Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

I Like Thursday #139 - This and That

Happy Thursday, friends!  Thanks for visiting this week's I Like Thursday post - and be sure to check out the other bloggers who participate every week over at Not Afraid of Color!

Have you tried butternut squash noodles? I just did the other day, and they are yummy!  I was able to buy them already "spiralized" from the grocery store, and that made them really easy to fix.

I roasted them in the oven using THIS recipe.

They were very tasty with some meatballs and spaghetti sauce.

Recently we were visiting my MIL in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where she now lives, and there is a Menards there.  Do you ever visit Menards?  It is like a quilt shop for the do-it-yourselfer!  This one is the closest to us at about an hour away, so it's a "must go there" when we have a chance.  I enjoy shopping there, too - probably as much as Mike does.

While we there, I decided I had to have a couple of new solar garden lights that rotate with different colors - green, blue, purple, red.  They're fun!

will know just what I'm talking about!  :)

I love this picture of my dad, taken in about 1985, with my younger son.  I got it out on Father's Day this last Sunday.

My dad passed away in 1992, so old photos are always enjoyed!

Carole, at From My Carolina Home, released the last clue of her Scrap Dance Minuet mystery QAL last Friday, so I sewed up all the pieces I had made into four blocks for a tabletopper size.

This is made from the August Blogger Bundle that I purchased from Bernie at Needle and Foot - fabrics for the bundle were chosen by Carole, so it seemed like the perfect project for them.

I like this star that emerged when you sewed up the flying geese and four patch units!

I have enough fabric left to make a pieced backing and for the binding, and then this will become my August tabletopper for the dining room table!

I've also enjoyed working on my Tiny Tuesday block this week - a little appliqued basket.

This is the first one I've ever made, so a good learning experience for me! 
 I like learning new things!

And a good book I enjoyed reading earlier this week - 

The quote at the top on the cover calls the book, "the gold standard of summertime escapism!"  That made me laugh!   It was a very good story, though - more to it than what I expected from a book on a list of the best beach reads!

Have a great day, everyone!  


Julierose said...

Oooh yum--thanks for the butternut squash recipe--I love butternut--will definitely try this one...
Nice picture of your Dad...happy memories....
and I love your little basket--thanks for sharing your likes this week
hugs, Julierose

Home Sewn By Us said...

Good Morning Diann! Aww, what a nice photo of your Dad with your little guy. I wish I had some nice photos of my dad but alas there don't seem to be many. Your QAL with Carole piece sure turned out nicely. I love all of those fabric choices, and as you mentioned it was the perfect time to use them in her QAL. ~smile~ Roseanne

Home Sewn By Us said...

P.S. I forgot to say thanks for the spiral squash recipe. I never would have thought to bake them! YUM! ~smile~ Roseanne

Libby in TN said...

Coincidentally, in researching an Alzheimer's diet yesterday I discovered that butternut squash is a "starchy" vegetable. I guess that's why it works so well spiralized. I will definitely try that recipe!

Oh, and my conclusion from my research is that we eat pretty good as it is. Even the starchy vegetables have nutrients and benefits we all need, just don't overdo them. It's the leafy greens we don't like...

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I love squash and will give that recipe a try! it looks good. We have stopped at Menards when we are out west - some little towns seem to only have that one store other than a grocery store and we have found all kinds of things at it

Linda said...

Love your photo of your Dad. I meant to get one of mine out for Father's Day and forgot. I'll look for it now!
Are the butternut noodles anything like spaghetti squash? That is one of my favorites.
Love your table topper!
We don't have Menard's here, but I had my husband looking online for some of those lights. I think I saw them on Pieceful Wendy's IG feed?

Mary in Peoria Handmade said...

Sweet photo of your dad and son. Solar lights that change colors? very cool.
Wow-I didn't think of roasting those noodles. Thanks.

PaintedThread said...

Ooh - I like your solar garden lights. Old photos are wonderful things. :-) But it's just wrong that 1985 is a long time ago! lol I like your little basket.

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

I've been meaning to say Diann, that the Beothuck were the native people in my home province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Sadly,tragically, the early European settlers wiped them out and Shawnadithit was the last of her people. Her clothes made of deer and caribou skins are in the museum in St.John's.
So back to your likes...I see these spiralized veggies and wonder if they are good so I am going to give them a try. I love seeing all your blocks; you are so steadily productive...little basket is perfection. And what a great photo of your Dad.

piecefulwendy said...

Oh yay -- you found some of the lights! They are fun, aren't they? Love the pic of your dad and your son. What neat memories. I'm the only one in my house who will eat squash, but that looks yummy.

Scrapatches said...

Lovely read and photos. I always feel so inspired when I visit you, Diann. I love you new quilt top and the fabrics. Thanks for the book review. I am re-reading old favorites at the moment and trying to find something new to read. This book sounds like fun. Thank you for sharing Happy Thursday with me ... :) Pat

Suzanne said...

Thank you, thank you for the book suggestions!

Michele McLaughlin said...

Butternut squash pasta!! Wha??? How delightful! I have to look for that at our big grocer. Your lights are fab! Have a great day! said...

Hmmm butternut squash looks interesting. I like it! I love your light. Your quilt is very pretty love the fabrics.

LA Paylor said...

looks like a fun book to read We watched the movie you recommended last time, with Diane Keaton.