Thursday, November 23, 2017

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

One more walk in a quilt shop

After purchasing the Home for the Holiday Christmas panel in South Carolina, we discovered they were out of the coordinating fabrics. So after arriving home, off I went to my local quilt shop to see if they might still have fabric in this line.

 I found a variety of Christmas inspiration.

And low and behold! They had the coordinating fabric :-)  

Quilting Treasures Home for the Holiday Pine Tree Scenic

woo-hoo!  Christmas project in the works.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Cranberry Pineapple Salad

We love making this recipe during the holidays.  Although it's a refreshing salad/dessert any time of the year.  But the festive Whole Berry Cranberries goes so well with the holidays.

Cranberry Pineapple Salad
1 can (20 oz) Crushed Pineapple
2 packages (3 oz ) OR 1 large package Raspberry Gelatin
1 can (16 oz) Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce
1 medium apple, chopped
2/3 cup Chopped Nuts

Drain pineapple, reserve all liquid.Add enough cold water to measure 3 cups and pour into saucepan.
Bring to a boil, remove from heat.  Add gelatin, stir for 2 minutes until completely dissolved.  Add Whole Berry Cranberry sauce, and stir until well blended.  Pour into a large bowl and refrigerate at least 1 1/2 hours until slightly thickened.
Stir in remaining pineapple, apple and nuts, stirring gently until well blended.
Pour into mediums size cake pan (or festive bowl) and refrigerate 4 hours or until firm.

** When in a pinch, I have used Strawberry Jello as a substitute for the Raspberry.  

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Bread for the Journey

Do not be anxious, said our Lord.
Have peace from day to day - 
The lilies neither toil nor spin,
Yet none are clothed as they.
The meadowlark with sweetest song
Fears not for bread or nest
Because he trusts our Father's love
And God knows what is best.
~ Helen Steiner Rice ~

Friday, November 17, 2017

Another Quilt Shop hop

This quilt shop was by far my favorite stop on our trip. Located in Lexington SC, just on the west side of Columbia, it was a delightful treat.

Although not a terribly large shop, we were greeted with warm Southern hospitality. Everyone was helpful and offered smiles instead of frowns. (I've never been able to understand why employees of some quilt shops can be so grumpy) Beautiful selections of fabric.

And this is what we bought.

The panel and fabric to make Sidelights. (not the yellow fabric)

If we lived in the area, this quilt shop would be a regular stop for me and my quilting buddies.

It's sure to make for Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Follow me to South Carolina

Last week, I traveled with my hubby to South Carolina. While we were there I was able to visit three quilt shops.

The first one was not even worth mentioning, so I'll let that one pass. But finding two in Columbia that furnished food for the quilters soul was definitely enjoyed.

The first one was Creative Sewing. Lots of fabric, patterns and machines.

There was lots of newer fabric lines and an amazing collection of Christmas fabric.

Next time I'll take you to the second quilt shop we visited. It was quaint and loaded with friendly service. A real plus for a quilt shop. 

Happy Quilting~

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017

A Dangerous Legacy

A Dangerous Legacy is written by Elizabeth Camden, a writer who has a love of history and the many interesting fascists that have developed over the years.

The attraction between Lucy Drake- a telegrapher for the American-owned AP news agency- and Sir Colin Beckwith- director of the British-owned Reuters news agency- was undeniable. He is drawn to Lucy's intellect and she is drawn to Colin's love of research and fierce desire to find answers.

Lucy and her brother Nick, have fought a long drawn out legal battle. They remain paupers as their shifty uncle reaps all the benefits and financial rewards from their fathers invention. But the romance that develops between Lucy and Colin is based on honesty and trust. Colin needing to find financing for his estate in England and Lucy needing help in uncovering the wicked ways of her uncle. Lucy finds that Colin's connections could be what her family needs to help solve their long legal battle. She negotiates an unlikely alliance with him, but what starts as a friendship develops into a tender love story.
What I love about all of Camden's books are the interesting historical facts. This story is set in the early 1900's in New York City, as it was becoming the hub of industry. The AP  and Reuters news agencies were the information hotline to world events. 

As always Elizabeth Camden's novels are refreshing and clean stories. I found this to be a delightful read, full of wit, romance, heartbreak, and family loyalty. Ms. Camden has a beautiful way of weaving words to bring the scenes to life. I totally enjoyed this book. 
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Fall decorations

The best way I like to bring fall colors indoors, is to use a splash of color on my table.

I made this table runner several years ago. It's one of my favorites. I still enjoy the warmth it brings to my home.

How do you decorate for fall?

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Friday, November 3, 2017

Apple, apple, who's got the apple

Not much to share about quilting, but during this time of year we host get togethers and love to share recipes.

A perfect time to make Apple Dip.

1 8 oz package Cream Cheese (soften at room temp)
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/3 cup 10x Powdered Sugar
2 T Vanilla
1/3 cup crushed Salted Peanuts

Blend first 4 ingredients together til smooth.  Add peanuts.

Simple recipe.

Simply delicious!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November 1st

Well it's the first of November!

27 days until Thanksgiving.

54 days until Christmas.

61 days until the New Year!

Are  you ready??

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Sweet Martha!  Don't you just love to find a recipe that says....... make me??  Well Miss Stewart shared this yummy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars.  Now if you are a chocoholic, this is for you!  (I could not even get a picture before my family was devouring these bars)

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon pumpkin-pie spice
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking pan and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
2. With a stand or electric mixer, cream butter and sugar on medium-high speed until smooth; beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Add pumpkin puree and mix well. The mixture will look somewhat curdled. Reduce speed to low, and mix in dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
3. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake bars for 35-40 minutes or until edges begin to pull away from sides of pan and a toothpick inserted in center comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached.
4. Cool bars completely in pan. Cut into squares and serve.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Let's celebrate...


Even though we don't have fall in the south, it is definitely in the air.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

The House of Hawthorne

Reading a series often engages you with the characters in the previous novels. Kristi Ann Hunter has done a delightful job writing about the Hawthorne House. Having read each of the previous books in this series, it was easy to follow the lives of Hawthorne house characters.   Each book is memorable and entertaining. The characters well written, humor and misunderstanding defining each of them.

An Inconvenient Beauty is the last in the series. Griffith, Duke of Riverton, first born and deeply entrenched with his role as Duke, finds all of his siblings married and well situated.
Isabella Breckenridge, put in a situation to help save her family from financial ruin, becomes engaged in a difficult position.

Griffith, seeking a logical bride, is drawn to the beautiful and mysterious Bella. Isabella, harboring secrets and selling her honor, finds it difficult to turn down Griffith's attentions, but desires to release him, feeling she doesn't deserve a duke, a man who valued his integrity above all else. Struggling with her insecurities and disobedience, Isabella learns she must put her faith in God to lead not only her family, but her own life as well. 

I found this to be a delightful read, full of wit, romance, heartbreak, family loyalty and a satisfying conclusion. Ms. Hunter has a beautiful way of weaving words to bring the scenes to life. I totally enjoyed this book. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Fall Harvest Cake

Fall Harvest Cake 
1 1/2 cups of sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 Tsp cinnamon, 2 Tsp baking soda, 1/2 Tsp salt, 1/4 Tsp nutmeg, 1/4 Tsp ginger, 1 cup oil, 1/2 Tsp vanilla, 4 eggs, 16 oz pumpkin, 2 cups flour, 1 large peeled and chopped apple, 1/2 cup chopped pecans, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


1.  Mix together sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, spices, oil, vanilla and eggs
2.  Add pumpkin and stir well
3.  Sitr in flour - 1/2 cup at a time
4. Stir in apple and nuts

Pour into a well greased and floured bundt pan.

Bake 60 minutes at 350 degrees - let cool till only slightly warm

 I found this wonderful recipe on Bernideen's Tea Time Blog.  It is such a great cake for Fall.  The batter appears a bit runny when combined, but when baked, it turned out perfectly.  You can top with confectioners sugar.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

A fun quilt destination

Plans were made. All the preparation for the trip fell into place. My hubby and I were to take a trip to the Midwest for his business. He asked me if there was someplace I'd like to visit along the way. The first place that popped into my mind was in Hamilton MO.
It was only three or four hours further north, and I knew we would never be that close again.

We traveled two days to our destination. Parked the travel trailer for the overnight stay and business my hubby needed to take care of. But as we plugged into power, smoke began to rise inside the trailer! We lost power for our fridge and water. Sadly, we must head back home. Take care of the damages.

Maybe one day we'll travel that way again. I hope so. It sounds like such a fun quilt destination. Have you ever been there?

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

Tomato Basil Toast

I like finding an easy recipe that will jazz up a meal.  Recently my grocery store was doing food demos and this was one of the samples I tasted.

And you know it's always fun to add your own twist to a recipe.  So here is my version.

Tomato Basil Toast

1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
4 plum tomatoes, finely chopped
1 (6 oz) jar marinated artichoke hearts, finely chopped
finely sliced onions and mushrooms, sauteed
1/4 cup feta cheese
sliced black olives
8 slices frozen Texas Garlic toast

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Chop basil, tomatoes and artichokes. Place in bowl.   Stir in cheese and olives.   Saute onions and mushrooms in olive oil.

Arrange garlic toast on baking sheet; bake 3-5 minutes on each side or until toasted and golden.

Spoon onions and mushrooms over toast, then add tomato mixture on top.  You can serve it this way, or stick it back in the hot oven for 2 - 3 minutes.

Great for an Italian meal.


Monday, September 25, 2017

Are you working on Christmas projects?

Have you been working on Christmas projects??  I tend to be one who puts off holiday sewing until pretty late in the season.

This table topper was started a couple of years ago, but I have purposed to get it finished so I can use it this Christmas.

It's a pattern from Anka's Treasures.

 The instructions are not clear on how to add the border for this shape, but I will do the best I can.

The holidays are fast approaching!