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Does a big bear….

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or can you teach a Mother blogger new tricks.  I love this nature video, here’s hoping I can insert it in our blog.

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January 31, 2013 at 9:22 pm

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Granny Squares Quilted

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Last week I showed my completed Granny Square Quilt top.  This is Claudia’s Granny square quilted.  Beautiful quilt Claudia!




I spread the quilt on my bed to take a picture, shut the door to keep the dogs off the quilt, went to get my camera, and came back to find an inspector on the quilt. (Since so many people are allergic to cats, I don’ t let L.C. near my customer’s quilts.  She approved of this one.)DSCN1637I was changing the sheets on my bed, look what I found in the laundry basket.  The blankets had just come out of the dryer,I think he was enjoying the warmth.  Bogie is such a Florida dog!DSCN1648

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January 29, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Posted in Bev, Pets, Quilts

Vicki’s Engaged!!!

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I met Vicki 13 years go in Boston during college orientation.  We were roomates for four years and have been incredible friends for all 13.  She and I could not be more different . . . and similar at the same time.  I’ve seen her date a guy here and there but I’ve never seen her really be herself more than she is when she’s with Dave.  Its cheesy, but he totally completes her.  They’re a team in every sense of the word . . . and could not be more in love. 

In typical, romatic fashion . . . Vicki and Dave got engaged on Friday in Oregon at a beautiful winery . . . mist and sunshine filled the air . . . her ring is so pretty . . . and so her.


So happy for her and Dave and can’t wait for the “Llama wedding of the year!” as per Vic.

Speaking of Vicki . . . she recently updated her website with photos.  Here are some of my favorites.














Speaking of engagements and awesome photography . . . Ashley and Steve also got engaged over the holidays!  I’ve been holding off posting anything since they want to tell everyone in person . . . but they just finished their adorable wedding website so I’m guessing the cat is officially out of the bag.  This is a picture of the proposal . . . how romantic.  🙂  Can’t wait for their wedding in Carmel in September!


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January 28, 2013 at 3:44 pm


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I received this picture today.  It cracked me up. pugThis quilt was on my pinterest 3So, I thought you might enjoy a few more dog pictures. This quilt was a challenge-one had to use the specific fabric collection which explains the funny 22-Putt’s fur has been put to good use.

DSCN1594I brush him almost every day.  A squirrel has been taking the combed fur ….DSCN1595Yep, it’s a squirrel nest in a palm tree.  Bogie wanted you to see how big our bamboo has grown. For those that don’t know him, Bogie is a chihuahua.DSCN1606I guess I can’t sign off without posting a Boston 4Fooled you…it’s not Eagle.  The well-behaved looking dog is sitting next to a crocheted pillow.

Speaking of dogs, how is my grand-dog doing?

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January 27, 2013 at 10:34 pm

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Requested Recipes-Two spicy dishes to warm you up!

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How nice to have a blog so we know where to find our favorite recipes.

Chipotle-Lime Soup with Chicken

1 small sugar pumpkin , butternut squash or sweet potato, cut into chunks

1 tbsp olive oil

1 med onion, coarsely chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 qt chicken broth

2 chipotle chilies, chopped

1- 1/2 c fresh or frozen corn

1 can black beans, rinsed

2 c shredded roasted Chicken breast (rotisserie chicken)

3 tbsp lime juice

1/2 c cilantro, chopped

Saute onion and garlic in olive oil.  Add chicken broth and chipotles.  Simmer 2 minutes.  Add corn, chicken, beans and simmer 10 minutes.  Add sweet potato and lime juice.  Simmer 3 minutes .  Sprinkle with cilantro.


Chicken Curry

2 tbsp veg. oil

1 1/2 lb boneless chicken breasts, cut into large chunks

2-3 tbsp red or green Thai curry paste

1 can coconut milk

2- 1/2 tbsp Thai fish sauce (original recipe says “it stinks, but you HAVE to put it in”, and I agree)

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 lb new potatoes

1/2 tsp salt

2 tbsp lime juice

1 bunch cilantro

Lightly brown the chicken breasts in oil and set aside.  Brown the curry paste in the same large pan.  Pour in coconut milk, fish sauce, brown sugar, salt, potatoes and chicken.  Bring to a boil, let simmer until the potatoes are soft.  Before serving, add lime juice and sprinkle with cilantro. (I prefer my curry with some fruit so I add raisins or craisins or manderine oranges etc.)


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January 26, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Posted in Bev, Food

Project Runway – A new Season begins….

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and with it the hope that I will enjoy the last episode as much as the first!  Prior to the first episode was a Road to the Runway.   That was a fun introduction to the designers.  The entire season will consist of team challenges.  (It was worth watching this episode just to see the designers faces when Heidi dropped that bombshell.)

The team that played together well actually did the best.  Each designer made an outfit that showed their aesthetic and used NYC for the inspiration.  The winner was a 48-year-old Christian Siriano replica with a handle bar mustache. He constructed a gorgeous two piece wool tailored suit made in very little time.pr11-rr-daniel-f

Second was this outfit that looked much more attractive on the model walking the runway.pr11-rr-richard-fThe third place was won by the first American Indian contestant.  It is hard to tell, but she painted the “building scapes” on the top layer, then cut slits to reveal the blue sheath underneath.  She really did capture the look of the skyline.pr11-rr-patricia-fThese three looks were from the winning team.  One deserving person was sent home from the losing team.  According to Nina, the outfit that sent the designer home was the least constructed thing that has ever been sent down the runway.  I agree.   Sew far, Sew good!

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January 25, 2013 at 9:54 pm

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Videos To Make You Smile

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Kristen finally got to see her sloth.  (remember this post?)

The secret to living to 105.

Little things make a difference.

Happy Friday!

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January 25, 2013 at 2:01 pm