Thursday, November 13, 2008

Sending some quilt love...

My mom if full of ideas. She had the most wonderful idea a few weeks ago...she wanted to get a group of people together to sew quilts for the babies in the Gladney care center. We will deliver the quilts to the babies when we go to pick up our little girl. We are thrilled about this project and would love as many people at possible to take part in it. My mom has even sweetened the deal with some prizes from Junk Posse Jewelry, her etsy store. Here is what she wrote on her blog:

My most recent hero in the creative world is Joel Dewberry. He is an amazing fabric designer and artist. Find out more about his beautiful fabrics here. Joel was kind enough to send us a wonderful assortment of fabric to create mini '2x2' quilts to bring to an orphanage in Ethiopia in January.
If you sew or know a Sew Sister, Mom, Friend or anyone else that sews please tell them about our contest. We will send each person that enters enough Fabric to Make the front of a mini quilt.You may enter more than once-just let us know how many you would like to create. You finish the quilt with your design, creativity & details.
Mail the finished mini Quilt back by Dec. 20th.
We will be selecting several winners on Dec.31st!
First place $100.00 gift certificate to Junk Posse Jewelry
Second place $50.00 gift certificate to Junk Posse Jewelry
and three runner up prizes.
Sew what are you waiting for? Enter Today and help to give a sweet little one in Africa something to cuddle with.
If you are interested in being part of this, please email We are very, very excited about this project. This is a very simple do not have to be a pro-sewer to take part in this.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

1. Thermal shirts that have the thumb holes built in
2. My new winter boots...please snow, come soon
3. Newton Faulkner CD
4. Fun socks

Monday, November 03, 2008

Amy's Favorite Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

My friend, Amy makes these amazing cookies...they are more like a muffin or cake than a cookie. I got the recipe a few years ago and have made them every year around this time. The second the weather starts cooling down and the days get shorter, I start craving their pumpkin/chocolaty goodness. They are oh-so-good and quite addictive. The recipe calls for apple sauce instead of butter or oil so it makes it a bit healthier. These are the cookies are perfect with a nice vanilla latte or apple cider:

Amy's Favorite Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 c. firmly packed brown sugar
3 T. honey
1 15oz can of pumpkin
2/3-3/4 c. apple sauce
2 t. vanilla
3 c. flour
1 1/2 t. baking power
1 1/2 t. baking soda
1 1/2 t. pumpkin spice
1 1/2 c. chocolate chips
Place brown sugar, honey, pumpkin, apple sauce and vanilla in a mixing bowl and beat until blended. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and spices. Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture...mix well. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand. Drop onto a parchment paper covered cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

We have well recovered from our Halloween sugar high. We went trick-or-treating around town and enjoyed the uncommonly warm weather. Normally it is snowing on Halloween, but this year was just as warm as can be! It was almost too warm to be trick-or treating during the hot afternoon sunshine. We were able to spend some time with good friends and have a low-key Halloween.