One Dish Italian Meal

Quick and simple meals are nice for busy days this time of year.  DH loves Italian meals, so I came up with a recipe that goes together fast yet is lighter than the usual Italian fare.  Part meal and part salad, it goes together in one dish.  It is a perfect meal for these early …

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Starting a Quilt of Valor

Piddling around with elements at the retreat last February, I wanted to use some patriotic layer cake fabrics and some jelly roll strips for a Quilt of Valor.  I showed this last March after the retreat, and they have been put away since then as I was just too involved with the Hurricane Quilt Project …

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End of the Garden Tomatoes

The garden tomato crop is winding down, but still there were too many to eat in salads and on sandwiches alone. I'd made enough Tomato Pies, and I didn't think DH would eat another one, LOL!! While reading a charming little book called Simple Pleasures of the Garden, I found a wonderful idea on preserving the …

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Fun at the Mountain State Fair 2019

The NC Mountain State Fair ended yesterday, and I will be picking up all my entries today.  On Labor Day I turned in my projects in crafts, quilting, and photography, but due to our trip I couldn't enter the gardening competitions this year.  I got home just in time to enter the last three cooking …

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Adventures in Yellowstone

I imagine you can guess where we've been from this photo.  We are back from a wonderful vacation trip to Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park.  This was my first time to see either park, even to be in that part of the country.  I took almost 500 pictures and I'll show you just …

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Teacups Quilt Along Block 14 Sun Tea

This month, I was looking for some teacup fabric to use as filler for when we begin putting the blocks together later in the year.  I was not successful, but while I was researching with the word teacup, I clicked on a summer tablescape and had a fun idea for this month's block. Sun Tea!  …

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Here’s the Plan, and a Couple of Questions for You

I hope everyone is enjoying this lovely holiday weekend.  It is Apple Festival time here, and the fair starts next weekend.  The King Apple Parade will be tomorrow afternoon, and we'll be down there again to enjoy this uniquely small town event. You can see my previous posts on this fun weekend with Apple Festival …

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Apple Tablescape

Apple Festival weekend starts today, a four-day, annual, Labor Day weekend event, done like only a small town can do it.  It is the end of summer, and almost time for my favorite season, autumn, but not quite yet.  So, an apple tablescape is in order once again.  I put this one together using only …

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August in the Garden

August in the garden means that the flowering season is winding down.  Most of the perennials have finished, but a few are still going.  The annuals keep going until it gets cold, so all the geraniums are still blooming, most are this vibrant pink. In the planter box, the asters have run wild. The coneflowers …

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Making Handmade Papers

After buying a couple of books and reading about this process, assembling what I thought I needed, waiting for a nice day outside to try this and dilly dallying for a year, I finally got around to a day to attempt making paper. I've been Drying Flowers for months, so I have a lot of …

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Getting Ready for the Fair 2019

One of the benefits of writing a blog is that I have a record of what I did and when.  With the North Carolina Mountain State Fair, all the entries have to be created within the past year, so I have to be able to tell what was made after September 1 of last year.  …

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Dealing with Quilt Issues

You know, I don't ask for much when I agree to do longarm quilting for charity.  All I ask is that the quilt have 8 inches of extra fabric both lengthwise and crosswise on the batting and backing.  Particularly when I am quilting for charity (and by that I mean for free, no matter which …

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Drying Flowers from the Garden

I have a couple of projects that will require some dried flowers, so I've been working on this for a few months.  Drying hydrangea stems is pretty easy, and as you can see, I have a lot to choose from this year.  I cut some while they were still mostly blue, and others after they …

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Tissue Covers and a note about Safelight

When we did the latest Safelight Project, wonderful reader Betty Giacomino sent 70 tissue covers to go with the cases made by readers.  It was delightful to see how many there were that went together well.  The last 15 or so didn't really match (I mean, how much can one expect, LOL!!), but at that …

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