Saturday, October 3, 2009

dilly, dilly

I picked the second growth of dill this morning. The first growth went to seed before I did much with it, so it seeded the second growth. I may have picked it alittle early according to my dehydrator book. "The yellow-green plumelike leaves which appear just as the flat-topped flowers open are best." What I picked was fragrant but not as much as some I have picked before. I will leave the rest of the dill in the garden to flower and hope the weather stays mild until then.

Some of the dill went into the dehydrator and the rest went into the freezer. I was surprised to read in "Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs" that "Dillweed is easiest to handle when frozen on its stem. As needed, simply snip some off with scissors and return the rest to the freezer." We'll find out this winter.
I baked dill bread in our bread machine using a recipe from the book that came with the machine. I also substitued stevia for the sugar in the recipe. We enjoyed a slice with our supper this evening.
We also like to infuse our mayonnaise with dill. About 1 tablespoon of fresh dill to 1 cup of mayonnaise. Adjust to taste.

We took down the bed we had set up on the dock this summer. Dennis and I slept there in July when our house was full of female relatives intent on quilting. While taking down the bed we discovered a little screech owl sleeping in the dock rafters. This is the first owl we have ever seen around our home.

Fiona loves the color green. So, Oma decided to make a light weight coat out of some brushed green cotton I have in my stash. I also found a quilting cotton of green and yellow checks for the lining. I want the coat to be warmer than those two fabrics. So, I layered the lining pieces on Warm and Natural batting. Then quilted them together in a simple grid spaced about 2" apart. The batting was placed next to the feed dogs on the sewing machine to better move it through. Also the quilting was done in the same direction instead of back and forth. I had spray starched the lining fabric before quilting. I had just read this tip in the new book by Harriet Hargrave; "Quilter's Academy, Vol.1". When all the quilting is done I will cut out the lining pieces and sew them together.


  1. Well done on the blog design! This will be such fun to read - a great way to keep up with you.

  2. Yay for Susan's blog! I can't wait to see you what you do.