Apr 1, 2013


A glorious weekend was had by all here at Chez Spinster.  It all started on Friday night when I got the bright idea that we should have a Game of Thrones marathon in preparation for the season premier.  So I whipped up some shrimp and scallop linguine and we were off to the races.  Laura J. Perin's Stained Glass Windows kept me company for the first evening's episodes (I think there were seven, but I lost count after 1am):

I started Laura J. Perin's Bargello Egg on Saturday, and am thrilled to report that I made some pretty good progress in between eating and Game of Throning.  It's amazing what you can accomplish during 21 hours of HBO series programming:

But I have to say that the best part of the weekend (in my opinion, at least) were these little beauties:
Eggs in Hash Brown Cups 

I watched The Pioneer Woman make them on her show last week, and said to myself  "I bet those would be pretty tasty for Easter brunch".  Boy was I right.  Delicious!  (I will confess that I used already prepared hash browns right out of the bag -- the refrigerated kind, not the frozen -- and they worked beautifully despite the warnings from PW that they might not.)   They did. You can find the recipe on her web site here: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2013/03/eggs-in-hash-brown-nests/, or just do this:

Spray a muffin tin really really well with Pam (or a cooking spray of your choice).
Smoosh the hash brown into the muffin tins and make a little indent in the middle.  (Build a nest).
Bake at 450 degrees until the hash browns are brown and crispy.
Crack an egg into each nest.
Bake at 400 degrees until the eggs are done the way you like them.
I hope that your weekend was swell!  Woo Hoo!


  1. When leek season is upon us, try these.

    I love the way baked eggs taste. I'll have to these!

    And your needlepoint egg looks yummy too!

  2. These look delicious, Must try them at the weekend, your Bargello Egg is coming along nicely!

  3. Most excellent. Your stitching progress and the great breakfast egg nests.

  4. I L O V E Game of Thrones - so excited for the season start last night!! Love your stitching!!

  5. I love that bargello egg and the edible eggs look grrat too. My son keeps talking about Game of Thrones but I know nothing about it.

  6. I had a season 2 Game of Thrones marathon too until my DVD player stopped working from over heating LOL

    Pleased to say it is working again now so I can finish the last 3 episodes.

  7. Love your WIP's!!! I actually just started a counted canvas project myself, Needle Delights Originals Summer Logs.

  8. Beautiful progress on all fronts!!! WTG Coni! :D

  9. Love the bargello egg! I've been wanting to get this pattern so I'll do some searching on the web today. Hope all is well in Indiana. My granddaughter will be graduating in May from Purdue and hopefully we'll make the trip. Your work is outstanding.

    P.S. I live near Crafty Ewe in Broadview Heights so if you ever decide you need some
    ADDITIONAL STASH, don't hesitate to ask and I would be happy to get it for you.

    Hugs from the Buckeye State!

  10. Your stitching looks lovely. The egg is pretty.

    I've been wanting to try those hashbrown nest. Thanks for the recipe.

  11. I love pw! Those look so yummy!

  12. I wanted to try those egg cups from PW but didn't want to go to the trouble of cooking the potatoes and then shredding them. I like your idea of the frozen hash browns much better. They look delicious!! Love the Laura Perin egg, too!

  13. I love your Glass Windows piece.... the colours are amazing.

    Also, those eggs things look so yummy!

  14. Your stitching is, as always, marvelous! We love GoT in my home as well and familiarized ourselves with where we last left off - three blasts!!!! White Walkers!!!! LOL

    The eggs in a nest look delicious. If you like the occasional sweets, try her cinnamon rolls. Oh my goodness, so tasty. What a nice weekend you had!

  15. When you are doing needlepoint do you work on a stand or just hold the stretcher bars in your lap? I am considering taking LJP's Corsage cyber class. I have never stitched one of her pieces before.

  16. I love your Stained Glass Windows by Laura Perin! Look like fun and the shrimp linguini and Game of Thrones!! Oh my goodness, Ms. Spinster - you're making me swoon here! Where have you been hiding all my life?? ;-)

    I, like Danielle above, have not yet tried counted needlepoint YET, but I'm taking a class online through Shining Needle Society taught by Kathy Rees (Needle Delight Originals) and I'm really excited to try this type of needle craft. I have my stretcher bars here (not assembled yet, but I'll do that later) and the canvas, flosses (ohh la la!) #22 needles, and even a laying tool (no idea how to use that!) so I'm all set to rock and roll with this project. Then I can start adding NEEDLEPOINT charts to my stash!! Woohoo!!