Intermediate Quilting Tools and Giveaway!

You may have read my Top 12 Tools for the Beginner Quilter post from earlier this year. Since then, I have really thought about other tools that I use that make sewing so much easier. Some of these tools I have used for several years, and others I have just recently discovered. There are so many rulers and notions available now, so determining which more

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Beautiful Grilled Pork Tenderloin Recipe

There are neighborhood book clubs and  neighborhood play groups, but in my neighborhood we have a fun food group which we call Iron Chef Bountiful.  Carli described our iron chef adventures in her Iron Chef the home game post!  When the ingredient for July was announced it got my head spinning with what I could do with "blueberries".  Being summertime more

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DIY Insulin Pump Band

As many of our long time readers know, my 12 year old, Jaci has type 1 diabetes. She started using an insulin pump about 5 months ago. An insulin pump is fantastic because instead of giving herself 6 injections a day, she only has to get one injection every 3 days. Because she doesn't make her own insulin, this pump gives her a constant drip of insulin. more

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Vintage Pique’ Rib Hat

  It seems I'm always looking for a new baby hat knitting pattern. This is the first pattern of a matching hat and sock set for newborns in a classic design. Pique' rib creates a texture that adds interest to solid yarns. The intersecting purl bumps also break up variegated yarns into interesting little dashes of color.  Happily, the nubby more

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Protect Your Peepers!

My husband and I bought some pricey sunglasses before we left for our honeymoon two years ago. I was hoping that a higher price would equal quality and I've found that to be true. However, since my over-sized sunglasses do not fit into the protective sunglass cases sold in stores, mine are often tossed into my purse without protection, resulting in more

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Perfect Piña Coladas!

Did you know July 10th is National Piña Colada day in Puerto Rico?  If I had my vote I would have a Piña Colada day every week in my household!  Piña colada literally means "strained pineapple".  There are several recipes for this famous cocktail and I happen to think this one tops all the rest. You will need: a blender, ice, rum, pineapple more

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Simply Basics: Wind a Center Pull Ball

Ever wonder how people hand wind such neat looking center pull balls? I wanted to learn to make those perfect little parcels myself and tried doing it around my fingers, but just made a mess.  I recently learned how to wind a center pull ball on a nostepinne - a tool originated in Sweden that makes the process a snap. Nostepinne's can be as more

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Inspiralize Me!

  Have you ever heard of a vegetable spiralizer?  Me either, until today when Mom introduced us. I'm normally not a huge fan of kitchen gadgets. They pile up so easily, falling into disuse and crowding my cabinets. But the Spirooli, (the brand I got to play with today), has now made my list of must have's. This tool slices effortlessly more

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Pencil Pouch Tutorial

One good thing about my son being in year round schooling is that I have more time than most parents to think about what I can do for a teacher appreciation gift. Connor’s year of Kindergarten is coming to an end this week so it was time for me to get the gears turning. I wanted to make his teacher something that she could actually use, and something more

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Earl’s Mouthwatering Beef Brisket

There are just 3 things you need to know about Earl. 1- He is my best friend's Dad 2- He makes hands down the best brisket 3- He shared his recipe with me and now I'm going to share it with you. Why be selfish with a recipe which can only be described as love on a plate? Brisket is a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest of a cow. more

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