Thursday, December 9, 2021

I Like Thursday # 274


I've been quilt making!!!
Welcome to I Like Thursday where we list the small things we liked this week? Small things add up

I like quilt making and have been obsessed in making blocks with my fussy cut octagons this week as seen in the pic above. Lots of little leftover scraps add up to a beautiful quilt... like life

 I like watching videos about art supplies to give as gifts for holidays 2021...

it gave me ideas for things I might want like a sketchbook of watercolor paper that I can do small paintings on and they will be a book Link HERE. Or the micro eraser  link Here

the pentel pencil sharpener that won't break colored pencils  Link HERE

the silver black velvet watercolor brush in size 2


on ebook

audio book


I am so enjoying this story, a man who fought in the civil war as a young teen, takes a group of girls home from school for Christmas and adventures are many. So far it's endearing 

I finished the last book, in Jenn McKinley's bakery series and it was cute even though it was a murder mystery


I cannot recommend any tv shows at the moment. We finished the Great British Baking show and it was awesome this season. The Canadian version is not as good to us, plus youtube doesn't have all the shows, only a few out of all seasons. (Netflix is supposed to have them but we can't find them) 

I'm fully invested in the bachelorette this time. As an example, one of the cast offs said one of the things I hate lately, "sorry IF I hurt you/ you got hurt" she cut him off and said, that's like saying it's my fault for getting hurt by your lies, that's no apology and not good enough. In a way it's like blaming the victim. He actually got it, and said, "I'm sorry that I told mistruths and it hurt you" wow. Another cast off said about her" she listens to understand you, not just respond" and that's a good quality. 

I've been obsessed this week with baking and quilt making. 

Fine Dining

 whole wheat bread --- with a little coaching by Diane in Texas my baking guru, I made a whole wheat yeast loaf of bread that was SO GOOD!!! There were moments when I wasn't sure if it would work but it was so good dh said we should stop buying bread. It was all gone by end of 4th day however and store bought bread has preservatives to make it last.
twirl cookies
 also my goal is to make enough cookies that I'll have a tray of pretty Christmas cookies by the 24th, and I'm trying new recipes and freezing some each time. This weekend was cream cheese cookies, OMG so good soft and two bite sized. 
 Also tried cinnamon twirl cookies, which kind of unfurled but tasted good. Not that sweet so I drizzled on a thin almond icing. (half recipe made)
After talking with Joy, about school food, I wanted to try something the lunchroom ladies made.  When I taught, we looked forward to broccoli and rice casserole day. All cream of mushroom soups have stuff bad for me, so I tried making my own... recipe is HERE . It was really good except in CO the onions take four times as long to cook as most recipes say and I forgot so next time I'll use less and cook them four times as long.

We added it  into a casserole with rice, broccoli, cheese then bake. 

I love doing the Jacquie Lawson advent online calendar daily 

It's been a bit cooler the last few days, I really prefer cool weather. Unfortunately dh read that our climate in the West will be hot with no snow within 30 years. It's started already with no snow or rain, and temps about 30+ warmer than usual. Than last year.... we've been here 3 years and this is the first time it was over 100 so many days and near 70 in December. 

want to play chicken??
 Milo's Moments

Milo: I've had a lot of work this week, barking everyone away, and look forward every day to when I can quit work for the day... we three then go out for a pee, chase the toys, and mama and daddy yakity yak. 

Oh, I came upstairs yesterday to see why mama was taking so long to get dressed and found her skinning the "big bed"!!! What are you doing?? It was just right to cuddle into at night!!!

 Mama: I am changing the sheets honey, I usually do it without supervision, don't worry your blanket will still be there tonight. 

Milo: well, okay, but next time tell me first, you know how I am... 

Mama: yep! I know you! Don't like change but lovable and protective and handsome! Like Daddy.

 now please visit these fine folk to see what they liked this week, and if you write a like post, let me know to add your link in

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rosie and the boys nature pics 


Carol R. said...

>I think I'm going to try that cream cheese cookie recipe. I used to make the broccoli/cheese/rice dish years ago when my oldest grandsons were little ( they're in their 30's now); they called it 'turtle rice' (I don't know why) and that's what we've called it ever since.

Sara said...

I've done more "thinking/planning" than sewing this week, and lots of book reading instead of actually accomplishing anything useful. Your cookies look really yummy, and reminded me that making some Christmas cookies would be fun.

The whole climate change thing is really scary! Our lawn is still green - in SD in December!! That is crazy! We may see some snow tomorrow, but I'm not holding my breath.

Rebecca Jo said...

I cant wait to binge through Great British Baking!
I am so anxious to see who Michelle picks ... I love this final 3 so much. Joe is my favorite... he is just so gorgeous!!!!
I get lost on videos that show art supplies or anything crafty - I will watch them all.

Cathy said...

Those quilt pieces are beautiful!! I was just telling hubby the other day that we should watch the Great British Baking Show. I've been hearing so many people talking about it lately. Maybe we'll get to it in January. Right now we're all tied up with Hallmark and GAC Christmas movies.
Have a great day!

Sandee said...

You're having a wonderful month and then there is handsome Milo. So many thankful things.

Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday. Scritches to Milo. ♥

Brian's Home Blog said...

Your quilt is so pretty! That bread sure looks terrific, I saved the recipe, thanks. Milo, you must be barking for Santa to get there. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

grammajudyb said...

Cream cheese cookies look so good! I haven’t “Christmas Baked” in several years! Maybe I should get back in the groove. Thanks for all the links!

Kathe W. said...

wow- you have been very busy! Love the scrappy Christmas quilt you are creating- making beauty out of tiny pieces takes a lot of patience! Merry Christmas!

Carol Andrews said...

Hi LeeAnna. What wonderful gift suggestions. I love the pads of watercolour paper. I picked up some post card sized ones to add to my daughter’s Christmas present. You have been busy with your baking. I love the cream cheese and the cinnamon swirls. When I make the swirls I often add some chopped pecans to the center. So sweet of Milo to supervise you while you do the chores. Merry Christmas to you and yours.⛄️

Miaismine said...

"Lots of little leftover scraps add up to a beautiful quilt... like life" LeeAnna, this quote filled my heart and made my day. Thank you!
Your bread looks absolutely delicious! My mouth watered as I read your in the kitchen section!
Happy baking and quilting!

PaintedThread said...

Ooh - I really like your fussy cut Christmas blocks. Ah - nothing quite like fresh new art supplies... Milo is handsome as usual!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Yum on the homemade bread - it's so good that it won't last long! I've been enjoying this year's Jacquie Lawson Advent calendar, too. Milo, maybe you could help Mom with the sheets. :)

Kathleen said...

I have a really good mushroom soup I just made in the instant pot - do you use one? I love the looks of the fresh bread and really love Milo's conversation, esp, when you say he is doesn't like change....So much like my guys! Happy Thursday to you.

Angie said...

LA - homemade bread is deadly, especially when it comes out of the oven or bread maker! Warm, with butter ... never lasts long in our house! I always admire people who bake many varieties of cookies for Christmas - we only make gingerbread men, a tradition between my son and me. We have had light snow all day, and it has been absolutely delightful! I love the picture of Milo with the chicken! Sorry I have not been 'round to comment lately, but I am back now.

Joanne said...

Hi LeeAnna,
Cream cheese cookies takes me back !
Love how the quilt block turned out ! Such a fun winter quilt !
Skinning the bed :)

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

I haven't make Christmas cookies as such for years. However, lots of sweets on the go there; Tony must have a biscuit with his tea. LOL Great likes again this week as always. I can't believe we are at 274!

Annie said...

They might only be little scraps but you’ve made a really lovely quilt with them. Love the sound of all your cookies....I try not to make too many as I’m diabetic and get tempted to eat them lol . My hubby has made pecan and coconut cakes today with reduced sugar and they are really yummy. Big hugs to Milo as al2ays.
Annie x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You have made me hungry with the cookies. I love that quilt you made.It is beautiful and you didn't have to buy anything, either. Loved seeing Milo wanting to play chicken. He is such a cutie. Have a super weekend, LeeAnna.

riitta k said...

Such fun post LeeAnna. I always love Milo’s ponderings, hopefully he gets enough rest, so much work to do ! :)) Thank you for the book tips, I’ll check if I can find them as audiobooks. This week I have listened two Christmas books, both entertaining: The Arctic Curry Club by Dani Redd and The Christmas Escape by Sarah Morgan. Wishing a nice weekend.

Lisca said...

I can see you had some fun in the kitchen! It all looks delicious and is making my mouth water.
I love Milo's bit. He is so sweet.
Have a lovely weekend,

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi LeeAnna! Oh that snowman in the middle of your block is so darn cute. Wow, that's a huge change in climate. We're going to be 60 next week after the middle of the state is getting 12 - 18 inches of snow tonight through tomorrow. Egad. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

Rosemary Dickinson said...

I love your blocks! Your fabric just shines in them! Your cookies look great. I wouldn't refuse one! Our temperature is going to be in the 60's today. Strange weather for sure! Give Milo a hug for me! said...

Oh your cookies look very good. We have warm temps today, but the wind has been horrendous with gust up to 60 mph. I had to hurry and finish reading an actual physical book from the library the other day because it was due and I could not renew it. Milo I am go happy you oversee the housekeeping, and keep mama on task.

Sandee said...

Love the cookies. Yummy and then there is handsome Milo. It's always good to see him.

Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

Have a great day. Scritches to Milo. ♥

Barbara Nimmo said...

Thank you for sharing your "I Like Thursday" series and brightening our days with your positive outlook. I look forward to reading more of your blog and discovering the small joys that make life truly special.
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