7/17/09

$5 quilt and kid can cook...

Hi, all. I got a couple of questions about Sydney cooking yesterday, so thought I'd mention that she does indeed cook. She makes a mean scrambled egg and at least one night a week, she makes dinner for the family. That is just beginning to mean extra quilting for me as I've been staying close to the kitchen, first to teach her and then to make sure she doesn't set the house on fire, but more and more I can wander into the sewing room and leave her to it. But, I have to be careful to keep it simple because she hates to follow directions and that's what a recipe is. For example, a couple of weeks ago, she was going to grill a pork tenderloin. She sent me out of the kitchen and said she could do it herself. Now, I read the recipe before she started and kept an ear cocked to listen in case she called for help. I heard her start the grill, and later I heard her take the loin to the grill. I knew how long it should cook, so when she came in with it after about 6 minutes, I stopped her cold and we went back to the recipe and pulled out the meat thermometer and I explained how undercooked meat could make us all sick.

But, with a little supervision, she does a terrific job. She does a lot of things with ground meat, like spaghetti and chili, and is learning a lot about using the grill. But, she wants to branch out and that means following a recipe, and as I already mentioned, she doesn't like directions. The best part is that now, when I travel for work, I don't have to make sure I leave enough food cooked for them to eat. I can just leave stuff that Sydney can make and she takes care of them both. Her least fav part is having to clean up, tho and she thinks it terribly unfair that when I cook, she cleans, and when she cooks, she cleans. Parenthood is grand!

I thought I'd share a picture of the $5 quilt blocks so far. This year, the quilter is using all batiks. It's a nice enough quilt for $5. But, it never costs $5. Sure, that's what I pay for the blocks, but then, I have to come up with something great for the sashing, and a back, and the thread and batting. But, because they give me a 25% discount on any one item in the store except machines every month when I bring my finished block in, it actually ends up costing me a small fortune. For example, I used my discount to buy a yard of a beautiful green fabric last night and then I raided their remnants bin for little scraps. I love their remnants. I can usually get a very nice quarter yard for a buck, so I buy several. Last night, I got lucky and only grabbed 4. But, the cmas fabric I wanted to pick up was already gone, so I guess that was a bullet dodged. What was I really going to do with another piece of cmas fabric?



I'm looking forward to tomorrow. If sewing with my mentor falls through, we're going to the monthly, city wide garage sale. This used to be a great event and most of the antiques in my house came from there. It was in a large uncooled gymnasium and was dusty and crammed to the rafters with inexpensive stuff and smart bargain hunters. But, they moved to a new, fancy facility and it's gotten incredibly expensive. It's a fun place to go and dig for bargains, but now you really have to dig. I'm always looking for the thing that's on the bottom, in the back, buried under a pile of junk. That's where all the really cool stuff always is.

Y'all take care and have a great day! I'll see ya on the internet. Lane

8 comments:

Riet said...

YOur kid is going to be a big girl now. Cooking for the family, she must feel important:))And I think she is right, she cooks, you do the dishes. LOL Those blocks look real nice. Have a good day tomorrow.

Becky said...

That is great that Sydney is learning to cook...sounds like she is doing a pretty good job!
I like the batik blocks, but I know what you mean about buying all the extras (and then some)! The sale sounds like a lot of fun.

Piece by Piece said...

Your new cook Sydney, is getting some basic cooking experience that she will need for the rest of her life. Sydney, you are now a very important part of your family, sharing duties in the kitchen. Lane your blocks look great. Patricia

Coloradolady said...

Oh, it sound like you have a really fun weekend planned. It is great Sydney is cooking, that makes you feel so important to be able to master anything in the kitchen, I remember how I felt as a child and made something good....I am a good cook today because of time spent in the kitchen in my youth. Have a great weekend!

Lisa said...

Our kids have always been fairly self-sufficient in the kitchen ... but it sounds like Sydney's really learning to be a "cook". Great job! It's an important skill. I talked to a woman in a bookstore one night several years ago who was purchasing a cookbook. She'd recently sent a child to college who had no idea how to make even the simplest dishes. As a result, she'd instituted a new plan at her house and the remaining children at home all cooked the family meal at least once a week. She said she'd never send another kid "out" who didn't know at least the basics. I've never forgotten it.

kwiltmakr said...

I like the $5 quilt. I am going to start a mystery quilt at my LQS in August. I have never done one and I am looking forward to it.

Barb said...

Love your $5 quilt--colors are so bright. I agree with Riet, Lane. When Sydney cooks, she shouldn't have to clean up. My husband and I made a deal when we were first married that one cooks and the other cleans up, and it's worked for 38 years. I also agree with Lisa--when my youngest was in 6th or 7th grade, we set up a checking account for her at the local bank and worked with her to teach her how to manage it as well as budget her $. As a result, she is the most thrifty of the kids--graduated from college with half the student loans that the others had and still has money in the bank. One more area for Sydney to take on.

Nancy said...

I really like your $5.00 quilt blocks and the fabric choices.