Accuquilt SEVEN FREE CHRISTMAS PATTERNS!!!!

https://www.accuquilt.com/shop/media/assets/2017/emails/06-28-3rdparty-rsg/images/C1706C-01-GO!Christmas-e-book.pdf

Never too early for thinking about your Christmas projects.  Thank you Accuquilt!

Posted in 2017, Accuquilt, Christmas Patterns, Free Patterns, Free Quilt Patterns, Free Sites, Main | Comments Off on Accuquilt SEVEN FREE CHRISTMAS PATTERNS!!!!

Today Was A Full Day! Garage Cleaning and Sun Basket Cooking!

Today started out early this morning I decided to go out and clean out the garage where we park our lawnmowers. Precious ( Gary) back has been hurting and we are trying to get it well so he did help some but I would not let him do the real heavy work. I was worn out. He did help me a lot.

IMG_9098

Tonights dinner. I see a pair of lips in the wrinkles above the word Sun Basket. When we get a shipment in the sun really shines! Great food. Organic food.IMG_9099

I was like WTH?  What is that thing on the left side of my pictures? A hand ? A heart? Fennel.  Never heard of it. I eat with my eyes. Not literally but I am like a real picky kid. If it looks weird or something I dont think I will like I dont eat it.  So far I have eaten everything we have received. I am trying to get out of the box and try new things.IMG_9100

Salmon thawing in the sink.IMG_9101IMG_9102IMG_9104

I usually use my Biltmore knife but I decided to use the ones I bought at Costco two years ago! YES TWO YEARS AGO.IMG_9108

Ok fresh Cilantro came with the meal. I can not tolerate anything but Penzeys Cilantro. I am sorry it has nothing to do with any company or any restaurant. It has to do with my DNA.  Seriously that is one thing I found out when I took a 23 and Me DNA test  along with a DNA from Ancestry.I just knew they mixed up my results with someone else so I took two. Nope got it right first time.  One of the things I learned is my DNA does not like Cilantro.IMG_9109

Hallellujah, I LOVE LIMES!IMG_9113

I had to zest one and juice both. So far no zesting knuckles. Granny is smiling down at me. Her baby is using her juicer. I love you Sadie Mae and miss you. I dont want to see you for at least 60 more years!IMG_9116

Never heard of Chimichurri. I was ok let me do the little finger test. You know where you dampen your little finger put it in the spice and taste. Ok I liked it.IMG_9120

I ran out of Grape Seed Oil from Whole Foods, so I brought out the Avocado Oil. It is good.IMG_9121

Mix resting quite nicely.  I think I may put a tiny bit too much lime juice in it but it did taste good.

IMG_9124

My beautiful neighbor Ali who loves to eat and does not gain an ounce told me about this salt and pepper shaker and I bought it .. I am sure glad. She was with me the day we picked it out. It really works wonderful. Thank you sweetie.

ALI

She is a beautiful, smart, sweet young lady. I just adore her! Her mother and I share custody!!  Her brother Luke is my helper around the house. I was so glad to see him this week working around the pond. Very good young people. She is beautiful inside and out and very talented. She paints my Apple Watch bands. I have one of a kind. I have about 20 more to give her!!!  Don’t fuss. You know I love ya little girl. IMG_9130

Clean up a breeze.IMG_9146

Prec overseeing everything I chopped up.IMG_9150IMG_9134

Fennel and squash.IMG_9140

Ok you can’t cut yourself with these gloves.The are to use with my mandolin. (Slicer) which I never have used but I have it if I need it.  After fighting yesterday with the weedeater and the weedeater won I decided not to hurt my sewing hands. Which I do not get much sewing done in the summer. Between yard work, cleaning out things that need to be cleaned and now cooking I am one busy chick!

Weedeater

I used some of my Oregano oil mixed with coconut oil. The Oregano oil was from Young Living. Today my leg already looks better. I will put some more on before I go to bed.  It is really some good stuff.

IMG_9142

My Precious just woke up from a tiny nap. Note the hair style. He has on my favorite T-shirt. We got it in Key West years ago. I think it was at the Conch Restaurant. I wonder if that place is still there. Precious and I have been married 30 years this past June.

2 months married

I dont have a clue why we are sideways.  Just turn your head. We had been married two months. My gosh what time does to you!!!!  Dang it I hate it I can not figure out how to flip!

IMG_9144IMG_9146IMG_9150

IMG_9160

I could not get everything in one pan.

IMG_9169

Luckily I had another one.

IMG_9164 IMG_9166

My mother in laws plates. We ate off them at her home all the time. I got them when she went to Heaven.  I have a yard full of Zinnia’s and until tonight I did not realize the plates were Zinnia pattern.

I am not a fan of salmon. I will eat it but I am a fan of Precious. He loves it. It was really good.

IMG_9168

The squash smelled so good.

IMG_9174It looked really pretty on the plate. It was easy to fix and fast.

We have enough for tomorrow night.  I will just warm up the Salmon that is left which is one whole piece and cook the veggies. It won’t take 10 minutes total and dinner will be ready. Then our next shipment will be next Tuesday. It can’t come fast enough.

Use the  special link below and you get $35.00 off your first order. Also you can quit anytime which I doubt you will and if anything is wrong you can let the company know and they will fix it. The food is organic and so very good. I am a dummy on cooking.  I would wake up in the morning and before my eyes opened I started stressing what I am going to cook that evening.  Well I dont have to worry about that but for three days. I got a system worked out.  One of those days eat out, then hamburger on the grill and some type of sandwich unless I can figure out two nights eating out.. However I will say it is less expensive to just order one more meal from Sunbasket. I am getting two now and that is 4 meals.  There is so much with one meal you can make it last two nights.  This winter when we hate to get outside in the cold I think I will go to three.

We will order this again but first we are going to eat our way through everything Sun Basket has to offer so that will take a long time!  I’ll keep you posted. Maybe tomorrow I’ll be back sewing and using my Brother Dream Machine.  I am going to be at a Blount County Quilters Quild Show in October. I have to get busy!

 

https://sunbasket.com/invite/Chris793706

 

 

Posted in 2017, Main, Sun Basket | 4 Comments

I Think There Is Hope For Me Now!

IMG_8941

Dumped out the sack and it was full of good items.IMG_8965

First time I needed something I did not have. I needed a fine mesh strainer. I have a regular strainer so It was a job getting the quinoa to stay in the strainer and not down the drainer!IMG_8966

Ingredients came in this sack or poke as we say in the South.  I am using it for my garbage can. If you look to the right you can see my helpers head. I gave him a break. I let him watch NYPD as I cooked. Truth be known he is napping like he is now!!!IMG_8967

This pan looks horrible. Yes it is clean, yes it is old. It is older than me!!!  It was my Granny’s biscuit pan. I am sixty three and I remember seeing her use the pan when I was a small child. It is not dirty it is just worn. I could not part with it. Well make an offer!IMG_8968

To all who know me I bet you are surprised I have parchment paper and USE IT.IMG_8969

IMG_8970

I am sucking on photo’s today.

IMG_8971

Quinoa on the stove. It matches our granite. Our stove is four years old and so clean. I love a clean stove.  Sometimes I turn all the eyes on when I am cooking for just a minute and I rotate which eye I use when I only have one pot. In Feng Shui that signifies prosperity burning all the gas eyes for a minute. I want to do all I can to stay in line with my Feng Shui. On some areas I slipped some but I am trying to get back on track.IMG_8972

So pretty.IMG_8974

Hazelnuts about to bake on the parchment paper.IMG_8975 IMG_8977

Nuts cooking for ten minutes.IMG_8978

I better use my favorite pot holder to keep from getting burned. Auburn Tigers. I hope they have a better year this year!IMG_8979

I have two timers going. Nuts for ten minutes and veggie mix for twenty five minutes. I hope I do not get these mixed up. Burn up the nuts and the veggies raw.IMG_8980

I love summer squash.IMG_8981

I am learning to chop without losing a finger.IMG_8983

I better check again. ( I just wanted to show the pot holder)IMG_8985

Looks beautiful and still matches the granite.IMG_8987

Smells good taste good.IMG_8988

Lord please do not let me find a worm. I remember sitting on my Granny’s front porch shucking corn scared to no end there was going to be a worm when I pulled back the silk. There was not one this time thank goodness.IMG_8989

SunBasket even gave instructions on how to cut corn off the cob. I was thinking about saving the cob for a pipe and then I remember after my 30 plus years of genealogy research one of my grandmothers lived to be over 100. She would have lived a lot longer but she bent over to light her corn cob pipe and fell in the fire to her death!! I kid you not.  She was on the Fitzpatrick side if I am not mistaken. I think her name was Sarah Perry. I am just calling that from memory but I have her story. Her husband was Abner Perry.IMG_8991

Grape seed oil in the pan.IMG_8995

Cooled nuts in the chopper. IMG_8999

I love our clean pretty kitchen. By accident I found out how to keep your stainless steel looking good. I do not have the kind that does not show fingerprints. I have the kind of stainless steel that shows everything. I was wiping off the counters and faucets with my Clorox wipes and I saw something on the refrigerator. I swiped over it and it looked so good I cleaned everything with the wipes. The dishwasher looks wonderful. No finger prints no water stains.. CLOROX WIPES my new stainless cleaner. It is amazing how by accident you find something that works. I have been up early in the morning can not sleep cleaning it with mineral oil. Now the wipes are my best friend.IMG_9001 IMG_9003

The veggies looked beautiful.IMG_9004

I have never been what you call anything but a cornbread, greens, potato, beans type of cook. I do however love gadgets. I would see something and buy it and say “I’ll need it one day.” Well you know this day has finally come.  I am using tools I have had for years.  I am glad I got it so I’ll have it when I need it!IMG_9006

Here we go again. I am getting to give Granny’s juicer a workout.IMG_9007

I dont know why this is sideways. But if I had paid attention to the last paragraph last week I would have not had the Hazelnuts all over the floor like eyeballs rolling at a Halloween party.IMG_9008

Coming together nicely.IMG_9009

I love lemon zest and lime zest. It always scares me that I am going to zest my knuckles but so far so good.IMG_9010

You tube taught me how to get every drop of the juice out of the lemon.IMG_9011

Clean up is a breeze.IMG_9012 IMG_9013

No other spice makes me happier than mint. I love the smell, I love the taste and I could go for a glass of mint iced tea about right now.IMG_9026

It all looks so pretty and smells go good.

IMG_9027

This cheese is good. I do not ever remember eating any until today.IMG_9028

Just the right amount of honey I am about to drizzle. Even if the writing is upside down. IMG_9031

My plate.IMG_9034

The picture that came with the cook book. I think I chopped the nuts too finely but it worked for us.IMG_9035

My plate.IMG_9036

Precious plate.  We had enough to have again tomorrow night and I am looking forward to Thursday night for the second selection we received! Stay tuned!

 

https://sunbasket.com/invite/Chris793706

 

Posted in 2017, Main, Sun Basket | 1 Comment

How To Make An Easy Cathedral Window Quilt

After I posted my previous article I found this tutorial for a very easy Cathedral Window Quilt. I have a full bolt of muslin I bought years ago to make these by hand. I cut out some of the squares GOT SO BORED fingers hurting so badly so I plan on making some using other fabrics and I will use the muslin for doll quilts backing.

http://quilting.diyeverywhere.com/2016/12/09/how-to-make-a-cathedral-window/?src=glp_57979&t=syn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=postplanner&utm_source=facebook.com

There is even a tutorial on the site with Jenny Doan.  Missouri Star Quilt Company.

Posted in 2017, Cathedral Window, Free Patterns, Free Quilt Patterns, Free Sites | Comments Off on How To Make An Easy Cathedral Window Quilt

ISEWFREE.COM A Great Site For Free Patterns. A GIFT A DAY!

I do not know how I stumbled on this site but it is awesome. Gives you all kinds of patterns. If you do not sign up to get a daily email you are really missing out.  FREE PATTERNS.  That is what I love. I do not have to spend my money to purchase a pattern to only use once.

Halloween is fast approaching. It is one of my favorite times of the year.  You can pretend to be something you are not.

Here is a great pattern and it looks very easy. Halloween table runner.  Enjoy

http://www.isewfree.com/free-quilt-pattern-halloween-star-table-topper/#respond

Halloween Table Topper

Posted in 2017, Free Patterns, Free Quilt Patterns, Free Sites, I Sew Free | Comments Off on ISEWFREE.COM A Great Site For Free Patterns. A GIFT A DAY!

SunBasket.com Came Through For Us Again!

IMG_8803

I decided to day to give you all a treat. NO GOWN!!  We had an eye appointment, well Precious did and I decided to start out cooking in my regular clothes. Trying not to scare away my readers. Precious is not a great photographer and I am not really one that likes to get my picture taken so  he snapped me at an inconvenient look but that is ok, that is my normal smirky look! Plus I was laughing at him.

IMG_8810

My Biltmore knife and lemon on the grater. I love the smell of lemon and lime when it is being turned in to zest.  I guess that is what you call it.

IMG_8811

Smelled so good.

IMG_8812

Thank you Granny I sure have been using your vintage juicer!

 

 

IMG_8815

Little Precious working on a project.

IMG_8817

There is lots of goodies in the paper sack.

IMG_8819

I hate garlic but I decided I was going to use it anyway. At least it will ward off the vampires. It turned out pretty good.

IMG_8827

I don’t know why this is sideways, just turn your head.

IMG_8831

Ingredients almost ready. That is ginger in the background.  It smells so good.

IMG_8832

I have two friends gonna love my spatula.

IMG_8834

Hey Deb, hey Lisa.

IMG_8835

Honey I am home! They sent exact amount you need.IMG_8837

Stirring up a storm! It smelled so good. I had some lemon juice left and I took the plunge and added it and it was the perfect amount.

IMG_8838

The instructions called for any kind of oil you wanted to use to cook the steaks, I save bacon grease in refrigerator. I do not pour down the sink and I wait until the bowl if full and if I am not going to use any I put in garbage can without a mess. I decided to cook the steaks in some bacon grease. I AM GLAD I DID THAT! Very good.IMG_8839

Two generous size portions grassfed beef. It was really tender.IMG_8840

A friend came to visit one time with her husband to teach me how to make egg rolls. She said “For someone who does not cook you have everything.”  Half the items I do not have a clue what they are for I just knew one day I would need them.IMG_8841

I’ll have it when I need it.IMG_8842

I liked to never found those tongue hickies. They work wonders.IMG_8843

I can NOT STAND for one speck to be on my stove. It is only four years old and it does not need to be messy.  I keep it looking perfect.IMG_8844

I love this stuff. All natural and it used to be called “Take it for Granite”   CleanHappens.Com  WONDERFUL ITEM. My friend Janus introduced me to it.IMG_8845IMG_8846

I buy six bottles at a time.IMG_8847

See how clean it makes my stove along with the granite?IMG_8851

Chopping up onions always make me have tears!IMG_8855

When it was time to chop the nuts I tried to chop with knife and they rolled all over the counter to the floor and I was like what am I going to do??? Well I forgot I had this chopper thing.. Worked like a charm.IMG_8856

All my friends know I burn everything. The cutting board is no exception. See the burn????IMG_8857

They were smelling so good I almost just ate them out of the skillet and forgot about the rest. Cooking them in cast iron with some bacon grease oh my! I do not think we have used our grill much this year. We will water till fall!IMG_8858

Nuts chopped quite nicely. Hazelnuts to be exact.IMG_8859

Dishwasher right by my leg. It was a breeze cleaning up.IMG_8861

Steaks resting and what do the young folks say “My Bee is studying or is it Bey?” IMG_8864

I knew one day when I saw those teak “hands” that one day they would come in handy. They did. Mixed up the salad perfectly.IMG_8865

Praying eveerything will be ok.IMG_8866

Freaking.. splatters on the stove.  I nearly had to stop cooking and clean but I held off. I almost committed to therapy it was so upsetting.IMG_8867

Ok.. A few weeks ago I had to stir fry grapes and blister tomatoes and I was like “I don’t think so “but I did. Today I had to fry peach slices and onion in the oil that the steaks were cooked in. One side of me said “dont do it” one side said “you better do it.”  I DID. I am glad it is good.IMG_8870IMG_8871IMG_8872IMG_8873IMG_8874IMG_8876

It was good. I am so happy with SunBasket.com . I can not wait until Tuesday for our next two orders.

https://sunbasket.com/invite/Chris793706

Posted in 2017, Main, Sun Basket | Comments Off on SunBasket.com Came Through For Us Again!

Dizzy Daisy Quilt Pattern, Missouri Star Quilt Company

https://www.missouriquiltco.com/land/tutorials/dizzy-daisy-quilt/index.html?utm_campaign=qt_t0160&utm_medium=Display&utm_source=fbads&utm_content=boost&utm_term=msqc

I do not quilt as much as I used to. I am now involved in trying to learn how to quilt on the Long Arm and then also my Brother Dream Machine with all the embroidery features.

There are a few quillts I want to make again and this Dizzy Daisy is one. I will get back to the quilt making this winter. Summer is grass cutting four acres and sometimes six more and fun times going places. Oh and I forgot flower bed keeping the weeds out.  I work on our flower bed daily. One week pops up it goes.

Plus I am learning to cook. Yes I am in my 60’s and I have always sucked at cooking but I discovered this easy online service and the food is great. Later on today there will be a blog post with my second adventure.

 

Posted in 2017, Missouri Star Quilt Company, Sun Basket | Comments Off on Dizzy Daisy Quilt Pattern, Missouri Star Quilt Company

Sun Basket Food Service Has Saved My Life.. Sunbasket.com

I wake up EVERY morning to the smell of coffee perking on the stove in my CorningWear coffee pot and the dread thought as to what I am going to cook for dinner. I am not lying. The first thought out of my mind is “I have to cook tonight and I do not have a clue.” I am serious. I hate it that much. It stresses me to the end of the earth to try to figure out this and that. I am so tired of beans, potatoes, cornbread and country cooking. We have eaten that all our lives and I am ready to step it up a notch and eat something else. Experience new things.

Well I discovered Sun Basket.  There are a lot of the services online where you order food and it is shipped to you. I am not going to name the competition here because in all honestly I have not tried any of them but Sun Basket. I can only tell you about them. I did look over some of the others and even emailed and asked questions and I was more pleased with Sun Basket than any of the others. I can not say I will not try another service some time but right now no. I like the easy cookbook that comes with the meals. You keep it and if you want to purchase outright the items to make the recipes you can. I won’t because it would cost me a lot more to buy the items than to receive them delivered to my door.

It is just the two of us here at home. I joined. First week I got in my order. It comes in a very nice insulated box the meat is in the bottom with frozen ice packs and the other items you need to prepare are in the top part in a paper sack labeled what the meal is. I ordered three different meals that week. I was shocked when I prepared the first one. It was enough for the two of us to eat for two nights. I had a total of six nights of meals in my refrigerator to prepare.  I loved it but it was so much food I cancelled. Can you believe someone cancels because a company provides a really nice size servings of food? Most companies charge you a fortune give you a tiny bit.. Not Sun Basket.. You get a lot.  Back to worrying about what to fix for dinner. Something kept tugging on me so I called the company asking them is there any way I could only get two meals a week. Yes. I signed back up. Today our first two meals came. As you will see below it is enough for tonight and tomorrow night and then Thursday night I will make the second meal and it will be for Thursday and Friday. I am pretty sure I’ll go back to three meals in the future so I will be covered six nights and we can eat out one day a week. I am really saving a lot of money. This week I believe I probably threw away a big chunk of money in food that has expired or no longer good in the refrigerator. Here I will have zero waste. Make it eat it and very little clean up.

I love Sun Basket because they send you fresh items, organic, and everything you need.  About the only thing you will have to have is salt and pepper and sometimes oil. I noticed in the next meal they sent me enough honey for the dinner. How convenient is that? I will not have to go to the store waste my gas to buy a jar of honey to use one time. I think I am really going to be with this company a long time. I look forward to waking up smelling the coffee knowing what is for dinner and I can go on to something else to entertain my mind. Like my sewing, quilting and machine embroidery!

IMG_8730

Contents come in the sack above and the meat is frozen in the insulated compartment.

IMG_8732

You have it so easy!  This was in tonights sack.  I still have another sack for Thursday night. It has a peach in it!!!!

IMG_8743

I received a lime and the lime leaves. I had to tear them to mix with the coconut milk, water (I had to provide that) lime juice with a bit of salt , pepper and a pinch of sugar. I love my vintage juicer. It was my Granny’s.

IMG_8744

They were so pretty and smelled so good.IMG_8745

Dumped it all in the pot and stirred. That is thick coconut milk you see.IMG_8746

Put it on the stove brought it to a boil.IMG_8747

Fresh Ginger. My fingers smelled so good. I bet you did not think I had one of these contraptions (graters) I HAVE TWO!!!IMG_8748

This smelled heavenly. Fresh ginger.IMG_8749

I dont have a clue what Sambal Oelek is.. I did do the taste with my little finger bit and it was good. So I was going to use it. Actually I am making both of us get out of our box and try new things.  No more comfort level.IMG_8750

Two nice size pieces of chicken.IMG_8752

Now they are in the coconut bath with the lime leaves going to boil for maybe 10 minutes.IMG_8753

The spices I did not have a clue mixed with a ginger sauce. It was really good. I did add a tiny bit of salt and a tiny pinch of sugar. Really good. I am telling you all I am living on the edge the dangerous side!!!  I eat things I do not have a clue what they are and they are so good!!!!

IMG_8754

For someone to not really be a cook I invested in these Biltmore House knives years ago. I keep them so sharp they do not cut they just slide through whatever you are doing.IMG_8755

I sure received a lot of lettuce. It was Romaine.IMG_8756

I been watching cooking videos. I know the proper way to peel!! Seriously I saw a lady peel a mango and I took notice in case some day I needed it. Well today it came in handy.IMG_8758

Gary and I love mango’s.  We used to eat them with Chocolate Fudge Poptarts. Yes scream… We did.. I admit it is good.IMG_8759

Mango’s and tomatoes cut up. The tomatoes we so fresh and beautiful. Organic.  IMG_8760

I use the paper sack  for a garbage bag. Yes you see FRESH CILANTRO in the garbage. I am one of the many that hate Cilantro. It tastes so nasty to me that if I go to a restaurant and it is in the food without me knowing it I nearly throw up.  Sales clerk at Penzey’s Spices, Homewood, AL challenged me to purchase some of Penzey’s. Which by the way is the only spices I allow in my home to be brought from the store. I can not use that other junk in the stores.  She sold me when she said her husband gets sick  if he eats Cilantro and she slips Penzey’s in his food and he loves the taste and does not have a clue what it is.. Ok sold me. I bought a small bottle and LOVE IT. It does not taste nasty like the fresh Cilantro. So I am sorry I threw the one that came with the package away. Nothing against the company just my DNA can’t tolerate it.IMG_8761

I used the dehydrated Penzey’s Cilantro. OH MY WAS IT GOOD.IMG_8762

Chicken resting nicely after being in the coconut bath.IMG_8763

I saved this. Put the left over chicken it in to marinate and to heat up in tomorrow. See I do not even have to worry about tomorrow’s dinner. It is already ready and I am looking forward to cooking Thursday’s package.IMG_8764

Fresh Basil I chopped up.IMG_8765

Never in my life would I dream I’d chop up cashews and put in anything but candy. I did.IMG_8766

I put the salad on the two plates and look how much I have left over.

IMG_8771

Hello you all may as well get introduced to me cooking in my gown.. Everyone in the neighborhood, workers that come work on the house, people that just show up, even a sewing group I have had in the past have seen me in a gown.  AND YES I DID NOT COMB MY HAIR BUT ONCE TODAY.  It is wild and has a mind of its own. I really was concentrating not wanting to lose any fingers.IMG_8772

This chicken is really good.IMG_8773

Well whatcha think?  It think they look pretty good if you ask me.IMG_8774

See how much is left over!IMG_8775 IMG_8777

I ate EVERY BITE and so did Gary.  We did not leave a crumb.   We are very happy customers of Sun Basket.

If you want to try it no obligations. You can order one time and stop like I did then you can turn right back around and join back up like I did. If you are going out of town and do not want to receive an order you can skip. You can skip for any reason.  You can pick your order and before it ships go back and change it if you change your mind. No hassle. You can stop anytime you like. No contracts or obligations.

If you use this link you can get $35.00 off your first shipment. It is worth every penny.  No waste no throwing out any food no trip to the store, no overbuying. Very easy instructions. Even a dummy like me can follow them!  I truly am very happy with the service.  Your first order will hardly cost anything with this coupon.

https://sunbasket.com/invite/Chris793706

 

Posted in 2017, Main, Sun Basket | Comments Off on Sun Basket Food Service Has Saved My Life.. Sunbasket.com