Saturday, January 29, 2011

Cheesecake Saturday!

Here at Apple Tree Hill we do 3 things (besides parenting, marriage, living an Army life,etc): organizing, quilts, and cheesecake.

Every Saturday I hope to post a recipe and pictures of the cheesecake I have made that week. My husband will be very pleased.

We will begin Cheesecake Saturday with the original New York Style Cheesecake, Junior Style. This is my favorite book lately. I have made 6 cheesecakes out of this book since I got it a year ago. They are famous in New York and beyond. I have never been to New York City or the state for that matter. I hear good things about Juniors and they do have great recipes.

This is their Original New York Cheesecake. Very creamy and delicious.

Now I have tried their sponge cake crust before and find it wanting. Perhaps I did not do it correctly, which is entirely possible. I am not perfect. But the graham cracker crust came across better to me and my husband prefers it. Afterall I started making cheesecakes for him so I guess he gets the final say. No one else is complaining.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Decisions, decisions

Okay, while I have many other things to do it is time for my weekly quilt "class". I really don't know why we still call it a class. We try to meet every week, but often reschedule, and just keep going. There is no end which is fabulous.

I adore my classmates and our teacher is a wealth of information. The problem is my ability to stay on task, to stay focused on one project and to stay OUT of the fabric store.

Well today I have approximately 2 hours before they arrive. I must make a decision before they get here so I can accomplish something in class today.

Here is my dilemma:
I am making 3 baby quilts (eventually) for 3 nieces. I just had the pleasure of visiting 2 of them.

The 3rd niece is one the way, due in May. Aren't they precious? They are so kissable too! Perfect and precious, which is what I get to say being the aunt who lives so far away. Nana says it too but she says that about all the grandkids.

Here are my choices. Each is easy to do and I have 1 fat quarter bundle of 40's fabric and 2 jelly rolls (see Moda Bakeshop for jelly roll explanation) to choose from. So easily I can make 3 small quilts (not crib more like 60x60) from all that. Yes, backing fabric and sashing will need to be purchased but when does it not?

These are all courtesy of Moda BakeShop Blog ( They feature some fabulous quilters and crafters using Moda fabric. I love to look at it all.

So opinions? advice? Tell me I am crazy, why would I attempt 3 quilts when I have 5 ongoing projects? It is a sickness I think. The quilting disease that all quilters get. It is wonderful.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tossed About

I just wrote about distractions (see previous blog entry) and how they are inevitable. How they should be welcomed because if we are to trust that God is in control then those distractions are not distractions but part of His plan. Right?

Whatever they are they still rush past me tossing me about. Whether they be little or gigantic I grow weary of the pushing and pulling.

After being tossed about a few months ago (I am sure it had something to do with DH being gone on training) I was reminded of these verses: Ephesians 4:14-16 "so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love."

This reality hit me that I was that child, tossed to and fro, drowning from the waves of the life I am living. I wanted to stop the waves never realizing that I just needed to find an anchor.

Every time a wave hit instead of turning to God in prayer I tried to work my way out of it. I still try but not as often and I don't get that far before I remember that I don't like the tossing and I am not a good swimmer.
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