The coasters I made are an easy construction and used leftovers from the napkins and apron. I made this set from the 4 1/2 inch square ruler.
I discovered that they make nice wine charms/coasters, however for future ones that can be used this way I will use the 5-inch square ruler to cut out the pieces. That gives it just a bit more wiggle room to get the wine glass base in the coaster.
From the leftovers from the apron, I created a pair of placemats. The important lesson I learned was to cut the backing fabric slightly larger than the finished top to ensure that when it is quilted that it still lines up to set the binding correctly.
The title is pronounced with a long I (eye) in Italian for effect, I think it says it all about this apron. I used the Four Corners Apron pattern my Vanilla House Designs. The working side uses all four fabric choices to make it really stand out.
The serving side is the black and white spirograph with the red polka pocket and trim.
I ended up buying some plain black broadcloth to do the ties because I could not decide which of the other fabrics worked. I think it looks even more sophisticated with that touch.
I found the best dessert recipe that I had to share with all of you. It is a pumpkin version of bread pudding. We tried it this past weekend for our monthly potluck we do in the community. It got rave reviews and it is easy to fix.
Here is the recipe:
3 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
6 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 (15-ounce) can 100% pure pumpkin (not pie filling)
1/2 pound French or Italian bread , torn into large chunks
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except the bread and whipped cream, whisk until smooth. Add bread and stir until all chunks are evenly moistened. Cover and let soak for 4 hours minimum or overnight in the refrigerator.
Preheat oven to 350-degrees F. Coat a 9xs13-inch casserole dish with cooking spray.
Spoon the mixture into the baking dish and bake for 1 to 1 1/4 hours, or until set.
Let cool slightly, spoon into serving dishes and top with whipped cream and serve.
Note: this recipe comes from Donatella Cooks: Simple Food Made Glamorous.
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