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January 10, 2019
2019 ideas from Susan P Blog

I actually think this is the first time I write ‘2019’ anywhere, and it is already the 10th of January! Yes, it is here. It arrived quietly in our house where everyone went to bed around 10 ish. I was awake at midnight to send messages to my children spread all over the world, and to family in South Africa

The year started with us giving the lounge and computer room a good clean. We washed the carpets, washed windows, polished everything, the new curtains (which I bought early in 2018) went up. Rubbish into the rubbish bags. It looks ...

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November 19, 2018
holiday and hexie prep . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

So, after all the Pick a Pumpkin posts, this was a relatively downright quiet week! At least on the blog.  Nothing doing in real life!

Thursday I spent the day with the girls. It was snowing (?!?!?) when I left the camp, and still flurrying forty minutes later when I arrived at their house, on the other side of the county. And very cold.  So much so that Jason turned on the fireplace! The older girls had asked me to bring three things:  gum, watermelon, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  So like any obliging, decent, loving grandmother, I did. Of ...

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November 11, 2018
Strips and Yarn from Quilts....etc.

I was sorting through my jelly roll strips and have them all starched and pressed – I didn’t get around to sewing though for the new Christmas tree skirt.  The pattern includes a coloring page that you can make copies of and decide your layout.  I made three of them and then had Mike pick […]

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November 10, 2018
pick a pumpkin baking . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

You'd think I'd be tired of if by now, but I'm not. Yesterday I closed my post talking about seasonal baking. I thought it might be fun to share the recipes of two of my very most favorite homemade autumn treats.  Cheesecake Brownies is the first -- a recipe that I found in Country Living magazine in 2007, and Ginger Spice Cookies -- a recipe I found compliments of Bon Appétit in 2000 (found on epicurious's site, link below) and is my absolute FAVE ginger cookie, perfect with a cup of tea.

Cheesecake Brownies (click to go to ...

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October 21, 2018
Making Pie from Quilts....etc.

When we camp at rustic campgrounds I like to cook outside – at some of the campgrounds that are by the towns you really aren’t given much of a fire pit or cooking grill to use and need to cook inside or put out a table with a propane grill to use.  So finally here […]

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October 3, 2018
crazy cubed . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

I had every intention of posting over the weekend, but life is crazy and work is crazy and our weekend was crazy (with Boy Scouts, Disaster Relief training and church picnics all at the camp). Even so, I had time to do a little fall baking on Saturday . . .
I saw a recipe for and Apple, Honey and Brie Crostata in the current issue of Southern Lady and decided to give it a go.
It was very good with a cup of spiced tea as an afternoon snack!

I got some autumnal decorations out, too . . . 
You know it's October when ...

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September 14, 2018
More Beautiful Country from Quilts....etc.

Finally the smoky haze from the California fires was to the bare minimum and we were able to get better photos of the Grand Teton mountain range.  We went for a drive earlier today heading to Colter Bay – laundry needed to be done once again (I have limited space to keep dirty laundry so […]

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August 7, 2018
Baking Interlude: Apple Cinnamon Scones, Because Food Is Love. Also a RTW Alteration Success, and Pineapple Progress! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Fresh Apple Cinnamon Scones, Second Batch
Have you ever made a recipe with fantastic results, but then the next time you tried to make it was a disaster?  That's what happened to me over the weekend with this King Arthur Flour Baker's Catalog recipe for Apple Cinnamon Scones.  I've made these scones in the past and they were stellar, but when I tried to make them again this Saturday the batter was a goopy mess, they spread like muffin tops, and the bottoms burnt.  Disaster!  So after my family and I begrudgingly ate up all of the ...

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August 4, 2018
I Get By... from From the Strawberry Patch...

...with a little help from my friends. This post contains a few quick, clever tips that I have learned recently from my friends. These are those kind of super smart tips that resonate immediately; at least for me, with a "why didn't I think of that" sort of reaction.  The first tip is for cutting WOF strips (or any strips, really) where you will be using a long ruler. As we have all learned,

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I Get By... from From the Strawberry Patch...

...with a little help from my friends. This post contains a few quick, clever tips that I have learned recently from my friends. These are those kind of super smart tips that resonate immediately; at least for me, with a "why didn't I think of that" sort of reaction.  The first tip is for cutting WOF strips (or any strips, really) where you will be using a long ruler. As we have all learned,

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July 22, 2018
Birds and Flannel from Quilts....etc.

Bird Brain is progressing really well and should be done within a week I expect or less.  But then it was nearly done when I put it on the frame so it is getting done in the time I wanted.  Here is one that I finished yesterday And going across the top this is what […]

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May 19, 2018
My Seattle Trip from Pointless Quilter

Last year when I took my dad to Arizona, we had some trouble with Southwest Airlines (didn't have a wheelchair for my dad when we got off the plane after many promises).  Anyway, we each got a $150 coupon to use in the next year so I decided to go visit my younger sister Beverly in Washington.  We had a fun filled few days.  Here are some of the fun things we did.

Chihuly Garden & Glass Museum (which is located near the space needle).



These were just a few of my favorite pieces.  So amazing what he did with ...

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May 1, 2018
May, You Say? from From the Strawberry Patch...

It's May Day today! I don't have a May Pole to dance around but I feel as though I am running in circles. The obvious question would be: "where did April go?", it honestly slipped past in a blur. I am going to be better about keeping up with blog posts. Earlier last month we traveled to New England to celebrate my Dad's 90th birthday. It was a fun time together with family. He celebrated the

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May, You Say? from From the Strawberry Patch...

It's May Day today! I don't have a May Pole to dance around but I feel as though I am running in circles. The obvious question would be: "where did April go?", it honestly slipped past in a blur. I am going to be better about keeping up with blog posts. Earlier last month we traveled to New England to celebrate my Dad's 90th birthday. It was a fun time together with family. He celebrated the

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April 4, 2018
What’s New With You Episode #89 from Hobbies Up To Here

Thank you for all your support these last three years! Today we share how our words for the year have motivated us and helped us. And here is the video of the Kylo Ren Cosplayer who helped us visualize how to put together Jake’s cowl. Like us on Facebook: Hobbies Up To Here Subscribe to us … Continue reading What’s New With You Episode #89

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March 23, 2018
Picked a Design from Quilts....etc.

I got busy yesterday morning on the blocks that Cynthia had sent me – I needed to pick out a layout.  Cynthia had sent several photos of ideas and I tried one of them Then I tried again and I knew this was the one I wanted – it reminds me of “Tick Tack Toe” […]

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March 18, 2018
Charity Quilt from Quilts....etc.

A couple days ago I got started cutting out a jelly roll for a quilt for Sarah’s Hands 2 Help charity quilt drive.  I am making easy quilts – I don’t want to get bogged down in hard to follow instructions or applique or hard to piece – simple and fun bright colors that kids […]

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February 25, 2018
Baking from Espritpatch

Lent started early this year and February is a busy month in our house for birthdays. So I have been baking for the birthdays. But I can't say that the baking has taken me away from the sewing, it is more work that has been so busy that I have hardly had time to sit at my machine and sew...


 First of all was my middle daughter 9th birthday just before Lent. She went to school with cakes before half-term and then had a party and a "space theme" cakes with cupcakes to give away.

And then this week-end ...

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February 19, 2018
Bird Brain–Mistakes Happen from Quilts....etc.

Mistakes happen and all you can do is just roll with it.  I found that I cut one piece wrong in every single bird block that I cut out the other day!!  Thankfully I still have my box of left over pieces and I can cut a new piece – it might not be the […]

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February 8, 2018
Food Science Detour: In Search of the Perfect Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Recipe from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with All Butter Crust
My current obsession with rhubarb pie is a Scandinavian-American, Midwestern cultural tradition that might be genetic, embedded deep within Norwegian strands of DNA.  Or perhaps my Rhubarb-Pie-Philia is just laced inextricably throughout my brain's insular cortex and hippocampustangled up in a powerful web of nostalgia with all of my happiest childhood memories.  As an exiled Minnesotan living in North Carolina for nearly twenty years, I hadn't thought about rhubarb in decades -- until my pastor, a fellow expatriot Minnesotan, mentioned rhubarb pie to me at our Christmas choir party.  And ...

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