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Friday, May 11, 2018

Ninja Boy's Flannel Rag Quilt

I finished this quilt for the third born way back in November, but as you can see, I fail to get these things documented in a timely manner. lol
 Love that boy's smile!

We have fabric protecting, project supervising cats around here. 
Above is a better look at the color of the blanket.

He loves it, by the way. A special thanks  to my hubby for helping with all of the cutting of the edges. 

Monday, October 23, 2017

My Favorite Gluten Free Banana Bread I Have Made So Far

   My Favorite Gluten Free Banana Bread I Have Made So Far

         I have made some yummy banana bread before, and I've gotten a fair knack of replacing the wheat in a recipe, but this one is my all time favorite, so far.  Moist, fresh, and doesn't 'taste' gluten free.

1 Cup Ground White Buckwheat Flour (you know this is one of my favorite gf ingredients)
1/3 Cup Almond Flour not quite full, add some Brown Rice Flour to top it off. (I buy this and keep a small 1 lb package in the freezer)
3/4 tsp baking powder 
3/4 tsp baking soda 
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 ripe bananas peeled and cut into small pieces
2 eggs 
2/3 cup granulated sugar ( I used a healthier sugar)
1/3 cup plain yogurt ( I used full fat yogurt)
2 1/2tbsp unsalted butter (can replace with non dairy)
2 1/2 tbsp vanilla 
1/4 cup walnuts (optional)

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly spray your loaf pan, I used the longer version, seen above, and love how it heated it through, perfectly. It is a Norpro and it is approx 11.5" x 4.5".
Insert metal blade of your processor, pulse to combine the flour, baking powder and soda, salt, and nuts, about 5 times. You can use a 5x9.
Reserve in bowl.
Process banana until pureed, about 30 seconds. Scrape work bowl and process another 10 seconds. Add eggs, sugar, yogurt, butter and vanilla extract. Process until well combined, about 10-15 secs. Add dry ingredients. Pulse until flour is just mixed, about 5 to 6 times.
Pour into prepared pan. Bake until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. (50 approx for 5x 9 pan)

Monday, August 21, 2017

Daughter's Sweet 16 Swoon Pattern Quilt is Finished!!

 I actually finished this a couple weeks ago, and she has been loving and enjoying it ever since. 
I am so proud of this. 
This quilt was made with lots of love piecing and quilting on my domestic machine. 
Finished size 
81" X 81"

 She chose owls for the back! Very cute and whimsical.

Some close up looks at my quilting. I pre-designed my plan for each block, 
with only small subtle differences.
Swirls around the sashing and borders.

A close up of the quilting from the back.

She loves it!
I love her!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Sweet 16 Progress

The sashing has been now complete.
I decided to do this at home and not rent the long arm. 
I really wanted to do it all myself and save some money!

 Borders are on.
 Cute 'owly' backing is ready. 
 It's a sea of owls.
 Misi loves to be very involved with each quilt.
Here we go...quilting in the ditch first. So excited!!

More Machine Quilting Pictures From Niece's Quilt

Here are some extra photos of the quilt for my niece.
The first free motion design is a motif that I have designed myself. It works very well in the middle of the quilt block.

 Sorry about the

This was so fun to make and to work on my own free motion quilting at home. Loved it and improved tremendously.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Tastes Just Like Gluten Filled Chocolate Chip Cookies!

The very best gluten free cookie cookie that I have ever made, 
that tastes just like a real gluten filled cookie!!
It was a big hit, even with the non-gluten eating folks around here.

As I have stated before, when I am making homemade gf goodies,  I prefer to use ingredients without the use of starchy fillers to replace the flour portion of the cookie. I also LOVE almond flour, but like to use it in small doses for the sake of taste AND for the sake of cost effectiveness!

Here it is:

Tonya's Tastes Just Like Gluten Filled Chocolate Chip Cookies!
1 cup butter unsalted softened
3/4 c granulated sugar (just under)
3/4 c  packed brown sugar (just under)
1 egg
2 1/4 c flour mixture see below
1 1/2 c buckwheat flour ( I use fresh ground from hulless berries)
1/2 c almond flour 
1/4 c brown rice flour

2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2/3 bag of chocolate chips (use however many you want)
1 cup of chopped nuts (optional)

Heat oven to 375 degrees. 
Bake for 10-12 minutes, which will vary according to you oven, 
however, watch for some browning around the edge, then after
removing from oven, let sit for 2-3 minutes, then 
transfer to a cooling rack.

These were soooo good.
Buckwheat is my new favorite gluten free replacement option. It is sooo good for you and very affordable. I love the combo of almond flour, which is a bit pricey for our budget, so we will often use that in combination with buckwheat, which adds to taste and nutrition, but uses less at a time.

Hope you enjoy our recipe creations!!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Week 3 Quilting Blog Hop


I will admit, I did rush through this week a bit. I have trouble getting a chance to work on the quilting every single day, but I had fun practicing each one here. I did not do any that required my walking foot. I will save that for another day.

I worked on the some irregular zig zags.

Uneven chevrons.

Wavy and straight lines. Straight lines not shown.

Continuous curve flower.

Geometric Quilting

I went over some more pebbles and then had 
some fun around this duck, as this is my 
natural fun quilting of choice.


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MAGNANIM'ITY, n. [L. magnanimitas; magnus, great, and animus, mind.] Greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence, which makes him disdain injustice and meanness, and prompts him to sacrifice personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects.