Joining the Garden Party


A post from Kelli–

Mom and I kind of have this ongoing joke that if I don’t like a quilt design, she should make it and then I’ll like it.  So far, this has been the case every time!  There have been lots that I’ve liked a part of or the color of, and always think, “Oh, that’s nice, but I want to change this part or that part.”  But then I get scared because I don’t want to go through all of the work to maybe have it look the way that I have in mind.  Usually that’s the way that mom makes it and then I know I’ll love it.

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The same thing happened with Garden Party by Bonnie Hunter.  This quilt was featured in the May/June 2015 issue of Quiltmaker.  We also had a quilt featured in the same magazine, Strawberry Sundae, so when we got the advance copies, Mom and I were both squealing.  At the time, I was busy with school and so the magazine got set aside and forgotten about.  I always liked it, but thought I maybe wanted to do a different border of some kind and maybe make it a bit bigger.

Fast forward to this year and when mom was on her break from childcare while she was doing radioactive iodine therapy, she got her Garden Party quilted.  When I was home, we had a binding party and she got it bound.  As normal, I was in love–with larger and no borders!  I decided that while I’m on break until June 28th, I’m going to jump right in and make a Garden Party of my own.

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I’m planning on making mine a bit bigger, so I did a bit of math and I think that if I make 169 blocks, I should be good.  Here are all of my blocks that I have done.

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And yesterday, I started working on the nine-patch blocks, so I have them started here.  I love strip piecing and so these 9 patches should be a breeze.

This week, I’m working a few overnights so that I can get trained in to work 2nd and 3rd shift at the nursing home, so I’m trying to adjust a bit to that schedule temporarily and sneaking in a little bit of sewing time on the side.

Stay tuned to next week!  I’m hoping to have made some major progress on this one!


Monster Cookie Bars!!!


A post from Kelli–

A week or so ago, I was having a hankering for something sweet.  I knew that I had an arsenal of recipes that I’ve tried already, but I was looking for something new.  I had been on pinterest looking for a new recipe, but I get really frustrated when the link from the pin takes you to some crazy weird website that didn’t link their pins the right way so it doesn’t take you to the recipe or it takes you to a completely different website all together.  I finally got sick of it and pulled out a good old church cookbook and guess what?  I took me right to the section I was looking for without 17 million crazy click through ads….Sometimes I forget to do things the good old fashioned way instead of the fancy wango-fango way.

Anyway, after few minutes, I found something that sounded fantastic–M & M Bars!  With being gluten free, I have found that oats and oatmeal don’t bother me so I tend to gravitate toward recipes that use them as that often means that there is little flour used in the recipe.  While I am very greatful to have gluten free flour available, I don’t do enough baking to keep so many kinds around and sometimes the mixes can leave a little gritty taste, so if it uses oats, that’s less gluten free flour I have to use.

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Almost as soon as I had them out of the oven, Jason came home and was digging in them to tell me that they didn’t set up correctly.  I told him to get his pesky hands out and just wait until they cooled off  because they had a filling that needed to set up a bit.  After they cooled of though–Man o Man–They are GREAT!  If you plan to make them for a gathering, I’d recommend making them and then hiding them because our whole pan was gone pretty fast!

Here’s the recipe if you’d like to try them too:

2 cups quick oatmeal

1 1/2 cup flour (I used a gluten free mix and couldn’t taste it at all)

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup butter

1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk

1/4 cup peanut butter

1 1/2 cups m&m’s

Stir together oats, flour, sugars, and baking soda.  Cut in butter with a pastry blender or by hand.  Reserve 1 3/4 cup crumb mixture.   Press remainder into a 10 x 15 pan.  Bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes.

Stir together sweetened condensed milk and peanut butter.  Set aside.  Stir m&m’s into remaining crumb mixture.  Spread milk mixture over crust in pan (be careful because the crust may try to stick to the milk mix and spread with it) and then sprinkle with m&m mix.  Bake at 375 degrees for 15 more minutes.

And there you have it folks–Peanut butter bar heaven!  Let me know what you think!

Antiques and Gifts on Vine


A post from Kelli–

Around Christmas time, I went to West Union with my mother-in-law to check out a couple craft shows that were going on.  While we were in town, someone mentioned that a new antique store opened up in town so we thought we’d check it out.  When we went in to check it out, I was in love.  The decor is exactly my style with a wonderful mix of cute signs, some primitive items and lots of re-purposed things too!  While I had already bought the gifts that I was needing, and at the end of my spending money, I didn’t make any purchases, however I knew that I’d be back the next time I was needing a gift.

Fast forward a few months and I was working on painting a cabinet for my sewing room over spring break.  I was thinking that I might need some more supplies and jumped online to look for the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint that we normally use.  The previous store that we had regularly purchased from had moved, so I wasn’t sure where I was going to have to go.  Imagine my wonderful surprise when I found out that I could just run over to West Union for additional supplies.  I messaged them to find out that they didn’t have everything in yet so I was a bit bummed, but ended up with enough paint to finish up the painting part of my project.

Last week, I was driving home from Independence where I was doing clinical at and decided that I really didn’t want to cook supper, so I called in an order to the Chinese restaurant to pick up on my way home.  When I got into town, I saw that the shop was open, so I decided to make a quick stop after picking up supper and boy am I happy that I did!

They have done so many wonderful things with the shop since I was there last!

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I just love the feel with the tin ceilings and all of the decor!  They have added a second “shelf” above to showcase additional pieces.

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I even found a little spot where they have the coloring books that I love so much!  I know mom isn’t a fan of them, but I find them incredibly relaxing!

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This little rug hooked piece was absolutely adorable.  I really like how they framed it.  It’d make a great addition to a little girl’s room!

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In the back, they have a little “man cave” room that has a ton of neat little signs related to “guy” things such as fishing or automotive things.  It also is a little bit dimmer, but it’s super neat.

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Here’s another view of the “man cave.”  I know when I think decorations, I usually think of girly things, but they have lots of neat things that are more guy-ish, but would work wonderfully into lots of different decor themes.

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I about fell in love with this little corner cupboard.  I don’t quite know where I’d put it in my house, but I’m sure that I could find a place or two!

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Another thing that I really like is that they showcase work from local artists.  The painting on the door is done by a local artist, Andrea Adams, who lives just down the road from mom and dad near Waucoma.  You can check out her website here–Indigo Studio.  They also feature handmade cards.

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When I saw this, I immediately thought of mom!  She once did an experiment to see how long we would go without putting toilet paper on the roll.  I don’t remember how long it was, but it was definitely longer than she would have liked.

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This sign however, spoke to me.  I often have a bit of a hard time with burning things and seriously would benefit from a smoke alarm that would shut off when the words “I’m cooking,” were spoken.  If you happen to find a smoke alarm like this, please let me know!

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Finally!  Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!  I love how the owner took picture frames and used various chalk painting colors and techniques to paint them.  The frames wonderfully showcase the colors and techniques and make it easy for anyone to pick out a color or technique that they are looking for.  After speaking with the owner Kim a bit more, I found out that she doesn’t live too far from me and her son often helps my husband haul loads and do other farm work in the summer during hay season.

After talking a bit more, I found out that she offers periodic chalk painting classes, so I signed mom and I up!  I also decided to gift my mother-in-law with a class for mother’s day and am excited that Jason’s Aunt Julie is coming with too!  We are going to learn a few new chalk painting techniques that I haven’t tried before and I’m really excited.  Wine, family, and a little bit of creativity–What else could a person ask for.

If you’d like to check out Antiques and Gifts on Vine, you can find their facebook page here–Antiques & Gifts on Vine.  And stay tuned–Our class is on May 26th–I’m sure we’ll be sharing pictures!

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.


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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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