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Mini Quilt Info

I have had some inquiries about the mini quilt, so I thought I would post a little more information since some people can't get to the original instructions.

My grandson, Drew, loves animals, so I wanted to feature large pictures of animals in his quilt. I purchased a few pieces of fabric that had several different animals on one piece of yardage. I made a frame out of cardboard and placed it over the animal pictures and then marked the cutting lines through the inside of the frame.

picture of Framed Quilt Fabric

The post where I got this idea from used a variety of kid-themed fabrics with smaller prints so they didn't need to fussy cut them. This would be a more economical way to make the quilt, but I really wanted to feature the animals for Drew's quilt, so I was willing to splurge a bit. 🙂

I found that both Walmart and Hobby Lobby had a lot of animal and children's prints to choose from.

picture of Quilt Prints

I cut out thirty 4 1/2 inch blocks -- 2 of each print and then stitched them together in six rows of 5 across using 1/4 inch seams. I then layered the backing (right side down), the batting, and the quilt top. I pinned these layers together with safety pins. (I cut the batting and the backing larger than the top.) I tied the quilt at the intersections with perle cotton. After it was tied I trimmed the batting even with the quilt top and cut the backing 1" larger than the top. I then turned the backing over toward the top to form a binding and stitched it down by hand.

This shows the tying at the intersections:

picture of Quilt Tying

This shows the backing folded over and used as binding:

picture of Quilt Binding

This is definitely not a family heirloom -- I just hope it will be a fun little gift for my one and only grandson. 🙂 It was a lot of fun to make and I'm hoping to make more in the future. If you have other questions I would be glad to try to answer them. Perhaps when I make another one I can do a tutorial.


Zucchini Muffins

Most quick bread recipes that utilize zucchini are for sweet breads. This one is a savory muffin that is good as an accompaniment to soups, stews, etc. The recipe comes from Bernard Clayton's New Complete Book of Breads. It has been one of our favorites for many years.

picture of Zucchini Muffins

Zucchini Muffins
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup oil
2 1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. baking powder
2 tsps. salt
2 cups shredded zucchini (could use frozen if well-drained)
1 1/2 tsps. Italian seasoning
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

In a small bowl break and slightly beat the eggs. Add the milk and oil.

In a mixing bowl measure the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir thoroughly. Add the zucchini and the Italian seasoning to the flour mixture and stir gently, then stir in the liquid ingredients. Stir only enough to combine the ingredients. Spoon the batter into muffins tins that have been greased and floured. Fill each cup about half full and then sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top of each muffin. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 mins. or until golden brown. This will make 18-24 muffins. These freeze well.

Here are the ingredients ready to be combined:

picture of Zucchini Muffin Ingredients

Here are the muffins ready to pop into the oven:

picture of Zucchini Muffins avec Parmesan


Sewing projects

I have been having fun with a few sewing projects lately. Unfortunately I can't share some of them with you until after Christmas!

One thing that I can share with you is this little mini I spy quilt for my grandson, Drew. I am going up to visit him in about a week and I wanted to take him a gift. I found the directions for the little quilt here. It was a fun project and I hope to make more of them in the future.

Here is a picture of it:

picture of I Spy Quilt

Drew loves Thomas the Train. Here is a picture of the back of the quilt:

picture of Back of I Spy Quilt


Turkey for a small family

A while back I ran across a recipe for cooking a turkey breast in the crockpot that I wanted to try. The last time I planned to prepare a turkey breast the one I bought was too large for my crockpot. Last week when I was grocery shopping I found a half of a turkey breast for sale (at Ingles) so I was finally able to try it.

Here's the simple recipe:
one half or whole turkey breast that will fit in your crockpot
1 can whole berry cranberry sauce (I used half a can with the half turkey breast)
1 envelope onion soup mix (I used half an envelope)

Place turkey breast in crockpot. Combine the cranberry sauce and the onion soup mix and spread on top of the turkey. Cook for 4 hours on high or until meat tests done with meat thermometer.

We ate this as is for the first meal, in this casserole for the second meal, and in a fruited turkey salad for its final appearance.

So, for all of you with small households -- be on the lookout for half turkey breasts on sale, or ask your butcher if he would cut a whole one in half for you. You still get a few nice leftovers, but not an overwhelming amount.

I didn't take a picture of the turkey breast itself, because it wasn't particularly photogenic, but, here's a picture of the fruited turkey salad (turkey, mayo, grapes, apple, celery, toasted almonds):

picture of Fruited Turkey Salad


An easy dessert

Some Saturdays I putter around in the kitchen for most of the day, alternating between cooking, laundry, and cleaning chores in preparation for Sunday. I love these Saturdays at home since I am at work Monday through Friday. Some Saturdays (such as this past Saturday) I have an outside obligation which means I need to streamline my cooking for Sunday. This means I need to pull out some recipes which go together quickly. The following is such a recipe.

If you need a quick, easy dessert, this is the one for you. It can be made with light cream cheese and light whipped topping if you desire. It takes just five ingredients.

picture of Cheesecake Ingredients

Karen's Cheesecake

1 prepared graham cracker crust
1/2 cup powdered sugar
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
8 oz. cool whip, thawed
Fruit topping of your choice

Cream together the cream cheese and the powdered sugar. Add the cool whip and combine thoroughly. Put in the pie shell. Chill for several hours or overnight. Top with fresh fruit or canned pie filling, if desired.

The finished cheesecake:

picture of Cheesecake

Topped with blueberry pie filling:

picture of Blueberry Cheesecake