Mood School Student!

Last Saturday, Lisa (veteran Mood-school graduate), Sarah, and I took a one-day class at Mood: “Sewing 101: The Basics of Sewing By Machine”

It was a fairly basic class and our project was an envelope purse with a button. There were some very interesting tidbits of information (Yes! I’m talking to you Gütermann thread spools – I know your little secret!), something brand-new I’ve never done before (automatic button hole – awesome!), and mostly a lot of fun and good times with Lisa and Sarah!

If you ever have a chance to take a class at Mood – go for it. It’s just fun being there. I love the store, even though there is a lot of snootiness going on. Still fun!

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She did it again!

Remember my friend Deb who made the amazing Kaffe Fawcett blanket? She unpacked the sewing machine again!

A few weeks ago she mentioned that she was planning on making a wallhanging based on a photograph  for a friend’s birthday. Plus the friend is just starting to sew, so she was also going to make her a pin cushion to inspire her. So I’m thinking that the wallhanging is going to be amazing, though I have no clue how she was going to recreate that picture. And a pincushion – nice thought.

Today I saw Deb – the wallhanging is still in the works (looks amazing so far), but the pincushion is done. And it blew my mind! I’m not sure what I expected, but I whatever it was – I should have known better. This is Deb we are talking about! Well, here are some pics of the pincushion. I hope it inspires the recipient, not intimidates her! It’s pretty awesome!

(Please note that the flowers on the side are handmade from plain ribbon and then attached. Pincushion is about 7 inches in diameter.)

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My new BFF

A few days ago (December 31st) I lamented over how I only had one post last year because I didn’t try out any new things to write about. Well – HELLO NEW YEAR! January 6th and I already experimented. And it’s all because of my new best friend ever, Miss Julie Taboulie.

OK – maybe this is one-sided and she doesn’t consider me her best friend. Or know me all too well. Or know me at all. Very likely she doesn’t know I exist, BUT I see her on TV all the time now and that makes her my new best friend, right???

Anyways, “Cooking with Julie Taboulie” is a fairly new show I recently discovered on “Create TV” (one of the PBS stations). As the title states, it’s a cooking show; specifically Middle Eastern and Lebanese cuisine. I don’t usually care much for cooking shows – or for cooking – but I really enjoy watching her. And I want to try things. According to my friend Julie it’s quite simple.

Last Sunday I watched the “Street Food Stars” episode, dashed over  to the local Middle Eastern store, and then went to work to make some Kaftas!

Adjustments:

  • Couldn’t get mint, so I skipped that.
  • Don’t like lamb, so I ground up some spicy Italian sausages and used those as the meat base.
  • Didn’t have skewers, so I just skipped them.

Results:

  • Came out really well and was delicious.
  • Definitely a “keeper” recipe.

Lessons learned:

  • Well – my friend Julie made all of the food in during the show in less than 1/2 hour. Took me a bit longer – more like 1 & 1/2 hours. Who would have thought!!!

The masterpieces:

1) Caramelized veggies:

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2) Tahini sauce:

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3) The meat:

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The Kafta:

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Sooooo gooood!

Thank you Julie!!!