slice or two of ham to warm it through until it just begins to brown a bit. I cover my pan. Remove the ham from the pan. Crack an egg or two into the pan with the ham drippings, salt and pepper them lightly, and drizzle about a Tablespoon or two of whipping cream over the eggs, as shown below on the right. Cover tightly and cook over LOW heat until
If you have a glass cover, you can see the progress of your “coddling”. The eggs will be very tender and the yolks soft, with no crusty parts on the edges or bottom, and the cream will form a light sauce with the butter drippings to flavor the eggs.
smoothly. A bowl of fresh fruit will round out your brunch… and if you can eat grains, you can add toast, as well. It was a delightful alternative to the usual eggs.
One of my quilting friends, Deb, is making 10-Minute Table Runners for her sister… one for every month, choosing colors that coordinate with the seasons. She shared her pattern with me, and it is easy enough that a child could make one.
Repeat with the other end of your runner. Photo on the right shows how the sewn end looks when it is folded down. Turn the seam to the inside, so that the end forms a triangle across your center strip. Press well. It can be hand stitched or machine stitched, see photo below left.
You can use a decorative stitch to attach the triangular ends to the table runner, and edge stitch all around it. Your table runner is reversible, so decorative stitching would be pretty on both sides if you use a thread that contrasts or coordinates with the fabrics. My background fabric is a batik with metallic gold accents; there is no identification along the selvedge, and the contrasting fabric is a gold leaf design from Bernatex. The decorative thread I chose is rayon in a copper color, and it has a sheen that almost looks metallic.
Another idea would be to do a patchwork design instead of the contrasting center strip, but that would take longer than ten minutes! You can make placemats to match or coordinate with your table runner, with napkins to complete the set. It would make a lovely gift, and like Deb, you could coordinate them with a holiday or as a seasonal gift. I seldom keep the items I make, but this one looks beautiful in my dining room, so it has found a home!
I think you have created a monster, Deb! I am off now to make another table runner for my kitchen table. I have started one in another beautiful batik fabric for a gift, because it won't really match in my home... but it is my favorite of all three! Unless there is fancy stitching or patchwork, these runners really don't take much more than ten minutes to make!