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Monday, September 26, 2011

What a Week!

What a week it was!  I had the flu worse than I have had in years.  I came down with it Tuesday night and it was like a lost week.  My fever was so high at one point, I think I lost about a day and a half!  My husband's birthday was Friday and we didn't get to go away like we planned but we were able to make the trip Sunday.  I am on an antibiotic for an Upper Respiratory infection and I am feeling better every day. 

I took the opportunity to do some sit-down hand stitching on some scrap coasters for my craft room.  I got the idea from that cool felt craft book I got the fox pin out of.  They turned out cute and I had everything I needed to make them.  I used cd's for the shape.  I like a big coaster so that worked out well.  I used scraps from my sewing apron I made.  I love that fabric with the sewing machines, dress forms and most importantly-cats!  How appropriate for a craft room.  I used all blue felt but I like the example in the book where they used different colors. 

I was feeling up to having pizza night Saturday.  I made two kinds.  One was just a very simple Sloppy Joe pizza with ground beef browned with a can of Manwich sauce added.  Put that mixture on a Boboli crust and top with cheese.  Bake according to the crust directions.  It was a big hit with the boys.  The slice on the right was a garlic mashed potato pizza I saw on Joyful Homemaking.  I used caramelized Vidalia onions instead of red ones and I used a pizza blend shredded cheese but it was yummy.  It reminded me of pierogies.  Very different and very delicious.

I also wanted to show you a fantastic warm drink now that we are heading into Fall.  It is a hot malted milk and I got  the recipe from Claire Robinson's show on Food Network.  You just warm 4 cups of milk with a split and scraped vanilla bean.  Add 2/3 cup plain malt powder and 1/4 cup brown sugar.  Stir until there are no lumps.  Pull out the vanilla bean and serve.  I love all those flecks of vanilla flavor.  What I like about this is that you can put the leftover drink in the fridge and warm it in the microwave as you would like it.  It hit the spot. 

I bought the cutest Halloween decoration I have ever seen when my husband and I were away yesterday.  I will take a picture and show you next week.  Normally, I do all my Halloween decorating the first of October but there is a big family wedding next Saturday and my birthday is Sunday, so I am hoping I can at least start it.  I have 2 cute Halloween projects I am working on now and I want to finish them. 

Dancing With The Stars has started up again for a new season and you know how obsessed I become with that!  It is too soon to pick a favorite, but I will be watching tonight.  Have a wonderful week and take care.  Nancy  


  1. Hi Nancy,
    That book has been a really Great Find! I like a big coaster too, I always have a drink nearby when I'm in my studio. I need to make some of these and funny thing is, I have that cat sewingroom fabric too!
    Glad you're feeling better, I'll see you again soon.

    XX susie

  2. I love the round coasters. They're really unique!

  3. Glad to hear you are feeling better. Your coasters are nice, and thanks for the food inspiiration, I am going to have to try the malted milk :)

  4. Hope you're all better now - I LOVE your coasters - great way to use up scraps!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  5. I hope you start feeling back to normal very soon, being sick is no fun. The coasters are really cute, amazing you felt well enough to make them.
    Quilting by the River

  6. Love those coasters! Hope you're feeling much better soon! :)

  7. Those round coasters are great! I'm thinking they would work great for wine glasses :)
    Feel better!

  8. I really like the coasters! Maybe you could share a tutorial? Thank you for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

  9. those look so great! i love coasters:)

  10. love those coasters and even though I'm already stuffed with pizza, I'm drooling over yours! Thank you for linking up to WWWW! Sorry this is so late in coming, but I'm featuring you!