Daily Inspirations and Adventures

Battle At Versailles

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Hi!  Mike’s company recently put this film together.  I had no idea that this happened – did you?

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March 21, 2016 at 12:21 pm

We ALL finished our UFO’s

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My Tuesday sewing group is participating in a challenge to complete an unfinished project, Quilter’s terms a UFO. WE ALL DID!!!!

Here they are.  (WordPress did something fancy to the pictures.)

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March 1, 2016 at 9:06 pm

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The fountain is flowing!

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Neil gave me this fountain for Christmas.  (I missed my elephant fountain from Charro Lane. It was too large to move here.)

I hope the video works.  I uploaded this to YouTube, as you suggested.

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January 10, 2016 at 10:34 pm

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U(n) F(inished) O(bject)Challenge

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My quilting group that meets Tuesdays at Judy’s house is doing a ufo challenge this year.We are choosing 6 items we want to complete this year.  Every two months we reveal a complete ufo. To make it exciting, we are each putting 12 dollars into a pot.  Each time we comlete a project we receive one dollar back. At the end of the year we will draw for the remaining money in the pot.

Here are my projects:

I am happy to be so encouraged to complete some well “aged projects” that I still really like.

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January 4, 2016 at 8:04 pm

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I’m on a roll

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I’m almost ready to tell you that I’ve been blogging.  How many days to make a new habit? Its actually two habits- blogging AND sewing.

This is my completed table runner:



Mom also finished a table runner. It is in her current favorite colors- black and white.


Two Christmas presents ready for next year!


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January 3, 2016 at 9:29 pm

Posted in Quilts

Happy New Year!

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I’ve heard that doing things you enjoy on New Year’s day set the tone for the year.  So instead of making resolutions today, I took time to do things I love.

I sang Happy Birthday to Neil with my favorite skypers – Dara, Mike, and Julian!


While on skype, Neil and I were able to wish Dara and Mike a Happy Anniversary!

I planned a new garden that will feature the fountain that Neil gave me for Christmas.


I bought some flowers that will be planted in the fountain garden. (We also bought mulch and edging.)


I did a little sewing.  I’m finishing a Christmas table runner.  Talk about early…Christmas isn’t for 11 months!

Wow, this is going to be a great year!


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January 1, 2016 at 9:06 pm

My new favorite appetizer

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I’m trying to get back in the blog habit.  So many things happened this past year that aren’t documented because I didn’t blog.  I’m hoping I will be a diligent blogger in 2016. I’m starting with my favorite new appetizer recipe.  Enjoy.
Cranberry Salsa Dip with Cream Cheese Recipe:
Recipe Type: AppetizerCranberriesDips and SpreadsChile Peppers
Yields: 1 1/2 cups
Prep time: 20 min

1 (12-ounce bag) or 3 cups fresh cranberries, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup minced green onions
2 small (approximately 2 tablespoons) jalapeno chile peppers, cored, seeded, and minced
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, minced
2 tablespoons finely-grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese
Cranberries and/or cilantro sprigs for garnish

Rinse, drain, and pick over cranberries, (discarding all that are soft or bruised).
Place the cranberries in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped but not mushy.
Place chopped cranberries in a bowl; mix together with onions, jalapeno peppers, sugar, cilantro leaves, ginger, and lemon juice.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours so flavors develop (salsa will be too sharp and tart to begin with).
On a serving plate, place cream cheese; cover with the dip. Garnish, if desired, and served with crackers.
Makes 1 1/2 cups.

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December 31, 2015 at 4:40 pm

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