Friday, September 6, 2013

Split Decision with a Twist...

I finally finished the quilt I was making for my mom for her Birthday!  I am so happy with it, and very proud of myself...

I love making quilts, but I especially love hand sewing the bindings.  I put on my Downton Abbey dvd's and relax after my kids and husband have gone to bed.  One trick that I love to use is hair clips to keep the binding in place while I sew.  It works very well.

I used fabric from Fig Tree Quilts  JoAnne has a wonderful Blog as well Fig Tree Quilts Blog.  I love quilts that aren't so matchy, matchy but since this was for my mom I knew she would love it to be more on the monochromatic side.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Amazing Chicken Marinade!!

I am a Lemon Lover!!  Lemon Everything!  Majority of the time when I am making chicken I always use lemon in some way shape or form in my marinades.  I started looking for a marinade that didn't involve lemon and I made one... WOW It is awesome... Lets get started:
I used Chicken Breast, cleaned and cut thin.
You can use chicken parts or turkey parts also.. What ever you like better!

1 6oz Can of Tomato Paste
1/4 cup of Olive Oil
1 1/2 cups of Chicken Broth
1/4 cup of Worcestershire Sauce
2 Tbs of Montreal Chicken Seasoning (McCormick) Or Applewood Rub (McCormick)
1/4 cup Chopped Fresh Basil or 1 Tbs Dried
1/4 cup Chopped Fresh Parsley and More for Garnish or 1 Tbs Dried
1/2 Tbs Oregano
1/4 Tsp of Cumin
1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tbs Chopped Garlic
1 Onion Chopped (I put my onion in the chopper)

Save a 1/2 cup of Chicken Broth and put aside.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until combined.
Put Chicken into a re-seal able plastic bag and pour Marinade over the chicken.  Get all the air out of the bag and seal it.  I then put the bag in a glass pan and put it into the refrigerator.  I will marinade my chicken for as long as I possibly can. I would say at least an hour or you can marinate overnight.

In the meantime tell your hubby to light the grill.... I hate lighting the grill, it scares the **** out of me for some reason?  I make the husband do it. 

Take the Chicken out of the Marinade and hand it off to your husband to cook on the grill. Do Not Discard the Marinade.... Here is the good part...

Take the remaining marinade and put it in a pot on the stove.  Add the 1/2 cup of Chicken Broth.  Cook the marinade over med/low heat until it is reduced by half.  Take 1/2 the marinade and use as extra sauce for the chicken.  Take the other half and give it to your hubby to brush over the chicken while it is grilling....

Put it on a plate and Garnish with Fresh Parsley & Basil Leaves..... DELICIOUS!!!!! 
If your using Chicken Breasts this also goes great on a roll!



Wednesday, June 5, 2013

One of my faviorite Blogs to read is...

So, one of my absolutely favorite blogs is Maureen Cracknell Handmade.  Her posts are filled with helpful information about quilting, sewing and crafting, but, most of all she is so down to earth that I love it.  She also makes things so much fun on Fridays!!  Before I became a mom, I used to look forward to Friday Happy Hours.. Now, I look forward to Maureen's giveaways on Fridays!  Every Friday she gives away  some amazing fabric or pattern.

If you haven't done so, check out her blog and this tutorial... I am totally going to try this next time I make a quilt.  It looks so easy!  Currently I am in the process of quilting a beautiful quilt that I am making for my mom for her birthday in August and I am just quilting the stitch in the ditch... but I need more... and I am not willing to go to my friends quilt shop and spend $130.00 on someone else to quilt it using a long arm?  I really want to learn how to use a long arm... What is everyones experience with using a Long Arm Quilting Machine?  How did you learn how to do it?
Maureen Cracknell Handmade: A Quilt As You Go Tutorial : :: Today I'm finally sharing a little Quilt-As-You-Go how-to! This is definitely one of my most favorite things to do! I'm super ...

Enjoy the tutorial!

Sunday, May 12, 2013


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