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Making Life Beautiful- Book Tour & Give AWAY

Making Life Beautiful- Book Tour & Give AWAY

on Jun 12, 2012 in Blog, blogging others, quilting, recipes, sewing | 32 comments

Welcome to the Blog Hop Book Tour for A Year of Making Life Beautiful. I’m happy to share with you, my friend, Melissa Stramel’s first book! Melissa is the blogger over at Lilac Lane. You might also recognize her from her pattern company or her row in the Rockin Row Robin Quilt Along, which ReannaLily Designs hosted last summer. She put together this lifestyle book with 45 projects. That is ALOT of projects. The book is broken into chapters, by month. Wait ’til you see the table of contents- there is so much to this book. Melissa and her family live on a farm in western Kansas and the whole book features her family, her interests and life on the farm. Everything from cooking and crafts to garden and sewing/quilting.   The book is available in hardcover directly from Melissa or in spiral bound from QuiltWoman.com. I know many craft/quilt/sewing enthusiasts like the spiral bound books because they stay open when you are working within one chapter- without cracking the spine. —————————————————————————————- If you’d like a chance to win a free copy of the book, simply leave a comment on THIS blog post. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on this site on Wed June 20th. Good luck! —————————————————————————————- Be sure to stop by the other Blog Hop Blogs during the tour: Monday June 11 QuiltWoman.com Crafty Gemini– Vanessa Wilson Lilac Lane– Melissa Stramel Tuesday June 12 Sis Boom – Jennifer Paganelli ReannaLily Designs– Jen Eskridge Freda’s Hive– Nanette Merrill Wednesday June 13 Quilting Gallery – Michele Foster Sew Many Ways – Karen Sew Pretty Dresses – Jenny Fish Thursday June 14 Pat Sloan That Crazy Quilty Girl– Lisa Sipes Friday June 15 Fat Quarterly The Undercover Crafter – Hollie Lobosky...

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Making Things

Making Things

on Nov 29, 2011 in Blog, recipes | 2 comments

Y’all I have been making things, but not necessarily sewing. BUT not necessarily all Martha-crafty either…. I didn’t want the blog to get neglected in this time of making things, so I thought I’d share what I made. First up- Angry Bird Ornaments: I book marked these ornaments last year on the Obsessively Stitching blog. This year I totally made them. Well… my ornaments are glass, from walmart and were a total of $2.50, & don’t have cute hats… but other than that- just like the tutorial. I do have an LSU Christmas tree, so I thought about making the red birds purple. I think they’d still look like angry birds, just angry LSU birds. =)? …there’s still time…. Next up: Minecraft Creeper Shirts Talk about the gift that keeps giving all year long…. My kids are Minecraft junkies and one wanted to give the other one a Minecraft shirt for Christmas. Um. Ok…. but here’s the thing, I cannot bring myself to pay $20 for a collection of black rectangles on a green shirt. (Jen *middle name CHEAP* Eskridge)? So using the basic methods in this freezer paper stencil tutorial, we now have a CREEPER shirt. I really thought it’d be even funnier to add the server IP address under the creeper face, but that just might be a bit too geeked out. And lastly:? Christmas Tamales I made up 42 spicy pork tamales. I used this fun recipe from allrecipes.com. Of course, I have to add about 1/2 c of hot sauce and a can of HOT rotel to my doubled recipe, but still delicious non-the-less. mmmmmm……… We’ll have to wait and see how many tamales make it to Christmas. My guess is not too many. I think I’ll be sneaking by the freezer to cook some for my own lunches. And soon I’ll be sewing things again. And soon I’ll be sharing all that goodness with you. For now though- I’m off to make more stuff. Happy...

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Puff Pastry Sticks

Puff Pastry Sticks

on Jul 2, 2010 in recipes | 0 comments

Hum…. food on a sewing blog? What’s up with that? You’ll see the connection in just a minute… Just wanted to share a little recipe for Puff Pastry sticks. You can make these with a sweet twist or a savory twist or really any flavor you want, since it’s basically puff pastry dough + sprinkles. For dinner or soups in the winter time I go savory (Mrs. Dash). For this snack one, though, I went sweet (Cinnamon + Sugar). For the sweet- you’ll need cinnamon, sugar and a sheet of puff pastry. Thaw the puff pastry and flatten it out into a square. Sprinkle about a tablespoon of the sugar and a teaspoon or so of cinnamon on to the entire sheet. Press it lightly with your clean hands so the “flavor” will stick to the dough. Now this is my FAVORITE part: It took me a while to figure out why I seemed to like making these sticks for dinner, dessert or parties… Turns out- its like quilting! Its rotary cutting! I kid you not. The next step is to cut the sheet of pastry into 1/2″ strips. {{resist the urge to get your ruler!}} Next twist each 1/2″ strip and lay it onto a baking sheet. Bake them at 400*F for about9-11 minutes. They cool down very quickly & are ready to eat right away. Next stop- snack...

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Recipe Feature!

Recipe Feature!

on Dec 15, 2008 in blogging others, recipes | 1 comment

I have recipes linked over on the sidebar of my blog. You know, its a few things I like to make, a few things that I think you might enjoy… Anyway, ArmchairChef.com was having a call for “Quilt Designers who Cook” type of fall recipes and guess what- My recipe was featured! You can see which one it is HERE. Thanks for the feature, Tink....

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Cheese Ball Recipe

Cheese Ball Recipe

on May 8, 2008 in recipes | 1 comment

I love cheese ball! Its actually one of the foods we have as part of our traditional Christmas Eve foods. (LOTS of cheese ball consumed on that day!) I had a craving for some good ole’ cheese ball this week and decided to make up this one for my lady’s sew day this week. I’m all for artsy pictures, but lets face it- we cannot all take artsy pictures all the time. So instead, you get a real picture. This is really how it went down. Cheese ball still elegantly wrapped in Saran and crackers still in the baggy. Please also note the high class china I’m using, its made by Solo. Yes- keepin’ it real. Let me share the recipe with you: 1 8oz brick of 1/3 Less Fat Cream Cheese (room temp, totally soft)1 cup finely shredded cheese, I used Mexican blend but you can use any1 green onion, chopped4 slices of thin sliced smoked deli ham, chopped1 tsp Worcestershire1 tsp Tabasco2 shakes of garlic powder2 shakes of seasoned pepper (black pepper is fine)Chopped nuts, for the outside, if you like. The trick to making the cheese ball is to put the shredded cheese in a microwave safe bowl and heat it for 15 seconds, just to soften it slightly. Then add in the room temp cream cheese. Now mix in all the other items. Stir and mash it around ’til it is a nice homogeneous mixture. Tear off a big piece of Saran wrap, at least a good sized square. Gently dump out the cheese ball onto the Saran wrap. Use it to shape your lump into a ball or a cheese log. Open the Saran wrap back up. If you’re using chopped nuts around the outside, sprinkle them on either side of the cheese and use the Saran wrap to press the nuts into the soft cheese. Once you get it pretty well covered in nuts, wrap it up and keep it in your fridge. Its absolutely delicious and you can very easily change up the mix-ins, ham and onion, or leave them out all together. I hope you love it!...

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Bean and Ham Salad Recipe

Bean and Ham Salad Recipe

on Apr 14, 2008 in recipes | 1 comment

This recipe is based on the one given to me by my friend Leigh. I switched some quantities and mixed up some ingredients, but let me tell you its really yummy! 1 can of chickpeas drained and rinsed1 can of black eyed peas drained and rinsed1 package of cubed ham1/2 green bell pepper, chopped1/2 red bell pepper, chopped1 1/4 Lite Italian dressing2 tsp cumin1 tbsp chili powder1 tsp galic salt Basically, you mix it all together in a large bowl and store it in the fridge. Its a cold salad and keeps for a couple days. In the original recipe, there was 2 cans of black eyed peas and cucubmers instead of ham. Both versions were quite tasty and colorful. Enjoy!...

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