Bee Blocks

For the month of October, we have two 'Queens' so two sets of blocks to make.

First up, this Nuts and Bolts block.

I love the colours.
And because I didn't read the directions right, Rachel gets some baby blocks too.

And for Leslie,

And now I have a mess to clean up lol.

quilt monday

Earlier this year I was asked by a chaplain from a local woman's prison if I would be interested in supplying baby quilts to some of the inmates who were pregnant when they were imprisoned. I have since made and delivered about 9 quilts. This is one of the latest.

I had seen this pattern online and knew it would be a quick and easy quilt to make up. And I could use the stash of pretties I had been saving since doing the grad quilts last year.

Except I didn't account for something. I made the quilt bigger which made it difficult to make the cuts straight(the quilt was sewn together then cut apart again). 

quilted with Hubby Love

It's still pretty cute.
And I love the pieced binding.

Now it's off to welcome a new baby.

snack saturday

Salted Caramel Apple Pie Cheesecake

For Crust
  • 6 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
For Cheesecake Filling
  • 2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
For Apples
  • 2 large apples, peeled, cored and sliced in small pieces
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • caramel sauce, I used store bought
  • sea salt
  1. Heat oven to 350 F degrees. Line a 9x9 baking pan with parchment paper, spray it with cooking spray first so that the parchment paper sticks to the pan. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl mix together the melted butter, ½ tsp cinnamon, sugar and the graham cracker crumbs. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan and press evenly. It might be easier to use the bottom of a glass to press the crumbs down to make a thin layer. Bake for 10 minutes.
  3. While the crust is baking make the cream cheese mixture. To the bowl of your mixer add the cream cheese, sugar, eggs and pinch of salt. Beat on medium high for at least 5 minutes or until the mixture is smooth.
  4. In a medium bowl mix together the apples with the sugar and cinnamon. Gently fold in the prepared apples into the cheesecake mixture. Pour the cream cheese filling over the crust in the baking pan. Level the top off with a spatula.
  5. Bake uncovered for about an hour or until the filling is set. Let the cheesecake cool completely before slicing into it.
  6. Once the cake is cooled slice it into 2 inch squares. Drizzle with caramel sauce and sprinkle with sea salt.

more lovelies

I must have still been in a turkey coma earlier and I forgot to post. 
Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

By BettyAnn, Christmas gifts for her grandkids.

quilted with Swirl

These two are super cute.

Both quilted with a meander.

Black and white quilts are always striking.

quilted with a meander

I love this one by Sherri. 

quilted with FolkHeart

The simplicity is striking.

By Dina

quilted with a meander

She did a great job with this panel.

Sheila's striking black and white quilt.

quilted with Bright and Breezy

Still one of my favourite pantos.

I have got to make me a circle quilt. Love this one by Terri.

quilted with Bright and Breezy

Love it!

quilt monday

My love affair with Grunge fabric continues. 

I say it every time, I wish I had made this bigger. 
I love it so much.

I love the illusion that is created with the placement.

And how the quilting looks subtly like spider webs.

quilted with Honeycomb

I'm not a Halloween fan but I couldn't resist this black binding.

Happy Monday!

snack saturday

Apple Cinnamon Crumb Cake

For cinnamon streusel crumb:
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup butter -melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 large (or 2 small) tart apples-peeled and chopped
For the cake:
4 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease 8 inch springform pan and line the bottom with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. To make cinnamon streusel crumb in a bowl, whisk together dry ingredient, add melted butter and vanilla and stir until the mixture is evenly moist, set aside.
  3. To make the cake in a large bowl, cream together 4 tbsp butter with 1/2 cup sugar until light and fluffy, add egg and beat well, then add vanilla and sour cream and beat again.
  4. In another bowl, stir together 1 cup flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder and add to the butter mixture, stir until just combined.
  5. Spread half the batter at the bottom of the pan ( it will be very thin layer). Spread the apple chunks evenly over the batter, then sprinkle about 1 cup of the cinnamon streusel crumbs over the apples. Spread the remaining batter over the crumbs and on top spread the rest of the cinnamon streusel.
  6. Bake 35-40 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Before remove the ring of springform pan run a thin knife around the cake.
  8. To make the glaze whisk together powdered sugar with apple cider and drizzle over the cake.
  9. For apple cider glaze:
    1/2 cup powdered sugar
    1 1/2 -2 Tablespoons apple cider
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