Archive for April, 2010


Fat Quarterly

April 27, 2010

I just got my subscription to Fat Quarterly! Have you gotten yours?

This is probably going to be my excitement for the week. I have my managerial accounting final on Saturday and should spend every waking minute studying. Wish me luck (I would totally settle for not failing it!)!


Detroit Restaurant Week

April 25, 2010

Last night for Detroit Restaurant Week, Dave, Jess, Natalie, her Dave, and I checked out Opus One. It was delicious!

Street Sign

(I apologize for the pictures – the light was not great).

Circo de le Glace
Jess got the Ciroc de la Glace martini.

Fuzzy Peach
I got the Fuzzy Peach martini. Aren’t the glasses neat?

Dave, Dave, and Nat got mojitos.

First course:
Lobster Bisque
Jess got the: Lobster Bisque (Garnished with lobster saffron ravioli and fresh chives)(description from their menu).

Chilled Shiitake Mushroom and Vegetable Spring Roll
Nat and I got the: Chilled Shiitake Mushroom and Vegetable Spring Roll (Served with Ponzu and sweet and hot dipping sauces).

Chilled Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna
Dave got: Chilled Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna (Served rare with wasabi aioli and pickled ginger).
Not pictured: Nat’s Dave got a Caesar Salad.

Second course:
Salmon with Apples and Fennel
Nat’s Dave got: Pan-Seared Salmon with Shaved Apples, Fennel, and Bacon.

 Pan-Seared Fillet of Arctic Char
Nat got the: Pan-Seared Fillet of Arctic Char (Presented on grilled vegetable couscous with a spring pea coulis and micro greens salad).

Grilled Peppered Loin of Australian Lamb
Dave got the: Grilled Peppered Loin of Australian Lamb (Served with spinach risotto and a Dijon mustard sauce).

Spice Rubbed New York Strip Steak
Jess and I got the: Spice Rubbed New York Strip Steak (Served with a potato mushroom hash, baby green beans and a red wine demi-glace garnished with angel hair onion rings).

And if that wasn’t enough, the third course was:
Trio Chocolate Mousse
Trio Chocolate Mousse (Three layers of dark, milk and white chocolate with fresh berries and raspberry sauce).

Creme Brulee
Crème Brûlée (Classic baked vanilla custard topped with caramelized sugar and fresh berries).

It was such a great meal – good food and good friends.

Nat and Dave F.
Nat and Dave

Jess, Julie, Dave
Jess, Julie, and Dave


Craft Revival Fair

April 17, 2010

Craft Revival

Today we went to the Craft Revival Fair at The Loving Touch in Ferndale, MI.

The Loving Touch

It actually sort of turned in a craft fair party. My cousin, Megan, was in town with her boyfriend, Tom. They came in from East Lansing for Megan’s 20th birthday. We’re going out with her family later today for dinner, but we always used to go to craft fairs together when she lived around here, so it was like old times.

Natalie, my craft fair buddy, was going, too, so we met up with her. And! My friend, Jessica, lives right down the street from The Loving Touch, so she and her boyfriend, Justin came.

After spending about an hour exploring the craft fair, we (Megan, Tom, Natalie, Jessica, Justin, Dave, and I) all went next door to the Woodward Ave Brewers (WAB) and had some delicious food.

Here’s the loot I got at the craft show:

Craft Fair Loot

I LOVE Courtney Fischer’s Jewelry! I got the leaf necklace for myself because I think I would like to be a necklace person…. and what better way to test the waters than with a beautiful leaf necklace? The cuff is going to be for my mom for Mother’s Day.

Anyway, now I have a few hours before Megan’s birthday dinner, so I think I’ll spend them working on pebbling this quilt:

Evil Joie

I basted it while Dave was out of town last week and started to quilt it, but got distracted (probably by Joie, who looks positively evil in that picture – even though she is the sweetest cat ever) and didn’t finish it.

Oh and one last thing! Dave and I picked up juice from Chile last night! We got a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Camernere from a guy, Joe, who imports the juice directly from Chile. So the Chilean wine is on us… in 6-9 months!


Welcome to Sick Ward C

April 9, 2010

I’m home sick today…. ick. It’s a pain because Dave is leaving tomorrow for a conference in San Francisco where he is presenting an application he wrote and I want to be supportive and help him get ready… but for all intents and purposes, I’m a bit dead to the world.

I thought I would use this time to catch up on some photos that I meant to post earlier. I spent a big chunk of last weekend at my mom’s house getting ready for Easter. My mom was dogsitting the neighbor’s dog, Torres.

This is Torres.
He is a sweet dog… but sometimes he drives my mom’s dog, Luci, a little crazy.

This is Luci.

Luci had the last laugh when she played with his toys.
Luci in the Backyard

And this is my cousin, Lindsey, holding the neighbor’s cat, Fenway.
Lindsey and Fenway
Fenway lives next door, but spends a lot of his time inviting himself in at my mom’s house. He eats the food, uses the litter box, and sleeps on fresh laundry – not quite the perfect house guest…. but he did let Lindsey carry him around a bit.

In other news, I’ve sort of lost my head. I got a little caught up in the excitement of virtual quilt bees and joined one regular one and one mini one.

The regular one is The Bee in My Bonnet and it is comprised of 12 women. We’re in the process of figuring out the details and hope to start in May. Everyone in it seems really friendly and ready to create beautiful blocks.

The mini one is through swap-bot. There are only three of us and we’re sending to each other at the same time. The plan is to send a little bit of fabric and instructions on the blocks we want to each other…. then add fabrics from our stash and make four blocks for each person. I went fabric shopping the other night:

VQB Fabric

I can’t decide what kind of blocks to request! I know that I want the dark blue to frame the blocks, but.. apart from that, I keep changing my mind. I guess I’ll have to make it up pretty soon because the fabric bundles need to go out in the mail tomorrow. Eek!

In other news, I’ll be dragging my sick butt out of bed tomorrow at 4:45am to drive Dave to the airport…. yaaayyyyy.


Starry Night

April 5, 2010

From the first time I saw SternLab’s use of embroidery with LED lights I was in love. And almost immediately I knew how I wanted to use them.

The Starry Night (Unlit)

Thus, my version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night was born.

Close Up of Quilt

The finished quilt is 17 inches x 22 inches. It’s made from a variety of free cut batik applique. I free motion quilted with black, blue, white, and two shades of yellow thread.

Close Up of Stars and Stitching

The three LEDs, conductive thread, battery, and battery holder were from two LED sewing kits by SternLab
and sold at Maker Shed.

From start to finish this art quilt took me two months, but most of the time was spent first with procrastination and later with searching for yellow LED lights.

Here it is all lit up:

The Starry Night With LEDs