Newsletter #88 sent via email on 4/26/03 Disclaimer: Please remember that items mentioned in our newsletter archives may no longer be available, or their prices may have changed.
Im having a pretty good week how about you? Tuesday was my birthday and I enjoyed calls, emails, cards and gifts from so many people that are special to me. At Nordic Needle, the 23 of us draw names at the beginning of the year to see whom we get to bring birthday treats for during the year. Dawn had my name this year. Usually we do a dessert to have after lunch, but Dawn got creative. She asked me earlier what I would like for my birthday treat. My usual request every year is, "spice cake with raisins and home-made caramel frosting". Do any of you have a favorite spice cake recipe with home-made caramel frosting you wouldn't mind sharing? I'd sure appreciate it. Anyway, because Dawn didn't want to attempt that herself, she called around to see if any bakery/grocery store/whatever/ made this kind of cake. When none were to be found, she did the next best thing home-made gooey caramel rolls for morning coffee break time at Nordic Needle. They were delicious! That got my day off on a good (bad for the diet) start.
Sue and I always take each other out for lunch on our birthdays so off we went to Santa Lucias for lunch. There we both had the Chicken Souvlaki (or something like that). This is a Greek place so you people with some knowledge of Greek food will know what I mean. Skewers of spiced, grilled chicken over a bed or rice with a Green salad on the side yummy! I am totally happy by now. There was still work to do back at Nordic Needle, and stops to make with the boys after school so I couldn't just lie down and take a birthday nap! Our family of four had hoped to go out for an early evening birthday dinner, but as it turned out with many other activities, it was just Harold and I that had a late evening meal together, and do you know what? - it was a perfect ending to a nice birthday. I received birthday calls from both daughters in Minneapolis, as well as from our last years exchange student, our Swiss son, Thomas, (who also sang "Happy Birthday" to me on the phone). I got an email from our German daughter, Susa (exchange student two years ago), an email greeting card and wonderful gifts from the mom in Norway of our exchange student, Andreas, this year, and cards, gifts, and emails from various other friends and family members. Yes, Im a lucky lady to have so many special, caring people in my life.
I should have shared this recipe with you last time so you could have considered it for your Easter dinner, but anytime is a good time for this Corn Casserole. Our family usually has it for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter and sometimes in between just because it is so good. I hope you enjoy it!
1 can whole kernel corn with the juice
1 can creamed corn
1/2 stick melted butter
1 package corn muffin mix (Jiffy has a little box of this)
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup sour cream
Set 1/3 cup of the corn muffin mix aside. Mix all other ingredients together and pour in a 9" x 13" greased pan. Sprinkle the 1/3 cup of muffin mix over the top. Place uncovered in the oven at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until top is slightly browned and it is firmly set. Don't over bake as it could dry out. Its good with those cheesy baked hash brown potatoes or baked potatoes, ham, turkey or baked chicken.
Now for the NEW items this week!
I am so impressed with this book! I love books that show different stitches and how to work them and this book is filled with stitch techniques! "The Embroidery Stitch Bible", by Betty Barnden, has over 200 stitches photographed in beautiful color with easy to follow charts. The 256 pages are spiral bound, arranging the stitches according to their use, from basic cross stitch and chain stitch to more complicated couching, laid work, and drawn thread work. Just paging through this book, makes me want to sit down and try out some of these techniques! learn more about this item!
If you want to create something truly unique, this kit by Lorri Birmingham is really unique and useful as well. "Cottage Sewing Box" looks like a little house, cross stitched on all four sides, with a cute little roof over the top. Well, the roof lifts off and the sides of the cottage fold out and you have a delightful holder for your needles, scissors and other tools! The kit contains 28 count fabric, floss, gold plated butterfly charms, needle, chart, instructions, and a kit to make the actual cottage out of heavy cardboard, covered in fabric. The instructions are very good and easy to follow. What a nice project this would be for a group of stitchers, or a class project. K1780 Cottage Sewing Box Kit $34.99 learn more about this item!
Mothers Day is just around the corner! What a great gift for your special mother or for your family to give you (hint, hint)! The Ultimate Daylight Lamp combines style and elegance with practicality. The three flexible, removable accessories can be used independently or together. The organizing tray will keep your stitching necessities at your fingertips, the rimless magnifying lens is movable and adjustable to whatever height and angle you need, and the chart/pattern holder will keep your pattern in place as you use both hands to stitch. Its so much more than just a lamp. Base has wheels for easy moving. #375-227-0006 $239.99 Please note, there is an extra $9.00 shipping cost on this lamp. learn more about this item!
If its a table lamp you need, don't forget about the specials we have on the beautiful Lexington Table Lamps. These are regularly priced at $249.95, on sale for $174.97
Judy Dixon from the UK, is a terrific designer and combines Hardanger with cross stitch and other techniques in the most artistic ways. "Silent Thoughts" is worked on 28 count white Jobelan with a finished size of 9" x 15". DMC size #8 ecru, and floss in colors 3861, 3860, 3756, and 712, create this very intriguing design. All the stitches are well graphed. #5757A chartpack $13.99 learn more about this item!
Genny Morrow canvaswork designs (needlepoint) are forever popular and fun to stitch. "Amish Basket Band", is comprised of thirteen variations of the eight-pointed star quilt block. Together they measure 4" x 52" and can be used to trim the top of a basket as shown, or individually as coasters, box lid inserts, small framed pieces, or three or four together for a bellpull design. The design is well charted with all stitches clearly illustrated. 135-333-0003 spiral bound book $31.99 learn more about this item!
For more canvaswork (counted needlepoint) designs, click here.
Linda Connors of Calico Crossroads is well known for her series on the Kats by Kelly designs. She has just released this chartpack that includes designs for a Thistle Needleroll, Thistle Scissors Minder, and Thistle Pin Keep. The chartpack is well-named as "Thistles". All the stitches and assembly instructions are well written and illustrated. 2870 $19.99 learn more about this item!
With summer vacations just ahead, many of you will be traveling by air to various vacation destinations! Remember the days when you could take whatever scissors on board the plane you had? Because of regulations now, you are very limited as to what you carry in your stitching bag. Gingher has produced this scissors called the "4-inch Pocket Scissors". The quality of the cutting blades is excellent, but the rounded tips make it airplane safe! You can't use these for cutting in Hardanger embroidery, but you can use them for cutting your thread as you stitch! 7192A $19.50 learn more about this item!
If you are looking for a new pair of fine-pointed embroidery scissors, click here.
Finishing up this weeks featured products is a nice little book for you tatters. "Tatted Butterflies", by Akacia publishing, is produced in Denmark, and features 20 butterfly designs of different sizes, using many different tatting techniques. Some are for beginners and some for the more experienced. You can use these for decorations on cards, boxes, pillows, clothing, handkerchiefs and doilies, or curtain decorations. 1226 $11.99 learn more about this item!
We are just days away from our Stitching A La Carte Retreat! Theres still room for YOU. All the preparations are coming together for the classes, meals, tours, door prizes and special features. One of our special events is the luncheon on Saturday where Ruth will demonstrate many of the stitching tools we have available. Each attendee will receive several tools as gifts, just as part of the Retreat! Sue and I will be the official chauffeurs, driving the van between the Holiday Inn and Nordic Needle, for three special tour and shopping events. Can you see us in our chauffeur hats? I'll be sure we get a photo of that. If you are within driving distance and find yourself with a free week-end on May 2 4, please consider attending this special event at Nordic Needle. See our website or call for details. 1-800-433-4321.
In my next newsletter, I'll share how the Retreat went and show you photos! (if I figure out how to get my new digital camera to transfer photos from the camera to the website). Thank you for your time and now urge you to take some time to stitch! Its good for you and remember, you don't have to feel guilty!