Week 21 baby update

Last Thursday we found out if we were team boy or team girl.

The ultrasound went great. Baby waved at us with both hands. Gave us a thumbs up and stuck its tongue out!

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The clear winner is boy!

We are so excited!

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We have a first name picked out but the middle name is still up in the air.

Rohan. Little baby Rohan. We had wanted to go with an e middle name but with the initials spelled out it would be R. E. A. R.

Oh golly. Not going with an e middle name. Would love to hear all the suggestions.

We told the dogs what the babys gender is, Animal got really excited.

Ive never seen him smile so big. So big.

 

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Little baby Rohan has been kicking up a storm late at night and early early in the morning.

Maybe he’s gonna be a soccer star.

 

Meringue of the Union

I made meringues last night for the State of the Union.

They are so delicious. Melt in your mouth and just the right amount of sweet.

I made two flavors. You can call them swirl meringues.

I have strawberries and blackberries. I have been on a tart black berry kick lately. It is my jam.

So to prep the berries for the meringues and make a sauce I covered the fruit in honey and balsamic vinegar in a bake safe dish. I baked them at about 300 for 15 minutes or until they are soft. I let the fruit mixtures cool before putting them in the food processor. I then used a strainer sifter to get the seeds out of both the mixtures. I dislike seeds in my jam.

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Ive remember my dad making meringues when I was a kid. I tried to keep these meringues as close to what I remember him making. Keeping it simple.

I used four egg whites and beat those till stiff peaks. I slowly added the cup of sugar and a teaspoon of cream of tartar. Continue to beat the meringues until the meringue is smooth and glossy.

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Spoon your mixture out into equal mounds. Try to keep them as equal in size as possible. I know this is tricky. Take a spoonful of your berry mixture and swirl it around your meringue mound. Try no to make them too soupy- the meringues will take longer to cook and set if this happens. They will still be delicious, but it takes longer.

These are my strawberry meringues.

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And my blackberry meringues.

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They look good enough to eat already.

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Bake your meringues at 300 for about 20-30 minutes. Or until the meringues are firm to the touch. The key to keeping your meringues chewy in the center is to let them cool in the oven. After your meringues are firm turn the oven off and let the meringues sit. This for my oven is 30- 45 minutes. It could be longer or shorter depending on the oven.

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I only managed to get finished pictures of the blackberry meringues. My husband came in and swooped up all the strawberry ones! Noms!

Store leftover meringues, if there are any, in an air tight container. They will last a couple of days.

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Berry Jam

1 cup berries of choice. I used blackberries and strawberries.

1 teaspoon Honey

1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar.

Bake at 300 for about 15 minutes or until soft.

 

Meringues

4 egg whites

1 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Beat egg whites till stiff peaks form. Slowly add sugar and cream of tartar. Continue to beat until meringues are smooth and glossy.

Bake at 300 for about 20-30 minutes or until meringues are firm to the touch. Let cool in the oven for about another 30-45 minutes.

Enjoy!

Schnitzel and Boo Quilt

Since the quilt is being delivered today to my swap partner I decided it was perfect time to do a post about it.

You can seethe quilt top post here.

I used the Ombre Vibes quilt pattern.  Yayy for a free pattern!

So I finished the quilt top pretty quick. Before the holidays. I had planned this cause I always take forever with the quilting. And just as normal- I took forever deciding on what to do for the quilting. I waited till the last week to do the quilting!

It also took me a few nights to decide on what fabric to use for the back. I had picked out an Ikea print but as it goes it did not go very well with the front or match up nicely. I finally remembered that I had left over I heart bees fabric.

I went with some hand quilting. I love the look of it. I didn’t realize it would take me a few days to do such a small quilt. But I think it was totally worth it! I tried to match the colors from light to dark to match the fabric.

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I heart bees fabric worked perfectly for the quilt. Keeping with the Cotton and Steel theme it matched perfectly.

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This mini quilt is super cute!

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I really hope my partner loves it as much as I do. IMG_6323

 

This is also my first quilt finish for the year! Yayyy!

I hope to start working on the husbands swoon quilt and hopefully decide what to make this little baby.

 

Sunday Stash

Another Sunday with more added to my stash. I am slowly preparing for when baby comes. I know I wont be buying fabric in the amount I do now. Gotta stock up!

Plus the new Cotton and Steel is out. Have to start stocking up on those pretties!

This week I got a few more Sarah Jane prints. I would stock up with more of her prints if I knew if we were having a boy or a girl. So far I am trying to stay with cute but neutral. Not too girly and lets face it. It is really hard to call some fabrics boy fabrics. I don’t mind dressing my boy up in pink or him having a pink quilt but I do mind when people tell me that pink is for only girls. So I am trying to avoid the drama.

I have a half yard of Mermaid Play.

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The other Sarah Jane print that I got is Summer Ride in seafoam.

Ive gotten this print before. I love it. I love the color. I love the horses. I love it all.

I got a half yard of this print.

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I ordered a yard of Lizzy house’s Kitty dreams. This line has been out for a while and I finally decided to order some before it was hard to find. I thought the background color would be more green but it is more of a black color.

Tiny bit disappointed. The cuteness of the kitties make up for me being disappointed.

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I love Leah Duncans work. I love that she works for Art Gallery. They say feel the difference. And you can! I love the smooth softness. I know I have been saying I love everything so much. But it is true! I love all the design work that all these ladies do. I swoon for them.

I ordered a yard of Meadow Vale in Bright. This will make perfect backing fabric,

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Now onto the Cotton and Steel!

My precious.

I have two yards of Mystery Meal in grey. I plan on making a shirt that I can wear during my pregnancy with it. It is so soft! I am so pleased! I love the art.

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And a half yard of Moon Bunnies in teal. I ordered the Millefiori Quilts book and plan on using these for the La Passacaglia quilt.

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So frickin cute! eeeep!

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I like the variety in my pick. A little for baby. A little for me. And a little for quilts. :)

Foxy Peach Pie

I have had peaches in the freezer from this summer. Im never good at using frozen food. But these were fresh peaches! I picked these peaches. They needed to be used.

I was craving a peach cobbler but the lack of ingredients in the house stopped that. And I did not want to go out. I was already in my jammies! And it was getting late.

I did have pie crusts. I always try to have pie crusts in the freezer.

So peach pie it is.

I had to keep it simple. Being low on ingredients put a damper on that. But fret not!

I went with this ikea fox cookie cutter. Cut out a few foxes.

 

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After all the foxes were cut I had some extra space and dough left over. So I cut out a squirrel for the middle and a few stars for decoration.

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This pie is so pretty!

I did an egg wash over the top and sprinkled with sanding sugar.IMG_6281

 

Not sure how we managed to eat something so pretty!

 

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The pie filling is really simple. The brown sugar almost gives it a butterscotch taste to it. Sweet and delicious.

A few things to note about my pie: I did not cut my peaches in a smaller bite size. I really wish I did. The bites were about a half peach each. Just a lot of peach per bite. I would also add a table spoon or two of corn starch to the butter/ brown sugar mixture. Just to give it some thickness.

4-5 Peaches. Frozen or fresh.

4 TableSpoons Butter

1 Cup Brown Sugar.

In a sauce pan heat the butter and brown sugar. Once the butter is melted and fully heated add the peaches. Heat all together for about 5 minutes. Once fully heated turn the heat off and let sit for a few minutes.

Add your mixture to your pie crusts and add your topping decorations. Give the toppings a nice egg wash and sprinkle sugar sanding on top. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until the top is golden.

Try not to eat it all in one sitting.

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