Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A Complete Row Done....

on this Coin quilt that I have made for my husband. I love plaids/homespuns and thought this red fabric went well together. It is machine pieced and free formed hand quilting. This will be the largest item I have ever done by hand so far. I have used a template in a few places to create a lighthouse, and in order for it to stand out on the red fabric used gold thread. This picture only shows a small section of the hand quilting.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Wanting to Bake.....

However, I haven't been able to the past several weeks as my husband had dental surgery, so he can't eat anything crunchy, and I wouldn't be able to eat all the bread by myself. Plus, this past week as well as this one, it is way too hot with the heatwave going on to add even more heat into the kitchen. I am sure though most people across the country right now are trying to find ways to not turn on their oven. We have been eating leftovers, but by tomorrow they will have run out, so I need to come up with some good ideas for meals this week. What is your go to meal when it is hot?

Saturday, July 23, 2016

WIPocalypse Olympics/July Check In

I am excited as I had previously participated WIPocalypse and didn't think it was around anymore. I found it is still around, and they will be doing an Olympic event next month.

I will be participated in two out of three events they have from Aug. 5 through 21st.

Event One: Rotation challenge, so I hope to complete at least three WIPS (I have already started on two of them).

Event Two: Distance challenge where you only focus on one project or decide on a certain amount you want to complete.

I will be working on Mr. Santa Teddy Bear ornament for my nephew. I assume that I will get it done in the first few days if even that.

I have another ornament to start for my oldest niece. 

The next project will be for the distance event. This is a project that I have a love/hate relationship with this WIP for my sister, it has been in progress off and on for several years for a variety of reasons.

If I happen to somehow complete all three of these, then I will continue on this other project as well;

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


I love casseroles and I usually just make this with taco seasoning (hence the name I give it Taco Casserole) but have a few times used it with other seasonings as well. I am using my homegrown red and Yukon potatoes in the recipe. I use ground turkey but ground beef is fine as well. Brown like normally and drain meat.

Then add seasoning with water as needed, after a few minutes add other items you might want; bell peppers, onions, potatoes, etc.

Add it to the meat mixture for a few minutes (add more water if needed).

Layer in oven dish then add cheese of your choice, add another layer and then more cheese. Place in the oven at 350, covered with tin foil, for 30-45 minutes until potatoes are done.


Monday, July 18, 2016

Christmas gifts...

When I was visiting relatives my sister picked some cross stitch ornaments that I will make for my nieces and nephew. So far I have the youngest girl's completed and started on my nephew's Teddy Bear Santa. As I have never really used special thread or beads before, they are both in the ornament for my oldest niece, I am going to start on her's be the last one that I start on.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Finally found them!

The plates, bowls, and saucer plates that I have are originally my grandmother's, but I have never had the saucer cups before as they somehow become lost (wether before my mother got them or after who knows, as I got them a couple of years ago and they were missing when I received the other items) On my latest trip back I found them at a non-profit consignment shop for only 50 cents each! I should have gotten more, as I have quite a few more saucer plates than cups now, but only picked up 5 of them (since it is only my husband and I).

I used them yesterday with my coffee.

Monday, June 20, 2016

My Garden Vegetables...

I have been able to harvest a little bit of potatoes and green onions (which I had incorrectly purchased as I thought I was getting regular onions). So here are a few of the red potatoes and green onions drying out.

I picked the potatoes a few days apart from each other, and used them in two different meals. It was just enough each time for us to have as a side dish for one meal. For one meal I cut up the potatoes and just added butter with salt and pepper, the other time I had salt, pepper, paprika, chipotle paprika, and smoked paprika (this was little too spicey for me but my husband loved it). If you have never had homegrown potatoes they are fantastic. It has a lot more flavor and also when I tried one of the green onions even though it was really small it was very pungent (a little too much for me).

So have you ever tried homegrown potatoes or green onions before?