Well, of course, I’ve been celebrating with family and friends. That goes without saying. And I’ve been making some plans for the blog for the new year, but I have also made a few things.
When I first retired, I made a goal of learning to make the perfect cheesecake. For my first attempt, I tried a recipe from Cook’s Illustrated which I had had around for quite awhile. The recipe was so good, that I’ve never felt the need to practice more. (The recipe can be found here if you are interested. I think you need a membership or a free trial membership in order to see the recipe but it is worth it. Totally worth it.) I made one to take to a Christmas party a week or so ago. It’s a New York style so it is supposed to be pretty brown on top. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Also, it is still in the pan at this point. Somehow I totally forgot to take pictures of it once I put it on the plate. We had tart cherry pie topping from Cherry Republic to serve it with.
For Christmas, I had told my eldest daughter that I wanted an 8 x 10 portrait of her since it had been awhile. She didn’t seem to think that it was a very good idea so when I opened my gift from her, this is what I saw:
I also finally made it down to the basement to work on the Christmas tree skirt. I’ve sort of been frozen in place on this one for a couple of reasons. First, I had not yet finished cutting the fabric for this one because I’m not sure that I don’t want to change one of my color choices. But the main reason is that I was intimidated by the whole Judy Niemeyer paper piecing thing. Which is a bit silly because her directions are incredibly detailed and fairly easy to follow.
I finally sucked it up, pulled on my big girl panties, and started on Unit A.
A little progress
There are actually 8 of them.
I got this lovely card from Kati of Kati’s Quilting and Sewing:
And I finally cleaned up around my machine enough to take a picture of her modeling her sewing machine mat made by Katie of Katie’s Quilting Corner.
That’s it for this update!