Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Wrapping up the Weekend - and a Drawing

GR&DF I do thank you all so much for the kind comments about the Squirrel Sampler - I love the Fall and this put me right in the mood. Faith had a quick question in the comments - she asked what does RAK stand for - something wonderful that this community is so well known for - "Random Acts of Kindness." There are so many wonderful stitchers giving so much to everyone.

I was in the kitchen quite a bit over the weekend - one thing I made was a salad we really enjoy - broccoli salad ..... it has bacon...

- and I love me some bacon!!! It has some broccoli...

and a little chop, chop - mix, mix later.... et voila -

a bowl of delicious summer salad - although I make this all the year long, it lends itself to accompanying summer dishes - I also made some fried chicken and BBQ ribs - and it was a delicious 4th of July picnic dinner - at home! If you would like the recipe it is super easy - just ask.

I also made a really great frosted chocolaty cake -

I got this recipe from Posie Gets Cozy's Blog - it is her "go to " Birthday Cake recipe - The cake part is Hershey's Deep Dark Chocolate Cake and the frosting is a new one to me - Cloudburst Frosting - my new favorite frosting - it whipped up light and delicious - I changed the almond extract for vanilla - but other than that I kept the recipe as written - This was scarfed up quickly at Rico's work place - with requests for the recipe - If you take a look at her Blog you will find it lots of fun - so stay a minute a browse.

We also made a quick trip out to Sloat Garden Center to replace the plants on the balcony for the summer season. Here are a couple of snaps -

Rico picked out some nice petunias and ferns to fill in the window boxes and I got a great...


geranium - the geranium is one of my all time favorite plants to have around - so many lovely colours and leaf shapes - and this was a beautiful one IMHO.

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In keeping with the many RAK's I have had lately I wanted to have a little drawing and pass on the fun Squirrel Sampler that was passed to me.

So, if you would like a chance to win and stitch this delightful Fall Sampler just leave a comment on this post only - and I will have the Who-Hounds pull a name this Sunday - July11, 2010 - and announce the winner on Monday - No need to do anything else but leave a comment. You can be anywhere in the world - but you will have to be able to receive the chart via snail mail. You can mention it on your Blog, if you have one, but you don't need to have a Blog to enter - just passing on the kindness shown me - that's all.

I loved the idea that Natasha had about a SAL - but I am thinking about something else - more group related...... check back for details, once I work them out in my tiny over taxed brain.

There you go sports fans - I think that about wraps it up for today. Thank you all for stopping by and leaving those sweet comments... I do appreciate them all!! Do come again.

Take care,
edgar

47 comments:

Kristen said...

I love that design, Edgar and would love a chance to win it. Congrats on a super finish!

Natasha said...

Ohhh I just love broccoli salad. I have some broccoli waiting to be used maybe this is what I will have for lunch, no bacon in the house though so will just have to do without.

I look forward what you decide to do with the Plantation Sampler

Till next time take care

~Judy~ said...

I also make broccoli quite often! YUM!! I would love to have my name put in the hat or bowl for a chance. Thanks for offering.

judithapoulos@aol.com

Peggy Lee said...

Thanks for the chance to win that gorgeous sampler!
Those geraniums are beautiful. I don't think I've ever seen that kind before.
I haven't made broccoli salad in a long time. I think it's that time again.

Berit said...

Wow, I'd love to win that Squirrel! Please include me. What fibers did you use?

Now, you've got me wanting to eat broccoli, and wondering what cloudburst frosting could be. I'll have to peek in over there and see.

Also, love all those plants! I'd love to add some boxes to my balcony sometime. :D

Jennifer said...

What fun! Please count me in!

dixiesamplardesigns said...

Wow, all that yummy looking food has made me hungry!

Squirrel turn out beautifully, and good luck to all those who enter!

Love the flowers, Edgar...such beautiful colors!

HAPPY STITCHIN'
Terri

Sharlotte said...

Well of course sign me up for that drawing!! I love the Fall and I like squirrels too! Love those flower pictures!! The salad looks pretty good and that cake! I have box of brownie mix in the pantry that I think I will make today. Have a super day!

Joanne said...

It is a beautiful fall chart...I love the squirrel too! So nice of you to offer the chart in a drawing...please enter me for a chance to win! Thank you!!

Joanne

xjclx@comcast.net

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Mmmmm... bacon, bacon, bacon! I make that same salad and just love it!

No need to throw my name in the bowl of destiny just wanted to tell you the cake, flowers and salad were all so perty!

Patti said...

The Salad looks really really yummy but it would only be good with good old Yankee bacon - the British stuff sucks and I don't like it at all (couldn't buy it here anyway I've had to go Kosher for my elder daughter or she wont let my grandchildren eat here) and it's so darn salty and not nice - do you get the impression I don't like it? Well you're right. The cake looks amazing - try and get anything Hershey here unless Costco happen to stock it you have to pay an arm and a leg and a few other bodily parts for it. The Geranium is just gorgeous. And yes please for the chart. I love acorns and squirrels so it would be perfect. Thank you so much for the chance to own it.
Lots of Love
Patti xxx

Hazel said...

The salad and the cake both look yumm. Please add me - that is one lovely chart. x

valerie said...

Mmmm...bacon! Your broccoli salad looks great. As does the cake! I'll pass on the chart...I just wanted to comment on your culinary delights! :)

Margaret said...

Oh, I'd love to win that chart! Yours is so pretty! That salad looks delicious,as does the cake. I think I need to take cooking lessons from you! Your flowers are wonderful too. That geranium is gorgeous!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Sounds like you had a great 4th of July! I love that broccoli salad its so nummy!

That Geranium is gorgeous! Much nicer than the good old stand-by red!

Denise G said...

Edgar you're a hoot! I'm a needleworker also, but I love your movie reviews. Have you watched "Laura" with Gene Tierney lately. Took forever for Hastings to get it for me. Bell, Book and Candle is also an all time favorite.

Niina said...

Nothing beats good bacon, I eat it with pasta, cream and blackpepper. And of course just pulled parmesan :)

Your Fall looks great, just love fall time and all fall colours! We have it aspecial word for all tjose lovely shades of red and brown, "ruska".

I would love to participate!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful geranium! I'd love a chance at the chart- I have a stitching friend who loves fall/acorns and I think she'd like to stitch it. Nancy in NY hedghogmom@aol.com

Lisa P said...

The salad looks yummy! Please pass a plate full to me. :o)

Oak leaves and acorns make my heart sing. I'd love to be added to the bowl of destiny!

I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Lisa P in Ohio

Janice said...

Hi Edgar, I'd appreciate your adding my name into the drawing too. THanks. Your squirrel sampler is terrific!

ALso, I'd love the recipe for the salad. (after seeing the bacon pic, I'm trying to figure out how to add bacon to tonight's planned dinner of tamales! LOL)

Thank you.

Denise said...

Just a note to say how much I continue to enjoy your blog and to see what you are stitching, cooking
and those great estate sale finds!
I also really enjoy the photos you take around San Francisco. I am
very envious of your temperatures.
Here in your old state of Georgia,
we have been in the 90's for several weeks now and no rain in sight! Take care....

Pilar said...

I would love a chance to win this beautiful chart.
Thanks

Rhonda B in Auburn said...

Edgar, Yet another day of lovely finished and pictures. Thanks for keeping up with your blog as you know I love reading it. The Broccoli looks yummy and that car is just fabulous.

Count me in on the Squirrel sampler. Fall is my favorite season also and this would fit nicely into my decor. Great job on another finish!!

Happy Stitching
Rhonda

Deborah said...

I would love to be entered in your drawing. The flowers are lovely on the patio.

Sharon said...

Food and stitching! Now, that's what I call a delghtful up-date! :) I'd love to have a chance with the Who-hounds!! :)

Annette said...

I love your blog and look forward to your stitching updates, movie reviews and the photos you post.
That cake looks yummy! My hubby's favorite is Broccoli Salad. I don't make it often enough for him, but thinking now that I might have to this weekend.
Happy Stitching,
Annette

Vanessa said...

I would love this chart, I figure I am on a roll, might as well go for it!

DonnaTN said...

GReat minds must think a like because I made that very same broccoli salad for the 4th too! The cake looks yummy. Please include my name in the drawing for the squirrl sampler. I love autumnal designs!

Dragon Watcher said...

Mhh that cake looks good :D

And I would love to be in the draw for that pretty pattern :)

Hugs,
Marieka

heidistitches said...

Hand over the recipes and no one will get hurt!!! Looks great and your stitching is (as always) fabulous!

Ellen said...

Love that sampler, would love to stitch it. Please include my name in your drawing.

Your picnic dinner is yummy!

Hugs,

Sherry said...

I think that broccoli salad is similar to the one I make - I love it and can't make enough when it's summer. Thanks for the link to the cake - looks and sounds yummy..I'll have to make it (soon)! My hubby is making blonde brownies as I type this, so not today...although I have all but the whole milk on hand - maybe this weekend.

Lisa V said...

That is one cute finish Edgar, I would love a chance to win the chart. Many Thanks
LISA V.

Marsha said...

That salad is going to go over VERY big at our house. Thanks for sharing!

Vicky said...

I would love a chance for the Who-Hounds to draw my name out.

Kirby said...

I am a squirrel and acorn freak. OH my goodness. Fingers are crossed. Thanks for sharing. LOVE IT! ~ Kirby

Catherine said...

I haven't made that salad in a long time - I might just have to get some broccoli tomorrow!

I'd love a chance to have that pattern! Thanks!

trillium said...

Oh, yes, a squirrel design for me! Please add my name to the Bowl of Destiny.

Lucy said...

OMG...that salad looks soooo good!!!! Thanks for the give-a-way chance!

Stitchinowl said...

Oh, I love the squirrel design. Not surprising since I always love your stitching choices! Please throw my name in the Bowl of Destiny.
Your new plants are beautiful. The geraniums are especially striking.
Carolyn

Loraine said...

Such a darling chart! I have not seen it before. Count me in.
I just love the preserves and yummy salad recipes. Makes me hungry!

Maggee said...

You did such a good job on this piece, and it was done so quickly! I would like to have a go at winning it here! Thanks!

Maggee

Marcy said...

Everything looks yummy! Please enter me in the drawing.
qtlildawgs at yahoo dot com

Thanks

Lynette said...

All that food looks so yummy Edgar! And the flowers area beautiful. I'd love to be included in your drawing please!

mach52cymru@yahoo.co.uk

Paisley said...

Your salad looks delicious! In fact, I think I'd choose it over the cake, but then I don't have much of a sweet tooth!

Please add my name to your drawing! Who can resist squirrels and those colors?

Lauralee @ The Eclectic Stitcher said...

I love that broccoli salad ~ it's the only way my DH will eat broccoli. I would love a chance to win the squirrel pattern ~ it's adorable. The geranium is beautiful ~ I haven't seen that color variegation before.

Ellen S said...

Thank you Edgar for another wonderful drawing!! Please enter my name!!!

Ellen S
UKFAN52@MSN.COM