Supper with the Hankens

Someone asked me how can you think up all the things I write about.  They say, if I was writing a blog there is no way I could think of all of the things.  Well, the answer is, I get help.  My kids are great about allowing me to share things about them.  They often supply the pictures and ideas for a blog post.

I have great kids and I love them so much.  We’re not an affectionate family but simply by the things they do, I know they love me lots and I am so grateful.

Out of the blue Kelli sent some pictures and some recipes…

She was busy being the mom and wife and didn’t leave out her chance to be a good daughter to me and friend to you all of you.  She took pictures of what she’s cooking and shared them with me so I could share them with you…

Here is what’s for supper…


Left to right bread pudding.  That’s my recipe (actually Grandma Kramer’s) and you can find it HERE on the blog.

The middle is Pork Roast from the Instant Pot.

On the right is Corn Mac.  Kelli used up all of her eggs making the bread pudding so she opted to make Corn Mac instead of the Scalloped Corn which is also a popular dish at her house and what she originally intended to make before she realized she used up all of the eggs.


Here is how it looked fresh out of the oven.  Kelli said it is really good.


While it was all cooking Kelli loaded everyone up and got them out of the house to check on the cows.

Here is Georgie pulling her puppy that she insisted get a walk too… Continue reading

An Amazing Weekend

I told you all that on the Saturday before Thanksgiving my plan was to take my Anniversaries of the Heart piece to The Stitchery Nook and see if they could frame it.  I almost didn’t go.  I had things to do here.  I had my bottomless email to go through.  I had quilts that needed attention.  I so much that needed to be done…plus I had just been to the shop in the last month so I really didn’t need anything.

It was the forever pull of work or play that I find myself wrapped in.

Then Gloria, a blog reader that lives 40 minutes from me, messaged me and said as long as I was going to go to The Stitchery Nook why don’t I just stop by and see her new quilting lodge.  Oh my.  Now, this was really tempting and pulling at me to really put work aside and have some fun.

I made all of the arrangements to go.  I got directions, we set up a time.  I was raring to go.  Then I realized Kalissa still didn’t have her new car.  She had my vehicle and maybe I wouldn’t be able to go.

I called Kalissa, got it worked out, and off I went on Saturday, a little later than I planned, but out the door nonetheless.

Gloria and her husband Gaylen have been spending the summer busy working on building her a new sewing room.  If it off house in its own separate building.  While they were building they build a lodge complete with a living room, dining room, kitchen, and bedroom together with the sewing room.  Gloria told me how big it was and I don’t remember all the details.  I was so in awe of the goodies and wonderful layout that I didn’t even catch it all.

Gloria has an AMAZING sense of design and I just loved every single inch of it all.  Gloria loves antiques and has been collecting since she was a teen.  The decorating was just amazing.  No joke, a magazine company could come in and take pictures…it’s that perfect.

She has wonderful antique pieces that serve as both decoration and function.  All of the pieces have stories that go with them.  I was there for several hours taking it all in and honestly, I could easily see it all again and again and still be amazed.

I didn’t take pictures.  If I ever go again, I’ll ask Gloria if I can.  Seriously the building is amazing.  In fact, I came home and told my kids that if I didn’t live here in this house, I’d love to build exactly what they built and live in it.  WOW, WOW, WOW.

I’d love to go in the summer and see all her beautiful landscapes.  They have so many cute areas that I know would be so pretty in the summer when they are in full bloom.

Beyond that, Gloria and Gaylen were so sweet and very hospitable.  I had so much fun.  They even ended up taking me out for lunch.  I was spoiled bad.  I was smiling all the way to my next stop.  Again and again, I told myself how happy I was that it worked out and I was able to go.

It’s amazing how when you meet some people you immediately feel like friends.  Gloria and Gaylen were totally that way.

As I was driving to The Stitchery Nook, my son called and asked what I was doing.  I told him I was meeting a blog reader.  He started questioning me.  My kids get paranoid when I tell them I met a blog reader.  It’s the whole “you’re meeting people you met online” worry.  I told him I was completely okay.  I love that they watch out for me…but still, I have to laugh a little.

I pulled into Osage and parked right out front.

I went into the store and someone was checking out.  Liz, who was working, said hi and introduced me to the gal that was checking out.  It turns out she was a blog reader.  How fun is that?  We chatted for a bit…I pulled out… Continue reading

Ask Jo: Copyright

Every so often questions and comments come from readers that I think others would like to hear my response to.  That’s when I feature them on the blog.  This is one of those days

Oh my.  My Frolic leftover quilt had several of you worried and concerned and pretty skeptical about me.

I got this from Ellen:
You mention this morning that you are going to do a tutorial on making the blocks for this new fabulous quilt.  I wouldn’t want you in trouble with Bonnie but that is surely a copyright infringement?

For a refresher, I took leftovers from Bonnie Hunter’s Frolic mystery, added other things to is and came up with a new quilt.  Here is the quilt.


Here is a closer look at the blocks.

Here is my Frolic quilt.  Each quilt has star blocks and the star blocks are not the same.  Notice how the original Frolic blocks have half square triangles in the corners.  Notice how my blocks are completely scrappy and the same pinks and the same blues are not used throughout the individual block.  The same can be said for the aqua/light blues.  All of them are different.  They are completely not the same prints.  Bonnies are.


Did you notice in my quilt that I made blocks with a white background?  Bonnie’s quilt has none.

Janette B wrote:
Wouldn’t it be a copyright infringement to produce a quilt pattern for a magazine if most of the quilt is made with leftovers of Bonnie’s Frolic quilt pattern?

For a refresher, these are the pieces I sorted through… Continue reading

Cross Stitch Update

I’m a little late on working on these and having them for my dough bowl…but I did it early in the week so I was at least able to enjoy them for a few days.

These are the two pieces I had stitched but needed to finish.


This one is a Lizzie Kate pattern.  I stitched this a couple of years ago.  I know that because the linen is likely 30 count and I stitched them two threads of floss over two threads of linen.  I don’t do that anymore.

Many of the cross stitchers when they finish their small pieces into pillows, add trim or rickrack around the edge.  I like the look but I get a little afraid of doing all of mine like that.  It also adds expense to finishing but the biggest deterrent for me is I’m afraid it might “date” the pieces.

For this one I sewed on a narrow strip of fabric, then two wider ones on each side…then I dug into the button box and added some buttons.  I’m super happy with this finish.

Simple but cute.

Here it is in the dough bowl… Continue reading