Friday, December 13, 2013

Goody Gumdrops Fudge

Goody Gumdrops Fudge
Ingredients
12 oz bag white chocolate chips
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1/8 teaspoon salt 
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract (optional)
1-1/2 cups chopped gumdrops (I used Dots Candy)
Instructions
Line a 9-in. square pan with foil; set aside. In a microwave safe bowl combine the chocolate chips, milk and salt and microwave in 30 seconds intervals until melted. Stir in vanilla and gumdrops.
Spread into prepared pan. Cover and refrigerate until firm. Using foil, remove fudge from the pan; cut into 1-in. squares. Store in an airtight container, at room temperature.

Found this on Pinterest here is the link to the website.
Please stop by and check it out.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Blessing Bags How To

I came across this on Pinterest. I think it is a great idea and wanted to pass it along.

Blessing Bags How To:


You can find out more about this at KWAV's (Kids with a vision) blog

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Baby Quilt in orange and turquoise

Here is a cute baby quilt in orange and turquoise. It has cute giraffe pattern blocks and background. Please go check it out in my Etsy shop. Tell your friends.






This quilt is no longer available.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Autumn Quilt - Sneak Peak

I have been wanting to do a Autumn Quilt for my King size bed (yes I said king size) for some time. Honestly it scares the heck out of me, but I am just going to jump right on in and do it 1 block at a time. So here we go.

I saw this block pattern on Pinterest and said to myself "I can do that." Here is the web link.

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I have been collecting fabric for this quilt a little at a time in 1/2 yard pieces. Here is what I have so far. I still want to add a few more colors to this.



I cut out my pieces and laid out the rows. I started sewing them together and oops sewed it together wrong. Take it out and start over. 



Here is the way it is suppose to look.


2 1/2 hours later I finished my first block. I think it came out pretty good. I still have to square it up a little bit, but I will do that later.



I will be alternating this block pattern with another. I haven't decided on that pattern yet. For now I will just get these done. I figure by the time I have enough of this one in many color combinations I will have figured out what I want the other pattern to be. 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Baby Boy Quilt

We have a friend who recently had a baby boy. I made this little quilt for him. This quilt went really fast. It took a week of doing a little here and a little there. Night 1 I cut out all the pieces. Night 2 I sewed all the 4 square together. Night 3 sewed the rows together.



 Day 4 was quilting it, and day 5 was binding and washing it. It turned out really cute.




Quilt has been delivered to it's new owner.

Link up with Coastal Charm , Stephanie Lynn , 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Baby Quilt - Modern Square Garden Quilt - Finished

Here is the baby quilt. I had a few hiccups but all in all it came out fine. My hubby keeps telling me that I am still learning so they won't be perfect. I still want them to be perfect but I am learning so I am willing at the moment to let some of the imperfections go. Anyways here are the pictures of the finished quilt.




I love the backing material. It looks like Mike and Ike candy.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Baby Quilt - Modern Square Garden Quilt

Saw this easy tutorial on making a Modern Square Garden Quilt. I first was going to make it for my niece (who will be a year in February) for Christmas. After finishing the top I realized that it wasn't going to be big enough. I thought about adding to it, but new fabric patterns would have looked funny. I have a colleague where I donate my time who is having a baby in December.  So I thought this would be a perfect baby shower gift. I still have to go pick out the backing, but I will have the quilt finished this weekend unless something comes up.The binding is made up of scraps from the left over fabric.




Monday, July 29, 2013

Gone Fishing Quilt - Finished

Friday evening late I finished The Gone Fishing Quilt. This quilt was by far my most challenging project. Hubby loves it. Here are a few front and back pictures.




Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Organic Weed Spray

Formula:

1 Gallon vinegar
2 Cups Epson salt
1/4 Cup dish soap (I used Dawn original blue).

Just mix and spray in the morning after the dew has evaporated. It will kill anything you spray it on.








Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Doggie Pool

I just had to post this. This is the coolest doggie pool I have ever seen. I want one when I get a dog and a yard.


Taking over a project

I have recently taken over a project. My mom (bless her heart) wanted to make a baby afghan for my brother's new baby (This was back in November 2012). Baby was due in February. My mom asked me the other day if I could finish it for her. I have taken on the afghan. Here are the picks of the afghan.


  

It is only 9 inches long so I have my work cut out. I figure if I do a few rows at night while watching TV, I should have it finished in no time.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Gone Fishing 2 Quilt

I decided to make a companion quilt to the Gone Fishing quilt.



I had 6 main blocks a lot of material pieces left over from the first quilt. So I made scrappy blocks using up the bits of material and alternated them with the main blocks. I did have to make a center block to match the main blocks. put borders on and this how it turned out. Still need to piece the borders and sew them on but the top is almost done.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

1st Annual Classic Car Show on the Lawn

 Today Alan and I checked out the 1st Annual Classic Car Show on the Lawn put on by the Monterey County Sheriff's Posse .  This car show benefits youth and scholarship programs in our area. The turnout wasn't too bad I think there were about 50 or so cars and 1 motorcycle. The event was put together nicely and there was a raffle going on throughout most of the day. There was a barbeque and a couple of venders. I hope they do it again next year.

I took a few pictures of some of my favorites. The first is a picture of the same car that my husband's mother owned when he was a child. The others are ones that I liked.








We had a good time, spent zero dollars and saw some really nice classic cars.  



Saturday, June 22, 2013

Goose in the Pond Pillow

I had this Better Homes and Gardens patchwork pillow kit just laying around the house. I thought that it might make a nice gift for a friend of mine. Sooo I opened it up and started working on it. It was a nightmare to do. All the pieces were uneven or the wrong measurements. I had to do a lot of improvising. Then there was the mistake by me (I blame some of it on my pain meds for a tooth that I just had pulled). I didn't notice it until I was almost done quilting the pillow top. Oh well, I wasn't going to take it all apart. Besides hubby said, "Don't worry about it, it looks fine". Anyway it is done and looks OK the mistake still bugs me, but My friend will understand.

Here are some pictures of it laid out before I finished piecing it together.



Here are the pictures after I quilted it, mistake and all.



Here is the completed pillow with all the ruffles and a picture of the back.




What have I learned from this experience? Don't buy a kit. Use a pattern instead where you can measure and cut your own fabrics. And never do a project while on medication. It can wait until you feel better.




Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Gone Fishing Quilt Update 2

Today I finished the quilt top. It still needs to be pressed, but I will do that right before I quilt it. I still need to go get the backing and batting. Here are a few pictures of the quilt top.






Thursday, June 6, 2013

Gone Fishing Quilt Update 1

I see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have the top of the Fishing Quilt almost put together.

I would have been done with the top a long time ago if I could have decided on the material for the borders. Here are some pictures  of it laid out on the bed. I still have to finish 1 outside panel then sew panels to center panel. Then measure, cut and attach outside borders. I still have to get the batting then it's off to be quilted.

By the way the cat is out of the bag. Hubby has seen it and likes it alot.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Gone Fishing Quilt

Here is my most recent project that I am taking on. I am making a quilt for my husband. So far I have completed 5 blocks. Here they are.





This project has to be done when hubby is at work. I will be putting it together a few blocks at a time. The plan is to cut pieces for the blocks one day sew the blocks together the next day.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Potato Soup

Ingredients:

2 1/2 pounds baby red potatoes, sliced into small bite sized pieces
1/2 regular package uncooked bacon, finely diced
1 medium onion, diced
1/4 bunch celery, diced
8 cups milk
4 cups water
4 chicken bouillon cubes (use a cup of the hot potato water to dissolve, then use the cup of hot water in place of one of the above cups of water)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup salted butter
3/4 cup flour
1/4 bunch freshly chopped parsley
1 cup whipping cream

***For garnish ***

Shredded cheese
fried bacon bits
chopped green onions

Directions:

In large pot, boil potatoes in water 10 minutes. Drain and set aside. In sauté pan, cook bacon until crisp. Drain bacon fat and place bacon on paper towel covered plate to drain more. Add onion and celery to bacon pan over medium-high heat until celery is tender, about 5 minutes. To the large potato pan, add milk, water, bouillon, salt and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat until mixture is very hot, about 8 minutes, stirring often. Do not let mixture boil. In small, heavy saucepan melt butter. Add flour and mix well. Cook over medium-low heat until mixture bubbles, stirring 2 to 3 minutes to make a roux. While constantly stirring soup, add roux slowly until soup is thick and creamy, about 4 minutes. Stir in parsley, reserved potatoes, and cream. Garnish with cheese, bacon bits, onions or all three. Serve hot.

Monday, April 22, 2013

How to Tell If Seeds Will Grow




The word "magic" aptly describes a seed. And if you love gardening (whether you have a nice plot of land or a pot on your fire escape), you probably can't wait to get those seeds in the ground. Here's a test to make sure all your seeds are healthy and ready to grow. This test works best with larger seeds…

To weed out any seeds that may be infertile, fill a bowl with tepid water and empty the seeds into it. The fertile seeds will sink to the bottom of the bowl…the duds will float. Just strain the floaters out  and discard.