Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Easy Summer Dessert

Summertime means that we have so many yummy fruits available....peaches, blueberries and strawberries to name a few.   These fruits taste so yummy on cheesecake. Many do not consider Cheesecake an easy dessert but I am sharing a recipe that I have used for over 35 years. I call it Liane's Cheesecake. Liane was my neighbor in Louisville. We were both young moms and our daughters were good friends. I can still see Liane standing in her doorway as Amelia walked down the sidewalk to play with Lauren.  And other days I would stand in the door way and wait for Lauren to walk to our house.  Liane and I shared lots of common interests including crafts and cooking.

One day I mentioned to Liane that I enjoyed cheesecake but it was so difficult to make. ( I was not a very experienced cook at that time). Liane gave me her recipe and I have used it and shared it over the years.  I have probably shared this before but I have some new readers who might like to try this recipe.

Liane's Cheesecake

1 Keebler graham cracker pie crust ( purchase the larger extra two serving size) These can be hard to find so I pick up several when I find them in the stores.

1 pound sour cream
1 block cream cheese( softened)
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla.

Beat cream cheese and sugar until well mixed.  Add sour cream, eggs and vanilla.  Mix well.

Pour into pie crust and bake at 375 for 35 to 40 minutes.

Refrigerate 8 hours before serving.

Cut into slices and serve plain or add the topping of your choice.

The hardest thing about this cheesecake is allowing it to sit in the fridge for 8 hours. This is a great company dessert as it is made ahead and you have one dish marked off your list!!

Monday, July 13, 2020

The Stream

Well it is more like The Sauna here as Summer has finally arrived at Nanaland. I cannot complain as this has been a milder summer so far.  After all it is July in Alabama.

1. As you may remember I am on a quest to read the Eight Perfect Murders as described in Peter Swanson's novel by the same name. I am trying to find them at the library but without much luck as many are older books. I did find The Secret History by Donna Tartt at the library and while the murder may have been perfect, the characters in the book are less than stellar. Thanks to Thrift Books, I found The Red House Mystery by A A Milne. So far I am making myself read it but I will say I wish Winnie the Pooh was one of the characters. However I cannot see Pooh or his friends as the murdering types.:)

2. I will be taking a blog break the week of the 20th. I am going to be keeping Audrey and Joshua all week so Nana is going to be tired. Grandpa is here as back up but you all know the mamas do most of the work. I am trying to find crafts etc for us to do as many things are shut down here.

3. I spent some time in the attic/craft room on Saturday. I have decided to clean out some of my craft supplies as I just do not use them very much. I also went through boxes of seasonal decor and pared it down. The little thrift store just up the road makes it easy to let go of things I have been holding on to as their profits go to missions.  I am thinking of getting a slim Christmas tree this year and really using only much loved ornaments on it.  I love Christmas but putting it all out and then putting it away is getting to be a chore. And Christmas should be enjoyed.

4. I am loving my "smart" tv thanks to the fire stick. Now I can watch Floss Tube on the big screen. I have been missing some of my regular floss tube stitchers but I found two new young stitchers you might enjoy watching on Floss Tube. One is Mountain Laurel Stitcher. She is a children's librarian as well as a stitcher and shares a book at the end of each floss tube.  Elizabeth Ann Can Stitch is another young stitcher who lives in Austin, Texas. She is such a prolific stitcher....amazing. And finally  Georgia Girl Stitcher. Megan is starting med school at Auburn and she said she will probably just post once a month. If I were in med school, I would need cross stitch to calm down at the end of every day. It is fun to see young woman carrying on the craft that we love.

5. Regarding the tv, so far we have-not chosen a streaming service. We have been watching a lot of our favorite old British shows on You Tube.  Morse, Poirot etc are there in abundance. Also Lord Peter Wimsey and Inspector Alleyn. We watched many of these detective shows on Mystery on PBS years ago.

6. I will have some new photos to share soon. Charles and Nancy had some family photos done in a sunflower field. They were nice but Joshua was having none of it. He just looked very unhappy in all of them. So Nancy took him to the photographer's studio for a do over.  I need a picture of Joshua to add to my grands wall so fingers crossed I will have one to add to my gallery.  This situation reminded me of the time I took all three of mine to get a picture made. Ben was five, Amelia was four and Charles was one. We called it the funeral photo as it looked as if they were all in mourning. The photographer did his best but they were REFUSING to smile.  And this is why picture day is always so stressful!!

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Saturday Stitching

Well it has been a Jolly July so far here in Nanaland.

I have one FFO....MY Christmas List by Silver Creek Samplers.

 Here it is all rolled up and tied. I got this idea from Stephanie Webb at Lindy Stitches.
And here it is unrolled.  So often we stitch things and we really do not get to sit and look at the final product. This finish makes this more of a Christmas book or scroll.  I used the darker fabric on the inside and the contrasting material on the outside.   This will probably sit in the dough bowl with other Christmas goodies when December rolls around.

Ornaments were stitched daily....

I finished this one! Mani di Donna is the designer for this ornament. It is stitched on 32 count blue gingham.

I got a good start on Rack Stack by Plum Street.  I love the holly. It is stitched on a 32 count fabric from Jen's Stitching Niche.   I am using two strands of floss on this piece.  A reader asked how I decide if I will use one strand or two strands on 32 count. It really depends on the fabric. Some fabric seems to shrink more in the dying process so I only use one strand of floss if that is the case. I use two strands of floss if it does not look too bulky.   If I am stitching a prim piece, I only use one strand of floss. ( Check out the finished ornament above ...I only used one strand on that stitch. But it is definitely prim.)

Another finish. It looks very different from Cathy Habermann's Chalkful ornament.  Hands on Design  charted this one with a border.  I decided to give it a more prim look by leaving off the border.

Good progress on Ebenezer's Blessing by Erica Michaels.  I am stitching this on 16 count Tarnish Aida from Jen's Stitching Niche.  English Ivy and Cupid by Classic Colorworks are the flosses used here.

And now since it is Jolly July and Christmas means gifts for special people. I am giving away this chart by Madame Chantilly. Never used so in perfect condition.  To be entered into the giveaway ...answer this question.....What is your favorite Christmas movie??? Do not use the word giveaway and you must be over 18 and live in the continental USA. Good Luck. I will announce the winner next Saturday!

Joyful Stitching to one and all!

Friday, July 10, 2020

Friday Five

1. Amelia sent this to me for a chuckle. Did your mother ever tell you to quit being ugly. It is a Southern Thing. It has a special meaning to us because it brings back a memory of a three year old Kendall. We were in New Jersey for son Charles' wedding. It had been a long drive, all the tensions that go with weddings and Kendall had just about had her fill. She and Grandpa were outside the church before the rehearsal, enjoying a small playground on the property. Marvin asked her, " Are you ready to go inside and be nice or are you going to stay out here and be ugly?" ( Stupid Question award, Grandpa) She replied, "I want to stay out here and be ugly!!!"

2. Marvin caught this picture of a hummingbird on her nest in a tree just off our front porch at Grimmwood. Isn't it amazing?

3. The Rolling Store. I took a snapshot of this picture my mother had in an old scrapbook of hers. The Rolling Store was stopping at a farm in our county.   I just loved the Rolling Store.

4. Flowers from my sweet neighbor. They were right out of her yard. Daisies are such a cheerful flower.  Remember that line from You've Got Mail????

5. Covid Humor....Sometimes we just have to laugh. And I did when I saw No David, turned to No. Covid. ......Masks for Sale instead of Caps for Sale and finally Alexander has a very bad year and not just a bad day. As for Miss Nelson, I am not sure who she is but as a preschool teacher, I regularly read the other three books to my class.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

The Hoover Grimmlins

Well say goodbye to the Hoover Grimmlins because in a few weeks they will be moving to their new home in Birmingham. They will be the BHam Grimmlins.

We were so glad to get to have these three with us while their parents attended Brandon's funeral.

Margaret got some patriotic Color Street Nails. You can find  your own Color Street nails at A Pop of Color Nails  with Kaylyn on Facebook.

I get two manicures out of each packet of nails so I saved these for my girl. We had matching nails.

Elliott is full of charm...look at that snaggle toothed grin.  In the top photo he was zoomed in on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs on tv.

Baylor likes to sit and rock.... I will hold him as long as I can. He was having an apple and watching Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs as well.

  Grandpa with his boys.

And one with his girl....

Marvin and I realize it won't be long before the snuggles will be few and far between.  We will take what we can get when we can get it.

One new reader asked where we live that we can get together with family. We are in North Alabama. Marvin and I are cautious but we enjoy seeing our grands.

I think we are all going to have to learn to live with covid until there is a vaccine.  Hopefully that will come soon.

Have a wonderful Wednesday friends.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Checking In

And that is about all I am doing today friends. We had a nice time at Grimmwood enjoying the scenery, family and friends. I had an opportunity to meet up with a Morris cousin and we compared our genealogy finds.  Kelly is such a sweet girl and has done lots of family research on our common lines, the Morris and Kincaid family.  We both get excited just talking about genealogy.

We had to come home a day early as Ben lost one of his best friends on Thursday.  Brandon was a young man we have known since the boys were in middle school at Cornerstone Christian School. Brandon was Ben's roommate before Ben got married and Brandon went on the mission field to Morocco.  We do not know the cause of his death as of yet. He did not feel well, laid down and just stopped breathing.  Please remember the Smith family in your prayers. Brandon was an only child and my heart aches for his parents.  We kept the Grimmlins so Ben and Katy could attend the funeral.

This year has certainly been a hard one for many families. I am praying the second half of 2020 is better than the first half.  I will be back on Wednesday with a cheerier post.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Saturday Stitching

 This week I decided to work on three projects that had been lingering in the WIP basket.  In fact  I purchased a bigger basket at TJ Maxx to hold all my lovely WIPs. They are arranged in an orderly fashion and not jumbled haphazardly in the old container.

First up is Riley Harbor by Kathy Barrick.  I finished up the Olive House on the second row and moved down to stitch some water. I love that blue color, it is called Caribbean Waters and it is a lovely blue.  I do need to put in the road under the houses but that can wait. I needed a change from Houses.  My Jane Austen needle minder is watching over the proceedings.

 The fabric arrived for G Legere. I found some nice 16 count aida at KittenStitcher. This is a piece that her son, Graham dyed. He calls his fabrics Graham Cracker Designs.

If any of you are thinking of stitching this...forget that DMC conversion. Well some of the colors work but others do not.  My advice would be to take the photo of the chart and pick out your own colors for the letters etc.  The letters that appear reddish pink on the chart were charted for a Tennessee Orange. I had even stitched it thinking...oh maybe it will look ok, but NO, Just NO.  I have enjoyed stitching these pretty letters. G Legere is a BIG sampler so it will take a while. You may notice I left off the border. I am not a Border Lover...they always give me fits and when framed often make the piece look crooked. So I am just going to have a mat added when I have it framed. That will be my border. I know all you devoted sampler stitchers are shuddering in dismay but I am saving my sanity by leaving it off. I did not think it was such a great border anyway. :)

 I had to show you the difference in my Kringles piece.  The top is stitched in the called for EGGSHELL. The bottom is stitched in 3685DMC.  It looks much better in my opinion. Several ladies pointed out that the snow in Eggshell looked rather as if a dog had done his business there.:) And that is NOT the look I was going for!! Thanks for all your input. It gave me the courage to do what had to be done.
I made progress on my Blackbird piece as well. It will not be fully finished until next July 4th but it sure is pretty if I do say so myself.  BTW, Happy 4th!!

On to Jolly July....

I ordered several pieces of fabric from Jen's Stitching Niche to use on my Jolly July Stitching.  Be sure and check out Jen and Kitten Stitcher. Their fabrics are lovely. Since they live in Mississippi and I live in Alabama, I get very quick service from both ladies.

These two charts came from 123 Stitch.

Rack Stack came from can see some of the fabric in the background.

 These two came from Notforgotten Farm. Why is there a bunny included? Well my friend, Deborah, saw this bunny on Carol's blog....Stitching Dreams. She really liked it so I told her I would be glad to stitch it for her. I may just stitch one for me as well.

Have a good week friends...maybe I will have some Christmas ornaments to share next Saturday.