Sunday, January 13, 2013

Dr Seuss Quilt

Our grandson turned one!  Oh how the days are long but the years are short!  His mother threw a wonderful Dr Seuss party for the family and everyone had a great time!  All the decorations were so cute and fun.  She wants to decorate his room with Oh The Places You'll Go story so I made a quilt and framed two of the pages to help get her started.

I got this chevron pattern from HERE.

Happy Birthday Brady! We love you!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Christmas Dinner Place Settings

I know it's a week into January but I wanted to share with you the cute Santa Sleighs I made after getting inspired on Pinterest.  I invited the family over for dinner and went all out.

The cute Santa sleighs are made from:

  • Candy Canes
  • Hershey Bars
  •  Hershey Nuggets wrapped in tissue paper
  • Krisp Kringle Santa

Using a hot glue gun attach Candy Cane runners to the Hershey Bar.  I tried Tacky Glue at first but they fell off the next day.

Next tie up 4 candies in a red tissue sack with gold ribbon and name tag

Hot glue sack to the back of the sleigh

Finally secure Santa.

I have pinned this post to my Pinterest for you to save and give you inspiration for next year.  Remember Christmas is only 350 days away!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

There are a lot of traditions that are observed around the world on New Year's Day and here in the southern United States it is eating black eyed peas for good luck.  The tradition dates back to our Civil War in the 1860's.   At first planted as food for livestock, and later a food staple for slaves, the fields of black-eyed peas were ignored as General Sherman's troops destroyed or stole other crops, thereby giving the humble, but nourishing, black-eyed pea an important role as a major food source for surviving Confederates.

One of my favorite ways to serve them is with rice, ham and tomatoes in a dish called Hoppin' John.

Old South Hoppin' John
Cheap. Fast. Good!
by Beverly Mills & Alicia Ross

2 tsp olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped ham
2 tsp mince garlic
4 cups chicken broth
1tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 cup long grain rice
2 cans (15 oz) black-eyed peas
1 can (14 1/2 oz) diced tomatoes

saute onion and garlic a couple of minutes in oil then add ham

next add chicken broth and spices and bring to a boil

add rice and lower heat to simmer 20 minutes

while rice cooks drain and rinse peas
When rice is done add tomatoes and black-eyed peas.
Cook, stirring, until the tomatoes and peas are thoroughly mixed in with the rice.

Here's wishing you and yours
good luck and a Happy New Year!