Thursday, February 14, 2013

Craftsy Is Having a Sale

I'm a big fan of Craftsy. Until the 17th of February they are having a sale on their classes. If you've ever wanted to learn a technique, but there weren't any classes or teachers in your area, or you want days and the classes are only on nights this is the way to learn. You have a teacher whenever you have the time to learn and with Craftsy the class is yours to use as often as you want and any time you want. There are a variety of classes to take so take a minute and see if something is calling your name. Just click here . Then come back and let me know what you will be learning at your leisure. You won't be sorry.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A Family Favorite

Judy over at Patchwork Times wants to know what your favorite recipe is using Eagle Brand Condensed Milk. The all time favorite around here is the Magic Cookie Bar recipe. I've made it for years and never have any leftovers for very long. I must admit that while I use what the recipe calls for I don't measure anymore. I add more chocolate chips and I use Pecans instead of Walnuts. This is the recipe from the Eagle Brand Website:

Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk

2 cups (12 oz. pkg.) semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 1/3 cups flaked coconut

1 cup chopped nuts


HEAT oven to 350°F. Coat 13 x 9-inch baking pan with no-stick cooking spray.

COMBINE graham cracker crumbs and butter in small bowl. Press into bottom of prepared pan. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumb mixture. Layer evenly with chocolate chips, coconut and nuts. Press down firmly with fork.

BAKE 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Loosen from sides of pan while still warm; cool on wire rack. Cut into bars or diamonds.

For perfectly cut cookie bars, line entire pan with foil, extending foil over edge of pan. Coat lightly with no-stick cooking spray. After bars have baked and cooled, lift up with edges of foil to remove from pan. Cut into bars.


SUBSTITUTE chocolate chips or nuts with candy coated pieces, dried cranberries, raisins, mini-marshmallows or butterscotch chips.

Nutritional Information Per Serving

Serving Size (1 bar, 1/24 of recipe), Calories 240 (Calories from Fat 140), Total Fat 16g (Saturated Fat 9g, Trans Fat 0g), Cholesterol 15mg, Sodium 80mg, Total Carbohydrate 24g (Dietary Fiber 2g, Sugars 19g), Protein 3g; Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 4%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 6%, Iron 6%.

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A Beautiful Day

One of the of the things I love about living here in the high desert are the glorious sunsets. This was tonight's. The last two days have been lovely pre-spring weather. Unfortunately, according to the weatherman we might have some more snow Friday evening and Saturday.

I've been doing alittle sewing and a little knitting and some reading. What have you been doing with your day?

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Another Mystery Quilt

I don't know what got into me but I'm doing another mystery quilt this time from Patchwork Times. These are my fabrics:

These are the blocks/units we made for step one:
 They are easy to do so far and the pieces are large. It is nice to do a mystery quilt with larger pieces for a change. You get one clue a month and it runs for a year.

Friday, February 1, 2013

E-Book Review

I was asked by Eric Woolf of Fons and Porter last fall to review their Log Cabin ebook. I told him I wouldn't be able to do so until after Christmas if that would work and he said that was fine.

I've been quilting for close to 27 years now and have done several log cabin quilts over the years. This is a nicely laid out basic ebook with 3 easy to do quilt patterns in it. There are cutting charts for the blocks and pictures so you can see what it should look like. There are also choices given for different layouts.  I would say it would be a good resource for a new or beginning quilter.  That being said I don't think quilters of several years expierence would look at this and say WOW I have to have this book.