Sloppy Joes–Philly Style


A post from Kelli–

With being in school full time, it seems I’m always looking for a quick meal that I can make relatively easily with ingredients that I usually have on hand.  I was scrolling through  Pinterest one day and found a recipe for Sloppy Joe Philly sandwiches.  I was pretty confused because it just didn’t quite make sense to me, however after I read into it a bit more, it sounded quite wonderful.


Philly Maderites (346x400)

I tried it and we ended up loving them.

One thing that I like about this recipe is that it’s easy and fairly fool proof.
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Shhhh…It’s a Secret!!!


A post from Kelli–

If you missed the post this morning, I told mom not to worry about blogging today.  I know she’s been pretty busy this week and has some things she’d like to do before hosting Thanksgiving so, I gave her the day off….but I also have other plans!!!

On December 14th, Mom is turning 29 for the 22nd time…also known as 50!  If you know mom at all, she’s not a person that would ask for anything for her birthday, and has requested nothing except for us kids to come home and spend time together.  I, however, do not quite think that this is sufficient to celebrate such a milestone and I would like to do something a bit different.

This is my plan–but I need a bit of help.  I want to make her a quilt, but not just an ordinary quilt.  This is where I’m hoping all of you blog readers out there will be able to help!

My plan is for any of you wonderful interested blog friends and readers to send her a quilt block of any kind that measures 3 1/2″, 6 1/2″, 9 1/2″, or 12 1/2″ unfinished (would measure, 3″, 6″, 9″, or 12″ finished).  After she oogles and googles them, my plan is to arrange them all into a quilt top that she can treasure.  I know she’ll love it!  You can make any kind or color of block that you’d like.  Some things that she really likes are the color red, polka dots, and stars of any kind.

If you’d like to send her a block, her birthday is December 14th.  You can send it to arrive on her birthday or anytime before.  I’m hoping to start arranging blocks and get the top put together over my Winter Break from school.

If you want to send a block, here’s her address:

Jo Kramer

111 2nd Ave NE

Waucoma, Iowa 52171

And if you happen to have any questions, you can reach me at and I’ll try to respond to you as soon as I can!  Thanks for your help!  I’m hoping to make this one of her best birthdays yet!

Ha-Ha Mom…you can’t delete this when you see finally see it because it will be too late!

Jason the Silo Climber–And a little secret….


A post from Kelli–

As you all know, I’m still in nursing school, for what has seemed like a million and a half years.  Last Sunday, I was working on medication summary sheets that we have to do before our clinicals so that we can learn the medications that we give to patients during our clinical rotations.  I had been doing them for a few hours and was really needing a break.  So when Jason came in and asked me if I could help him for about 10 minutes, I jumped at the occasion before I even knew what I’d be doing.

When I got shoes on and went outside, he told me that I just needed to watch a ladder for him while he climbed the silo.  If you don’t know, a silo is a very tall structure that holds silage or corn that can be fed to the cows at a later date.  Periodically while filling the silo, they have to climb the ladder on the outside of the silo to check a few things inside and make sure all is working well.

For quite a while, Jason didn’t mind climbing the silo, but one of his friends once told him to “think about all of your fingers falling off as you are climbing the silo,” and ever since then, it’s bothered him a bit because that’s what he thinks of.

The ladder to the silo starts about 10 feet from the ground and so they bring a short ladder in to get to the big ladder on the side of the silo.  Jason set up the small ladder and my job was to make sure that it didn’t fall over while he was climbing up the big ladder to do a few checks.

Silo (225x400)

While he was busy climbing, I of course had to snap a few pictures.

Silo-With Jason (225x400)

If you didn’t see him, I circled him with a little red circle.  This particular silo that he’s climbing is 80 feet tall and 20 feet in diameter.  I’m happy to report, he made it up and down safely and my ladder that I was watching didn’t fall over, so the final silo check was successful. Ever since I took these pictures, Jason has been asking me what people thought of his silo climbing and if anyone had any questions, so if you do, I’ll ask him the questions and get you the answers!  I think that he actually likes to share his farming stories more than he’ll admit!

And now for the little secret–Check back in around 9:00 or so this morning.  I told mom that I’d take over blogging for the day and so I have the regular posts scheduled for the day, but little does she know, I have an extra one…with a little secret…planned for 9:00!


PRE-Order Time: Our Newest Publication–75 Fun Fat Quarter Quilts!!


Over the past few weeks, we’ve been talking about the new books that we are featured in–75 Fun Fat Quarter Quilts from C&T Publications.

This book is a compilation of 14 different designers and 13 quilts.  Each designer then took their quilt pattern or block and gave several variations on it.

Here are some of the quilts that are included in the book:

11141, Cerda, FA15

Don’t you just love this one?!?! I love how the stars pop so much, they almost look like confetti!

11141, Cerda, FA15

This is another of my faves!  I love the simplicity of it.

11141, Cerda, FA15I really love the color scheme of this one!  I would be a little bit afraid after seeing navy and teal together, but surely not after seeing this beauty!

This next one though, is definitely my favorite.  Why?  It’s the quilt that mom and I designed and submitted!

11141, Cerda, FA15

As you can see, we focused all of our designed on a simple churn and dash quilt block.  All of the other quilt designs that we submitted use the churn and dash block, but in a different layout or with different backgrounds or some blocks to create a secondary pattern.

We did make one of our variations so far…this quilt.  You can read more about that quilt here.


Most of the quilts that we designed for the book are larger lap sized.

So now your thinking “I WANT THAT BOOK!!”  Well my friends, no fear!  We have added this book to our online store for you to purchase it here.  We currently have the books listed, but have not received them to ship.  We are anticipating receiving them in December and will be shipping them as soon as we receive them–They’d make the perfect Christmas gift!  While you’re there ordering, you can add a calendar to your cart for only $15.00 plus shipping, but if you don’t want to pay shipping at all, you can order a copy of our book, Country Girl Modern, 7 Fun Fat Quarter Quilts, and the 2016 American Patchwork and Quilting Calendar.  The calendar sells for $24.95 in stores so this is a great deal…but wait… You will need to choose the bundle option for this special free shipping offer.  This special offer will not ship until we received the 75 Fun Fat Quarter Quilt books.  Canadian and International shipping has been reduced but aren’t free.

I hope you love this new compilation book as much as we do!  We had a blast designing all of the different variations of our quilt and can’t wait to see what the other authors have done also!  We’ll be running this deal from now through December 1st but be warned once we run out of calendars we can’t order more…so this is first come first serve and only while supplies last!!

Getting this all together is what we’ve been working on this weekend.  We’re so happy we can finally share it with you!