Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Quilts for Kids

I was reading one of my e-mail list and they talked about Quilts For Kids where you go on line and sign up and they send you a packet of fabric and you put it together with  a backing and quilt it and send it back to them.

Well I did just that and got my kit today. That was fast I got it in under a week I would say. It has some of the cutest prints in it with the focus a bug print. So I now put together 4 patches and squares and make them a top. It even includes a label to sign my name and what I am calling the quilt. Such a cute idea.

So for those of you wanting to do something for others here is the link. Quilts For Kids

I will try and snap a picture of it later so you can see what it looks like when it comes out of the bag.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Today for lunch I made this recipe.

I found this recipe in a Taste of Home Cooking School issue that was on the newstand at this time. It really sounded good and I had gotten some Bow Tie pasta from food coop and thought ohh I want to make this recipe.

Honey Mustard Chicken Pasta

1 cup bow tie pasta
2 strips bacon
1/3 cup sliced fresh mushrooms ( you could used canned)
2 Tablespoons chopped onions ( I used a lttle more)
1 clove garlic minced (I used 1 teaspoon of grated garlic from a jar)
1 cup diced cooked chicken
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup cream of chicken soup undiluted
1/3 cup 2% milk
1 Tablespoon prepared mustard
2 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/8 salt optional
1/8 pepper
2 teaspoons grated Parmesan I probably used 1/4 cup

Cook pasta; mean while in a large skillet fry the bacon until crispy remove from skillet and drain on paper towel  reserve 1 tablespoon of the grease. In the drippings fry mushrooms and onions until tender add garlic sauté for one min. Stir in chicken, peas, soup, milk, mustard, honey, parsley, salt, pepper, and bacon cook and stir over med heated through drain pasta add to skillet and toss to coat.

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese
Notes:  Well lunch is over and it was good though I thought the honey would do a little more to sweeten the sauce then it did. The mustard kind of overpowered the rest of it and I was surprised at that since it was only 1 T. It was good and not to complicated though now I need to find something to do with the other half of the can of cream of chicken soup before it spoils in the refrigerator and becomes one of those strange science experiments.
I don't know if I had posted on here that I am the main Bakery at our small town grocery store. Well this was my Saturday to get up and make the donuts. I got there and had quite a bit to do. Most of the breads had disappeared over the last 24 hours now that is not really a bad thing that way no mark down and it sure helps keep things fresh. (fresh is always best) 
It was a busy morning between all the breads and then making donuts. I think I about sold out of donuts today. It sure makes it feel like it was worth getting up when things are selling.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Quilt is progressing

Well the quilt Summer Breeze is progressing might even be moving along faster except for the TV and computer time oh almost forgot when work intrups fun and games. Though there are only 12 blocks left to finish and trim down. So progress is being made I would say.
I am kind excited to see how the border looks on the finished blocks so it is helping to keep me motivated.

Along with the quilt we have been doing some Easter decorating. Last weekend we went to Waterloo and picked up some cinder block that hubby wants to work on putting together for a raised bed in the garden. The bed he had planned at first was kind of large and I talked him down a little bit so that if it does not go well we don't have a ton of money tied up in cinder blocks. That project is not to far along yet the blocks are still in the back of the pick up truck.

While out and about we decided to stop at Hobby Lobby and I spotted these large Plastic Easter eggs it was a set of 3 eggs a large a medium and a small size. Well they were 50% off so we got 3 sets and hubby put them over some lights that we have outside. So at night they light up though I don't think they light up for very long since I was going to try and take a picture of them lit and did not get that done. I wished that I had found another color they only had them in orange and green and it would of been fun to find them in red or yellow or both. We would of probably bought all the colors but settled for two sets of orange and one set of green.

Holes were drilled in the bottom of each of the eggs and set over the lights. I think he used some kind of wire hook that go into the ground and hold the eggs in place. I was not in on that part of the project. The hooks were to keep them in place when the wind blows. It does not sound like a lot of fun to have to chase them all over the neighbor hood.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

This is the new quilt I have the first row on the flanel wall to see it and to make sure I put the block together correctly. The pattern is called Summer Breeze and is a queen size quilt 89 x 89 or in that range since I don't think my out side border fabric is as wide as the designers.

The pattern is designed by Wendy Congdon an her pattern company name is Truly Materialistic. I fell in love with this pattern a while back then waited to purchase it on sale from a local quilt shop. Country Calico up by Gunder, IA a fun shop that is out in the country and owned by Mary Anne Keppler.

So if you are heading out to take a drive this is a fun shop to go to and then there is a bar/resturant near by in Gunder called the Irish Shanty. They were on the Iowa PBS show recently for their huge Gunder Burgers and more.

So a fun idea for an outing.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

New Purse

I have had this done for a little while but did get a picture of it tonight to upload and post.

I think the light could be better but I do like this purse the pattern uses a bunch of embelishment on the upper area but I like it plain with the diamond fabric. The inside has a liner that is the same diamond fabric.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Recipe and bits

Well I found a new recipe to try.

I ordered in 3 prebaked pizza crust from coop and they came in on Monday. Was looking at a Taste of Home Chicken special recipe magazine and found a simple recipe for Chicken pizza.

Takes one prebaked pizza crust. 1 cup of Salsa, 2 cup of cheddar, 2 cup of shredded cooked chicken.

Spread one cup of cheddar on crust then put on Salsa and Chicken and finish with the last of the cheese. Put in a 400 degree oven for about 10 min or heated thru and eat.

So that was supper last night it was good and the Salsa had some peppers, and onions etc in so that added to the pizza. Definately a quick and easy supper. Ready in no time.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Weekend and more

Well this weekend I had a great time. I started out with not having to work any were on Friday Ha Ha I figured out someone's computer but that is not work that is fun. Did the sme thing again with someone else computer Sat morning

Then I did some time on my new quilt project called Summer Breeze quitl it is 89 x 89 size quilt that uses a border print on the out side and you pull colors from the border to do the center of the quilt you put 2 4 patch blocks together and then around that some rectangles cut on the diagonal so that the 4 patches twist and turn.

Sunday we went to the movie Alice in Wonderland that just came out. It is a 3 d movie and was interesting to watch that way though the glasses gave my nose a fit. I think wearing two pair of glasses was the problem. Still a very enjoyable movie. The previews did not have me wanting to see the movie in fact I was working on the Tooth Fairy movie but DGD had just read the book and so wanted to go see the movie so off we went and had a wonderful time spoiling her along with a fun afternoon.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Guess I am not a dispatcher

Well today I had my evaluation but not surprising I guess things have not gone super great but all in all it was an interesting ride. I will not be dispatching for the Sheriff's office. It was an interesting experience and I apprecate all that worked to train me.

So that is how it goes.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Had a quiet weekend here at home and did some sewing. The Six in the City bag is done it seem like it was such a challenge and to be honest it was not that hard to put together. I have a feeling because I have been so distracted by things I made it harder then it needed to be.

Oh well that is how it goes sometimes.

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