Monday, April 25, 2011

Design Wall - 4-25-11

I have started on the 54-40 or Flight Quilt; I do not have pictures of the cut material or the messy sewing room since the internet is once again not available at our house and I forgot to download the pictures from my laptop to the thumb drive so I could do it here at work.

So this is a picture of the block from the McCalls website
54-40 or Fight
and here is what the quilt will look like

Hopefully it will look as beautiful as the picture.

Take a look at other design walls at Judy L's.

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Irish Chocolate Mint Dessert

Today was 'Super Saturday' where sisters of our ward get together and make crafty items, eat lunch, and enjoy each others company.
I was asked to bring a dessert. This is what I made - Irish Chocolate Mint Dessert.
Many of the sisters asked me for the recipe, so I thought it to be easier to post it here for all to enjoy. This is a recipe that is found in a Hershey's Recipe Collection cookbook that I enjoy.


1 ½ C. + 6 Tbsp.  Butter or Margarine
2 C.  Sugar
2 tsp.  Vanilla
4  Eggs
1 C.  Flour
¾ C.  Cocoa
½ tsp.  Baking Powder
2 2/3 C.  Powdered Sugar
1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp.  Water
1 tsp.  Mint Extract
4 drops  Green Food Color
1 C.  Dark or Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Heat oven to 350 F. Grease 13x9x2-inch baking pan.
Place 1 cup butter in large microwave-safe bowl; cover; microwave at medium (50%) 2 minutes or until melted. Stir in sugar and vanilla. Add eggs; beat well. Add flour, cocoa and baking powder; beat until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake 30-35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
Prepare mint cream center by combining powdered sugar, ½ cup butter, water mint extract and food color in large bowl. Beat until smooth. Spread evenly on brownies. Cover and refrigerate until cold.
Prepare chocolate glaze by placing remaining 6 tablespoons butter and chocolate chips in small microwave-safe bowl. Microware at medium 1 minute or until mixture is smooth when stirred. Cool slightly; pour over chilled dessert. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. Cover and refrigerate leftover dessert.

My variation: I end up adding a little bit more water to the mint cream center to make it smooth.

Hope everyone enjoys!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

ps i quilt giveaway

modern workshop 1
I am trying to get this bundle of fat quarters by participating in a giveaway by 'ps i quilt' . I am always in the mood for new and brightly colored fabric to quilt with.
Wish me luck!

A New Treasure

Many of you would remember that at the beginning of the year I'd set up my New Years Resolutions. Most people state that resolutions are set only to be broken; and with that I am sad to say that one of mine was broken, but repairable. It was the goal to finish reading The Book of Mormon by Valentines; I figure that it is not fully broken because I can still finish it at a delayed date.

But I am meandering away from the true meaning of this post.

I also set the goal to lose weight and become more healthy. The past couple months I have not done anything worthwhile concerning this goal. With the weight piling up and the desire dwindling down my head decided to do a last ditch effort to get on track. Somehow my brain communicated with my mouth to tell my DH that I am totally sick of my weight situation and something needed to be done, NOW! These last couple days my DH took it upon himself to help out and has been dragging me to the gym, of course I have been more than happy to go since my brain seems to still be in control at the moment.

Okay I am still digressing, but I am somewhat on the right path.

Yesterday a coworker introduced me to a website/blog that can help me in the path of healthy eating. It is ; In 2008 the owner of the blog started blogging for many reasons but one main reason was that she "couldn't find any good Weight Watcher recipes sites out there when I started counting points and I knew I could improve on what I did find". The recipes look easy and delicious and all the nutritional information is listed below her recipes for us 'calorie counters'. I am not into counting Weight Watcher 'points', but I am always on the lookout for heathier recipes for myself, my diabetic DH and out growing stepson. And I wanted to share my find with all my fellow followers that is on the lookout for healthier tasty dishes.

So once you have scanned the blog, and tried some recipes, let me know what you think, and I will also do the same.

Happy Healthy Eating!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Design Wall - April 11th

I am finally finished with Starry Starry Night
Which as you can tell has my Siamese Cat, Malee's approval.

Here is what the finished product looks like. I think it turned out better than what I was envisioning it.

So I am now trying to find something new to put on my Design Wall. I will be looking for something patriotic or a scrap type quilt; any suggestions will be helpful.

To see what others have their Design Walls visit Judy L's website by clicking here.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Awesome Upbringing

My office at work is just doors down from the breakroom at it is pretty easy to overhear some conversations. I usually have to close my door due to the atrocious language that is used while they are complaining about not being able to increase their workforce status.

I am glad that I had wonderful parents who raised me with proper etiquette, work ethics, knowledge, people skills, etc. I am reminded almost everyday that not all people had that opportunity available to them, while some were able to figure it out themselves and learn these traits, others have no clue on how they should act and treat others (especially if they don't care for that person).

After around the age of 12, our family moved to a small farm; that is where the hard work started to fully come into play in my life. We were assigned daily chores inside the house and also outside; the outside chores included taking care of some farm animal both morning and night (i.e. cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, horse, rabbits, dogs, and cats). I remember in the dead of winter at 6 am going out and breaking up the ice in the cows trough (which was an old bathtub), cleaning it out and putting in clean water, sometimes to spout near the trough was frozen and we had to haul water from the kitchen sink.

Along with animals we also had a very large garden, I mean massive, years later after the garden was cut down in size about three times, Dad mentioned that he couldn't believe how big that garden was; plus the normal yard of grass, flower beds, and newly planted trees (there was not a tree on the property) that needed to be weeded, mowed, and watered. I remember having to take 1-2 buckets of water to each tree for the first year to make sure they survived. Watering the massive garden was also a huge undertaking, every 10 days and 12 hours we had irrigation turns for like 4-6 hours, so one week we would have the water at 3-7 am and the next week it would be at 3-7 pm, just the thought of walking around the garden in the wee hours of the morning with a flashlight trying to see if the water reached to bottom of the rows is making me exhausted.

My parents wouldn't put up with anything that would berate us as a person, and they taught that bad language spoke loudly of what type of person was speaking. If we did say something bad, we would have our mouths washed out with soap, yes we had the same experiences that was shown given 'Raphie' in the movie 'The Christmas Story'.

So to my fellow coworkers complaints, all I can say is 'change your language and attitude and you might have a better chance'.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Design Wall 4-04

Yeah I am finally done with the top of Judy's Making Ends Meet.
I tend to have problems with pieced borders, so in some areas I couldn't 'make ends meet' correctly. So I had to jerryrig it, hopefully it doesn't look too bad.
I also ran out of purple so I couldn't do the last two borders, I was thinking on doing a large 4 1/2" border in white, but I think I like it the way it is.
Now I can return my focus on my Starry Starry Night one this week.

I need to make some smaller stars, then put it all together and figure out a border.
As you can tell, I was able to find my camera cord so I can download my pictures. Unfortuately this is our major camera now. DH lost his really nice one, it was his wedding gift from me. He got a job and needed to train in Pheonix, he drove down and a few miles out of town his car broke down, it threw a rod, for those who understand car stuff. This means it will be about $3600 to rebuild the entire engine. Well the car is not worth that so now we are down to one vehicle, my SUV that I drive to work everyday. In all the craziness of the car breaking down, him trying to still get to the hotel, he believes he left his camera on top of the car. Of course this screams 'Free Camera!'. Too bad it was a real nice one.
So now we are out of a nice camera, down one car, and the job did not work out (didn't care for the ethics of the company). Hopefully there is something better out there for him. Wish us luck!

Hop on over to Judy L's at to see other wonderful Design Walls

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Wonderful Romatic Dinner

Like I mentioned before I would post about the romantic dinner that I made DH as a celebration of his returning home (he being away for 3 weeks). So here is what I made.

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Baked Chicken-Rotisserie Style

Italian Green Beans

We also had some Garlic Mashed Potatoes, but I cheated and did not make that from scratch.
Does my DH look happy of this this wonderful spread?

Welcome Home Honey, we really missed you.

Welcome Spring?

Ah beautiful Sunday morning, woke up to the sound of birds chirping and this

The last couple weeks I kept reminding people and myself that there usually is a bit of snow/frost on the flowers General Conference weekend. Well it is now General Conference, yesterday (Saturday) it was beautiful, 70 degrees, spring was definately in the air. And of course this is what we woke up to this morning.
Okay I said a bit of snow or frost on the flowers, not completely covering them!

These last few weeks a lot has been happening to our family. DH got a job and needed to go down to Pheonix for training for what we thought was a couple weeks. He drove down and got about 5 miles out of town when the car broke down. He found a few nice fellows that helped him push the car to a mechanic, and then found another nice guy to take him and all his stuff to his hotel. His stuff consisted of clothes, dishes, and food for the next two weeks. In all the commotion, DH believes that he left his wonderful camera (the one I gave him on our wedding day) on top of the car, he did not realize this until he got all checked into the hotel and started to unpack everything. Of course he could not go back to the car until later the next day and there was no camera in sight.
After about a week into his training they found that they really had no idea how long they would be down there. On top of that a lot of shady things started to happen with the company, which I cannot talk about right now. I have put together a post of a lot of the things that DH experienced, but he does not want me to post it yet, or at all. So right now you will have to personally talk to us about his experience.
A couple days ago we decided that DH cannot work for a company like that and was able to find a ride home with another fellow employee (who may not go back either). It has been really nice to spend time with the love of my life and I didn't realize how much I missed him (he being gone a total of 3 weeks).
The normal plan was that DH would come home for a long weekend and then go back to Phoenix for who knows how long. During this long weekend I planned on taking Friday off of work and fixing him a wonderful romantic dinner and having it ready when he came home. My plans were spoiled when the guys decided to leave earlier, they got here Thursday afternoon. So my plans have changed, I am now going to fix this wonderful romatic dinner for him today (Sunday). It needed to be a weekend or day that I was off, because what I am preparing needed to be seasoned and marinating overnight and then the cooking time will take about 5-6 hours in the oven. DH was with me when I went to get the ingredients, but I kept everything a secret. He knows it consists of a Whole Chicken, Strawberries, Spinach, Mushrooms, Crab, Red Onion, Angel Food Cake, and a large mixture of Spices; but that is all he knows. Hopefully this will work out.
I will take pictures and post what this dinner consisted of, but I do not want to spoil the surprise right now.
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