Detail from "Rain Dance," an original quilt by Sherrie Spangler

Monday, August 20, 2012

My first Dutch baby and sewing with the Nuts

Yummy hand-dyed fabric or a yummy Dutch baby pancake -- couldn't decide which photo should go on top. So I'll give the Dutch baby the headline but the fabric photo gets top spot. (Can you tell I used to lay out newspaper pages and actually think about this stuff when I do a blog post?)

Dutch baby, muffins, fruit and bacon for breakfast.

Anyway, the Twisted Nuts had a very delicious August meeting at Linda J.'s house. As soon as we came into the kitchen, my eyes feasted on the gorgeous pile of fabric that she has dyed and painted over the summer. Then my nose told me something special was coming for breakfast, and she pulled a DUTCH BABY out of the oven. I've seen recipes for Dutch babies over the years but have never had one. Boy, was it good. It's like a giant soft bubbly pancake. Here's the wiki definition:

A Dutch baby pancake, sometimes called a German pancake, a Bismarck, or a Dutch puff, is a sweet popover that is normally served for breakfast. It is derived from the German pfannkuchen. It is made with eggs, flour, sugar and milk, and usually seasoned with vanilla and cinnamon, although occasionally fruit or another flavoring is also added. It is baked in a metal pan and falls soon after being removed from the oven. It is generally served with fresh squeezed lemon, butter, and powdered sugar, fruit toppings or syrup.

I'm wrapping fabric around cording for a coiled basket.

After stuffing ourselves, we took a little break for sewing before starting in on lunch. Linda made these fun placemats -- don't they look great with the quesadilla toppings?

There's always room for dessert, even after seconds on the quesadillas. And there was room for seconds on this Texas sheet cake, too.

Finally we settled down to some serious sewing. Three of the Nuts worked on hand embroidery:

Here's a parting shot of that luscious fabric:

Have a colorful day


ellen gets crafty said...

Good friends, good food and beautiful fabrics - perfect!!

Pam said...

Sherrie, your pictures are so wonderful--I feel like I was there! What kind of camera do you have--the clarity is amazing?

Ladybug said...

Every single thing in this post looks yummy! How fortunate you are to have this cool group of ladies to hang out with - looks outstanding in every way!