Category Archives: Recipes

Tired Monday!

As most of you know, I live in New England so last night was a late one for us with the Patriots winning the Super Bowl!!!! What a crazy game that one turned out to be. I had a feeling it might go like that since Brady and company love to give us all heart attacks and then really deliver at the end! It was exciting for sure! We had our friends over and really had a great time eating all of our favorite foods and it was the first time I’ve ever made chicken wings! I used a recipe that I found online for honey bbq wings and they were so good! I would definitely make them again.









Here is the link for the recipe:

On Friday I was thrilled to have Gail, Nancy, and Priscilla over to sew. I had been wanting to start a monthly patchwork group and luckily I have fun students who were willing to pack up their projects and hang out for a few hours to stitch! We had a great time chatting, eating, and of course, talking about and sewing our projects. Here they are displaying their latest creations!








It was a very fun day and I can’t wait to do it again!

Hope you all have a quilty week! I think I need a nap now! Go Pats!


A Finish, Some Practice & New Recipes

Happy Thursday! We’re almost to the weekend!! I finished a baby quilt this week. I used charm squares and some fabric from my stash as a border. I decided on an all over loopy design for the quilting.  This will be one of the items for sale at my craft fair table next Saturday.







This afternoon I spent time practicing these two pantographs. The first one is called Pipeline and I like it a lot. It has easy curves and I think it will look great on the Seaglass quilt.









The next one is called Lilac (I think). It also has nice curves and will look great on a feminine quilt.









Last night I hosted our neighborhood book club and tried out a new recipe that I saw floating around on Facebook. It is called Caramel Pumpkin Poke Cake and it was absolutely delicious. It filled a 13 x 9 pan and tasted even better today! Now just pay no attention to the fact that there’s a piece and a half on my plate!









In case you were wondering, the book we discussed was Caleb’s Crossing which is about the Wampanoag Indians on Martha’s Vineyard and the missionaries who came to ‘help’ them. It was very good. Our next book selection is Everything We Keep. This one looks interesting and I can’t wait to start it.

Tonight we decided on breakfast for dinner and I made Mocha French Toast. This was also something that popped up online and looked amazing.







The recipe is made with Pillsbury Grands Biscuits that are layered in the pan. Next time around, I’d put one layer in the pan, bake it for a few minutes then add the second layer because it seemed the bottom biscuit pieces needed more time to bake than the top ones. It was yummy and I’d make it again.

That about sums up the week! What are you all working on?


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Fresh Start Monday

Happy Monday and Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

To start your week off, here’s a few goodies for you!

I found this cute tutorial on making fabric folders. These make great gifts for everyone not just teachers!

Recently I ordered myself a cast iron skillet. I have completely fallen in love with Sophie Hudson and Melanie Shankel’s Big Boo Cast podcast. In one of the episodes, they discuss how Sophie makes filet mignon in her cast iron skillet and how yummy it is. We tried it last night and boy, was it good! Sophie heats up the skillet to very hot then adds in some olive oil and butter. She sears each filet for 2 mins per side then transfers the whole skillet to the oven. We kept ours in the oven for about 4-5 minutes for a nice medium. Oh so good. Here’s the skillet I bought. Also here’s 21 skillet recipes that Amanda found for me to try.

Next up is an article from the Huff Post on the real reason introverts dread small talk. I think many of us quilters categorize ourselves as introverts so read on

And lastly, a great article on 10 Sewing Mistakes That Make Your Clothes Look Homemade. I’m guilty of probably, oh I don’t know…all of them.

One more thing…all new Craftsy classes are 50% off until midnight tonight! Click Here.



Fresh Start Monday

Fresh Start Monday

Welcome to another Fresh Start Monday post! These posts will be appearing on Mondays and designed to bring you fun and interesting items from around the web both quilting related and not. Enjoy!!






This adorable Christmas In Paris embroidery pattern is free right now over at Sealed With A Stitch.









Abby Glassenberg had this interesting 2015 Gift Guide for Creatives listing on her blog this week.

Hancock Fabrics is having a big pre-Thanksgiving sale until the 24th.

InCourage had this post, Surprised By Good, about the perfect or not so perfect Thanksgiving. It’s a great read for all us dreaming of the picture perfect Thanksgiving on Thursday.

Accuquilt is having a big Black Friday sale on their cutters and dies and you can shop it now.

And here is one of my previous blog posts with the recipe for a Thanksgiving family favorite, Allison’s Chocolate Pie.

Happy Monday Everyone! Here’s to a fresh start.

Tis the season for Winter Joy! Find this pattern in my Craftsy store.



Fresh Start Monday

Fresh Start Monday

Happy Monday to everyone! I hope you had a fabulous weekend and you are ready to start the week off with some great projects and a recipe. Fresh Start Monday will be a new blog series that will bring you interesting articles, products, and recipes to start your week off right. The information here will be curated by me as I go through my week and find items I feel you might be interested in reading and seeing. Not every item will pertain to quilting but many will as I know we all enjoy that!










All People Quilt has a free pattern for this adorable quilted camera case that would make a great Christmas gift! You do have to register with All People Quilt but it’s free and easy.

Top Crochet Patterns has an interesting article called ‘How Knitting Helped During The First World War’. It’s an interview with author Barbara Smith.

Accuquilt has new die sets that allow you to mix and match the dies to make more than 72 quilt blocks. The possibilities are endless as you can come up with your own designs as well as the ones provided. The Go!Qube comes in 6″, 8″, 9″ or 12″ sizes. I ordered the 8″ one for Christmas!















Karen Ehman had this super easy recipe on her blog for Cookie Crack. I haven’t tried it yet but I will be soon.














And HandiQuilter has a new long arm machine that comes on a smaller frame for folks who have limited space. It’s called the Simply Sixteen and will set you back $5,995. Maybe if you’re really good, Santa will bring you one!







Friday is my day on the blog tour for QuiltMaker’s 100 Blocks! You can enter that day for a chance to win a copy of Volume 12.







Have a super day!

ps. Don’t forget to check out my Craftsy Store for fun and easy patterns like this one…



Christmas Mug Rug, 100 Blocks & Soup

Happy Friday Everyone!

We are experiencing very warm temps here in MA and it feels more like May than November! I’m at my desk writing with a Christmas tree lit behind me and it’s making me giggle that the windows are open and it’s a balmy 70 degrees out! And that is why we love New England!

I just finished up this adorable Penguin Christmas mug rug! I will have the pattern available on Craftsy by Tuesday morning, maybe sooner!



My little mug rug patterns are $2.00 on Craftsy, go check them out!

Last week I received my copies of 100 Blocks magazine, vol. 12! My block is the sewing machine one pictured here on the Table of Contents. I’ll be a hostess along the blog tour on November 20th, so come by and you can enter win a copy of the magazine!


I finally took a step forward with my writing a few weeks ago. I joined Compel Training which is an online writer’s training offered through Proverbs 31. This organization is a Christian ministry for women that offers devotions, training, speakers, conferences, and a daily radio program among many other things. The writer’s training program is something I’ve put off joining for 2 years. I’m so glad I joined because I can’t even convey to you here in this blog space how much I have learned about the writing and editing process in a few weeks. Stay tuned for more on that. If you’d like to check out Compel, click here. Fall registration is closed but it will reopen in a few months for the spring.

Last night I made Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup in the crockpot because my family loves it and my oven is STILL broken. Last week cooking without an oven was an adventure…this week, not so much. Due to a delay in a part arriving, I’ll be oven-less until next Thursday. For real. Anyway…here is the recipe and it is easy and delicious! I made some bread in the bread maker to go along with it.

Tomorrow I’ll be heading to the Quilter’s Gathering in NH with my mom. Anyone else heading up there? It’s my favorite quilt show. I love the beautiful quilts and they have a huge vendor’s area…be still my heart. LOL!!



Stitching & A Recipe

This week I’m still working on making items to sell at my table in December. I squeaked out 2 Minion pillowcases, a Minion tote, a Minion bib and a Frozen pillowcase.





I’ve got fabric cut for a Frozen tote and then I think I’ll switch over to making baby play mats for a bit. I also worked on another block for 100 Blocks as I heard from them that they had too many floral applique blocks and could I submit a different design. That went in the mail on Tuesday so I’m done with that for awhile.

Last night I made Creamy Sausage Tortellini Soup and it was sooooo good. Bits of sweet Italian sausage mixed with cheese tortellini and baby spinach…all with fresh bread for dipping…mmmmmm. Click Here for the recipe! The only change I made was to add an additional half bag of tortellini because it was in my freezer.

What are you all working on this week?


Postcard Swap, Cookies & A Granny Square

Happy Monday!

The Flickr Group for the postcard swap is open and ready to receive photos of all those beautiful postcards everyone swapped! There are only 3 pictures in there at the moment so don’t forget to add yours!
This postcard swap is slated to be the last one for the year and I have some votes for a new swap either for potholders or mug rugs. If you have a preference, let me know! The next swap won’t be until after the holidays…probably mid to end of January is when I’ll get organizing for it.

I don’t have too much progress to report as it was a busy week with Halloween and all. I did spend yesterday on the couch while the snow fell working on this giant granny square afghan that my daughter has requested. I got about this far and it kept me warm while I worked on it!

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I also ate quite a few of these…

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These are the most delicious pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting…they are so easy too. They are Betty Crocker Pumpkin Spice Cookie mix that you buy in the pouch and canned cream cheese frosting. Easy peasy and you won’t be able to stop eating them.

Just a reminder that all Christmas patterns are 10% off in the Quilt Cabana Patterns online store. No coupon code needed. Sale goes until midnight Sunday night!



Tuesday Tidbits

I have got a bit of a ramble of a blog post today. I was looking through the pictures on my iPhone and had a few there that I wanted to share.

This week Lindsey made some homemade Rolo ice cream in her ice cream machine. It’s a Cuisinart machine that she got for Christmas a few years ago along with a Ben & Jerry’s recipe book. We used mini Rolos so that they wouldn’t be too hard on the teeth. If you use the regular size Rolos, you need to chop them up. It came out delicious. I would use peanut butter cups next time as I prefer peanut butter to caramel.

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While we were at the mall last week, we found this adorable ice cream container at the Sur La Table store. It was on clearance for about $8 or $9. We found it on the day that we knew we were making the ice cream. Leah couldn’t get her mind off of how cute it was, so it came home with us 🙂

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We harvested some tomatoes, a Jalapeno pepper and Cilantro from the garden and we made salsa. It was sooooooo yummy. We used this recipe:

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I pulled out my new Sashiko kit and started it yesterday afternoon. I wanted to be sure to have it started before our upcoming Disney vacation. I am planning to work on it on the plane rides to and from. I’d say I’ll work on it during the vacation but I think that will NEVER happen. My family are a bunch of Disney fanatics and love to be at the park when it opens and go all day long. It will be great for the Fitbit steps but not so great for crafting of any sort.

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I particularly like the brighter blue color on this Sashiko kit over the more navy’ish color of the last two that I’ve worked on.

Mark Lipinski had these ADORABLE Eiffel Tower scissors on his blog yesterday. I fell in love with them immediately. I found them on Amazon for $11 and they also have Big Ben ones for $9. Yup, I bought the Eiffel Tower ones. One can never have too many pairs of good scissors, am I right?


Here is the link:

Have a wonderful Tuesday!


Episode #38 and Stuff

I just posted Episode #38 of Quilt Cabana Corner. I hope you can join me there for some quilty updates, book reviews and more!
You can catch it here on Podbean…
or you can catch it later on iTunes. Enjoy!! Sorry about the background noise of my laptop grinding away!

On the podcast I mention that I will set up the Flickr Group for the Summer Postcard Swap…here it is:

Hope your week is going well! I’m working on pin basting the music school raffle quilt…

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I finished up some angel baby buntings…

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The Rhododendron Aglow that I wait all year for is in full bloom!!!

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For Mother’s Day I made this yummy Tiramisu Ice Cream Cake that Lindsey found the recipe for…yummmmmmy….

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Here is the recipe…
I substituted blocks of semi sweet chocolate for the bitter sweet chocolate and also used vanilla bean ice cream instead of Dulche Le Leche ice cream.
Have a beautiful day!