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Christmas Vignette

It worked out that I could host another craft night.  That's two in a row! I invited a couple of friends that I knew would love the idea of setting up a Christmas scene in glass.    I gathered lots of items from past craft adventures and bought a few inexpensive items to add to… Continue reading Christmas Vignette

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Holiday Candle Mat

Lately I’ve been social in the real world, but silent in social media. This is what I've been up to. I planned an evening at home, with a few friends that I’ve known for years. For the first gathering of girlfriends, I planned a simple craft. Here’s to renewing old friendships and forging ahead with new… Continue reading Holiday Candle Mat

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The Autumn Speedwell Quilt

One night I was searching Pinterest and saw the cutest pattern called Speedwell quilt by Nicola Dodd of Cakes Stand Quilts. After clicking on the information I found out it was a free pattern featured on Moda Bake Shop. The pattern is based on a layer cake, which is a pre-cut stack of coordinating fabric.… Continue reading The Autumn Speedwell Quilt

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Through The Ivy Covered Window‘s Garden Salsa

Lots of herbs and ripe tomatoes mean it’s time to make fresh garden salsa. I love summer cooking recipes and this one is great spooned over grilled chicken, scrambled eggs, nachos, hot dogs, or almost anything . Here is the recipe I came up with based on what I had in my garden. Lucky for me… Continue reading Through The Ivy Covered Window‘s Garden Salsa

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Recipe Ready Basil Pesto

The Basil harvest is wonderful for me this summer. This is the second “big” harvest of this fresh herb from my small container garden. I expect to make two more batches of basil pesto for my freezer through September. I’ve also had fresh basil to add to dinner salads, dressings and pasta since June. It… Continue reading Recipe Ready Basil Pesto

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Baked Brie with Strawberry Jam, Pistachio, and fresh picked Strawberries

I’m imagining a bubbling Prosecco pouring into my glass as I write this recipe. I think that would be a perfect start to a summer weekend. Of course after you hear what I made you may have a better wine recommendation for me. Maybe something red chilled and delicious to go with Baked Brie and… Continue reading Baked Brie with Strawberry Jam, Pistachio, and fresh picked Strawberries

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Scone Butter

We had a summer brunch the other weekend and I made scones and scone butter. We had a great time with several friends who play and enjoy watching tennis. The occasion was our second annual Wimbledon brunch. I selected Wimbledon inspired foods for the brunch table. Here is the recipe. Scone Butter 1/2 cup unsalted… Continue reading Scone Butter

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Blueberry Lime Cream Cheese Pie

If you like easy recipes then try this one. It couldn’t be easier. I had to think back to a Fourth of July in the 1970’s .  Maybe 1975 or 1976, would have been my first introduction to a cream cheese pie decorated with strawberries and blueberries for the holiday. From that summer on, I… Continue reading Blueberry Lime Cream Cheese Pie

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Blueberry Lime Preserves

Cultivated berries are a thing of beauty. Something to savor and enjoy during winter months. I’m lucky to live in the state of Michigan where orchard agriculture is a focal point in the summer months, at least it is for me. I have been preserving food for the last 25 years. It’s a joy to… Continue reading Blueberry Lime Preserves

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Hydrangea Appliqué Part Two

Today was a beautiful day. I wish I could have been outside but instead I had to play catch up in the quilt and blog world. At least I was communing with nature in a quilting way. Soon I'll have hydrangeas blooming again. Blooms are sure to give me color inspiration for the project. In… Continue reading Hydrangea Appliqué Part Two

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Hydrangea Appliqué Part One

The start of a new project is an exciting endeavor. The part I love most is the development of the idea and the gathering of supplies. My process is intuitive, so I am open to change as the project progresses. Inspiration is everywhere, which makes it hard for me to focus on one thing and… Continue reading Hydrangea Appliqué Part One