Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Welcome Fall

Fall Quilt

All my quilts have stories of some sort behind them, but Im only gonna picture a couple for now.
This is one of my favorites...we got this in Tenn. the year my son was born. We went to a quilt show at Dollywood and of coarse I fell in love with it so it had to come home with us. Its a sweet
reminder of our trip while the kids were little and the last year my Dad was with us.

First, you have to understand that my dad was sort of a tightwad in a funny kind of way....
here we are walking through Dollywood and my dad spots this fudge stand. He also loved food. So he pulls this dollar out of his wallet and tells the gal he wants a dollars worth. Im not sure if she didnt hear him or was telling him in a nice way that that was the smallest piece you could get. She hands him a piece and tells him that will be five dollars.... after he already took a bite of it. I thought he was gonna choke on it.

We were all laughing, the look on his face was priceless! (and it was the best fudge I have ever tasted!). Love the memories and the laugh it still brings us.

Harley Quilt

Yep you got it, another story. Well this one is pretty short and sweet. I made this one the year we were engaged. I remember working on it at the kitchen table when he was in MO helping as flood relief. The pictures he brought home were very telling. I had never seen the destruction of a flood up close.
It was already late summer/fall and I wanted to get it done for Christmas. Needless to say I did and he loved it...very very surprised! Its not really fancy but it worked!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Slow Cooker Rocky Road Cake


Prep: 15 min.; Cook: 3 hr., 40 min.; Stand: 15 min. This cake will look like it needs to cook just a little longer, but by the time the topping is set, it's ready to serve.

Yield: Makes 8 to 10 servings


  • 1 (18.25-oz.) package German chocolate cake mix
  • 1 (3.9-oz.) package chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/4 cups milk, divided
  • 1 (3.4-oz.) package chocolate cook-and-serve pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
  • Vanilla ice cream (optional)


1. Beat cake mix, next 5 ingredients, and 1 1/4 cups milk at medium speed with an electric mixer 2 minutes, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Pour batter into a lightly greased 4-qt. slow cooker.

2. Cook remaining 2 cups milk in a heavy nonaluminum saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, 3 to 5 minutes or just until bubbles appear (do not boil); remove from heat.

3. Sprinkle cook-and-serve pudding mix over batter. Slowly pour hot milk over pudding. Cover and cook on LOW 3 1/2 hours.

4. Meanwhile, heat pecans in a small nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, stirring often, 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant.

5. Turn off slow cooker. Sprinkle cake with pecans, marshmallows, and chocolate morsels. Let stand 15 minutes or until marshmallows are slightly melted. Spoon into dessert dishes, and serve with ice cream, if desired.


Thursday, September 23, 2010

UGH...I'm Stuck!

Im told knitting is a breeze, but I have been stuck on these 4 rows of "special stitches" for about a month now. My shrug WIP is about to the half way point, the body is actually finished and the arm holes are connected. After the four rows Im stuck on are finished all I have to do is the ribbing! UGH! Im not giving up yet. Again, Im going to start tearing out and start these infamous 4 rows over and pray that I can figure them out or substitute with some thing else that will accomplish the correct amount of stitches to go from there.

I have a bad habit of setting a project down once I get stuck--figuring its easier to stop at that point then to go back and rip out several rows. Ive actually been doing fairly well figuring things out on my own so far....but going from a lot of help and hands on instruction to none has been a huge adjustment! I have my new knitting group tonight, so maybe some poor soul will take pity on me and help me through this part:) ...and I was thinking about making another one right after this so I could get the pattern down . What was I thinking? The hardest part of knitting for me is still figuring out what the pattern is wanting you to do! Hopefully I will get better at that in time.
(will add pictures soon)

I did get help....thank you, thank you, thank you! I should be back on track this week & have that special stitch figured out. I guess the confusing thing was that the directions say to make one (m1) at the start of a new row, and while I would just usually do an increase stitch the "special directions" are a different sort of increase going through a back loop, which doesnt seem to be there to get it started. Hmmm Any way, I do feel better about it. The more experienced girls were confused too!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

What Blog Personality Are You?

ESFP - The Performers

This was the result for my blog...

The entertaining and friendly type. They are especially attuned to pleasure and beauty and like to fill their surroundings with soft fabrics, bright colors and sweet smells. They live in the present moment and don´t like to plan ahead - they are always in risk of exhausting themselves.

The enjoy work that makes them able to help other people in a concrete and visible way. They tend to avoid conflicts and rarely initiate confrontation - qualities that can make it hard for them in management positions
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