Saturday, 12-12-20

It’s a college sports Saturday here. I’m making one of Rick’s favorites for supper – tater tot casserole.

Yesterday we went to our favorite pizza place, OP in Clear Lake. We went at 2:00 and we were one of the few people there and we felt very safe! The last time we were there was Rick’s birthday, March 10.

I get to eat leftover pizza heated up in the electric fry pan which makes the crust nice and crisp while Rick eats tater tot casserole. Sounds fair to me!

This is what I’m working on.

What a pain to sew together!

Here are the DD projects:

Here’s what Connie is sewing:

Several of you have either made this quilt or are planning on making it – promise me you’ll send us a picture when you’re done!

Send your project photos to my new email:

For those who haven’t kept up this week, please note that I have a new address. Any other email address is wrong and I won’t get your message. Kayla has noted this change on our blog home page. Please don’t write to me and tell me I should do it – it’s been done. Whew! Things are running quite smoothly now but it has taken days so continue to bear with me. As with my advice to Be Still, we will get through this!

35 thoughts on “Saturday, 12-12-20

  1. Sandy

    Hi Mary, wow, Lynn in Iowa has done one of the quilts on my bucket list! Glad you are enjoying your pizza, l am having toast and goofy jam for breakfast, it’s made with all the tail ends of jam making, you know the left over jam as you bottle it .stay safe everyone, best wishes from sandy

  2. Sarah F.

    If you have one, heat your pizza in the air fryer. It is almost like it came right out of the pizza oven. Love the DD’s.

  3. Marsha from Kansas

    Oh, my, you like the same kind of pizza toppings I get! We have a smaller Italian restaurant a few blocks from our home who will deliver. I love all of the Dirty Dozen today! I sure wish you had a ‘”like” button! I’m going to go work on quilting my last two months’ Dirty Dozen projects. One month I couldn’t post a picture because I finished piecing the top of a quilt for my sister (a gift) and she might read your blog. I am following your saga with Jo. Poor thing. I tear up just thinking about her. I was happy to hear she was licking your fingers. That has to be a beginning and big step for her! We had a rescue Sheltie that was described as a “lawn ornament” hen we got her. She bonded very quickly to our other Sheltie but took a little time to bond to us. She watched intently from behind furniture as we played and loved on our Indy and eventually she wanted some of that attention, too. We don’t think she was mistreated, just ignored, I guess a form of mistreatment for a dog. She ended up being the cutest little thing that would sleep at the door of the bedroom so she could see everything that was going on. Wishing good things for Jo, too! Thanks for referring to Jo’s Country blog. I do some charity baby quilts out of scraps and I am enjoying seeing all of the charity quilts she is involved with. And getting ideas for new patterns.

  4. Judy A Brennan

    Hi, Mary,
    Thanks for your great posts! I love reading them and seeing all the pictures.
    Can you please tell me where I can find the pattern for the last quilt posted? I have at least one of your books.
    Thanks bunches.

  5. Charlotte Shira

    I’m watching Penn State/Michigan State football. I love college football.
    Great quilt slide show today! Love the DDs.
    Your pizza looks so good. I picked up a super chicken burrito last night. Having the second half tonight for dinner. All of our outdoor eating places are closed again after the restaurants bought tents and outdoor heaters. Indoor dining was opened for a very short time.
    Be Still.

  6. Sunflower from Michigan

    Hi, Mary. Great finishes today as always. I am watching the same game as Charlotte is! Go Green!
    Our inside dining is closed in all Michigan restaurants. Curb side pickup and delivery only. The drivethru lines are long at certain times of the day, especially Starbucks in the morning! Some places do have the outside igloos for dining.
    My daughter received her 3rd foster dog yesterday. The previous two were adopted successfully.

  7. Nancy TD

    Loved all the finishes. Vintage Christmas book gave me some ideas for next year. Tater tot casserole or pizza sounds good to me. Be still everyone.

  8. Kathy in western NY

    What a quilt show!!!! It’s such a delight to see these pictures of what readers create. Can’t say enough times to you Mary what joy it brings us.
    My husband is not a football fan but last night said he was going to watch his one a year football game Sunday night when the Bills play the Steelers. Then he heard how late the game is on and said he might not! Made me chuckle.
    I stick to my Hallmark holiday movies and do embroidery or binding.
    We haven’t been out to eat pizza in many months but we do order take out from our local places as it’s one of my favorite meals.

  9. Helen Thomas

    Mary, how do I send a photo to you? I want to show you a picture of my 9-mo-old lab, who locked me out of the house this morning…

    1. Sheila in WI

      Helen, you send your picture in an email to Mary. Her new email address is listed in this post. Hope this was helpful.

  10. Jo in Wyoming

    The folks across the road from us have almost all their decorations up and with the snow we had yesterday it is magical. I can see most of it from my kitchen window. What a gift to me!
    I’m glad to see your techy issues are being addressed. Nothing is more frustrating or infuriating. I’m very thankful to have a husband that understands the issue then fixes it. The computer on my longarm was very expensive, when it goes kaputs, I’m so glad he can deal with it.

    The DD show today is delightful. Thanks to all.
    I hang a flannel backed tablecloth on my design wall when I trying to do a easy, quick quilt if there is a more complicated one on the wall. One day I discovered I had 6 tablecloths stuck to the wall!!! Oh! How time flies.
    I hope Jo is doing well, rub her ears for me.

  11. Pat Smith

    Is the Tater tot casserole the same as the Minnesota hot dish? I remember hearing about it when Amy Klobashar was running for president and eating it at every stop. The pizza looks great! I don’t like take out or delivered pizza as the crust is always limp and for me, ruined. Thanks Sarah F. For suggesting the air fryer. We love crisp crust and will try that. Interesting story from Marsha about her second sheltie. We’d love to find another sheltie to give our Sonny, also a sheltie, a playmate and buddy.

  12. Deb B

    I LOVE tater tot hot dish (yep, I’m from Minnesota). I make it every time I come back for a visit – every chance I get.

  13. Martha Bicknell

    That Little Quilts design is one of my favorite quilts!!

    I loved Connie’s pillows and had to order the Vintage Christmas book. It will be fun to have
    some new blocks to see what inspires me.

    I just love reading your blogs!!
    Stay well and enjoy the stillness.

  14. Marie C

    Your house looks so inviting. Love the quilt show, especially the one out of Christmas fabrics. A fun way to use up scraps.

  15. Katie

    Pizza looks Yummy to me..😄
    Enjoy the left overs..
    ❤️The felt pretty’s that Gail from Ill.made..
    Thanks for sharing,
    Happy Sunday
    Katie in Gilbert, Az.🌵😷

  16. Carla

    Nice quilt show again. Have to say that Lynn’s is right up my alley! I think some of the other projects look so tempting!

  17. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    The DD’s are amazing; thanks for posting, Mary.
    Tater tot casserole and leftover pizza are both great comfort foods on a cold, dreary day. Your living room looked so warm and cozy with the fire going. We are so glad we learned to reheat pizza in a skillet, rather than the microwave.
    Sending love to sweet Jo. 🥰

  18. Janet of MN

    Mary, Your blog feels is so friendly and comforting. Please keep it up. Love all the pictures readers share. Lynn in Iowa, from what I counted, you made more than 800 hst’s for this quilt. It’s beautiful. Sherry and Gail, very cute small wool projects.

  19. Rita in Iowa

    Beautiful quilt show ladies. Such a talented group.

    Shoveled the heavy wet snow we had yesterday. 5-6 inches.
    Finished a t-shirt quilt top, now need to quilt it.
    Be still and safe.

  20. Lil

    Gloria from CC did a great job on her American quilt. I love it, it just sparkles and makes my heart glad!

  21. Lois Ann Johnson

    Your pizza from the O.P. looks so good! In the photo with Rick sitting in his chair, is that “Jo” standing there in front of him? I couldn’t quite tell.

  22. Kim J LeMere

    Leftovers are always a good thing, less time cooking for me and since the pandemic it seems I spend way to much time in the kitchen. We are doing pizza for delivery today since its football Sunday and I declared it a no cooking or washing dishes day! lol
    All of the quilt finishes are truly amazing and do admire those that work in wool, and make such charming ornaments.
    Will be a chilly week in TN but the husband is going to play golf twice so I hope to catch up on some holiday decorating and last minute house chores.

  23. Susan K in Texas

    I love the quilt you’re working on. It looks very complicated. I would have to sew one seam at a time and keep all others on the design wall. Otherwise I would have a hot mess!
    The pizza looks yummy. We’ve gone out to eat a few times. We’re very picky on where we go and the restaurants have been very empty. We do pickup occasionally but mostly eat at home. I miss going out and visiting with friends over a leisurely meal.
    The DD quilts are beautiful as usual. I always enjoy seeing what everyone is working on.
    It’s rainy and cold here – in the 40’s which is cold to me!

  24. Sherrill

    I LOVE Gloria’s patriotic or QOV and Lynn…WOW, all those 1/2 square triangles! Bunch of beauties in the DD show today. I ran across 2 of your books while I was rearranging and noted several I need to make one of these days! I pretty much eat out for lunch ever Mon-Fri and have since TX reopened (which has been quite a while). It’s just me and I don’t like cooking for 1 so out I go.

  25. Meredith

    Both Iowa and Iowa State are playing good football this year! Fun to watch. We’re Norte Dame fans here, so things are good. Love these DD’s. That HST quilt is awesome, those ornaments are SO cute. Lots of inspiration in this blog post. You make me hungry for pizza…

  26. Paula Hidalgo

    So glad to see you’re back up and running, I love reading and seeing your posts, thank you for inspiring us all! I am trying to learn to be still but sometimes my crazy brain is in overdrive! Loved the verse from 1 Thessalonians!


    Your blog is such a breath of fresh air! I have been busy with sewing up projects and getting them boxed up to send. I will finish a queen size (94 x 94) quilt for my son and his wife for a Christmas gift. Will send a picture when it is done. Love the House quilt you have posted, what is that pattern called? Your ‘quit show for today’ does look very beautiful once again.

    Merry Christmas ~ Donna

  28. Jeanne H in Finger Lakes of New York

    Such a warm, cozy scene with Rick and dogs. : ) C’mon, Mary, you can’t tell us about a dish – Tater Tot Casserole – and not give us the recipe! : )

    When we get pizza, it’s always take-out. While DH is getting it, I warm plates in the oven. We get a medium sausage, eat half and save the rest to be reheated later in a covered non-stick skillet, which takes about 10 minutes. Is your electric skillet non-stick? An air-fryer would do it too, but we’d have to get it out of the box.

    A nice simple casserole we like is Manwich Cornbread: Manwich, made with 1 lb ground turkey, topped with cornbread. 1) Preheat the oven to 425F (400F for glass). 2) Cook the ground turkey, drain off any fat, add the Manwich and simmer for 15 minutes. 3) Spread the Manwich evenly in a 2-quart or 8-inch square baking dish. 4) Mix cornbread (3/4 cup cornmeal, 1 tbsp each flour and sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1 beaten egg, 1/3 cup milk, 1 tbsp neutral oil), and spread over the Manwich. 5) Bake uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes or until brown. 4 to 6 servings. Those with a sweet tooth could pour honey or maple syrup over the cornbread. ; )

    Kathy in western NY: we watched the Bills-Steelers game Sunday night, thrilled when the Bills won! DH did go to bed before it was done, but he could still hear the TV and me! LOL

    1. Kathy in western NY

      Hi Jeanne, glad I checked the comments. Great recipe to try with the manwich that I have on hand. Yes my husband did stay up and watch the whole game and was so glad he did!! I am actually in the finger lakes area too.

  29. Sandy Kolarik

    Hi Mary, Just wanted to ask if anyone else not receiving your emails? I was getting them just fine till recently. I went online to Country Threads and noticed that you have put more out. Just wondering if someone else had any problems.

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