The other night after the rains from Cyclone Ului had subsided we went for our nightly walk around the school grounds. The earth was like quicksand in some places, and as we tend to walk after sunset, we missed avoiding some of those sink holes. This is how I have spent the week so far...
Of course the upside is that I'm pretty much tied to the house and that means I need to occupy myself with more sedentary pursuits like these new designs I came up with (sorry, just sneak peeks!!)...
...and I finally stitched the label to my Shabby Roses Quilt!
Isn't it lovely how when you're having a bit of an off day a friend sends you a gift and it makes the day extra special?
This week I received two belated birthday gifts. My very dear friend Ruth, whom I have known and loved now for almost 10 years (she was a guiding hand when I was a fledgling homeschool mum all those years ago) has a delight for crochet, and she made these BEEOOTIFUL goodies for me from her talented hands...
And sweet Lurline, who is recovering right now from surgery (pray a healing prayer for her, would you please - and for her hubby too) sent me this precious bag filled with fabric that is *just right* (to quote Goldilocks).
Magazines have also arrived, and this month I have my "Oopsie Daisies" Door Stopper published in Creating Country Threads...
...and the "In My Garden" Bunting published in Patchwork & Stitching!
Of course, with all that designing and stitching I needed some good wholesome fare, so last night I made one of Blossom's and my favourite meals, Beef Casserole & Dumplings. It was soooo yummy!!!
Now that the weather is hovering around a much cooler 30C (86F) I plan on making more autumn casseroles and some tasty soups. Autumn food is my comfort food; those thick and flavoursome slow cooked meals remind me of my childhood and my nana who raised me on next-to-nothing, but was the BEST cook ever. The atmosphere in her kitchen, the aromas, the tablecloth and polished cutlery, the meals she prepared for me and my grandfather - they all still linger in my memory decades later.
She was a tiny, cuddly woman who gave me hugs that wrapped me, body and heart, to her forever. Whenever I need comfort food I make one of nana's luscious custards (she made 3 different kinds) and my all time favourite meal - sausages with onion gravy on creamy whipped mashed potato with fresh green peas scattered around - just the way she did.
Who's cooking do you remember from childhood? Do you have a certain comfort meal?