly spaced rows of corn, guess I have been spending too much time in Omaha! I have no idea what these types of clouds are called, but I was in awe of these lines stretching as far as the eyes could see.
2. Speaking of the grandbabies, these two adorable creatures were my playmates during that trip to Houston.
3. Also speaking of grandbabies, only about 4 weeks remain until my middle daughter and her husband bless us with our third grandchild which will be their first. I am so excited to see this little one, I am convinced it is a boy but we will find out soon.
4. Look at these fun benches my brother-in-law Steve has been working on. Wouldn’t these be perfect in an entryway or on a front porch?
5. The ABC Dinner Club is winding down with only four letters of the alphabet remaining. Check out our “V” selection here.
Have a good weekend!
A few weeks ago by sister, brother-in-law, Dave and I took a day trip about an hour or so north of Kansas City to a small town called Hamilton, Missouri. Prior to 2008, this small town was best known for it’s most famous son, J.C. Penney, a retailer and philanthropist.
In late 2008, a phenonomon was starting when some kids got together and bought their mom a long arm quilting machine. They had no concept of what was to come.
I had become acquainted with the Missouri Star Quilt Company by one of the many free quilting tutorials Jenny Doan showcases on YouTube. The name “Missouri Star” is an old quilt pattern so I assumed that is where the name came from and did not realize their retail store was actually in Missouri and not far from my town. My sister and I were very excited about finally getting to visit the retail store in person, but after walking through it I have to admit I was a little disappointed. It was a nice store but very similar to other quilt stores I had been to even in my own town of Kansas City.
As we were paying for the fabric and notions we had bought, the clerk mentioned that we need to walk down the street and check out another store. Since we made the drive we figured it would not hurt to see what else was in the town. We were flabbergasted…….there are about 15 different store fronts, all fabric stores. One devoted to solid fabric, one devoted to licensed sports fabrics, one with modern patterns, and the list goes on. And yes, these are all part of the Missouri Star Quilt Company. There are a handful of other stores in town, but ninety percent of Davis Street, Hamilton’s main drag, belongs to the Missouri Start Quilt Company.
When I say it is a mecca for quilters throughout the world, I am not exaggerating. This sleepy town of about 2000 citizens hosts thousands of on-site visitors each year. Missouri Star Quilt Company employes 180 people who sew, staff stores and ships thousands of packages a day. The company is now in the publishing business, food service and is currently planning a “man’s land” to give the husbands of their customers something to do.
What a story this small town now has! And for me is it exciting to know that success stories can happen even in the most unlikely of places. Hamilton is a fun day trip from Kansas City especially if you like to sew or quilt. I can not wait to go back!
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The ABC Dinner Club is getting close to the end of the alphabet. Check out where we dined for the letter U here.
For this month’s small gathering we hosted family and friends for some good ‘ole Kansas City Bar-B-Que, smoked pork sliders and ribs. Dave is the official griller/smoker in this house but on this particular day he had an obligation away from the house for several hours. If you have ever smoked meat you understand that it is an all-day process and according to the hubby depending on the quality of your smoker can require a large amount of attention/intervention. Much to Dave’s unhappiness our smoker is on the low end of the spectrum which means we have to babysit the charcoal fire every hour, all day long.
The night before smoking day, Dave applied his go-to rub (recipe below) to the pork, covered it in foil and refrigerated it for about 12 hours. The next morning before he left, he started the pork in the smoker and tutored me in the process.
First, I had to make sure this fire did not go out which meant I had to continually add charcoal. I also had to throw on a few pecan and cherry wood chips every so often. According to Dave’s smoking bible, “The Art of Smokology” by Chef Richard McPeake, wood chips add a taste dimension to your finished product. So far not too hard, but very messy!
Next I had to slather this hunk of pork with the mop (a basting sauce used to add moisture during the cooking process)every so often and monitor the internal temperature. We were shooting for an internal temp of 165 degrees before we wrapped the pork in foil with additional mop and continued cooking.
Fortunately for me Dave came home before we had to wrap this beast in foil because I was not quite sure how I was going to do that by myself. This was a LARGE (and very hot) piece of meat. We cooked the meat for an additional four hours, about 12 hours in total before it was taken off to cool. Once it was cooled, the pork was hand pulled and the “finishing flavors” were added. The next day, about an hour before we served it, the pork was put back on the smoker to add the final touch of smoke.
The process is lengthy but if you enjoy pulled pork it is worth it.
Here is the rub Dave likes to use:
Pulled Pork Rub
“The Art of Smokology” by Chef Richard McPeake
½ cup Chili Powder
¼ cup Paprika
1 TB Kosher Salt
1 TB Ground Cumin
1 TB Ground Poultry Seasoning
1 TB Superfine Sugar
1 TB Garlic Powder
Combine all ingredients and blend well. Liberally cover all sides of the pork, wrap the pork in foil and refrigerate for 12 hours.
In the next post I will share the fun dessert we had!