Tuesday, February 06, 2007

13th Colony Bay-Part 1

Part 1 of By the Bay's 13th Colony Bay is very close to being finished. There's a bit of landscaping, some fences to finish, and there's a wee bit of a sandbar showing out in the dark water but the majority of the stitching is done, oh there should be clouds in the sky but we're not into the rainy season just yet.
Our pirates are setting sail for the second port in the Bay. They have new sails, have stocked their galley and are easing over to Port #2. This little island is inhabited by a spinster librarian/school teacher who they've heard is as skilled with a gun and a rope as she is baking cakes and diagramming sentences, not your typical spinster. Rumor has it she's pretty too. They're going to offer to raid the mainland for the much desired books if she'll teach a few of the crew how to read and write.
In other stitching news, head over to Carriage House Samplings click on the News section and scroll down and you can see my LNS owner-Kathy's version of Kathy Barrick's ABCs. She changed up the colors and it's fabulous!
I just finished reading Christopher Moore's A Dirty Job. All I can say is I loved this book. Yes, the premise is bit bizarre, not in anyway believable but that's not really the point. His characters sucked me into the story. I could see what was happening. I believed it when I read it. I can't wait to read more of his books. He's like a Carl Hiaasen of the Underworld.
What is the "dirty job"? Being a death merchant. I don't want to give a lot of the story away, but a death merchant is someone responsible for removing a person's soul item and making sure it gets placed with the right person somewhere down the line. How do they know what a soul item is? It glows red but only for them. They job is to retrieve and keep it safe until another person comes along to claim it. Most death merchants run second hand shops of some kind. This book was great. Nothing has captured my imagination since the Reacher series by Lee Child until this book.
New Lost this week. Go Sawyer! Can't wait. We just got our ABC affiliate back so I don't have to worry about watching it at abc.com on Thursday, I can watch it in real time.
Also started watching Season 2 of 24. Is Jack Bauer's daughter the stupidest human on earth or what? Why doesn't she just listen to her dad, do what he says? Life would be so much easier for everyone if she would just do what Jack tells her. But no, she knows more than him. More than the baddest you know what on the planet. I hate watching the show because she's so dumb! Love everything else about the show but Kim.
I also watched Serenity. Pretty good movie. I need to watch the whole series, that being Firefly, I wasn't lost watching the movie but I haven't seen the series from the beginning.
Family Stuff
The spousal unit was working in our area yesterday, came home for lunch, flushed the toilet and flooded the house. What a mess. We filled up the shop vac about 6 times and the carpet is still wet.
New family favorite dinner, Chicken Pot Pie. I combined several recipes to come up with my own. It's very easy.
Chicken Pot Pie
Cook 1lb or more boneless chicken breasts, cut into cubes when cool
Steam a small package of peas and carrots along with some sliced mushrooms
Make or use 2 prepared pie crusts, place one in a pie pan-poke it with a fork to keep it from getting soggy while baking.
mix together cooked chicken
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 can of cream of potato soup-you can also use cooked cubed potatoes, I'm lazy so I use the soup
steamed veggies
add pepper to taste
Pour into pie crust, top with second pie crust-don't forget to perforate the top
Bake at 350 or 400 for 30 mins or until crust is golden.
There may be enough to make another small pie. Crescent rolls rolled out can be used to make a crust for the small pie if you only have the top and bottom crust and don't want to waste your filling.


monique said...

I just added the book to my booklist. Sounds good, thanks :) Your BTB is looking wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Wow, your By The Bay piece looks great.

Jacque said...

Gorgeous! That's a lot of blue on blue! Kudos to you!!!!

Anna van Schurman said...

I love how your By the Bay piece is turning out. And thanks for sending us to Carriage House. Not only is the alphabet beautiful, but I am in love with the punchneedle mermaid stocking!

Michelle said...

13th Colony looks fabulous! Great progress. I'll have to remember that book - sounds good!

Lee said...

By the Bay is looking terrific! I've just started reading The Book Thief , which is narrated by Death and discusses colors, also. Hmm. Interesting.

Meari said...

I normally don't have a lot of time to watch TV, but last night I was caught up on almost everything so I watched Lost... both episodes. I must say I'm totally lost! LOL I watched quite a few episodes last season, but must've missed something. Ack.