Saturday, July 26, 2008

A Surprise Package and a New Swap

It's been a week since I blogged, not because I didn't have anything to blog about. I haven't blogged because I've been busy. We took in a play, a magic show, story time, a jewelery party and a family adventure this week so we've been busy! I also finished packages for 4 swaps this week and have three more in the works. I can't show you any of those things since they were just mailed out Friday and haven't reached their final destinations yet. I'll share pictures next week once the items have made it to their new homes. I also have another simple sewing tutorial for kids that I hope to share in a few days.

This was a surprise package that arrived from Pattie this week. Pattie has a wonderful blog called Attitude Changes Everything! She had a blog contest this summer and I won a nine patch quilt block. Pattie sent two blocks and this fabulous Chenille making kit to us. Did you know you can make Chenille? I didn't. It looks like a lot of fun and Nature Girl and I can't wait to give it a try! She's picked out a cat quilt block and I've picked out a sheep block to make.
Did you notice the sign Pattie included for me? "Finished is Waaaay better Than Perfect!" I've been planning to make a sign for my desk that says "Progress not Perfection." Pattie knew that and included this sign for me. This sign is going to go up in my work area once I clean it up and organize it again. Thanks Pattie!!!

My bloggy friend Susan is hosting a Strawberry Swap. You need to make one handmade strawberry item and the rest of the items can be purchased. You also include a strawberry recipe with the swap. To get more info or to sign up go here. This is one of my favorite strawberry recipes.

Strawberry/Spinach Salad

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup veg. oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 tbsp. sesame seeds
1 tbsp. poppy seeds
3/4 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 tsp. Paprika

Mix all together let stand about 24 hours mixing occasionally throughout. Put spinach in a bowl with strawberries, mix. Mix in above dressing just before serving.

Hint: I add the dressing to each individual bowl of salad so the leftover salad doesn't gets soggy and I can eat it later.


jovaliquilts said...

I love the vegetable 9-patch blocks Pattie sent! Aren't surprise packages fun?

I've had strawberry spinach salad before and loved it, but the dressing was different. I'll give yours a try, sounds yummy!

Pattie said...

I'm so glad everything arrived safe and sound! I look forward to seeing cute little chenille critters of all kinds. :-)

Your recipe sounds yummy. I do something similar with a sweet poppy seed dressing. There must be a hundred combinations, and I bet they're all fabulous!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Glad to hear that you have been busy and enjoying your summer holiday period. Can't wait to see allt he swap goodies you have made. Your surprise package looks lovely - I have seen those chenille making kits - look great. The Strawberry Swap sounds like fun.

susan said...

that is one of my fave strawberry recipes too! thanks for mentioning the swap here!! cant wait to get started!