Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween family party!

hey everyone, recently we had a big family party to celebrate Halloween.  I don't have many pictures because I was TOO Busy!!!  So I am begging pictures from my kiddos.....

Please send me more pictures. 

First off we had a Rib contest for the adults.  I wanted to get judges, but was voted down.  so we just judged among ourselves. 

Demi even made a rack of ribs.  she kept trying to get me to look at her ribs.  I should have figured out something was up! 

all the ribs were cover in foil, with a A, B, C, or D in front of them.  I was elected to take the foil off.  Hmmmmm,  I didn't expect anything! 

I gave the appropriate reaction!  hahahaha......

I continued to take off the covers......

  Can you see it?  that rat!!!!  That one really got me.  Oh how I love my children!!! 

All the ribs were wonderful!  Yum, yum, yum!!!!!  And guess who won?  Me!  How is that for getting even?  I did bow down, and let my son in law win the prize.  A Halloween black cat and pumpkin salt and pepper shakers. 

Do you want the recipe?  please go to Following inn My Shoes she has the recipe on her blog.  I did add a little Montreal Steak Seasoning. I used Kroger brand of hickory smoke flavor BBQ sauce.  I love Famous Dave's sauces.  I didn't have any so I just used what I had. 

this recipe makes the meat so tender, it literally falls off the bone.  I did two rack because I was worried there wouldn't be enough.  one was spare ribs and the other was country style.  I did one rack on Friday and the other Saturday morning.  on the country style, (the ones I did on Friday) I stopped where you have to put them under the broiler for a few minutes.  I did that part on Saturday, just before our dinner.  they were just as good as the other rack. 

It was a very fun dinner!  thanks kiddos!!! 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A sweet perfume

Now if you are one of my children or a good friend, you might not want to read any further.  But if you are like me, you will read any way and act surprised! 

A couple of years ago, a good friend made some vanilla extract for me.  oh my oh my.  Good stuff.  I have been fascinated by  the fact she made it and how easy it was. 

if you go on Pinterst, you will find a gazillion posts on how to make it.  One day in my email, our best bites had a tutorial AND where to get everything.  I knew Vicki and I were going to get together.  Did she want to try this?  YES!!!!!

Since I don't know anything about alcohol, Vicki said she would buy the Rum.  I would get the Bottles.  She also got the vanilla.  She wouldn't let me pay for any of it.  We bought where it said to buy. 

 We also made some vanilla sugar.  Can't wait to try that in cookies!  YUm, yum, yum! 
We only have to wait a month for the sugar.  but 6 - 8 weeks for the vanilla.  So right at Christmas time it will be ready to use. 

I think it took all of 20 minutes to do both.  super easy, super delicious come the end of December.  And what better perfume is there than pure vanilla extract? 


Monday, October 27, 2014

Stash Report 29

Hello everyone, not too much to report for the past week.  busy doing family stuff!

bobbins used this week: 0
bobbins used year to  date: 74
Thread spools emptied this week:  0
Thread spools emptied year to date:  14
Fabric used this week:  0
Fabric used year to date:  52 3/8
Fabric added this week: 0
Fabric added year to date:  37 yards

still sewing on stuff from when I met with Vicki.  not much accomplished, but a little!  My hope is to sew this coming week a lot!  wish me luck! 


Friday, October 24, 2014

A Wedding!

Hi everyone!  When I think of my grand children,  I think babies, they are still all babies!  But truth be told the oldest is 23.  Lots of things are happening.  Grand graduate, go to college, GET ENGAGED!!!!   oh, dear, am I ready for that?  Are my children ready for that to be happening?  hmmmmm, no...

but one asks us those questions.  and that's ok. kind of!  My son's daughter has just become engaged.  oh my.... 

We have met this young man.  And he is a keeper for sure. 

they were at a friend's wedding reception.  very sweet.  Good luck you two!  I better start thinking of a quilt!  They're  colors are teal blue and brown........ 

Thursday, October 23, 2014


Demi just had her homecoming dance.  She needed some adjustment to her dress.  Now, this girl is a size 4!  I can't even remember when I fit a size 4! 

I sewed little rings to each side to lace the dress up like a corset.  It seemed to work great!!!

And here she is with her sweetie Brandon!

Love ya sweetie!!!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Before I went to the glorious mountains,  I went to my monthly Thornberries meeting.  it was great to see everyone, since I hadn't been there for 2 months! 

my show and tell was a picture of Belle's quilt. 

Sue had 2 quilts finished!!! 

this first one was a block we all did.  at Christmas we played a game, whoever won, got all the blocks!  I am still so jealous of that quilt.  I love it!!!!

this one was a swap a few years ago.  we each did one block for everyone.  I believe mine is still just a top.  I really should get it out and quilt it.  I still have time! 

Sue made chili and it was soooo good.  yum! 

Thanks gals.....


Monday, October 20, 2014

Stash Report 28

Hi everyone!  I am home!  yeah!!  it was so wonderful up in the cool air of Williams.  The Aspens were starting to change their colors.  it was beautiful!  Thank you Vicki!!!! 

bobbins used this week: 3
bobbins used year to  date: 74
Thread spools emptied this week:  0
Thread spools emptied year to date:  14
Fabric used this week:  0
Fabric used year to date:  52 3/8
Fabric added this week:  5
Fabric added year to date:  37 yards

when I arrived at Vicki's this black cat greeted me! 

And we both had a witchy Barbie to watch over us!
We did start one new project.  pumpkin table runners!  The tops are done.  just have to be quilted! 
Now do you remember those 5000 2.5" Halloween squares I was cutting?  we have talked about making this quilt forever.  Last year, Vicki bought the background for it, and I took it home to cut bricks - 2.5" x 6.5". 
Well........  I thought Vicki took the fabric to cut, she knew I took it home.  But neither of us can remember what the fabric looked like!  oh my..... so off to the quilt store.
We looked and looked.  how would this look, hmmmmm.... no, how about this? 
Finally we found some ombre green from moda.  OH. MY.  GOSH!!!!  perfect.
there are 11 vertical rows.  I am at 5.  by the end of the week it should be together. and I will take a better picture.  the green goes from dark to light in the middle to dark again.  The pattern is called In Grannies Dream.  In person it looks awesome!!!! 
we also started our 16 patch blocks from Aunt Polly's Blog Wicked bits.  I so love that quilt.  I made 32 of them.  I need 90. 
we have more than enough squares.  But not enough yellows.  So we are cutting more squares!  We have already started conspiring what to do with the extra squares we will have. 
We had the best time.  laughed a lot.  sewed a lot.  and relaxed.  Just what we needed.  Thanks Vicki!
Oh, BTW, hubby said you guys must not have sewed a lot this time.  Why, I asked.  He replied you don't have a lot of things finished!  Oh my dear, I replied, do you realize how long it takes to sew 2.5" squares together?  he replied, Apparently not!