Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Hilarious!

I just got this from my friend Janis. Too funny!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzoL7ddTEnA

Monday, June 28, 2010

Somebody Stop Me!

I am officially addicted to making these scarves! I have now made 12! I am taking them to Sisters and letting each of my housemates choose one. I have a feeling that I will come home with some Valorie Wells fabrics and make some more. I have to say that the ones on the far end that are made from batiks came out the best. The thinness and crispness of the fabric makes a really pretty ruffle and, as a bonus, they don't have a wrong side.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Simple Summer Scarf

I found the idea for this great scarf on one of the blogs that I recently told you guys about, http://lollyquiltz.blogspot.com. You will need a half yard of lightweight cotton fabric, coordinating thread and some elastic thread. I had never sewn with elastic thread and my sewing machine no likey. It doesn't matter, as the thread is so gathered that you really can't see it.

Some of you may be thinking, "She is the most hot-natured person on earth, is she crazy?" No, and you will not see me wearing this in Texas before October! I am, however, going to wear it on my upcoming trip to the beautiful and cool Pacific Northwest. You can find a tutorial at http://www.dana-made-it.com/2008/07/tutorial-summer-scarf.html.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Blueberry Bender

For some reason I have been consuming an unusually large amount of blueberries. I wanted to share my two fave recipes using this fantastic berry.

http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1057275
http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1990026

The first one is a sherbet that is so easy. I always skip the removal of seeds and solids. You will need to floss after eating it, but you should be flossing anyway ;) The second recipe is a salad from the current of issue of Southern Living. I have now made it 3 times and I cannot stop eating it.

Finally, I plan to bake my umpteenth batch of Amish Friendship Bread this weekend and I am going to put blueberries in the batter. Yum-O!

Happiness is...

a long quilting queue! That 'splains the lack of new blog posts!

Friday, June 18, 2010

I Did It!

I have always been intimidated by this design, but earlier this week I faced my "Freehand Feather Fear Factor"! After doodling this at least a hundred times, I was confident enough to do it on a customer quilt. I am very happy with it and so is she!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Rice Krispy Redux


These are a great "grown up" version of the classic Rice Krispy Treats.
*Kashi Krispy Treats*
-3 Tbsp. Butter
-1 (10.5 oz.) bag miniature marshmallows
-1 (15 oz.) box Kashi GOLEAN Crunch! cereal
-1 1/4 cups dried cranberries
-Cooking spray
Melt the butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows, stirring constantly until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in cereal and cranberries until well coated. Press mixture into a 9 x 13 baking dish coated with cooking spray. Let stand until firm, about 15 minutes. There are 24 servings here with 132 calories each.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Countdown...

Less than a month to go 'til the big trip to Sisters, Oregon! I went to Quilt Haus in New Braunfels today to get the rest of my fabrics for my classes. Why, you ask, did I go so far from home? I had a coupon, of course! Don't ask what I spent on gas to get there ;) Anywho, the nice lady patiently cuts my fabrics, including quite a few fat quarters and doesn't say much. Yes, I know, very unusual for a quilt shop. She finally says, with a twinkle in her eye, "Either you are working on several projects or you have really bad taste!" HA! Thanks, Quilt Haus ladies for helping me get ready for "Pot of Flowers Collage Pillow", "Can't Help Loving Batiks" and "Pretty Petals Apron"! You can find Quilt Haus online at http://www.creativesewlutions.com/. For more info on the Sisters festivities check out http://stitchinpost.com/quilterclasses.html.

Monday, June 7, 2010

A Day In The Life of... Me!

Happy Monday evening, everyone! First things first, thanks again to everyone who came over from the selvage blog this past weekend and welcome to my new followers!

I am finally sitting down after a pretty busy day and I realize that I did not really get anything finished, well, except dinner! I ran errands, delivered a quilt, helped my SIL use the longarm, watered our new grass, worked on several projects to take to Johnson City later this week, made a delish stir fry for dinner and still feel like I was not productive! Anyway, I did one fun thing today, I joined a Block of the Month from the Fat Quarter Shop and I am so excited! It is a holiday quilt using the Moda 12 Days of Christmas line. Here's the link http://www.fatquartershop.com/store/stores_app/Browse_Item_Details.asp?sid=4937672023214937&Store_id=499&page_id=23&Item_ID=39548&Parent_Ids=. This will be the second BOM that I have done from this site. They have the most reasonably priced programs that I have seen. This one is only $9.99 a month, including postage. I should get my first block sometime in the next week-WOO HOO!!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Welcome!

Welcome to everyone coming from the selvageblog! Although my blog is not only about quilting, I hope you will enjoy your visit. Thanks so much to Karen Griska for bringing all of us "selvage junkies" together!

Friday, June 4, 2010

What's For Dinner?

Nacho Cheese Chicken Chowder, that's what! This is my version of a recipe that I found in a magazine. It was meant to be made in the Crock Pot, but somehow I failed to notice that earlier in the day! This recipe makes 6 servings that have less than 300 calories each.

Nacho Cheese Chicken Chowder

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
1 TBSP. vegetable oil
1 can condensed Fiesta Nacho Cheese soup
1-14.5 oz. can Mexican style diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can diced Rotel, undrained
2 cups frozen corn kernels

In a Dutch oven, heat oil and add chicken. Saute until no longer pink. I added cumin, chili powder and salt and pepper to the chicken as it was cooking, this is optional. Add the soup, tomatoes and corn and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer on low for 15 minutes.

I garnished mine with chopped avocado, sliced green onions and chopped cilantro and served it with a guacamole salad.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Wow!

This is a great magazine! Talk about inspiration! Another that I love is "Studios" by Cloth Paper Scissors. So many talented people, so many beautiful spaces.