What I’m Working On….


I told you all once the retreat was over that I would be setting everything aside in an effort to get some baby quilts done….Well I did exactly that.  I found this book (which I reviewed on Friday.  Find the post here)  It is A Piece of Cake: Sweet and Simple Quilts from Layer Cake Squares by Peta Peace.

In the book was this quilt….

Martingale - A Piece of Cake (Print version + eBook bundle)

Well Wednesday over nap I got the squares cut out.  That evening I cut the white part out and got the top the sewn together.

Then Thursday morning I started on the quilting.  I was in a hurry but hoped I could squeeze in time to the machine quilting.


I am not happy with my machine quilting in general.  I do okay but I always wish it was better.  I decided to try to do the quilting a little more like the picture.  I knew I could never do that…and knew my niece who is getting the quilt for their baby would love it no matter how good my work was so I challenged myself to give it a try.


I have learned I am horrible with rulers.  I can almost free hand it better.


Besides working on this quilt, nothing else got done in the sewing department.   Oh…wait it did.  I actually cut out two more sets of squares to make two more of these quilts.


I cut the quilt pieces from fat quarters.  Once I cut a 5″ strip off I could cut 3 five inch squares from the strips so that’s what I did.  Now if a baby comes along, I can grab and sew.  PERFECT!!!

My hope was to have the quilt done by Sunday morning so I could pack it with when we went to the family picnic.  I did get it done but didn’t have time to take pictures and write the blog post about the finished quilt…so you’ll have to live with this much for now.  I’ll tell you more about it on Friday….and show you all the pictures I took before I gave it away!


Stash Report


I hit my favorite thrift store again….

The fabric selection wasn’t what it was a couple weeks ago when I really scored but that’s okay….as I always tell you, I don’t NEED fabric.  I did pick up a few pieces though.

These are only 50 cents each so they are super hard for me to resist.  The top two (floral and polka dot) are actually corduroy.  They are SUPER soft-not like the stuff I remember as a kid.  The rows are really close and narrow too.  I have a collection of corduroy fabrics that I really want to make into a quilt someday.  These are going in the collection.


The orangish fabric on the lower left is really a bit more orange that it looks….I don’t have many orange fabrics at all so this was a good one to get….the strawberry fabric is enough to back a baby quilt.  Each of the pieces are over a yard….See why it’s so hard for me not to buy them at 50 cents each???

My favorite find of the day was this…. [Read more...]

What I’m Making: Blue Cheese Chicken via the Air Fryer


Here’s what we had for supper.    Blue Cheese chicken from the Philips XL Airfryer, melon, corn and beets from the  Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.  A bit ago Kalissa had tried chicken in the Philips XL Airfryer and loved it.  I hadn’t tried making it but was determined to give it a try too.  I tried her way and Hubby declared it to not be spicy enough….well I can remedy that.  We tried it again…he loved it.

I’m going to apologize in advance….I just put some ingredients together and didn’t measure.  That’s how I cook….and thankfully I’m pretty successful at it.

The idea to try it this way was inspired by a full refrigerator of condiments.  We had a bottle of blue cheese dressing that needed to be used so I dumped it into a bad along with 2 Tablespoons of olive oil.  I added 1 teaspoon of garlic powder,  1 teaspoon of onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper and 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese.  I zipped it shut and kneaded it with my hands to mix.

I put the chicken in the bag one piece at a time rubbing the bag until the chicken was covered.


I put the chicken in the pot….


20 minutes later on 390 degrees, it looked like this.


It was so good.  We will for sure be making chicken like this again….I usually bake chicken in the oven and that heats up the house and takes MUCH longer.

I did the beets in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.  They are so juicy when done there.  I simply used manual pressure for 20 minutes.  My beets were tennis ball sized.  If you have smaller ones, less time…larger more.


After they cooled I peeled the skins off and diced them up.  Hubby doesn’t like beets which is perfectly fine!  More for me!!

I’m loving my  Philips XL Airfryer and my Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.  They have been great this summer as they don’t heat up the kitchen and the food from them so far has been really good….

P.S.  For those of you who aren’t blue cheese fans, I bet ranch dressing could be substituted for the blue cheese and it would be equally as good.  The chicken isn’t super blue cheesy so if you like blue cheese and no one else in your family does….just don’t tell them it’s blue cheese!!

Family News


Sometimes family news trumps all other news!  I have two things on the family front to tell you about.

This guy is headed off to student teach….

…in Texas.

It wasn’t my pick of places for him to go.  He’s a big boy and can make his own decisions..and this is the decision he made.   I know it’s a little bit selfish but I’ll be honest, I don’t want him to move that far away.  Of course I want him to peruse his dreams and do all the things he’s ever wanted to do….but I want him to want to be here.


These two are the closest buddies.  Kalissa and Karl have always been the best of friends.


The thing we’ll all miss the most is Karl hugs.  Karl is the very best hugger of the family.


News #2
One kid leave us…a new baby will be joining us. [Read more...]