It has been awhile since I blogged. I guess my excuse is that I have been focusing on other things and simply have not made time to blog.
However, this morning I was pondering a recent experiences that I felt the need to share with the world. Let me explain. It has been chilly here in New Hampshire this past week. That prompted me to make up a batch of potato soup. Soup always seems better with some type of homemade bread. That brought up memories of the popovers I used to make regularly when my boys were young. They loved them and they were always met with smiles around the dinner table. So, I got out my trusty popover pan and whipped up a batch of batter using my mixer. I used my standard recipe but the popover didn’t pop. They looked more like cupcakes. What could be wrong? My husband reminded me that I never used the mixer but just used a fork to make the batter. Soooooo, the next night I tried again using a fork, the batter had a few lumps, but I poured them in the pan and put them in the oven. They were gorgeous! Just the way I remembered them.
So as I was taking my shower this morning, I was marveling over the difference of using a fork to make the batter. Perhaps there was a lesson there that fast is not always the right way to go. Take Christmas and Holiday cards for instance. It was actually my Mom who loved to receive the patchwork cards I sent her for Christmas that inspired the 50 Little Paper-Pieced Blocks Book and the Carol Doak’s Keepsake Cards. Just as soon as she received it, she called to say how special it made her feel. She knew I took time to make this card for her so the message was not so much what I had written, but what I had shown her by making her a card. She saved every one of those cards in her dresser drawer and after she passed, they were returned to me. I was comforted knowing that I had taken the time to make my mom feel special. The holidays do make me reflect upon family past and present which is probably where these feelings are coming from.
As quilters, we often make gifts for friends and family for Christmas and Hanukkah because we enjoy our art/craft and know they will be appreciated. Maybe that is just another wonderful quality you find in quilters, they tend to use the fork.
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah,