Wednesday, July 22, 2009

One "sew" fun ride

Need I say more?

Riding a wave of compassion

This is one of the floats for the Days of '47 parade. It is made entirely of quilts which are to be donated to a local organization after the parade. Just thought it was a unique idea to use quilts for everything.

Friday, July 17, 2009

July Show-n-Tell

Another great night where we learned french knots or how to do frizzy hair. We learned a little more applique and ate some very yummy poppy seed cake. We showed our progress on our angels and everyone was at a different stage:

Can't wait to see them all. We also showed some other projects that are being worked on. Look at those fun colors and patterns.

Now here's to finishing them. . .

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Two Fun Websites

Here are the two websites I was talking about last night for free block of the month programs.

Bunny Hill has the cutest basket BOM that you can applique or embroider and both patterns are given. You can find the patterns here. Click on the Basket BOM on the right side. Her blog is very fun to read as well.

The next one is an embroidery block of the month called Shabby Roses and they are very beautiful. Her blog is also very fun to read and you can find it here.

I hope you enjoy them. Please feel free to share the things you find as well!!

Banana Bread

This banana bread recipe is from my daughter-in-love Katie's grandma. It never fails.
Cream together:
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
Add 2 eggs and beat well
Add 3-4 mashed ripe bananas (I always use four and I leave some of them in small chunks.)
Stir in:
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Pour into 2 greased and floured bread pans - should not be more than 2/3 full
Bake at 325 degrees for about 50 minutes, or until toothpick poked inside comes out clean

Frosting: Stir about 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar with 2-3 T of lemon juice until frosting consistency and spread on top of completely cooled bread.

The bread is fine without the frosting, but so much better with it.
Here is the recipe for the Poppy Seed Citrus Cake we had last night:
1 lemon cake mix
3 eggs
1 1/3 cups orange juice
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1-2 Tbl poppy seeds
1 tsp grated lemon peel
1 tsp grated orange peel
Combine the cake mix, eggs, orange juice and oil; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Fold in poppy seeds, lemon and orange peel. Pour into a well-greased and floured 10-in fluted tube pan. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
2 cups powdered sugar
3-5 Tbl orange juice
1/2 tsp grated lemon peel
1/2 tsp grated orange peel
In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar and orange juice until smooth. Drizzle over cake and sprinkle with lemon and orange peel
This recipe came from the Taste of Home website - a GREAT place to find very good recipes!