Thanks to everyone who commented on "Zen" (the quilt). I'm really enjoying working on it... I made several more blocks today, including some green ones. The greens do make it sparkle! Of course, as more blocks are added to the design wall, it looks better.
Does anyone else do this? I've got a huge cutting table and end up using an area about 12 x 18 inches - just big enough for a cutting mat. After this top is together, the sewing room will get a good cleaning. I don't know what half of that crap is - just magazines and books I've looked at recently and kept out because there are patterns I'm interested in - and tons of notions. Don't look too close! This is where I hoop up fabric for embroidery also, and there's probably still embroidery stuff that needs to be put away.
Here's another picture of my dogs - you can see how big they are - Gracie is about 40 lbs and Goofy is close to 55 lbs.
They aren't going through that doggy door - they are waiting on me to open the door. (I never said they were smart) They will use the door if they're going out or in by themselves but if I'm going out or in, they stand there and wait on me to open the door. I just had to snap a pic of them this afternoon - its one of the things they do that makes me laugh every single time.
Do you like to cook ethnic food? I've never cooked anything besides Italian and Mexican (and Tex-Mex, which is different than Mexican). Since I started cooking again, we are interested in trying some different cuisines. Where we live, there are a lot of Chinese/Asian restaurants, along with the aforementioned Italian and Mexican. Something we have never tried - Indian food. I bought some Indian sweet pepper and coconut cooking sauce in a jar, and a package of an Indian rice mix at World Market a few weeks ago, and we prepared these for supper tonight.
This is Chicken Jalfrezi. I just cut up 4 boneless chicken breasts and Joe sauteed them in olive oil before adding the sauce. It then simmers for 20 minutes before serving. The cooking instructions recommend serving it over white rice, which would have been good. I had purchased this Indian rice pilaf, which I cooked to go with it instead.
It was really tasty - full of flavor and was so fast to make - it took 5 minutes. When I make this again, I won't do both dishes at the same time - just too many flavors going on together. I don't know much about Indian food, but I think there needs to be a variety of hot/cold, sweet/savory, and spicy/plain. So I would fix white rice with the chicken Jalfrezi, serve with a little sour cream on the side (for me; Joe hates sour cream) and a cold salad of cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions marinated in oil & vinegar. I would fix the rice pilaf with a grilled chicken breast or pork chop, and a side veggie like buttered corn with a squeeze of lime juice. So - this was a good supper and I'll buy these items again, because we liked both dishes. And, I love it when Joe comes in and helps cook. We really have a good time cooking together!