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We’ve cooked up some aprons this week and now you can too.  It’s a free pattern from Fat Quarter Shop!    Kim, Robin and I each picked out fabric, a kitchen towel to go with it and we started sewing.  Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop made a video that guided us step by step. Robin made […]

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April 7, 2014 - 5:43 am

mimi'sdarlins - Such cute aprons, and I love the idea of attaching a half towel, very clever! These look so easy to make, I’m thinking about making several for gifts with matching potholders.

April 7, 2014 - 7:13 am

Pam - All your aprons are so cute! Love the addition of the hand towel, Genius!

April 7, 2014 - 7:50 am

Kathleen O'Grady - What adorable aprons! I love the towel sewn into the apron, what a smart idea! That would be very handy to have since I am always packing the hand towel with me when I am working in the kitchen and my husband is constantly chasing it down. I will be making a few of these, great gift idea too!

April 7, 2014 - 9:37 am

Sue H - What a great pattern!! I’m thinking it would make great holiday gifts! Thank you!

April 7, 2014 - 9:47 am

Miss Jean - I watched the video and they are super easy! I love yours made out of Printemps!!!

April 7, 2014 - 12:09 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Very cute!

April 7, 2014 - 5:52 pm

Barb - Oh, these are just too cute! The fabrics all of you selected are so much fun. Thanks for sharing these.

April 7, 2014 - 6:45 pm

Jacque (aka Snoodles) - Love all of these….two standouts for me are the one with the Sandy Gervais panel for the pockets, and the one with the hand towel conveniently sewn on! Genius!

April 7, 2014 - 7:53 pm

Libby - Too cute. Love them all

April 8, 2014 - 5:09 am

Janie - Love your apron with the towel attached!

April 8, 2014 - 8:43 am

Debbie I - Adorable! I love that the cookware matches the aprons.

April 8, 2014 - 10:14 am

liz n. - AAAAAGGHHH!!!
Too cute! TOO CUTE!! I can’t even…

April 8, 2014 - 8:18 pm

Books_Bound - The aprons are all cute, but I’m blown away by your styling! Lovely job.

April 9, 2014 - 12:10 am

Diane Nagle - What darling aprons! Love all the different styles and colors. Very cute indeed!

April 9, 2014 - 1:45 pm

ina - DANG!!! THose are just gorgeous! I love the idea of the hand towel to go along with the aprons. we seem to go through a lot of kitchen towels around here. ;p

April 10, 2014 - 1:39 am

Laura Lynch - Oh my goodness . . . I love them all! I’ll have to watch the video & print the pattern! Thanks for passing on such a great pattern.

National Smore’s Day!

Did you know today is National Smore Day?  Can you believe it?  Really, I don’t make this stuff up.  Every August 10th is Smore Day. It would take an act of Congress to make it an official holiday…the kind where  everyone gets a day off to stay home and make Smores.  We all know Congress […]

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August 10, 2011 - 7:13 am

Dandelion Quilts - I was a campfire girl and later a camp fire leader. Go Campfire!

August 10, 2011 - 8:27 am

Jean - I was a Bluebird!!!!!

August 10, 2011 - 9:19 am

Anne - Oh my gosh you are funny! We are turning this into a Bluebird/Campfire Girl reunion LOL!

August 10, 2011 - 10:59 am

Stephanie - I eat these each and every Summer. LOVE them. I double up on the marshmallows to make them extra messy and sticky. Thank goodness for simple pleasures.

August 10, 2011 - 2:04 pm

Anne - Double marshmallows…count me in!

August 10, 2011 - 5:35 pm

ina - Hey, I KNEW today was special…just didn’t know why! ;0

August 10, 2011 - 6:10 pm

Vicky - I signed up for Brownies once and then forgot all about it. They kicked me out after no-showing for three meetings! Story of my life! Love the stories. Smore, please! :)

August 10, 2011 - 6:22 pm

Anne - So far we have 3 Campfire girls, 1 ex Brownie. I think we’re becoming an endangered species. LOL! Good thing we all like Smores!

August 10, 2011 - 6:27 pm

Carolyn Hosier - I was a Blue Bird and Camp Fire girl also! My mother was the Leader. Lot’s of good times and love those smores too! :) YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!


August 10, 2011 - 7:00 pm

Catherine Z - Greetings from Northern Saskatchewan CANADA! What a wonderful idea for a day! I love the plate you served it on!!!!!!!!!!!!

Found this on Wikipedia though:

While the origin of the dessert is unclear, the first recorded version of the recipe can be found in the publication “Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts” of 1927!!!!!!!!!!! You can read the rest on Widipedia under S’more but it does say that Girl Scouts did have the first known report!

August 11, 2011 - 4:45 am

Barb - I guess it doesn’t really matter who first started S’mores – I’m just happy that whoever it was – did!!

They are so good and always make me think of summer!! YUM!

August 11, 2011 - 11:52 am

Bridget - Celebrated this at work…it has continued on till today as we had leftover…cant let the goodness go uneaten.

August 11, 2011 - 8:12 pm

Thimbleanna - Hi Anne — I’ve had this comment problem for about a year now and it drives me crazy. For my wordpress it’s totally random — I get about half of my comments forwarded to my e-mail. When I have time I sit and go through them and individually reply to them, but it’s a big time suck. Good Luck — and if you find a solution, please share!

August 12, 2011 - 6:22 am

mimi'sdarlins - Anne, I love those microwave s’mores! I find it hard to eat just one!!

August 13, 2011 - 4:48 am

Linda P. - Yum!!! Did you know they have flat marshmallows now to make this easier!!!

August 14, 2011 - 2:56 pm

Madonna Kay - A few weeks ago several of the nurses that I work with realized that we’d all been Camp Fire Girls. Of course there are some Girl Scouts amoung us as well. Anyway, we were remembering some of the songs and making sit upons… We ended up looking something up and found information about “Wo-He-Lo” and how work is life. We decided that Camp Fire Girls and the values of work, health and love was why we are still working nights in a NICU!? I even found my Blue Bird ring and took my ceremonial gown, beads and all, to work for ‘show and tell’. Then I saw your post about S’mores. I didn’t have time to get the ingredients to make S’mores on the 10th, but we’re planning a little S’mores event next weekend when we work together. I was challenged to bring my sit upon (it’s long gone to mulch) so now I have to try and remember how to make one… The S’mores post was so timely and we’re getting a good laugh out of our Camp Fire past. We refuse to acknowlege the Girl Scout myth of being the originators of the S’more, but we will share with them. We were shocked by how much a ‘vintage’ Blue Bird pin was going for on E-Bay!

Please pass the butter…

I’m in love with this vegetable…just look at it!  Isn’t it beautiful? To think that something high in potassium, calcium and iron can also be this beautiful! My husband learned a great trick for cooking these pretties on his fishing trip.  The Canadian chef they met cuts them in half before cooking. It cuts the […]

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July 24, 2011 - 6:08 pm

Monica - Mayonnaise? *blink blink*

I love artichokes but apparently I’ve been living under a rock because I have never heard of using mayo on artichokes. I did a google search and there were a bunch of recipes using different kinds of mayo…WOW.

Thank you for lifting the rock…hahaha.

July 24, 2011 - 6:34 pm

Anne - I am full of trivia! LOL!

July 24, 2011 - 6:50 pm

Vickie - We’re enjoying fresh produce too! today we had peaches, tomatoes, watermelon, papaya, lime, brocolli…i just love summer when everything is good! oh, bell pepper sna donions too.

July 24, 2011 - 7:10 pm

Lynette - I just had some fresh artichoke on a really great veggie pizza. Does that count? ;D

July 24, 2011 - 7:17 pm

Sivje - Oh I adore them! My favorite condiment for them is Trader Joe’s eggless mayonnaise mixed with fresh lemon juice. OH YUM!

July 24, 2011 - 7:26 pm

Julie - Yes! They are good and pretty, too! Just finished Henrietta for this month! So stinkin’ cute – Thank you!!

July 24, 2011 - 7:56 pm

Karen S. - My favorite :) We like them with this sauce: melted better, add lemon juice then mayo – yumm!

July 24, 2011 - 8:59 pm

PattyBYoung - I like butter…my husband like balsamic vinegar or a mustard mayo. I’ve always cooked them in the pressure cooker, but am willing to try a new method. After you cut them, do you pan fry? Bake? Please tell!
p.s. We grow them in our backyard…they are perennials…require no care…they just pop out about 5-8 artichokes per bush per year…you could probably grow them too!

July 24, 2011 - 9:29 pm

Alyse b - I love these. mayonnaise all the way. I also rinse them cut off the top. Put in a bag and microwave for 5 min. Easy fast and pure deliciousness. :)

July 24, 2011 - 10:59 pm

Val - I don’t go much on your artichokes. They seem just too strange to eat! But I loved the pictures of the eagles in your previous post. Such magnificent birds.

July 25, 2011 - 1:46 am

Melody - I love artichokes, I’ve got them growing in my veggie patch and they are such a beautiful plant. If you don’t like the taste they are worth growing anyway as they are so beautiful.

July 25, 2011 - 4:28 am

Carrie P. - I came out to CA this spring and saw them growing in the fields along the coast for the first time. So neat. Enjoy!

July 25, 2011 - 8:07 am

Sandy - Yum! I love artichokes — with butter, with mayonnaise (lemon, especially), or grilled. And cooking time can be cut way back if you use a pressure cooker. :)

July 25, 2011 - 8:18 am

Anne - After you cut them you just boil in water. Your pressure cooker is probably the best. I’m just afraid of pressure cookers, ever since I was a child. My mom always used one and somehow I thought it would blow up on her. Funny how things stick from childhood.

I love the idea of balsamic vinegar! I’m going to try that next time we have these. As far as growing them I might give them a try! I’ve heard the take 3 years to mature. Is that true?

July 25, 2011 - 8:19 am

Anne - Do they flower or is the flower the artichoke? Do you remember where you bought your plants?

July 25, 2011 - 8:20 am

Anne - Thanks Val! If i had to choose it would be the eagles for sure. I loved them too!

July 25, 2011 - 9:26 am

mimi'sdarlins - I’m with Chelsea and Mooch, sad to say, b/c my family loves them! They are beautiful though, I agree about that :)

July 26, 2011 - 10:03 am

ina - Anne, someone just showed me that same trick for pan cooking brussel sprouts…cut in half before cooking and put cut side down in skillet with olive oil and cook until tender. it was wonderful!

July 26, 2011 - 12:45 pm

Anne - Ina, thanks for the tip. I love brussel sprouts! Sound so good!

July 26, 2011 - 4:42 pm

Lorraine Isaac - Wouldn’t that ‘Artie’ make a yummy color for a cabbage patch filled bunnies, hint hint,

July 27, 2011 - 11:17 am

Jean - I, like many of the others, have to have mayo with mine. I cut off the bottom, slice a little off the top and then use kitchen shears to trim off each tip of the “leaves” so there are no thorns. I rinse them good, put them in a casserole dish with a little water, cover it with plastic wrap and microwave them. It depends on the size but maybe 5 minutes for two average size ones or 9 minutes for the big ones. You have to experiment. So yummy!! I also like hot artichoke dip. Double yummy!!!

July 28, 2011 - 12:00 pm

Sue Tokash - Love artichokes with oil, with butter, in box with a fox, I would eat them here or there, I would eat them anywhere! But my favorite is on a grilled pizza with a few hunks of fresh tomatoes, no sauce, just good olive oil, lots of garlic and really good mozzarella. They are also surprisingly easy to grow. I have a few growing in the flower garden because they are unique plants. Everyone is surprised to find out they are artichokes.
Happy Eating,

July 29, 2011 - 9:26 pm

Lynda - Yummy, indeed! I grew up in the 50s and 60s just south of San Francisco, and our house was built on land that had formerly been artichoke fields, so the ‘chokes grew in our backyard in that great soil. (So did anything else we planted – strawberries, tomatoes, spuds, blackberries, flowers galore.) We were a mayonnaise family, and although I’ve tried other things on my ‘chokes, I’ve never liked anything but mayo.

Love all the cooking tips people have added. Wonderful post, Anne, and lovely pictures.

August 1, 2011 - 6:18 am

Leslie - I love artichokes. A friend recently bought a Cuisinart electric pressure cooker at Costco and was having great success. So I copied her. I have only tried artichoke in it. Totally worth it for that alone! I have cooked them in half or whole, with the choke removed or left in. 7 minutes!

We were discussing artichoke a few weeks ago. I figured my grandmother served them since we had them often growing up. Nope. My mom and aunt went to Europe after college graduation. It was an eventful trip. Not only did their ship rescue some of the passengers of the sinking Andrea Doria, they had artichoke and escargot for the first time in Paris. I’m glad Mom adopted the artichoke, but left the escargot behind! We eat it with butter. My daughter-in-law prefers mayo.

August 1, 2011 - 8:43 am

Sinta Renee - Mmmmm! My favorite! A little twist for mine… I like to put them on the grill for a couple minutes before serving/cut in half like that. I add herbs to the mayo for a nice fresh flavor. But my DIL mixes the mayo and butter together. That was a gorgeous artichoke.

August 2, 2011 - 9:18 am

Marcia - I hate to admit this but…I’ve never had an artichoke. I know, crazy!

August 2, 2011 - 11:20 am

Jean C. - Your making me hungry!!! Mayo please!!! I learned to eat these from my gramma! And my mom! Just steamed and eat. Seems lately around here they are all dried up lookiing…. not impressive at all!
Love the pictures your son took of the Eagles. We see them as we go up the canyon a lot of times.

August 4, 2011 - 6:23 am

Deborah Hays - I didn’t know that there were so many of us that love this yummy veggie! I love them with Veganaise. It tastes exactly like mayo. My husband is a mayo lover, (Best Foods) but I want to keep him around a lot longer so I have been trying different alternatives of mayo for him. Nothing seemed to work until I found this little jewel! Voila! He can’t tell the difference… so I am happy… and he is as well! And yes, these beautiful veggies also grow into beautiful, purple flowers… that is unless you cut them before they bloom so that you can eat them! Your tip has made me hungry Anne! Have a great day gals!

Did you get what you wanted for Christmas?

Did you get what you wanted for Christmas?  Mooch did!  She got a pink catnip mouse and became a wild beast on Christmas Eve.  It took her less than 1/2 hour to tear off the tail and pull out the stuffing.  Catnip all over the floor and, after she was done rolling in it, all […]

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December 28, 2010 - 12:07 am

May Britt - I guess I got a present I had not expected. My two children had bought me an abyssinian kitten. Right now he is inspecting the house high and low. This is like having a baby again :)

December 28, 2010 - 6:10 am

Vicky - Mooch has that look, “Uh uh, this is MY toy!” What a cutie! Poor old Santa must have had quite a time trying to get all my presents down the chimney! Note to self: Leave the front door unlocked next year!

December 28, 2010 - 6:51 am

Agatha - What a surprise! My Snowbound quilt and my bunny “Ehitu” on your own page!! I am so proud! Thanks a lot!! I wish you a very, very Happy New Year!!!… and greetings from Italy!!!

December 28, 2010 - 7:02 am

Anna - My standard poodle Enzo got a stuffless racoon and looked so funny with it hanging out his mouth pracing around the house. A tough toy but within a day the squeeker was out of it!

December 28, 2010 - 11:58 am

Silvia - These 2 quilts are so beautiful!! They’ve done a great work!
I hope you’re having a wonderful Christmas!! I wish you a Happy New Year 2011!! :) Hugs, Silvia

December 28, 2010 - 6:13 pm

Gari - I haven’t gotten Snowbound done here but I did spend part of Christmas week getting some of the embroidery done on the blocks. I’m slow but I’ll get there.

December 29, 2010 - 6:07 am

mimi'sdarlins - I love watching the cats play w/ catnip, they are hilarious! I’m trying to get caught up w/ my Snowbound blocks… the quilts you posted are beautiful!! Oh, and I forgot to tell you, my LQS has ordered Lily and Will, plus the satin trims, and I can hardly wait!

December 29, 2010 - 5:08 pm

Sandra - My best present was my daughter home from the hospital after a real scary bout of H1N1 on the mend. A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family. Hugs and Blessings Sandra(from a very cold Canada)

December 30, 2010 - 7:21 am

Jocelyn - I’ve already got Stephanie’s pattern bookmarked for my 2011 list :-)

December 30, 2010 - 2:40 pm

Juanita in Ohio - Mooch looks like she’s really fired up, LOL!! The cupcakes look delicious and the quilts are beautiful!! I am glad you had a nice holiday…now I am off to see the patterns and the additional Lily & Will, I just LOVE that fabric. TFS.

December 31, 2010 - 4:00 pm

Deborah Pruden - Well isn’t that fun to see Baby Hank’s quilt on your blog! Thanks!

January 4, 2011 - 4:30 pm

Christine - I was looking for the Snowbound blocks to download August-December (I was very pregnant at that time and didn’t have a chance to get them). Is there anyway I can get the patterns I’m missing? Now that I’ve had my daughter I’d love to work on the blocks when she’s sleeping (the RARE moments she’s sleeping). I’ll be so sad not to finish up!!