Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Friday, October 23, 2020

A happy Fall Quilt

 A pretty little wall hanging one of my quilting buddies made.

Just thought it would make you smile :-)

Have a happy weekend!

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Friday, October 16, 2020

Pumpkin Pie Cake


 With the holidays approaching, I thought I would share a recipe that we enjoy during the season.
My daughter makes this yummy dessert recipe. This is almost like a pumpkin pie cobbler. Try it warm from the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Pumpkin Pie Cake

2 (15 oz) can canned pumpkin puree
1 (12 fluid oz) can evaporated milk
3 eggs
1 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 (18.25 oz) package yellow cake mix
3/4 cup butter
1 cup chopped nuts

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease one 9 x 13 pan
2 In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, salt and pumpkin pie spice. Mix well. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
3. Sprinkle the dry cake mix evenly over the pumpkin mixture. Melt butter and drizzle over the cake mix. Sprinkle nuts over the top.
4. Bake 55 to 60 minutes or until done.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Sunday Morning

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth fruit in his season, 
his leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he does shall prosper.

Psalm 1:3  

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Monday, October 5, 2020

Ravioli Bake

Do you ever eat at Olive Garden? One of my favorite meals is Portabella Ravioli. In the past I've posted a copy cat recipe for Pasta Fagioli that I created. This Ravioli Bake is very similar to the Ravioli dish from Olive Garden.

Using pre-made ravioli is a snap. I used the Fire Roasted Mushroom variety, which gave it the same rich flavors of my favorite OG meal.

Ravioli Bake

Baby Spinach, chopped
Portabella mushrooms (lightly sauteed in olive oil)
Italian-blend shredded cheese
Alfredo sauce
Pre-made ravioli (your flavor choice) found in the cheese section of your grocery store (I use two packages for my family)
optional - cooked chicken breast, chopped
Combine spinach, mushrooms and chicken in medium bowl.
Spread about 1/2 cup Alfredo sauce in the bottom of a 2 quart baking dish. Layer ravioli, then spinach mixture, sprinkle with shredded cheese. Repeat with another layer, topping with Alfredo sauce and shredded cheese.

Bake 30 minutes in 350 degree oven.

This was so good! My family raved about it. I'd love to hear if you try it.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Fire Survivors need


This came from Lura Frazey via Sarah

I am a volunteer with Quilts for Riverside Fire Survivors from Clackamas County, Oregon. You may have seen on the news recently that our state has had terrible wildfires this month after a once-in-a-hundred years wind event. Our group is collecting quilts so we can give a quilt to every person whose home burned in Riverside Fire. 

You can learn more about us here:

Anything you could do to help us spread the word about our need for quilts would be deeply appreciated. These families have lost everything and we are committed to wrapping them in a quilt. 

We need quilts of all sizes. Quilts can be sent to:
Attn: LLF
Easy E-Office, LLC
24361 S Upper Highland Rd
Colton, OR  97017

We appreciate it if people include their name and a way to contact them so we know who to thank for their generous, loving donation. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Friday, September 25, 2020

Finding Wings


Deborah Raney winds up the Chandler Sisters series with a heart warming story.

It seems that Britt, the youngest of the Chandler sisters, is always making sacrifices. First caring for her mom, when she becomes sick and eventually dies. Then caring for her pregnant sister, who is on bed rest. Along with the maintenance of the Airbnb she and her sisters run. Britt tries to find her way, and her wings, for her life and future.

When Britt finds Phee on the floor in a pool of blood, EMT Rafe, talks her through the emergency and helps her until an ambulance can arrive. Enchanted by this hero, she meets Rafe and they try to find ways to get to know one another through their busy life schedules. Britt and Rafe's story is one of challenges and learning to understand each other. As they fall in love, will they trust God to write their story?

Deborah Raney writes with so much heart, she opens the door to your imagination. I loved the first two sister stories, and this one rounds out the series. There is some drama but in the end the love of family shows how sisterhood can be a beautiful loving thing.

I received a complimentary ebook copy from the publisher, through Net Galley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Monday, September 21, 2020

The Edge of Belonging

The Edge of Belonging

Have you ever read something so satisfying, that when you arrived at the end, you close the book and just sigh?

Amanda Cox took my breath away in the first paragraph. She has penned an exceptional debut novel.

1994 - Homeless and unloved, Harvey James comes across a new born baby. Left by the side of road like trash. And trash is what Harvey lives for. But this is love at first sight. And Harvey is determined to keep baby Ivy from the foster system that nearly buried him alive.

Present day - Ivy Rose, caught up in a web of a controlling boyfriend, just misses saying good bye to her grandma. As she dismantles her grandmothers home, there are more questions than answers. Questions about where did she come from? Who was her birth mother. Nobody seems to have answers. Except the missing journal her grandmother left behind. And somebody took.

This story is heartwarming, and compelling. The story crosses present day and 1994 in split-time. Yet it's hard to say, is it Harvey's story or Ivy's? Amanda Cox weaves so many difficult topics seamlessly. This Edge of Belonging is well written and satisfying. It was amazing to me that this was her debut, as she has written like a pro already. Touching me like no other has affected me in a very long time. I look forward to reading anything else Ms.Cox writes.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Revell. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

Saturday, September 19, 2020



Blogger has finally caught up with me! I've reverted to the "legacy versions" every chance I had.

But as of yesterday, it is not longer and option! It will be interesting to see how this plays out. 

So many options are not available to me anymore. I've already lost my ability to check for posts that don't come to my email. So if you have posted something and you don't see it, well I'm sorry I can't approve it :-(  I just don't understand why they have to change things when they were working fine. Sigh!

Friday, September 18, 2020

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Contact information

Patti, you left a message on my blog but no contact information. Can you please send me your email address and I will be happy to give you all the details.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Losing it

Ok, I admit it. I am slowly and consistently losing my quilting mojo. It has been more than just what this year has brought. More like the love of quilting has gone out of my heart and life. I am considering moving my fabric stash out, and I need to sell my HQ Sweet Sixteen quilting machine. 

Amy (Diary of a Quilter) had some good suggestions of where things could be donated. Amy is such a generous soul and shares some really good ideas.

Sew Goodness monthly sewing project featured by top US quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter

If you know anyone who is interested in a practically new HQ Sweet Sixteen, please have them contact me for the details.


Monday, September 14, 2020

Your Hospitality Personality

"Hospitality is a gift both given and received."

Your Hospitality Personality by Morgan Tyree was a delightful insight into why hospitality is an important part of our lives. Finding your personality type opens a path to opening your home and showing you how to maximize your ability to being a host.

"Hospitality hurdles can stop you from being inclined to host, but they don't have to. They can instead motivate you and help you to grow as a host."

With the onset of the Covid pandemic, it's been hard to gather together with friends and family. Yet we are created to connect with people. It's a natural flow of fellowship, whether for a meal, coffee or social media. We can't all model the perfect hostess, but this book helps to define our hospitality personality, and guide us in discovering our strengths and weakness. Learning how we respond to the pressures of hosting, this book will help  you develop tools as a host.

Take the test. I think you will enjoy finding out what your hospitality personality is.

I received a complimentary ebook copy from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Day of Remembrance

Today is a day of remembrance,
a day that we've counted no more,

the lives that were lost one September morning
as our country woke from shore to shore.

The innocent men and women
who entered eternity's gate,

the pain that our nation encountered
as we beheld their indescribable fate.

A day that changed us forever
as we wept and mourned the loss of an age

we watched with horror at the ruins
and stepped into a new centuries page.

This time in history will be remembered
for the grief and unity held,

by a Nation free and proud to be heralded,
America! God bless you we yelled!

So mark this day one of memory
of a time God held us together

We will never forget,
God is still in control of our land,
let us hold that in our hearts forever.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Monday, September 7, 2020

Last summer holiday

What kind of plans do you have for this last summer holiday?

We have been holding off  to invite people over but as the numbers are falling, we plan on having a few over for Bar-B-Que.

Event from last year

So as everyone enjoys this Labor Day weekend, here is what my hubby loves to do.


Enjoy the day! 

Friday, September 4, 2020

Not enough

I found these little pieces of fabric that were left over from a quilt I made.  I love to make pincushions, so I thought, hey, why not!!

You can never have enough pincushions, right?
Enjoy a Happy Quilting day!

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

September- National Sewing Month

Do you have big sewing projects in mind for National Sewing month? Where will you start? Share with me what projects you have in mind.
Happy Quilting!

Friday, August 28, 2020

Wrapped Up in Christmas Joy

 Wrapped Up in Christmas Joy

Wrapped Up in Christmas Joy, a new novel by Janice Lynn, was such a delightful and heartwarming story.

Sophie Davis finds a journal in a box of donated books at her church. The journal is the writing from someone in the military. She sets out to discover who it belongs to.

Cole Aaron, a local firefighter, is a Marine who moves to Pine Hill Kentucky hoping to put his past behind him. He's written his deepest secrets about things that happened when he served. When he discovers that Sophie has read his journal, he tells her to throw it away. He wants nothing to do with Sophie, or her pity. But they end up volunteering together for the toy drive. Which throws them together. As Sophie gets to know Cole, she wants to make a Quilt of Valor for him. He refuses as he feels unworthy.

As only Hallmark can do, this story will definitely put you in the mood for Christmas.  The ending is so incredibly touching. I loved how Janice Lynn wrote such compassion about the many hurts associated with finding peace after going through the horrors of war.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Hallmark Publishing and NetGalley. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Monday, August 24, 2020

Chevron quilt

I watched a Youtube on making a Chevron quilt.  The demo was using a Layer Cake, but I thought I would try to make my own with 6" squares.

I picked out an assortment of fabrics.  Plus white background fabric.

Cut 6" strips and then again into 6" squares.

Pair up a white square with one of the color fabric squares.  Sew all the way around.

With your trusty rotary, cut the sewn square in an X.
Press your seams to the dark fabric.
Line up the Chevrons and start sewing the blocks together.
I will work on these blocks and see how large this quilt will turn out.  I cut two yards of white background, and various amounts of the red and blue.  

Happy Quilting!

Friday, August 21, 2020

Quilt show

So we are all missing quilt shows this year. Let's take a virtual walk.

 Why Trust Baby Lock: Eleanor Burns, Quilt in a Day - YouTube

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Monday, August 17, 2020

The Kissing Tree

 The Kissing Tree: Four Novellas Rooted in Timeless Love  -     By: Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings, Amanda Dykes, Nicole Deese

Enchanting. Delightful. A sweet book en-capsuling four novellas. Each written by award winning authors.

The Kissing Tree takes you through post civil war to modern age in Oak Springs Texas.

Broken Limbs, Mended Fences begins with a young girl carving her initials in a grand Live Oak, wishing for her first kiss.

Inn For A Surprise walks a young woman building a lover's retreat. When her fathers business associate blocks her every move, how do they collaborate to make the plans a success?

From Roots to Sky, a WWII airman heads to Texas to meet his fallen friends sister. Why has he come all this way when his plan was to travel to NY?

Heartwood. Fighting to keep the town's century old landmark, proves to be more heart wrenching then expected.

Regina Jennings, Karen Witemeyer, Amanda Dykes and Nicole Deese each brings a lovely story that starts and ends with the Kissing Tree. The stories flowed smoothly from generation to generation. I totally enjoyed each set of romances, as they were tastefully written.  These ladies know their craft and I would give them a 5+

I received a complimentary ebook copy from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

The Anchor Man

"Now this is the commandment, the statues and the rules that the Lord your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over, to possess it. that you may fear the Lord your God, you and your son and your son's son, by keeping all his statures and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be long. " Deuteronomy 6: 1-2

Recently I listened to a message on the radio as I was driving. It was about the Anchor Man. The more I listened to this program, I was hearing about my Anchor Man.

My admiration goes beyond understanding. I've seen this walked out in the life of my own Anchor Man. A man of integrity and honesty and faithfulness.

God always has His men. He always has a remnant of faithful men who love God and are anchored on Jesus Christ.

An Anchor man is a man who will have no other gods before them.

Men who will not make graven images. They love the Lord their God with all of their heart, soul and mind.

Men who will not take the Lord's name in vain.

Men who are motivated to work, but not so much that they won't take one day of rest.

Men who honor their fathers and mothers, and help care for them.

Men who will not murder or have murderous thoughts.

Men who will not steal things, whether it is possessions or someone's character.

Men who will not bear false witness.

Men who are a one-woman man.

Men who do not covet but are content and thankful for the blessings God has given them.

I am thankful for the covenant relationship I have with my Anchor Man. I have been blessed to learn from this man who places Christ first in his life every single day.

And today I am wishing my Anchor Man a Happy Birthday!

Friday, August 14, 2020

Landscape Quilts

I love landscape quilts. I've only made three, but they entice me to make more.

I have started following Linda's Landscape Quilts and I find her landscape quilts to be so interesting and helpful.