Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What I'm Working On.....

..... crocheted baby afghan.  I started this several weeks ago while on a short over-night trip to see our nephew in the hospital.  I've gotten a little further along....I pretty much work on it during the day while Callen is napping or playing or while I watch television of an evening. Needless to say, it's not getting done too quickly!
I learned how to crochet many moons ago learning simple dishcloths and hotpads to doilies and larger afghans.  That eventually got set aside as I got  involved in sew many other things.
Over the past few years I REALLY wanted to pick it up again and I did but couldn't get past dishcloths. Each time I would get that itch and walk through the yarn aisles at the store I would get completely overwhelmed with the selection.....what will I make and how much yarn will I need?
So finally,  I done some (free) pattern searching for simple yet needful things and began to crochet again.  I am still crocheting dishloths, for my own use as well as selling (watch for them in my etsy shoppe soon).  I've made hats, scarves and cowls of which I've donated and gifted.  But I really enjoy making the baby afghans that I will place in my gift closet until one is needed. 
So.....that is one thing I'm working on....what is in your work basket?

Enjoy your day!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Hello Again World.....

I don't know why I can't keep up with blogging.  However, it's just been since last fall....not like a year or two break as I have done before.
I wonder sometimes with having facebook and instagram if there is really a need for me to blog and I think about shutting the whole thing down then something draws me back.  Not everyone on my facebook wants to hear or read about everything that is going on in my little corner of the world but for those who are interested can simply be directed here.

We've had alot go on in the past several months.  And this little man right here is the greatest blessing!
Meet Callen Oakley born on December 27th.  He adores his big sister, Rylee Brooke and she adores him!
And I get the honor of taking care of him just as I did Rylee.  
LOTS of great adventures are in my future!
Well, if you are here and reading, thanks for stopping in! 

Hope your day is fabulous!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Baby Quilt Finish

A few weeks ago I shared the beginnings of a baby quilt....well, between ripping up carpet and repainting the living room, I've managed to get this cute little number hand quilted and the binding sewn on.  While I am pleased with the outcome, I do need to work on the evenness of my quilting stitches. 

Practice makes perfect so now on to the next one....this one is all sandwiched together and ready to quilt.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Chocolate Fudge Brownie Cake

I found this recipe on pinterest some time back and I've made it a couple of times now.  This time I changed it up a bit...just in the frosting part...I've included the pinterest link below the recipe.


1 box chocolate cake mix
1 box fudge brownie mix (9"x13" size mix)
4 eggs
1 1/4 cups water
1 cup oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare a bundt pan by spraying with a non-stick cooking spray...I like *Baker's Joy.
Combine all ingredients in mixer bowl and mix well to combine thoroughly.  
Pour into prepared pan.
Bake 50-55 minutes.
Allow to cool for a bit before turning out of pan.

Melt 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate plus 4 tablespoons whipping cream, stir to smooth consistency.
Pour over cake.  As you can see, I topped with a handful of chopped pecans.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Taco Soup.....

I know.  Who eats soup in the middle of a Missouri summer? 
I do.
 The older I get the more  my taste buds change.  Over the past several years I've come to like a number of foods.  Peas are still not a favorite and I probably will never like mixed vegetables or vegetable soup.  For years, I've heard people talk about taco soup and one day I decided to gather recipes.  The first time I made it I used the ground beef as the recipe called.  After making it a couple times and making a few changes to a combination of recipes, I think I have arrived at a recipe that I can kinda claim as my own......
2 boneless skinless chicken breast, cooked and shredded/chopped
2 cans black beans (do not drain)
1 can corn, drained
1 large onion, chopped
1 can ro-tel tomatoes with green chilies 
1 pkg taco seasoning mix
1 pkg ranch dressing mix
1-1/2 cups broth from the chicken

Combine all ingredients in the crock see that I have mine lined with a *Reynolds Slow Cooker liner. (These can be found at Wal-Mart with the wax paper, saran, etc...)
Let cook on low 4-6 hours.....or all day....
Precook your chicken as you prepare supper, just remember to reserve a bit of your chicken broth.....chop your onion.....toss it all in the crock pot the next morning....let it cook all day and supper is ready when you get home!
A few things on the side.....shredded cheese, sour cream!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Something New.....

Remember these?  The fat quarter bundle that I just couldn't resist buying while waiting for interfacing to be cut.  And as it turned out, once I got started with a plan, I had to go back and buy another bundle to have enough...
I pressed them all out and cut them into 3 1/2" strips and sewed them together....
Then cut those sections into 3 1/2" strips......
Sewed them into strips to form blocks....
......then stitching blocks together and adding more strips as I went to make the finished size top that I decided I wanted to go with.....
So here we have the quilt sandwich ready to be quilted.
  I don't know whether I will hand quilt it, machine quilt it myself or send it out to be machine quilted by someone with alot more experience than me!
I will post more photo's once it's complete.  

Thursday, August 4, 2016

An Unfinished Project.....

I recently went through an old dresser that was taking up space in the garage. It held an assortment of things.....from old papers to apparently, unfinished counted cross-stitch projects. This is from *Homestead Classics Cross Stitch Collectibles*....the November 1989 issue! I stitched one for my mother-in-law then decided I wanted one for myself.  As you can see I got a great start on it...actually closer to being finished than just beginning... then for whatever reason it got set aside, packed away, moved and misplaced. I was so glad to find it once again.  I have had some unexpected time off from work this week so I've gotten caught up on some alterations work so I won't feel guilty that if today I stitch away and continue with my 'Downton Abbey' least for a little while.
Enjoy your day!