My quilting and family life journal

First real snow storm

The first real snow storm of the season started two days ago and has decided to linger… In the past two days we have received over a foot of snow and it is still coming down.  The white carpet is lovely and has caused us to participated in a large amount of yard aerobics. The stairs, walkway and in front of the garage doors have been shoveled at least half-a-dozen times, and the driveway has been cleared three times.  In between lifting shovels of snow it was nice to enjoy the beauty of the snow and silence that these type of storms brings.

Snow fringe on the trees

Snow fringe on the trees

Driveway cleared and collecting more snow

Driveway cleared and collecting more snow

Sam exploring some tree branches heavy with a very wet snow

Sam exploring some tree branches heavy with a very wet snow

Sam and Ginger playing on the driveway

Sam and Ginger playing on the driveway


Little down time after playing in the snow

Little down time after playing in the snow

Thanksgiving Weekend

I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family. o far ours has been quite enjoyable and productive. Our Thanksgiving dinner had to be moved back a day due to the big snowstorm that came through the area,

We spend Thanksgiving day clearing the 14 inches of snow that fell and then re-clearing areas where the snow fell off of roofs… needless to say by the end of the day we were sore and tired. the evening was spent with a healthy dose of aspirin and old movies.

cleaning up Tanksgiving snowFriday was spent cooking dishes for friends joining us for dinner in the morning and enjoying good food and conversation in the afternoon with our guests.   We started our meal with an appetizer of local cheeses, crackers and cranberry chutney.  For the celebration meal we made:

Our guests added some lovey side dishes to the meal as well.  For desert we made caramel apple cheesecake that was served with a variety of herbal teas.

The dinner and company was enjoyable, but the meal was packed with more rich ingredients and sugar than we normally eat, so many of the leftovers were given away so that we can get back to normal eating as soon as possible…but it was good for a day :)

After all of the outdoor work on Thursday and cooking on Friday, we decided to use Saturday working on our respective crafts. For my activity I worked on a two UFOs in my quilting pile. By midday I managed to finish a quilt that I have been working on for the past four years.

Chugach sunset 2014 quilt

Chugach sunset quilt

Squares in Square Quilt Top

This morning I finished a 66  x  76 inch top that I will be quilting for a secret Santa gift for a woman at the local shelter. I hope to get  couple of child size quilts done this season for the same place as well.

2014 squares in squaresWith the snow that is currently coming down I should be able to get a fair amount of sewing in the next few days.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Tree Skirt Update

After investing another 40-50 hours it looks like I may be able to complete the tree skirt by Christmas, but will not get it quilted for this season. … to many other project calling for attention, also not finding working with beige fabrics :)

2014 Christmas tree skirt

Gifts from the Kitchen

The holidays are in the air… this week I started pulling holiday gift baskets together. This year we decided to give friends and family gifts from the kitchen and a few crafts.

A few of the items we made for gifting are:

The following picture is of the items made this week,.

gifts from the kitchenNow we just need to finish the craft items and start to pack things up for house visits and mailing. … really love this time of the year.

Hope all of your holiday plans go according to plan.

Noodles in Spicy Nut Sauce

Today was so full of work and errands that I needed to make something quick, but tasty for dinner. After a quick look through the refrigerator and pantry, spicy noodles came to mind. The entire dish take about 20 minutes to prepare and is packed with flavor.

noodles with spicy nut sauce


  • 6 ounces of noodles of choice
  • 1 cup of your favorite green vegetable, chopped into bit sized pieces
  • 1 large carrot, small julienne strips or a large grate
  • 1/3 cup smooth, natural almond or peanut butter
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup veggie broth
  • 1/4 cup low salt soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 2 Tsp siracha sauce
  • 2 Tbs toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 2 Tbs black sesame seeds
  • 1 Tbs cilantro, chopped
  • 2 scallions, sliced thinly


  1. Cook the noodles following the package directions, omitting salt, and using a tablespoon of low salt soy sauce in the water instead.
  2. Heat the veggie broth almost to boiling.
  3. Put nut butter and maple syrup in a small bowl, add 1/4 cup of the hot broth and stir until smooth and blended.
  4. Add soy sauce, vinegar, lime juice, siracha, sesame oil, ginger and garlic, ad stir together.
  5. In a large bowl stir together cooked noodles, green vegetable and carrots.
  6. Pour the sauce,  scallions, black sesame seeds, cilantro and over the top of the noodles. Stir everything together gently, and if need the other 1/4 cup of veggie broth.
  7. The dish can be served hot of cold.

Quilt-as-you-go project update

I finally finished all of the paper pieced blocks for the quilt-as-you-go project I started at the beginning of the summer. It is the first time that I worked with solid kona cotton fabrics and love the way that the blocks turned out. I think the solids will work their way into a few more projects in the near future.


2014 quilt as you go blocks

When I started the project I had planned to create 20 unique blocks, but then I feel in love with two of the patterns and just had to create two of each of them…. so much for best laid plans. Now I just need to get the blocks quilted and decide on a border or two to finish the top…. Any ideas for borders?


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