Tuesday, April 15, 2008


Above is the jelly fish section of the Monterey aquarium. This aquarium is known worldwide and is a real attraction for those who visit empty spools seminars. Steinbecks Musuem and Cannery Row are also places to visit that week. There is so much to see and do..other than quilt and buy fabric and eat. There are many quilts done about the jelly fish once people see this in person.
Below is Sandy who took my workshop at Empty Spools with her drawings blown up the right size. the quilt is about her cat Tinkerbell who she is crazy about. Obviously she is proud that she chose such a darling cat. The cat is happy too since Sandy loves her kitties and pets.
Sandy is a quilt teacher in the San Diego area and really talented....and nice also.

Below is Sandy's cat modeling for the quilt about her.

Breakfast at Empty Spools- Sandy asked for some salsa for her breakfast and they brought her two bowls...I guess they thought she really wanted alot of salsa
Sandy "thank you" for sharing your photos.
Interested in Empty Spools Seminars? Check out this website and mark it for next year.
I love recipes as many of you know. I am always collecting them, trying them and thinking about cooking and baking. Who hasn't followed the Pillsbury contests? Well, this years winner sounded like something my Grandchildren would love and my older kids and friends too so tomorrow is baking day here. For those of you who might want to try a new recipe, I am sharing. Please let me know.
Carolyn Gurtz's Pillsbury Bake-Off Million-Dollar Double Delight Peanut Butter Cookies
- makes 24 cookies -
1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts, finely chopped
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup Jif Creamy Peanut Butter
1/2 cup confectioners' powdered sugar
1 roll Pillsbury Create 'n Bake refrigerated peanut butter cookies, well chilled.
1. Heat oven to 375°F. In small bowl, mix chopped peanuts, granulated sugar, and cinnamon; set aside.
2. In another small bowl, stir peanut butter and powdered sugar until completely blended. Shape mixture into 24 (1-inch) balls.
3. Cut roll of cookie dough into 12 slices. Cut each slice in half crosswise to make 24 pieces; flatten slightly. Shape 1 cookie dough piece around 1 peanut butter ball, covering completely. Repeat with remaining dough and balls.
4. Roll each covered ball in peanut mixture; gently pat mixture completely onto balls. On ungreased large cookie sheets, place balls 2 inches apart. Spray bottom of drinking glass with Crisco original no-stick cooking spray; press into remaining peanut mixture. Flatten each ball to 1/4-inch thickness with bottom of glass. Sprinkle any remaining peanut mixture evenly on tops of cookies; gently press into dough.
5. Bake 7 to 12 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Let cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack. Store tightly covered.

1 comment:

Sandi said...

I love the picture of the jellyfish, a few years ago I went to the Vancouver aquarium and had some fun taking pictures through the glass. You never know what you will get, mind you with digital cameras the answer is a lot sooner.

I'll have to go to the aquarium again soon and see what inspiration I'll get.

I love going to zoos and photographing the animals that you can't always see in real situations.

I've been fortunate to go to Kenya and see some animals in their natural habitat along with wildlife in Canada and the U.S.A.

Hope to share some pictures soon after a trip down to Arizona and maybe over to New Mexico.

Got to get some quilts of inspiration from some of these trips.

Sandi in New Westminster. B.C.