Thought I'd share the photo I've been enjoying as my new desktop background. I took it before cutting the fabric to recover the chair.
Thank you all for your words of encouragement on my quilt fight--now I know I'm not alone, but I'm still hoping it'll get easier.
We ended the week of new recipes with one for risotto made in the microwave, probably so wrong in the eyes of real Italian chefs, but it always takes SO LONG on the stove. I got the recipe from my dad, who found it in Cooking Light, but they don't seem to have it on the website anymore. Basically, you microwave 4 cups of liquid (3.5c broth and .5c wine) for 5 minutes, then add 1 and 1/3c arborio rice for 15 minutes, stirring every 5. Then add your goodies (I did shrimp and corn) and microwave 4 more minutes, stirring halfway. Finally, stir in 3/4c cheese. I'll definitely do this again because I love risotto so much.
With E gone to a car show the last 2 days, I got to indulge in a little movie watching (and the best frozen pizza=no cooking!), so I chose a couple things I thought he wouldn't care to see. First, on Blair's recommendation, I watched Pieces of April and, actually, I think E would have liked it, too. It may be worth a second viewing before it goes back to Blockbuster. I also got The Devil Wears Prada, but haven't gotten to it yet. So, not much crafting went on during his time away, but I did stop at Kmart for some dish towels to make some totes based on Mama's tutorial, and I just came across these instructions for an easy dish towel apron. It was so hard to decide which ones to buy--there were so many patterns I loved. The Martha Stewart line is a recent discovery for me--I mean I knew it was there, but I didn't realize how much I would love it. I decided on the fruit set and the botanicals set, but the fruit print set, kind of like this fabric, was also really tempting.
And remember last week's pottery painting session? I picked them up yesterday. This divided tray that E painted is sitting on one of the MS botanical towels.