Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sweet Poppyseed Almond Chicken Casserole

Don't we all love a good chicken casserole? I know we do...

Well, I have a new one for you. I created this recipe last week and we LOVE it! It has a touch of sweetness and a little crunch. I love creating new recipes and this one is a keeper!

Sweet Poppyseed Almond Chicken Casserole

3 cups cooked, chopped chicken
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup coarsely chopped roasted almonds
1/2 cup low fat mayonnaise or sour cream
2/3 cup chicken broth
1/2 bottle low fat poppyseed salad dressing

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Spread in a lightly greased 9x12 inch casserole dish. If desired, top with butter cracker crumbs or sliced almonds or BOTH. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.

Isn't that simple? And oh, so good!

The only sewing I did yesterday was some appliqué, but I won't bore you with another photo of the same thing. I'm not sure what I'll work on today. I really want to get back into the Farmer's Daughter blocks and also The Bee's Knees hexie project, so maybe that's what I'll do.

Have a fantastic day!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

A Colorful Day!

It ended up being another finger/petal day. I have so much fun picking out the fabrics for these.

Would you believe that last night I almost finished appliquéing these? Go me! Easy on the back and productive...

And now for my quilt shop purchases... I HAD to have the Tula Pink cats! And the cat eyes, too.

And more fabrics from the you see the little mouse hiding in the top fabric? So adorable!

I came home with a few neutrals, too - love the hedgehogs and do you see the April (giraffe, not month) fabric? Love it!

I ended the day by reading on the front porch...ahhh! We do seem to spend more time on our porches here than we did in our last house - it's so peaceful here. We grilled salmon last night on the back patio...a nice end to a nice day.

One day this week Hubby helped me retrieve my old Pfaff machine from storage. Today I want to set it up and see how well it's working. I'm thinking of taking it to retreat instead of my featherweight or my Bernina. I would really like the capability to do specialty stitches (blanket stitch) while at retreat but I'd rather not haul my Bernina. Fingers crossed....

Have a fun Saturday!

Friday, April 28, 2017

New Bedford is Ready to SEW!

Yay - I finished cutting up this kit! It's all packed up in a little bin - raring to go - raring to sew.

And then I prepped the 3rd Rowdy Flat Library Quilt block - and believe it or not, that's NOT a Kaffe fabric in the center. I'm open to using whatever works - I needed a large floral image to put in the center of the block and this fit the bill perfectly. 

Yesterday was momentous - I had my FIRST tomato sandwich of the year - my favorite lunch of ALL TIME! It was SO good - happy tummy here....

 In the afternoon I had a nice little nap (okay, so it was a particularly long nap!) and I woke up with Baby on my chest. Mickey was down on my legs under a quilt, but somehow Baby migrated up to snuggle with me. Haha!

Today I'm visiting my local quilt shop - I have a gift card burning a hole in my pocket - and I hear new fabric just came in...

My back is feeling SO much better - not 100%, but much improved. I'm still trying to be very careful (no swimming, no machine quilting), but I can do a bit of machine sewing. That being said, I have no idea what I'll work on today. I'll figure it out though...maybe dresdens? We'll see.

Have a fun day!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A Cutting Day

I'm almost finished cutting the New Bedford quilt! I only need to cut two more fabrics and this will be ready for retreat next month. And then I ran my errands...

The farmer's market was fantastic - I grabbed some zucchini, tomatoes, and butter peas. Yum!

I also bought this contraption - I'd never seen one of these before, but when I found out what it was for, I had to have it. It's a trap for carpenter bees. Did you know this already? 

Carpenter bees drill holes (big holes) into wood, as in...on homes. We had carpenter bees make a nice big hole on a gable last summer - Hubby filled it. We've noticed they're back this year, re-drilling the same hole. Apparently they can get into this trap, but they can't get back out. So we'll give it a go! I'm after you, carpenter bees!

 The Opelika Library was wonderful as well. They have a great selection and were very friendly. I cam home with a haul from there, also. And I came home with instructions on checking out e-books.

Last night I finally finished with the appliqué - I may add some embroidery still...we'll see.

Mickey is still obsessed with his 'baby' - if we go outside, Baby comes, too. He carries it around everywhere.

Have a fabulous day!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Not Much Done...

It's obvious that my lack of a defined schedule is affecting me - without that purpose and direction and focus I'm not as productive on some days. All I did yesterday was to appliqué more of the little yellow/orange circles on the flowers of the RFLQ. Only 4 more of these to go. 

Oh well, I guess we all need a slow-down day here and there, right?

Let's talk about little Mickey today. A friend of mine gave me this little dachshund toy to give to our dogs - her dogs have no interest in it. As soon as I showed it to Cooper and Mickey, it was Mickey who INSTANTLY claimed it. Hubby and I thought he'd destroy it. But he didn't. He seems to think it is his baby. He licks it and grooms it. He carries it EVERYWHERE. He snarls and barks at Cooper if he comes near it. 

We didn't let Mickey sleep with 'Baby' in his crate last night - we were afraid he'd bite off a piece and choke. This morning he remembered Baby and was so happy to be reunited!

He loves to sleep with his head resting on Baby. Oh so protective. Sweet Mickey...

I am determined to get more done today. I think I'll start by cutting more pieces for the New Bedford quilt. For those who asked - the fabric is from a line called New Bedford by Denyse Schmidt by Free Spirit.

I also plan to get out a bit. I've been wanting to visit the Opelika library and get a library card. Our previous home was in the city of Auburn and I already have an Auburn library card. I've heard that the Opelika library has some great selections. I love to check out e-books for my Kindle through the library.

There is also a great farmer's market not far from the library - I want to check that out, too. Should be a nice outing...

I haven't posted much here lately about Rodan and Fields, but I'm still LOVING the products! This week a brand new product was introduced - Active Hydration Therapy. I just got my hands on some yesterday and LOVE it! 

Tonight there is a virtual Facebook event starting to introduce the product- you could view it anytime through Sunday evening. There will be prizes available!!! Are you interested? Let me know! This is such a great opportunity to make some money on the side with very little effort. Where else can you get paid to wash your face and have improved skin? Even if you're not interested in the business, but want to learn more about the products, I'd love to add you to this event. Just let me know and I'll add you. 

And there's an added bonus: I'm offering a full size Active Hydration Serum AND a full size Last Boost (a personal favorite!) as a gift to the next TWO people who join my team! You can keep and use them yourself...or you could sell them...or you could gift them. 

Here's wishing you a FABULOUS day!!! 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Cutting Fabric

I began yesterday by cutting up fabric for my New Bedford quilt. I labeled each bundle as I finished.

I ended up cutting out about half the pieces for the be continued another day.

Then I prepared the next block for the Rowdy Flat Library Quilt. The next step will be those fingers/petals, BUT I'll finish the first block before I do that.

I decided my back wasn't quite ready for machine quilting, so that will wait.

When I came out of my sewing room I couldn't find Cooper. Cooper! You're not supposed to be on the guest bed! But who can fuss at a sweet sight like this? Not me! And at least he stayed off the quilt. I'm going to find something to spread on the bed so he will not mess it up - he loves to look out the front window.

So what will I work on today? I may work on dresdens. Or I may cut out more of the New Bedford quilt. Or I may cut out a block for my Farmer's Daughter quilt - need to get back into it. Or I may prepare another Rowdy Flat Library Quilt - I have the 3rd pattern already. Once I get these initial circles in place, the remaining block is portable.

In a few weeks I'll redo my weekly schedule, but for now I'll just float around and do what I please.

Wishing you a very pleasant day!

Monday, April 24, 2017

An Applique Day...

Yesterday afternoon I finished the 8 butterflies on my Rowdy Flat Library Quilt. The bodies are all cute little stripes.

And I found the perfect fabric for the big butterfly wings - it's a Kaffe floral that looks just like butterfly wings to me.

This almost finishes all the appliqué on this block.  I'm working on adding little circles to the flower centers - look at the lower right corner - see them? And I'm planning to do a bit more embellishment before I call it complete. More is more is more, right?

For those who have asked...this is the pattern for the t-shirt I'm making - Vogue 9057, designed by Marcy Tilton. If you're interested in buying gorgeous knit fabric (instead of recycling, like me), check out for a beautiful selection...

TV show update: I watched Mary Kills People last night on Lifetime. Boy, did it grab me! I loved it! It's a bit like Dexter, but not gory. Dexter was a bit too gory for me... 

I have lots of plans for today - so many that I probably won't get them all done:

-Grocery shopping...
-Machine quilting on the Autumn Garden quilt (if my back is up to it)
-Cut the background for the next RFLQ block (and prepare the bias for the circles
-Begin cutting out a quilt (New Bedford) to take on retreat

Have a great Monday, y'all!