Friday, October 15, 2010

Birds, Blocks and Barbecue

My favorite weather is bird-chirping weather.
 ~Terri Guillemets

Friday!  The promise of the weekend, of fun, and freedom.  My week has been crammed full this week and so far Saturday doesn't look any more promising.  Ah, but Sunday is a different story.  I'm looking forward to reading the morning paper with a warm cup of coffee sitting out on my patio,  to some hand sewing, and to  catching up on some recorded tv shows (our DVR is 100% full!!!).  How has your week gone?  What are your plans for the weekend?  But, that's tomorrow.  I must remember not to wish the day away - I have too much planned!!


Photo of the Day

Cedar Waxwing

Every spring we get a flock of Cedar Waxwing that visit for about 3 weeks, usually when our mulberry tree is full of berries.  The Cedar Waxwing is a silky, shiny collection of brown, gray, and lemon-yellow, accented with a subdued crest, rakish black mask, and brilliant-red wax droplets on the wing feathers. In fall these birds gather by the hundreds to eat berries (at my house it is spring), filling the air with their high, thin, whistles. In summer you’re as likely to find them flitting about over rivers in pursuit of flying insects, where they show off dazzling aeronautics for a forest bird.  Cedar Waxwings are social birds that you’re likely to see in flocks year-round. They sit in fruiting trees swallowing berries whole, or pluck them in mid-air with a brief fluttering hover. They also course over water for insects, flying like tubby, slightly clumsy swallows.  These are one of my favorite birds to visit my yard and one of our sure signs that spring is here.


I was able to finish the last two blocks in Cheryl's Sew Along (So Many Quilts, So Little Time)

Block 11 - Tumbling Squares

Block 12 - LeMoyne Star Variation

Now onto the finishing steps of setting and borders.  Maybe this time next week I will be able to say I have finally finished (fingers crossed)!!!!!


How about a recipe?  I know for most of the country it is past barbecue time, but we are able to barbecue all year round.  I've even had my hubby (who does all of the grilling) out in the rain with an umbrella cooking our meat.  After all, when you have a barbecue that looks like this....................

............... you just can't put it away for the entire winter season - it is an all-weather grilling machine!!

Balsamic Pork Chops


1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup balsamic vinegar
3 Tablespoons fresh rosemary, sage, or thyme
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
4 boneless pork chops, cut 1 inch thick
salt and pepper to taste



Combine oil, vinegar, and garlic with rosemary in a self-sealing bag.  Add pork chops and turn to coat.  Marinate them for 30 minutes or longer in the refrigerator.

Remove from marinade and discard remaining marinade.  Season pork chops with salt and pepper.  Grill over medium-hot fire, turning occasionally, for 15 to 25 minutes, until meat thermometer inserted reads 155-160 degrees F. 

Chops grilling

Ready to eat

Personal Notes

1.  I used the same amount of marinade for 2 pork chops.

2.  The longer you marinate the meat, the better the flavor - I usually try to get at least 6 hours of marinating time in.

3.  If using dried rosemary, reduce to 2 tablespoons.

4.  Reheats well and is delicious!!!!



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Final Thought

With cooler weather already being experienced in a great deal of the country, our thoughts turn to all of the looming holidays - Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  I usually do not look forward to many of the holidays because of all the busy schedules, shopping, people, and general stress that goes with it all.  I will do my best this year just to take things as they happen, enjoy the little things that I might normally overlook, and, most importantly, not to stress - what will be will be.  There.  You are all my witnesses.  I know that my family reads this too, and it is my promise to them that I WILL NOT STRESS!!!!  (I hope, I hope, I hope!!)  I will remember this quote for the coming holidays...........

The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.
                             ~Attributed to both Jim Goodwin and Sydney J. Harris

Have a fun, fantastic, frolicking Friday!!  And, enjoy your weekend too!!!!!!


Lynda said...

We have been so busy at work these last couple of days because it is a school holiday and everyone wants their appointments now so they don't miss school. My weekend will be filled with relaxation...and...digging through my sewing room to see what needs to be done or what I can start or what I need to buy to complete a project.

Christina said...

Hmmm, I think I will go pull some chops out for supper!

We have been catching up on missed episodes of favorite series thru Netflix. I have mixed emotions of them now making Psych available on download! Most of the sewing I need to do in the next couple days is not handwork... maybe I need to move my machine out to the tv area... :-)

Seams to Sew and Quilt said...

Linda, I really enjoy your blog and those pork chops look really good.. going to have to try that recipe too.

Megan Harmeyer said...

Well...if you don't want to stress, I should definitely leave Nate at home. LOL I know you'd never let me in your house at Christmas without him. Those Waxwings are so cool!

Talin's Corner said...

I really enjoy all the different sections of your blog...I do not know how you find the time to do it all. I especially love all your quotes.

Brigitte said...

I have faith in you.

alice said...

Love the quote. I will try to remember it as well.
I am also going to have to try out the recipe. Sounds yummy!

alice said...

I love the quote--I will also try to remember it as I am spazzing around.
I am also going to try the pork chops. They sound yummy!

Cheryll said...

Don't you just LoVe all things BBQ. I'll be right over!

Quilting Mom said...

Yummy pork chop recipe! I love to grill! The blocks look just wonderful! You created so many beautiful projects!

Melody said...

What a great post with so much interesting things to share. Thank you.

joe tulips said...

The blocks look great! The chop recipe looks excellent...and we have been known to grill in the winter when it was snowing. Is it ever too cold to grill????

Needled Mom said...

Okay...those chops sound delicious. That is the next one to try. With the rain today, I am thinking they will have to wait a few days.

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