Tuesday, May 27, 2008

{ summer berry streusel coffee cake }

Once in awhile, when the weather is nice, the girls and I like to have a breakfast picnic at a nearby park. This is one of the recipes I picked out to make for our next breakfast picnic, but I just had to try it out today. The original recipe came from and old issue of the Taste of Home magazine, but I'll type it out how I made it:

Summer Berry Streusel Coffee Cake

2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 salt
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, softened (20 seconds on half power in the microwave)
1 cup fresh or froze berries

1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/4 cup cold butter

In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add egg, milk and butter; beat well. Fold in berries. Spread into a 9"x9" greased pan. In another bowl, combine sugar and flour; cut in the butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over the batter. Bake at 375 for 35-30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Monday, May 26, 2008

{ quilt progress }

Good Morning! (even though it is Monday)

Yesterday I pin basted the Crazy 8's baby quilt and started to stipple/meander (whatever) it on my machine. I think there's something wrong with my machine (it couldn't possibly be me). When I do free motion quilting on it, it will go along fine for awhile and then the thread on the back of the quilt gets extremely loose. So, I will pick out all the bad stitches, re-thread the bobbin and start over. Then it will go along fine for another little while and then gets all loose and messy again! Do you think one of these will solve my problems? Or possibly a machine quilting class? Or maybe getting my machine serviced?

I still have lots of stamp stuff left to sell. I've only had a few people come to shop, so I guess the next step will be to list everything online and ship it out to whoever is kind enough to want to buy it!

Have a nice week.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

{ more than a card, it's a gift }

When you receive an intricately detailed card like this you know it's more than just a card. This one is definitely a keeper! I received this beautiful work of art in my mailbox yesterday from Nancy's mom, Bev. I have known Bev on CST (Canadian Stamp Talk) for a long time and have been lucky enough to receive many of her cards over the years. Thank you, Bev!

{ making baby gifts }


Yesterday the girls and I were browsing Michael's, looking for something to spend the $50 gift card (from one of my 3 favorite sisters) on, and my oldest spotted this luscious cotton yarn and declared that it went perfectly with the quilt top I just made. I agree! Doesn't it look awesome? I've already got 4 rows crocheted using this shell afghan pattern. Now hopefully someone will have a baby girl soon.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

{ sewing projects }


How are you? (all 3 of you mrgreen ) Since I announced that I am basically getting out of stamping, my blog subscribers have been leaving in droves, but that's ok... as long as there's a few of you left I will keep blogging. hehe

This is what I did yesterday... made a quilt top. I hope to get it quilted today. I'm trying to get baby gifts made for a few babies that are on the way! I love the fabric in this one, and the pattern was so quick and easy to rotary cut and sew together. I bought this kit of fabric and the pattern from the Quiltopia booth at the Sewing & Crafts Show last month.
Here's a cute little skirt I recently made for my daughter.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

{ lovely card from a dear friend }


How are you? 'Having a good weekend? It's cooled off a little here today, but it's still nice out, so that is good.

Here's a beautiful sparkly card I received from Nancy for my birthday earlier this month. She also gave me an online shopping spree, which was lovely! I picked out several items from my local fabric shop. Thank you Nancy!!

Thanks to everyone who took the time to leave a comment or email me in response to my post about giving up my stamping room. I am feeling good about giving it up. It will be good to have less excess in my life/house and will allow me to focus what creative energy I do have on my girls, my home, cooking, sewing/quilting. Stamping has been on the back burner for a bit now, so I feel ready to leave it behind. Yes, it is a little sad in a way, since stamping has been a big part of my life since 1994, but it is just time and I am ready for it.

Now I have to figure out how to sell off the rest of my stuff. I am still planning to keep one rolling cart of stamping supplies... mainly so my girls can use it and also so if I ever get the urge to get together to stamp with friends, etc., then I will at least have enough supplies to do that.

Is there anyone out there who would like to trade my mountain of stamps & accessories for your un-wanted sewing supplies?

Oh, and, I am not planning on giving up my blog anytime soon! Obviously it won't be as focused on stamping as it used to be... but I will still post once in awhile about stuff.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

{ the perfect summer picnic }

Happy Victoria Day Weekend!

Since it's "boiling hot" here today I've been thinking a lot about summer! For the last hour or so I've been going through my recipes and remembering fun summer picnics from years past. I was wondering, what would your idea of a perfect summer picnic be? Do you have some favorite picnic recipes that you go back to again and again? Here's the picnic menu that I plan to make in the next little while...

Pasta, Pesto and Peas by Ina Garten - I have made this salad several times and we just love it!

Pork Satay by my sister-in-law, Judy - We've had this a few times, too, and it's soooo good!

1.5 lbs pork tenderloin
1/4 cup butter
1 tbsp lemon juice
.5 tsp tabasco
3 tbsp grated onion
3 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp coriander
1/4 tsp ginger
1 clove crushed garlic
.5 cup kikoman teriyaki sauce

Cut pork into 3/4" cubes, place in shallow dish. Melt butter in pand and add remaining ingredients, plus salt & pepper. Bring to a boil ande simmer for 5 minutes. Pour over meat, cover and leave in fridge overnight. Remove meat from marinade and place on skewers. Grill on bbq for 15 min. Reheat marinate and baste while on bbq.

Vegetable Topped Flatbread by my sister-in-law, Judy - The kids absolutely *love* this (and so do I). So, I've made it many times.

1 large italian style flatbread
125 g. cream cheese
1/4 cup mayo
2 1/4 tsp. hidden valley ranch salad dressing mix
.5 cup finely chopped cauliflower
.5 cup finely chopped broccoli
.5 cup finely chopped red pepper
.5 cup finely chopped tomato
1/4 cup finely chopped green onion.

Bake flatbread according to pkg directions and let cool. Beat together cream cheese, mayo & dressing mix. Spread over flatbread. Combine vegetables in a bowl then spoon over flat bread. Cut into wedges.

Lemon Pineapple Squares by Anna Olsen - I just saw this recipe on "Sugar" the other day while I was folding laundry and thought it would be a perfect end to a picnic supper. I can't wait to make them!

There are a few ingredients that really make the picnic other than great food... good friends, an old quilt (for the table cloth), a picnic table with no poop on it, a lake or river nearby, no wasps, and, of course, an ice cold diet lime coke.

I hope you enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

{ almost a pillow }


Wow it almost feels like winter today... so dreary and rainy. I thought it was supposed to be blasting hot this week. Maybe that is still to come.

Here's what I'm working on right now... it will be a pillow for our bed. So far it is a quilted pillow top. I hope to finish it today! I'm still trying to figure out how I will do the binding on it. I love how cool Manda's pillows look with the binding. I think it finishes a pillow off so nicely!

This is the first time I've made prairie points and I'm just delighted with how they turned out and how easy they were to do!
This is a quilt I finished recently for my little nephew. Now I just have to get it in the mail to him!

Have a nice day... even if it is pouring rain where you are.

Monday, May 05, 2008

{ friends }


Yes, I am still alive... I've just been neglecting my poor little blog lately due to starting my first job outside of the home in 12 years. I haven't been stamping as much these days because there just isn't enough time, but I have managed to sew a few things. However, I have occasion to blog today because I'm so blessed with wonderful, talented, caring, sweet, generous friends, so I can share with you some beautiful cards they have given me! Today a few of us got together over lunch to celebrate my birthday and catch up. Thank you for spoiling me ~ it was so nice to see you!

This beautiful card is from Tracy.