Cross Stitch and Cornmeal Cookies

I'm still working on binding my Pixie Noel quilt.  I'm 5/8 done.  Fingers crossed I can get it finished before Friday's guild meeting.

I have 3/4 of the cross stitches framed/finished.  I still have to finish off my Harry Potter one, which was a good lesson on why you should always unhoop your project when not working on it, especially when you are using linen.  Anyway, these three are done and I'm quite happy with how they turned out.  The patterns are all from SewingSeed on Etsy.  The wooden hoops I purchased from CraftyWoolFelt on Etsy and they arrived super fast.  I was quite impressed with the speed of delivery--I ordered late Monday afternoon and had them Wednesday.  The white frame is from Stars & Sunshine on Etsy.
I decided to quilt another UFO for Friday.  This is, perhaps, the ugliest quilt I've ever made.  I bought the fabrics in 2001 and probably finished the top in that time frame as well.  I didn't buy binding at the time (why???) and I needed backing so I went to Jo-Ann.  The people in front of me in line and the lady at the cutting counter were all math-challenged.  Always so sad.  The customers didn't know how to change feet into yards or tell how wide the fabric was from reading the bolt.  The cutting counter lady didn't know the decimal equivalents of yardage fractions or how to double them.   Anyway, I'm not sure if she completely mismeasured the six yards of backing fabric I requested or if it truly shrunk that much in the wash, but I only had 5-2/3 yard when I went to cut it into two yard chunks.  Luckily I could make it work with some creative seaming, but still.  Hmm.

I have it all quilted and I am going to machine bind it and then probably donate it since it is no longer to our tastes.  I do have to wonder what we were thinking when we put these colors together though.  The green polka dot is the backing.
My son has to do a report on a famous Hoosier and he chose Virgil Grissom.  We took him to the Virgil Grissom memorial museum over the weekend.  It was really interesting and also really depressing.  What a horrible way to die.

We also went to a pioneer village and got some freshly ground cornmeal (which I store in the freezer along with my flour and butter).  My husband made cornmeal cookies with some.  If you like corn muffins and sugar cookies, you will probably enjoy these cookies.  He made 42 cookies with 64 calories each.

Cornmeal Cookies

3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup cornmeal
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1-1/2 cups flour

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix butter and sugar until creamy.  Add the egg and vanilla and beat well.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and flour.  Add the creamed mixture.  
  • Drop by teaspoonful onto a greased cookie sheet. We used parchment paper instead of greasing.  
  • Bake about 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

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