an unquilted monday

I have absolutely nothing new to show you. Well, finished nothings that is! We had a busy weekend; I did get some sewing time in but not enough to finish anything.

I finally got my snowman quilt finished. Mom bought me this kit in January of 07; now to get it quilted. At least I know it will be ready for Christmas lol.

I finished a baby quilt. I need to decide on the borders(would you put a yellow border on a boy quilt?) and than it's ready for quilting.

I did get the quilting started on my Valentine Quilt.

I also got a great start on a new quilt for our bed. So excited to finally get this one finished!

So that's it. I am working on a little giveaway for later this week; stay tunned.

snack saturday

Irish Cream Cheesecake

3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup regular oats (not quick cook)
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups whipping cream
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 pound cream cheese at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 cup Irish Cream liqueur
2 large eggs

Brickle Almond Garnish
1 tablespoon egg white
1/2 cup whole almonds, lightly toasted
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

For crust, preheat oven to 350 °F and grease a 9-inch springform pan. Pulse graham crumbs, oats and brown sugar in a food processor until oats have been roughly cut.

Add melted butter and vanilla extract and pulse until an even texture. Press into bottom of prepared pan and bake for 7 minutes. Allow to cool while preparing filling.

For filling, reduce oven temperature to 325 °F. Heat cream to just below a simmer. Pour hot cream over chopped chocolate and whisk gently until smooth and set aside. In a bowl using electric beaters or with a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese until fluffy, scraping the sides of the bowl often. While beating, slowly pour in sugar, again scraping the bowl often. Beat in cornstarch. By this time the filling should be looking a little more fluid.

Slowly pour in Irish Cream and beat in eggs, one at a time. Pour chocolate mixture into cheesecake filling and blend well. Scrape filling into pan and bake for 30 minutes. Without opening the oven door, turn off the oven and leave cheesecake in another 30 minutes. Remove, let cool to room temperature, then chill overnight.

For brickle Almond Garnish,
preheat oven to 350 °F. Whisk egg white until frothy. Add remaining ingredients and toss until almonds are evenly coated. Spread onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and toast for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until sugar has browned. Allow to cool. Break apart almonds and chop in a food processor. Remove springform ring and bottom and place cheesecake on a serving plate. Press the ground brickle onto the sides of the cake and chill until ready to serve.

a few of my favorites

By Donna

quilted with Morning Glory.

Hamels Origins Line quilt

quilted with Watercourse.

Marie's lovely quilt for her daughter.

quilted with Folk Heart.

Denise's beautiful flannel quilt for her brother.

quilted with Falling Leaves.

A super fun quilt by Shelia for her daughter.

I love the Spider Web pattern that Shelia requested.

And lastly, Kathy's quilt for her soon upcoming new grandbaby.

quilted with Bubbles.

a cold snowy day

It's been snowing on and off the past 3 days.

My poor flowers!

It's the perfect reason to stay inside and bake.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
3/4cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1/4 tsp mint/peppermint extract
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2cup mint chocolate chips

mix ingredients well.
drop by teaspoon full on well greased cookie sheets and bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.

wordless wednesday


A few weeks ago, my friend Andrea and her family came for dinner. Andrea gave me this candle mat as a hostess giftie.

I love how it fits my cake plate just perfectly and matches my Valentine's Day decorating.

Thanx again Andrea, I love it.

a few hours

On a quiet Sunday afternoon and I have another quilt top.

Now onto the next one!

quilt monday

Sarah gave me some Stampin Up fabric for my birthday. I added in a matching Kansas Troubles print and made yet another striped runner.

Love how the fabrics blend so nicely.

Thanx again Sarah!

snack saturday

OREO Ice Cream Bars

20 Oreo Cookies, chopped (about 2 cups)
3 Tbsp. butter, melted
4 cups butter pecan ice cream, softened
1/2 cups caramel ice cream topping
1-1/2 cups thawed Whipped Topping
1/3 cup peanuts, chopped

COMBINE cookie pieces and butter; press onto bottom of 9-inch square pan.

SPREAD ice cream carefully over crust; drizzle with caramel topping. Cover with whipped topping and nuts.

FREEZE 3 hours or until firm. Cut into bars.

happy valentine's day Jim

And happy early 40th bday. I got you the bestest gift ever.

See you in a few days!

snack saturday

New York-Style Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake Squares

1 cupGraham Crumbs
3 Tbsp. sugar
3 Tbsp. butter, melted
4 pkg. (250 g each) Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
3 Tbsp. flour
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1 cup sour cream
4 eggs
1/3 cup Strawberry Jam

HEAT oven to 325°F.

LINE 13x9-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides. Mix crumbs, 3 Tbsp. sugar and butter; press onto bottom of pan. Bake 10 min.

BEAT cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, flour and vanilla with mixer until well blended. Add sour cream; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Pour over crust. Microwave jam in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 30 sec. Drop small spoonfuls of jam over batter; swirl gently with knife.

BAKE 40 to 45 min. or until centre is almost set. Cool completely. Refrigerate 4 hours. Use foil handles to remove cheesecake from pan before cutting to serve.

birdie stitchery

I finished block 1 last week and just haven't taken the time to trim the block down and add the 2.5inch squares. I really love how it turned out. I'm still debating about filling in some of the scarf and the ear muff. Will keep pondering it.

There's still lots of time to join in the fun. Click on the link in my right side bar or find the details here.

we care

We Care is operated through one of our local quilt quilds. The quilts are baby/lap size quilts and get donated to various charities/organizations(the hospice, transition housing, community services)

Tina brought in these two for me to do.

This first one was made from leftover quilt blocks; perfect idea for a we care quilt.

quilted with Cotton.

And a quick charm square quilt.

quilted with Crazy Puzzle.

quilt monday

Can someone tell me how it's already Monday(night)? I don't know where the weekend went, it just flew by! And before I knew it, I was racing off to work, than after-school activities, grocery shopping and play dates *whew*!

I bought this jelly roll( Remembrance by Brannock & Patek for Moda) on a whim. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it but I loved the prints and colors.

I took a quick look at the Moda Bake Shop and found this pattern; the Awesome lap quilt.

quilted with Folk Heart.

I love it! I love the fabrics, the pattern, the pieced binding! Now to finish off the binding so I can really enjoy it!

snack saturday

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cake

1 pkg. (2-layer size) devil's food cake mix(I make mine from scratch)
1 pkg. (250 g) Brick Cream Cheese, softened
3/4 cup icing sugar
1/2 cup Smooth Peanut Butter
3 cups thawed Whipped Topping, divided
6 squares Semi-Sweet Chocolate

PREPARE cake batter and bake in 13x9-inch pan as directed on package; cool completely.

BEAT cream cheese and sugar in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Add peanut butter; mix well. Blend in 1 cup whipped topping; spread onto cake.

MELT chocolate as directed on package. Mix with remaining whipped topping; spread over cake. Refrigerate 1 hour.

short and sweet

Sometime's that's all you need.

birdie stitchery day

Yesterday we gathered at Kim's to stitch block #1 of Little Miss Shabby's Birdie Stitchery.

As always, fantastic food.

I probably should have taken a picture BEFORE we started eating lol.

We all got a great start on our blocks. Kim even finished her's.

Kim's is the redwork block; Kim assembled her quilt already so she can embroider through her batting.

Cindy's block is in the left corner. She's using Nest by Moda. Andrea is using Bliss by Moda and her block is in the top left. Mine is the one with the wooden frame. I ended up forgetting two of my floss colors so I couldn't continue with my block. Jill's block is on the far right. Jill is still waiting for her jelly roll to arrive. I decided to do all my embroidery without adding my squares to my blocks.

After we came home, I ran out to the wool shop and picked up a few more flosses that blend better with my jelly roll.

Now I can get this finished. Bring on block 2!!
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