A birthday, puppy, and recipe

HOWDY ! :)

Brent cowboy hat

In the space of a week, we went from bone-chilling below zero wind chill temps to 60 degrees on Sunday afternoon which was perfect for a birthday party!

Kate the grand-little wanted a cowgirl theme.

theme collage

A simple menu with several of us pitching in : Ham BBQ sandwiches, potato salad, coleslaw, baked bean & bacon medley from yours truly, cookies and snacks, cake and ice cream.

Kate had a few friends over and then there were some cousins.

My DIL’s niece with her uncle’s little puppy:

K and Pup

He just got this puppy a day or so ago and the children were all surprised to see it. At this point the pup was already tired out from being loved so much! :)

When I have BABY-I-TIS, I can satisfy that every other weekend for the most part, since my DIL babysits a friends baby …I love this picture of him and the pup. ( The pup is half husky, half shepherd mix though I had thought that there was Rottweiler in him. )

R and pup

Son & DIL :

s and T

ME : “Now put that other hat on…the black one!”  Son: “What do I want for Christmas? My mom without a camera!”    Ha ha ha :  I got my way :)

put the amish hat on

Baked Bean Medley

  • This can be baked in the oven for an hour or done in a crock-pot. I went down to my son’s to watch the kids for an hour mid-morning and I put this all into a crock-pot and put it on low to eat later in the afternoon when the party started.
  • 3/4 lb. bacon fried and drained; reserve to chop up into the beans
  • 2 or 3 ( I used 3 ) 28 oz. Pork & Beans ( HA! This recipe is old…originally it called for 31 oz. cans. They have reduced the size over the last few years and raised the price :)
  • 1 15. oz kidney beans ( I use chili beans in a spicy sauce )
  • 1 15 oz. butterbeans ( THESE must be drained and rinsed first )
  • 1 1/2 cups BBQ sauce ( I use one cup BBQ and 1/2 cup salsa )
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

You have probably made similar bean recipes but I thought to include it because it is very good. I’ve made it with sausage in the past as well…whatever’s on sale works :)

Tallica and Rafe

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Hand Quilting : Crosses & Losses Top & Don’t Step on the Dogs!

I finished the Crosses & Losses top back on September 24th. I used Robert Kaufman Kona solids for it, and while a few people thought that it looked modern to them, it was Amish colors and old-fashioned that I was thinking of when I chose the colors :)

I couldn’t start hand-quilting until my basket quilt was finished, which it is now, so I have finished basting Crosses & Losses and it’s in the hoop. My last two hand-quilting projects had quite a lot of stitches…I want to go a simpler route here. I am eye-balling a 1/4 inch or so and then only marking after that. I see that I was veering a little at the top of one triangle …I can assure you that I’ll probably veer some more down the line as well :) I still miss quilting out on the front porch and am trying to get adjusted to doing it inside again. I have a few of these metal clips holding two sides.

starting HQ collage

I can quilt at the dining room table but ergonomically it is easier on me to do it on this lounge and if I can do it in daylight hours I have the natural light streaming in. If it is cloudy, I can just take those sheers and tie them off in a bow and access more light.

Ok, so imagine…you have settled yourself on this lounge thing and have the quilt situated in your lap. You stitch so far, but since you are using different thread colors on different sections, you have to turn the hoop a lot.  Switching positions, you need to put your foot on the floor.  Well, now there’s a dog down there.

Lily by lounger

And since wherever you are, they are…in a few minutes this one will be there too.


Don’t worry about your stitches being even…worry about stepping on the dogs ! :)

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