Last Saturday


Earlier this week I told you about the party we had for Kalissa last weekend.  Well the kids stayed on into Saturday…all except Kelli.   She was off to attend a bachelorette party for her sister in law.  The house was full and busy.  Neighbor Girl came over too.  My kids have so much fun with her.  She even showed off her cooking skills and with Kayla’s supervision she made waffles for all of us!

From there Karl was off to start his day.  He was in a wedding of high school friends.  His girlfriend Renae stayed and hung out with us.  We all had big hopes and plans for the day but the weather didn’t cooperate.  It was rainy and wet so our outdoor plans had to be brought inside.

The kids slowly started leaving until it was only Renae, Neighbor Girl and me.  Renae needed to get ready for the wedding so Hubby kicked me to the sewing room to work on that graduation quilt that I needed for the next day.  Neighbor Girl decided she’d continue hanging out with me in the sewing room.  Next thing I knew she was at the machine sewing another quilt.


I’ve gotten so if fabric is donated to my house I cut it into 5″ squares.  She can take a pile of them and start sewing.  She sewed this up in about an hour.  I pin the rows together for her…well I did this time.  Next time I think that’s going to be her new skill to learn.

She’s in love with this one and wanted to keep working on it and put it on the machine and quilt it but that’s what I was busy doing and the machine was full.


I had the quilting machine with the graduation quilt all set and ready.  I turned it on and started to go when UGH!!!!!!!!!  I realized the lower tension was not right.  Well I already had the done a 20″ x 20″ corner and now all of it needed to be ripped out.  I was so frustrated.  It took about 45 minutes to get it all ripped out and going again.  I was really careful checking each and EVERY time I switched a bobbin.  While Neighbor Girl complete her little top, I only got two passes done on the graduation quilt.

Our eating schedule was a little screwed up because we ate waffles at 10am..not really breakfast and not really lunch.  We ended up going downstairs and made pizza.  I really wanted to order pizza but when I gave Neighbor Girl the option she said, “It will save us money if we make it rather than order it.”  TRUE.  Dang.  I wanted to indulge but she was right and I needed to support her good decisions so we made pizza.

We decided to experiment and put string cheese in the crust for stuffed crust pizza hack.  Here she is fixing it. [Read more...]

French Onion Soup in the Instant Pot


Last week I told you that I’ve been wanting to make French Onion Soup But then I got sidetracked and made French Bread first.  (Find the Homemade French bread and Garlic Bread in my Philips XL Airfryer post here.)  Well today I’m going to tell you how I made the French Onion Soup.

I did make this with my Instant Pot .  It could easily be made on the stove too.

I started with TWO packages of dry onion soup mix.  I put them in the  Instant Pot  along with 8 cups of water and 3 large diced onions.  I was feeding a lot of people and wanted left overs.  You might want to half this recipe.  I also added 4 tablespoons of the beef soup base.  Beef bullion would work as well.


I used the manual setting and put the timer at 4 minutes.

This is what I ended up with.


While that was cooking I cut up the homemade French bread that I had made, buttered it and put it in the Philips XL Airfryer.  I set it on 330 for five minutes just to toast it.

From there I ladled the soup into bowls, put a piece of toasted French Bread on the top and cover that with shredded Swiss cheese.

Next I put it in the oven on broil for a few minutes to melt the cheese and to make it golden…watch it carefully as it only takes a couple minutes.

This is our supper from that night…Reuben Sandwiches (Recipe here), French Onion Soup and Fries from the Philips XL Airfryer.  See?   [Read more...]

My Mail….


Lots of fun things have come in my mail lately.  So much that my dining room table is covered!  I’ve made a little rule for myself that I can’t use anything that comes until I blog about it…and it has to stay on the dining room table until I blog about it.  Hence, the covered dining room table.

These cross stitch patterns came from Anna Sweet.  I met Anna at the retreat we held and am so happy I did.  All the cross stitch patterns are from LizzieKate who is my favorite and all of them are ones I don’t have so that’s awesome.


My favorite one was this….  I don’t have any black linen so that’s on my list to hunt for.  I sing this to the childcare kids all the time so this one is especially appropriate for me to stitch.


I’ve very much been in a “spring” mood too!!

This box came from Debbie B.  She had leftovers from her doll house making and passed them on to me.  I haven’t done a think with the house I got.  Originally I wanted the doll house for the childcare kids but with the kids I have now, I’ve set it aside.  They are not very good at taking care of things.  Try as I might they can’t put marker caps on markers so I doubt they could handle small pieces of a doll house.  I have it though and once we do the basement, I might fix it up and put it down there.


Next up was this box of treasures… [Read more...]

A Quilt Finish: Star Gazer


It happened.  I finished up my Star Gazer quilt.

When I last left you, this quilt was on the frame and I had measured the backing incorrectly and came up about 4″ too short.  UGH.


I overcame that finished the quilt and got it bound.  Then the weather kicked in with rain, rain, and more rain.  That left me unable to pictures.  Well…the pictures got taken and here it is….

Overall, I’m really happy with it.  It’s a fun dose of scrappy.


In the original quilt the sashing was green and black.  I opted to go with gold and black.


One of the reasons this quilt stalled out and didn’t get finished is that I had trouble trying to decide which color would be best for the sashing.

When I asked Hubby what he thought of the quilt…his response…too much green.  Look at the quilt.  Do you see too much green? [Read more...]