Finished my Sparkle Punch Quilt Along ~ Oh, Fransson!

I joined in on Elizabeth’s (of Oh, Fransson!) quilt along and FINALLY finished a baby sized quilt. It was going to be bigger, but a few other quilts got in the way, and one of them is a paying customer! YEA!

I used reproduction 1930’s fabrics. The longest part was making the wonky part of the stars…the top pieced right fast! Will give it another try later with different fabrics. 🙂

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More Pyramid Lake…Tufa Mounds

TUFA ~ deposits of calcium carbonate formed within the lake.

There are three tufa varieties, including lithoid (dense), thinolitic (crystalline), and dendritic (branching). Two other varieties have been noted in Pyramid Lake area: A fine-grained carbonate that cements sand and gravel forming beach rock, and a thin white porous carbonate that coats outer surfaces of older tufas.

You can see the shore lines of old Lake Lahontan up in the hills to the right.

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The Needles ~ I used to soak in the hot springs at the north end of the lake while in high school and college. They have since been closed by the Paiute Tribe due to people vandalizing the area.

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I think these would be called Thinolite crystals.

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This just looks like a brain to me. LOL!

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More of the old shore lines of Lake Lahontan.


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Beachrock Tufa ~

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Indian Head Rock tufa mound is composed of interlocking spheres and barrels…and behind me, where I was standing to take this picture was the beachrock slabs.

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Concentric layers of dense tufa.

Pyramid Lake ~ The Pyramid, Anaho Island, and a Pelican

When visiting Pyramid Lake we usually don’t get any further south than Wino Beach, but after heading north a bit I decided on going south through Nixon so we could check out the new park we spotted in Lockwood.

So I did a few u-turns along the Sutcliffe/Nixon road (west side of lake)…one u-turn was when I spied (new to me) a binocular station at the south end of the lake right at Popcorn Rock.


(Pyramid dead center with Anaho Island behind the pelican)

It was a viewing area for the American White Pelicans, or Panosa in Paiute. 🙂 One of my “favoritist” birds, ever. Anaho Island, at Pyramid Lake, has been the the largest nesting colony, of the American White Pelican, in the western United States for centuries. After wintering in Southern California and Mexico they head back up in early March.

Guess who was early! Sorry…but he was way on the other side of the lake, that is the best shot I could get.

Following are a few photos of the Pyramid and Anaho Island.


Anaho Island is to the far right, with the pyramid center right.


Anaho Island to the right with the pyramid to the left.

Tomorrow I’ll post some tufa pictures and an the old train route from Wendell, California to Wadsworth, NV.

Two New Recipes to Try ~

I love trying new recipes…or, just throwing stuff together from the pantry/frig.

Am going to share two of them, one from our local newspaper on 29 January 2012 ~ Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Meatballs. I’ll give you their ingredients and then my extras that I added.

1 small (1.5 pounds) spaghetti squash
1/2 cup water
6 ounces lean ground turkey
1 slice whole wheat bread
1 egg
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cups marinana sauce
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
Chopped fresh oregano

Cut squash in half lengthwise. Place cut side down in microwave safe dish with lid. Add water and seal the lid. Cook on high 8 minutes. Meanwhile, chop bread into tiny dice. In a large bowl, combine turkey, bread crumbs, egg and seasoning. Use your hands to mix well and shape into 2 inch balls. Remove squash from microwave and set aside to cool. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add meatballs and cook, turning often, until cooked through, about 7 minutes. Add sauce and reduce heat to low. When squash is cool enough to handle, remove and discard seeds, then use a fork to scrape out the stringy flesh. Add 3 cups squash to the pan with sauce and meatballs, toss well. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and oregano.

(NO PICTURES – sorry…we dug in and ate it all before I realized I didn’t get any pictures)

MY VERSION of above ~

My squash was pretty dang big. Probably 10″ in length so I cut in quarters, put them flesh down into a pie tin with some water and stuck it in the oven at 450F for 30 minutes. (Not big with microwave)

I mixed 20-oz package of ground turkey with 2 eggs, 1 cup of brown rice (had in the frig from another meal), 3 pieces of Milton’s Multi-grained bread, 1 tsp each of dried oregano, thyme, Italian parsley (from my garden). My mixture made up 20 2″ meatballs…I put them on parchment paper/cookie tin and stuck them in the frig until the squash was done. Scoop the squash into a bowl once cooked.

In a large fry pan I heated up 1 TBSP olive oil and cooked all 20 meatballs (covered)…definitely took longer than 7 minutes. 🙂 Once browned and cooked through I put them on a paper plate and added 1/2 of the spaghetti squash (freeze the other half). Then I made a ring and put 8 meatballs (I froze the rest to use later…even 8 was too many for two of us) into the middle of the squash and poured about 1 cup of my own tomato-basil based sauce over the meatballs, covered to let heat throughout.

Serve with a nice salad…with shaved parmesan over it ALL. 🙂

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Thai Chicken Pizza (at least my version of it)

I use Pioneer Woman’s basic pizza dough…1/2 teaspoon of yeast over 3/4 cup warm water (in a measuring cup). Mix 2 cups flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 cup of olive oil. Pour in water/yeast and mix. Put in an oiled bowl, cover and let rest for 1-3 hours (if you don’t use it that day it can be kept in the frig for 3 days)

I cut up 2 chicken breasts and put them in a fry pan with a couple of teaspoons of peanut oil and a few splashes of sesame oil…with some fresh ground pepper. Once cooked through I put chicken in a bowl and added about 1/4 cup of Peanut Satay Sauce, set aside.

I shredded 2 carrots, sliced 3 green onions, sliced about 1/2 cup of mushrooms, 1/4 cup of red pepper.

Chopped up about 4 TBSP of unsalted peanuts.

Shredded 1 cup of Pepper Jack cheese and 1 cup Mozzarella.

Heat oven to 500F. Spray a large cookie tin with oil (unless you have a pizza stone)…roll out the dough nice and thin and plop on the cookie tin.

Spread out the rest of the jar of Peanut sauce, then add 1/2 of cheese. Next layer on the chicken, veggies, rest of cheese and top with peanuts.

Stick in oven for 10-15 minutes, slice and serve. I like to shake on crushed red peppers.

A Motley Monday

Took a break from quilting this evening to play with some photographs I took over the weekend…

Leo with his Mardi Gras beads.

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I think Leo is part dog, he loves to play with tennis balls and chase sticks.

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This guy was sitting on the fence on my way to church.

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The tulips and daffies that I planted last fall are peeking up.

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Grandma’s Flower Garden Update…and other quilting

I’ve been working on a few quilting projects off and on, two are hand-pieced quilts ~ Grandma’s Flower Garden and the Farmer’s Wife.

Thought I’d show the progression of the Grandma’s Flower Garden that I’m doing using the English Paper Piecing method…making 1″ hexagons.

When I first started ~

Back in November~

All the flowers I made when I was held hostage at a craft fair ~

From yesterday when I got home from work (I’ve added two more flowers since then) ~

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I was PRAYING that we’d get more snow than the 5″ that dropped last night…as I wanted to start sewing on the Bricks and Sticks quilt! I have Kate Spain’s Terrain all cut out…but no, am here at work, enjoying watching the crazy drivers sliding all over the place.

Friday’s Rambles ~ 10 February 2012

* Yea! It’s Friday! 🙂 Payday too. Now if only the IRS will hurry up and direct deposit my tax return.

* My tripod I bought off of Amazon FINALLY arrived. After ordering it on 1/31 it left Allentown, PA on 2/2, then it went to Martinsburg, WV for a few days, then to Sacramento, CA for a few more days until heading over the Sierra to Reno where it sat somewhere for 2 days before being delivered yesterday. Sheesh. I now have an AgfaPhoto 72″ Pro Tripod (only $18.99)…looks nice and it’s nice and smooth.

* I’ve finished hand-piecing SIX of the 111 6.5″ blocks of the Farmer’s Wife Quilt. Using Denyse Schmidt’s Hope Valley fabric.

* I think I’ve found the pattern I’ll use for my Kate Spain’s Terrain ~ Sticks & Bricks (designer Amy Walsh of Blue Underground Studios)…I found it in the current issue of American Patchwork & Quilting. It’s simple and will show off the beautiful designs of Terrain.

* This morning’s moon.

* Book Reviews on Barnes & Noble ~ RANT! Why do they allow idiots to review books? Tell me! What does the following have to do with the book The Snow Child, a novel by Eowyn Ivey?!

2/7/12 Anonymous (5 stars) MUSTAR Just dont let it happen again. * she stalks home *
2/7/12 Anonymous (1 star) WARRIORS Ok….*leaves* Skystar
2/8/12 Anonymous (5 stars) ICEFANG… Hey, yeah it is Snowstar. Do you remember me? I was your mate and leader, I don’t know if I can trust you or not.
2/7/12 Anonymous (5 stars) ICEFANG TO ICEFLAME Thank you… and Fuzzyclaw says thank you for killing the badger.
2/5/12 Anonymous (5 stars) JAYHEART May i join? Im a muscular jet black tom w\ice blue eyes.
2/5/12 Anonymous (5 stars) TO TOM Its tawnypelt and my real name is victoria but call me tori
2/5/12 Anonymous (5 stars) RIVERSONG To tawnypelt: I was here first!! To tom: my name is river song
2/10/12 Anonymous (5 stars) To SNOWSTAR ICEFANG DIED IN BATTLE WITH A DARK CAT. Im so sorry. It was deathstar

And then they should never allow “anonymous” to write a review, if you can’t own up to your own words then don’t say them at all. Also they shouldn’t allow someone to leave a star rating WITHOUT writing a few words down about the book. If you read the bloody book and rated it, then leave something behind.

* Gotta get to work now. 🙂 Hope everyone has a great weekend.