Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens

Last summer, when we went to Florida to visit friends, they took us to the Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens in Port Orange.  Knowing that we enjoy walking in nature, this was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.  While I work on secret sewing projects, and it is bitterly cold outside, I thought it would …

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Making an Impact with Aurifil and Dream Green

Making An Impact, something we can all do. While having lunch last month with a group of friends, I was once again appalled at the server who set down our water glasses, then haphazardly tossed eight straws on the table for five people.  I immediately grabbed the one closest to me, and said loudly to …

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It’s been 5 years!

It's my blogging anniversary!  Five years ago I decided to begin writing my own blog, and I am still here, with more to say, LOL!!  From the beginning, I wanted my blog to be a bit different.  I wanted to do posts on all the things I am interested in, not just a single subject, …

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Za’Atar Chicken

I am always open to a new idea when it comes to cooking, and enjoy watching cooking shows on TV.  While watching Milk Street a couple of weekends ago, they demonstrated a new way of cooking chicken using a spice blend called za'atar.  I looked it up in my Milk Street cookbook, and was delighted …

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January in the Garden

There is still activity in the garden, even in the deep winter.  We don't have the epic snowstorms like the northeast area of the country, but we do have our share of cold.  One of the joys of living in western North Carolina is the almost perfect four seasons, about three months of each.  Not …

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January Scraps Clean Out

Last week I was lamenting about my lack of inspiration and the overwhelming amount of fabric scraps I seem to have collected.  I thank you all for your supportive comments and good suggestions.  A couple of the comments mentioned cutting up all the scraps into squares, but honestly I didn't have the energy to do …

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Dog vs Quilt – Repairing the Damage

Don't you just love dogs?  They are bundles of furry love with doggie breath, and sometimes they like to chew on things.  Recently, I was contacted to repair a well-loved quilt that had seen its share of doggy attention. Two of the corners were chewed off completely.  This one was on one end. This was …

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Pork Roast with Garlic Onion Gravy

Slow cookers are marvelous for making moist and tender roasts.  I've made pork roast a lot, and have a number of recipes on the blog for using up the leftovers.  This time I had an idea for a gluten free gravy for it, so I tried it.  DH approved, going back for seconds!!  The cut …

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A Quick Dresser Runner

One of the things I received in a Christmas gift exchange was a pack of charm squares in these gorgeous greens, purples and tans.  With my current lack of inspiration, I thought perhaps I'd just do something simple, just to be able to put thread into fabric.  So, I laid out the squares, putting the …

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A Basket of Comfort for the Recovering Heart

The day after Christmas, a dear friend had a heart attack, and then bypass surgery two days later.  We went to help bring him home on New Year's Day, taking a gift basket for the recovering patient.  I know from my experience with upper spine surgery just over 5 years ago, that after a week …

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