To-Do Tuesday #237 Weekly Update

Join us today for the 237th weekly To-Do Tuesday list and update. Gladys Taber wrote, “Contentment is a list with half of it crossed off.” We are joining Linda who is hosting the To-Do Tuesday linky party but posting on Monday (just to confuse things!). Thank you, Linda!

To-Do for last week November 30th – December 6th:

  1. Start planning for a new quilt for Colt – √ Done
  2. Finish the Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange project – √ Done
  3. Bake and taste the coffee stout cookies

To-Do #1

It’s time for a quilt for Mr. Colt, who is going on two in March. He is in a full-size bed now – the crib is a long, distant memory. If you take a gander at the images we are thinking of using in his appliquéd piece, you will quickly note that there is a sports ball theme. Football, basketball, baseball, soccer, and golf to be exact. We’ve ordered some fabric from the Fat Quarter Shop during their Black Friday sale. We are trying to decide if we should use double-sided fusible web on the back or an interfacing. The interfacing would allow for no edges to fray, which might be nice in the long run. Of course, the fusible web is much easier! We’ll see which path we take.

To-Do #2

The Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange starts today and runs through Thursday! Our day to share is on Thursday and we’ll be having a giveaway. Something small . . . just a couple of mug rugs that we embroidered for fun. We’ll give them to someone who leaves a comment on our Thursday post. The list of friends playing along in the cookie exchange at the end of this post.

To-Do #3

Here is the recipe for the coffee stout cookies that I’ve been talking about for a few weeks. I was awake early on Saturday and started following the recipe.

The first step is to reduce a 12-ounce bottle of the coffee stout to 1/3 cup of liquid. To measure this, Sue suggested I use a knife to note the depth of 1/3 cup of water in the pan. In a rather quilting-related way, it turned out to be about a quarter inch on the flat knife. It took about 45 minutes to reduce the stout – keep that in mind as it has to cool before adding it into the recipe mix.

These cookies turned out okay. After the reduction, only TWO tablespoons are added to the mix. A LOT of work for no noticeable taste in the cookies, I might add. I debated whether to replace the two tablespoons of water with additional reduced stout, and I should have. While the first batch of cookies was baking, the caramel topping sauce was supposed to be made. It took me longer than 12 minutes so Sue covered me and pulled the cookies out of the oven. Would I make them again? Probably not – they are very chocolatey and the coffee stout doesn’t make itself known.

Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange blog hop participants

December 6

December 7

December 8

December 9

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To-Do for the week of December 7th through 13th:

  1. Not a thing on our to-be-done list. I don’t know what we’ll work on . . . maybe nothing?!!

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10 Responses

  1. Pat says:

    What a unique cookie recipe! I am sharing this one with my craft beer loving friends. Thanks for posting … 🙂 Pat

  2. Linda says:

    I can’t wait to see Colt’s quilt take place! How old is he? I’m thinking that instead of reducing the stout, maybe you should have drunk it instead – lol! Well they look just delicious, and I wish I was there to taste test. Well I’ll “see” you tomorrow in our day for the cookie exchange!
    Thank you for linking to To Do Tuesday. 🙂

  3. I’m sorry the cookies didn’t turn out to be as tasty as their unique ingredient made them sound, Roseanne. They look pretty, though! Meanwhile your embroidered mug rugs are sweet, and exciting to know you’re starting a new project, too. It will be fun to see Colt’s quilt!

  4. Chrisknits says:

    At least you stepped out and tried something different. I just usually do Choco Chips and Sugar Cookies, but ice the Sugar ones with CRACK icing!!! OK, it’s just cream cheese icing, but we call it Crack. Love the idea for Colt’s new quilt!!

  5. Hi Roseanne. Love the inspiration for Colt’s new quilt. It does sound as if the cookies are a lot of work and would be perfect for the chocoholics in our lives. 😉

  6. Kathleen McCormick says:

    Oh, Colt is up for a new quilt – how can that be possible? Interesting about the cookies, but always fun to try new things. And, it is nice to know when something doesn’t work and you don’t have to repeat it. Good luck with your post later this week and getting done what you need to!

  7. Rochelle Summers says:

    Well. A lot of work for not much in the way of results. I’m sorry. But I hope you had some fun. As for Colt’s quilt, it looks like you will have fun whatever you decide to do. The only problem I had with the fusible interfacing method was that I couldn’t press the edges of the appliques before pressing them to the background!
    Perhaps you’ll have some wonderful hints for us if you use that method. Have a great week. See you Thursday.

  8. Wendy Tuma says:

    I wonder if you could make the cookies and use espresso powder and water in place of the stout – that might give more of a coffee punch. That is a lot of hassle for just two tablespoons of stout for the recipe! See you Thursday!

  9. Wow – a lot of work and unable to taste that stout in it. Hmmm. You know, we don’t know until we try, right?! I like chocolatey goodness! Enjoy your week whatever you decide to – or not to – do!! You had a busy week last week with getting Baby Girl’s quilt finished up! See you Thursday!

  10. I appreciate the review on the coffee stout cookies, Roseanne! There are plenty of other cookies to try. And I am so willing. 🙂

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