04 Oct

No Bake Cookies for Big Kids


DSCF8140These might look pretty unassuming; they are after all, a very simple cookie.  We all grew up with the recipe off the back of the Quaker Oatmeal box, which used milk chocolate powder and no salt.

The dark chocolate and the addition of enough salt to take the edge off the sweetness, plus the espresso power, make these very grown up friendly!

1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup whole milk
1/3 cup bittersweet cocoa powder, (I use Nestles Special Dark)
1 tablespoon espresso powder
coarse ground salt, to taste  (I add until I can actually taste it, like salted caramel or chocolate covered pretzels.)
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups quick cooking oats


1. Add the butter, sugar, milk, cocoa and espresso powder to a 4 quart saucepan.

2. Bring to a rapid boil and let boil for one minute.

3. Remove from heat, and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla, then stir in the oats.

4. Using a cookie scoop, drop onto parchment paper and let set until cool. Enjoy!

02 Oct

Using up the leftover fabrics


This morning, I decided I’d better go ahead and use the leftover fabrics from the quilt I just finished before they got lost in the wasteland that is my scrap pile!

I cut the pieces that were large enough into three and a half-inch half square triangles, and using the cream backing fabric I backed the last quilt with, I’m making as many star blocks as I can.


It would have been nice if there were enough colored fabrics for the centers, but there is not.  These are sixteen inch blocks, so it will go together quickly.

Once I have made all the star blocks I have enough fabric for, I will design a quilt around them.  So at this point, I don’t know what it’s going to be :)  It’s more fun that way!  I have lots of the larger blue floral fabric, and will use it for borders, binding and possibly sashing.

I wore out the large cutting tray finally on my AccuQuilt Studio, and when I went to their website to order a replacement, I saw that they’d come out with a folding Studio!  Oooh!  And then to my delight, I saw that I could order the upgrade kit, which basically just swapped out the roller sections, I did!


It took all of ten minutes to change it out, and now mine folds up too, yippee!  The thing is a beast and takes up so much space, so this will help.

Last night I went out to dinner with the girls before our quilt meeting.  We had so much fun!  Wine, laughter, and good food.

Last night I learned, talking to some of the local quilters, that many don’t understand why a longarmer needs so much extra backing.  So I think perhaps next time I load a quilt (if I remember) I’ll make a quick video demonstrating why.  A picture is worth a thousand words!

01 Oct

I’ve joined the Zombie Apocalypse


Yep.  For years, Jim and I have made fun of people walking around with their heads glued to their cell phones, oblivious to the world around them.  Zombies.

Well my new iPhone 6s plus came a month early, and I’m totally smitten!  No, I’m not going to start walking around texting people, nor am I going to forget my manners and be on my phone during dinner with friends, but suddenly, magically, I have this device that fits into my hand, that will make phone calls, receive texts, take awesome photographs, stunning video, play puzzles, store my favorite recipes, give me gps directions anywhere I want to go, play music… and best of all, all my Kindle books are on it!

ONE device!  Before, I’d take my phone (which the phone function was all that still worked on it), my Kindle, my iPod, my camera, and possibly my camcorder with me when I’d go places.  Now, all that fits into the palm of my hand, and the size of the plus screen makes it so that I can read it (albeit with glasses).  Heaven!

I did however, have my first socially ignorant faux pas with it.  At four thirty this morning, right before I fixed Jim his breakfast, I sent a group of friends on Facebook a message asking whomever had my brochures from last Saturday to bring them to our quilt group tonight…. NOT having a clue that the Facebook Messenger app operates just like a text.. and their phones would DING an alert.  At four thirty.  In the morning.

Yeah, I’m not going to be so popular tonight.  :)

I finished quilting my quilt this morning!  It’s always nice to trim the quilt and have it be perfectly square before trimming anything away… not something I can achieve every time, it depends on how square or wonky the top is before I quilt it, but certainly my goal for each quilt.


It’s not very often that I use a light quilting thread, but on this quilt I chose a shade of green so pale it was almost ivory.

Now to cut the binding and get it sewn on.  And hope I have enough fabric!  My top is 84 x 84 inches, and I have enough fabric for nine strips of fabric.  It’s going to be close….

There might be enough of this fabric, paired with a background fabric from my stash, to make a toddler quilt.   I should probably do that before the fabric gets added to my scrap drawers!