Sunday, July 20, 2014

Catching Up

My family has been complaining that I haven't been blogging. I complain that I'm not sure anyone reads it because of lack of comments. We'll see what comments happen. Truth be told I miss blogging because it seems to be a nice way to remember the highlights in our year.

In February we celebrated birthdays with a dress up party. I can't remember the exact theme, but it had something to do with kings, queens, princesses, and knights! We had a good time.

In April I spent the weekend getting reacquainted with some of the girls in my class. It was a fun time reminiscing and getting to know what has happened in each other's lives.

We spent Easter weekend in Kansas City having extended family photos taken. We had a great time and the photos turned out wonderful!

After attending classes for a week last summer and every Monday night all year, I am finally a certified Reading Recovery teacher! I was so lucky to have such a great group of women to spend this time with. We had a little ceremony then out for supper to celebrate.

And that is the real reason I haven't blogged much. With a new position, new building, new kids, class every week, and homework, my year was stressful! Looking forward to a less stressful year this year.

That's it for now!

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Last of the Christmas Quilts

As I have mentioned before, each of our kids received a quilt for Christmas, as did Clara. Each quilt was made with their homes and tastes in mind.

Trilby's quilt was made with more traditional fabric in colors that I thought complemented her home.

It was the first one I started last summer, but the last one to actually be completed. Why, you ask? Well, in my usual fashion I didn't realize the size of the pattern when I started. The original pattern was the very center inside the first border. Well, that was too small to do anything but hang on the wall. So....I had to search for more fabric which took a while to find. When I finally found the fabric I had to figure out what I was going to do to make it larger. And this is the end result.

To quilt it I chose to do large meandering in the center and smaller meandering around the outside. I sewed straight lines 1/4" in from each cream colored border.

I am very fond of the backing which was also incorporated into the front.

I hope they enjoy it for many years, and pass it down to their kids.

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

A Grandson's Birthday Quilt

Grayson is one of our "city slicker" grandsons.  That means he isn't into farm equipment, but he IS into garbage trucks and construction equipment.  That's what he sees in his world.  His parents painted a neighborhood along the bottom edge of one of his bedroom walls so he could drive along and pick up garbage.  Another wall has the garbage dump and the big equipment.  Sooooo, he needed a new blanket.  Nana to the rescue......
The center is a "cheater" panel.  For you non quilty people that means it is all one fabric.  No piecing to it.
I used three different quilting patterns....meandering, loops, and a stencil on the white.
I've been wanting to use a stencil for a while, and I thought this was the perfect pattern for the white.
The back is pieced out of the leftovers from the front.  The symmetrical me would have liked the top pieces to meet up, but the frugal me just couldn't waste that much fabric!  Now, if it were for a fancier quilt the symmetrical me may have won.  :)

As always, I hope Grayson loves it and uses it for many years!  Do you think it will look good in a dorm room? :)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Another Christmas Quilt

I'll get caught up one of these days, I'm sure!

For Trina and Tanner's quilt I used a pattern I had used before.
It is the same one as I used for my niece's birthday quilt a few years ago.

This is Trina and Tanner's quilt that I made them for Christmas.

This is the first time I've used the same pattern twice. I love the fabric on the back of the quilt too!

I straight line quilted this one.

I used a Moda layer cake, but I can't remember what fabric line it was! I hope they use the quilt for many years.

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Cinnamon Roll Cake

My name is Kim, and I am a Pinterestaholic!! I have soooooooo many pins there is no way I could ever make/do them all! But from time to time I do actually try one. This time I tried ..........

Cinnamon Roll Cake

3 cups flour (Or cup4cup if making this gluten free)
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 cups milk
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup butter, melted

1 cup butter, soft
1 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp. flour (or cup4cup if gluten free)
1 Tbsp. cinnamon

2 cups powdered sugar
5 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 glass baking pan with cooking spray or coconut oil spray. Set aside.
In a mixer, add the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, milk, eggs, and vanilla. Once combined well, slowly stir in the melted butter. Pour into pan.
For the topping, mix the butter, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon together until well combined and creamy. Drop evenly over the batter by the tablespoonfuls and use a knife to marble/swirl through the cake.
Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes or when a toothpick inserted near the center comes out nearly clean.
Glaze: Whisk the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla. Drizzle evenly over the warm cake.

Nate gave it a thumbs up! We Will be making it again!

(Recipe from Hugs & Cookies Blog)

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Bowl for Kids' Sake

Our daughter, Trina, is a Development Associate for big Brothers Big Sisters in CR. We are not close enough to benefit in our area, but it is a wonderful organization that helps many kids, so we are happy to try to support them. This year we decided to try to raise money for Bowl for Kids' Sake which is a HUGE chunk of their budget for the year.

Members of our bowling team:
Birthday boy!

Thank goodness for bumpers!

Clara was insistent that, "I can do it myself!"

Another birthday boy! Nate had pretty good form, and only used the rack a few times.

Maddux was a cheerleader, but he rolled it down the lane a few times too.

A General Mills guy was thee handing out cereal and dancing, and photo bombed Nate,

Grandpa and Tanner also bowled. Trina worked as she is in charge of it. I opted out since I had taken a spill on the ice and my knees weren't quite up to it.

We enjoyed a good meal at Red Robin and celebrated our three February birthdays with free sundaes!!

THANK YOU to everyone who donated!

Side Note: Our goal was to raise at least $140. I was amazed at how hard it was to raise money for such a good cause. I sent out an email to both buildings that we work in and got $0. I sent out another email to specific coworkers that we have close connections with and got $0. I emailed friends, family, and book club members, and posted on Facebook, and that's where I finally got some money donated, but still disappointing. If everyone we approached had donated $1 we would have exceeded our goal. I'm not sure what that says, but we'll do it again next year.
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Christmas Quilt Number Three

Clara has a new bedroom in her new house, and shy wanted something PINK for Christmas. So, I tried to oblige!

I LOVE the chevron pattern. Of course I had to add some other colors with the pink.

My inspiration fabric was the light pink background with the flower. It is every other zigzag and the middle border. The back is the same pink as the border fabric. I straight line quilted the zigzags and the flower border, and I meandered the first and third borders. I don't have photos. :(

It matches her "Pepto Bismal" room well! (Her dad's words, not mine.)

I think she likes it!

I hope she loves it for many years to come! In fact, I think it would look great in a dorm room! Just sayin'.

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