Sunday Sevens – Week 70

Hi all, we’ve arrived again at a new edition of Sunday Sevens, started by the lovely Natalie over at Threads and Bobbins. Why not take a peek at her blog and check out the “rules” for the Sevens….you might want to join us. It’s fun and easy – no pressure!




As you can imagine, my week consisted mostly of the fun and games that come along with any construction project. See how the tiny bathroom is coming along. It’s still a shambles, but demo is complete, shower is framed, and even bigger changes will happen next week. The week draws to a close….



One of my goals is to do more reading and I’ve added this title to my shelf (temporarily in this case, as it is on loan from the library). I’m excited to get started on this one, The Pink Suit, by Nicole Mary Kelby. But it will have to wait just a bit, as I  am still enjoying Kate Atkinson’s Behind the Scenes at the Museum.

More Books + Cooking


Have a couple of newish cookbooks that I’ve barely used. The next recipe I’m planning to use, hopefully this week, is Cauliflower Orecchiette with Red Pepper, Basil, and Parmesan, from Cat Cora’s Classics with a Twist. Next up, something from America’s Test Kitchen’s The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook – it has a great variety of yummy dishes to try.



My own kitties were most uncooperative on “photo day”, so I’m substituting this cool metal sign. I’m certainly not advocating smoking, but I do love this sign.



A separate post is coming which will spell it out, but I have completed a muslin (yes!) for my first make of 2016, and first garment for the SWAP. Changes are afoot. There are positives and negatives. Watch this space.

Bagels, how I love them


New Yorkers swear their bagels are the absolute best. It’s a bagel, says this California girl, what’s the big deal? But they are better, so much better. My local Balsam Bagels is the best of the best. And therein lies a problem. During my recent 2-month stay in California, I had one bagel each month. After returning home, I’ve had one bagel each day. This is undoubtedly contributing to the problems with my muslin. (oh, could that have been a clue?)

Till next time, stitch on everyone!

14 thoughts on “Sunday Sevens – Week 70

  1. Oooh, your cookbooks look promising! I’m wanting to include more vegetarian meals in our diet, but I’m afraid I’m the only one in the household who feels that way. 😉 I’m glad you’ve been able to get some sewing done in the midst of the remodeling chaos. Sew fast enough and you can burn off those bagels (or so I tell myself).

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    • Haha! I love that! And maybe if I wear running shoes, too? That should help. My hubby likes the idea of going vegetarian, but he hasn’t got there yet. So we have cut back a bit. I’m making a vegetarian soup tomorrow and will add some “liquid smoke” hoping it will add a meaty flavor.

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      • If it works with your soup, you might add some parmesan cheese, too; I understand that’s one of the things that vegetarians add to get some of that umami flavor you get from meat.

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        • Oh yes, parmesan! I’ll add some, thank you for that (it will be a good thickener, too). And I’ve looked into liquid smoke – not even going to try it. Adding some smoked paprika instead; just a little so as to not overpower the split pea.

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  2. I’ve been trying some new healthy recipes out myself lately. Very intrigued by your muslin make – I will have to keep my eye out. I also have a goal to read more this year – I have bought quite a few sewing books but haven’t made the time to look at them yet.

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  3. Your bagel problem sounds a bit like my chocolate one. I should get out of bed to compensate for it and go for a run, but instead I’m reading blogs! They do look yummy tho! Keep st it with the muslin, it might be the patterns fault and not the bagels! 😀

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    • Dark chocolate has antioxidants, you know. It is a veritable health food! And most of the bagels we buy are whole wheat. Even so, they are responsible for the faulty muslin and not the pattern, but it was sweet of you to suggest it. I’ll still make it up, but have to put on hold for a bit while I cut back. So, my planned top will be a reward for resistance. 😀

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