I missed Lucy’s birthday in May so we’re having her party tomorrow which calls for homemade angelfood cake and chocolate ice cream, her favorite which is great with me, too.
My neighbor, Emma, taught me how to make this cake over the years after I moved here in 1979. She had chickens which meant eggs and she always made this for my birthday. The recipe calls for 1-1/2 to 2 cups of egg whites.
I got her square pan when she died.
The cake cooled on the counter for several hours.
And it came out of the pan beautifully!
On Saturday when I was in Sac City, I visited the thrift store and I am thrilled with this $3.00 purchase of a cross stitch collie dog on linen about 5″ x 7″. I think it’s a real treasure!
I keep forgetting to elaborate about Bernina machines. Back in 1981 when Connie and I were just meeting and exploring the quilt design business I had an inexpensive Singer and Connie had a Kenmore and we were quite proud of the fact that for many years we started and successfully ran our business with these simple machines. But then they started needing repairs and constant maintenance because we sewed so much and finding a sewing machine repairman wasn’t easy and we each had just the one machine in those early days. We didn’t want to and couldn’t be without our machine for up to two weeks because we were working and needed our machines so we started asking people at market and other designers in the industry what kind of machine they had or what kind they recommended. Overall the most common remark we heard was that Bernina machines were so reliable, they rarely needed any repairs and very little maintenance. We heard stories like “I’ve had my Bernina for 17 years and it’s never had one thing wrong with it!” People could maintain their own machines and they ran without any complaints year after year. That is what sold us on Bernina machines and we have found it to be absolutely true! We sew hours every day and our machines hold up to heavy use. They are easy to use and Connie’s comment about accuracy speaks volumes. The 1230 I mentioned was a popular machine about 25 years ago and it’s the one I use all the time – until my new one. Everybody says “I don’t need all that fancy stuff.” Well, surprise, neither do we but I know it can sew a perfect stitch and in order to get that quality, that big quilting space and all that potential if I should want it, I choose Bernina. If you haven’t ever sewn on a Bernina and you’re shopping for a machine, stop at your Bernina dealer for some test sewing before you decide on a machine. I think I’ll go sew on mine right now – all this talking about sewing makes me want to sew something!