Thursday, March 31, 2011

Multi Tasker Tote

Recently a few of us got together at my friend Barbara's and learned to make this darling bag. My "Super Quilter" friend, Ardis, was our teacher. The pattern is called the Multi Tasker Tote and it is by Anna Maria Horner. I love Anna Maria!

I used 4 different fabrics on mine, but you can use just one if you like. It does take a good amount of fabric, but it is a large bag. It will eventually have an insert in the bottom to give it more shape. I love the pockets on the ends. They are perfect for bottled drinks. I think this bag would be a great diaper bag, also.

Thanks to Ardis, Barbara and Margaret for a great day!

Here's where you can find all things Anna Maria,

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bake at 350

I just heard about this blog from Ellen. It is really cute and will definitely appeal to all who love to bake. She is even having a giveaway so it is a good time to check it out!

Monday, March 28, 2011


Finally finished, oh how I love to say that! Ellen and I bought these tulip fabrics in 2007 when we went to the tulip festival in the Skagit Valley of Washington. This is an incredible annual event. Especially for someone with a black thumb, like me! Fields of tulips as far as you can see in every direction. There are even some local pilots who will take you up to view it from the air. Amazing! Here's a link, to give you an idea of it's fabulousness (wait til you see, that is the best word to describe it!).

I have been inspired by my friend, Genie, to begin finishing my UFOs. I am not as brave as sweet Genie, however. She has boldly and fearlessly listed and, gasp...numbered hers! I am simply plunging my hand into a random drawer and working on whatever I happen to withdraw. I hope you will face the fear with me, together we can conquer the UFOs in our lives!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Great Giveaway!

Today is the last day to enter the giveaway at Kim, of Fat Quarter Shop, is giving the winner 5 yards of the fabric of their choice! And, you can get up to three chances to win! Free fabric-FABULOUS!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Spring Green

When I saw this post yesterday,, I fell in love with it! This is the first time in 11 years of quilting that I said to myself, "Wow, I think I might make a Dresden Plate Quilt!". Keep in mind that I said "might"! I really love the combination of very modern fabrics (Soul Blossoms by Amy Butler) with the very traditional pattern.

I also found this delicious sounding recipe this morning on Tasty Kitchen and I thought I would share, It uses the Starbuck's instant coffee called Via. I am not particularly fond of drinking the coffee because I think it is really strong, but these sound scrumptious!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I Couldn't Resist!

I couldn't. I love this photo! I got a new camera from HD for my birthday. It's a Lumix FZ40. Pretty appropriate, don't you think? I have been practicing with all the settings and Valentine has become my regular subject. She's finally getting into it. For the first couple of weeks, she wouldn't look at me or smile. I think she is over it!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Magnificent Marinade!

Gotta try this one!

I used it on flank steak that I then grilled in my grill pan. I put the sliced steak over a mixed green salad with tomatoes and avocados. It was amazing!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Double Diamond Bookmark

I got this bookmark as a gift from two of my "Super Quilter" friends, Ardis and Jan. They used the Double Diamond Ruler to get this beautiful effect. You can see a tutorial here, / .
It is hanging on my design wall because I hate to hide it in a book! Thanks, Super Quilters!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

From the Scrap Bin-#3

Recently, while reading magazines with HD at B & N (got that?), I saw a bow tie quilt made by Alex Anderson. I loved it! Until I read the sizes of the pieces. 2 1/2" and 1 1/2" squares. Seriously? Then it occurred to me-the unchanging, unconquerable scrap bin! Yes (insert fist pump)! So I began cutting, a little at a time. I am about 1/4 of the way to what I need, but I really like how it is coming along. I hope you do, too!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Enchiladas From Lisa

I had to share this recipe. I have tried many variations of Chicken Enchiladas over the years. This is the best, most flavorful recipe I have found. It's from my friend, Lisa, who, by the way, has successfully lost a ton of weight in the last few months. Not by eating these babies, obviously!

I added some of my roasted Hatch chilies to the enchilada sauce to extend it and make it a little chunkier. My quilting friends and my hubby thought they were the bomb. Yes, I just said, "the bomb"!

To Lisa, thanks for the great recipe and congrats on making 40 fit and fabulous!!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

I'm Too Sexy for a (Regular) Collar!

I finally got this made and I can't wait to make more! I also made one for Val's "cousin", Sage. Hers is out of butterfly camo since she is a hunting dog. I received this pattern and hardware from Ellen a while back (please don't ask how long of a while). Here is a link to obtain the pattern and hardware,
I looked at my local craft store for more hardware and it is pricey. Did I mention that my "local" craft store is 30 miles away?! I have purchased cheap collars ($5 and under) at Walmart before and I plan to do so again to pillage their hardware! Problem solved, redneck style!
I made both collars in under an hour, including cutting up an old, filthy collar for more hardware. You need small scale prints, even for the XL collar so keep that in mind. You use less than 1/4 yard for the XL!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Texas, Our Texas!

Today we decided to get out and enjoy this amazing weather! We went to Colorado Bend State Park, located about 1 1/2 hours from our house, in San Saba County. We hiked to Gorman Falls. On the little park sign, you know, the one that says, "You are here", it looked like an easy 3 mile round trip hike. Well, it was 3 miles. Three treacherous miles, the last part of which was almost straight down. It was totally worth the peril! The last pic in the slide show is the waterfall. Yep, I said waterfall. Right in the middle of the drought-ridden Texas hill country. Gorgeous! The river is, you guessed it, the Colorado! We had a picnic lunch of barbeque jars and fruit and then headed home, via a "Texas Stop Sign"-Dairy Queen for those who aren't familiar!

Thursday, March 3, 2011


I have been experimenting with making smoothies recently. I got a new blender for Christmas, after having been without one for a while. They seem to have a short life span at our house.

I really like to use frozen fruit. It makes an icy cold, thick concoction and you can use it anytime instead of trying to use fresh before it goes bad. You can certainly throw in fresh, if you have it. You can even throw in vegetables like carrots if you have them. Here is our current fave recipe.

Pineapple Mango Smoothie

6 oz. frozen mango chunks
8 oz. frozen pineapple chunks
1 cup Greek yogurt, I use the Oikos Honey variety
Vanilla Almond Milk (which I, the non-milk drinker, am now addicted to!) and orange juice to fill the blender pitcher

Put the fruit and yogurt in the pitcher of your blender. Add milk and OJ until the pitcher is about 3/4 full. Blend it up on the highest speed, on mine it is "Crush Ice". At this point I always have to add more liquid, it doesn't matter which one. You want it thick, but it should be moving around it the blender. I realize this is not real exact, but it doesn't have to be.

Some people use ice cubes in their smoothies. I don't like to use ice in my smoothie because, even with HD's help, we rarely drink the whole pitcher in one setting. I put it in the fridge and whizz it up later in the day for a snack. If you use ice cubes in the morning, in the afternoon your snack is a watered down puddle.
I have a plethora of bags of frozen fruit in the freezer, so stay tuned. I will continue the experiment. After all, a smoothie is a better breakfast than a chicken fried steak smothered with green chilies and cheese. If I keep repeating that, maybe I will believe it at some point!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Happy Independence Day!

No, I have not lost my mind! For those non-Texans, our beloved Lone Star State is 175 years young today!
Here's a link to a great slide show by a famous Texas musician. Make sure you have your sound on!