I am STILL making those little stuffed toys for Operation Christmas Child. Thirty-nine are finished with eleven still to go. Making these cuties is enjoyable, but I want to make baby clothes! My beloved Brother Quattro embroiders a speedy 1000 stitches a minute but even so, it takes a lot of time to select the fabrics for applique and trim away the excess. Fortunately, a dear lady at church has volunteered to turn and stuff the toys, so it should go more quickly now.
I’ve been really, really busy lately, with all Saturday spent on the Gator football game 90 miles away, all day Sunday with church and a family get together at our home, and the better part of Labor Day Monday cooking for that evening’s dinner with the PlayGroup Mamas. I did manage to smock a few rows on the pique diaper shirt that was started some time ago, but other than that and the stuffed toys, not much has been accomplished in the sewing room.
But I have been checking the comments. Virginia wrote that she is trying to locate the Little Sunday Undies pattern in small size. This is a Little Sunday Dresses pattern. If you have one that you are willing to part with, please leave a comment or e-mail me at NCcabin@aol.com and I will get you and Virginia together. The pattern envelope looks like this.
I made the sweet little slip when Rebecca was about 5 so I only have the large size.
UPDATE: Virginia found the Ginger Snaps Double Seat Panty pattern that is nearly identical. She is monogramming a pair right now.
Our PlayGroup Mamas dinner, as usual, was wonderful–great food and 8 dear friends of 35 years, still enjoying and supporting one another through good times and bad. We get together for dinner every other Monday. These women have been a constant blessing in my life.
We met at Judy’s house where her orange crusted chicken was fabulous. I brought two dishes, one as my contribution and one to cover for a PlayGroup Mama who is working day and night moving her mother into a retirement community. One dish was a lemon pound cake with a tasty lemon glaze.
The other was an Asian “oddball” salad that was a big hit. How it came to be known as oddball is a cute little story. When my son-in-law’s Aunt Jeannette brought this salad to a family dinner, she was packing up leftovers for her widower father. He said he’d like some of everything but just skip that oddball salad. In the family, it has never been called anything but oddball ever since. The recipe is below.
Surely, in the next day or two I can finish up these toddler toys and move on to more creative projects. Three year-old Alastair desperately wants an Incredibles Super Suit. With him and his parents due to arrive Thurs. night for a long weekend, I’ve got to get on that. Other projects are stacked up, but I am going to stitch baby things for a while. I promise a better post next time.
Oddball Salad Ingredients
1 large Napa cabbage
5 green onions
2 pouches of Ramen noodles (remove flavor packets and discard)
1/4 to 1/2 cup sliced or slivered almonds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2-4 tablespoons butter
1. Saute Ramen noodles in the butter for a few minutes. When they start to brown, add the sesame seeds and almonds. Once all bits are sauteed, set aside or put in fridge to chill.
2. Vigorously mix together sugar, soy sauce, oil and vinegar. Set aside.
3. Chop Napa cabbage finely. It’s best to place it on its side and slice as thinly as you can at a 90 degree angle from the cabbage. Chop green onions very thin and mix the two together.
4. Add noodle mix and sauce. Toss.
5. Serve immediately.