Yes, it's still hot here and there's been no rain at all for two weeks. So glad I didn't plant a garden this year. Thankfully, friends and family have been bringing fresh vegetables from time to time. Oh, and the tomatoes! Every day I have a tomato sandwich for lunch. If there's one thing that is truly seasonal here in the south, it's tomatoes. Any other time of year, they just don't taste the same. I will miss them when they are gone. But in the meantime, I'm going to eat as many as I can.
I have been going through cross stitch stuff and have found many designs that I charted up and even stitched and never did anything else with. I'm working on creating charts for these designs. Here's a picture of some of them - postcards that I stitched years ago.
I particularly like the smaller versions of the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial and Diamond Head. The large designs are nice but they take forever to stitch!
I received my new charts from the printer (unexpectedly) yesterday so they are just crying out for new homes! Please order today! (Or tomorrow, or the day after . . . )
(Well, actually they aren't here just yet. A delay at the printer means I won't have them until Monday but they are printed and being folded today. Sorry for the delay.)
Four new charts are now available: Hawaiian Aloha Shirts 2, Hawaiian Quilt Patterns IV, Small Kine Things-Aloha and Small Kine Things-Mahalo. I am excited to release these new designs.
Summer is well underway and nearly every day here has been 90 or above and this week is more of the same. Except for one rain shower the other day, it has also been dry. Too hot to go outside and do yard work so I spend my time inside stitching. I have completed the Oahu Sampler and am starting another (which one to do next- Big Island, Maui or Kauai?). I am also stitching some small silhouettes of Hawaiian landmarks. Working on some more Postcards and maybe another book of quilt patterns. Please let me know what you would like to see.
One of the things I miss most about living in Hawaii is the food. So many cuisines: Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, Thai and so many more! This recipe for Chicken Namasu is a refreshing warm weather dish:
2 lb chicken
5 cucumbers (preferably seedless), peeled and sliced thin
1/4 cup Japanese rice vinegar
1 green onion, minced
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup shoyu (soy sauce)
1/4 cup sesame seed oil
3 TBSPs Hon-Dashi (bonito soup base, optional)
Add chicken to pot of boiling water and simmer until done. Debone and shred chicken into small pieces. Combine chicken and cucumber in glass serving bowl. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over chicken-cucumber mixture. Refrigerate before serving. If preparing ahead of serving time, chill all ingredients and add sauce to chicken-cucumber mixture shortly before serving. Enjoy!
And finally, another free chart for your stitching enjoyment. I've seen a few rainbows this summer and it made me think of this Rainbow Aloha which I featured in News That Counts way back in 1989!
This chart has been created for your stitching enjoyment. Please do not reproduce it for sale in any form. Click here for download.
I hope you all have a safe and happy Fourth of July. Enjoy the cookouts and the fireworks!
I have finally finished stitching all of the new quilt patterns and have only to get the cover photo done and then I will be sending a new batch of stuff to the printer. So look for new designs in about two weeks . . . !
Just call me Fran
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