Friday, December 19, 2008

Coasting along....

Empire State Building shining over Madison Square Park

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

I spy Santa ice skating below the tree!

Christmas in New York is SOOO BeAuTiFuL!

I had to run over to Rockefeller Center this morning, so I had to snap a picture of the tree and Santa Ice Skating!

We are all going for a family outing on Monday to see the tree and go out to dinner to the

China Grill. the BeSt Fried Spinach ever! yeah, really. So good!
(deep fried spinach leaves in Peanut oil and salt. makes it crispy, and melts on your tongue.)

It even started to snow while I was out, which made it even more magical. We are supposed to get 3-5 inches of snow.... we'll see.

My friend, Monica is coming down for our weekly quilting fun. She's never made a quilt, so we are working on one for her, together. It's been great fun.

These pictures are from last week. She picked out fabrics she loved, and we decided to start simply learning cutting fabric, and sewing the strips together.

Today we are going to cut out some different size dark brown Circles, and various sized pattern
fabric circles and applique them on top.

Then after Christmas, find backing , pinning etc...
and ultimately teaching her to machine quilt it.

Its been very gray so its hard to get great photos!! no natural light...

I Know most of us know what it looks like to have snow coming down, but I tried to capture it anyway. It is so Peaceful! So Your getting a few shots out of my studio window...
I even got two more strings of lights flung over the tree, to make up for the burnt out ceramic ones I posted about the other day!!! no more dark xmas tree!

ok. I'm off to finish a pot pie... Get B from school, take her to Tae kwon do to test to become a red/black belt. THEN, I get to get my computer, and go out with a bunch of girlfriends for a fun girls night out dinner!

Chicken POT PIE
1 pound skinless, boneless
chicken breast halves - cubed
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup frozen green peas
1/2 cup sliced celery
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
1 3/4 cups chicken broth
2/3 cup milk
2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crusts
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C.)
2. In a saucepan, combine chicken, carrots, peas, and celery. Add water to cover and boil for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and set aside.
3. In the saucepan over medium heat, cook onions in butter until soft and translucent. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, and celery seed. Slowly stir in chicken broth and milk. Simmer over medium-low heat until thick. Remove from heat and set aside.
4. Place the chicken mixture in bottom pie crust. Pour hot liquid mixture over. Cover with top crust, seal edges, and cut away excess dough. Make several small slits in the top to allow steam to escape.
5. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.


  1. Ah! A quilting friend. Lucky you! I have a girlfriend I hope to convert sometime.

  2. Thanks for the recipe....I have always wanted to taste a home made one, so I will make it after the new year.
    I went to see Seven Pounds today...I don't care what the critics say, I love me some Will Smith and this film was really good. It's about a lot of things and I think I'll be thinking about it off and on for a while.
    Merry Christmas!

  3. Terrific pictures. New York looks like an inspiration... I can see a quilt of tall buildings and windows!

    I LOVE pot pies, and make them often.

    Have a wonderful weekend.


  4. oooooh you are so lucky...i LOVE new york city. i want to come back again soon.

  5. What fun in the studio! I am pictureing that striped quilt with the big dark spots.. it is going to be fabulous!

    I agree.. you have to have a lot of lights on a tree. Very pretty against the windows. Your place looks so spacious.


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