Saturday, August 19, 2017

pumpkin fudge



see my crooked stem? this was an experiment on my part 
I took a piece of the background strip and cut it at an angle
and then got my stem fab ready



see? the stem grain of my moldy hay going a little
off but it doesnt bother me like it may to some



then I flipped the piece so I would know where
 to sew it and stitched it
up


wash rinse repeat for the other side



see that angle? so purty


and voila~
a nice little crooked stem for my pumpkin



and just because I could
I made one left and one going to the right
dont mind the fact that the left pumpkin
I forgot to angle the corners
it was a design change on my part
I meant it that way
yeah.......... LOL


so here are my 4 pumpkins for the first runner
some short and fat like me
some tall and purty like you
and all playing nicely so far..........


I now have to take the border and make sure I 
stay within that size 
as I space them out and sew them up
and I need to add a strip to the bottom as well
before the border
but it is coming out just as I 
had envisioned
(is too is too!)



enjoy the pumpkin fudge recipe today!
what are you  making in the sewing room 
or the kitchen???
I hoarded some cans of pumpkin
from the store
they were on sale for .99! 
it was meant for me to have them
thanks Jacky for the tip! we should ask if 
we can buy a case of them 


PUMPKIN FUDGE

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup light brown sugar

¾ cup unsalted butter

2/3 cup or 5-ounce can evaporated milk

½ cup canned pumpkin

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

2 cups white chocolate chips

1 (7 oz.) jar marshmallow creme

1 cup chopped pecans

1½ teaspoons vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

1. Line a 9x13-inch baking pan with foil or parchment paper, leaving some hanging over the sides for easy removal.

2. Combine the granulated sugar, brown sugar, evaporated milk, pumpkin, butter and spice in a medium saucepan. Bring to a full rolling boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil, stirring constantly, for 10 to 12 minutes or until candy thermometer reaches 234° to 240º F.

3. Quickly stir in the white chocolate chips, marshmallow creme, pecans and vanilla extract. Stir vigoriously for 1 minute or until the chocolate chips are melted. Immediately pour into the prepared pan. Let stand on wire rack for 2 hours or until completely cooled. Refrigerate tightly covered overnight. Cut into 1 inch pieces.

Friday, August 18, 2017

my pumpkin progress


every morning I sew a little before work
yeah I know   I am up early and it is MY time
nice and quiet and peaceful

well this little guy was born from some
orange coins that were a small 4 inch square
I played with dark blues for background
and I like it! I just HAD to add a face to this
cutie and I think it may become either a 
mugrug or a potholder



I also have been working on this runner
taking my slabs and making pumpkins

these were the extra slabs as I needed to play
to see how those others will go together- 
the ones that started out as HST pinwheels etc

love that border


so far this week this is what I have accomplished

I made lunch for work so now
Dunks and I will meet you in the sewing room

<3


and while we are at it
lets make some goodies to 
sustain us while we are slabbing away

JulieRose from julierosequilts sent in this one.........
sounds so yummy1


Here's another recipe that we all like a lot....

PUMPKIN PIE BARS: 
(I make these at Thanksgiving
for the "night before cooks" LOL))

1 and 1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cups (1 and 1/2 sticks) cold butter or margarine
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 pkg  (8 oz) Cream cheese (softened)
3 eggs
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice

PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees. Line  13x9 inch baking pan with foil; grease foil lining.  Let foil overhang a bit...
Mix flour, brown sugar and 1/4 cup of granulated sugar in medium bowl; cut in butter with pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Stir in oats and pecans. Reserve 1 cup of oat mixture; press remaining mix onto bottom of pan.  Bake 15 minutes.

BEAT cream cheese, remaining 1/2 cup sugar, eggs, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice in small bowl with electric mixer on med. speed until well blended.  Pour over crust; sprinkle with reserved crumb mix.

BAKE 25 min. Lift from pan using foil as handle; cool completely. Cut into 24 bars.
Store leftover bars in tightly covered container in Refrigerator.  
E N J O Y;)))
hugs, Julierose🙋🌹🍰







the Christmas box so far


lets take a look and see where I am at
this cute dog coat for nieces dog
a steal at 2.50  some treats and 
Brody is done!


this cute kitchen towel for brother in ME
his hunting cabin will certainly be spruced up a bit
with the addition of some deer potholders 
and maybe some microwave bowls
I would like to knit a deer dishcloth too
just for fun



these little tuck in gifts of mugrugs
I like to have a stack on hand
you never know when one will 
be needed and appreciated
hubs likes them too!


another kitchen towel in lime green
for a modern Christmas look
or Grinch theme
we will see where it leads


a purple dishcloth



some coasters
if I could only work with wood
I would love to make a wooden holder
for them
to stack on the end table
how fun



some zip bags
these can be cute little neighbor gifts 
filled with goodies
or scratch tickets
or nail polish and emery boards or
what ever else you can think of


a pretty sunflower table topper
not sure yet if for me or not
may have to make some more of these



more zippy bags



another little topper or mugrug
cute in the blues

not a bad start........

trouble is this is most of the SMALL stuff
NOW I need to get onto the BIG stuff


this needs to be put together
still contemplating whether to put white around
each square or not
I think I have a jelly roll and that may make it
big enough and showcase the purples
and pinks
hoping to finish for granddaughter for Christmas



need to finish slabbing and make a border out of this one
for my daughter

yeah no pressure right?

think I need to quit my day job.LOL




and this needs to be worked on as well.
I just may have to stall this till after the holidays........

I DID make a lot of progress though on it
I need to buy a journal and document the stories that go with the blocks
for a family heirloom quilt
that would be cool........


do YOU  make things for Christmas gifts?
I am lucky our family appreciates handmade gifts

my brother is hopefully working on my 
squirrel feeder
he said he was anyway.......

**wink wink**


Thursday, August 17, 2017

another diversion


this has been fun to work on in between 
all the orange

I get bored very easy
you couldnt tell right?

I think I have about 15 of these 9 patch blocks
so many more need to be done




here are some strips I made and subcut
now to find more blue and 
cut it up

then onto some lights

TO MAKE THIS:




YEAH CHECK IT OUT AT BUTTERFLY THREADS

A CUTE WAY TO USE UP SCRAPS 
and I certainly have those

these are all made with 2 1/2 inch squares so
charms and jellyrolls work too
if you have some hanging around

I have TWO bins with blue fabric so 
figured I would tame it and use some up

this would look really nice on my bed
just sayin.........




I am still on step one as I am doing it in between 
other projects but I think
I will love it once it is done

three types of blocks to make
the colored 9 patch
the offwhite/white 9 patch
and a 9 patch with half white and half colored
using HST in the center of the rows


easy peasy and fun

are you playing in YOUR stash?
what cha making?

Can I see?






Wednesday, August 16, 2017

where my slabs are heading now


one little mug rug



two little mug rugs




one pumpkin tested with a light yellow background
I think I like it

I'm so excited........and I think I like it.......
(are you singing yet?) LOL





and some pumpkins at the ready for a runner
I just need to pull the background fabric
and do the triangle corners
maybe 2 inch squares will do the trick
**update**
2 inch squares seem to be a good size for
an 8 ish inch slab

then do the stems with the moldy hay
fabric LOL


gotta kind of work this one backwards
because I found this beautiful Fall piece in the stash
that I want to use as a border

was waiting for my gray to come in but am thinking
of just picking a beigy neutral and getting this done

**update~ gonna try the light yellow instead**

I am thinking the 4 pumpkins for the center
all facing the same way
and then a border of this pretty Fall fabric


my niece who is getting married in October
 LOVES the FALL
and I am thinking this may look great
on her  kitchen table


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

baked pumpkin donut holes

BAKED PUMPKIN DONUT HOLES


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yield: 24 DONUT HOLES (MINI MUFFINS)

cook time: 10-12 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS:

For the Donuts:

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoons nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1/8 teaspoons ground cloves

1/3 cup canola oil

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup canned plain pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)

1/2 cup milk

For the Coating:

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

2/3 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons cinnamon

DIRECTIONS:


1. Preheat oven 350°F. Spray a 24-cup mini muffin tin with baking spray and set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. In a separate, large bowl whisk together oil, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, pumpkin and milk until smooth. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just combined.

3. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

4. While the muffins bake, melt butter in one bowl and combine granulated sugar and cinnamon in another bowl. Remove muffins from oven and cool for 2 minutes. Dip each muffin in melted butter, then roll in cinnamon sugar to coat. Serve muffins warm or at room temperature.

Monday, August 14, 2017

the wedding







this is how I spent my Sunday
making flowers for a wedding
both the gal and her fiance are Marines and
he will be home for Labor day week and 
they want to tie the knot then
poor thing......her family is giving her a hard time
they want the huge fancy wedding
the couple does NOT
they just want to do it and be married
so she is trying to make them happy by meeting
in the middle with a garden wedding
she loves sunflowers and blue roses
so this is what we did


this is her bouquet copied after one on pinterest
it came out very close and is prettier than in this photo
I am not a photographer for sure


the roses alone are boutonnieres for groom and groomsmen
the sunflower boutonnieres for Dads and granddads


this is the maid of honor bouquet




and the bridesmaid 


and these are for the Moms and Grams

all in all we made quite a few of everything
and had flowers left over for tables and cake
AND brought some back to get her money back
for those we didnt need

a fun day was spent doing these with my niece...........

one monkey off my back.........

now to dress myself for another wedding coming up

anyone else hate dress shopping???