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10/22/20 6:43 A

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One of my favorite food memories as a child is my dad's homemade buckwheat pancakes. I've tried the mixes but can't get close.

Favorite salad dressing is (unfortunately) French. I can tolerate Ranch but not a fan of the others. I like poppy seed too but it is full of sugar just like French.

What healthy food will you eat today?

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A good date is a beautiful day having lunch somewhere even if its just a hot dog stand. We also like going to a restaurant on the water and watching the boats go by. I think we might start something where we pick a different place each week to go to. Less traffic this time of year.

My favorite salad dressing would probably be ranch. I like them all though.

What childhood food memory do you have that is good? I always loved chocolate cake with coconut icing and a root beer float for birthdays.

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10/21/20 9:08 P

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A good date is a nice dinner out at a restaurant. (we don't do it too often especially now with Covid restrictions)

What is your favorite salad dressing?

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Hubby and I went walking Sunday.

What is your idea of a good date (with your significant other)??

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Dinner is pork chops with mushroom gravy over mashed potatoes. I like to hand sew the binding. Its very therapeutic, just wish I had more of it to sew.

When was the last "date" you had, friend or hubby. Went to lunch at the Wacky wiener today.

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10/21/20 2:50 P

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Tonight I'm having pulled pork I picked up at the deli in the grocery store. I will add a salad t that and enjoy my meal. I also have some frozen berries with dark chocolate covering for dessert. Under 100 calories a serving and quite satisfying.

I like hand finishing my binding but have done machine sewing my binding on. I see advantages to both, but which do you prefer?

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10/21/20 11:04 A

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As you know, I'm very consistent with exercise. I feel awful if I don't exercise so that is my motivation. That and the fact that what I remember most about one of my grandmothers' is she was always bent over. I do not want to end up that way.

No pumpkin carving, no seeds for years.

No notebook with designs.

I guess I started following Gudrun Erla and really enjoy that is what I appreciate. I DON'T appreciate much more about this quarantine.

What are you making for dinner tonight?

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10/21/20 9:31 A

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I'm not consistent with exercise because I guess I"m just not motivated. Taking Wally for a walk is about it. I know I need to but gee, just dont do it. Hubby saw a pork dinner from Publix that he wants me to make for dinner. I told him he was lucky to have a wife who could do that.
I have several quilt design books that I refer to when quilting. Then I sit down and it is usually straight lines. I"m getting better though of being able to control my stitches and get it done. Thank you Quarantine. Looking at Beaded Lanterns I wish I had done meandering in between the lanterns but so be it. Its done.

What thing have you learned during the quarantine this year that you appreciate and may not have done otherwise? I have several things. Started following Pat Sloan and Gudrun Ehrling. Quilted more on Platypus. Joined several sew alongs that honed my skllls.


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10/21/20 8:35 A

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Meg--I guess it is mostly desire and just way out of shape. I should start doing something--even set a low step goal!

Do you have a notebook of quilting designs that you have sketched? I do. I need to add some more. I have it on a shelf near my computer, but haven't added anything for a long time. I also have some designs on note cards that are held together with a ring.

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10/21/20 8:18 A

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We occasionally roast seeds from pumpkins. I was thinking about doing it this year.

If you're not currently consistent with your exercise, what is standing in your way?

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10/20/20 8:15 P

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We don't carve pumpkins so no to seeds.

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Meg--sounds like you got some cheerful fun projects lined up.

I want to finish the Little Blue River quilt before I decide on my next project. Choosing a new project (out of stash--but I have many styles/colors to choose from) is a reward for finishing my current project.

I cut back on TG recipes where I don't notice a big difference. Example: I do use sausage in my dressing, but cut way back or even eliminate the butter. We do still enjoy mashed potatoes made with up to half cauliflower. I make pumpkin custard and skip the crust. Low calorie Kool Whip isn't too bad for a topping either. We use very little butter now--substitute olive oil. I will probably buy one pound of butter and use it through New Years for all baking and cooking. I plan to skip cookie baking this year, but will make one dessert.

Do you roast pumpkin seeds from pumpkins that you carve? We do. We don't get a pumpkin every year, but when we do I enjoy the roasted seeds.

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10/20/20 11:48 A

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I'm working with Zuma by Tula Pink right now. It's all brights and I love it. Next up is going to be multicolored stripes of no specific color family.


Do you try to make healthy recipe swaps on Thanksgiving or do you consider it a once a year event where flavor shouldn't be sacrificed for a fat free option?

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10/19/20 9:14 P

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Swiss steak is good! We went to usual Mexican monday.

What fabric colors are you working with. Links and pastelsnow

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10/19/20 11:47 A

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I need to get tasks/exercise etc. done early in the day or I tend not to do it. My energy level is highest 1-2 hours after getting up!

Yesterday was breakfast for dinner. Tonight (Monday) will be grilled pork chops, grilled potato and frozen green beans. We went grocery shopping today and filled most of what we need and like to keep stocked!

Do you buy round steak and what do you like to do with it? I have not bought any in years, but I did today. I am thinking of making swiss steak out of it. I will serve it with steamed cauliflower and carrots.

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10/19/20 11:33 A

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Jazzercise; done, work, doing it right now; lunch with salesman for mowers and then back to work. Want to sew tonight.

Last night we had spaghetti squash with a tomato meat sauce.

When do you like to get your exercise done?

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Dinner was jambalya sort of. I had made a rice dish that just needed the addition of sausage and spices.

What is on your Monday plate? I am cleaning the sliding door treads.

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10/18/20 4:13 P

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I usually grab whatever ruler is laying around to sliver trim. I got a 3 1/2" by 6 1/2" ruler from one of my friends that passed away. Usiing it a lot lately. Same size as Eleanor Burns flying geese trimmer. Its good for 3 1/2" squares which are plentiful in the stitch pink series.

What's for dinner. I'm not sure yet.

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Carol--I mostly use the two square method you described for HST (oversize squares, pair them, diagonal cut, sew and sliver trim).

I use the block loc whenever I can. I love the channel in it so that the 45 degree seam fits perfectly in the corner. My block loc is just 5.5 inch square, but I rarely use HST larger than those.

Do you have a favorite sliver trim ruler for HST?

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I made some pillows for a friend. Hope she likes them. Even put zippers in them. Made a little money. I always forget the question. That was my project today but I still need to do the pink block. And I'm nearly finished the binding on Lanterns! I usually make rectangular quilts but I like both. Depends on what it is for.

What is your favorite method for HST? I"m into using accuquilt when its at all possible. Also, instead of drawing the line, I just cut the square in half diagonally and trim up. Always trim up.
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I'm not so sure I gave away a favorite unless I specifically designed it to give away. I have spontaneously given away several quilts even to people I really don't know. I tend to give quilts to those I think need the comfort of one, have done special things for others or appreciate them but don't sew. I usually give at unexpected times rather than gift centered holidays/celebrations.

I do like samplers and find them fun to do because of the piecing variety. They can be a bit harder to quilt as I think of each block as an opportunity for a different quilt design. My first quilt class was a sampler.

This weekend, I might try and think about a backing for Little Blue River. Piecing will probably be involved.

Do you prefer square or rectangular quilts? I prefer rectangular. I think they are better for cuddle quilts and fit my beds better.

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I like samplers. Back in 1980, I took a hand piecing/quilting class and we made a wall hanging with traditional blocks. It still hangs on the wall of our "family" room. And, the row by row you taught Carol, I would consider a sampler in a way. And of course, I've got the Winter Solstice that hopefully will be quilted before I leave this earth!!!

What quilting project are you working on this weekend?

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Just recently gave the Mocha Swirl quilt to a friend. Was in her home and it cried for some color and I know Mocha would be perfect for it.
her furniture is all brown leather.
When my friend had breast cancer two years ago, I went to a fund raiser party for her. It was appropriate for me to take a quilt to her.
She loved it and took it with her to all her appmts.
I'm a slob too Linda and lazy for all things except sewing.

Do you like Samplers? My first quilt was a sampler taking a quilting class 10 years ago this month. I think I still have it.



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I usually work from the cuff on borders. Unless it is something I bought a lot of material for, I usually try to work with what I have.

Colors--I think I'm pretty good with them too. I also liked the colors in your quilt Carol (and I think it is rude for anyone to make a remark about a quilt when the person is there--don't like it--talk about it when you're gone)

I try to organize and clean but I'm a slob at heart so I am constantly messing up what I just cleaned up. And I don't think there is any help for me! LOL

Do you ever give away something you made that you loved just to make someone's day? I did this once with a quilt I had made with bright red and chickens all over it and decided to give it to a girl at the bank because I knew she loved chickens too. Found out from her mother later that week, that it was just the right time to do it. She'd been having lots of marriage problems and had moved out that week. That really made me feel good.

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I don't remember when I just threw a meal away. Sometimes left overs linger and I end up throwing a portion of them away. Problems usually occur if meat is tougher than it should be. Some meat is just like that no matter what you do.

Colors--I'm pretty good with them. Carol, I think the quilt you have pictured below is really very good. I like that combination.

My sewing area is always a work in progress! I do however go through things more some years than others. This year has been a big year as I had estate items in my area. I needed to go through things and make things fit within the space. I did that but there is lot of fine tuning that can be done.

Do you change your border fabric choices once your center is pieced? I frequently change my mind on border fabrics. I changed my original picks for the project I am working on right now.

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I am sure I've made some bad things in my life. One year, I was cooking the turkey dinner because my sister wasn't able to. It was supposed to be ready around 1:00 but it just didn't get cooked. Then I suddenly realized that the knob had fallen off and the cleaning lady put it back on and I was cooking the entire turkey on broil. The top was nicely done. My sister cooked a beautiful turkey one year and the glass thermometer broke off in it spewing mercury everywhere. Threw that out. I'm a pretty good cook so dont have a lot of mishaps. Shouldn't say that.

Colors. I really dont have too much trouble with colors. I enjoy putting colors together that dont necessarily match or even go together. I made this quilt for my granddaughter and it was the colors of a macaw. When I showed it at guild, I hear someone say, I would never have picked those colors but she loved it.

How often do you clean and purge your room? Seems like it is constant.

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I make chicken tortilla soup that has lime juice as an ingredient and it's delicious. As a matter of fact DH and I were talking about fall/winter foods last night and I forgot to bring that one up. We both love it. That needs to go on the dinner list for some time in the next couple weeks.

I made this chicken teriyaki recipe (1st attempt) for a guy I was dating several decades ago. It was so unbelievably bad that as he gamely tried to chew it said that it would make really good jerky. It was such a disaster that I still remember looking at it and thinking that it shouldn't look like that and then seeing his face. LOL. Thankfully I haven't made anything that bad in the last decade.

What color can you never seem to get to work right in a quilt? Mine is yellow. I've made a few where it's worked, but for me it's such a fussy color.

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10/15/20 9:41 A

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Agreed! Chicken pot pie sounds wonderful. Unfortunately that is one thing I shouldn't make because a) I wouldn't be able to stop eating and b) hubby's blood sugar would go up because of the crust!

I can't say I've ever used lime juice in a soup but I can see where it would be good in a Mexican soup.

Have you ever made something that was so bad no one would eat it???

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Carol--I bet the pot pie was wonderful. Homemade is best.

I'm not necessarily afraid of a recipe, but I avoid making some because of fear of liking something too much that has too many calories! One thing on my list is homemade crackers. My brother made some decades ago and I still have not forgotten how fantastic they were. I came across a recipe this summer that uses olive oil for the fat so I will try making them at some point.

I have discovered that lime juice is wonderful in soup. I made a Mexican chicken soup last night which had lime juice in it. It was really good. I'm going to have to write down the combination of ingredients I used (combination of several recipes plus my own additions) last night.

Have you ever used lime juice in a soup?

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No I havent tried the higher protein pasta. DId not know it existed. I"m enjoying my quilting time again. I recently decided to learn how to make chicken pot pie. I think I've got it down pat now as we had it last night. And hubby likes it.

My question, have you developed a recipe for a favorite that you previously were afraid to try? Chicken pot pie was one. Recipes are guides and dont always work out. What I do is buy a roast chicken from Winn-Dixie and take off the meat. Then I cook the bones to get a broth so I can make the gravy from the broth. It was yummy last night and so much better than a purchased pie.

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I live in a city. Our city still has a few farms and one half of the city is more rural in appearance than the other. With that being said, even our city portion is a bit more spread out than in a big city. Our city motto is 'city living with a touch of country.'

If you count dairy and eggs as part of a vegetarian plan, I have at least one meal a day that is vegetarian. Dairy, beans, nuts and eggs are good sources of protein.

Have you tried the higher protein pasta? I have and do enjoy it.

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I like what you said Linda. That soup is thankfully gone! Unless you have someone to give it to, it kind of languishes and loses its luster. I use recipes as guides. Rarely have all the ingredients, I'm mainly looking for portions of liquid, etc and then just go from there. I never have vegetarian meals. Once a year maybe. Always looking for a protein.
I dont have any appmts coming up that I know of. Had my teeth cleaned last month and doctor's appmts so good for a while, I think. Probably have to see the oncologist soon. I enjoyed reading the posts about rehab projects around your home. Now we are realizing we need a gutter installed over that patio door that got wet. And we need some trees taken down.

Do you live in a city or county? We live in Fort Walton Beach Fl but just across the street is Okaloosa County. Its interesting how the county weaves in and out. Just north of us is the town of Shalimar, Mary Esther to the west and Niceville to the north. Interesting names. This area was only settled in the early 1900's and some of the original families still live here.

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Even though I just answered, had to answer your soup question Amy. I don't follow a recipe either. If it's something I've never made before I will look at the recipe but I usually make my own additions to or subtractions from it. As for vegetable beef, chicken noodle, chili--I doubt if it tastes the same from one time to another. I just add what I have and go with it. A recipe is only a "suggestion". No soup making this week. I made vegetable beef last week and still have at least one more meal from it. And my mother brought over a pot of ham and bean soup. That thankfully is gone.

How often do you have a vegetarian meal?



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Phone meeting only scheduled.

Hubby has lots of yard fall projects to do, but he has already got a start on them. I could always redo cleaning and dusting. Our stove (less than 3 years old, and not a cheap one, kitchen aide) blew a burner (rarely used burner--sparks flew out of the control knob). Burners are not repairable and stoves (all brands we looked at) have a one year warranty. The rest of the stove is working now, but we went ahead and ordered a new one (different brand). It is due to come in the end of the month (sure hope it does). I'm sure there will be some extra kitchen cleaning resulting from this. We usually do a deeper cleaning before we decorate for the holidays. I'm not sure how much we will decorate, but we will probably clean well. Nothing big is really planned as far as cleaning goes
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I have a tracker, but have not followed its advice this year. I'm warming up to the idea of the need to get back to it.

Do you follow a recipe to make soup? Typically, I don't. I do have some recipes that I like and usually to a variation of those recipes. I might make smoky lentil chili today. It is windy out and we have a cooler weather stretch predicted.

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We have someone contracted to put a new metal roof on the tall part of the roof and then we're going to have him put us on the list for next spring to put a new roof on the addition. They are both long overdue. We also need the ceiling in our bedroom finished like the ones in our dining room, bathroom and kitchen (the old part of our house that was a one room schoolhouse). The guy who was supposed to do it (he did living room and bathroom) ended up with his wife divorcing him and he's just too busy to come. We've had several people come and look and no one seems to want the job. Must not be big enough. Would probably only take a professional a day or two. Hubby says he is going to do it himself this winter. We shall see. Yesterday I couldn't stand looking out the windows in the dining room and cleaned them inside and out and also the outside ones that I can reach because deck goes around. The back and side will have to wait until a weekend when he can get the ladder out for me. I'll bet you wish you never asked that question Carol! LOL!

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I have a fitbit too but dont' pay much attention to it. I did get the body gym and havent used it like I should but I need to or it will just sit. Its not that difficult. But it does stretch you. I agree with Linda on the thread colors. REd or black or purple get those colors. All others get grey or off white.

Do you have a fall cleaning/repair project? Now that we have a painter/handyman scheduled, I need to clean all the baseboards and declutter before he comes to paint on Nov 16. We discovered that our french door had water damage and I think it was from all that rain for Hurricane Sally. We dont have a gutter over the door and when it rains it just pours off and hits the pavement and splashes back onto the door. We had so much it just saturated it. So now thinking of adding a gutter there. Its always something.

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I color coordinate when piecing reds or darker colors that would show if you used a lighter color and the tension wasn't quite right. Otherwise I use grays/blacks/off white/beige for piecing.

WG, I solved the bobbin problem by buying a big bag of bobbins that fit my machine (and of course I haven't needed one since).

I have a FitBit and I love it. Keeps me motivated.

Do you have a goal of so many minutes a day of fitness? If so, how many do you aim for?

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I do color coordinate my thread to the project. I even change for the different colored areas. It isn't that hard as I don't make huge quilts. I think if I had a longarm it might be different. I have heard that gray and creams are the preferred colors if one doesn't change colors.

This means that I have a lot of different colors of thread in my boxes but I grew up matching threads to projects and prefer to do that. I usually just roll the bobbin threads back onto the spool when I'm done if it isn't a black or white. I hate not being able to find an empty bobbin to use.

Do you use a step tracker to help with fitness?

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Dinner tonight is our usual Mexican restaurant with another couple. They have great frozen margaritas. We go every monday.

Do you color coordinate your thread to the project? Or use the same color on everything? I use a lot of Aurifil cream color and light grey. Mostly. I just emptied a small spool of pink on the pink blocks.

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Yes, I would say I play thread chicken.

Water and coffee are preferred drinks.

Sewing project for today is probably hand quilting on Solstice tonight.

What are you planning for dinner tonight?

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Water is my preferred drink. Coffee is my preferred morning drink.

Do you play thread and bobbin chicken? Instead of buying more bobbins, I just throw in something to clear it off and reuse. Today I'm almost done with a thread chicken spool. Going to the end. Thread is expensive and I dont like wasting it.

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All of my Little Blue River blocks are pieced. I will work on putting the top together this week.

What is your favorite low/no calorie beverage? Coffee for me. I drink it black.

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I've always hated tracking my food. I can easily do breakfast and lunch but fall down after that. Its so tedious. Rather do something else.
I havent used HEx and More but I do have Julies Side Kick ruler. There are so many similar rulers out there and I prefer just a 6 1/2 by 12 1/2 in most cases. One of our guild members passed this year and all her stuff was donated to the guild. She had numerous rulers and I took a 3 1/2 by 6 1/2 creative grids ruler. It is so useful, especially, with these tiny pieces I'm working on with Stitch pink and Sewcialites.

What is your sewing project for today? I will do my two pink blocks and then quilt on Lanterns.




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I like chocolate! I do not track at this time--most of my previous good habits have been derailed at this time. I will get back on track, but not quite ready.

Have you ever used the hex 'N more ruler? I have not, but I have it. I have some mini patterns for it and a charm pack to play with. It is my last 'kit' (group of items I bought together) and will most likely be my next project. It will not take much time to do this one.

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I've always hated tracking my food.

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Snickers is my favorite. I don't buy Halloween candy anymore. When we started just having teens stop by I decided it was time to quit handing out candy. Plus, I don't need the candy and temptation in the house.

I changed my rotary cutter blade a couple of days ago.

Yes, I do sell some of my quilts. I have a custom memory quilt business.

Yes I cut over size HST pieces so that I can sliver trim them once sewn together.

I try to sew every day.

Our weather has been unseasonably warm - in the 80's and the air is filled with smoked from all the fires.

Do you track your food using the Spark People nutrition tracker?

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OH, Peppermint Patties! I love them too. I never buy any of these chocolates, too dangerous. For Halloween I get bags of kit kats and things I dont care about.

I sew most days, at least a little bit.

How is your weather? We are in the 70's and beautiful now after that rain.

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I am not a huge Halloween candy fan. I like minty chocolates and they are rarely out this time of year. My all time fave is 3 Musketeers. I also like Snickers but don't eat as much as I used to. It is nice to be able to eat a little and not the whole bag. I did try to find the minty Kit Kats but none yet. They are supposed to be out for Halloween. I'll look again at Christmas. Love Truffles, though. That melt in your mouth thing is really special. I like darker chocolate more and more as I age.

I changed my blade before I started cutting out masks. I may have to do it again soon. I never seem to do it often enough. I have a 60mm rotary cutter and while the blades are bigger, they are also more fun to cut with. Mine is a left handed cutter which really helps me as the others are like cutting with regular scissors. It is nearly impossible for a left handed person to cut precisely with them.

Do you sew every day or do you have a "rest day" or day you take a break?

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Its amazing how that works Amy. I changed mine about a month ago but I have extras at the ready. I would love to sell some quilts but you have to offer them for sale in order to do so.

What is your favorite Halloween candy? I have several favorites. Almond Joy is my all time favorite so I dont dare buy any of those. I also like peanut m&m's and Reese's cups. We have some chocolates in the fridge and I dont even go after them.

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I do not sell my quilts.

Have you changed your rotary cutting blade recently? I did last week and it is cutting so much nicer now.

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I have tried riced cauliflower but can't get myself to like it. I like the veg but prefer the real rice I guess. This year, our TG plans are to stay home and cook a turkey just for ourselves. Not sure if Gareth will be here or not. I suggested he bring his kids here for a week but not sure about that either. My sister always had a big thanksgiving but after her stroke and breaking her shoulder, my nephew had it. It wasn't that much fun and this year not sure my sister will even want to go.
I hope I have answered all the questions. I forget what I'm doing. I have done well with quilting and finishing tops this year that have languished. Now I just need to try to sell some of them.
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No TG plans other than stay home and make a smaller scale dinner.

I keep designated fabrics visible or in specific drawers so no surprises here. I did throw away pieces from things or file them back into the stash that were very old this summer. One large designated fabric was on top of my cutting table and I am using it now for the project I am working on.

Do you over size HST pieces so that you can sliver trim them once sewn together? I do.

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Riced cauliflower -- yes. Hubby loves it and it keeps his blood sugar in control. Lucky for him, he's always liked veggies that help keep it in control.

I know I found something recently that I was surprised about, unfortunately I've forgotten what it was. I think it was a fabric that I didn't realize I'd had.

Do you have any Thanksgiving plans?

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My quilting plans are to finish up stuff. And I've done a lot of finishing this year. I'm half way through quilting Lanterns. The quarantine has really upped the finishing process. The only time I buy a kit is when it is on sale, I like the fabric and think I can use it. I bought a craftsy kit several years ago when it went on sale. Loads of fabric in it and used some but there is a lot more I can use. Sometimes you forget about it and then one day, it appears again. I like to have a variety of neutral tone on tones available.

What fabric, project, or kit that you forgot about and suddenly you find it! I recently found 6 yards of kona off white that was for a BOM that I never finished! Forgot I had it! Or didnt' even know I had it! I am using it for Stitch pink and sewcialites. That will put a dent in the stash!

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I always had lots of time to quilt so I would say that quarantine has not caused me to quilt more.

So far I don't have any big quilting plans for winter. I am working on a big tedious project right now and finding it hard to keep motivated to work on it. My goal is to have that project completed before the end of the year and I'm telling myself not to start anything new or plan for it until this one is finished. I hope to have it finished by the end of November.

Have you tried riced cauliflower? I plan on making chicken chop suey served over riced cauliflower for dinner tonight. We find that riced cauliflower is a good substitute for real rice in this dish.

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UFO's, not sure how many. I know I have at least 2 tops that need layered and quilted but not sure if there's anything else laying in the wings! emoticon

House is white, soon to have a green metal roof. Inside is mostly beiges. Extra bedroom is blue-and the bathroom is a light shade of orange.

Haven't bought quilt kit for years, so none.

Finished projects--I finished my challenge piece for guild and Elvira. There may be others but not sure.

Buy salad dressing.

Like Meg, I love both spring and fall.

I would say in the beginning the quarantine time made me more productive in the beginning, not so now. The thing is, we've always been working so the biggest thing about the quarantine is weekends, we don't go anywhere and gives me more quilting time.

Do you have any big projects planned for this winter?


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I'm going to jump back in here. :)

I've completed 7 projects this year, though not all of them were quilt projects. Frolic is #8.

I eat soup when I'm sick too, usually chicken broth based.

I don't buy quilt kits, so none.

We do both leftovers and make extras for lunches. I made meatloaf on Sunday and we just finished the last of it for lunches today.

I've got 1 UFO sweater, but no quilt UFOs.

Buy salad dressing

I'm a fan of both summer and fall. Spring is fine and if I could move directly from late fall to early spring I absolutely would. LOL.

Our common area walls are a light beige. But our bedroom and game room are a muted turquoise. Powder room is gray. Guest bath is a light green. Master bath is white. Guest bedrooms are yellow and the other one is a different light green. Our house exterior is dark blue with white trim and tan stucco.

Has all of the quarantine time made you more or less productive with your projects?

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Very cheap can of chicken noodle soup! I say cheap because it has mostly noodles and a few tiny pieces of chicken. If I have a GI issue, I have to even work up to this and have to stick to liquids for several days up to a few weeks! It is one reason why I have to be very careful during flu season.

How many projects have you completed this year (including ones that you started previous years)? I have completed 10.

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There are so many questions, I'm not sure to start. I'm sure I'll forget one or two. UFOS'. I have several started projects. Frolic, civil war. etc. I dont buy kits unless they are on sale and I'm just buying them for the fabric. My son's bedroom has yellow tone on tone striped wall paper. I had ordered the paper for a client and this came in and wasn't even remotely what I ordered. I ended up keeping it and papering his room. Most of the other rooms are beige. The family room is gold but it is getting changed to beige. Our bedroom is aqua but will eventually go to beige. I prefer to decorate with quilts and more.

What do you drink/eat when you are sick? I just had some ginger ale.

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UFO's I'm not really sure what I should count. I have 3 completed tops but they may never get quilted. I have had them a really long time, but don't want to get rid of them yet. I did donate a few completed tops that I had no desire to ever finish. I have a drawer with a few things that I saved for possible projects (projects would need to be designed to use those pieces). All the rest of my UFO's were either finished or disposed of this spring/summer.

I do save left-overs unless they are too old! We eat most of them before they get to that point.
Yes, I do make extra--not only for lunch possibilities, but dinner to.

How many quilt kits do you have that are not started? I have one, but it is very small. It consists of a mini ruler, pattern and charm pack. I bought it to see how I like the hex and more ruler (play with small amounts of fabric before trying something larger).

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No idea on UFO #

Food saver.

Do you make extra food just so you have it for the next day of lunches?

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Not counting kits, I have 35 UFOs. Please don't judge.

Are you a food saver or do you toss leftovers? I'm a food saver.

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I buy my salad dressing.

Fall is my favorite season. I love the crisp, cool weather. I love pumpkins. My grandparents had a pumpkin farm and I have many wonderful memories of fall at the farm.

My house is yellow with blue trim. The main rooms are white, the kitchen is yellow, one bedroom is blue and another is yellow. Guess what are my favorite colors? emoticon

How many UFO's do you have?



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I love popcorn! Winesap apples are still available here. We do have antique apple orchards that have very unusual apples. Another apple that I really like is Pink Lady. The Gala's are especially good this year. Weather conditions really do effect the flavor of apples.

Nectarines and plums (only if they are fully ripe and not mushy) are summer favorites. Tangerines late fall/winter and apples in the fall/winter. I enjoy most all fruits especially when they are in season.

We painted almost all our rooms 3 years ago. They are shades of white and beige. I read somewhere that brown is coming back in style.

Do you buy or make your own salad dressing? I do both.

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My favorite evening snack is cherry yogurt.

Carol, the orchard where I get apples has winesap and stayman. They will be ready in a few weeks.

Beige is a great neutral, but you have to be careful of the undertones. My parents always painted beige and apartment living was white. When we bought our house the first thing I did was paint using color! My office is turquoise, bedroom is rose, and sewing room is peach-orange - all pastels!

What is your favorite season? Mine is spring, with fall being a close second.

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Ice cream is my favorite evening snack. Growing up in Delaware, I loved winesap apples. Not even sure if they still exist. I like Gala now and sometimes a red delicious. Strawberries and bananas are good!

There is another hurricane heading into the gulf. Please no. Today is the anniversary of Hurricane Opal hitting us in 1995. She was a real treat. Lots and lots of damage. Building codes changed a lot with her.

What is your favorite color to paint your home? I am leaning to beige again. Plain old beige.

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Gala apples are my favorite too.

I think blackberries and peaches are favorite fruit although I love most fruits.

Favorite evening snack?

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My favorite apple is Gala. We planted 2 trees, but the deer ate them.

What is your favorite fresh fruit? I'd have to go with strawberries.

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I usually plan before I sew motifs. On some that are a bit tricky, I will even draw a block to scale on paper before sewing it. You can also use clean vinyl and washable markers over your top to get an idea of how a motif or design will look. Often times, I change what I thought I would like at this point. It is also a way to discover how to efficiently quilt it.

What is your favorite apple? Mine is macoun. It should be available soon.

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My doctor just tells me to exercise and lose weight. Oh, its so boring.
My usual breakfast is a slice of good seeds bread with liverwurst or brie. The bread has 70 calories. My plans for today, church, sew a bit, yacht club annual meeting and dinner with birthday party afterward.

Do you plan your quilting motif or do you just wing it? My motif that I planned for lanterns became something else when I started quilting it.



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Favorite side dish--Not green beans--sick of them. I like cabbage or cabbage salad or cauliflower.

Seams to the side--seldom open.

Go to breakfast, dry oatmeal w/thawed frozen blueberries and either greek yogurt or milk.

As of yet I have not been told to give up any food. Medicare well-check appointment is Thursday so they'll be doing full blood tests and I guess we'll find out if there any problems.

What are your plans for this Sunday?




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I press to the side because I fear the batting peaking out through the seam.

I love 1/2 cup Greek yogurt with pistachio nuts, quick and easy.

Has your doctor told you to give up some food you just can't seem to let go of? Mine is bread, I just love my bread.

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I am a press the seams open girl -- It sure helps the blocks lie flatter. However, I occasionally do press to one side depending on the block.

What is your go to healthy breakfast?

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Favorite sidedish, less or green beans, will likely go to the laws at some point. Not for anything in particular.

Do you press seams open or to one side. Mostly in a one side girl.

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No grab and go! Tornados are different as most have basements and seek shelter there. Fires (other than our own home) are very unlikely.

No plans for holiday cooking this year as we don't plan on entertaining. I usually pick from a group of favorite recipes and will most likely do that on a smaller scale. We will probably scale back decorating too. Hubby is working from home and uses our dining room area for his office. This will continue at least through the holidays.

I hand sew all of my bindings. There might come a time when I don't.

I don't plan on going to a LQS in the next several weeks. There really isn't anything that I need.

What is your favorite veggie side dish?

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No grab and go but a safe with important papers. Biggest disaster here would either be a house fire or tornado.

Don't plan for holiday meals. Usually pick something entirely different every year for Christmas.

Mostly I handsew my bindings. On charity, I machine sew. But, I love the relaxation of hand sewing.

Do you have any plans to go to a LQS in the next several weeks?

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No grab and go bag but hubby keeps all that so he would take what he needed to take. We havent' evacuated anywhere since 2004 for Hurricane Ivan. That was enough. WE have so many hurricane stories. I prefer that to a tornado though.

We dont plan much for holiday meals. We have been going to my sister's for Thanksgiving for years but last year, we went to her son's and didn't enjoy it much. Gareth wouldn't go because he was distraught over missing his kids so it wasn't much fun. This year, I might consider booking the time share we have and letting him bring his kids down and we can cater out. We shall see. Why not be able for him to have his kids at Thanksgiving? Its up to him.

Do you handsew your binding or machine sew it? I like the handsewing part. I miss it when I finish.

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I don't quilt when I need to blow off steam. It leads to way too much ripping out seams. I tend to clean and organize when I need to let off steam

I do not have a grab and go bag. Perhaps I should, but most of my important papers are in a safe, and our disasters are mostly tornadoes, so not much going involved.

Have you started planning your holiday meals, or do you usually have the same meal every year? Our family members have their special dishes they are really good at, so for holiday meals that is what they bring. Our holiday meals are pretty much the same every year.

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I love gadgets but don't get a ton. It has to do more than one thing and I have to want to use it. I have an Instant pot and used it a lot when I had more people at the house. I'll dig it out when it cools and make soups and other things. I did get an air fryer and enjoy it. It is nice to cook small portions and it works well. I have quite a few other gadgets electronic and sewing but have slowed down lately. Just too much stuff.

I don't quilt to blow off steam. I need to do other things that allow me to be frustrated without risking damaging something. I am not patient when I'm angry and need to be when sewing. Bread making is a fun way to get the grumpy out. Kneading requires some "beating" of the dough and it is helpful. Gardening, walking, cleaning are all ways I blow off steam. It helps to be more active and move.

After all the natural emergencies of fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, I have to ask. Do you have a grab and go bag with your important papers and clothes/food for emergencies?

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I have very few kitchen gadgets. No instant pot or air fryer. No Foreman's grill or Ninja. I grill outdoors a lot all year because of our weather. The grill doesn't get covered in snow. I'd like to try an instant pot.
My go to colorway is usually aqua and lime green. Why? I don't know but I have loved aqua since I was a teen. And Orange to go with them.
I like to look at magazines and internet sites to get ideas as well. Or look through old patterns. That tomato soup sounds delicious Amy. We dont have a garden, too hot here through the summer. We did have one when we moved in, all set up and we tried to keep it up but it was too much for us. No I dont roast veggies too much.

Do you quilt to let off steam? I need to let off some steam today so platypus is going to get a beating.

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Absolutely love kitchen gadgets! I used my emersion blender yesterday. I roasted the remaining group of tomatoes from the garden with peppers, garlic, onion and celery. After roasting, I used the blender right in the roasting pan and seasoned the resulting mixture. It made a great tomato soup.

Mojo--still haven't fully gotten mine back. I still am sewing. I love the way my project is turning out. It is slow going so I have to push myself to keep engaged with it. I'm hoping I will find a less tedious project for the next one that will help the mojo return. Other things I do is look for inspiration in magazines, books, and internet. Sometimes I do so cleaning and reorganization.

No favorite colorway...mine is more a mix of colors that I vary by eliminating a few colorways for each project. I also pick fabrics within colorways that blend better together. I don't have a lot of 'modern' fabric and clear colors (mostly tints and tones) in my stash. I try to work mostly from my stash.

I have not spent near as much on quilting this year. I have finished lots of projects that were started and did lots of cleaning (lots of fine tuning is still needed). Cleaning and reorganizing often makes me buy less because I see how much I have previously bought and not used. There are still many great fabrics to play with in my stash and new tools to explore. If I saw something that I really wanted, I would get it.

Have you ever roasted frozen or canned vegetables? I am probably going to do this more and use my emersion blended to make soup.

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Yes I am although not sure why. I don't seem to use most of them much. I did buy an air fryer a couple of years ago and we love it and I used it a lot. I upgraded it this summer to a Ninja Foodie Grill that I love. I can also air fry in it and I am able to leave it out on the counter. My other air fryer and my instant pot (which I seldom used) will be going to the Helping Hands Resale shop.

Mojo, sometimes I think you just have to pick something up and you'll get it back.

Do you have a favorite coloway that you seem to use a lot in your quilts?

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To get my mojo back I like to look at pictures online. Sometimes something just strikes me and gets me going again.

Is anyone else a kitchen gadget lover? Not only do I collect quilting gadgets, I have started on kitchen ones.

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I store patterns on the computer but havent gone through them to discard ones I"ll never use. And I"ve also printed off plenty! I got rid of a bunch of that this year. I prefer shoes as well Amy. And I agree, I'd be stepping on a pin and going through my big toe to require surgery. And yes, I've purchased a bit more fabric this year but not so much in tools. Had to get oil and thread yesterday and went to two shops and left with no fabric, even though there was ample to purchase.

How do you get your mojo back? I get mine back after I finish a project like Rose. Then I'm looking for something else to do. We have to push ourselves sometimes. Watching Pat Sloan has helped with organizing. Carol

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I do not save any quilt patterns on the computer unless it's one I purchased virtually and then I do keep that. I have gotten better about saving something I "might" make. I went through last year and got rid of a lot of paper patterns I had pulled out of magazines. Let's face it. We're never going to make ALL of them and there comes a point when you have to STOP!

Do you feel like you've purchased less quilting material/tools this year or less?

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I quilt with shoes. Knowing me, I would be one that steps on a pin and have it break off in my foot! I like to walk around stocking foot too, but if I do it too much, my feet tell me I need the support of shoes with inserts.

I am like you Bev with printing patterns. I save them on my computer until I decide to make one of them. I wasted a lot of ink and drawer space storing them all. I purged a lot of that stuff last year, but could probably get rid of more.

How often do you go through the projects you have saved on your computer and delete ones you are no longer interested in?

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I only starch if there are a lot of bias edges.

I hate wearing shoes and just wear socks in the house. So far I haven't stepped on any pins, but have worn out a bunch of socks.

Do you print out patterns or just bookmark/download them? I used to print them, but used up a bunch of paper and ink, so now I download till I decide to make it, then print a copy.

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I dont routinely starch my quilts but I do have best press at the ready. Our guild gave out small bottles of it for a couple of years as a birthday gift and I accumulated a lot. Some fabrics just need that.

Do you wear shoes or not when quilting? I always wear shoes. Too dangerous with pins all around.

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Halloween--we really don't do much for that holiday. I do enjoy carving a pumpkin and roasting the seeds. We do have trick or treat in our area, but often have less than 10 children come. This year we will not be participating in trick or treat. I do like a few Halloween decorations, but decorate more for fall.

I did have home ec in middle school. I loved the sewing section, but it was not enough to be able to make my own clothes. My mother had absolutely no interest in sewing so it was not promoted. Sewing is not popular among younger relatives either. I made several gifts in the past, but they indicated they had enough (my younger brother's family) so I stopped gifting them with anything handmade. I have given other relatives lap sized quilts over the past few years. I shy away from any other handmade gifts because everyone has their own style and prefer minimal items. We don't exchange many gifts at this point in our lives.

Do you routinely starch/size fabric before cutting? I don't.

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I think I was about 8 or 9 when I started sewing. Made some doll quilts by hand, then about 12 started sewing my own clothes.

Have you taught any of your kids or grand to sew? Both my girls can sew, even if they don't very often. They are perfectly capable of making and/or mending their own clothes. The grands have both learned to use a sewing machine. The oldest has taken 2 years of what used to be home ec. It's now known as consumer science for some reason.

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In our neighborhood, we might have 3 kids come to the door. I usually put out a bowl of candy and let them help themselves. Dog goes crazy. I make some holiday gifts. Like kitchen boas one year. Its easier to send money and with teens, they appreciate it.
My dinner is homemade chicken pot pie. Getting quite good at it.

When did you start sewing? I was about 8 when my mother sat me down and I handsewed the binding onto a red cross cape, blue with cross and red binding. Haven't stopped. I wonder how she picked me to be the seamstress? My sister sewed well but she wasn't into like I was.

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WG, I'm like you. Some years I make a lot of gifts, some years I don't. Every year I do make a scrap book for family members of the previous year, does that count?

Do you celebrate Halloween? If so, do you have a favorite something you cook?

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I used to have favorite cookbooks and one was Betty Crocker. I still have it somewhere but when I remodeled 7 years ago, it got boxed up and hasn't been brought out yet. I do a lot of online recipe hunting now and have enjoyed looking for new recipes. I had a subscription to Taste of Home for a few years and still love to use their recipes. They are usually very good. Just me, I don't bake or cook much. I do a lot of vegetarian meals and usually eat meat, usually chicken, only a few times a week.

Do you give a lot of hand crafted gifts for holidays and birthdays? I do some years and other years don't do much at all.

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