Sunday, December 27, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Norwich Cathedral looking from inside the quire west toward the nave:
Interestingly, we were told that the interiors of the medieval cathedrals were painted with murals illustrating stories from scripture and mythology. Here and there in the most protected spots we saw remaining vestiges of some of these paintings. Imagine what these places looked like when the entire interior was painted! It must have been like being inside a stained glass window.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Except for this one, all the newer photos are still on my camera, which is upstairs and I'm too tired to go get it. So here's a 'contest' for you: I'll send a pack of fat quarters to the first person who correctly guesses what this is a photo of. Be sure to include your e-mail address so I can contact you for your snail mail address. Send to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Delicious. There are certain things I make only at Christmas, so they are always special, never 'everyday.' This is one of those.
English Gingerbread (more like shortbread than cake)
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ cup chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces (don't substitute!)
2/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon molasses
1/4 cup sultanas (golden raisins)
2 tablespoons finely diced crystallized ginger
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Butter an 8-inch round cake pan.
Sift flour with the baking powder and ginger. Put into a bowl and add the pieces of butter, blending until the mixture resembles cornmeal.
Stir the brown sugar, sultanas, molasses and ginger into the above mixture - it will be very short and crumbly - not like dough or batter. Press into the prepared pan and sprinkle with the granulated sugar.
Bake for 40 - 45 minutes, until a knife blade inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool on a rack 10 minutes, then cut into narrow wedges. Transfer wedges to the rack to finish cooling.
Friday, December 11, 2009
I got this back from the long-arm quilter, and now have the binding machine-sewn on, but won't get to the hand-sewing until after Christmas: