Friday, June 7, 2013

The Sew Knotty Quilters

Hello Everyone,
Well, here we are, getting ready for dinner the day before the retreat.  Melody, Barbara, Evelynne, Elaine and Gail.  One of these days I will come out from behind the camera.

We started our meal with warm goat cheese salad.  I'll have to post the recipe at another time since I don't have it in this computer.

Fast forward to breakfast out on the deck this morning.  Almost everyone had arrived, but we didn't wait too long before we dug in.

We had lots of fresh fruit, croissants, and Orange Coffee Cake.


Orange Coffee Cake

¾ cup sugar                                                                            
½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1 tablespoon grated orange rind
2 (11 ounce) cans refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese
½ cup melted butter
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice

-    Combine sugar, nuts and orange rind in a small bowl.  Separate each biscuit; place a cream cheese square in center of one half, and top with remaining half, pinching sides together.
-     Dip in butter, and dredge in sugar mixture.  Stand each biscuit on edge in a lightly greased 12-cup bundt pan.  Drizzle with remaining butter, and sprinkle with remaining sugar mixture.
-      Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until golden brown.  Immediately invert on a plate.
-      Combine powdered sugar and orange juice and spoon over warm coffee cake.

Over breakfast we decided we needed to come with a name for our group.  Barbara came up with Sew Knotty Quilters.....and collectively we decided that was us.  Let the sewing begin!

The kitchen island turned into a great cutting station.

This was a real sweat shop.  It was 99 degrees outside and 86 degrees inside!  The cabin doesn't have air we quilted, talked and drank lots of water.

Diana was doing her impersonation of Marilyn Monroe in front of the floor fan!

Before we knew it, the time had arrived for appetizers before dinner at Snowflake Lodge.

The marinated cheese was a big hit!

Marinated Cheese

½ cup olive oil
½ cup marinated rice vinegar
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
3 tablespoons minced green onions
1 teaspoon sugar
¾ teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (2-ounce) jar diced pimiento, drained
1 (8-ounce) block sharp Cheddar cheese, chilled
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, chilled
Garnish:  fresh parsley sprigs

-      Combine first 10 ingredients in a jar; cover tightly, and shake vigorously.  Set marinade aside.
-    Cut block of Cheddar cheese in half lengthwise.  Cut crosswise into ¼-inch thick slices; set aside.  Repeat procedure with cream cheese.  Stand cheese slices on edge in a shallow dish, alternating types of cheese.  Pour marinade over cheese.  Cover and marinate in refrigerator at least 8 hours.
-     Transfer rows of marinated cheese to a serving platter in the same alternating fashion, reserving marinade.  Spoon marinade over cheese slices.  Garnish, if desired
-      Serve with assorted crackers.  Yield:  16 appetizer servings

It's about 10:30pm.  It was a great day.  A nice mix of ladies, a nice mix of projects and the food was great.  It is a quilt retreat that turned into an eating retreat!  We did walk 1/4 mile to dinner and 1/4 mile we got some exercise in, other that talking and quilting.

Tomorrow is day two of the retreat.  Breakfast starts at 9 on the deck while it's still nice and cool.  Join us to see the parade of projects.  Knock on wood.....we didn't blow a fuse!  The happiest part of the retreat for me is the girls are already making plans for another retreat next year.  Same time, same place, same people, different projects.



  1. Oh Lynn, I just knew you would have a lodge full of fun even without me! The pictures from yesterday are just what I imagined...a group of wonderful women who share a passion for quilting and good food! Love to see it all, and fun to see the variety of projects. Everyone looks so happy and content...enjoy the rest of the retreat but hope it cools down just a tad for you!

  2. Oh how fun! Wouldn't it figure that you would be getting heat wave this weekend. I hope to attend one of your retreats one day.

  3. Looks like such a fun time and the food looks awesome - can't wait till you share that salad recipe!!

  4. Great food & quilters having fun ! I really enjoyed all of your pictures and thanks for the recipes ! Stay cool ! Should start cooling down Sunday I hope

  5. I'm sure I'm putting on weight just from reading your blog!

    It looks like you're having loads of fun there and there's going to be some great quilts to show for it.