Saturday, November 26, 2011

Tulips & Travel

Finished the tulip block for the garden club quilt.  Its not the same block as used in the original quilt.  Used the tulip block from Blackbird Designs' Tulip Farm quilt instead.  One of the red fabrics is from French General, and it is a dream to use for applique.  Highly recommend it!
We were lucky to travel to New Orleans with our family in October.  It was a dream trip, and we just loved walking through the Garden District and checking out the awesome homes.

Sad to hear that these cool water meter covers are disappearing as they are becoming collector's items.

A picture of the courtyard where we stayed.  My husband's brother has a timeshare here and we all got to stay together.  Such fun!
Baked our friend Cindy LaNier's famous butterhorn rolls for Thanksgiving.  Topped with homemade apricot jam we made last summer - they are scrumptious, and such a treat that we only make them for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.  I'll leave you with the recipe below, and happy holidays to all of my dear blog friends.  Really appreciate your visits, and hope you have time to get a few stitches in!

LaNier's Butterhorns

1 package yeast
1 cup warm water
1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 eggs, well beaten
4 1/2 cups flour

Dissolve yeast in water.  Add a couple of tablespoons of the sugar to proof the yeast.  Let rest for at least five minutes.  Meanwhile, melt butter and add sugar.  Stir to mix and set aside to cool.  Add to yeast, and add salt, eggs, and 3 cups flour.  Mix well by hand and add remaining flour, mixing until well combined.  Either dough refrigerate overnight or let rise in a warm spot on the counter for at least four hours.  Divide dough into four pieces.  Roll each into a circle, and cut each circle into 12 triangular pieces.  Roll from large end to short (crescent shapes) and place on a well greased baking sheet.  Let rise (1-2 hours) and bake in a 400 degree oven for eight minutes.  Makes 48 scrumptious rolls.


Karen said...

Nice applique block. I sometimes trade out a block design on a quilt pattern for one from another. It will make the quilt uniquely yours.

Anonymous said...

Glad to see a new posting. The applique is lovely. The butter horn looks delicious - will try it next week. Ady

Janet said...

Your applique block is very pretty. Sounds like you had a lovely trip. The rolls look yummy!

Kathie said...

Oh I love that applique block, the fabrics perfect choice! Glad you had a wonderful trip and memories...thats what it is all about!

Lori said...

What a sweet quilt block!

I never have had a desire to go to New Orleans. It has such a rich history and past so I'm not sure why.

Barb said...

buter horns? sounds yummy!
Your tulip block is wonderful

Mary said...

Lovely block and thanks for the recipe! It sounds quite yummy. I've missed your posts ---

Mary A said...

Hi Dixie,
Looking for "Life In the Country" and may have to give up and order it on line. I will try your butter horn recipe. It looks delicious! See you in class, Mary A

Dawn said...

A trip to New Orleans is on my bucket list. Lucky you!
Yummy recipe.
Your quilt block is great - just love it ;-)

Libby said...

I intend to makeover that tulip block, too. Love what you've done *s*

Carol said...

I just stopped by your blog for the first time in such a long time!

I'm so glad I did!

Thanks for the wonderful inspiration, and the tasty recipes, too!

Next time you head up to Apple Hill, let me know because I'd love to meet that creative man who makes such great and useful baskets from beautiful old barn wood!

I'm soooo looking forward to seeing you and all of the others in Gretchen's Girl Gang group later this month!