Monday, October 19, 2009

Happy Halloween Giveaway!

Brenda, of Pumpkin Patch Primitives Quilt Shoppe, is having a spooktacular giveaway, click here to enter. You can wind a bundle of 27 fat quarters of Whimsicals line, Pumpkin and Spice. Way cool, so generous.

I am getting excited to leave on Wednesday for Omaha, the boys now have a Nanny at home instead of going to daycare. They started daycare at the end of July to insure their spot with a certain caregiver. School starts mid August in Omaha. Well since they started they have not had one week without a sick child. They were to the point where my son was needing to take family leave time, they started inquiring and found a Nanny! They had looked into this first and it didn't work out. They are so happy, and I am very relieved for them. Now the boys stay at home and their Nanny comes to their home.

This means the boys will not be a daycare when I am there visiting. :)) I am very thankful for their new arrangement. I am praying that this flu season passes them by.

Its Monday and I have lots to do before leaving, this weekend I prepped all my wool BOM and have lots to keep myself busy during my flights and layovers. There is a funny clip going around on facebook from Conan nights show. So like the saying goes " I will be flying in my seat in the sky" it is amazing traveling by air in just a few hours to your destination.

Fall Blessings, Carrie

Friday, October 16, 2009

Chicken Pot Pie in a Squash Bowl

My sister gave me an idea with the squash we bought last weekend. I love Chicken Pot Pies and Squash, especially Delicata Squash, I think these round shape are a variety of Delicata.

I checked out my Farmhouse Cookbook and googled Chicken Pot Pie and came up with a recipe.

First I cut the bottom off the squash, just a little bit. Cleaned out the seeds and “stuff”, put them in a baking dish with 1/2 cup water in the dish, added a small slice of butter to each squash and covered with foil. Baked 1 hour on 325 degrees, I may up that to 350 degrees but they were pretty tender.


Meanwhile: I prepared the filling…….

2 chicken breasts , cubed

garlic cloves

2 carrots, diced

2 celery stalks, diced

1/4 sweet onion, diced

1 cup frozen peas, petite green beans, cut one inch

14 ounce can of chicken broth

1/2 cup milk

3 tablespoons flour

2 premade pie crusts

Put 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in skillet, heat, add cubed chicken and garlic, sauté until almost cooked through, add carrots first cook 5-8 minutes then add celery and onion. Cook till onion are transparent add peas and green beans cook a couple minutes then sprinkle flour over the top and mix into veges. Don’t let it burn….lol ….just start to brown add 1/3 chicken broth mix in then slowly add more until all is used, then slowly add milk. This how I make gravy too. You will notice as you add the liquid it will work in and get thick , keep working so it doesn’t get lumpy, you want the mixture to be a bit soupy. It will get thicker in the squash bowl. So add more broth or milk as you want.


I filled the squash and a bit more, then used premade pie crusts. Cut out shape, I couldn’t find my leaf shapes but that is what I will use next time. I wasn’t sure how the steam would rise so I arranged them differently, they both held together equally. I brushed the tops with egg whites before baking too. Why? Because grandma did… makes them crispy, shiny…and I loved Grandma soo I do too! Oops forgot to say bake 30 minutes here!!


And here they are!! I was pretty excited and hungry, mine was way more than I could eat but I gave it a good shot. My first homemade Chicken Pot Pie! :))


I had some crimini mushrooms so I sautéed them in butter, and some Blue Moon beer I was drinking while I cooked. No wine in the house!! That's why I used beer….I use whatever, it is a wheat beer, have you tried it. I put the sauted mushrooms on the plate with the pie. I’m not PW and my little silver proves it…lol…


Yes, lots of filling left over, I filled 3 ramekins, no bottom crust used. Covered them and cooked them for dinner the next night. They were so good too and the filling did not stick to my pottery. I love my Longaberger Pottery for that very reason. Emile Henry is just as wonderful and Mary of Quilt Hollow loves her blue Polish Pottery for this same reason.


Well this was fun, now I need to make that darn apple cake, I have the apples so this weekend I will get to it.. You know I really don’t need the calories but hey its Fall and maybe it will warm up to the 60’s this weekend and feel like Fall too!!! Its been way to cold, except for my night sweats, cold nights feel good!! My DH says he is freezing, he has a down comforter, wool blanket, quilt with wool batting and I use the flannel sheet with one leg out!! How cold can he be, yep his toes are still cold, now I am worrying about his circulation!!

I’m going to go check out some more recipes, have a wonderful weekend.

Fall Blessings,


Thursday, October 15, 2009

JLW Quilts Fall Outing

I haven’t shared  my JLW meet up last month.  After taking the summer off we got together.    Many of the members got their Holiday Inn quilts put together,  they were so fun to see, even if there not completed its fun to see them.    

We all made 4 inch baskets  for Gail our leader, she was so surprised with them, and very touched I think.   






It was a fun time together,  I am glad I joined a local group.  I had been participating in one by mail, and I will say Carriage Country Quilts is fabulous, they have many fabrics and have wonderful kits for their projects.

But like I said I am very pleased attending a local group, meeting together with women, making new friends and  old friends too!!    For me the personal touch makes all the difference. 

Here is my quilt, unfinished but I am enjoying the process of Holiday Inn.   The medallion style  is a fun one.   I have admired Round Robins and it also reminds me of them.


Last weekend I spent time with my family in Cottage Grove.    My father passed away 2 years ago and we met on Friday,  which would have been his 82 birthday.      We interned his ashes next to his parents.   It was very bittersweet,   lets say for me its a work in progress living without a parent.   It was a beautiful day and the view of the surrounding valley with the turning colors was peaceful.    We spent the afternoon at my mothers visiting with family that gathered.    Then we all started  working on the handrails of her new deck that she built last year.    Many hands make light work it really took shape and got some weather treatment too. 

Saturday we went up to Junction City to a century farm,  Thistledown Farm,   a wonderful family owned  and operated farm.    I got a box of apples, squash, huge sweet onions, filberts and small cute pumpkins.    We  got some sweet corn for dinner that was delicious. 



Mom took a picture of this cute bench,  the painting has alot of detail.  It was a cute bench,  hmm, hint hint!!


We headed in to Junction City to visit Buttermilk Junction,  I did not get pictures there, naughty me,  the store has recently moved into a space with a quilt shop,   it was a nice arrangement.    It is a prim shop with many wonderful items to decorate your home.  I did get a couple things,  a batter operated candle and stand,  that I put on my mantel with my pumpkins.


Next we went to 5th Street Market in Eugene,  they had a very cool truck their so I snapped a shot of my sister and mom. 


Then we headed to Mindy’s,  where you have to hide your pocketbook from yourself.   Mindy has everything you would want and more for needlework, she hand paints her own needlepoint designs too.     She has many different types of embroidery thread, all  beautifully displayed. 

This display of thread is my favorite.  It is antique from a Post Office in Portland.


She carries Blackbird Designs patterns,   I purchased their pattern May Flowers, Three Stockings for May and Maggie’s Needlecase by Maggie Bonanomi,   you know I love her!!!     Embroidery threads for the patterns from Weeks Dye Works,  The Gentle Art and some 30 ct. linen.    They had Crescent Colours coming in this week so I will get those threads when they arrive.    And one piece of textured green wool.    

I’m sure you read Alma’s blog  its wonderful to get all the peeks of their artwork.   I always  like their little stockings, so now I can stitch up a pretty cross-stitch!

I made up a new concoction for dinner,  my sister gave me the idea, I will share it soon.

Fall blessings,


Monday, October 12, 2009

Blogger’s Quilt Festival


My quilt is one I finished three year’s ago,  I actually made the quilt in the early 90’s.   I started piecing it before my DH gave me my 1230 Bernina, which I love and still use today!       So when I got my new machine, of course, I started sewing with it.    Seam allowances changed and the block sizes changed, what a challenge.  I really wanted it bigger and I worked with  the blocks to make as many work and be happy together and decided a finished quilt was better than an unfinished top!!! 

I love the background fabric and they antique look of the quilt. 

Buggy Barn 2006 062

I entered it at the Buggy Barn Quilt Show in 2006,  I love seeing it pictured with all the quilts in this show.    I edited the picture so only my quilt is shown.

Now  I  must catch up on the show,  talk with you soon.

Blessings,  Carrie

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Primitive Autumn Prize

I was very fortunate to win this prize from Robin of  Bird in Hand Primitives.   I have it in on my grandmother’s piano in the heart of my home and enjoy having  a special addition to my Fall decorations.    The little stocking is just to cute too,  I keep wanting to make some for my grandkids and fill them with harvest goodies.    The little tarts smell so good,  they made the whole package smell like heaven.    Thank you Robin for sharing your talents,  I love having your special handmades in my home.


I didn’t finish my Schnibbles last month,  see,  I need to get the last little border on and I am waiting for the Blessing line to come to my lqs so I can choose the border.    I am hoping to get  the new project done this month,  man I have a ton of projects going…….yeah, I know you are all laughing,  gee like I am the only one!!   But finishing was a goal I set this year…..naive me,  isn’t that what New Year is all about.      My #1 problem is lqs do not have the patterns and I will mail order it,    its a cute snowball design.     


My girlfriend Sandy called last week to see if I could get away a couple days with her.     After getting my billings out, we headed over the mountains and through the woods to the valley.    Such a pretty drive this time of year,  we talked to much for pictures. :))     She is looking at new horse trailers with living quarters for there trip to Nationals.    That is  GWPCA, wirehair pointers, to attend the field trials.  They are being held in Illinois this year. 

Joe and I did the trek two years ago to Illinois,  it was fabulous.   Now I have about 20 new Quilt Shops and 10 Prim Shops and 100 bloggers along the way.   I think my dear DH would go crazy if we did the trip and I wanted to add my wish list of stops along the way.   But I was talking about my trip with Sandy.     

  So we started in Lebanon spent abit of time looking over one possible unit.  Then  off we went with directions to another dealer  near Salem, well it wasn’t  what we were looking for and we found a nice Farm with lots of produce so we stopped to have a look. 


They had the most interesting pumpkins,  bumpy skinned ones that were very cool…..we posed for a picture.     Don’t you love the handle on the one between our heads.  


This white one was so unique,  should have bought it I think.


These flowers would have come home if I was at home.


Inside their were some fun things so I took a few pictures.   Need a new apron,  they are so popular now.  Love these ones.


I always look at these dishes but have never bought any,  I just love dishes and I think these pottery pieces would bake food perfectly.


Well it was fun to get away and spend someone else's money…….lol…,  I am not sure if we got the job done but if we did Sandy is going to be traveling in style to Illinois.     Joe and I are not going this year,  darn,  it is such a fun road trip,  we never even turned the radio on,  we drove 18 hours a day and made it in 3 days.    Yes, that was one big migraine I had the first day there!!!

Ok its Autumn right?   Well we had snow this weekend,  No I did not take any pictures, it was to d…. cold,   oh excuse me,   I mean I am just accepting the fact that summer is over OK!?!!!     

Well Anne did so go here to see some great pictures her sweetie took.     Well timing is everything and look what was in the mailbox Sunday.     It came so late Saturday we didn’t pick up till Sunday  and boy did I get excited with all the Christmas decorations in Country Sampler.     How did they know it was going to snow 4 inches on October 4, 2009.


Now Cabela’s isn’t really my favorite but is that not a cute picture.   

I hope this finds you well and enjoying  Fall and all its beauty,  God Bless You and your family.    I am still going to share my favorite Apple Cake recipe and I think Friday is the day.

Fall Blessings,