Update-Blue Jeans and Flannel Shirts Quilt

I have decided to try to work on this quilt every couple of days.  The prep work is quite labor intensive:IMG_1203

After cutting the jeans apart and separating the fronts of the legs from the backs, the circle needs to be traced – Here we are traced.  Then:IMG_1204

They are cut out.  Here are the backs with the sewing lines traced on them.IMG_1205

These are the fronts of the same pieces.  I really like the contrast between different parts of the same pair of pants as well as different pants.IMG_1206

Scraps…any ideas what I can do with these??IMG_1195

More scraps.  These are actually the hems and seams from the pants.  I know may things can be made from the selvages of fabric – I wonder if these can be used the same way, or if they are too thick.  In any case, I am enjoying (& getting a little bored) cutting these out, but I am itching to get sewing.  First though, I need to cut out the fabric and batting to go in the middles.  Hopefully I’ll get to that soon!

Yogurt Bark

I thought I would try another fun snack that I found online.  It is called yogurt bake and it looked like it would be very tasty.

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Yogurt Berry Bark

Basically, vanilla yogurt is spread into the bottom of an 8X8 pan, berries are spread across the top and then the whole thing is put into the freezer for a couple of hours.

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Yogurt Berry Bark

This was really not a winner with anyone.  It was rather flavorless and very quickly became gooey.  This snack is not a repeat.

Quick and Healthy Dinner

The other night, as so often happens right now, I found myself at dinner time with no plan.  After school sports and activities are really playing havoc with my meal time plans.  I have to be super organized during the day to make sure things are prepared and waiting to be put in the over.  Some days are better than others and on this particular night, we went to my daughter’s volleyball game an wound up not getting home until after 7:00pm.  What to do…

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Whole wheat pasta and veges.

Quickly cut up veges from the fridge and sauté them while pasta is cooking.  Not very elegant, but quick, easy and healthy!

Nametag Update

Today, I finally finished the stitching on my nametag for the chapter of the EGA I attend.

Woo Hoo!  Now it’s time to turn it into a lined, zippered little bag that hangs around the neck.  Onto choosing fabric and trim!!  Fun, fun, fun!

Snack

Today I had a couple of extra minutes on my hands before the kids all got home from school so I decided to make a fun snack for them.

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Banana Roll Ups with Peanut Butter and Almond Butter.

Some of my kids do not like peanut butter so I also used almond butter.  It was so nice to have a special snack because they actually all sat down together and at and talked.  Kind of a nice way to regroup after a day apart at school.

SAL

Well…It’s update time!  I participate in a wonderful SAL.  This SAL is very different than most in that each participant works on their own project (the same one each month) and shares their progress every three weeks.  It is such a huge motivator as I need to show progress each time I post!  Here is where I am now on the Christmas Stocking for my son:

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Progress!!

I FINALLY finished that cream colored background stitching.  I’m not quite sure why it took so long, it is super easy (only a half cross stitch), but boy was it boring – rows upon rows of it!  The back stitching for the name is the only part left in that section.  WooHoo!!  And…here is where I was the last time I posted:IMG_1095

I am very pleased with the progress of this project.  Many hours were put in over the last three weeks and it shows.  I guess you can tell that I am a super slow stitcher, but I really enjoy stitching and it doesn’t bother me.

If you get a chance, please take a look at what the other participants of this SAL are doing.  They are a group of VERY talented stitchers.  Here are the links to their blogs:

Mint Tea

At the beginning of summer, I bought several mint plants.  A spearmint, a chocolate mint and a regular mint.  At first they didn’t seem to be thriving, but after I moved them out of the direct sunlight, they went crazy.  I have all kinds of mint growing.  I wanted to make a mint tea.  First I cut some stems from each of my mint plants and washed them.  Then I put them in a pot and just barely covered them with water.

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Lots and lots of mint.

I boiled them for awhile and then let it all cool a bit.  Then I put it through a strainer and into a glass jar.

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Mint syrup.

There is no sugar in this, so to make a glass of iced mint tea, I put ice in a glass, add about 2T of this syrup and about 1/2 tsp of sugar.  It’s so tasty and refreshing!