Tuesday, February 14, 2012

.....And The Winner Is

The drawing for my Fugly Fabric Giveaway this morning goes to SassyCathy!  Congrats to you and I can't wait to hear how you put this fabric to use in an upcoming project!

Thanks to all who entered, left a comment, checked out my blog and became a follower!

I'll be having another great giveaway in the weeks to come, perhaps tied into an upcoming holiday.....hint, hint.  Be sure to watch my blog posts as this one will have a quick turnaround.  Be sure to refer your friends to become followers of my blog!

You'll gain an extra entry in my upcoming drawing by referring your friends.....when they become a follower and post a comment on this thread telling me you referred them you get an automatic entry!

Good luck, you're going to LOVE what's coming up next!

Happy Sewing

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Mmmmm, Mmmmmm, Soup

Okay, so I promised I would post an amazing recipe yesterday and Oops! it totally slipped my mind. Was I too obsessed with finding my "fugliest" fabric? Perhaps? Please don't hate me for drifting off a bit....it's hard battling a textiles addiction along with a food addiction!

So, for the recipe.....I have to admit this turned out WAY better than expected and will definitely be a staple in our household from now on. So, onto a little background about this recipe. As you all know, I've taken a bit of a detour from posting my favorite recipes and I have been venturing into the world of quilting. If you haven't tried it yet, I highly recommend this "hobby"! Well, since I've been a little off course I have to admit I've cheated a bit in the "homemade" meals category lately and I recently purchased a container of frozen soup from our infamous Schwan's guy (the girls know him by name).

A couple of nights later, I proceeded to take the tub of soup out of the freezer, let it defrost a bit then warmed it up on the stove. I made some sandwiches to go along with this meal and quite frankly the soup was pretty good. I love Creamy Chicken with Wild Rice Soup anyway, and this wasn't bad.

While we're eating this dinner, my hubby looks at me and says the most wonderful words a woman can hear....."You should try making this soup, it would be so much better!". So, off I was in search of a great recipe for Chicken and Wild Rice Soup.....I found it, modified it, modified it some more and now, it's perfect and I'll share it with you:

Creamy Chicken with Wild Rice Soup:

Creamy Chicken with Wild Rice Soup
5 Cups Chicken Broth (I use the low sodium, MSG free variety - you choose your favorite)
2 Cups water
2 Cooked, Boneless, Skinless Chicken breasts, shredded
1 (4.5 oz) package quick cooking long grain and wild rice with season packet
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 c. all purpose flour
1/2 c. butter
2 cups milk (the original recipe called for cream and I substituted milk and it is wonderful)
1 c. sliced carrots
1/2 c. diced celery
1/2 c. diced onion

1 - In a large pot over medium heat, combine water, broth, and chicken.  Bring to just boiling then add the rice from the package.  Cover your pot, remove from heat and set aside.
2 - In a skillet, add a little olive oil, onions, celery and carrots.  Saute over medium-high heat until they just start to get tender.
3 - In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper and flour.
4 - In a medium saucepan, over medium heat melt the butter.  Once melted and bubbly, add the packet of seasoning from the rice.  Reduce heat to low then gradually stir in the flour mixture.  Continue whisking this until all of the flour is incorporated into the liquid.  Begin whisking in the milk slowly, stopping to whisk the mixture and absorb the liquid before proceeding with more.  Continue to slowly add until all of the milk is incorporated into the roux.  Cook an additional 5 minutes or until thickened.
5 - Add your carrots, celery, onions to the pot with the chicken and broth.  Next, stir your roux into the pot with the broth and chicken.  Continue to stir until all ingredients are combined.  Heat soup over medium another 10-15 minutes until heated through.

This is a delicious soup that will fill you up and satisfy your hunger on a cool winter day!  Enjoy with your favorite sandwich, salad or on it's own.  This was a huge favorite of my girls as well.  They both ate the soup and loved it.  The best part, this soup WAS better than the frozen and much, much healthier with no preservatives or weird ingredients I can't pronounce.

So, enjoy, have fun and don't forget - if you find a recipe you like, make it your own and add or remove what you want.....after all, it's your kitchen, you're the cook!!

Have fun!!

Happy Cooking!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

It's Fugly Time....

I've thought about this overnight and checked my stash.  Viola!  I found a few fabrics that I am okay parting with.  I don't necessarily think they are "fugly" in the raw sense of the word but it's not likely I'll use these pieces anytime soon.

Charm About You

Let me explain:

I have 2 FQ of "boy" fabric with dump trucks, cement trucks, etc (these are 2 FQ left over from making my nephew's quilt).  I have 2 girls and won't be putting this in any of their pieces anytime soon.

I have a full yard of fabric my grandmother purchased so I'm not sure where this came from but it is bright pinks, oranges, reds, purples with bumble bees....could be cute.

I have 1/3 yard Christmas fabric I just don't think I like much anymore

Fugly Fabric Stash
I have 1/2 yard of a pale yellow and orange checked flannel....good to use for baby blankets, burp cloths, etc.  Just don't love the colors anymore.

I also have an unknown quantity of upholstery fabric....I purchased this on a trip to Spain several years ago and I just don't know what I'm going to do with it. 

HELP!!  Let me know if you want this fabric stash.....I'm giving the entire stash to one winner who will be drawn randomly from comments on my post.  After you win, I'll need to get in touch with you to get your address details so please be sure I can contact you.  You will get 1 entry for your comment that states:

"I want your Fugly Fabric"

You will get a second entry when you follow my blog and post a second time stating you are a follower.

Thanks for looking and have fun with your own Fugly Party!!

Happy Sewing

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

To Fugly or not to Fugly.....

Okay so I stumbled upon this great little "fugly" fabric giveaway/swap and I'm seriously considering this idea. I don't know if it's a good idea or not. I have some fabrics in my stash that although I don't exactly hate them or think they're "fugly" I certainly could swap or give them away to a home where they might be better appreciated.

I'll consider this option and then decide tomorrow after taking a close look at what I have that I am willing to part with....I like the idea!

Fugly Fabric Party

On another note, I got another great little shipment in yesterday from Fat Quarter shop and eBay with some luxurious new fabrics. I'll post some pics soon. I can't wait to put them to good use in a couple of projects I have going.

I'm getting nearly finished with my Valentine's table runner and just in time as well....given V Day is just a week away. What was I thinking putting so much on my plate this month. I can't wait to see the completed table runner. Who knows, that may be a good giveaway option....

Stay tuned for tomorrow's post.....I've got a super yummy recipe to share!

Until tomorrow.....

Happy Sewing and Cooking

Monday, February 6, 2012

Bee Block....

Well, I finished my first block for my Nubees quilting bee!  I'm so excited to have this block completed.  I debated and debated over the pattern to make for this first bee and I'm really pleased with what I chose and especially how this first block turned out.

I started with one of my hive mates who chose a rainbow mosaic.....I pondered over my fabric stash, chose a few favorites and then began constructing the block.  The arrangement for the rainbow colors was my toughest decision.  There are so many ways to make a block rainbow and how to best piece this block together to take advantage of the fabrics, the design of the pattern and capture the feel of a rainbow.

I'm hoping the other quilters in my hive will be pleased with this design and I can't wait to see how all of the color choices look as each block is completed.

My next task, to make this block in my color mosaic!!  I love working in my own colors so I try to tackle the colors I'm not accustomed to working with first so I can get a good feel for if I'm going to like the block.  I'll finish my colors in the block tonight and post a photo when it's completed.

Oh, and I'm super excited, I just bought myself a mini cutting grid.....well, actually it was a pack of 4 mini grids ranging in size from 4 1/2 inches square to 12 1/2 inches square!!  Yippee!!

Happy Sewing

Friday, February 3, 2012

Bee Happy!

So, I've decided to be a part of two different quilting bees and I couldn't bee more excited!!

My good friend Eva over at Bijoux Baby, who was one of the two that got me into sewing and specifically quilting was telling me all about the quilting bees she was a part of.  Quilting Bee?  That was my question to her.  I had NEVER heard of a quilting bee so I was intrigued.

She began describing the structure of the quilting bee and began showing me the block she designed for her "hive" mates and the blocks she had been receiving.  WOW!  How cool was this.....a community sampler quilt!  I was IN, I was hooked from that moment.

So, here we are at the beginning of February and I am so happy, so thrilled to be a part of two quilt bees.  These are both considered "mini" bees as they don't last the traditional 12 months and I would label a "micro" bee since it is a 1 month bee.

As soon as I signed up, I began deciding on the blocks I was going to do for each of them.  The one month bee needed to be a bit simpler, something I could finish 5 of in 1 month's time.  For the second bee, I am in a paper-pieced bee so I created my own paper-pieced pattern, created a sample and viola!  This is the piece in 4 separate blocks before it's fully sewn together.

I finished the block and gave it as a gift to my friend Eva for her sampler quilt she has been working on for her two bees!  I thinks he liked it!!

I'll post more updates as I get my blocks for both bees done!

If you haven't tried a quilting bee, now is the time to get started.

Happy Piecing!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

February = LOVE

Okay so it's the first day of February and of course if it's February that means LOVE!!

My oldest daughter was so excited for February to begin today that she was feverishly getting her Valentine's ready last night for her school friends, her little sister, her dad and of course me (mommy).  She was working, working so hard because as she so plainly pointed out, tomorrow is February and it's Valentine's.

I didn't want to burst her 6 year old bubble but I did gently let her know she had a few more days to get her notes and sweets put together for her friends.  She was picking just the right treats out of the pantry to go with the notes she made each of her friends.

I love this sort of innocence she still has and the kindness she is always spreading.  It makes me smile as a mom to know how much making others feel good means to her.  So, for those of you scurrying about to find that perfect gift to make your Valentine smile this year, remember it's truly NOT about the gift, it's about spreading the LOVE......and it should be spread EVERY day not just on Valentine's Day!

Have fun spreading BIG love in little ways every day!