Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in other belong to us as well.
-Volaire
Debbie and I went to visit Karen Taylor who is the owner of A Scarlet Thread in McDonough Georgia. We had the MOST enjoyable time getting to know this lady. She is so warm and friendly and her shop is THE BOMB!! There is definitely a light in her spirit that shines outward to everyone she meets. I feel like I made a new friend … can’t wait to see her again!! Her shop is eye candy from door to door and floor to ceiling. Huge classroom, wonderful displays…sewing machines (Baby Lock and HQ 16’s). Here are a few pictures. Go visit her shop it is .2 mile off of I-75 at Jodeco Rd.

I’m so excited I’m about to bust! The Silver Thimble Quilt Club is meeting tomorrow for a cookie swap in our new home at Highlands Presbyterian Church in Grayson. We are having a cookie swap! I will be showing the projects for the first quarter of ’09..(I will take pictures and post tomorrow!) Looks like we will have a great turnout and begin with a fresh start. It has been difficult for us to loose Stitch ‘N Quilt but we hope Ladye and Joan will enjoy their retirement…..as for us….we quilt ON!!!

The committe woke me up this morning and we started baking at 4:15. So far I have baked 4 loaves of Poppy Seed Bread and ten zillion Peanut Butter Balls. Snowball cookies are next up to bat! Here is the recipe for Poppy Seed Bread. I got it from my friend Julie. I had one that was my mothers which is a Lemon Poppy Seed Bread but I think this recipe is EVEN BETTER than Mom’s.

Poppy Seed Bread

3 cups Flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/8 cups oil
3 eggs

1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 tsp. butter flavoring
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 T. poppy seed

Combine all. Pour into 2 loaf pans. Bake 45-50 min. @ 350 degrees Remove from oven and take a knife and go around the edges of the pans.

Glaze
1/2 tsp butter flavoring
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1/4 cup orange juice

3/4 cup sugar

Boil until sugar melts. Put loaves on cooling racks and pour glaze over. Freezes very well!

Don’t cha LOVE HOLIDAY COOKING???

Pat