Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving 2014!

Family is slowly rising ---

Sadie and I have already been for a nice long walk --

Yesterday’s rain has passed on through and left us with sunshine and low hanging fog this morning – SO beautiful!

The fog view changes every few minutes – it’s a moving, living entity ---clinging to the ridges and crevaces  as the morning sun threatens to burn it off.

I love my mountains!

Jason arrived last evening, and Jeff will arrive this morning – he was too tired after getting off work last evening to make a night drive up the mountain, and that’s just fine.

He’s on his way and should be here soon.

You will most likely find me in the kitchen for most of today – I’m so excited!  10 for Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

IKEA, Crockpots & Mountain Sunsets!

Absolutely EVERY LAST PIECE of IKEA furniture that we picked up 2 weeks ago has been aseembled ---there were no missing parts, or extra parts!

And nothing makes me quite so happy has a bed with a headboard and footboard!

With last year's Celtic Solstice mystery on top!

This is the upstairs guest room --

When we first bought the cabin there were 2 twin beds and a youth bed up here.  The rooms are large!

But when we’ve had folks visiting, it has been couples who don’t necessarily want to be put in two small twin beds ---and last summer we put those two twins together and they became a King for my neice and nephew.

The bed post you see in the lower right corner is another twin – Their daughter stays with them as the guest room with the Queen bed, downstairs is usually occupied by my brother in law and his wife.

3 bedrooms, and a house full of guests – how else can we handle this?

At any rate…I love the new bed frame and the two side tables that go on either side,

A memory foam matress topper completed the job of making this look and feel like a king bed in every way, instead of two twins pushed together with a crevice down the center.

That job accomplished – I turned to the kitchen!

My Mission – to give Janet’s Crock Pot Crack recipe a try!

My family LOVES peanut clusters, so I was eager to try this.

Janet left her recipe on the vol 10 Quiltmaker Magazine giveaway post.  The giveaway is over, but there are over 600 favorite holiday recipes in the comments section of the post.  CHECK IT OUT!


Will it all fit?!

Janet’s recipe for Crock Pot Crack:

Crock pot Crack
1 - 16 oz jar(s)unsalted peanuts
1 - 16 oz. jar(s)salted peanuts
1 - 12 oz bag(s)semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 - 12 oz bag(s) milk chocolate chips
2 - 10 oz bag(s)peanut butter chips
2 - 1 lb pkg white almond bark or vanilla candy coating

Layer all ingredients in a large crockpot (starting with peanuts). Turn the pot on low, cover with lid, and leave sitting for 2 hours. Then, remove lid and stir to combine. Replace lid and leave sitting for another 30 minutes. Stir again and then spoon mixture on to wax paper or non-stick aluminum foil. Allow to harden for at least 1 hour. Enjoy!

It melted down to this after 2 hours!


Dropping by spoonful's onto wax paper.


Holy cow! How much does this make?

((You should smell my kitchen! Everything smells like a Reese’s factory!))


Miles of peanut clusters!

And the clean up was not that bad…..since the contents of the crock pot were still warm, some simple soap and water dissolved everything and down the drain it went.

As for the taste?  Very good!  Very very very sweet though – so I think next time I do this I will eliminate the milk chocolate chips and just double the amount of semi-sweet chips.  I’d like these a bit darker, a bit less sweet, and I think that would do it.

I also didn't have a jar of unsalted peanuts, the store was out -- so I used a 35oz jar of salted peanuts instead.  It worked just fine and I didn't notice that it was any saltier than normal.

Does anyone know….can you spread this in pans and then just break it into chunks when it is done?  Or cut it with a knife?

The most tedious part was spooning the mixture out on to the wax paper.

Boys should be arriving tonight ---but late late since they are both coming after work.  It’s likely I won’t see them until breakfast ----


And the sun goes down over Buck Mountain.


Good Night, Sun!

Happy Thanksgiving Eve, everyone!

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Meanwhile on the Mountain…


Less than 48 hours from now our Grand Illusion Mystery will be up and running!

I wanted to remind everyone of the Grand Illusion Mystery TAB at the top of the blog.

All of the links to all the parts, and the Mystery Monday Link-Ups will be found there and will stay there until retirement.

Please, before sending an email with a question, or asking questions on our Open Studio Group or on facebook, or even a personal message on facebook with a question about the mystery --- please read the files.  All the info is there.  Go through it – often.

There is a lot of this going on here at Quilt Villa this weekend:

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Galaxy-Gram! While Daddy Naps

I know I said I would only be doing hand work this week but while Das took a nap I moved some furniture around in the sewing nook area at the cabin.

The machine had previously faced a wall and that can get rather boring.
There is a nice big TV in the family room side of the basement and I realized that if I turned this around I could entertain myself visually while sewing.

I gave it a test run for just a bit, sewing on some string spider web units while I could get away with it!  Ha!

Tales of Family Quilts --

The leaves are long gone now up on top of the mountain, and where I couldn’t see the mountains for the leaves on the trees in the summer time – I can now look all around me, and really recognize that the cabin does in fact exist on a ridge and there are mountains in every direction in the distance.

Silent, vast views – standing like sentinels, guarding this precious place I have learned to call home, just as much as my full time home.

Dad and I arrived last night close to 10pm and there was much unloading and putting away of groceries, warming up the cabin by kicking up the flames in the gas fire places, upping the temperature  of the water heater and doing all of those “coming back after a long time away” chores before we could settle in.

Open the blinds.

Plug in the Keurig.

Feed the deer.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Galaxy-Gram! Stuck in a Line!

Walmart on the Monday before a major holiday?

I should have known better!
At the same time, this was the best I could do today with all else that was on the to do list.

As soon as this Loot is loaded into the car, I am on my way to the airport to pick up my dad. 

I hope he doesn't reach Greensboro before I do - he has already sent a text saying his plane had boarded in Dulles!

At least it isn't a repeat of last year's fiasco when I ended up with a flat tire on the way to the airport to pick him up.

We will grab a bite to dinner on our way to the mountains, and our Thanksgiving week at the cabin will be officially underway!

I will catch you from there!
Have a great Monday evening, everyone!

5 Min Power Purge 11/24/2014


This picture happened yesterday.

And I am in a hurry right now to post this because I have a doc check up that I forgot about ---until my alarm on my calendar on the phone went off 5 minutes ago!

I called them – I was bad, I ate a tangerine…I was supposed to be fasting!  They said come anyway --- ((Dang, I hoped I could reschedule!))

SO –my 5 minutes of power purging happened yesterday on the top of my cutting table.

I quilted two quilts before leaving for Indiana, and I had remnants from backing fabric to slice down and put away.

Cutting the leftovers into strips makes them INSTANTLY usable.  Saving them in a box in odd sizes and piece and parts for another day --- does that other day ever come around?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Three Winners & Three Recipes!!

It’s drawing time!

I’m very excited for my winners on my giveaway, especially because they gave something back in return!

I wanted to do something different, and so I asked each entrant to please leave a favorite family holiday recipe in the comments section.

I wasn’t sure how many folks would do it, because it does take time to write it all down, or even to copy/paste it in the comments box, but you know what?  678 of you came through and provided us with a wealth of yumminess! 

I thank you for participating in the fun and I hope there are recipes that YOU discover that you just have to try too!

To locate the recipes, click the recipes tab at the top of the blog.  The very first entry will link you to the original post.  You’ll find them all in the COMMENTS section until I find a better way to preserve them!

Let’s fire up the random number generator:

Quilt-Cam 11/23/2014 Sunday AFTERNOON Edition!

Welcome to the Sunday Afternoon Edition of Quilt-Cam!

I can’t even remember the last time I was home on a Sunday and able to enjoy Quilt-Cam with those readers who are in our European time zones so they could join in LIVE.

Time zones are just a pain in the neck, aren’t they?  No matter WHEN I air Quilt-Cam we will be leaving out half of the globe because they are either sleeping or it is the wrong time of day/night for them to join in.

And this is when I refer everyone back to the Quilt-Cam tab at the top of the blog…they are ALL there, in reverse order, most recent at the top!

If you view Quilt-Cam through the tab instead of just on YouTube you actually get MORE – because the post where the feed is embedded will show and tell you more background and photos about what I’m working on, or whose studio space I’m featuring or other photos and comments by readers.

That’s what the Quilt-Cab tab is for..so use it and use it often!

This photo comes from Julianne who writes: