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Frosty Bouquet Wall-hanging – UFO #8

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Frosty Bouquet

Frosty Bouquet

In Berlin, Oh there is a shop called “The Country Craft Cupboard” and this is where I purchased the pattern for this wall-hanging.  They have a great selection of wool, fabric and all things crafty!  It is worth the trip if you are ever in the area.  I purchased the pattern in 2009 and when my guild decided on the UFO challenge I knew this was one of the projects I would list to complete. The snowman and the leaves and berries on this wall-hanging are done in wool.

Frosty Bouquet UFO

Frosty Bouquet UFO

This is what Frosty looked like when the UFO challenge began …

We had until today, July 11th 2013 to complete the first project on our list.  You got one ticket for completing your first project, one if your project was over 69″ in size and one if you donated a project to the auction we are having in October.  I finished my project and donated the School House Wall-hanging from my earlier post, so I got two entries for the drawing.  Well, guess what…

prize

prize

I won a gift card to a local quilt shop….Yea!!

Cinnamon Roll Swirl Cake

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Cinnamon Roll Swirl Cake


Cinnamon Roll Swirl Cake

Yesterday I went on an outing with my sister and her grandson and she said, “You are putting too many paper things on your blog.  I like to read different things.”  So this one is for Terri.

Terri and Ben

Terri and Ben

The Quilties went to Linda’s to sew today and I was in charge of the “sugar”.  My favorite thing now that I have given up Coke Zero for the Summer.  (that was a bad idea)  Someone had posted this on Facebook, so I thought I would give it a try…

Cinnamon Roll Swirl Cake

:BATTER:
3 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup butter, melted

Topping:
1 cup butter, soft to the point of almost melted*  (I only used 1/2 cup and that was more than enough)
1 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp cinnamon

In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together except for the butter.

Cake mix

Cake mix

Once mixed; slowly pour in the butter. Stir into batter.

add butter

add butter

Pour into a greased 9×13 pan.
For the topping, mix all the ingredients together until well combined.

topping

topping

topping

topping

Drop evenly over the batter

drop topping

drop topping

Swirl with a knife

HOLY COW in the original post I FORGOT to post the time and temp!  bake at  350 degrees for 30-40 minutes….so sorry!!!

GLAZE:

2 cups powdered  sugar

5 tbsp. milk

1 tsp vanilla

glaze

glaze

cake

cake

While cake is warm – drizzle the glaze over the cake!!  YUM

School House Wall hanging – UFO #62

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School House Quilt

School House quilt

I am on a steady, but slow pace of completing some of my UFO’s.  This one is from WAY back…let’s say early 90’s.  I have lived in my current house for 21 years and I believe I started this wall-hanging for my finished basement in my old house.  When I pulled it out of a drawer, the center blocks were finished and the fabric to complete it was in the zip-lock bag.  I added the boarder and quilted it.  I think I will donate it to our guild’s auction. (think anyone will bid??)  I am sure I was wearing one of those long jumpers when I worked on this and had a perm…lol!!

Farmer’s Wife Quilt Week 6 – Blocks #9 and #10

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Farmer's Wife Block #9 Box

Farmer’s Wife Block #9 Box

Once again, I find myself behind in my posts.  Week 6 blocks are the Box and Bowtie.  I used Triangles on a roll to make the Box block.

triangles on a roll

triangles on a roll

The instructions for the triangles are printed on the paper. Use the ones that finish to a 2 1/2″ square. Put right sides together and sew on the dotted lines.

triangles on a roll

triangles on a roll

You will need to make 8 triangle units (as shown above) and cut one 2 1/2 inch center square.

sew sub-units

sew sub-units

Sew the sub units together pressing the top and bottom section seams to the outside and the center sections seams toward the solid center square.

Farmer's Wife Block #10 Bowtie

Farmer’s Wife Block #10 Bowtie

I paper pieced my Bowtie block.  I fell in love with this Kiwi color and adore the birds on a wire fabric.  This was an easy block and I forgot to take any pictures while sewing.  The paper-pieced patterns can be found on the Farmer’s Wife Yahoo Group.  You have to requests entry to the group and it takes a while to get approved.

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

I was so in love with the Kiwi color that I found this comfy chair at a local furniture store and “hubby” bought it for me for my Birthday!!  Did I mention how much I love the color Kiwi…yea, I thought so…

12 down…99 to go!!

Sea Salt Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

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sea salt caramel bars

sea salt caramel bars

What can I say…OMG!  The quote in the magazine was “the combination of caramel and sea salt gives this childhood treat grown-up flavor!”  So true!!  I am trying to clear out some clutter and ran across this on a page I had torn out of “Country Living” magazine.  I have no idea how long I have had it but I thought I would give it a try.  Some of Quilties were coming over to sew on Tues, so I whipped these up and they were a big hit.  Rice Krispie treats on “crack”. (no I don’t do drugs but they did prove to be addicting.)

Salted Golden Caramel Bars

Vegetable oil, for greasing dishes (I used PAM)

8 cups puffed rice cereal (Rice Krispies)

3/4 cup corn syrup

2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar

1/4 cup of granulated sugar

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, melted (I used semi=sweet Toll House)

Rice Krispie treats

Rice Krispie treats

Oops!  I forgot to put the white sugar in the picture!

caramel bars

caramel bars

1.Liberally oil a large mixing bowl and 9 x 13 inch baking dish.  Place cereal in bowl and set it and dish aside. (I didn’t oil the bowl)

2. In medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine corn syrup, condensed milk, sugars, butter and sea salt.

boil ingredients

boil ingredients

place in saucepan

place in saucepan

Allow mixture to come to a boil, while stirring continuously, until a light golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes.  (at this point I was trying to calculate how many calories I was burning while stirring that caramel)

light golden brown

light golden brown

3. Remove mixture from heat, stir in vanilla and immediately pour over cereal.

pour over cereal

pour over cereal

Stir to completely mix and then evenly spread in prepared baking dish.

spread in pan

spread in pan

spread in pan

spread in pan

 

Smash the treats into the prepared pan.  I used waxed paper to compress the treats.

release from pan

release from pan

4.  Set aside and let cool, about 45 minutes.  Invert and release from pan. Drizzle with melted chocolate and refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes.  Cut into 15 bars.

Now this step is when I ran into a problem.  As you can see from the picture my chocolate was just lumps.

melted chocolate

melted chocolate

So I put the chocolate into a sandwich bag and snipped the end and squeezed the chocolate onto the treats.

salted caramel treats

salted caramel treats

 

 

protein 2 g. fat 5 g  carbohydrate 45 g fiber 0g cholesterol 13mg calories 231

 

Farmer’s Wife Quilt Week 5 – blocks #7 and #8

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Birds in the Air #7

Birds in the Air #7

It’s time for another post of my Farmer’s Wife blocks..  I paper pieced both of these blocks.

Birds in the Air

Birds in the Air

I pieced the sub units first…

Birds in the Air

Birds in the Air

Then put the 4 units together!

Bouquet #8

Bouquet #8

This block was also paper pieced.

I would also like to give a shout out to Miller’s Dry Goods  for helping me pick out my fabric and for the encouragement they always give when you are at their store. 10 down- 101 to go!

Ohio State Cheerleader Card made with the Cricut

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Ohio State Cheerleader Cricut Card

Ohio State Cheerleader Cricut Card

Congratulations Jess!  I made this card for my nephew’s girlfriend who has just made the cheerleading squad for The Ohio State University.  We are soooooo proud!   I used the Everyday Paper Doll Cricut cartridge.  I love this cartridge.  It has so many uses.  You can cut about anything thing out!   I think the paper dolls are so cute and you can change up the hair and clothes for any occasion.  I used  stickers for the block O on the cheerleading outfit and the “Go Bucks”.  On the edge of the white background, I used a “Stampin Up” punch.

Cricut Craft Room

Cricut Craft Room

I wanted to add something to the inside of the card, so I went to the Cricut Craft Room “to design and cut.”  If you haven’t downloaded this FREE program you are not getting the most “bang for your buck” with your Cricut.  You can download it from cricut.com .   I used the George and Basic Shapes.

Just add a text box. .. Type in the “I”….  Add a Heart…  Add another text box and type “Cheer” then go to the spacing arrows on the left hand sid of the screen and push the down arrow until the letter are overlapping …and another text box and type in “to” and overlap these letters… At this point you will have 4 images to work with on your screen.  Just highlight the image you want to work with by double clicking on it until the arrow appear.

Now over lap the heart and words by moving the images around on the screen.(  You can also resize the image).  Notice I have the “to” with arrows around it so that I can work with the image’s one at a time. The program will “weld” the images and the words! (weld, as in make it just one cut ) How cool is that!!!

inside of card

inside of card – George and Basic Shapes

Well, I kinda fibbed about that.  If you look closely you can see that I didn’t get the word “Cheer” close enough togeter and the “C” cut separate form the rest of the image.

Craig and Jess

Craig and Jess

Happy St Patrick’s Day

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March St Partrick's Day  count on it quilt

March St Patrick’s Day Count on it quilt

Happy St Patrick’s Day!  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  This is my little quilt I made for March for my small quilt hanger.  I have posted some of my other small quilts in Oct and Nov.  This one is out of Nancy Halverston’s book, “Count On It”.  She has  one for every month and even one for a birthday.  I just love her designs and I have many of her books.

I spent Saturday scrapbooking with the M.A.D. scrappers and got most of my Easter cards finished.  Today, Sunday, I quilted with a few friends and got the Easter quilt done for this hanger.  I will post it later in the week.

I am sure you have noticed that I haven’t been posting any recipes.  I have been going to Weight Watchers and trying my best not to even think about food.  I will be having Easter at my house, so stay tuned for some great eats in the next couple of weeks.

I am still waiting on the warm weather and hope it gets here soon!  I hope someone told Mother Nature that Spring starts this week!

 

Construction Quilt

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Boy's Construction Quilt

Boy’s Construction Quilt

Well it’s about time!

I haven’t posted in a while, so I thought I would give you a peek at some of the quilts I have done on my long arm machine.  This is one I quilted for my good friend, Kathi.  She has been very busy this year and I have done several quilts for her.  This one was for one of her grandson’s.  I loved the use of the bright colors.

cobble stone quilting

cobble stone quilting

I tried some cobble stone quilting in the outer border.  I thought the trucks needed some pavement!

star quilting

star quilting

I repeated the stars that were in the blocks in the quilting.  I put large stars in the plain blocks and a little star rope in the white border.

I am hoping this will get me inspired to get back to the quilting machine.  It is kinda’ cold in the basement, so maybe the warmer weather will be the spark I need to get my engine going!

 

Happy New Year – Fitness Plan

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New Year's Tree

New Year’s Tree

Happy New Year!  First I wanted to share the New Year’s Tree that my niece, Kathleen made.  Isn’t is so cute.  Her mom has this little tree in her living room and they like to decorate it for Holidays.  I think this is the first time she has done New Year’s!  The rest of this Post is about my fitness plan, so if you are not interested, you can just go back to surfing the web.

Today is a time for reflection on the past and the start of a new future.  Mine today, as every day fitness (lack of it on my part) and weight.  I think these are probably the number 1 and number 2 resolutions made my most people on New Year’s Day.  It is so easy to start fresh on this first day of the new year, but it is the days and weeks that follow that are a struggle.  My struggle also starts today with my sister-in-law, Kelley’s “cabbage roll open house”.  Every year she makes over a 1oo cabbage rolls and friends and family gather to enjoy her cooking. I will have to admit I usually take a container and bring a couple home and of course there are also sweets involved.

Over the Holidays my brother stated that he has topped out on his weight.  What he meant was that his weight is at an all time high.  He works out and is fit, but he also likes to eat and is cursed with a wife (Kelley) who is a wonderful cook and packs him lunches that would feed a small country.  My sister and I have also topped out this year.  We have been texting inspiration and exercise stats since Christmas.  It hasn’t helped me yet since this is my BMI this morning on the Wii.  Notice how chunky my little person is!

BMI

N BMI on the Wii

This doesn’t even tell the entire story, since it is 10:15 am and the days weight is not listed.  I have also found that if your batteries are weak or you use a battery pack in your Wii balance board, you get a lower weight.  No I didn’t show my weight, but by my scales did and it was highter than the Wii so this BMI should be even higher.  I think we will start here and hope the trend starts to go down.

workout stamp

Workout stamp

This is how the Wii Fit Plus program tracks your workout routine.  You get a stamp if you even visit it during the day.  You can not cheat and go back and stamp days that you don’t visit, so this is my goal, I will have at least 28 stamps by Jan 31st.  I am going with 28 since I will be going on at least one out-of-town trip and will not be taking my Wii.

Fitbit

Fitbit

I also purchased one of these little numbers.  A Fitbit!  It is an activity tracker that uploads to a free website so that you can track your steps and activity.  It also has an app for your phone if it is 4S, but mine is only 3S, so I don’t have that feature.  Just to keep me on track you may see some numbers on the bottom of future posts such as:

steps  10,000 (goal)

BMI  22 (well I know that won’t happen, but I would like to get it @ 24 or less)

Good luck with your New Year’s Resolutions and I hope this is the year I can stick to mine.