November 25, 2014

Have Yourself A Quilty Little Christmas

Last night, I managed to make another two blocks for Lori Holt's #haveyourselfaquiltylittlechristmas sew along.  This cute little courthouse steps block and the spools both went together quite quickly.

I also sewed the binding onto the back of one of the quilts I quilted over the weekend and have started sewing it into place this morning.  Hopefully I'll have a finish to share on Friday!!!  

What are y'all working on this week?  Come link up with Quilt Story for Fabric Tuesday and  Live a Colorful Life for her Choose Your Own Block Sew Along.

November 24, 2014

Not Much Progress Last Week

My design wall hasn't changed much. Here's the pic from last week:

I did finish up two more blocks for Lori Holt's Have Yourself a Quilty Little Christmas sew along, the present and basket, and assembled the first section:

 Other than that, I spent my entire weekend doing this:

I quilted up three small quilts and the advent calendar which meant a ton of pin basting.  Man am I sore!!  Hopefully I can get them bound so I can show them to you soon.

Are y'all joining in on Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt starting Friday??  I have my fabrics set aside and ready to go.  Here's a pic of some of them:

Go take a look!  It should be a lot of fun!!

Grand Illusion

Linking up with Judy over at Patchwork Times.


November 21, 2014

Andes Mint Grinch Cookies

So I didn't get a ton of sewing done last night.  Instead, I got the first of MANY batches of cookies made.  These are called Andes Mint Grinch Cookies, or, as my kids always refer to them, simply the Grinch cookies.  I ran across this recipe last year around this time (over at Six Sister's Stuff) and they have become my most requested cookie this year.  I thought I'd share it with you.


2 3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter (at room temperature)
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp mint extract
15-20 drops green food coloring
1 bag of Andes mints (chopped or broken apart)

Preheat oven 375 degrees. Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt and set aside. Unwrap the Andes Mints

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and mint extract. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients and add the green food coloring. Mix until even colored. Last fold in the chopped Andes mints.

Put in the refrigerator until the dough is cool.

Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls.  To make them more rounded when they come out, flatten the balls as you place them onto un-greased cookie sheets.

Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let stand on cookie sheet for 2 minutes before moving them to wire racks to cool.

That is the "official" recipe.  That being said, I bake mine at 350 for 8 minutes and they are perfect.  Hope y'all enjoy them!  I give tins of cookies as gifts to extended family and let the kids take them to school for teachers and their friends.  I usually start at the beginning of November.  However, since it is just Cassidy and I this year, I thought I may be able to delay that a bit.  But I'll be sharing cookie recipes with you for a while.  I'm hoping they can add a bit of variety and deliciousness to your holiday season!

After I finished up that batch of Grinch cookies, I sat down and got started on my next block for Lori Holt's Have Yourself a Quilty Little Christmas sew along.  I got this ornament block done...

I love that little piece of crochet trim!  Next up is a basket and I got it cut last night so it should get finished up tonight.  What have y'all been working on?  Can't wait to see!