Dec 13 2014

Banana Pudding

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I saw a recipe on Facebook that sounded so good that I had to make it. The recipe was written up kinda of weird but I figured it out and we will try it later tonight. It is in the refrigerator setting up.

Banana Pudding
2 bags Pepperidge Farm Chessmen Cookies OR 2 bags Vanilla Wafers
6 to 8 bananas, sliced
2 cups whole milk
* 1 (5 oz.) box instant French Vanilla pudding
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12 oz.) container frozen whipped topping thawed, or equal amount sweetened whipped cream

Use a 13×9 inch dish then you need to Line the bottom using One bag of cookies after that you must layer bananas on top.
Second step : Now after all that work you need now to use other Bowl so you need to combine the milk & pudding mix then blend well so for that you need to use a handheld electric mixer.
Step 3 : Now and again you need to use other bowl so this time mix the cream cheese & condensed milk make sure to mix till smooth.
Step 4 : After all that work now you need to fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture. And then all you need now is to add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture then stir till well blended.
Step 5 : Finally step , so in this finally step you need to pour the mixture over the cookies & bananas then cover with the remaining cookies.

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Dec 12 2014


Published by under creating,food

I am looking through my blog so I can find my Pretzel Salad recipe. I make it each year for my quilt guild party. I love the sweet and salty flavor of this yummy salad.

Hubby and I ate at Boondock’s restaurant tonight. It is a local tavern and the food is so good. I had a Po Boy oyster sandwich. It was so good. Fried is the only way I want to eat an oyster.

I quilted three large table toppers today. I am worn out! I have to put binding on each of them. I can’t show a picture yet because they are gifts.

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Dec 04 2014

Twenty One Days

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We only have 21 more days until Christmas Day. It is making me anxious to get done with some shopping. I don’t buy for very many people so it isn’t a big chore, it is taking the actual time to go to the store and pick out gifts that will be appreciated by each person. That is the hard part. What does one buy for people? I think it is hard. Did I say that I think it is hard? LOL

I did get the inside of the house decorated and hubby put lighted greenery around the outside porch railing. My daughter put up our tree and I helped put on the decorations. It looks so pretty. I have to put candles in the windows and then I will be done. I might get in the mood to bake. I don’t need to eat sweets though so I might have to talk myself out of that.

I hope everyone enjoys the holiday season. I feel blessed being of good health and look forward to being together with family and friends.

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Dec 03 2014

Quality is Worth the Price

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The ongoing argument in any purchase is whether the cost is worth it. In other words, are you getting value for the amount paid. I have read so many blog entries where fabric quality is the topic of discussion. Is the fabric purchased at a quilt shop better than what you buy at the big chain fabric/craft store? My answer is determined by what the end use for said fabric will be. If making an heirloom quilt, I would buy fabric from a specialty fabric shop. For a quilt that will be used every day by a small child or college student, I would buy fabric at a chain store. One must check the quality to be sure it is not a lightly woven (inferior) fabric. Chain stores also sell expensive fabric so it pays to do a bit of checking around when planning a purchase. Did I say plan? I very rarely plan to make a purchase. I am an impulse quilt maker. LOL

For those of you who are not interested in purchasing fabric, you could implement the above values towards the purchase of a car or motor home. Exercise equipment is another purchase where value comes in when considering the amount of exercise one plans to do. My exercise equipment makes great hangers for clothing!

Another purchase that takes consideration is when choosing a musical instrument. If your child is beginning to play an instrument, you must consider whether they will stick with the lessons. If you are an accomplished musician, you would most likely feel comfortable choosing a gibson les paul classic custom over a lower quality instrument that might not produce the quality of sound you are wanting to hear. The first version of the Les Paul Custom was nicknamed the “Fretless Wonder” for its low frets and “Black Beauty” for its rich, contrasting ebony color. Your teenager might think they “need” this beautiful guitar. I would recommend they get a job first.

As in most things, my think is that you get what you pay for. If you want quality, be ready to pay the price. First determine the standard of quality that fits your need.

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Dec 03 2014

Pillow Case

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Years ago, I made pillow cases for pillows that we use to throw around when watching television. When I look at the work I did in making those cases, I am not too happy. There are so many loose threads! Today, I learned how to make a pillow case with a French seam. I hope I can do it again because my friend helped me make this one and I was a bit confused. When something is made with a French seam, all the raw edges get hidden in an elegant finished seam. Here is the little travel pillow I made today.
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Instruction list for making a pillow case.
By Janet Wickell
Quilting Expert

Fabrics for One Pillowcase
All fabrics are cut across the fabric’s crosswise grain — from selvage to selvage. Use fabrics that are 42″ – 44″ wide; slight differences in width aren’t a problem, because you’ll trim everything to match later.

Pillowcase body: 28″ x full fabric width

Pillowcase cuff: 10″ x full fabric width

Pillowcase accent: 1-1/2″ x full fabric width

1. Fold the pillowcase body panel as it came off of the bolt, placing the panel vertically in front of you. Remove the selvages from the open side while using your rotary equipment to keep the sides of the panel at a 90-degree angle to each other.

2. Remove selvages from cuff and accent strip.

3. Press the 1-1/2″ accent strip in half all along its length, wrong sides together.

4. Place your 10″ deep cuff fabric on the table right side up, with what were originally its selvage edges to the left and right. Fabric should be its full width.

5. Place the folded accent strip along the top edge of the cuff fabric, raw edges matched.

6. Place the body fabric on top of the pile, right side down, matching its raw edge with the other aligned edges.

7. Pin the matched raw edges together and sew along the entire width (about 41-42″) with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

10. Open up the unit and press the accent seam towards the pillow body.

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Dec 02 2014

Hurry, Hurry, Hurry

Published by under a bit of everything

I seems like it was just August and now it is December already. How can time go by so quickly?

I went on a wonderful retreat in October. It was a religious renewal type of getaway and boy did I enjoy it. I worked in the kitchen so it was a tiring time away. I met some new friends that have become favorites. We not only cooked but decorated the dining room in themes. On Saturday afternoon, we decorated in a football theme. We had banners strung from post to post and football confetti placed on each table. We also had a blow up football that was very cute. That evening was more formal and was decorated to let the guests know how special they were. We used pastel butterflies that hung from the ceiling and had pastel flower arrangements on each table. We had a fun photo booth set up with costumes that included hats and boas. We had a sign that said dance classes here, and played music from the Sinatra era. By Saturday evening, I was ready for bed! It was a hurry, hurry, hurry momentum!

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Nov 23 2014


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I just finished quilting this beautiful quilt for a friend. I love all the different shades of gray with just a touch of red. I used a ruler to echo the hexagon in each part of the log cabin block. I used the same ruler in the border to make lines both horizontally and vertically and then added small squares to make a retro design.
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Nov 20 2014

Creating with Family

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When my sister visits from Kentucky, we usually make a quilt of some kind. It might be a table runner or wall hanging. We don’t usually have time to make anything large. The year we made our fall table toppers, my sister from Texas was photo shopped into the picture. She rarely gets to be with us when we make projects. That changed last week! My other sister was able to join us and we made Christmas wreath table toppers. We used the small twister tool. That was fun. I have seen a lot of quilts made with the twister tool and admire them. Now, I can say I know how to use the twister tool. We each used different fabric so the toppers all look unique. They aren’t finished in these pictures but you can get the general idea. We had so much fun.

We used the Twister tool to make our block. Make pinwheel blocks by sewing together 5″ squares and then placing this 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ acrylic template on the seam intersections and cutting out squares, which will finish to 3″.
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The smaller twister tool is known as the Itty Bitty Pinwheel tool. Make pinwheel blocks by sewing together 2-1/2″ squares and then placing this 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ acrylic template on the seam intersections and cutting out squares, which will finish to 1″

There might be other sizes of the Twister tool.  photo IMG_0325_zps0a326e1f.jpg photo IMG_0323_zps57ecc35d.jpg photo IMG_0318_zps6c45a6b9.jpg photo IMG_0317_zps5bd8b321.jpg photo IMG_0319_zps9d56d9ed.jpg

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Nov 15 2014

Quilt Shop Hop with Cookies!

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Mom, my two sisters and I traveled to three different quilt shops today. There was a cookie event at two of the quilt shops. If you spent $25.00, you were to receive a beautiful cookie along with a cookie cutter. I was able to get two cookies. We had fun seeing new samples of quilts that inspired us. Christmas was in the air with all the new Christmas fabrics on display. We ate a couple of times and had some yummy dessert. It was a great day!

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Nov 08 2014

Jazz Festival

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Our local community has a lot to offer. Although we have our problems with unemployment, we combat the attitude with a positive outlook. We have so many community programs to help those who are struggling. We also have people who put together craft festivals, parades and music programs.

My husband and I attended an awesome jazz concert put on by local music enthusiasts. It was great to see so many talented people who get together to offer entertainment for our community. The free concert was so much fun. The auditorium was packed and we saw many people we knew.

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