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I am a wife, mama and grandmama getting through life by hanging on to a needle and thread.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Exhibit Time!

It's that time again...the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild's Exhibit 2014 is just around the corner!  My entries are all ready for drop-off on Saturday and then we will start hanging the exhibit on Monday.  Opening night is Friday, September 5 from 7:00-9:00 and then the exhibit is open daily from 2:00-5:00.  Admission is free so if you are in the Wellsboro area be sure to stop at the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center and see all the quilts!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Free Motion Fun!

Our two oldest granddaughters, spent a couple of very wet rainy days with us this weekend.  While listing off some inside activities, I asked if they would like to try some free motion quilting.  I was answered by two resounding yeses!  I loaded the frame with white muslin and put some variegated thread in the machine and turned them loose!  I think they are FM naturals or maybe it's just that kids have no fear and will try just about anything?   Either way, they have definitely inspired me to try something different from my usual meander or loops and swirls!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lots Of Labels

It's that time again....the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild's Exhibit is coming up in just two short weeks, so I'm busy putting labels and sleeves on my entries!  I really should learn to label my quilts as soon as I finish them!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Let The Quilting Begin!

There's nothing like an non-extendable deadline to get a gal back at the sewing machine!  Let the quilting begin!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Pineapple Coconut Zucchini Bread

Hopefully there will come a day soon when I get back into the sewing room, but until then, here's a new recipe to help use up all the zucchini from your garden!

Pineapple Coconut Zucchini Bread

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 egg
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups grated unpeeled zucchini
1 8 oz. can crushed pineapple, well drained
1/4 cup shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9×5″ loaf pan; set aside.
In large bowl, blend flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice; set aside.
In medium bowl, beat egg well, then add canola oil, sugar and brown sugar, and blend well. Then add the sour cream and vanilla; mixing everything well. Fold in zucchini, pineapple and coconut; stir until evenly distributed in mixture.
Add this mixture to the dry ingredients in the large bowl and blend everything together, but don’t overmix.
Pour batter into prepared 9×5″ loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack and cool completely. Top with Cream Cheese Glaze.

Cream Cheese Glaze

2 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 Tbs. butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. rum extract
1 Tbs. milk

In a small mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese with the butter.  Add confectioners' sugar, rum extract, and milk; beat until smooth.  Spread over the cooled bread. Keep bread refrigerated.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Looking For Books In All The Wrong Places

My husband came home all upset Saturday afternoon because he had broken the power take off on the tractor while cutting some brush.  He made a couple of calls and found our local Tractor Supply Co. had the needed part, so he asked if I wanted to ride along to the store with him.  We walked into the store and hubby started back to the parts counter and I wandered past the chicken feed and muck boots and found a big display of books!  Not just any books, but quilting and knitting books for just $5 each!  Who would have ever guessed that Tractor Supply Co. had quilting and knitting books?  Yes, both of us left the store happy...hubby had his tractor parts and I got two new books!  Satisfaction guaranteed indeed!

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