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Jennifer Fulwiler regularly posts “7 Quick Takes” at her marvelous blog, Conversion Diary.  First of all, anyone who can produce that sort of post on a regular schedule has my deepest admiration.  I would have to do a lot of mental training to achieve such consistency… I tried it with the Simple Woman’s Daybook, and we all know what a fizzle that was.  However, her posts are just so genuinely entertaining that I am tempted to try joining the fun once in a while.  This one is only for practice because a) today isn’t Friday, and b) mine has only 5 takes, rather than 7, as that is all I could come up with on the spur of the moment.  And I’m not hilarious.  But this is only my first attempt, I’m hoping I’ll improve as I get into the groove! 😀

1.     We’ve settled upon the only Sunday Evening Meal we will ever want or need to plan again.  Ever.  Please go to this link.  You can thank me later.   We (and when I say “we” I really mean Laurent, who is quite my most enthusiastic and accomplished junior chef) made two kinds:  the first was layered with Pesto, a browned mixture of ground turkey and mild sausage, and topped with crumbled Feta and a sprinkle of Parmesan.   The second started with a spicy tomato sauce, then the meat mixture, followed by shredded colby/jack and optional pepper flakes.  The notion of additional vegetables had been somewhere in the back of my mind originally, but these were complete perfection – best pizza I’ve ever tasted.  E-VAH.  Next week we’ll try a vegetarian version, and I’m sure the variations will continue as long as there be Heidmanns to carry on the tradition.

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2.     I am finally starting to delve into my D3100 book.

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It’s a goldmine.  I love it.  I sit there with my camera on one side and the book on the other and I am learning something valuable in practically every paragraph.  That either means David Busch is a genius, or I know absolutely nothing about cameras.  I think both.  But the real genius of this book is that I can understand it!!  Well done, Mr. Busch.

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3.     Everybody is gearing up for “Back To School” this month (some schools have even started already) and Paul is considering joining the ranks of students.   There are a couple of great  options in town for laymen interested in pursuing theological studies: one is the KINO Institute, through which the Catechist certification is earned; and the other is the Institute of Catholic Theology, which “was established to further enhance the intellectual formation of adult Catholics in the Diocese of Phoenix” and  “offers classes in Catholic theology on a broad range of topics and is geared toward theological education at the undergraduate level.”   There are some classes at the latter that I would love to take myself, but I don’t think it’s quite time for me to do that yet.  However, I’m excited about the possibilities for Paul – he loves studying theology and church history, and I know he’ll enjoy it to the max.

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4.     My Granny Hex WIP:

More Hex Pix as things progress….

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5.     As I began with a new Sunday evening meal favorite, I will end with an old Saturday evening meal favorite:

6 thoughts on “I couldn’t come up with seven…

  1. 1. I love the muffin pizza idea like everything! Just told Emma to go pull up your blog and check it out….we get lots of English Muffins that Doug brings home, so we’re “fixed” in that part of the recipe!
    2. Love the idea of Paul’s “going to school”! Any word on the KINO Institute for him?
    The other idea sounds good, too…whatever, I know he will be in his element!
    3. I love the “Hex” afghan and the way it is “coming together”! Are you STITCHING or CROCHETING the sections together?
    Keep up the good work here!

    • I am sure Emma will come up with some tasty variations to try!

      I’ll post an update when he’s decided on a class/classes.

      I am crocheting them together as I did with the first granny square blanket, but this one is a little easier because I did the black border with openings to make it less bulky. This particular skein of yarn is a thicker coarser texture, so it’s difficult. That’s one of the things I don’t like about using Red Heart – they do not have a consistent guage!

    • Hmmm! regarding the Hex Afghan….Is the joining with a Single Crochet stitch? or Just a slip stitch pattern?

  2. Five quick takes from me in response. One, given how many times you make me laugh out loud, you are plenty hilarious! Two, English muffin pizzas–super yum!! Three, very exciting for Paul to go back to school. I hope it works out. Four, the cloud pictures you included in the last post are spectacular! The first one I would hang on my wall. In my old house in Three Hills, my main living room-kitchen area, which was one big room, was painted on two walls “hot buttered popcorn” and on two walls a dusky purple color whose paint name I forget. I loved it, and the first cloud picture made me think of it a little wistfully. Five, as always, thanks for sharing. ~M.

    • Wow my goodness, thanks for the lovely compliment on that picture — it does have great contrast. I am picturing the colors you describe and L.O.V.E. the combo!! :-)

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