Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Keeping busy

Oh my, it must looks like I haven't done anything for a while - WRONG! I'm keeping busy!

I helped make mission pies a few days. Our church, along with a few others, take orders and make pies before Easter and Thanksgiving each year. The profits go toward our mission trips. We have a small core group of volunteers that do most of the work during the week and then volunteers from each of the churches come to help mostly on Saturdays.  Ray makes crumb topping and I roll pie dough. Every time we work, it takes a day or two for our bodies to recover.
These pies are sooooo good!
I began quilting this quilt - I just need a little more time! I took it off of the machine so I could attend a day retreat at Lucky 2B Quilting last week and haven't had time to get it finished. I had a great time at the retreat but did not take one picture!

I made a gift but I can't show it yet. Here's a peek:

I've been knitting but I ended up frogging a pair of cool socks because they were too big. I'll knit them again with a different pattern. 
Cool yarn from Knit Circus
I finished knitting Ray's sweater - I just need to sew the pieces together.

I mended two jackets for Ray. Ugh! I really do love him or else I wouldn't have done this! I had to go through inside seams to get to the areas to mend. This took most of two days. It took more than four hours just to tear the cuffs off of one jacket (the elastic was worn out). Does anyone like to mend???

I dehydrated some rice to make instant rice. Instant rice made this way still has all of the nutrients. I cooked some brown rice in chicken broth and when it was done, I added some soy sauce. Then I dehydrated it. Now we have instant flavored rice which we'll be trying soon!

I'm getting things ready for an upcoming quilt retreat.

We decided to go on a little get away in April - a photo class for Ray, a visit with family, and a tour of the Budweiser Clydesdales Breeding Farm. It will be fun and we're hoping to see some foals.

And we are both still finalizing things for our upcoming trip to the northeast in a couple of months.

Time seems to be flying by so I'll just wish everyone a Happy Easter now. May God bless you.


  1. I can't wait to hear about the Breeding Farm. It's 2-3 hours from us, and I've thought about going there, taking my oldest granddaughter who loves horses. Happy Easter to you!

  2. Oh my!!! You certainly have NOT been sitting around!!! The pies look amazing!!!! All the other projects send my head whirling!!! And, no, I dislike that mending thing, also!!!!! Easter Blessings to you and yours....................

    1. Our 'leader' for the pies, Lola, is a Pie Master! People will often ask, Are those Lola pies? It's a fun group to work and be associated with. We are getting some winter weather today - glad you are still down south!

  3. You are a busy bee! Those pies look so yummy and love seeing your quilty things. The sweater is amazing!

  4. Ok you have to tell me about the rice - how do you cook it once you've dehydrated it? I can't wait to hear about this! blessings, marlene

  5. My goodness, you HAVE been keeping busy! Dehydrated rice - an interesting concept. I don't eat soy, but I bet it could be flavored with something else! Have fun on your outings!



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