Quilt designing featured on show

Information on being more memorable, using butter, milk and yogurt substitutions in baking and cooking, and quilt designing will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon on Thursday

Author and speaker, Ruthie Dearing has written a book titled “On Being Memorable: Nine Keys for Exceptional Change.” She will explain why a positive attitude is so important, tell how to change attitude and behaviors, and discuss visualization. She lives in Albuquerque.

Carol Fenster, cookbook author, says that over 60 percent of Americans do not eat dairy products for various reasons. She will explain how to use butter, milk and yogurt substitutions in baking and cooking. Her business is Savory Palate, Inc. in Centennial, Colo.

Author and quilter, Norah McMeeking will show how she used inspiration from Italian marble floors to create her quilts for her book, titled Bella Bella Quilts. She has both photos and actual quilts to show. McMeeking is from Santa Barbara, Calif.

Information on gift giving ideas involving candles and candle accessories, the history of slot car racing, and some tips for successful garment sewing will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” noon Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Beth Vesco-Smith is a Senior Regional Vice President with PartyLite Gifts, Inc. in Plymouth, MA., and she is going to share some gift giving ideas for birthdays, weddings, and other special occasions, and they all involve candles and candle accessories.

David Creed is with Carrera, and he’s going to talk about the history of slot car racing and tell us why there is such a fascination with this particular hobby. Then, he’ll show a Pro-X Digital Racing System that everyone will enjoy. Creed is from Dana Point, Calif.

Nancy Lovett is a sewing instructor with Ann Silva’s Bernina Sewing Center in Albuquerque and she will share some professional tips for successful garment sewing, including measuring, fabric selection, and pattern alterations. Lovett also teaches at the University of New Mexico.

Homemade Yogurt

• 2 cups raw cashews, or blanched almonds

• 4 cups water

• 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

• 1/2 scoop yogurt starter (I use Custom Probiotics, http://www.customprobiotics.com/yogurtstarter.htm which is dairy-free and gluten-free)

Soak the nuts overnight in enough water to cover (this makes extra-creamy yogurt). Drain thoroughly. In a blender, combine the nuts, 4 cups water, and salt and blend until completely smooth, about 5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the blender a couple of times. Strain the mixture through a sieve to remove any stray particles of nuts. Transfer the mixture to a heavy saucepan and heat over medium heat until bubbles form around the edges, stirring constantly, but don’t let the milk boil. Cool to 100 degrees. Transfer the mixture to a yogurt maker and stir in the yogurt culture. Process the yogurt according to manufacturer’s directions. Refrigerate, covered, for up to 1 week.


“Creative Living” is produced and hosted by Sheryl Borden. The show is carried by more than 118 PBS stations in the United States, Canada, Guam and Puerto Rico and is distributed by Westlink, Albuquerque.