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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


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


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


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

Recipes · Tutorials

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

Recipes · Tutorials

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

Patterns · quilting · Sewing

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


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

Patterns · quilting · Quilting Tip’s · Sewing

The Answer for me is a little Woven Tag

The subject of labeling or signing ones work, is often discussed in the makers community. I’ve been to many quilt shows, guild meetings and art fairs where the artist creates such a cute label we stop to talk about how they came up with the idea. I've never been fond of really large labels on… Continue reading The Answer for me is a little Woven Tag


Eggs Baked in Avocados

Sunday morning breakfast starts with two avocados ripened on my counter. I gathered four eggs, about a half cup of shredded white cheddar, pepper, salt, and a half cup crumbled bacon. Pre heat oven to 450 degrees.Split avocados in half remove pit. Lightly oil cooking vessel and place avocados split side up .White cheddar, eggs,… Continue reading Eggs Baked in Avocados

Quilting Tip’s

Quilter Tip ~ Keeping my Binding secure as I stitch

  One of my favorite aspects of the quilt process is attaching the binding. Its like the home stretch of a long race. I can enjoy peacefully crossing the finish line one stitch at a time. I usually use things around the house to make that job a little easier. In a lot of my… Continue reading Quilter Tip ~ Keeping my Binding secure as I stitch