Spring Tulip Mini Quilt

Spring's softer colors and all the flowers in bloom inspired me to get out some pretty pastels and create another mini quilt. It took only two afternoons to complete. I started with a paper pieced tulip that I did in a demo some years ago. Then I pulled some pretty spring pastels to go with …

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Late April Sunday Drive

We woke up Sunday to a lovely view across the valley just after dawn.  Fog in the valley shows the layers of hills and mountains so much better than a clear view. Gradually the fog burned away, and we decided to go for a nice little drive with friends in our little British cars. We …

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Dressing Downton at Biltmore Estate

There's a special exhibit going on at the Biltmore Estate right now, and for all of the Downton Abbey fans it is wonderful. Even more so for those that know what it takes to use needle and thread to create wearable art. Wearable art is precisely what I saw there. Gorgeous beading and exquisite hand …

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Mid April Azaleas and Dogwood

The azaleas are almost here!  I really love the white ones best.  We have a lot of azaleas on the property, in white and several shades of pink.  I got a few shots of them just coming out.  This white one is in full flower, covered in honey bees too. Gorgeous, isn't it? Behind it …

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National Garlic Day with Roasted Garlic recipes

Today is another silly holiday, it is National Garlic Day!  This is an ingredient I love using.  Chopped up garlic sauteed with onions is the beginning to many a great meal.  Roasting garlic makes a wonderful flavorful add on to all kinds of recipes, from spreads for toasted bread to a rub for grilled or …

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Ham Dinner and a Ham Casserole

I would imagine that many of us are serving a baked ham today, moist and delicious!!  I baked mine a bit differently recently, and I think the new method for me is a keeper. I used to use paper bags from the grocery store, but you cannot do this now as there are too many …

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Dinosaur Eggs for Easter – a healthy alternative

I really enjoy doing silly stuff for the ladies that I work with.  For years I have done candy and sweets for various holidays, but with the staff we have now, one of the girls is diabetic.  I certainly cannot add to her difficulties with her diet by giving her sweets.  She is struggling hard …

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