Friday, 21 January 2011

Moda Bake Shop Progressive Dinner

Welcome to my place, and the next stop on the Moda Bake Shop Progressive dinner! Awww, you've brought me flowers ... AND champagne! Wow, you know where your bread is buttered!
I have donned my favourite little black silk dress and my favourite perfume, which apparently makes me feel lighthearted and radiant - perfect! I have ditched the stilettos - it is my place after all!

The children have been excitedly waiting all day for your arrival - they love company!
 
The obvious advantage of having you at my place for dinner is that I get to concoct my perfect dinner party!

Where's my Sweetness? Excuse me Sweetness, could you fix some music. Had better make the music homegrown tonight: some Powderfinger, The Whitlams, The Waifs, a bit of Silverchair, Washington and definitely some Thirsty Merc … let’s get this party started!


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First things first – I have to tell you why exactly we are gathered here. You may know that I have several free patterns posted at Moda Bake Shop. Well, in 2010 I had the exciting privilege to be one of several Bake Shop chefs invited to contribute to the very first Moda Bakeshop book. And now the book’s release is just around the corner!
Called ‘Fresh Fabric Treats’ it promises to be a wonderful collection of projects to make from Moda’s precut fabrics. The book is due for release in May 2011.
In lieu of the contributors being able to get together for a celebration bash, Lissa Alexander of Moda, in true inclusive Bake Shop style, has organised a virtual progressive dinner for absolutely everyone – AND THAT’S HOW YOU’RE HERE!

I am hoping that AmandaJean at Crazy Mom Quilts has tempted your taste buds already. Since you are now in Australia, and visiting mid-summer, I thought we would start with some antipasto, followed by some great summer salads, and …

rolled chicken with bacon and camembert

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 ½ cups fresh white breadcrumbs
100g camembert, chopped
1/3 cup fresh herbs (chives or tarragon or sage or your favourite), roughly chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 rashers bacon, rind removed
4 large chicken breast fillets

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line a baking dish with baking paper. Heat the oil in a pan, add the onion and cook until soft. Transfer to a bowl to cool. Add the breadcrumbs, camembert and herbs. Stir until well combined. Season with salt and pepper,

Lay out a large sheet of baking paper on a flat surface. Arrange bacon rashers in a slightly overlapping pattern to form a rectangle on the baking paper. Arrange the chicken fillets, 2 inches in from the edge of the bacon. Spoon the breadcrumb mixture onto the chicken. Using the baking paper to help you and starting from a short edge, roll the bacon, enclosing the chicken and filling to form a roll. Transfer roll to prepared baking tray. Bake for 1 to 1 ¼ hours or until cooked through. Equally delicious served hot or cold.

While that’s in the oven, we can chat. The devastating Queensland floods will surely dominate conversation initially. We can talk religion, or even politics if you like? Or perhaps talk of today’s results in the Australian Open Tennis
or the demise of Australian Cricket?
Simply insert witty, but intelligent and meaningful banter here!

But I am guessing at some point we will most likely get around to talking fabric, huh? And being a Moda party, the pros and cons of various precuts will be debated (surely!) … my favourite precut? … tough to choose, but at the moment I am favouring the 10” x 10” layer cakes. I feel they are the most versatile cuts. They can do everything a charm pack can do, but four times over. I can still cut them into 2.5” strips like a jelly roll if I want. And they are big enough to cut for most quilt blocks you can think of.

But quite frankly, I’m not fussy - I think all Moda’s precuts are brilliant. They are just a wonderful, cost efficient way to get a delicious taste of a full range of fabrics.
In keeping with a Bake Shop theme, I like to keep my precuts stashed on a cupcake stand, and in an old enamel cake tin that belonged to my Grandma.

Moda has generously offered up prizes at each of the progressive dinner host blogs. Leave a comment on this post for the chance to win a copy of ‘Fresh Fabric Treats’, hot off the press, and a Moda layer cake, fresh from the oven! I would be very excited to hear where in the world you are visiting from, and what you would love to talk about over dinner.

The winner will be drawn at the end of our progressive dinner on 26th January. The prize will be available to the winner in late April or early May when the book is available.

Are you ready for dessert yet? Two of my all time favourite desserts are the quintessentially Australian pavlova and the velvety smooth, presumably French crème brulee. Since pavlova uses egg whites, and brulee uses egg yolks, it seemed only sensible to make both at once, and give you a choice!

Bloom’s two egg formula
Here is how to make 2 crème brulees and 6 mini pavlovas from 2 eggs!

2 eggs, at room temperature

Preheat oven to 135 degrees Celsius (fan-forced). Separate two eggs. Place whites and yolks into separate small mixing bowls.
For pavlovas:
pinch salt
½ cup caster sugar
½ teaspoon vinegar
¼ teaspoon vanilla

Whip egg whites and salt with an electric beater until soft peaks form. While still beating, gradually add sugar. Continue beating until glossy and stiff. Add vinegar and vanilla. Mix well. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Spoon meringue into 6 portions onto baking tray and spread into circles with a spatula.
For brulees:
2 egg yolks
30 g caster sugar
120mL cream        
80mL milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons sugar, extra

Whisk together the yolks and sugar until well combined. Pour the cream and milk into a small saucepan. Add vanilla. Bring to boiling point and remove from heat. Slowly pour onto the egg mixture, whisking constantly. Strain into a jug. Place two ramekins in a baking dish. Pour the mixture into the ramekins, then pour hot water into the baking dish to come about half way up the sides of the brulees.
Bake pavlovas and brulees for 40 minutes, or until the custard of the brulees is just set and pavlovas are firm and crisp on outside. Remove brulees and cool. Turn off oven, open door, and leave pavlovas in oven to cool.

Serve the pavlovas with whipped cream and summer berries.

Before serving the brulees, sprinkle sugar over the top and place under very hot grill for about 1 minute (or use a kitchen blowtorch) until caramelised and golden.


Now, the evening is not complete until I introduce you to your next host: the lovely and lively Vanessa Christenson over at V and Co. I have followed Vanessa’s blog for years now. She has great style, a brilliant eye for decorating, particularly on a budget, and can always be relied upon to create the most original and gorgeous of projects. She also has a brilliant sense of humour and is the most wonderful story teller. Many a belly laugh can be had over at her blog. Please be sure to visit her next and say hello.

And now, for the ultimate dessert?!

Every reader who visits each of the hosts on our Progressive Dinner and leaves a comment will go into the draw to win the ultimate prize from Moda: a copy of ‘Fresh Fabric Treats’ and an amazing fabric bundle consisting of one of each of the different sizes of precuts. Yes, you read correctly! One of each: a fat quarter bundle, a fat eighth bundle, a jelly roll, a layer cake and a charm pack. This bundle retails at well over $200 retail.

The winner will be drawn at the end of our progressive dinner on 26th January. The prize will be available to the winner in late April or early May when the book is available.

You can find a complete listing of all your most amiable dinner hosts here. Please be sure to show up on their doorstep, and enjoy the feasts and prizes they have to offer! And leave a comment for each host for your chance to win the major prize.

It has been delightful to have your company for dinner! Before you go, I will pour you one last champagne and we'll sit for just a moment and enjoy this from US-born, Australian-raised John Butler. Peace to you and please come again soon. Bloom x

1,277 comments:

  1. I'm visiting from Cincinnati, Ohio! If we had dinner together (and oh my goodness would I ever love to!) I'd want to hear all about Australia!!

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  2. Yum! the party at your place is rocking! :) The recipes sound great!

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  3. I am from Cocoa Florida and work at the Kennedy Space Center. I love your recipes and cannot wait to try them. When we have dinner, we normally talk about the events that took place during our day and sometimes just sit for hours at the table laughing and talking. Congratulations on your important part of the Moda Bake Shop!

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  4. Your recipes look delicious! I am from Illinois, and I would like to talk about Australia.

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  5. WOW! You Aussies are very talented. Not only are you a terrific writer, photographer and cook, but the quilting ideas are perfection. Thank you!ellhou

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  6. It is going to be a great party. I want to be there for all the fun, I have never been to Australia.

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  7. I am from Nebraska and would love to have dinner with you. We could talke about how life in Australia is different from America.

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  8. Greetings from Falls Church, Virginia, outside Washington, DC, the United States capital! We've been abuzz over the visit of the Chinese president this past week, which has crept into dinner conversation. But talk keeps returning to our quilt guild meeting on Friday night, and who will win the annual challenge... Please pass the bubbly!

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  9. This is fantastic - congratulations to you! Excited for the Aussie Open to be on regular TV here in the states. Thanks for the recipes, the chance to win, and the chat!
    elise.holstein@gmail.com

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  10. Wow - just in the nick of time!! Dinner! WOW you are an amazing hostess - thank you so much. I am wishing I could be there, because here in North Bay Ontario, Canada, is it really COLD! Thank you for the wonderful recipes and the entertainment - and congrats on the new book!!

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  11. loved the dessert recipes! Looking forward to seeing the book

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  12. Popping in from San Antonio Texas. I will just sit & listen to you as I'll be awed by your sweet accent. Thank you for sharing the recipes! I can't eat gluten and neither dessert contains flour so I am quite happy!

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  13. I just love these recipes, very Australian. I may have to look into some of these for Australia Day next Wednesday.

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  14. I love your blog! Thanks for the inspiration and the chance for winnings! I live in Colorado, and I would love to hear all about your homeland as we chat over some tea and sweets!

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  15. What a witty post, I'm visiting from Melbourne ans was lucky enough to go to the tennis for real on Wednesday night!

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  16. I am from Las Vegas,Nevada and I would love to chat about all the fun new recipes in the bake shop book!

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  17. Loved the recipes! Looking forward to seeing the book.

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  18. I'm from Louisiana! I think we'd have to definitely talk about your quilts...they are gorgeous!

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  19. Sounds like a great party!! I'm from Ohio and it's very cold and snowy here now. Would love it to be summertime!! If we were to have dinner together, you could fill me in on all there is to do in Australia. I have always wanted to visit!! Congrats and thanks for sharing the recipes!

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  20. I love the cupcake rack idea!

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  21. i absolutely love how you keep your pre-cuts. creme brulee is one of my favorite desserts too. your post was such a delight to read, especially for my first time.

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  22. Hi, I'm Sarah and I'm blogging here in Nashville, Tennessee, in the US! I'd probably want to talk about lots of things - blogging, quilts, Australia, kids, recipes - how to choose???

    Lovely post!!

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  23. Visiting from Boston! It is completely snow-covered here, and more is on the way! I'd love to talk about summer in Australia :)

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  24. What a FUN post! You've been a wonderful hostess -- especially with those desserts. I've always wanted to try pavlova!

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  25. What a delightful blog - I am from Canada and have been watching your fabulous country on Oprah all week. It's been lovely so far - I will be back! The rolled chicken with bacon and camembert will be going to my next 500 Club party! Thanks so much

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  26. Hi! I'm visiting from Washington state (I always have to add "state" or people think I mean Washington DC!) :) I would love to chat about quilting over dinner, I'm just starting out and have loved perusing your projects. Thanks for the recipes, two desserts from only two eggs...brilliant!

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  27. Love the bubbly personality of your post... All sounds delicious! I'll continue to keep all the flood victims in my thoughts here in Indianapolis, IN.

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  28. what a lovely blog! and yummy crem brulee!!

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  29. Hi! I'm from visiting from Virginia. I'm not picky so I'm up for any dinner conversation!

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  30. wow!! Presentation truly is everything--and yours is awesome! what a FUN post!! I loved each bit of it. =) I am with you--LOVE the layer cakes...at first I cringed at the cost...but now I totally get it and can hardly pass one up!! They really are versatile and wonderful. Thank you for the great recipes!! What fun!
    michelle

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  31. I am visiting from Dubuque, Iowa! At dinner we would talk about your favorite things to do in Australia so I can make sure to visit them while I'm there!

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  32. Hi...I'm visiting from Sherman, Texas. I have always wanted to visit Australia...maybe someday!! Your recipes sound great. Thank you!!
    nettecan at hotmail dot com

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  33. Congrats on being in the book! The dessert sound yummy!

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  34. A little hello from that island to the south of you (Tasmania)! You are the hostess with the mostess - I'm going to have to make that chicken dish one of these days. Sounds delicious!

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  35. Chicken sounds delish and the pavs and brulee, well what can I say, yummy..
    So is this book, I can't wait for it to arrive....mmmmm mmmm!
    Lizzie
    xxx

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  36. This is so fun! I didn't we would be getting food recipes as well as a peak at the awesome book patterns. I am going to have a whole new cookbook by the time we get done. Thanks for sharing with us!!

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  37. You are a delight. I enjoyed "dinner" with you. I love layer cakes too.

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  38. you are sooo inviting! I am from Queen Creek, AZ USA.
    I would love to talk fabric and listen to how you do everything, I would love you to teach me everything you share with us!
    HUGS!

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  39. Thanks for having me over! Or should I say under? I loved Melbourne when I visited almost two years ago. I miss it and love, love, love that so many Aussies love quilting too!

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  40. I live in New Hampshire, USA - and right now we are expecting more snow.

    I'd love to talk to you about your beautiful patterns at Moda - and also about Australia...I've never been there - but, it is on my dream list...

    Thanks for the recipes...

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  41. Love all the recipes, but I'd really love to talk about the Australian Open. Tennis anyone???

    Love the blog!

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  42. Linked to you through CrazyMomQuilts... you have a lovely blog!

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  43. I am visiting you from cold and snowy Denver, Colorado. I would love to hear all about Australia and eat one of your yummy pavlovas. Thanks for the recipes and the chance to win. I have enjoyed visiting your blog and will be back often!

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  44. Thank you so much for a lovely dinner party. You are a wonderful hostess. I am visiting from Iowa. Your two desserts are lovely and smart. I always wonder what to do with the whites when I make creme brulee. I will have to try your pavlova some time. I just have one question, what is caster sugar? Thanks! I loved looking at the many wonderful projects that you have shared on your blog.

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  45. I'm from New Hampshire. I would love to hear all about Australia if I had dinner with you. Your dinner meal sounds wonderful.

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  46. just putting the finishing touches on the makeup and I will be there in a flash........keep that champagne cool it's a warm day here today........
    you better make sure the spare bed is made up incase I have to many glasses..........

    Seriously congrats on being included in the book........we know your a wizz..........now a few more do too.........

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  47. What a fun place to visit. Thank you so much. The sunshine feels so nice. I am in Utah USA and it is definitely not summer here.

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  48. What a lovely blog post..so inviting - what time is dinner?

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  49. Oh my, I am so excited to have a chance to win! Congrats on being chosen for this book! You are fabulous!

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  50. Hello! Just thought I would pop in for a visit from Virginia. I would love to share stories of our countries. I've been enjoying seeing parts of Australia this week while watching Oprah. Truly beautiful country!

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  51. Thanks for the recipes. They sound delicious. I live in southern Utah. I love your Moda Bake Shop projects.

    Jaylene
    jaylene at beyondbb dot com

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  52. Creme Brulee....my favorite. I would love to sit on the back porch here in Jacksonville, FL and discuss what fabric and pattern to use to make a Creme Brulee quilt!

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  53. What a great dinner party host you are! Can't wait to tell my friends back in Dallas, TX what a delight you are and all that I learned about Australia from you & how delicious Pavlova is!

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  54. I am making my way to dinner from Greenville, South Carolina. I wish I really could visit Australia! It is somewhere that I have always wanted to visit! At this dinner I would pick your brain about your inspirations and favorite parts of quilting and some about your technique too, as I am an infant quilter ( 6 months now) and get so much inspiration from you and the whole gang at Moda Bake Shop through your blogs I can't imagine how much I would I would learn in person!

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  55. Ah. Your desserts look so yummy! I'm happy I checked in to your blog before I headed to bed. It's always a pleasure to read what you have been up to!

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  56. Yummy post! I just made creme brulee on Sunday...

    Can't wait to see the book!

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  57. what a yummy treat! I'm visiting from Boise, Idaho. i've only lived here (the USA) for three years - I'm from Ireland! i'm a new blogger, but i'm loving all you crafty quilting/sewing gals. i love talking about cultures (of countries, not necessarily germs/bacteria, though that could be interesting too...) but i'm looking forward to lots more blog posts! :)

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  58. Greetings from The Great Land, Alaska!! I really enjoyed reading your blog, your ideas for dinner were completely charming! I would love to come visit your lovely country; hopefully in a few years when the husband retires . . . thank you for the opportunity to win!
    lvitzthum@alaska.net

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  59. Congrats on being included in the book! I am visiting your party tonight from the state of Wyoming!

    Elizabeth

    esampson78 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  60. Joining the party from Southern California ... hope I'm not late! Love your post and your blog's just plain fun!

    Thanks so much for the great recipies!

    jfquilts@gmail.com

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  61. Hello from Texas. Looks like you have some scrumptious recipes. I admit I did have to google camembert. I love all recipes that involve chicken. I believe I will stroll through your blog and see what other delights you have. Good luck tracking the contest!

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  62. I'm in Centennial, CO. A suburb south of Denver. It's a little cold here today and more snow on Saturday. If you were to eat dinner at our house I'm sure the conversation will turn to animals- cats, dogs- and then the kiddos.

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  63. Coming to you all the way from ..........Adelaide!! hahaha. SO I'm sure we would talk about the floods, which is your favourite online US fabric store to buy from, how to do a french knot - really need to learn how to do this, sorry if I just swore at you, as I am sure this is spose to be on of the first thing you learn when stitching, Miranda's breastfeeding photo and what Mary is going to name the twins! Maybe even about the tennis and the guff that Todd Woodbridge made about Princess Fiona - I mean Kim Clistjers!

    So it would be fun, wouldn't it!

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  64. I'm visiting from Saskatchewan, Canada...today it was -41 Celsius here!!! I was in Australia three years ago for 4.5 months and I would love to visit again, especially this time of the year! Thanks for the Pavlova recipe...it look amazing and I can hardly wait to make it.

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  65. Hello! This was a great ending to my hectic day with my two year old! We of course would have to talk sewing and food, my two of my favorite hobbies to do indoors.
    I hope your friends and family are safe and somewhat dry this evening.

    Sincerely from Oregon,
    Elizabeth

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  66. I'm visiting from the central valley of California, USA. The recipe looks delicious!

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  67. Toasting to you from Chicago, Illinois! Your recipe looks delish! So many wonderful Aussie quilters out there! I love the colorful quilts from down under as well!
    Cheers!
    Patti

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  68. I am visiting from Columbia City, Indiana. And it is really COLD here. I would love to be there for your dinner.
    Connie F

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  69. Here I am just after 2" of snow in west TN, USA, (we don't usually get such weird weather in the South) and am wishing I was in the warm part of Australia - except without the floods - I am so sorry about that. I've been watching Oprah's adventure there and it just makes me hungry to go - along with making your desserts. Thanks for your informative blog.

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  70. I will have to make the camembert chicken soon - it sounds delicious Ros!! I am also in NSW and would love to be able to chat in person about fabric/quilting/teenagers and high school:) Great music selection too:)

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  71. Dinner looks yummy. Thanks for all the great recipes. I am from Michigan and talk at dinner depends on who is there, but I love to talk about any fabric related activity.

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  72. Hello from Tracy California (sort of the middle of the state) and I would love to talk about fabric and Australia! My parents want to go there soooo bad!!

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  73. This progressive dinner thing is fun! Only problem is that I find too many neat blog sites to visit. Your pavlovas look yummy. Here it's snowing. I love snow, but I cannot wait till spring comes. I miss all the colors!

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  74. Wow, I am confussed. It looks like a lot of people are. Because of the time difference this post is dated the 21st for us here in the US. Yesterdays poat has like 300 post and todays has only like 60. Anyway, all of those recipes sound great. One question what is camembert? I feel silly asking but I have no idea what it is. LOL! Thank you for all of your hard work for Moda!!

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  75. You are definitely a 'hostess with the mostest'. Music, conversation, recipes...what could be better! So exciting to come to visit!

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  76. Hello visiting from Nebraska! I would talk about the weather because right now we are covered in snow and I have no idea how your weather is in the winter. Now my husband would want to hear about the marlin fishing.

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  77. Excellent dinner! I'm visiting from South Carolina. Thanks so much!

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  78. Thanks for the great post! I'm visiting from new jersey (but very close to new York city). I would love to chat with you about the book of course and your designs (and fabric too)! Thanks for dinner!

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  79. I just checked out your recipes on the Moda blog. Your Sweet Menagerie Nine-Patch is lovely! I need to add it to my list of patterns to try someday. Your food recipes also sound good, but I'll need to buy a kitchen scale or find some conversion formulas online because I'm a US reader who doesn't know how to cook in grams!

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  80. Huh, strangly my comment has disappeared so I'll try again. I'm from Provo, UT but currently residing far from home in Savannah, GA. I love the 2 desserts as I hate having leftover egg parts floating around. Thanks for such a charming conversation!

    rhianneholmes(at)hotmail.com

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  81. Congratulations!! Love the stop for dinner!

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  82. Wow! What a dinner party! Thanks for having me. I'm from Arizona and my favorite topic of conversation at a dinner party it travelling. I almost always pop the question "What are your top 3 places that you would like to travel to?" Thanks again for the party (and yummy desserts).

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  83. Hello from Washington, Ontario, Canada. Thanks for the great giveaway! :)

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  84. I'm visiting you from Northern California. I'd love to see your beautiful garden and quilts in person, either before or after dinner! How did you know how much I love brulees? You're a fabulous hostess. Thank you.

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  85. Hi Roslyn - wow you really know how to get the party mood going - thanks for the tracks - I'm listening to the beautifuls Waifs as I write this - as for the cricket, lets not go there !! and thanks also for the great pav recipe I'll definately be trying it this weekend (I'll let you know how I go) - also can' wait to see this book from Moda - looks like it will have some super projects and always great to see an Aussie represented - sounds like it will be out just in time for winter(always great weather for sewing) - as you can probably tell - I'm in Australia and in Tumbarumba NSW in particular - see ya - have fun with the dinner.

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  86. Visiting from Anderson, IN, and I absolutely love the idea of this "progressive dinner." I also think that berries dessert is tempting me to crawl through the screen!

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  87. Looks like a spectacular book. Can't wait to see what's inside. And what a great hostess you are.

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  88. Love the stop along the way!! Looking forward to seeing the book when it is released. Hope I can win a copy and some of the fabrics!!

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  89. Beautiful recipes! Thank you. I just added you to my daily blog list.

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  90. It was fun to be your guest. I am visiting from Utah. Dinner conversation usually is about family. Thanks for the fun blog and the fun giveaway. Good luck in all you do.

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  91. This is so much fun! My first bake shop goodie was Sweet Menagerie. I can't wait to see the new patterns.

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  92. Congrats on the book, and save some dessert for me...the pavlova sounds great!

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  93. I'm visiting from New Hampton, Iowa and it is so cold here this evening that visiting you is a delight. The meal is so delish and I'll be trying these recipes out for my family. I've been thinking that a layer cake would make a delightful recipe book of all the wonder*filled recipes I'm getting to enjoy on this adventure.
    Can't wait to get my hands on this book,,,the star of my book shelf!

    Thank you for a lovely dinner.
    Sheila
    magicaldamselfly@gmail.com

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  94. I'm visiting from Louisville, Ky but I spent 6 months living in Australia in the Wollongong area while at Uni. I loved my time in Aus and made wonderful friends from all over the world while there. I think if we had a dinner party I would want to talk about your native fabric designs. Aboriginal fabric is very popular in the USA but I never saw any during my time in Australia.

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  95. I am full reading about all the fabulous food, not to mention the beautiful fabrics.

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  96. I am visiting from Nebraska, in the US. I would love to talk quilting and fabric. I'm a newbie to quilting and want to soak up all the info I can!!

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  97. Yummy looking recipe! I'm from Badger, Iowa, USA and one of my best friends in the whole world lives in Wanniassa ACT!! Aussies rock! :)

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  98. yay! thanks for the recipe! Congrats on the new book! Can't wait to see it!

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  99. Hello from Texas! Love your site and your recipes look delicious. I have never been to Australia, so I'd love to hear all about it!

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  100. Your blog about the Progessive Dinner was quite creative and enjoyable. Thanks for sharing the recipes :) I would love to visit Australia!

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  101. I am visiting from Texas! (I wish!) I'm not sure where in Australia you are from or for that matter where it is flooding! But I hope you have not been floating recently.
    I'm so excited about the book can't wait to get it and try out the recipes! Congrats for getting into it, it's a true crafty honor.
    Christine
    http://thefabricjunkie.blogspot.com/

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  102. Such a LOVELY blog! I'm visiting from sunny southwest Florida. I am so glad that Modabakeshop brought me to you! Blessings - Molly

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  103. Thank you I really enjoyed my visit. The recipes are lovely, conversation flowed and I am really excited for you about the book. Congratulations....Cheers, Janette

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  104. I was directed to your blog by amandajean - so glad to meet you! For me, my favorite Moda cut has to be the layer cake. And for dinner conversation, of course I'm concerned about the terrible floods.
    Thanks,
    Candice

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  105. Hi from a little closer to home, Melbourne. Those mini pavs look awesome, will definitely give them a go. Great to see you part of this fantastic giveaway, cheers.

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  106. Great dessert recipes, thank you for sharing.

    Char S.

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  107. Oh, and Candice is from San Diego, California - USA

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  108. Hi there! I'm visiting from snowy Fairfield, Ohio (just northwest of Cincinnati). Congrats on the new book...how cool that you'll have a project(s) included!

    If you and I were having dinner, we'd probably be talking about sewing, books, wines, sewing, travel, movies and TV, oh, and did I mention sewing? Just a little about everything!

    Thanks so much for your generous give away, and I'm looking forward to all the fun with the rest of the dinner hosts!

    XOXO,

    Cyndi

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  109. Can't wait to be a winner!!! Loving the new book already and I'm always up for more fabric !

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  110. lovely blog! at dinner time, we talk about the day. usually, one of the kids doesn't want what is for dinner. so i'm scrabbling to make something else for my picky eater (2nd child). one day...hopefully we will all sit around the table and have a nice conversation :)
    marileegarff at yahoo dot com

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  111. Hi...I'm from Arizona and find it facinating how blogland can make the world so much smaller. I would love to visit Australia one day. I am a relatively new quilter and love MBS. Congrats on being published in their book.

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  112. Visiting from Orem Utah and I would love to talk over dinner about creating your own sewing patterns. I'm a recent addition to the sewing world but I want to bring my own originality into it!

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  113. What a fun giveaway. Thanks for the recipes too!

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  114. Enjoyed stopping by very much. I'm Wyoming born and raised and someday I do hope to visit your homeland. Would be great to chat a while.

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  115. This book looks amazing, and so do those recipes! I can't wait to try them all out!

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  116. Sweet! thanks for the recipes AND quilty goodness.

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  117. I am from Helena, MT but am visiting Sammamsih, WA.
    I printed the recipies! YUMMY!!! Thank you!!!

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  118. i cant wait for this book....
    great recipe too!

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  119. Oh that dessert looks fabulous. The warm weather does too. Thanks.

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  120. I am visiting from Montana in the USA. I would absolutely love to chat with someone about quilts over dinner. I don't have any friends that quilt so it would be fun to talk with someone who shared my same passion for creating beautiful quilts!

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  121. Thanks for the recipes and I am so looking forward to the book. Oh, I'm a huge tennis fan too and have been following the Open from Texas!

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  122. I am visiting from Texas and i would love to hear about Australia over dinner!

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  123. Oh how I wish to actually sit with you, in your country, for a cuppa whatever ... I'm not picky :) Your summer is opposite our winter and here in Montana, at 24 degrees right now, I'd love to sit and chat about anything and everything, or just sit and listen to your charming Aussie accent (to my Montana US ears) ... as for our progressive dinner, what a better group of people to enjoy dinner with! Thank you so much for hosting this particular post :) Best wishes ...

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  124. I am from Vermont and would love to chat about quilts over dinner.
    tshaw6580@yahoo.com

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  125. Oh, what a beautiful blog post! Thamks for the flowers, champagne, the recipes and the creativity and whimsy! Gracias chica!

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  126. Hello from Seattle, WA. I would love to chat about that Neptune Honey Bun in your pre-cuts photo! Have you used it yet? If not what are your plans for it? And if you don't have any could it come play at my house? (Sorry, I'm a Neptune addict!)Thanks for the chat!

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  127. What a lovely dinner party! I'm visiting from Southern Utah. I have never been to Australia and would love to hear all about it over dinner.

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  128. Here is one good for the barbie or cooked in the oven in a foil covered casserol dish!

    Grilled German Potato Salad

    5 unprepared medium potatoes
    8 slices of baccon, crispy fried and crumbled. Or cheat and get real baccon bits.
    1 cup of finely chopped celery
    3 green onions(w/ tops) finely chopped (about 1/3 cup)
    1/2 cup of manonnaise or salad dressing (merical whip)
    1/4 cup of white vingar
    2 tsp of sugar
    1 tsp of salt
    1 tsp of dried mustard
    1/4 coarsely ground pepper

    Cook potatoes in boiling salted water just until tender. Peel and cut into cubes (about 4 cups). In large bowl combine potatoes, baccon, celery, and onions. Mix remaining ingredience and pour over potatoes; mix thuroughly. Place mixture on a 18x13 inch piece of aluminum fiol; wrap securely! Place packet on grill 4 inches from medium coals; cook 20 minuted, turning once. If cooking in a oven, cook at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
    *Recipe is from a 1970's cook book my mom has and this recipe is best served warm but it is still good cold.

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  129. Hello!! I am from Utah. It is freezing here so a mid-summer dinner party sounds positively delightful.
    Your progressive dinner post has me rollin! You are so witty and clever! I can't wait for the book to come out.

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  130. You made my favourite - Creme Brulee. Can't wait to try your chicken roll too. Sounds fantastic.
    I am from Newcastle, NSW, Australia.
    Your right about the floods being a hot topic of conversation and I am sure that the many quilt for relief blog based appeals would be brought up.
    I would love to talk about your lovely home - from the pictures it seems to be in a beutiful rural area.
    Then I am sure we could talk about our children (little Amelia is 5 months so she goes everywhere with me).
    Hope I can take home a little layer cake and Fresh Fabric treats to remember your beautiful dinner party. Thank you so much for going to such an effort to set the scene. It has been a pleasure.
    Jodi

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  131. Oh my gosh my mouth is watering over your awsome recipes! I love your ideas and designs and can't wait to see the new book and patterns. I would love to win some goodies too!

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  132. This is great! I love learning about new blogs and people! Now I'm following you! You have such a great voice in your writing! very unique!

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  133. Thanks for being such a GREAT hostess. Party On....from Idaho.

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  134. I'm from Northern California and would prefer to talk about books over dinner. :)

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  135. here I am from the Seattle, Washington area....and Dinner conversation would have to have some quilt talk in it for sure!

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  136. I'm from Alberta, Canada. I can't wait to try your pavlova recipe. In fact, all of the recipes look great. I can't wait to get cooking and see the book!

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  137. You are a wonderful writer-very intriguing! I'm so excited about this book coming out. I'm a newby to this sewing thing, but am totally loving it. Would love to sit and hear all the wisdom you could impart to an up and coming (or wannabe up and coming!) hehe

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  138. I am visiting from Lafayette, Louisiana. I could teach you how to say Ya'll over dinner!
    thanks for sharing your yummy recipes!

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  139. What a lovely hostess you are and a delightful evening of wonderful tastes and sights and conversation. Thanks so much for inviting me!
    I came all the way from wayyyyyy up north in the state of Idaho.

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  140. What a fun party. You all are making me hungry. Here from San Diego area.

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  141. Thank you for the great recipes.
    We have nice weather also here in south Florida ;-Þ
    Alda, Fl

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  142. Visiting from Utah, USA! What a lovely party that was! Thank you Bloom :) Although my dinner conversation never involves religion or politics- I love lots of laughter and great stories- thank you for providing both!
    xoxo,
    Amy

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  143. Ooooh, shall we debate whether the pav is Kiwi or Aussie??? lol

    The tennis has been quite exciting hasn't it. Been catching highlights when I can

    Thanks for the invite to dinner from across the big blue ditch!!

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  144. Sounds like a fun giveaway. Please count me in.

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  145. I am in San Diego, California. We have 3 kiddies under 4 so our topic of conversation is "I need this and I want this" and I do a up/down up/down routine.

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  146. Awesome post!!!!Love the music. Lucky you getting to design with the Moda pre-cuts. As a family we love to watch the SBS show Letters and Numbers and do the puzzles together. Yeah I know you aren't supposed to watch TV while you have a meal but we love puzzling together. Even my 5 year old son gets into it. Guess that also gives away where I live. I am in the big smoke, Sydney.

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  147. I'm from Kansas which is in the center of the United States. I would love to hear what got you interested in quilting and what is your favorite part of the process.

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  148. Hello from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada! Thanks for the recipes for pavlova and creme brulee - two of my favorites!

    Michelle

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  149. hello from beautiful Washington state!
    Fun post...I enjoyed the evening and the food looks amazing. :)

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  150. Bloom, I LOVE your blog, I made your journal covers for Christmas gifts last year, they were a HUGE hit!!! If we were having dinner, I'd have you show me what "caster" sugar is... and figure out what degree in Celsus would be here, and the ML, though the measuring cups probably say but I never look. I am in Phoenix Arizona. Again, LOVE your blog!!

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  151. Hi I'm from country Victoria and we are building a new home. I'd love to come to dinner and talk about starting a garden and getting some tips from you. After all that delicious food, we'd of course talk all things fabric and quilting and by the time I went home my head would be spinning with inspiration. Gee I wish we lived closer!
    Mandy Hawkins
    orana101@bigpond.com

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  152. Thank you for sharing your delicious recipes with us. I am visiting from Sacramento, California. I have never been to Australia but have a dear friend who is from Queensland. Thankfully she and her family are ok.
    Thanks again for being a part of such a fun "dinner"!

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  153. Hi from Portsmouth, Virginia! If we ever shared a meal, I would love learning from a more experienced quilter!

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  154. MMMM your creme brulee looks delicious. Thank you for sharing.

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  155. Your recipes sound delicious, but I'll have to take your word for them, since I have no idea how to translate temps. from Celsius! How we can be so different and yet so similar, I don't know.

    Leslie S. in MN
    esclante at comcast dot net

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  156. I'm visiting from Pasadena, California, home of the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl. I think we would definitely have to talk roses over dinner!

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  157. Hello from Oregon -- we'd HAVE to talk about quilting, of course!

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  158. Hi, I'm visiting from Orlando Florida where we've had some beautiful days this week. Our conversation would be about current quilting trends and how you would visit me in America and we'd go to spring or fall market 2011. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  159. U.S.... St Louis! Dinner conversation... something light, lots of laughs, saving the deep stuff for our next dinner conversation date. :)

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  160. You are a hostess extraordinaire! What a delightful party. Can't wait to see the book.

    vail in tn

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  161. Hi from Carnarvon, Western Australia, congrats on the book,i too love pavlova as my fav desert.Dinner conversations can be about anything lighthearted that makes you laugh.

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  162. Mmm, yummy things served here. All look fabulously delicious. Can't wait to see the book.

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  163. Your blog is delightful, your recipes look scrumptious! Thanks for sharing!!

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  164. What a Fabulous blog!! I'm visiting from Melville SK, Canada. Thanks for sharing these yummy recipes. The book looks like it is Wonderful!! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  165. Thanks for dinner, but most especially dessert! I'm visiting from Salt Lake City, UT where our neighbors to the north (Park City) are hosting the Sundance Film Festival, so let's talk about the stars that are visiting.

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  166. I am from Melbourne and like most east coast Australian's most of my converstations at the moment revolve around the floods. Otherwise my favourite topic would have to be patchwork off course.

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  167. I love the recipes you posted up. I get the feeling that I'm going to be inspired quite a bit from this dinner. :)
    I also have to agree with you about the precuts, it's so nice to get such a selection without having to purchase a larger amount.

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  168. I am from Rapid City, SD at the edge of the Black Hills and near Mt Rushmore. We would of course have to talk about quilts, fabric, family, music!

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  169. I popped over from the Netherlands. Thanks for the invite. Love the mini Pavlova, a second dessert might be too much but will definitely try it another time. Thanks for being such a good hostess. I sure love the sunny weather. This date is fantastic. Who knows I might even take something home with me (he, he).

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  170. I'm here from Alberta, Canada. I would love to chat quilting - I also have a weakness for layer cakes! Just cut into my Bliss layer cake this afternoon...
    Great recipes, thanks so much!

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  171. I am visiting from just outside Boston, MA. What do I like to talk about at dinner? What went on during our day, politics, jokes, funny stories. I love your blog!

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  172. Greetings from an army wife in Germany! Originally from South Africa, I'd ask you to put on some Midnight Oil, which I grew up jammin' to! Also, I'd like to ask you a bit about he areas that have been affected by the flooding, I don't get much coverage on the news here, about it.

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  173. mmmm...dinner at your home would be such a treat :) I'm from sunny southern CA, and love your Granny's cake time to keep your layer cakes in!

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  174. Oh, I really enjoyed our time together. We'll have to get together again soon. Thanks for the lovely dinner and exciting conversation. I'd love to get my hands on some of that layer cake. If I win, I will invite you over for a bite and some cocktails!! Your Friend from the US, Karen

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  175. looks like some great projects in this book. i can't wait to try some of them.

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  176. I am feeling well and truly stuffed, thankyou for the eye candy and the recipes

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  177. The food was great... Thanks for having us all.

    Sandyn

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  178. I'm visiting from the USA, Colorado. :) I think fabric is a perfect topic of dinner discussion!

    Thanks for the pavlovas and brulee recipes! Great idea to make them at the same time!

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  179. Visiting from Colorado Springs, CO! Like. I like to eat...,we can talk over coffee about everything and nothing at all!

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  180. Hello from the Seattle WA area! It is winter here, so we are eating hearty food to keep us warm in this rainy weather! Our dinner conversation is usually about what was learned in homeschooling... today? chemical composition of tears. Did you know that tears of hurt and pain are chemically different than tears produced when something is irritating the eye?

    Now you know!

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  181. Can't wait to try your recipe, one I think the whole family will eat. Thankyou for the invite.

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  182. Very fun. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  183. Not sure what your specialty is; however, love your handwork. Australian designers just have a knack for absolutely beautiful and whimsical artwork. Thanks for sharing your recipes and will look forward to the new book, Fresh Fabric Treats!

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  184. Hello! I'm visiting from Friday Harbor, Washington State, US and since we are having dinner at your place, I would love to hear about all the places you will take me during my holiday. I just know we will have a blast and you will be a fabulous tour guide!

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  185. Hello from France !
    Thanks for the champagne !!!

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  186. Love meeting all these new people!

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  187. I am stuffed! All this great food! Brulee is my absolute favorite dessert. How did you know? Your blog is very uplifting. Listened to the music while I was quilting today. It doesn't get any better than this! Thank you from cold & wet Camano Island WA

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  188. Thank you for your warm welcome! I really feel at home at your place! Keep up the good work!

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  189. What a lovely hostess you are. Thank you for hosting this part of the progressive dinner. I'd love to be entered into your draw.

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  190. I would love to have dinner with you! We would chat about the new book `Fresh Fabric Treats'

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  191. new to your blog and love it! i'm in Idaho, USA and I would love to talk about australia over dinner.

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  192. Id love to come visit, you're so funny. I live in Jersey a small islad off the coast of France. I covet your cupcake stand, if you find it's missing, I've got it!!

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  193. South Carolina here!! NOT snowing!!

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  194. Than you for having us for dinner. I just came over from switzerland and enjoy your food! Great recipies! And I would love to talk with you about the daily life and yor work with fabric! Thanks so much!

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  195. Mmmmmm, it all looks so delicious! Thank you for the recipes I've never tried a pavlova but I know just how wonderful a crème brulee can be.

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  196. Yum! The pavlova looks tasty! Congrats on the new book and I am so looking forward to seeing it.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave me a message. I endeavour to reply to each & every one of your comments, but forgive me if occasionally I don't - life just gets in the way sometimes! Be assured your comments are ALWAYS read & appreciated. Best wishes, Bloom.

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