Friday, June 14, 2013

Cute Quilted Coasters

If your house is anything like mine, the kids are out of school for the summer, coming in and out of the house.   They are constantly leaving their cups on my tables, leaving those annoying little water rings on them.

It drives me crazy and worse, ruins my table tops.

To get around this problem, I made these cute coasters a while ago and thought I would share them with you.  They are incredibly easy and quick to make. The best part is that they can be made in any fabric.

Awesome Quilted Coasters

I have a stack of them made out of different fabrics, sitting on a bookcase in my basement.  When kids come over to play they know that they have to use one when they put their cup down.
To make some for yourself, check out my easy to follow tutorial found HERE.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I have been awarded  The Very Inspiring Blogger Award by Rebecca Mealey at My Creative Palette. Thanks so much Rebecca!! Click the link to see the nomination. 

The Rules for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award:

1.  Display Award Logo on Blog   Done
2.  Link back to the person who gave you the award   Done
3.  State 7 Things About Yourself   Done
4.  Nominate 15 Other Bloggers for this Award and Link Back to Them  Done

Here are 7 things about me:
  1. I am a wife and mom to one wonderful daughter and one goofy labradoodle.
  2. I am a James Bond fanatic and have seen every movie at least 10 times and am pretty good at Bond trivia. 
  3. I taught myself to quilt and have been quilting for 20+ years.
  4. My favorite book is "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn".  I cannot count how many times I have read it.
  5. I collect "Steiff" animals.
  6. If you are looking for me on a nice day, look in my garden.
  7. My favorite sports teams are The Dallas Cowboys (football), Pittsburgh Penguins (hockey) and The New York Yankees (baseball).

I nominate the following for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.
  1. Artistry With Words
  2. Everything Susan
  3. Janine's Confessions of A Mommyaholic
  4. Randomcreative Art
  5. Crafter on a Budget
  6. Daisy Mariposa's World
  7. Poetic Parfait
  8. Pictimilitude
  9. Stalking the Wild Snark
  10. Susannah Birch
  11. Muses from the Deep: short stories, poems and reflections
  12. The Xstick Writer
  13. Robie Benve Art
  14. Living Healthy and Happy
  15. The Adventures of a Misplaced Alaskan

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Fourth of July Fabric Wreath

I've been kind of busy these last two months with some family stuff so I have ignored my blog.  Thought I'd come back with a bang and show off this gorgeous fabric wreath I made.  

I had hoped to have it done by Memorial Day, but no luck.  It's done now, so I'll have it for the 4th of July and the rest of the summer.  
Easy Fabric Wreath for the Fourth of July

I love this wreath!  It was incredibly easy to do.  All you need are a few supplies and lots of fabrics.  I used a tutorial from purl3agony and it can be found HERE.  Give it a try.  You will not be disappointed and your door will look terrific!

Great fabric wreath for the Fourth of July

Monday, March 18, 2013

Kicked Up Corned Beef Hash Recipe

It's the Monday after St. Patrick's Day and we just had a nasty ice storm.  So instead of heading to the store, I came up with an idea for what to do with all of our leftover corned beef and cabbage from last night, Corned Beef Hash.

My husband is not a big fan of corned beef and cabbage, but once a year he obliges me by eating it.  I figured I could jazz up our leftovers a little bit so he would not have to eat the same thing two nights in a row.  I got to work and came up with this yummy recipe.

It may not be the prettiest dish in the world, but it is delicious, has a little kick, is easy to make, and is the perfect way to use up that leftover corned beef and cabbage.

Kicked Up Corned Beef Hash

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 6 medium red potatoes, finely chopped
  • 2 cups cooked cabbage, finely chopped
  • 2 cups cooked corned beef, chopped
  • 1 can (4.5 oz) chopped green chilis (undrained)
  • Garlic salt
  • Olive oil
  1. Pour about 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large saute pan with a lid.  
  2. Add the onions and potatoes and cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the cabbage, corned beef and chilis with liquid.  Mix well.
  4. Sprinkle with garlic salt.  I only used about 1 teaspoon because the corned beef is already highly salted.
  5. Cover and cook, on medium heat for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.  This will give the potatoes and onions time to soften.
  6. Remove the cover and turn up the heat to medium high.  Continue cooking and stir every 5 - 10 minutes and cook for an additional 20 - 30 minutes.  The longer it cooks, the more crispy it gets.
Delicious, especially with a nice piece of crusty bread and a side salad.  Enjoy!

Friday, March 8, 2013

German Chocolate Caramel Brownies

I was in the mood to make something seriously sweet and came up with a recipe for German Chocolate Caramel Brownies.  When my husband went back for thirds I knew I had a keeper.

This brownie is not for the faint of heart, but it is really good and gooey.  I also like it because it is made from scratch.

Find my complete recipe for this divine dessert HERE!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Easter Egg Stuffers that are not Candy

I don't know about everyone else, but by the time Easter rolls around, I am so tired of candy in my house from prior holidays.  I also dread all of the candy that I know my daughter will be bringing home from various Easter egg hunts.

Since I am trying to get rid of candy in our house, and not add more to the big bowl of it that is sitting on top of our fridge, I decided to fill our eggs with non-candy things like the ones in the picture.

I know all of the kids will love these fun trinkets and parents will like them too!

Read my complete list of fun ideas for kids of all ages HERE.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Reminders of spring and starting a new blog

Taking the leap into blogging today and looking forward to new challenges.  I'm a wife, mother to one 10 year old daughter and one very needy dog named Max.  I have been quilting for over 20 years and love crafts, art, gardening, traveling, cooking and music.  Learning new things is a big focus of my time right now, and that learning includes my online writing and this new blog.  I hope you'll come back to visit from time to time and see what I'm up to.

The weather is teasing us here in Pennsylvania today.  Dreaming of spring, but anticipating more snow.  Here's my reminder that spring is just around the corner, my favorite tree peony from last spring.