Sometimes I take on craft projects for the insane challenge. I just finished my first hand stitched quilt! It’s a gift to my cousin who recently had a little baby girl. I admit, I have a hard time finishing a project that takes more than 4 hours, but it was totally worth it (and only a month late!)
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I made some pretty easy quilted pot holders. These are a great way to try out your quilting skills. I used a basic pattern but you could really jazz it up. Here are a ton of ideas.5 layer sandwich – the top is the quilted square, next is an aluminum sprayed fabric which is heat resistant, 2 regular quilt batting and the last one is the back side of the pot holder.
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I’ve been working on some homemade limoncello for about a month… it’s finally ready! Limoncello is an Italian lemon liqueur mainly produced in Southern Italy, in the region around the Gulf of Naples, the Sorrentine Peninsula and the coast of Amalfi. I was introduced to limoncello when I was living in Milan. Italian’s serve it chilled as an after-dinner digestivo (to aid in digestion) in small glasses. Limoncello is common in Italy but has recently become popular in other parts of the world.
The hardest part of making your own limoncello is waiting a 4 weeks (minimum) for the lemon rind to infuse into the vodka.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own.
- 8 large lemons, preferably organic
- one 750ml bottle of 100-proof vodka
- 3 cups of water
- 1 cup of white sugar
With a citrus zester peel the zest (yellow part) from the lemons, leaving the white part behind.Put the lemon rinds into a large glass jar with the vodka, screw the lid on tightly, and store in a cool dark place (but not a refrigerator). Let the lemon rinds and vodka brew for minimum of 4 weeks. The longer they are together the better it will turn out.
Strain the vodka into a large bowl or container and discard the lemon rinds.
Bring the water to a soft boil and dissolve the sugar in it. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.
Mix sugar water with lemon vodka. Bottle the limoncello into glass bottles. Let rest for 24 hours then refrigerate.
Serve chilled in decorative glasses after dinner. I found four crystal glasses for 8$ at a second hand store! and they add that extra somethin’ somethin’. ENJOY ♥
Still, I find myself dreaming of a bigger garden with more variety, and endless fresh produce all summer. This would be a good solution….
We might have to change the trunk of Isadora (1998 sunfire) into a garden… seriously considering this but how many plants could fit back there?