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Get ready for THON!

Feb 2, 2013

Last Christmas I heard the Subaru commercials bragging they had donated 25 million dollars since the program began 5 years ago. I was not impressed, it was a large amount of cash but Penn State students raised 10.6 million in just one year (2012) for 'THON'. The proceeds go to help fight childhood cancer. This marathon started when I was at PSU many years ago and I think they made something like $8000 the first year. Obviously it has grown. If you would like to donate check out their web site http://www.thon.org/ . The junior partner would be thrilled if when they ask for an organization you would designate the sailing club. I think there is some kind of competition among the clubs to see who can raise the most.

Now for the updates to the web site. We have a lot of new products including a wooden sign that says 'Life is better in my Quilt room' http://www.wilsonscalico.com/catalog/item/3104684/9721202.htm
You can see the sign on our home page. It comes in 3 colors, dark red, tan, and blue. This is a Wilson's Exclusive.

Other wooden signs are on our Neat Gifts page including a quote from Yoda and one just for Nurses. http://www.wilsonscalico.com/neatgifts.html You will also find some prints with 'warm and fuzzy' sayings on that page.

Of course there are two Penn State signs on the Penn State Proud Page.
http://www.wilsonscalico.com/pennstate.html I just love the one that says 'You are in the home of a very loyal Penn State Fan', Everyone that knows us says it is so true.

We have added a new page to the site. Military Salute http://www.wilsonscalico.com/militarysalute.html This page shows all the military fabrics we have and the fan pulls for each of the four services. Sorry no Coast Guard but one print does have the words 'Coast Guard' so maybe there is hope for a future print. These are from RJR so if you want the Coast Guard you should contact them. If they get enough requests it might happen,

On the fabrics page we have two new sewing lines, one from Kanvas, a division of Benartex, and the second from Elizabeth's Studios. We managed to get a tote bag made from the Kanvas Prints, http://www.wilsonscalico.com/catalog/item/1960156/9721311.htm

There is also a grouping from RJR called "Lovely" It is a floral stripe of pansies on a black ground with an overall pansy print and 5 other coordinates. http://www.wilsonscalico.com/catalog/item/1960156/9721317.htm

In addition,not on the site yet are about 50 colors of the fusions from Robert Kaufman. If you are looking for a particular color let me know and I will check to see if we have it.

The first quilt show we will be attending is in Hampton Roads, VA on February 21 through 24. ( http://www.quiltfest.com/activities.asp?id=8 ) Hopefully you will be able to stop by and say hi. We will have so many new fabrics there--at this point there is nowhere to sit in my house because of all the fabric. The UPS delivery man said my house must be very well insulated due to all the fabric that he has delivered!

I wanted to send a recipe for Greek Potatoes and Garlic Chicken, it is quick,easy, and so good but even though I could remember all the ingredients--I think--I didn't remember how much of each one I used. The recipe is packed away in one of the many boxes probably 'in the van' or maybe 'under the table'. One day I will find a permanent home and do some unpacking.

Here is one for Cherry -Streusel Coffee Cake courtesy of Martha Stewart. I have to say it was good!

Cherry-Streusel Coffee Cake

1.2 cup unsalted butter
2 cups all -purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp Pure vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
1 cup frozen sour cherries, thawed and drained well
1 cup streusel (I guess you are to make this but there isn't a recipe)
Milk Glaze

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch tube pan; set aside. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the flour mixture in three parts, alternating with the sour cream and beginning and ending with the flour. Beat until just combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Spoon about half the batter into the prepared pan. Arrange the cherries in a single layer on top of the batter; avoid placing any cherries against the pan's edge, as they may stick or burn if not fully encased in batter. Top with the remaining batter, making sure it is evenly distributed and smooth with an offset spatula. Sprinkle streusel evenly over the top of the batter.

Bake until cake is golden brown and springs back when touched, 40 to 45 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and let cake cool 10 to 15 minutes. Invert cake onto rack, then re-invert (so streusel side is up). Let cool completely. Spoon glaze over the cake, letting it drip down sides. Let cake sit until glaze is set, about 5 minutes, before serving. Cake can be kept at room temperature,wrapped well in plastic, for up to 4 days,

Keep warm,