Yesterday was our second annual (soon to be bi-annual!) Thread. Paper. Scissors. 12 hour craft marathon at our church. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the fun, fellowship and good food Michelle and I prepared for them. Most of us were sewing and quilting, while others worked on scrapbook pages, cards and watercolour painting.
I worked on a "Mystery Quilt" that I had started on a couple years ago. I got to month 5 on that and am now inspired to get it done! Sarah completed a whole pile of gorgeous cards, a pair of very bright plaid shorts, a quilted purse, started on a flannel rag quilt and got a Phoebe purse almost done.
Andrea tried machine applique for the first time and did a great job on a cute little table runner then worked on a flannel rag quilt.
It's neat seeing how much we can accomplish when there are very few interruptions. (other than the occasional cell phone beeping, tweeting or buzzing)
Ruth worked on a beautiful zigzag flannel quilt for her yet-to-be-born granddaughter in between two rounds of golf and a walk.
Alex, Michelle's Mom, Heather (the, seriously, youngest looking 49 year old I have ever seen), and Melanie did scrapbooking, Melissa painted some beautiful works of art that I think she needs to frame and hang on her wall! Maria made and then modeled some Ninja halloween costumes for her grandsons. I wish I would've gotten a pic of that, or even a video so you could see her moves. Annie worked on a fun blue and brown patchwork quilt for her son (I think?). Michelle worked on a cute quilt in between making everyone feel welcome and doing all the other work involved in hosting an event!
Audrey kept everyone entertained and also made cute hat pin cushions for a few of us. Audrey's daughter worked on scrapbook pages.
Now onto the important stuff... the menu and recipes! One of the most enjoyable parts of hosting an event like this is planning the menu and preparing the food. So, here's what Michelle and I made for everyone... and they all seemed to enjoy it!
-Fruit platter with dip (strawberry yogurt mixed with cool whip)
Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
1 cup vegetable oil (I used canola)
2 tsp cinnamon
2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
2 cups pumpkin
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
Mix together all ingredients until smooth. Pour into bundt pan or 9" x 13". Bake at 350° for 40 - 60 minutes depending on the cake pan. Start testing at 40 minutes with a toothpick. When it comes out clean, it is done! Cool completely.
Cream Cheese Icing
8 oz cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup real butter, softened
1 1/3 cups icing sugar
Beat together adding small amounts of milk to moisten.
-Homemade Mushroom Soup
Freshly baked Chive and Mozzarella Biscuits (Michelle's recipe)
2 cups flour
2 Tbsp sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup cold margarine
1 cup milk
Mix dry ingredients. Cut in margarine until fine crumbs. Add milk, and mix with fork until JUST mixed. Knead until JUST all ingredients are together. Put on a well floured surface, and press down with floured hand until about 1" high. Cut out with small drinking glass. Place on greased and floured cookie sheet, and bake at 400' for about 13-15 minutes (until starting to lightly brown on top). You can also stack them 2 high and bake the same way, that's what I usually do, but if you freeze them first like I did, keep them one layer high...the texture changes after you freeze them...
(If you want to add any extras, like grated cheese (1 cup), and/or chives (1/3 cup chopped), and/or cooked bacon (1/3 cup), add before the milk, and make sure that they are miked in evenly through the flour mix before adding milk. Enjoy!!)
Bruschetta (Michelle's recipe)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
3 Roma tomatoes, pitted and de-slimed, and chopped
1/4 cup olives, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 Tbsp bruschetta spice from Epicure (or 2 tsp oregano)
4 cloves garlic, minced (or more!)
1 baguette, sliced in 3/4" slices, and buttered
Mix first 8 ingredients. Put approximately 2 Tbsp of mix onto each slice, place on ungreased cookie sheet, and bake for 15 minutes at 350°. Can make the day before, keeps well...leftovers are good on a slice of bread in the toaster oven! Enjoy!
-Veggies and Dip
Surprise Spread (Michelle's recipe)
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 jar seafood cocktail sauce
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
1 green pepper, chopped
3 green onions, chopped
1 tomato, de-slimed, pitted, and chopped
Combine cream cheese, sour cream, and mayonnaise. Spread over a 12" pizza pan (or equivalent). Spoon seafood cocktail sauce over mixture. Add cheese and then green pepper, onions, and lastly tomato evenly over top. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve with tortilla chips or crackers.
See you again in April when we do the next Thread. Paper. Scissors.!!