Monthly Archives: October 2012

Pumpkin Crunch

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pumpkin crunch

pumpkin crunch

If you haven’t tried Pumpkin Crunch, you are in for a treat.  This is an all time favorite at our scrapbook club.  The recipe comes from one of our members, Debbie and we always request it in the fall.  The good news is it is very easy to make.  The bad news is I am sure it is loaded with calories.  Trust me, it is worth every step you will have to do on the treadmill after you try it.  I made it for the ladies at my “Stamp a Stack”, but I did share it with two of my “Quilties”. I have everyone hooked.

pumpkin crunch

pumpkin crunch

You will need:

1 large can of pumpkin (not pumpkin mix)

3 eggs

1 tsp of salt

1 tlbs of cinnamon

1 cup of sugar

1 14oz can of sweet condensed milk

1 yellow cake mix (dry)

1 cup chopped pecans

2 sticks of butter (melted)

You will notice that I have a small can of pumpkin, I had two small cans and the difference was only 1 oz so I used two small.

Mix together : eggs, pumpkin, sugar, salt, cinnamon and milk

pumpkin crunch

pumpkin crunch

Pour into a greased 9 x 13 pan .

pumpkin crunch

pumpkin crunch notice the Halloween card from Francie in the background

Now sprinkle the dry yellow cake mix over the mixture.

pumpkin crunch

dry mx over the mixture

pumpkin crunch

sprinlke the nuts over the mixture and then pour the butter over

pumpkin crunch

pumpkin crunch with butter

Bake at 350 for 50-55 min until golden brown.  Top with Cool Whip.

pumpkin crunch

pumpkin crunch

Halloween Button Up Quilt

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October Button Up

October Button Up

Happy Halloween!  The weather outside makes me want to curl up in Mama’s chair and quilt.  This is my October “Button Up” Quilt. It   is a series of wall hangings that you can button on to the background to switch them out.  It is by “Joined at the Hip” .  Their website is www.joinedatthehip.com.  I hope you enjoy the quilt.  Keep safe…

Happy Halloween…decorations

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Halloween

Halloween Decorations

Just a quick post to say “Happy Halloween” to everyone.  This display is in my hallway on my Grandma Stotts dresser.  The “Boo” quilt is 12″ x  12″.  I have made a small quilt for almost every month for this hanger.  I will post them each month.  This one is S12 October Scare.  It is by Kelly Mueller for The Wooden Bear their website is listed as www.thewoodenbear.com .  Once again I choose the wrong time of day to take my picture, or maybe the shadows make it “Spooky”.

The table runner was made by my good friend Teresa Blue.  You will see more of her gifts in future posts.  She is a very talented lady.  Thanks…Teresa for helping me decorate for every season.

Chevron Skirt for the Buckeye Girl

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chevron skirt

Chevron Skirt

If you have been reading my recent posts you will recall that my daughter was home last weekend to enjoy the fall leaves and to travel to Columbus, Oh to tailgate for the OSU football game.  She wanted a clutch to hold her cell phone and debit cards so she wouldn’t have to drag along a purse.  I posted the clutch. When I purchased the fabric I bought two yards when in reality I only needed a 9″ x 10″ piece.  I commented to Ashley, that I could make a lot of clutches with the left over fabric and she said she thought it would make an awesome skirt.  The fabric was duck, so it was heavy and I had my doubts.

I am not one to think out of the box, but I thought “what the heck.”  I made the skirt and put in the zipper, but didn’t do any of the handwork until she got home to try it on.  She doesn’t like to wear her skirts around her waist so although she is a size 4, I made the waistband for a 10 so it would sit on her hips.  I wish I would have taken a picture of that skirt it was HUGE!!!!!  Way too much fabric or maybe it was just the wrong type of fabric.  Ashley doesn’t sew , so she had no concept when she said, “can’t you just take some of the fabric out?”  Easier said than done!  I took the waistband off and it would have been a quick fix to take in the side, but of course it had two side pockets.  I took off the pockets and with the seam allowance, I took 20″ off the sides.  WOW!  If she wouldn’t have been home, the skirt would have ended up in the trash bin.  I think the final result looks great and it matches her clutch. Who would have thought to make a skirt out of “duck”. material

Made from Butterick pattern B5613 with adjustments!

buckeye clutch

Here is a picture of the extra material I cut out of the skirt…Wow!

Stampin Up Christmas Card

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stampin up christmas card

Stampin Up Christmas Card

This is the third card we will be making at the Stamp a Stack.  If you are not attending and would like to order the supplies, you can just click here.

Stampin Up materials

Card Stock :  Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White and Be of Good Cheer

Stamp Set:  Embellished Events

Embossing folder: Square lattice

Punch: Scallop Trim Border

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

Pearls

 

 

 

 

Fruit Fluff

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fruit fluff

fruit fluff

I have been trying to slowly deep clean my house.  I decided to work on the kitchen and found some mini Jet-puffed marshmallows stuffed  in the back of a  drawer.  They had been opened and put in a zip-lock bag, but seemed to be a little stale.  I am a strong believer of “waste not want not,” so I made some  “fruit fluff”.  Now don’t get me wrong, you don’t have to have stale marshmallows to make this fruit fluff.  It is light and great addition to any meal.  So easy…

You will need:

small container of Cool Whip

can of mandarin oranges

can of pineapple chunks

can of peaches

@ 2 cups of mini marshmallows (fresh or stale like mine)

Drain all the fruit.  You will need to cut the peaches into bite size pieces.  Then add all the ingredients and mix well.  If your marshmallows aren’t the freshest, let it sit a couple of hours and the marshmallows will soften up.  You can use fruit in heavy syrup or packed it it’s own juice.

fruit fluff

fruit fluff

Buckeye Bracelet

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Ohio State Buckeye Bracelet

Ohio State Buckeye Bracelet

My daughter is  home from FL to attend an Ohio State Buckeye tailgate party.  I made her a clutch to carry and thought she may need a bracelet to match.  While I was waiting on her plane to arrive, I stopped off at Jo-Ann’s in Columbus.  Their store is much bigger than the one in Zanesville.  I checked out all the beads and came across two containers that looked like Buckeye material.

beads for bracelet

beads for bracelet

I poured them out in little containers.  I also needed a piece of memory wire which is pictured above.  I think purchased it at Jo-Ann’s.  I made a bracelet a few years ago and I still had 3 pieces left.

buckeye bracelet

Buckeye wire bracelet

Twist a little piece of the wire on the end to keep the beads on and then randomly place your beads until the whole wire is filled.  Twist the last end and there you have it…a one of a kind bracelet to wear to your tailgate party.  You can make it any color or combination of colors you like, to match an outfit or your favorite team colors.  Just have fun with the colors and types of beads. I only used small beads for this bracelet.

Buckeye Girl Clutch

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Ohio State Buckeyes Clutch

Ohio State Buckeyes Clutch

Happy days at our house.  My Buckeye Girl (aka: my daughter) is returning home to OH this weekend for a OSU Buckeye Game. She is also a Pinterest addict and she has been busy “pinning” ideas on a board for “My Mom’s New Career”.  She is one up on me since she also loves to check out Etsy and is always finding cute items.

She has always been up on the latest fashion and is crazy about “chevrons”.  Well to give you an idea of how “out of touch” I am with fashion, I had to ask, “What’s a chevron?”  Her answer, “Mom, you know…the front of Charlie Brown’s shirt.”  Oh, I thought that was zig-zag!!

She has been busy sending me things I could make her to wear to the game and then she found a clutch on Etsy she liked.  I like to sew, but I need a pattern.  So this clutch was the result of  two addicts bouncing ideas around.   I think the result is really cute, but I think I would have liked it better with a red zipper.  My mama always said, “you know what red says….look at me!”

The original pin for the instructions for the clutch can be found here.

I have just included instrutions for  the “buckeye leaves” that I added.

leaf image

Buckeye leaf image

You will need to find a Buckeye Leaf image.  This is one I picked up at a quilt show and it was dated 2003.  I can not believe I found it.  Sorry for the shadow, I think need to take some photography lessons or get better lighting.  Maybe I just need to sew in the daylight and not put everything off until the last-minute and working late into the night..LOL.

Buckeye clutch

Buckeye clutch

I  traced the image on Wonder Under and cut it out of scraps of fabric.  Be careful with the placement.  You will have to pre-fold the fabric for the clutch so that the image appears where you want it on the clutch.  After I ironed it on, I stitched around the image with a blanket stitch.  Ashley opted for a grey ( or is that gray) zipper.  If you check out the original “pin”, you will see she used contrasting zippers and they were very striking.  I guess Ashley (aka: my daughter) was thinking that grey would be neutral and would be more versatile .  Hope the girls like it at the game this weekend.

Ohio State Buckeye clutch

Ohio State Buckeye clutch

As you can see it is just the right size for your cell phone, keys, lip gloss and debt card.  I did put red in the inside..

ps.  I bought 2 yards of the “zig-zag” fabric and only used a 9″ x 10″ square, so let me know if you would like a clutch of your own!

It’s beginning to look alot like Christmas

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Stampin Up Christmas Card
Stampin Up Christmas Card

Ok, it really is looks like Fall, but I am getting an early start on Christmas Cards.  I am having a “Stamp a Stack’ on Sunday Oct. 28, 2012.  We will be making  20 cards, 4 each of 5 cards.  Please let me know if you would like to join us, since space it limited.  This is the second pre-view of the cards we will be making.  If you would like to make these cards, but are unable to attend the “Stamp a Stack” you can order the Stampin Up supplies by clicking here.

You will need:

Paper:  Whisper White, Wild Wasabi

Punches: Bird Builder, circle punch

Stamp Sets: Delightful Decorations, Blissful Bird

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

Embossing folders: Square lattice , Perfect Polka Dots

Crock pot chicken and noodles

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chicken and noodles

Crock Pot Chicken and noodles

I feel like I have slacked off on my posts the last couple of weeks, but that is because I am “working”.  Yes, I hate to admit it but I have somewhat joined the workforce.  I am working in the local school systems as a substitute aide.  They have kept me pretty busy the last two weeks.  I am also slowing returning to the “long arm quilting” world.  I have just finished 3 quilts.  I will be posting pictures next week of some of the quilts.

On to the real reason for this post….Crock Pot Chicken and Noodles.  I got this recipe from Pinterest.  The pin can be found at this link.  I will be posting an updated recipe the next time I make this dish.  While the chicken and noodles were really tasty, both my husband and I thought it called for WAY too much butter.  I also only put in two boneless chicken breasts and it was plenty of chicken (@ 1 and 1/3 lbs)  I think I will cut the butter in half or maybe even leave it out the next time around.  That being said, the chicken was really tender and is was very good, but a tad rich!

crock pot chicken and noodles

crock pot chicken and noodles