An outing day!
Before April, I hated going to the grocery store. Chris did 95% of the shopping and he went to the store every day because it's right next to his workout place. I would go about once every 2 weeks to Wegmans or Kroger to get my allergy foods. Occasionally he would even do that for me. Watching me in a store must be hilarious because I never know where anything is and I wander back and forth just waiting for the one thing I need to jump out at me.
Times have changed and now it's a weekly debate on who gets the excitement of a trip to the store. Yesterday was a bonus day because we both got to go. Chris had to go to Costco and I went to Wegmans (a store that is still stupidly allowing people to bring in reusable shopping bags). I needed to get Mom's groceries, my special allergy foods and baking supplies.
I needed baking supplies because I'm on another (probably futile) quest for new gluten-free, nut-free and vegan dessert options. These little unappetizing white disks are the latest experiment. You won't be able to guess so I'll just tell you that these are sugar cookies and they turned out exactly like the recipe intended. Gluten-free vegan baked goods generally don't brown which doesn't help with making them tolerable. These sugar cookies are made with confectioners sugar and, honestly, they taste like sugar wafers. They were supposed to be frosted but the though of that made my teeth hurt. Chris says that peanut butter helps. Regardless, this recipe in not a keeper.
About 80% of the recipes that I try are fails. GFV food just isn't really all that good. I had a lemon meringue pie phase last year that yielded nothing but yellow slime and some pretty expensive garbage. Chris said yesterday that I had 4 good recipes (that he likes) and that I needed stick with them (because he wants some chocolate chip cookies apparently). But I won't. I'll keep experimenting. I already have another sugar cookie recipe (made with almond flour) ready to try. I've got a lot of time to try out lots of new recipes.
I can only spend so much time in the kitchen so I decided to get two more veterans quilts quilted this weekend. Peg made both of these and dropped them off last week at my request. I wanted something to quilt while I waited for the backing and batting for my vintage flower quilt.
Peg is a great scrap quilter and she makes lots of charity quilts. Some are for our veterans and some for our local women's shelter.
I had this pretty blue for the backing and both were quilted in this stars and ribbons pantograph.
I do love a quick project. Meanwhile the backing fabrics arrived!
Years ago there were lots of options for wide backs in 30's reproduction prints but that is no longer the case. Once again I'm swimming against the fashion tide. But eventually I found these at Backside Fabrics. What a great little shop! You can order free swatches right from the website. I ordered swatches of these plus one more repro in green and white. I was certain that the green/white one was going to work and I was completely wrong. The swatches saved me. These got pre-soaked this weekend and I'm happy to report that neither fabric bleeds.
I also found this fabric! I fell in love with this digital print and just had to have it. I showed it to my sister-in-law and she wants it for the back of the cat quilt. It also doesn't bleed and the colors are very vibrant.
Today is dyeing day but hopefully I can get that done with time left for some more cat making. I'll try some more experimental baking later in the week.
4/15/2020 11:08:40 am
The quilts look great!
4/15/2020 11:47:12 am
The veteran’s quilts look great, Vicki! Hope your sugar cookies turn out with the almond flour. I have an almond flour carrot cake recipe I adore—so I think there’s hope for your cookies. I’m curious as to how you will like the digitally printed fabric as a backing. I’ve read on other blogs that there was disappointment, as every needle hole showed white. Perhaps it was the kind of needle used? Please let us know how it works for you.
4/15/2020 11:50:41 am
I have a recipe for a coconut rice pudding made in a slow cooker. If you're interested, let me know and I'll send it to you.
I have used almond flour and a gluten free flour that comes in bags and says use cup for cup in a recipe and combining the two worked great for chocolate chip cookies. i just used the regular chocolate chip cookie recipe and traded out the flour, same with carrot cake and things like that - slightly less of the almond flour for that - I was trying a few things a couple years ago when we thought our granddaughter would need to go gluten free.
4/15/2020 04:59:17 pm
I like this site for recipes:
4/16/2020 08:17:39 am
I need to send you the "cookie" recipe that I have using almond flour. Oh wait! can you use eggs? If not you might be able to replace the egg with whatever egg replacer you use, but it would be an experiment.
It is pitiful that we look forward to going to the grocery store, LOL, we do the same. But, I am still using my own bags, and the self check out to minimize contact. I don't buy that much at one time, and I do not trust the people supposedly 'sanitizing' the carts. I watched them last time, and all they are doing is wiping off the handle, not the whole cart. So, I carry my bag and when I get the items on my list, I am done.
4/16/2020 09:56:06 am
I haven't been to the grocery store since April 5th. I hope to make it a couple more weeks before I have to go. You are keeping very busy with the veteran quilts and dyeing. Those backing fabrics will look wonderful on the backs of the vintage flower quilts.
4/16/2020 09:58:40 am
I have had so many Gf nut free failures I totally feel your pain.... LOVE your Veterans quilts - and that panel - wow - that is going to be so cool!
4/16/2020 04:04:05 pm
A couple of years ago I made a fabulous chocolate dessert for my gluten and dairy free guest. It did have eggs so they would need some substitution. Everyone loved it. However it used almond flour. You stated nut free but then mentioned that you were going to use a recipe with almond flour. Are almonds ok? If so I will hunt up the recipe and check the ingredients again.
4/18/2020 11:46:57 am
ooooh - I LOVE that outer space fabric! How perfect would that be for a grandson (or three!). Wonder if I can get it here. Wish I could help with the gluten free thing but it's not an issue here so haven't had to delve into it. Like you I'm not a fan of grocery shopping (or shopping of any sort, to be truthful) but it's all falling to me now. DH fits in the danger category so he has to stay away. He drives the getaway car though!
4/18/2020 11:47:55 am
ps. - do you know the manufacturer of that fabric?
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.