Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Drag Strip Trip

The drag strip is a favorite of my family's. So we went to the strip this last weekend to satisfy the urge for a while. It was a nice day for the most part. We were dodging rain drops in the later part of the day but otherwise we had a blast.

We love the funny cars out there, they are fast and loud. The kids have to wear ear plugs. I even wear ear plugs because they are so loud.

It is fun to watch them take off at the line.

They love doing burn outs when they are coming up to the line. It is interesting to watch how they line them up.

This guy lost control half way up the track. I did not get that picture though because it was at an awkward angle and did not come out well at all.

What I love about this is the pits are close and they allow people to walk around the pits and visit the drivers. We love Steve Germaine. We visit him every time we are there. He always gives us shirts and signs them for us.

It was a wonderful weekend. I hope everyone else had a great weekend.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Antique Quilt

OK here it is, I have finally got pictures of the Antique Quilt I am restoring for a friend of mine. She received the quilt as a gift last year and wants to be able to use the quilt. She asked if I could repair it for her. She is not interested in the value of the quilt as an antique, she wants to be able to use it and pass it down to her daughter later.

It feels like there is no batting in it, but when I finally got the binding off last week there is very thin batting in it. From the looks of some of the fabrics I think they used old flour sacks for some.

The colors are light and airy, with the feeling of spring or summer. I really enjoy looking at each one. It seems the white and very light prints are the ones that are disintegrating the most.

I am not sure if you can see but the white fabrics are worn through and need to be replaced. Some of the fabrics I wish I could find now because I love the prints on them. There are so many different fabrics that you never get tired of looking at them.

Here are some more pictures of the wonderful old fabrics. I have no idea how old the quilt is but it is a wonderful find.

I just love the prints on these fabrics. All are hand pieced and hand quilted.

Someone spent a long time putting this quilt together. I hate to take it apart but I was asked to.

I hope you can see the hand quilting in this picture. I am still perfecting my close up pictures for my blog. I still need to work on it a little more.

Here is another picture of the fabrics, the white fabric is just falling apart as you move it around. You can see some of the wear in the picture.

If anyone has an idea of maybe how old the quilt might be, I would love to hear from you.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures. I will take some more as I fix it.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Graduation Day

It is finally here, Jessie graduated from 8th grade. She is now a big high school-er. Yesterday was so hectic I was not sure if I was going to make it. The day was not too bad, she went to school and they went to Oaks Park Amusement Park for the day. I should have stayed home but decided to go to work anyway since she would be at school.

Well then I had to get off work early and pick her up. Then we had to get home and get dressed and do her hair and make up for the "big moment." I told her before she did that she should eat. She decided she wanted to change her dress. She was going to wear a dress I had as a bride's maid back 7 years ago, so I spent the last couple weeks altering it to make it more modern, but then her friend had a dress she was not wearing so Jess decided she wanted to wear that one. There she is in the black and white sweater.

After getting situated we had to get to the school by 6pm. We arrived with time to spare, but the line was already long to get in. My parents were coming also and they were at the beginning of the line so that was not too bad.

The class was not too big, only about 150 kids. The ceremony took about 1 hour and 45 minutes. They gave out quite a few awards and gave the customary speeches too. It was actually very nice.

Then they started giving out the diplomas and calling them up. It was a mad house with camera hungry people. I tried to get the photo of her actually getting her promotion diploma and there were so many people bumping into me I could not get a clear picture, they are blurry.
 See how awful this is, and it is the best one.

They were moving across the stage so fast I could only take about three photos before she was off the stage. I figured I could get a couple after the ceremony of her.

Then they had a dance that lasted until 10pm that night so I had to stay up to come back to the school and get her. She had a blast and can not wait for high school to start. Thank goodness she is one of those kids that actually likes going to school.

There she is with her promotion certificate. They were really nice with photos in them and in a hard cover. Her grandparents are very happy for her. They are in the photo too.

Yeah for her, she is down to only 4 more years before she is done.

She keeps getting prettier as she gets older. I am going to have to lock her in her closet until she is 18 hehe.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Home made Pizza

Last night I had both kids and they wanted something good for dinner. So I decided I had a lot of left overs so ok. They were so excited to want to make their own pizza, they love helping in the kitchen.

I made a pizza dough that has been my old standby bread machine pizza dough for years. I love it because it does not take forever.

Homemade Bread Machine Pizza Dough

2 tsp. bread machine yeast
3 cups flour
1 tsp salt ( I use fresh ground sea salt)
2 Tbls sugar
2 Tbls olive oil
1 cup water + 2 Tbls water

Put it all in your bread machine according to your bread machine directions. Set machine to dough. Once it is all mixed up and has combined well pll it out and let it rest for about 5 minutes. I took mine and divided it into 4 equal parts. (One for each person). I rolled it out, put it on cookie sheets that have corn meal on them so it will not stick. Let the kids make all their own topping combos place in oven 400 degrees for 18-20 min.

They really enjoyed theirs. The pizza was about the size of a medium pizza, maybe a tad smaller. The kids ate just about their entire pizzas.  They saw me taking pictures of one that was not cooked yet and wanted me to take a picture of theirs so here you go.

As you can see they are munching away. I just finished getting two more in the oven and they were already finished with half of theirs.

Glad they all enjoyed their dinner. I was a super hero last night and the most awesome cook ever just for pizza, kids are weird.

Hope everyone is enjoying the day. Happy Friday all.