Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Torn Between...


I am torn between
putting the borders on this
stack-n-whack quilt top

should I finish getting the
Christmas dishes out
and put away?

What's a girl to do?

Have a great evening


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Thankful Heart

It's the VERY early morning hours of
1:25 to be exact
and I am waiting up for
the cute engineer.
He went to deliver some special treats
to his 3rd shift guys.
Both of my sweet girls are tucked
in their beds here at the cottage
and my heart is about
with thankfulness.

To say that this year was an
easy one would be a great big lie!
It has been the most heart wrenching year, EVER.
I don't think I have ever cried so many tears.
My heart has ached over the choices my brother has made,
A gradual loss of another family relationship
and the ever proud tears of watching
your kids grow up and take that
leap from your house to their own.

Tonight as I sat in my warm and cozy cottage
I was pondering this past year
my heart just began to fill up
with a peace
that could only have come from
my Heavenly Father.

I am so thankful for
this past year
all of it's ups and downs.

The LORD has been that strong tower.
He has hemmed me in.
He has been the light unto my feet
and the lamp unto my path.

Oh, how I love Him!

"But he said to me,
"My grace is sufficient for you,
for my power is made perfect in weakness."
Therefore I will boast all the more
gladly about my weaknesses, so
that Christ's power may
rest on me."

2 Corinthians 12:9

May Christ's power
rest on all of you!

That is my prayer for you.
Happy Thanksgiving!!!


Monday, November 22, 2010

The Great Search...

Thank you all for sharing
your chili recipes with me!

This search has been
so much fun!
tasty too!

We tried this one last week
it was AMAZING!!!

(while technically it isn't chili...it is WONDERFUL!)

Green Chile Chicken Stew

6 chicken thighs, skinned and boned
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
6 small potatoes, preferably red, peeled
1 cup green chile, chopped
1 14 ounce can chicken broth (I used homemade)

Cut chicken into 1-inch chunks.
Salt and pepper and shake them in flour.
Brown the chicken the the hot oil,
add the chopped onion and garlic
gently saute until the onion is slightly soft.
Add chopped potatoes, green chile, and chicken broth
Simmer about 20-25 minutes until the chicken
and potatoes are done.

More broth or water may need to be added.

Feel free to make it your own!

I did tweak this a bit...

I added more green chile
and another clove of garlic.

I hope you all will give this a try!


We are looking forward to trying
each and every one.

Thanks again for sharing.

Have a great day!


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Fine Tuesday Morning

Hello bloggy friends!
How are you this fine Tuesday morning?

It is such a nice fall day and I would
love to make some chili,
I have made the same recipe for years
that's what the girls loved
come to find out
it is not a favorite of the cute engineer.

So, here is where you all come in.
If you have a yummy chili recipe
and you are willing to share it.
Please let me know.

Looking forward to hearing from you all.
Have a great day!


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Quilting Love Affair

My love affair with quilts began
forty-eight years ago today
when my grandmother gave me
my very first quilt.

I love that her hands embroidered each stitch.
I love that she quilted this by hand.
I love that she didn't finish it because I came early
and she wanted me wrapped in something warm.

My next quilt was given to me when I was a teenager.
It also was from my grandmother.
She took old material from things that she had worn
or that my aunts and uncles wore as children.


When my girls were young my sweet MIL
gave me the next quilt.
She knew my love for all things old
and blessed me with this lovely quilt.
I can not for the life of me remember who made it.

(Denise do you remember?)

I love that these women took the time to make such works of art!

Last year about this time
I received this Christmas quilt.

My BFF Julie sent it to me.

Julie and I have done life together since
Nike tennis shoes
(with the red swoop)
coveted teen age shoe to have!

To me, a quilt is a warm hug
from someone


Today, I am joining Dayle at
A Collection of This and That for

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Take A Guess...

I have just a few minutes before I head off
to do some sewing with a few friends.

We had such a lovely week end!
How about you?

Now, our week end was lovely because
we were visiting a special someone.

Can you guess where we where?
and who we were visiting?
I'll give you a few hints...
this special girl goes to a school with the initials LU
and it was a long drive!
The cute engineer and I are sooooooo very proud of her.
She is beautiful inside and out.
We are looking forward to Thanksgiving
when she will be home for a whole week!

Go ahead...
take a guess!

Have a great day!