My entry for the Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake Challenge, Back to Basics, made the top 10 finalist. Oh my goodness!!!. There were 390 entries total, wow!!! I can not begin to explain how honored and humbled and excited I am to be a finalist. There were so many incredible entries I can't even begin to imagine how the judges narrowed it down to 10. The top 3 will be chosen and announced next Monday and let me tell you, I am glad I am not a judge. I am amongst some amazing talent. To see all of the top 10 visit the Modern Quilt Guild's Blog ;) So I guess now I just have to wait until Monday, however it turns out though, I am just so incredibly honored to be a finalist, I so love this design and it is so happy making to know that others do as well ;)
And now with that, I want to share a funny little story that happened yesterday while we were forced back to basics without any power. See, most day's not having power is a little inconvenient but you can work around it , right ;) Well Yesterday happened to be my dear Husband's birthday :) Can you see how that would just add a little twist. Here's the story :)
In our house, when it is your Birthday you get to pick the dinner. It can be as crazy out of the box, mom has never made this, as you like. So for Jacob's birthday this year he requested Stuffed Crab Portobello Mushrooms, Asparagus Tips, and Pecan Pie (and then whatever I wanted to make to turn that into a meal). So off to the store I went that morning. I found a lovely ham on sale and planned some cheezy potatoes to round out the meal. I got the ham in the oven after lunch and just then the power flicked off. It came on and off a few times and then stayed off.
At this point, I am a little worried that dinner will be a little late. We were having Jacob's parents to dinner but they are flexible so no worries there. And then we wait, and wait, and I start to worry about the food being out to long and I don't want to open the fridge to try and make space for it all. I am crazy trying to figure out how I can bake mushrooms, potatoes, and ham really quickly. And finally Jacob calls the power company to find that we don't expect to have power until 7:00 that night. Utter defeat. My beautifully planned special Birthday meal is not going to happen. So I wrap everything in tin foil, use the garage step as a fridge and we head out to dinner at a local BBQ restaurant.
Dinner was good and we came home for dessert. Luckily, I made the Pecan Pies in the morning so we could salvage the traditional singing and blowing out the candles tradition. But when I went to get the pies Jacob asked where the whipped cream was. I told him I normally make it right before we eat the pie and as there was no power it looked like there would be no whipped cream. Jacob thought for a minute, smiled and out to the garage he went. He came back in with a battery and wires and another little contraption that had plugs. He was determined to have that whipped cream, even if it meant running the Kitchen Aid off of a battery :)
In the end, he got his Pecan Pie with whipped cream. We sang Happy Birthday and he blew out the candles. Sure the whole dessert was eaten by candle light and flashlight, but it is certainly not going to be easily forgotten ;)
And we spent the rest of the evening just talking and being with one another. No TV, No Internet, No Stereo . . . A little bit of heaven. I think we might have to have some more Back to Basics nights, they can turn out pretty special ;)