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Nov 22, 2014

What I've Been Doing

First, I made pink cupcakes for Ayden's birthday. The class gobbled them up!!
Next, there was a grade level Thanksgiving program. The kids were adorable all dressed up. Afterwards, they sat down to a great feast provided by the parents & grandparents.
Baby Austin showed up to encourage big sister. And GoGo was all over those fat cheeks. I did manage to get most of the lipstick off......;-)


Nov 11, 2014

Veterans Day

At our retired teachers meeting, we honored & lunched with veterans from WWII, Korean War & Vietnam War. 
I salute all war vets!

Nov 4, 2014

Oh my gosh!

I went to the Houston Quilt Show the other day & had a blast.
Here's what I got.
Two great magazines.
Thread for embroidery projects.
A water soluble backing for embroidery projects.
More thread for embroidery projects.

And then.......OMG, I found one of my favorite artist's work......Ginny Greaves' piece "Worry" won 3rd place.
On another note, here's what I've been up to these days.
I know the floss color is subtle but I love the old-fashion look. It coming along fairly quickly. Each time I think I'll take a break, I find myself saying, 'just one more!' 






Oct 18, 2014

ABC's

Hi everyone. I've been off the blog scene for awhile. Lots of family stuff going on but I have managed to find something new to get into.
I saw this amazing pattern from Michelle Ridgway's blog. The pattern can be found on her Sidebar and on one of her Pages as well.  I immediately contacted Michelle, who lives in Australia, BTW, and she was gracious enough to tell me to order here in the US to save on the old pocketbook.
I thanked her and popped over to Crazy Quilt Girl Fabric Shop to place my order. A few days later the pattern came and I started stitching a couple of days later.
I decided that I was going to enlarge some of the letters just to make things interesting when I'll have to stitch everything together down the road.  Remind me then if I start wondering "What was I thinking!"
I found a wonderful fabric at my LQS and am using #839 DMC Floss.

Oct 4, 2014

Banana Bread Recipe

I decided to post this before the family got to it.....laugh out loud! 
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large bananas)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup  low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup canola, vegetable, or corn oil
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg or 2 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup Craisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and place the rack in the center of the oven. Spray an 8 x 4 inch loaf pan with a nonstick vegetable cooking spray.
In a large bowl, mix the mashed bananas with the baking soda and yogurt. Allow to sit while you prepare the rest of the batter.
Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, sugar, egg or egg whites, and vanilla.
In another large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, ground cinnamon, walnuts, Craisins and salt.
Then combine the banana mixture with the oil mixture and then add to the flour mixture. Stir just until all the ingredients are moistened. Pour into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake for about 45 minutes, then lower temp to 325 degrees of another 10 to 15 minutes. When toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean remove from over and allow to cool on wire rack.
Place on serving plate to slice & enjoy.

Oct 2, 2014

Mug Rug Thursday

I can't believe that it's October already.
This month is going to be very busy for me, so I'll be taking another break from the rugs.
With that said, here's the winner of the letter "C"
#4 - Suze!
Congratulations to you!
Just leave a comment so we can talk.
Remember, if we can't connect within a week or so, I'll do another random pick.

Oct 1, 2014

All That's Left

I had a sweet tooth yesterday & decided to bake some cookies. I wasn't in the mood for peanut butter or chocolate chip cookies so I pulled out one of my mom's old cookbooks and found a great recipe.
"Pecan Crunch Cookies"

1 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsps. lemon extract (optional)
1/2 cup crushed potato chips ----- yes, you heard me!!
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
Directions: 
  1. Cream butter, sugar, vanilla & lemon extract together. Add crushed potato chips and pecans. Stir in flour. 
  2. Form into small balls, using about 1 tablespoon dough for each.
  3. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Press balls flat with bottom of tumbler dipped in sugar.
  5. Bake in 350 degree oven for 16 to 18 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned.

Yields roughly 3 dozen
These are great just coming out of the over.....how do I know this.....well, you can guess what happened to most of those cookies. Someone had to be the taste-tester.........LOL
I did manage to save some for mom and the grands......just barely.

Sep 29, 2014

Monday, Monday

Finished all the hand work!!
Now I just need to quilt it. So far it measures 14 by 15 inches. I might do a small border.
Make sure to pop over to JUDY's to see what every one else is doing on this Design Wall Monday.

Sep 22, 2014

Monday, Monday

It's Design Wall Monday which, these days I really enjoy because just knowing that Monday is coming makes me want to get in some sort of sewing. Pop over to Judy's to see what others are doing.

I'm making progress with the hand embroidery.
I've gotten the blocks together & decided it still needed something so I'm adding more vines & leaves. This will take a bit more time but will be well worth it.
I'm loving this look. Notice the markings for the vines.....I'm using that FriXion Pilot pen which when ironed, it disappears.


Sep 18, 2014

Mug Rug Thursday

Oh dear I almost forgot to post the winner of the teapot mug rug.
Ayden helped to draw a name. The winner is .............
Tammy!
Congratulations to you!! Again, sorry it took all day to even think about it.

The next next rug is....
Letter "C" done in variegated orange on a blue background. Just leave a comment to be counted. I'll announce a winner on October 2nd.

Sep 15, 2014

Monday, Monday

I've been working on some hand embroidery. Just can't seem to get back into the sewing thing yet.
I decided to add a bit of fabric to the mix.
I chose this piece to use in all the blocks I'll make.
Make sure to pop over to Judy's for more  of Design Wall Monday.

The winner of the Spider's web mug rug

 is
 Linny.
Congratulations to you. Just leave a comment so that we can talk via email.



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