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Meow Monday: Stitching Buddies

The cats love it when I sit down to stitch, and they settle down close by as soon as I get started. That’s why you see them in every other progress pic of the Once Upon a Time sampler monthly updates.

This weekend was no exception…

 

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Tali enjoyed the sun on the porch, until the rain drove us inside.

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Franklin City Sights: Walking

It’s hard to believe we’ve been here in Franklin almost 6 months now!  I haven’t joined a gym yet, but I’ve been walking a little 2.5-mile loop pretty regularly.  I started out walking when I was job hunting, leaving every morning after dropping hubby off at work, then continued on the weekends after I started my new position.  For a couple months I was motivated to wake up every morning before work to walk, although our recent trips have thrown me off course a bit.  I’m trying to get re-motivated again… so I put together this post to remind my of my very favorite part about walking around here: the Canadian geese and other fowl living on a couple nearby ponds!
My favorite geese family built a nest in March, hatched six babies in April, and adopted a duck!  The duckling hung out with them before the goslings hatched, and still swims and eats with them even now.
Here’s a picture dump of some sights I’ve snapped since starting my daily walks:

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More city sights coming soon as we explore the Franklin area!

Meow Monday: Watercolors Part Two

Still loving the Waterlogue app these days, so here are a few recent-ish pics of the cats in watercolors…

One of these days I might print a few to hang up somewhere.

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And a couple other random pics from my camera roll too…

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

Mini Peach Pie

I saw a recipe for mini peach pies in the July/August issue of Food Network Magazine and had to give it a try… I guess it’s the summer of peaches!  Pies have always intimidated me but miniature things always seem more manageable.  The recipe is so easy that the magazine didn’t really include the traditional ingredients/instructions structure, so I rewrote it below for my own sake… and maybe you’ll give it a try too!
Mini Peach Pie
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Yields: 6 mini pies
Ingredients:
  • 3 small peaches
  • 1 package refrigerated 12-inch pie dough (2 sheets)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 thin slices of butter
  • 6-cup muffin pan
  • two glasses or cookie cutters with 3 1/2-inch and 5-inch diameters
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Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Cut each peach in half and take out the pit.
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Next, cut out 5-inch rounds from the pie dough and press into a muffin pan cup.  (I used a travel soup mug.)  I bought a 9-inch package of pie dough and didn’t have quite enough for six pies, but I think if I had bought a 12-inch package it would’ve been plenty.
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The Amateur Librarian // Mini Peach Pies
The Amateur Librarian // Mini Peach Pies
Place a pitted peach half, with the cut side facing up, in each muffin cup.  I had smallish peaches and they fit pretty snugly in a standard muffin pan, so I would err on the smaller side when picking out peaches to use.  Top with a thin slice of butter and sprinkle with sugar.  The magazine didn’t specify how much sugar, so I just sprinkled about one tablespoon over all of them.
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Cut 3 1/2-inch rounds out of the second sheet of pie dough and top each pie.  Crimpe the top and bottom crusts together with a fork.
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The Amateur Librarian // Mini Peach Pies
 Pierce the top with a knife, brush the beaten egg on top, then sprinkle with more sugar.  I don’t have a pastry brush so I just used a spatula.  Bake at 350 degrees until golden, about 35 minutes.
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The Amateur Librarian // Mini Peach Pies
The Amateur Librarian // Mini Peach Pies
The Amateur Librarian // Mini Peach Pies
My little pies didn’t look quite like the magazine… but they were pretty tasty!  So good that I ate two for dinner and kept snacking on them for breakfast and dessert all week long.
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I especially like that you don’t have to do anything to prepare the fruit filling – just cut and bake!  I don’t normally have pie dough on hand, but otherwise the ingredients are super simple and it’s pretty fail-proof… my kind of recipe!

Meow Monday: Snuggle Buddies

Cora and Tali are expert cat nappers.  They could be professional nappers.

This weekend I started on the August block of the Once Upon a Time sampler.  I was surrounded by cats when I took this pic…

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But within a couple more moments, Tali moved over for more snuggles.  Cora must have been in a good mood (or just sleepy) because she tolerated the snuggling and even moved in closer.

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It’s pretty rare that the two of them nap together, so it was obviously worth snapping a few more pics.  I just can’t help it, I had to document the historic moment.

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Meow Monday: Kneady Kitties

Here’s a blast from the past… I dug up this video clip from deep in my drafts folder… and I have no idea why it was sitting there all by its lonesome!

I wrote this in 2012 when we were still in San Francisco:

Cora has mellowed quite a bit over the past couple years, but she’s not always very affectionate.  She doesn’t like a lot of touching, and she’s only recently (within the past couple months) started purring.  She rarely starts kneading and preparing to nap beside us, so… that’s why I felt it was worthy of video.  Yep, I’m that kind of cat lady.

She tenses up in the first few seconds because Tali comes into the room.  Don’t worry, Tali gets a cameo!

I love how big Cora’s paws get when she flexes her nails!  I think it’s so cute!

And here’s Tali getting cozy and kneady, too.

Nashville City Sights: Weekend Adventures

My parents came for a visit this past weekend, and the time was jam-packed with lots of adventures around the city!
The main reason for the visit was another infusion.  I’m feeling great health-wise these days (hallelujah), but it’s always nice to have company at the hospital.  That night we crossed off a headache in record time: towing the car to get a new battery. And fortunately, the happy ending was a running car and no outrageous repair bills!  After that we had a quiet night of tacos for dinner, followed by a late-night walk to Sonic… in the rain (oops)… but we had fun!

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The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

The next morning I headed to the MCMQG meeting while hubby and my parents went to the farmers market and shopped a bit at The Factory.  They brought home all kinds of goodies – fresh peaches, goat’s milk soap, and the cutest little dishes from the paint-your-own-pottery store. We met up again and headed back to The Factory for lunch – fish & chips for the boys, seafood gumbo for the girls (speecy spicy!)

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After lunch we got straight back on the road to seek out Radnor Lake – I heard about it from a co-worker but wasn’t sure what to expect. It ended up to be such a cool destination!  It was a cloudy day, which was perfect for walking through the woods.  The views were gorgeous, but the best part was all the wildlife that showed up. Because Radnor Lake is a nature preserve, there are no pets or food allowed, and the strict trails-only rules meant that animals walked right by us with no fear. All along the trails, we saw baby fawns lie down a few feet away, guinea fowl forage for food with their babies in the underbrush, lots of deer, and all kinds of birds (including a “hoot owl” as an older gentleman pointed out to us).  There were a few different trails but we stuck to the one around the lake and it was an easy walk of about 3 miles.  Definitely a new favorite spot for an easy hike – I’m sure we’ll be back!

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Wildlife spotted and blurrily photographed: Deer!

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Fawns!

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Spider!

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Rustling in the grass!

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Plush bunny!

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Guinea fowl!

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The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

Turtles!

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The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

Loons!

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Goldfinch!

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Great blue heron!

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Hoot owl!

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The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

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The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

Normally that would be about the extent of our activities for the day if it were just hubby and me, but my parents just keep go-go-going!  After a brief break, we headed to Third and Lindsley in Nashville for dinner and a show.  We didn’t know recognize the act so we had no idea what to expect, but we stumbled upon the annual Little Walter Tube Amp Jam – a bunch of musicians from all different backgrounds who are all fans of the Little Walter amp company.  It was fun to see a variety of musicians – some we liked more than others – but each act performed a song or two, so it moved pretty swiftly.  I think my favorite act was a harmonica performance by Country Music Hall-of-famer Charlie McCoy. We didn’t make it through the whole show but it was a fun way to spend the night (and the food was pretty good too!).

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The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

 

On Sunday my parents headed home… and I was exhausted!  Maybe one day I’ll have as much energy as they do, ha!  More city sights coming soon as we explore the Nashville area!

Tour of Quilts

When we first moved to San Francisco and got settled in, I did a room by room tour of the art on the walls.  Now that we’ve been here a few months, I thought it was about time I did something similar in our new apartment… this time a tour of quilts!  The cats will be our guides as usual.
(Mostly because I haven’t gotten it together to get all our art up yet.)
Let’s start at the beginning… the kitchen and living room are the first things you see as you enter.
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The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
First up is my new favorite piece of “furniture” – my quilt ladder!  (More details here.)
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
I usually give away most of the quilts I make, but the few that I’ve kept are here on the ladder.  There’s my very first finished crazy quilt, the Road to Tennessee medallion quilt that I made in San Francisco (who knew it would journey to TN??), and the Rail Fence quilt  that I made to match my BFF’s wedding present.
Moving into the living room, there’s a quilt hanging above the couch – Hillside Houses!  I’m looking forward to hanging more quilts above the couch when I’m ready for a change.
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The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
The dining room is still a work in progress.  Our little kitchen island doesn’t fit in the kitchen anymore, so now it’s moonlighting as a “bar cart.”
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The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
The only little quilt (so far) is a table topper on a side table.  I’m thinking of making a bigger table topper or runner for the dining room table.
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Here’s a peek outside – the cats’ favorite place to hang out! No quilts outside, though.  (Although I’m fascinated by Barn quilts – maybe one day I’ll make a porch version… or maybe over the bed.)
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Next up is the guest room, AKA the room where everything that doesn’t fit in the living room or bedroom goes to live.  It’s a combo of office stuff, sewing/craft stuff, extra furniture, and a mishmash of a closet.  And also, where we blow up the air mattress for guests.  There are still a couple blank walls, but I’m working on filling them up.
Over the trunk, I hung a makeshift “design wall” that’s just a scrap piece of batting tacked to the wall.  And hey, there’s my Flying Geese quilt in progress.
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The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
Over the sewing machine I hung a vintage Coca Cola crate for thread storage and a few banners, which I suppose are quilting-related if not actual quilts.
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The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
I hung my mini quilt collection on one wall using bakers twine – I love having them on display finally!
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There’s my Ticker Tape Triangle mini…
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my latest finish for the Michael Miller challenge
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…and my mini Ticker Tape Seascape.
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More minis coming soon, hopefully!
Last up is the bedroom and OK, I lied… there are actually no quilts in the bedroom!  Shocking, right?  But here’s a peek anyway…
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I’m still looking for something big over the bed.  Wouldn’t a painted Barn Quilt look cool?
And that’s about it!  (Other than bathrooms and laundry closet).  I love our happy little home and the quilts in every room!

Nashville City Sights: Live Music

I’m back from the beach and back to the real world… I have a feeling my work inbox is going to take the whole day to wrangle.  So here’s a photo dump of my favorite summer activity: live (and preferably free) music!  That and the promise of food trucks will draw us any day. Luckily summer is full of music festivals!  I think I’ve shared most of these through H54F posts, but of course I took more pics!

Time for a photo dump:

Puckett’s Boat House

Live music every Thursday and Friday nights!

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And their pie is really good too!!

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Westhaven Porchfest

 

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The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

East Side Hootenanny

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The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

Our favorite spot on Broadway is definitely Big Bang, the dueling piano bar!

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

More city sights coming soon as we explore the Nashville area!

Meow Monday: Cats of Instagram, Part Fourteen

I’m at the beach for a few blissful days, so blogging lite will commence this week.  Here’s another batch on Instagram pics – I’m finally catching up, bit by bit!  I was mostly unpacked by the time the cats joined us in March, so we all settled into our new routine together.

 

Tali enjoying the view from the porch.

Tali enjoying the view from the porch.

 

My cross stitching companion is back!

My cross stitching companion is back!

 

 

My favorite cross stitch

My favorite cross stitch

 

Familiar scene in a new apartment.

Familiar scene in a new apartment.

 

Sweet Tali

Sweet Tali

 

Tali loves the sunshine!

Tali loves the sunshine!

 

So does Cora.

So does Cora.

 

A dog!

A dog!

 

Learning to use the new cat door

Learning to use the new cat door

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