Saturday, March 26, 2016

A Few Friends...

Happy Easter!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Nature is a Painter

I found this leaf, just as it is. I treasure the details all around us.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Christmas Cactus in the New Year

I've had this plant for at least 25 years... it usually blooms in October. This year, it waited till December.

Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Wednesday, December 23, 2015


Wool collage, 2015. Thrifted (Value Village) wool, bracelet beads, and charms. 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Savory Cornbread Stuffing Cakes withCranberry Sauce Syrup

My sister and I got together early for Christmas this year so that meant a pre-Christmas meal including one of one of our favorites, cornbread dressing. Our Nana made the best. (I keep trying...)

With some leftovers, a remake was in order. And Chobani invited me to include yogurt in my recipe.
This is a bit like a potato pancake, but cornbread dressing takes center stage. And no potatoes.

The savory surfing is balanced with a bit of apple sweetness. I also used leftover cranberry sauce thinned with apple cider for an additional nod to seasonal color and flavor.  These are a great side with leftover ham or turkey. Enjoy!

Savory Cornbread Stuffing Cakes with Cranberry Sauce Syrup
3-4 Cups of prepared (leftover!) cornbread stuffing
1 Apple, cut into chunks
5 Scallions, chopped (reserve some for garnish)
1/2 tsp. crushed dried rosemary
1-2 eggs
1/2  Cup Chobani Greek Yogurt (plain)
3/4 C. Flour
Oil for frying. (I use avocado oil which can handle the higher heat.)

Cranberry Syrup
1 Can jellied cranberry sauce
1/4 C. apple cider

To make syrup: Combine ingredients in food processor. Pulse to blend, adding more cider if desired for a thinner consistency.

To make pancakes: Combine stuffing, apple, and yogurt in food processor. Pulse to blend. Add one egg. Pulse, and depending on consistency, add additional egg if needed to make a soft but shapable dough.
Place flour in shallow bowl. Shape dough into egg-sized balls, dredge in flour and flatten with hands into small patty.

Heat oil in frying pan. Add patties and fry until golden. Turn and continue cooking until golden.
Serve with cranberry sauce syrup and green scallions.

Merry Christmas! (And make sure you check out the great recipes over at Chobani.  We use yogurt almost every day, and I'm looking forward to trying some new recipes soon! #chobani greek yogurt)

No compensation received, all opinions my own.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Friday, October 2, 2015

Wild Horses and a Quilt

Not a new quilt, but one I love. Made a couple of years ago.

And horses. These are some of the 13 wild horses that were rescued and that are looking for a new home. Some friends have loaned their land as a temporary haven. 

(Moses, the standard poodle, checking out the quilt)
The quilt was made from leftover green bits, sewn log cabin style and then squared and framed with shot cottons. My friend Terry did the meandering machine quilting for me.

Each block started with a black and white print crumb of fabric, no bigger than a 2-inch square. It's so relaxing when there's no measuring, just sewing, two blocks at a time to chain piece, adding a scrap, pressing and building without any worry about matching seems. Once the blocks were squared, the strips of shot cotton were added to contain the organized chaos. Like little modern abstracts, framed so you notice each composition.

Make it a Wonderful Day!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Scrappy Works for Me

 We finished a few quilts one morning for Project Linus. This was my favorite. I love scrappy randomness that has a bit of order to it. Just like life.

Make it a Wonderful Life!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Independence Day Dresden Plates

Happy Independence Day!
Here are a few dresden plates I've made for American Hero Quilts. (Surprisingly easy to make!)
We're making red, white, and blue blocks every month and we'll have a sew day to put the quilts together sometime in the fall or winter. 

Our quilt group continues to support the efforts of American Hero Quilts to give quilts to injured service men and women. I look forward to the day when we won't need to make any more. Yes, that is my hope.

Make it a wonderful day!