Saturday, December 12, 2009

Cathspennies is having a giveaway!

I was just visiting cathspennies which is a wonderful little blog. She is having the sweetest giveaway! I shouldn't be spreading the word because I really like this little pillow! But I thought I would share it with you. Happy Holidays!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Hamburger-Vegetable Soup

MMMMmmmm!!!! I smell it cooking right now!
I forgot to take something out for dinner tonight. Ooops! Oh, what to do, what to do??? Aha!! I have some frozen hamburger in the freezer!! Now I know what to do for dinner. Whenever I get myself into a dinner pinch this usually does the trick! I will make some Hamburger-Vegetable Soup! It's cold outside tonight anyway! Perfect! Here is the recipe that goes pretty quick. And if your like me, you almost always have the ingredients on hand!

Hamburger-Vegetable Soup

1-1 1/2 pounds hamburger
3-4 cups of water
3 medium carrots, chopped (about 1 cup or more if you like carrots)
2 medium stalks celery, chopped (about 1 cup or more if you like)
1 large potato, cut into 1/2 inch pieces (about 1 cup or more if you like)
2 medium onions, chopped (about 1 cup or more if you like)
1-2 teaspoon salt
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1 can (14.5 ounce) Diced tomatoes with the liquid! ( or 2 cans if you like)(or a 28 oz. can will do)

Cook and stir hamburger in Dutch oven until light brown; drain. Stir in remaining ingredients; Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer just until vegetables are tender, about 20 to 30 minutes. (Depending on how small you chopped your vegies!)
Serves about 6, but in my household any leftover soup keeps for lunch the next day!

As you can see you can vary this recipe to your liking or to what you have in the fridge! Works for me and my family! I hope it works for yours. Enjoy! :o)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Jo Morton Club meeting

Today was Jo Club Day! I have lots to share with everyone. This is an apple core tablemat. finished with the blanket stitch. Very cute!
Here is a gorgeous log cabin and houses. Each house has a different block inside of it. Nice warm colors were used. I was sorry I couldn't get a full length photo of this quilt.
Here is a Figgy pudding Christmas stitchery. This is really adorable!
Here is an up close shot of one the the stitcheries. A "sweet" gingerbread house. :o)
Some really fun Tea towels! I just love these!
A partridge in a Pair tree!
These were really cute! They are wool hooked rugs.

A Signature block quilt top from Jo Morton pattern.
Another Apple core table topper. This one has ric rac around the edges of the apple cores. Such a creative finish! Really neat!
Here's a close up of the ric rac. As you can see there is also a bit of blanket stitching in this one! Really nice!
I had a totally unexpected surprise today! While at the Jo meeting I received a special package from one of the members. Guess who it was from! Mary! From over at Quilt Hollow!!
There was a yummy candy cane ornament. A very cute handmade little zipper pouch out of fabric with sewing essentials on it!! :o)
Inside the pouch was a Mary Englebreit package with all sorts of needles in it. I can always put those to good use! As well as some thread! Oh yes, a package of cinnamon spice tea. Yum! I will definitely enjoy this as I am a tea drinker.
Thank-you Mary!! You are so sweet. I had no idea that I would be a recipient of one of your wonderful gifts! Let the Christmas Joy begin! :o)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Yesterday was Quilt Bee Day!

Yesterday was my quilt bee meeting! Time to share some "show n' tell". Here is a cute little Christmas tree. I don't know if you can see them or not but there are tiny red buttons on the tree so ornaments can be hung.
I thought this fabric was really cute. It's the back of the next quilt.
A fun Kim Diehl quilt. (And yes Mary, that is a tuffet!)
A Tinker bell apron which is reversible. Shhh!! It's a Christmas gift for someone special!
Look!! Tuffets!! Aren't they fun?!! I think they look great! :o)
Here is a beautiful Cathedral Stars quilt which is from a Bonnie Hunter pattern.
Hope you enjoyed the show! :0)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Half square triangles

I am currently working on a project which has half square triangles in it. Of course I loaded the pictures in reverse! LOL
I was trying a new product being passed around as a trial.
It's called "Stitching Lines" by Marin & Colusa. Here is there website. if you are interested.
Usually I just draw a straight line from corner to corner and then sew a quarter inch away from each side. I then take my rotary cutter and cut the triangles apart on the line that I drew. With this product you lay the "Stitching Lines" paper over the diagonal where you would normally draw the line. You then proceed to sew your quarter inch away from the marked line, then cut as normal.. It just saves you from having to draw the line.
If you are confused, just start by looking at my last picture first! Like I said at the beginning of this post, I put my pictures in reverse order! Ooops. LOL
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!