Sunday, February 24, 2008

An impasse

So I am at an impasse. I can do "furrow" or "barnraising" settings for these blocks. If you have an opinion, please leave a comment. The next row incoporporates the blue with grey background and then the following row blue with lighter background.
I was finally able to get outta the house this weekend!! Yesterday we went to Target and Barnes & Noble. Mark got sneakers and I got crossword puzzle books. It is a modern myth that CWPs can help to prevent age-related brain lock, but I love them and always have! When I was pregnant, I did them constantly. I solved them on the subway, in the break room, at home all night long. I really haven't indulged in over forty years, but it's like riding a bike.

Today we went to WalMart. Did you hear WM is going to put medical clinics in its stores? That's great news; now maybe we can get emergency care in the ER again! We do have a health care crisis in America. Have you been to an ER lately? It's full of people who don't have medical insurance: babies with ear infections, the flu and whatnot. Let me give you some advice: if you need emergency care, by all means call 911 and get an ambulance. If you are delivered by ambulance, you will get in right away -- no waiting room for you! Anyway, I was happy to get out of the house and breathe fresh air. For those of you who live out East, we got snow last night. Here it comes!!!

I made a MEAN chicken stir fry last night! Wish I had taken a photo of it, but here's the recipe:


4 chicken breasts, rinsed and cut into 1/2 cubes
Mongolian Fire Oil
Soy Sauce or Tamari
Stir Fry Sauce
5 celery stalks, sliced or chopped
3 carrots, sliced
1 crown broccoli, separated into small flowerets, stalks sliced
mushrooms, cabbage, any other veggie you might have in the fridge
Chinese noodles, boiled al dente and set aside

Heat a wok or skillet on medium. Pour in 2 tsps of fire oil.
Drop in chicken and cook until white. Remove from pan.
Pour in 1 tsp of fire oil, drop in cooked noodles and add stir fry sauce and soy sauce to taste.
Remove noodles after about 5 minutes of cooking.
Add another 1 tsp of fire oil and add veggies. Saute for about ten minutes until soft.
Add chicken and noodles and more soy sauce/stir fry sauce to taste.
Cook for five to ten minutes to desired doneness.

Stay warm and eat well! xxooo P


Jeanne said...

Patty, I like them both, but if I had to chose the barnraising would be my pick.

Anonymous said...

Dear PSP,
I really like the barnraising pattern with these colors. It is very striking! You are a very talented and creative quilter.

Gerri said...

I have to say, after much deliberation, I like the Barn Raising setting.

Sabryin's Game Blog said...

I also love the barnraising pattern, it is scintillating!

Jenna said...

Not just a comment but I like barnraising too.
I took a class several years ago and the block was Massachusetts cross and crown. Now I'd like to finish that quilt, imagine that!
I can't find the instructions.

Patty skypants said...

Jenna, send me an e-mail ( and I will describe the process. It's interesting that i found your comment because this morning, as I was slaving away on the final Phase II blocks, I thought I probably ought to do a tutorial in pictures of how to make this block. If you think that would help, let me know. xxoo PSP