Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I will be brief...Last night Paton, the girls & I walked to see the holiday shop windows...My favorite windows BY FAR, were at Bergdorf Goodman...
The entire moon was decoupaged with small bits of newspaper. The craftsmanship of this series of vignettes was spectacular. Each window looked like it took hundreds of hours of work to make all of the intricate "3-d collage" pieces, and seemingly days to actually install each piece into place. I had to remember to not drool on the glass as I got close enough for some of these shots!
No details were spared...
This is just one of almost a dozen fabulous large and small windows at BG. I took almost 200 pictures last night, and I hope to be back with more holiday magic as soon as time permits.
IMHO, Christmas is the most inspirational time to be in New York. I highly recommend it.
It has turned into a lovely winter's day today. I took a break to take some snap shots of some of the quilts that we made with the new Teatime Floral fabrics in the great room at the lake house. This first one is the Medallions quilt. The border details are some of my favorites...a small striped inner border & an over sized bias printed gingham, used as a binding. I just love the way all of the pinks, creams, flax & khakis go together in this new color palette, and hope you will too...
I've just put more pictures of new quilts made withe the Teatime Floral fabrics up on the Teatime Floral Projects page too, so click hereto see more.
We have well over a foot of snow today in Sterling Forest...It's really quite picturesque. I left the camera at the office, so I'll focus on adding all sorts of little goodies to the blog and website, (like the new projects area link on the left...CHECK IT OUT!). Cheryl (who lives nearby) is in her studio making a bunch of quilts for us to go to the magazines by early January. (In addition to the Christmas long-arming projects she's promised her customers.) I should have some new sneak peek quilt pics for you very soon...
It looks like Paton has the flu, so I'll share with you a delicious oatmeal concoction made for him today to cheer him up (the picture is from the last time I made it)...It's caramely, nutty and oh-so-satisfying on a cold winter's morning. I am not a huge banana fan, but this recipe IMHO, makes bananas taste as good as they get.
I've named it "Mama Bear Porridge"...
With only two of us for breakfast most of the time, it's really easy for us to have overly ripe bananas in the house (if you start with brown ones, they'll melt in your mouth after you cook them). Being a frugal beagle, I hate to waste food...that's what prompted this recipe. We still have no oven (that's 2 years, 8 months & counting gals!), so banana bread was out of the question. Our "kitchen" set-up here is not much different than my NYC apt. It's small, but I've become accustomed...
"Mama Bear Porridge"
Allow one brown banana per person, peel one side, cut into penny shapes while still in the peel, and set aside.
Boil the water for your oatmeal...following the recipe on the drum for the amount of people you are making
oatmeal for. I use Old Fashioned Quaker Oats. It takes about
5-7 minutes to cook, and has more texture than quick oats...I also
add a little extra oatmeal, because we like it thick, & we like to add a good amount of milk to our oatmeal, just before we eat it.
Once the water has come to a full boil, I add the oatmeal & I doctor it up... To the basic recipe, I add a tsp of honey per person, a couple of shakes of cinnamon & approximately 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract per serving as well.
While the oatmeal is cooking, you make the topping:
In a small heavy bottomed sauce pan, add a tsp of butter for each person. Get the butter hot and bubbly, but don't let it burn. Add a scant handful of broken walnut pieces per person.
Now add a pinch of salt. Swirl the nuts around in the pan for a minute or so, just until they start to brown, & you can smell that toasted-nutty flavor... Pick the walnut pieces out of the pan (leaving as much of the butter in the pan as possible) and set aside in a small bowl.
Add your banana penny's into the buttery pan. Allow to melt down a bit, as you swirl them around in the pan, (the banana shouldn't stick). Continue to cook until the bananas are all melted and caramelized, it won't take too long. Remember to check your oatmeal...once it's done, just put a lid on it and turn off the burner.
To each bowl, add your oatmeal, then the bananas, nuts, your milk or cream around the edge of your bowl, an extra shake of cinnamon, and a swirl of maple syrup, to top it all off!
"Mama Bear Porridge" It's just "scrumpty", if I do say so myself.
Here's a hint: this tastes even better if you eat it with an antique silver spool that you bought at a flea market. Mine cost me about $2.00 at the Port de Vanves in Paris. It one of my "frugal luxuries".
Back in two shakes...H2
PS I'm writing my first FREE "click & print" online pattern NOW, so check back soon.
It's been a while, my how time flies, but we have been busy little bees here at the studio. So I have many new things to show and tell...
I decided that we needed a new way to present our quilt patterns. Our distributors can only stock one pattern front for each pattern, but we like to explore many fabric variations for every quilt top we do. So that means your local quilt shop owners haven't been able to show you all of the different variations on a quilt top that we do.
Until now, there has been no way for us to be able to show quilters worldwide the different fabric combinations for quilt top designs that we show in our sales support booklet. To that end, we have come up with a slightly different way to make our pattern fronts available to you via our website...starting today, we will have downloadable click & print pattern fronts for your personal use, for all of the new projects that we presented at Fall Quilt Market.
We will have 8 new projects for the Doll Dresses fabrics...
We also have 14 new projects for the Teatime Floral fabrics...
Here's the link for our New Projects Page, it will tell you everything you need to know about our new project patterns.
I've got lots of other yummy things for you to look at coming up before the end of the year, so come back soon.