Thursday, October 28, 2010

It's Called Procrastination

This is what I will be working on later today when I get home from work. There's nothing that causes more stress than Procrastination. lol. I was going to work on it yesterday but I was out buying a costume for Achievement days yesterday since I hadn't made Kenna's costume yet. lol. Oh well, I can only do what I can do and I have to be okay with that or I'll drive myself crazy. I have too many pots on the stove at one time.

I'm hoping someone understands my wonderful life. By the way...I'm NEVER BORED and I like it that way.

I will show pictures when I finish. Oh, I did get my halloween costume done. lol. I will take pictures of it later. I knew that if I didn't finish mine it probably wouldn't happen. I can deal with one last minute halloween costume but not two.

Have a great day!!! I better dry my hair and get to work.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

And Snow it Goes...

Well, this morning brought us a great big surprise in the form of SNOW!!!! I like snow but, I wasn't quite ready for it. . . mentally. . . anyway.

Heck. Just yesterday it was summer and fall seemed like such a small blip on the screen.

So, I thought it would be fun to share the pictures I took today.

This is the scene I saw when I opened the garage to leave for work this morning.

I love this snow covered look. So beautiful and serene.

My flowerless pots.
I miss the flowers already.

Today's Snow Related Humor:
Before the kids went outside for recess the teacher gave the kids a few SNOW instructions.
  1. No throwing snowballs at the building.
  2. No throwing snowballs at each other.
  3. No throwing snowballs at anything.
  4. And. . . make sure not to get too wet.
The kids all ran out with excitement! Ready to play, play, play.

I had my camera today so I snapped a few pictures as I watched the kids enjoy the first snowfall of the season. What a great recess!!! The teacher even gave us 10 extra minutes.

The girls in my class were really funny pushing around these huge snow balls and Mr. O (the teacher) who has a very dry sense of humor asked them if they planned on throwing it.

The girls responded with. . . huh?

I giggled. . . refer to rules #1, #2, #3.

Look at the huge snowball they made.

Can I get some help here?

Everyone PUSH!!!

They managed to get a just slightly smaller snowball on top of the huge snowball and then made a smaller one for the head of their snowman.

They finished him off with eyes, small stick arms, and a smile.

They also made a small friend to keep him company.

The boys got in on the snowball action too.
I'm happy to report that NO throwing of snowballs occurred during recess.
Mr. O was very happy!

All pictures have been creatively cropped and faces have been distorted to protect the kids.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Apple Pie Goodie

Fall is officially here and it's feeling like winter is not too far around the corner. The leaves have been changing, the weather has been wet, the temperature is falling and we even saw snow on the mountaintops. I can't believe it's finally here. Yeah! I absolutely LOVE the COLD weather!

So to celebrate the changing of the seasons I'm going to share one of our family's favorite desserts called Apple Pie Goodie. It's been a while since I last made it but, today was the perfect day to make this warm, gooey, tasty, and yummylicious dessert.

So Let's Get Started. . .

Apple Pie Goodie
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  • 5-6 Large Granny Smith Apples (peeled, cut, and sliced)
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 2 tbsp. Flour
Place the peeled, cut, and sliced apples in a 9" x 13" pan.
Mix dry ingredients then pour over apples.
Stir to make sure apples are evenly covered.
Set aside.

Apple Topping
  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Quick Oats
  • 3/4 cup Flour
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 Stick Melted Butter
Mix the dry ingredients for topping.
Set aside.

Melt butter and pour over dry ingredients.

Mix well.

Crumble topping over the sliced apples.

Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.
Let cool for 5-10 minutes, if you can wait that long. lol.
Just be careful not to burn your tongue.

Serve with ice cream.

Look who wanted to get in on the action. . . My grandson, Benjamin.
He really wanted to help and told me how much he loved this "gooey" dessert!

Grandkids are the APPLE of my EYE!!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Tini Treat Bags

Over the weekend I started the "Tini Treat Bags" that were designed by Monica Solorio-Snow from Happy Zombieland. You can find the pattern HERE.

I'm making these bags for some of my friends at work who have October birthdays and for some friends from church that I visit teach. I thought it would be fun to fill them up and spread some Halloween Cheer.

I've managed to cut out 12 bags and I've completed 5 bags with 7 bags to go. All 12 have been sewn together. I just have to sew the 4 corners and turn the bags right side out and then press them. It shouldn't take me more than an hour, I'm hoping anyway.

Finished Bag Size: 4" x 4" x 2"

This is another one of Monica's patterns that she did last year called "The Poochie Bag" and this is the LINK for the larger version. The smaller version (as seen in the picture above) is called "The Itty Bitty Poochie Bag" and you'll find it on the Moda Bakeshop HERE.

If you love bags here's a BAG that I designed for the Moda Bakeshop. It's big enough to hold a few charm packs or fat quarters and any other little goodies you may want to give to a friend for a birthday or special occasion. I love making, designing and giving little things to friends.

These are the 7 Tini Treat Bags that I have yet to complete.

After I finish the bags I will be starting on Kenna's Halloween Costume and working on the binding for my "Sneek Peak" quilt that I just picked up.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Halloween Countdown

17 Days and Counting until Halloween . . .

I made this Halloween Countdown Calendar many many years ago for my children when they were very young. Thinking back it's been about 17 years ago. Each year that I remember to bring it out of it's box a flood of memories come to mind. I remember all of the costumes I've made and the fun times we had trick or treating together. Those memories are still being made with my last child and my 2 grandchildren.

I'm going to keep myself busy during my (4 glorious days) Fall Break making costumes and other fun little projects that I'll be trying to get done this weekend and will post about them in a few days, hopefully! lol.

I just thought you might enjoy seeing this fun and unique countdown calendar and for those who are going to ask, I'm sorry that it's been soooo long that I wouldn't even know where to look for the pattern or who designed it. If anyone knows, feel free, to leave me a comment. Thanks.

You probably noticed that I'm missing just one little pumpkin in my pumpkin patch. I'm just happy I have as many as I have after all of these years. Also you may notice too that most of the cute pumpkin stems have fallen off and are missing. Oh well, it's still useful and I adore it anyway!

I hope everyone is enjoying the wonderful fall weather this weekend.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

October Schnibbling

Last night, my friend, Diana and I went Schnibbling and Quilt Shop Hopping to the Holiday Shop Hop "Fall Frenzy" that's going on this weekend throughout Utah and Salt Lake Counties. We left at 4:00pm hoping to make it to at least 4 or 5 shops but, only visited 3 shops before our class at 6:30pm at Thimbles and Threads. The TRAFFIC and TALKING slowed us down. lol.

I probably won't have time to visit any more shops today because I'm trying to finish up a few projects and get to the post office to mail a few things. and tomorrow we are taking the kids, grandkids, and neighbor kids out to Cornbelly's at Thanksgiving Point.

I will have to see about Saturday. Oh, but, I have laundry and cleaning to do....darn. I will have to get busy.

Here are a few pictures from last night and as you can see we have a few headless quilts. I'm afraid that a few of the ladies are totally shy but, I can relate. Did you see me in any of the pictures. lol. I made Diana hold my quilt so I could get a picture of it. hehehe.

This is one of the newest Schnibbles Patterns called "Jack"

This one is called Hot Cross.

This one is called Plan C.

I'm sorry but I don't know the name of this one and couldn't find it on the Schnibbles website.

This is my version of Roundabout.
It only took me two months to find the time to finish it.
Now I just need to quilt it.

Thanks Diana for holding my quilt so I could get a picture of it.

Here are a few extra things that Sandra brought to show us. She will be teaching this beautiful Dresden Tablerunner at Winterfest (please correct me if I'm wrong, thanks).

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Off to the Quilters...

...Finally! My newest project has taken me forever to finish and it ended up HUGE, measuring 84 inches x 96 1/2 inches. I'm really excited to share my newest pattern with you but I want to wait to show it to you when it's done being quilted. It should take about a week for Kaylene to finish it.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Book Signing for Paranormalcy

It's been more than a few weeks since we went to the book signing of my daughter's friend and writing buddy, Kiersten White. It was such a blast. I have to say that this is the 2nd book signing I've been to and it was a lot of fun being with my daughter, her husband, and her friends.

Go HERE to check out Kiersten's blog

The first picture is of Sara (writer friend) who flew out from Ohio to be there for Kiersten's debut at King's English Bookstore in Salt Lake City.

The Amazing Book!!

Giving Kiersten the Quilt I made for her.

Kiersten doing a reading for the group that gathered.

Several of the Utah Writer's that gathered to Celebrate Kiersten's Big Day!!!

Kiersten signing Natalie's book.

Best Friends!!!
I love this picture!!!

This a great picture of Kiersten signing her autograph to Natalie's book.

This is Kiersten's very Proud father standing outside of the bookstore.