Jan 20 2015

Yummy!

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I recently took the Mini Cooper to Indianapolis to have the oil changed. Mini Coopers only have to be changed every 10,000 miles! I love my Mini Cooper.
While in Indy, my daughter and I ate at the Naked Tchopstix restaurant. The atmosphere was fun and the food was delicious. I just about crapped when I paid the bill! Sushi purchased ala carte really adds up! It was part of my daughter’s birthday celebration so I sucked it up and forked over the money. LOL Well worth the food and the awesome company of my daughter.

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Jan 14 2015

Birthday Cupcakes

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Our daughter celebrated her birthday not too long ago and I made cupcakes for her. She always asks for cherry chip cake but I haven’t been able to find a box mix for the last few years. They have strawberry mix so that is what I used.
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Jan 10 2015

Signature Quilt

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One thing I love about quilting for other people is getting to see what ideas they come up with for their quilts. This quilt is a signature quilt that incorporates blocks made by individual family members. It is a tradition of this family to make a signature quilt for a family member when they get married. I quilted this quilt using free motion quilting with mono filament thread in the signature blocks and ruler work with Superior’s Omni thread in other areas. Each block and border is stitched in the ditch. photo signaturequilt_zpsb208344b.jpg
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Dec 30 2014

Scalloped Potatoes

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I seldom cook but my husband is down with a cold and sinus infection. When the kids were here for Christmas, my husband cooked a large ham. He used the ham bone to make a large pot of green beans and potatoes. We have been eating beans every few days. We still had ham left so I decided to make scalloped potatoes. Here is the recipe I used. I added a few onion slices that I had caramelized in butter.

Scalloped Potatoes
Servings: 6
• 4 cups thinly sliced potatoes
• 3 tablespoons butter
• 3 tablespoons flour
• 1 1/2 cups milk
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 dash cayenne pepper (I didn’t have any so I didn’t use cayenne pepper).
• 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
• 1/2 cup grated cheese, to sprinkle on top
• paprika
Directions:
In a small sauce pan, melt butter and blend in flour.
Let sit for a minute.
Add all of cold milk, stirring with a whisk.
Season with salt and cayenne.
Cook sauce on low until smooth and boiling, stirring occasionally with a whisk.
Reduce heat and stir in cheese.
Place a half of the sliced potatoes in a lightly greased one quart casserole dish.
Pour half of cheese sauce over potatoes.
Repeat with second layer of potatoes and cheese sauce.
Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. (I waited until the last 10 minutes to do this step).
Top with some paprika for color.
Bake uncovered for about 1 hour at 350°F. (I baked mine 1 ½ hours).

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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.
Refrigerate

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Dec 12 2014

Oysters!

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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

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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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