Sunday, June 28, 2009

Summer's Harvest

Steve and I got our first vegetables out the our garden plot. We picked a bag of Swiss chard and Malabar spinach. We also picked a few green onions.

We made Swiss Chard with Garbanzo Beans and Fresh Tomatoes with the goods from the garden. It made a double batch and, as you can see, it was popular with hardly any left.

We also went to the farmers market here and a vendor was selling strawberries by the bucket. When you have that many strawberries there is only one thing to make. Strawberry Ice!

This cup is my second. Wow is it yummy!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Black Forest Cupcakes

Here is another one of those really hard recipes I am known for. Black Forest Cupcakes!
1 Devil's Food Cake Mix
1 can of cherry pie filling
1 8oz Cool-Whip
2 tsp almond extract
1 chocolate bar
Make the cake mix according to the package directions. Fill each cup a third of the way. Spoon cherries from the pie filling into the center of the cup, trying to leave the sauce behind in the can. I have a large cup pan, so I put 4 cherries per cup. Finish filling the cup to about 2/3 of the way to the top. Bake according to package directions. Mix the almond extract into the Cool-Whip. I used 2 tsp, because some of the first one spilled out when I started mixing. Frosted the cooled cupcakes with the Cool-Whip and grate some chocolate over the top.
I suggest sharing with friends, so they can be surprised by the cherries and enjoy it with you!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

My Basket Show

So yes, it was the Minnesota Quilters Show, but really it was my own private quilt show.

I hope you all saw the show. I enjoyed it.

There were some beautiful quilts, including Cheri's and my Scrap Baskets.

They couldn't have be more different and more beautiful.

The only problem with a show like this is all the vendors. I spent way too much.

I'm set for projects for another year!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Forever Siblings

Can you tell I love my sister, Caroline?

She finished her first Glad Creations pattern, Forever Friends. Doesn't it look great!?

She came out last fall to do a Mystery Weekend with me. Cheri helped us pick out our fabric, so I think the reason our quilts turned out so good was our collaboration.

You can tell that we have very different tastes, but each of them are so pretty. I think this also shows the versatility of this quilt pattern as well.

Caroline, I hope you come out this fall for the next mystery weekend!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Final Resting Place

I've been in Utah for the last 5 days, and I couldn't help but bring a quilting project with me.

I have had my Merry-Go-Round quilt quilted and the binding on it for at least 4 months. I just needed to do final trimming and stitch down the binding.

The trimming of the batting out from between the points on the uneven edge had me petrified, but I finally got the nerve and cut.

It really wasn't that hard, I just need to start and it was a cinch after that.

My parents have a church pew in their front room as you enter. The vintage fabric really go with the antique look of the pew.

The quilt can be pulled off and used any time the grand kids need a quilt to curl up in.