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Everyone needs an Apron

January 27, 2014

After all my quilting leading up to the holidays, our older sister asked if I could help brainstorm and make a fun gift for her friend’s one year old, Wilder.  With a little thinking and researching, we decided an apron would be both cute and practical for this little dude.  He’d be able to wear it while painting, cooking, or simply as a new accessory!

Fat Quarter Options

Fat Quarter Options

We picked two fat quarters and an accent binding (to use for ties).  And then I had to figure out how big – or small rather – a 1-year-old is!  I measured, sketched it, cut it and started to sew!  In about 10 minutes flat, an apron was made!  I have to say – it’s pretty darn cute too.  I might be making these for everyone’s kids soon.  :  )

Apron - Blue Side

Apron – Blue Side

Apron - Yellow Side

Apron – Yellow Side

Hanging Apron

Hanging Apron

Enjoy,

Sarah

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A Quilt for James

January 23, 2014

Ah, my third and final nephew of the year.  My sister – as you all know from her previous post – gave birth to her sweet baby boy, James, in December.  I had picked out the fabric for this quilt before knowing what gender she was having, but I based in on colors she was featuring in the nursery.  I think it turned out adorable – if I do say so myself.

James' Quilt

James’ Quilt

It actually took me quite a while after purchasing the fabric to decide on my final design of the quilt.  I wanted each nephew to have a different pattern, so I picked rectangles and spent hours doing calculations to pick just the right size.  Each rectangle was cut 3″ x 7″.  This used the fabric so efficiently I had to NOT use one row to ensure my backing fabric fit!  All-in-all, the quilt came together better than I expected.  Especially because this was also the first time I made my own binding – which I LOVE on this quilt.

James' Quilt Back and Binding

James’ Quilt Back and Binding

I had a great time making all of these sweet nephew quilts, and I’m excited to watch them grow up (with the quilts, of course!).

Until next time…Enjoy.

Sarah

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A Quilt for Carter

January 20, 2014

Hey Everyone,

As you may notice, I have a bit of a theme going on here… I was blessed with three new nephews last year, and they each got their own quilt.  My other half’s sister had her sweet little boy in November – Carter Lee.  Below is the baby quilt I made just for him.  I used a combination of fat quarters and regular cuts of fabric as well as a sweet, faux satin baby quilt binding to finish it off!

Carter's Quilt

Carter’s Quilt

Carter's Quilt Back

Carter’s Quilt Back

Enjoy.

Sarah

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Quilt for Kemett

December 17, 2013

Hey Everyone.  Sorry I’ve been MIA for quite some time.  Lots going on, but I thought I’d take some time and update you on a few projects and meals I’ve tackled lately.

Our oldest sister – Melissa – had her first child a few months back.  The sweetest baby boy – Kemett.  In true fashion, I waited til he was already entering the world to start and finish his quilt.  BUT – it turned out adorable.

Kemett's Quilt

In progress

I used a charm pack and backed it with a soft flannel which wrapped around the sides to bind.  To add some textures (and hide a couple flaws), I added felt squares scattered across the front.  Enjoy the pictures!

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Adding Felt

Finished!

Finished!

Thanks for reading!

Sarah

 

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Stuffed Peppers and Potato Wedges

August 8, 2013

Hey Everyone!

Stuffed Peppers is one of my favorite recipes when I feel like changing it up with ground meat.  The recipe below is really easy as well as delicious. Feel free to sub with ground turkey rather than beef if you’d like.  It’s also delicious.  As you’ll see, I paired the peppers with potato wedges and a salad. I’ll show you how I make the Stuffed Peppers and potatoes.  I hope your mouth is watering when you’re done reading!

What you need for the Stuffed Peppers:

4  Bell Peppers (Whatever color you prefer, I used green)
1 – 2 lbs Ground Meat (Again, I used beef, but turkey is yummy as well)
1/2 cup cooked rice
1 cup water
2 cans tomato sauce
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp Garlic powder
1/4 tsp Onion powder
1 tsp Italian Seasoning
1 cup parmesan cheese

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Then, start by cutting the peppers in half. I usually just cut the tops off depending on the size to ensure a pretty decent portion for each pepper.  Discard the tops and seeds.  Steam these in the microwave until tender.  About 7 – 10 min.  Afterward, place them face down to drain the water.

Steamed Peppers

Steamed Peppers

Next, brown the meat.  Mix in the rice, 1 can of tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  Once mixed,  spoon even amounts into each pepper.

Mix remaining tomato sauce, Italian seasoning and cheese. Pour this on top.

Bake for 30 min at 350 degrees.  Once done, I typically sprinkle a little more cheese on the top for a finishing garnish… Mmmm.

For the potatoes, I usually cut red potatoes into wedges and sprinkle with salt, pepper, olive oil and basil.  Bake until tender and golden brown!  These will take a bit longer than the peppers, so be sure to start first.  I also like to flip them about 20 minutes in to ensure even browning.

Potatoes

And here’s the finished product.  I added a small salad to each plate for some greens.  So yummy.

Finished Stuffed Peppers

Finished Stuffed Peppers, Potatoes and Salad

Hope you enjoy!

Sarah

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Cherry Blueberry Pie

August 1, 2013

Hey Everyone. First off – sorry for being so MIA on the blog for the past while. Too much going on, but I’m back!  And I’m baking!

For whatever reason, I’ve had the urge to make a pie lately so here it is.  I opted for a Cherry Blueberry pie for a few reasons – 1. It sounded yummy. 2. Blueberries were on sale. 3. It let me be a little more creative than a can of cherry filling!

Below is the recipe I followed when making the pie.  I did opt for store bought pie crust as well as a can of Dark Sweet Cherry Pie filling with my fresh blueberries – rather than frozen as the recipe I used called for.  Finally I am not often baking, so I used my 9″round cake pan rather than a pie pan.  I used just a few more blueberries than called for to ensure the pan was filled enough.

Ingredients:

1 (15 ounce) package refrigerated pie crusts
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling
1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries

1 egg white
1 teaspoon water
2 teaspoons sugar

Pie Up Close

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. Press one of the pie crusts into a 9 inch pie plate. In a large bowl, stir together 1/2 cup of sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon. Stir in the cherry pie filling and blueberries. Spoon into the pie crust. Top with the second crust, and press the edges to seal. Flute edges, or press with the tines of a fork. In a cup, whisk together the egg white and water with a fork. Brush over the top of the pie, then sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of sugar.
  3. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes in the preheated oven, or until crust is golden brown. Cover the edges of the crust with aluminum foil if they appear to be getting too dark. Cool for at least 2 hours to allow the filling to set before serving.

And here’s how it turned out.  So yummy.

Cherry Blueberry Pie

Cherry Blueberry Pie

Thanks!

Sarah

 

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Mini Cakes

February 20, 2012

Many of you don’t probably didn’t know that I don’t actually have a full size oven.  I have more of a “toaster” size oven, so I get slightly more creative with my baking!  I don’t often get the urge to bake and it certainly doesn’t help that my little oven can cook only 6 cookies at a time, 6 muffins at a time, etc!  Tonight, I beat the little oven and made delicious, adorable, and fairly quick – mini cakes (cause everything is cuter when it’s mini)!

So tonight I decided I wanted to bake something more bite sized, but I wanted to be quicker than 6 cookies at a time!  I decided to bake a chocolate cake which I would then cut into smaller circles and decorate!  Since I am not the baker my sister is, I used a box cake mix.  I then used a biscuit cutter in the smallest size I had to cut the cake into smaller circles.  As you can see below, I have a bit of cake left over.  Mmmm


Anyway – I cut the circles while the cake was still a bit warm, and then let them cool.  Once cool, I melted a bit of chocolate icing to pour over the top. While the icing was still warm, I dropped some pieces of walnut on the top.

And finally – I drizzled just a bit more icing on top to keep them from falling off and because you just can’t have too much chocolate.  Mmm.