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Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips

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fruit salsa and cinnamon chips

fruit salsa and cinnamon chips

Doesn’t this look sooooo good!  My niece made it for Easter this year and I made it last weekend for my daughter to take to a brunch.  She was in town for a wedding and the girls got together to catch up on “ole times” the day after the wedding.  She said the salsa was a big hit with the kids since the pieces were cut really small.  The children were all under the age of 4.  I really think this would be great to take to a Summer picnic.

fruit salsa and cinnamon chips

fruit salsa and cinnamon chips

You will need:

Fruit Salsa

2 kiwis, peeled and diced

2 Golden Delicious Apples,  peeled and diced

8 oz of raspberries

1 (16 oz) carton of strawberries ( diced)

2 tbsp of white sugar

1 tbsp of brown sugar

3 tbsp fruit preserves, any flavor ( I used strawberry)

For Cinnamon chips:

10 (10 inch) flour tortillas

melted butter (or butter flavored cooking spray)  I used butter!!

Cinnamon sugar:

it calls for (but I didn’t use near that much)

1 cup of white sugar

2 tbsp cinnamon

diced fruit

diced fruit

In a large bowl add all the salsa ingredients.  Kiwi, raspberries, apples, strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar and fruit preserves and mix well.  Cover and chill.  The longer this sits the more juice it produces.  You should make it the day you are going to serve it, but I did eat the leftovers up to two days later.  I just had to use a slotted spoon.

butter the tortillas

butter the tortillas

Melt the butter ( I used a half of stick).  Brush it on one side of the tortilla.

sprinkle with cinnamon sugar

sprinkle with cinnamon sugar

Sprinkle the buttered tortilla with cinnamon sugar.  Cut the flour tortilla in 8 wedges.  Place the wedges on a cookie sheet in a single layer and bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.   This step does take some time to complete.  You could also use cinnamon graham crackers or cinnamon pita chips if you are in a hurry.

Serve with your fruit salsa.

We pinned this recipe and the original site was   http://thethreadaffect.com

Bunny Button Up – Happy Easter

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Bunny Button Up

Bunny Button Up

Happy Easter everyone!  Although my children were not home for Easter, we did have a house full.  It rained, so we had an indoor Easter Egg Hunt.  140 eggs were found in about 10 minutes by 4 little cuties.  Everyone enjoyed the food and fun.  The day ended with my sisters doing the dishes while Bentley taught Uncle D some of her dance moves.  It was so cute.  Notice my ipod on the table rocking out the tunes.  Mr. B is busy on the Kindle playing Angry Birds.

ready, set ...dance

ready, set …dance

My niece, Kathleen made a couple of recipes she found on Pinterest and they were both great.  I don’t have the recipes, but I am sure you can search for them on Pinterest.  Stay tuned this summer for some more great ideas from Kathleen.  She can not wait to finish her first year of college and get creative on her Summer break.

White chocolate covered strawberries make to look like carrots

White chocolate covered strawberries to look like carrots

fruit salsa and cinnamon chips

fruit salsa and cinnamon chips

 

The quilt was from the Button Up series by Joined at the Hip.  You can search my blog under “quilts” to find other quilts I have made in the series.

What to do with those Souvenir “Smashed Pennies”

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souvenir penny charm bracelet

souvenir penny charm bracelet

 

We all have them, a cup or folder full of “smashed pennies”.  Why wouldn’t we…what a bargain!  For two quarters and one penny, that’s just $.52 you can take home a souvenir of most attractions.  You know what I am talking about, the machine where you pick the image and put in your two quarters and the shiniest penny you can find.  You then fight over who gets to turn the crank and out pops a “smashed penny.”  If you were lucky, you thought ahead and had a pocket full of change and there was no fighting over which image you used or who got to turn the crank.  Everyone got a turn and you had tons of pennies when the vacation was over.

I recently saw this idea on Pinterest, to make a charm bracelet with the pennies we had collected over the years.  I went to the cup in the kitchen where I remembered seeing them and came up with 7 different locations.  I thought it would be “neat” (does anyone say that?  Well, Uncle Si* probably does!) to make my daughter a charm bracelet for Christmas.  So, off I went to Hobby Lobby with my new “app” downloaded on my phone. Now I don’t have to cut out those pesky coupons, I just show them my Hobby Lobby “app” with the coupons already loaded.

supplies for charm bracelet

supplies for charm bracelet

I bought a package of jump rings for $1.47 and a 30″ copper necklace (probably just copper color) for $3.47 and then used my 40% off coupon.  You can see this is was an inexpensive gift.  I put the necklace around my wrist and cut it off the size I thought looked good.  I’m sorry I didn’t measure, but everyone’s wrist is probably a different size anyway.  I didn’t add anything where I cut off the necklace, it just hooks into the links of the necklace.  I then found the middle of the bracelet and that is where I placed my first “charm”.

tools needed for charm bracelet

tools needed for charm bracelet

You will need a small hammer and a “pointy thing” to make the hole in the coin.  I use my scrapbook “awl”.  I really don’t know the proper term for that tool.  I put the coin on my cutting mat so I didn’t poke a hole in my desk.  Just pound a hole where you want it in the top of the coin and then work the “awl” in until the hole is big enough for the jump ring.
pliers to add jump ring

Now use a pair of needle nose pliers to bend the jump ring open and insert your coin.  I really didn’t get a good close up picture of this, but you get the idea.  Place your “charms” evenly on the bracelet.  This is a really easy project and it clears out some of your “hoard”.  Although my daughter got the charm bracelet, I have to admit that the pennies were probably my son’s, since the “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” had a dinosaur on it and that would have been his choice.  I think she thought is was pretty “neat”.

*Note: Yes, I am talking about Uncle Si on “Duck Dynasty”.  I just love that guy.  He is so real…you just can’t make that s*** up!

 

Peppermint tray

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Peppermint tray

Peppermint tray

Just like everyone else, I have been very busy with friends and family over the past few weeks.  I haven’t really taken the time to do many postings.  Some of that was due to the fact that I had been working on some Christmas presents and didn’t want to post them before they had been opened. Also, both of my children are home for a week and I really didn’t want to take away from family time to busy myself on the computer.  Well they both got up early today and went to the gym, so they are taking a nap.  I thought this would be the perfect chance to do a post.  Now it seems like some of my posts are not going to be timely since they are Christmas Posts!

This peppermint tray was “pinned” by my niece and I thought I would try it.

Walmart mints

Walmart mints

I just picked up a bag of mints while I was at Walmart.  I thought I would like to make a shaped tray, so I started with one mint and then started surrounding it with other mints.

peppermint tray

Peppermint tray

I put parchment paper down on my cookie sheet before I started. (you can also use waxed paper) I got this small tray completed and did not have enough mints to make it any bigger, so I put the rest of them together to make two small coasters.

Peppermint tray and coasters

Peppermint tray and coasters

I then looked a couple of “pins” and they stated to put the mints in the oven at 330 for 7 to 9 minutes.  This is what I did.  The also cautioned that a higher temperture may cause the mints to “smoke”.  The tray turned out, but the coasters became a little miss-shaped.  They tray was really not big enough to put anything on.  I would suggest you buy more mints. and make it a little bigger.  It is also “sticky”, so you would have to put it on another tray.   I am going to keep it and maybe use it for Valentine’s Day.  You can check out one of the sites I used here.

finished tray

Finished tray and coasters

 

 

Upcycled Man’s Tie into a bracelet

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bracelet made from man's tie

Bracelet made from man’s tie

My daughter recently purchase a bracelet that was made from a man’s tie.  Her’s had a leather buckle on it, but it also had a price tag of $55.00

My son moved to CO this summer and brought me all the items he didn’t have room for in his car.  Among those items were loads of neckties.

tie bracelet

tie bracelet

I thought I would try my hand at making one of these bracelets.  I really have to say that this may have been the hardest step, deciding which button to put on the bracelet.  Oh yea, I really, really, really do hate to make button holes.   I read some blogs on how to make a tie bracelet, but I choose the simple route.  I just measured my daughter’s wrist and added @ 2 1/2″ to that measurement.  I used the skinny part of the tie, you know, the part you never see.  I turned raw edges in and slip-stitched the opening closed.  I then put in a button-hole and sewed on the button.  How fast was that.  You could really make a few bracelets from the same tie.  I think I will try to make the little wristlets I have seen on Pinterest from the rest of the tie. My New Year’s Resolution is to try some more of those “pins” and report on how they work out.  I really didn’t take very detailed pictures of this bracelet, but my nieces have picked out ties and I will get busy on those bracelets and post the results.  Have fun with this.  It would be a great way to use a tie from a special occasion or maybe one of your dad’s.  What a sweet memory!

bracelet from man's tie

bracelet from man’s tie

bracelet from man's tie

bracelet from man’s tie

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!

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