You're Gonna Need One of These - Promise!

I'm doing some hand sewing for my Layers' challenge - yes, hand sewing - I must be crazy. Every time I sit down to do any hand sewing I am always thankful for my needle threader from Clover. I use a #10 needle for most of my hand sewing - these little buggers can be a bear to thread.


With this fun little gadget you simply put the needle in the hole and lay the thread into the thread slot. Then presto - push the little lever down and magically - - -

the needle is threaded with a little loop that you simply pull through and knot. I love this thing - don't know what I ever did without it!

Delicious dinner tonight - Chicken and Dandelion Gratin - I love the bitterness of dandelion greens. This dish was so simple - I made a few changes to lighten it up:
1. omitted the cream and substituted a low fat milk
2. used boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of the breasts
3. reduced the butter by half
4. omitted the eggs - not sure why you would want them
I served the gratin with thee beautiful steamed carrots - purple carrots! They were fresh from the farm - sweet as candy.