Friday, January 30, 2009

Quilt Along Block #6

Quilt Along Block #6
Originally uploaded by wyndesnow
Are you tired of seeing these blocks yet? I thought since, I hadn't been posting that instead of posting them all into one post. I'd have a list of posts lined up.

Another one that I just love. Now for the problem that I ran into. I thought that I had enough of the background fabric for at least all of my blocks. But I don't, here's the next problem, I bought it 2 years ago during Christmas time and have searched for it. What to do?

I decided that I would only make 9 of the blocks instead of 12. And I will be using a different fabric to make the sashings. Problem solved.

This is block #6.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Quilt Along Block # 10

Quilt Along Block # 10
Originally uploaded by wyndesnow
and yet another picture from the Quilt-a-Long. I really like how this block turned out. It's not my favorite block from this quilt but it comes pretty close.

This is block #10.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Quilt-a-long Block #8

Quilt Along Block #8
Originally uploaded by wyndesnow

And here is yet another block from that crazy mom quilts first Quilt-a-Long. I know I'm a little late getting them done. And this is done in Christmas fabrics so I'll have a nice Christmas quilt to put away and use next Christmas.

This is block #8.
I say this quote the other day and it made me smile and I wanted to share:

Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.-- Lord Byron

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Quilt Along Block 7

Quilt Along Block #7
Originally uploaded by wyndesnow
Many, many, many months ago I was participating in crazy mom quilts Quilt Along. I was also participating in her Star Quilt Along, but that's a post for another day.

I have been working on completing the blocks for this quilt, because that is one of the projects I would like to complete on my LIST.

This is block #7. I hope you enjoy!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Menu Plan Monday - January 26th

Ah, last week went by so quickly. And it was nice knowing what we were eating when it was time for that meal. It's also nice to know that I haven't been to the store yet, I will probably need to go either Tuesday or Wednesday. I have used what I had in the house. We only had one day last week that we did not eat what we had planned. Due to used car shopping for S, we ended up eating McD's at 8:30p Friday evening, but we got a car. Anyway, here's our plans for the week...

Monday - Big, Thick Hearty Thighs and that's a compliment, salad and Italian Bread
Tuesday - Beef Minestrone and Italian Bread
Wednesday - Hoppin' John, Salad, Corn Muffins
Thursday - Columbus' Pork Chops with Salad and bread
Friday - Spinach and Artichoke Calzones
Saturday - Eggplant, Ricotta & Red Pepper Rolls, Salad, Bread (we did not have this last week)
Sunday - Italian Sub Soup

I again, have our menus planned out for Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks this week. Our snack for the first part of the week is cookies. I thought I'd share the recipe as they are quick, easy and rather tasty.

Ranger Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups crisp rice cereal
1-1/3 cup coconut
1 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 375 F. In a large bowl, beat butter on medium for 30 seconds. Add sugar, brown sugar, baking powder and baking soda, beating until combined. Beat in egg and vanilla. Beat in the flour with the mixer. Stir in cereal, coconut and raisins. Drop by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto greased cookie sheets. Bake for 8 minutes until edges are golden. Cook on sheet for 1 minute and then remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes 54 cookies (mine only made 40 but I used the small scoop from Pampered Chef and the recipe calls for dropping by teaspoonful)

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Menu Plan Monday - January 19th (a little late)

Wow, has it really been 3 weeks since I was able to post a menu. And let me just be honest, I didn’t do a very good job of menu planning while the internet was down. I did not hold myself accountable to posting a menu here, so I did not make one. Why write a menu up if I don’t have anyone but my family to share it with? Let me tell you why. I didn’t know what we were eating until it was time for dinner, I frequently had to make runs to the grocery store because I didn’t have something on hand, dinner was later than it needed to be because I didn’t have it a) started or b) in the crockpot before we got home and lastly, I spent more money because I kept making frequent trips to the store. So I sat down yesterday with 4 of my beloved cookbooks (a girl can never have too many cookbooks) and planned not only a week’s worth of menus, but a month’s worth of dinners, breakfasts, lunches and snacks. I will only post a week at a time, but I hope that this will help to further decrease my cost of going to the grocery store.

So without further ado, here is my menu for this week albeit, late:

Monday – I was sick (bad stomach flu) so S and the boys had McD’s.

Tuesday – Deluxe Burgers with French fries from WW Light & Easy Cookbook

Wednesday – Vegetable Chowder with Celery and Carrot sticks and blueberries in sour cream

Thursday – Pork Roast (in crockpot) with Rice

Friday – Savory Bread Pudding with a salad and orange sections from WW 365 day menu cookbook

Saturday – PARENT’s NIGHT OUT – the kids will eat pizza at church and S and I will pick something up.

Sunday – Eggplant, Ricotta & Red Pepper Rolls with Salad, Italian Bread and Chocolate Pudding.

I won’t bore you with my notes on breakfast, lunch and snacks. But I do like looking at little calendars and knowing what we will be eating throughout the day.

I’m off to get the kids’ lunch ready, I have had a change of plans for my afternoon and it looks like lunch will be in the car and I don’t want to stop at McD’s.

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Monday, January 19, 2009

Sorry for the interuption

Due to uncontrollable circumstances with our internet provider (long story but thank goodness we are FINALLY back online) we have not had internet connection since January 5th.

I have lots to show and will do some updates this week, just not today as I have a stomach virus.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Five & Dime

E-10 Five & Dime
Originally uploaded by wyndesnow

I finished up the girls' quilts this weekend and mailed them off today. Pics of them to come later. I also completed another Dear Baby Jane block this weekend. This one is E-10 Five & Dime. My hand appliqueing is getting better with more practice. This block took me maybe 40 minutes from start to finish, only because I kept getting interrupted by the kids.

The rush of school is back in session and the day to day rush will be settling back in. But I'm still going to move forward with my projects, even if it's only in 15 minute increments!!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! My motto for the last week has been "All will be fine in 2009." And I truly believe that. For the first time in many months (maybe even a few years), I feel at peace. A positive outlook is in store for this year. Between now and May I will be working on my List. I'm very close to crossing a few items off. Maybe before Monday!!!

The project I worked on today...was completing a Dear Baby Jane block. This is a huge project for me and it may take me a while to complete. But it is something that I want to complete.
Here's the block I completed today. The picture is not very good, the color in the block is actually a pale pink. This is block A-1 Pinwheels Gone Awry. I did not foundation piece the block was recommended, but did cut out the individual blocks and stitched that way. I have not attempted foundation piecing or paper piecing and will attempt them as soon as I get freezer paper. It was not a difficult block to piece, I did have to refigure my measurements once but I think it turned out well.

And on a side note...A dear friend of mine sent me a shelf that is a quilt hanger. I'm so excited to be able to use this. S asked where I wanted him to hang it and I said I hadn't really thought about it and he said how about above the couch (in the basement) and I said that would be fine but only if I get to hang a quilt on it. He said that would be fine, are you going to make a White Sox quilt. Well, it wasn't on my list of quilts to make but it may become one.