Monday, October 31, 2011

Christmas Club Finish

 Allie’s club has been the best.  Now I have a pile of Xmas goodies that are done!!  Here’s this 004 months project.  I was going to make two.  The kit said candle mat, so no problem getting two done.  It’s hard to tell from the picture, but this is a very generous candle mat!!!  It’s actually placemat size!!!!    The second one will get done in November.
First….sorry for the picture.         001                              Not so appetizing I’m afraid, but the easiest thing to make,  and so yummy.  Thought I would share a quick easy yummy recipe since there is no other sewing to report!
Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs
4 pounds pork baby back ribs cut in sections to fit in your slow cooker; salt and pepper to taste; 1 cup ketchup; 1/2 cup packed brown sugar; 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar; 2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce; 1 dash hot sauce; 1 cup KC Masterpiece Barbecue Sauce
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Season ribs with salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and brown in oven 15 minutes, turn and brown another 15 minutes.  Drain fat.
In a medium bowl, mix together the ketchup, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire, hot sauce and barbeque sauce.  Dip the baked ribs in the sauce then place in slow cooker.  Cover with remaining sauce.  Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours or until tender.  In my slow cooker, 6 seems to be the time. Enjoy :-)!
Happy Halloween to all of you and all the little goblins in your life!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Dots Have Left The Building!!

Our week is over and the boys are back with their mommy and daddy.  They were so good and so much fun, but I have to say papa and nana were popped yesterday.  We had time007 for one last visit to the park…..Big Dot warning me that this is too high!!!!  There was lots of running around and climbing with papa giving a helping hand


were needed.  Of course sliding down the big slide which is way too much fun and makes you just laugh like crazy009 …. the only  

incident the whole week was Baby Dot bumping his cheek on my bench.  Oh I felt so bad, but he was such a big boy about it.  Another thing that made me really happy was to deliver this


cute case back to their mommy.  It had medicine, doctor authorizations and anything we might need in case of an emergency.  Thankfully it was never opened!!  PHEWWWW!

This morning I cleaned like a mad woman, went to the store, and threw some spareribs in the crockpot.  Now I am going to work on my monthly

012 Christmas project for Allie’s club.  They are candle mats, but my plan is to use them as candy dish mats.  I hoping to find some cute dishes to go with.  I am really behind on blog reading, so that will happen later tonight.  Happy Thursday everyone!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Friday Night Sew In

The Dots are staying with us for a week while mommy and daddy are at a destination wedding in Maui.  Today was a field trip to the pumpkin patch with Big Dots school018 ……besides pumpkins there was so much “fun stuff”





and pretty girls!!  There were mazes, trains to climb on and lots and lots of animals to feed010 .


Little Dot stayed home with Papa but he still had a wonderful time scouting around outside023, coloring and one of his favorite pastimes , eating snacks!!! 

We are enjoying have them all to ourselves,  wishing only we had more energy.  But they don’t seem to mind…they keep us going!!


Tonight is sew-in night.  Don’t think I will have the get up and go to sew, but my plan is to get a kit cut for a quilt retreat I have coming up…..that is unless bed calls to me early!!  Thanks Bobbi for hosting us! Happy Friday Night Sew-In everyone.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Our Bucket List Trip

We are back from our cruise to see the Fall colors…from New York to Canada. Traveling with  my husband’s two sisters and brother in law made it even more special ….lots of good memories.004  We had a couple days to spend in New York seeing the sights.  I have always wanted to go to New York.  We were even lucky enough to visit the 9/11 Memorial…so


moving and still so hard to imagine that could have happened.

Ship life is truly wonderful.  They over the top pamper you and then on top of it you get to visit some amazing places along the way108.  This just looks like a fairy tale!  I could  just imagine a quilting room up in that tower!!!!  So green and beautiful.   We met the nicest people  too.  Everyone was so excited to share a bit of the history of th160eir towns and eager to have us come back!  We definitely will be doing that.   The 10 days of touring were jam packed with off ship visits here and there, eating and some shopping!!199

I would love to have this sign hanging in the kitchen!!!

Yes it was a trip to see the Fall colors, but because it was still so warm the fall colors were still hiding.  A stop in Quebec gave us a glimpse of what was to come246.   I took 288 pictures so I could definitely bore you with them all.  I figured a few would probably be the best bet.  It was definitely a bucket list trip, one that we will always cherish with family.  Coming home is always good.  We missed the kids big and little and knew hugs would be waiting.  We weren’t disappointed!!   Pulling  in the driveway however, I realize279d my scarecrow on the porch was wearing different clothes….VANDELS!!!!  Quilting vandals non the less!  Not naming names (Ruthie, Joan and Debbie…just sayin’)….had TP’d our house quilter style.  First thing Mr. P. said was “I’m not cleaning that up” :-)!!  Those same words came from my dad when I was in high school.  We both had a good laugh and it was such a wonderful welcome home from my quilting buddies284 …….a Homie’s Hit as they called it!!!  What is it they say about payback?!!!  It’s on now!  Thanks girls you  warmed my heart!

Got my next batch of Xmas goodies from my swap partner Sharon.  She has been affected by Hurricane Irene.  Some cleanup happening as well as lots of community involvement on her behalf.  She sent October’s and November’s gifts with a goodie to open 001 now!  Isn’t that crow the sweetest ever?!!  He’s perfect sitting on my Halloween bench.  Thanks you so much Sharon, and all my thoughts are with you and those in your community. 

I have been slow getting back in to the swing of things and now a bit behind on bindings…..time to put the pedal to the medal!!  Missed you all and now I’m off to see what you all have been up to.