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Jennie’s Christmas Quilt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back in November I had asked my son for some ideas for his fiancée and he told me she love hand/homemade.  I knew she love green because she is a true Irish lady.  So I decided I would  piece together a quick quilt for my soon to be daughter-in-law, Jennie Olera Malone.  I knew I didn’t have much time to make a complicated one so I chose to do a simple stripe of most of the green fabric I had on hand.

I called a friend of mine that does machine quilting and asked her if we had time to get this ready for a Christmas gift and she assured me it would not be a problem.  She said if I had everything to her by the second week of December we would be in good shape and she would have it back to me by the week before Christmas.

I pondered over the look of the quilt to be pieced and what to use for a backing which I knew would have to be ordered.  After deciding what I wanted I went online to Joann’s thinking this would be my quickest option and should have it by the first full week of December.  WRONG!!!

I placed the order online on November 28th and didn’t get a confirmation until December 4th.  It was to be shipped FedEx from Michigan, okay this will work coming FedEx.  Long story short the fabric arrived on Christmas Eve and we had our Christmas get-together on Saturday before Christmas.  I took a picture of the pieced quilt and put a note with it in an envelope for Jennie under the Christmas tree.  This was not a very good first Christmas from the Caldwell family to her but I think she understands.

These are some pictures I took of the finished piecing and the quilting is underway at my friends.  I’m hoping Jennie will like it when she FINALLY receives the gift.

Jens Christmas Quilt 2015 (2)

I pieced the quilt with light and dark green fabrics.  It’s made to fit a king-sized bed with hangover on the sides and the length will hang over about a foot with room to tuck in pillows if she likes.

Jens Christmas Quilt 2015 (4)

Jens Christmas Quilt 2015 (5)

Jens Christmas Quilt 2015 (6)

Jens Christmas Quilt 2015 (3)

The backing will be solid and quilted with ivy quilting.  It’s also the fastest quilt I’ve ever put together.  I’m hoping to make everyone in the family a quilt this winter.

I’ve learned a great lesson from this.  I will not order from Joann’s online again but go to the store  and I will definitely avoid FEDEX!!

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

What a crazy year and where did it go!!?? Before I get lost in all the festivities and wonder I wanted to wish all of my blogging friends and followers a very merry Christmas and a wonderous and blessed New Year of 2016!

My blogging time is very limited at the moment but I’m sending you the following to help make it feel a little more like it’s Christmas and to thank our Lord and Savior for giving the beautiful farm I live on, the special family I have and the ability to know what Christmas is truly about!

Blessing to all and I’ll see you next year!

Tired of my body and clothes!!

Relaxing on the dock in 2010

Relaxing on the dock in 2010

On August 26th, I contacted my PA and told her I needed to do something about my body weight and how I feel about myself!  She scheduled me an appointment that week and we talked a few minutes and she told me that my weight had not changed since 2010 and I was shocked it took me almost four years to see how bad it was in my mind!!  She checked me over and then she introduced me to a lovely lady by the name of Lori!!  Lori is now my weight coach and main cheerleader.  It’s fun to talk to her and her encouragement is priceless.  In the last six weeks my habits have changed drastically as far as my eating and exercise and I’ve lost nine pounds.   NO, NO PICTURES!!  EMBARASSING!

I now eat a good breakfast (none to speak of before except on weekends), yogurt, raw vegies, salad, cheese sticks for lunch and our normal supper but smaller servings and only one serving and the biggy NO SWEET TEA EVERY DAY AND NO EATING AFTER 7:00 P.M.!!!    I do treat myself to something sweet once a week but not cake and ice cream and definitely no chips/snacks while watching TV at night.  I’m keeping my hands busy with crocheting, recipes and my digital cookbook or housework 😦 !!

I started out walking 30 minutes a day which I wasn’t doing at all before and rarely got any exercise except for the weekends cleaning house and doing laundry!!  The first four weeks I walked everyday for 30 minutes to 90 minutes depending on what was going on at work or home.  The last two weeks I’ve been rushing home to bowhunt which means walking into the house, pick up the bow and bag, hubby drive me to my stand and drop me off, set there until almost dark and hubby picks me up and we go home to supper.  It’s dark and can’t/won’t walk by myself!  Needless to say, instead of dropping two pounds a week, I’m only dropping one pound or none.

After meeting with Lori yesterday, I’ve decided to set my reminders on my work Outlook calendar to remind me twice a day to walk 15 minutes rain or shine and then do some other exercise once I’m home.  I was really disappointed yesterday when I went for my two-week weigh in and only lost two pounds so it’s time to get serious and make the changes and stick to it!!  What you must know first is I love to cook and I love to eat what I cook.  My hubby is an excellent cook and his feelings are hurt if I don’t eat.  He now knows though that to meet my goal of losing 30 pounds means eating smaller amounts and he has been giving me these cute looks if he sees me heading for those sweet things that I love to make and EAT!

I have my personal cheering team here at work and my family at home but could use your prayers and pep talks as I go for twenty pounds by Christmas!!  I would like to get back to this point 20 years ago.

Me in the late 80's.

Me in the late 80’s.

The man who puts up with me & the kids that help him

If you will recall, I posted a few days ago that my wonderful hubby had bought me a new computer for my birthday and Christmas (both in December).  I really missed my blogging and he knew it.  Well, Christmas morning I was so surprised to find out that he had also got me another beauty and here it is!

 

My 2012 Christmas gift from my wonderful husband!

My 2012 Christmas gift from my wonderful husband!

This is very special to me because he knows I’m not a jewelry girl at all but for the last four years he has got me a dainty necklace for my birthday or Christmas.   This one he picked out himself at a reputable jeweler.  The only time he’s ever set foot in these places is to buy my wedding rings 40 years ago.   I don’t wear jewelry except for my wedding rings UNTIL he got me these gifts.  Here’s a  picture of the first one he gave me but had my daughter pick it out after telling her what he wanted for me!  I am so blessed!!

2009 Christmas cross

2009 Christmas cross

 

This year because of the economy our kids asked that we not exchange gifts with them because work has been slow for both households.  I always go overboard when it comes to gifting for them and it make my Christmas a little “strange” to say the least.  On Christmas night when we got together they pulled a fast one both kids got us gift certificates to our favorite restaurant.  I love them so much and appreciate all they do for us every day!!I also received two unusual but beautiful gifts from my granddaughter, Victoria!  The first is a copper hearth cricket and as the  Legend has it,  a cricket in the house will bring good fortune to the home when placed on the hearth or mantel.  Mine is living on the mantle in our living room.

Christmas 2012 Hearth Cricket

Christmas 2012 Hearth Cricket

The other beauty she got for me is a Patina watering can shaped like a goose.  She knows how much I love gardening inside and out and this little goose will be used often.

 

Patina Goose Watering can

Patina Goose Watering can

My family is so good to me and I love them so deeply that there are no words to tell them how much!!!

Cooking with the granddaughter!!

Saturday afternoon found me in the kitchen with my special young’un!!  First we went to the local IGA and picked up some baking supplies and junk food to hold for the day.  I’ve never seen any kid hold as much as she can and she’s a beanpole!!

When we got back home I boxed up some of the goodies I had prepared the night before and that morning and then I put her to work making Lemon Crunchies.  This was the first time I had made them but hey are so yummy and Victoria enjoyed them baked as much as she did in the dough stage.  They have just a hint of lemon and must be watched carefully so as not to overcook.

Lemon Crunchies

Lemon Crunchies

While Victoria was putting these together I made some Chocolate Peanut Pretzel Clusters and some Preacher cookies.  The Clusters are very easy to whip up and you get the sweet and salty kick!

Chocolate peanut pretzel candy

Chocolate peanut pretzel candy

 

Delicious preacher cookies

Delicious preacher cookies

 

Victoria’s attention was held very long by the sweets we were trying to prepare.  Her attention was taken by a new coon dog that PaPa had on loan.  She was a pretty dog, Plott/Black & Tan cross, 8-months old and scared of her own shadow.  Victoria was convinced she was a dog whisperer and could calm Miss Katie down and PaPa would have a wonderful new pup to train.  Well, dog whisperer she wasn’t and she was very disappointed.  Katie went back to her previous home today and Victoria  and PaPa are searching for a new trainee!!

Back to the cooking/baking!!  Here’s few of the other Christmas goodies I’ve prepared so far but have a lot more to do:

Miracle Peanut Butter Cookies

Miracle Peanut Butter Cookies

 

Magic Cookie Bars cut and ready to eat.

Magic Cookie Bars cut and ready to eat.

 

Cocoanut Joys

Cocoanut Joys

 

Gingerbread dusted with Confectioner's sugar

Gingerbread dusted with Confectioner’s sugar

 

Cheater's Quickie-Pretzel, rollo candy, topped with a pecan half.

Cheater’s Quickie-Pretzel, rollo candy, topped with a pecan half.

 

 

That’s all for now but hope to make two recipes a night through this week.  Enough sugar to get me though the holiday rush!!  🙂  Recipes to follow during my Christmas break from work and hope to add those Thanksgiving dishes I didn’t get posted when I was “computer-down”.    Here’s my beautiful granddaughter to sweeten the post!!

Victoria - Summer 2012

Victoria – Summer 2012

 

New breed of farmer!

New breed of farmer!