Magnanimously homeschooling, worshiping, creating.......

Join us on a journey of faith, healing, learning to live with part of our hearts missing, and recovery, as our family rebuilds our lives, after our son's long battle with cancer....and his eventual rise on eagle's wings into Heaven...victory is his...he is serving the King!!!

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.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Week 2 Machine Quilting Blog Hop....finally!

Week 2 machine quilting blog hop, which I was and am so excited about, is finally happening over here, even though I had to put it on hold for a couple weeks. Much of week 1 and then some was covered for week 1 with my nieces quilt. Pics coming soon of the entire quilt.
I found some fun panels for only .88 at thrift store last week, and they are perfect for creating practice sandwiches. I love getting to go through the many new quilty patterns. Some styles I have literally never quilted before! This is a great experience for me.
Here is what I have done so far this week.

Pebbles and Switchbacks. 

Straight lines. Fun, but difficult without the walking foot. 
Not bad, do you think?

Wood grain, which was just weird. I will have to practice. 
I did, however, get lots of compliments on this.

Wavy lines. Fun, but nothing fancy.
Practice makes progress. 
I will keep practicing.

I will see you soon for week #3.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Niece's Graduation Quilt 2017

Here, I am getting ready to put on the binding. I really love binding and pictures of binding!!

Kitty always loves to be the first to try out the quilt, to make sure it is nice and soft.

Just needs a label.

Kitty is helping me bind the quilt. 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Machine Quilting Blog Hop

I will be attempting stitching along with the #MachineQuiltingBlogHop? It started on Monday, and we are working our way through The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting by Angela Walters and Christa Watson. 
I will be honest. I forgot, so when it came time to start quilting my nieces quilt that I am trying to finish in time for graduation, I simply dug in with curvy floral triangles and swirls for the white portion of my churn dash block quilt. I am starting sashing now, so I will be working on the week #1 Plumb line 
I have always and still do LOVE machine quilting. I hadn't actually done it in quite some time, so although I have some experience, I am starting over a bit, and hoping to get better and better each day.

 Here is my swirls and florals on my churn dash block quilt.

Excuse me!!!
Did you know that cats love to quilt too? #catslovetoquilttoo Every quilter I have come across with cats would wholeheartedly agree! 

Ok, there. Now I have officially worked some plumb line action. I have to say, I thought these ribbons would be super boring, but they gave me tremendous quilting pleasure! Not to mention, they are just cool looking. 

Switchbacks, which I turned into very wide ones, but I actually loved better. Really have to work on the start/ stops. Also, the sashing is a challenging spot to quilt. Oh my!
I am loving this quilt.

I will continue to post here on my progress. Meanwhile, I will try to update all of my projects I have made this year, which is something I really want to do for myself, to have a record and visual of what I have done over the years.

Magnanimous quilty blessings to you!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

My Always Incomplete List of Books 2017

My books of 2016

  • far from the madding crowd
  • Call the Midwife Trilogy
  • left behind the kids
  • the birth order book~~again
  • great expectations

Hello again!

I surely would like to keep more active on here, if for no other reason than to keep track of all my quilty/ crafting activity and other major life happenings.
I love to keep track of my reading, and the reading of my children, which for the littles, is pretty out of my control now, since they are so grown up and independent. I only have two of my four little precious gifts home with me and they are now a Sophmore and Junior!
Where does the time go??

So, here is a picture of my sweet kitties for you to enjoy. We were so blessed by God to get these two little snickers of sweetness. 
Our first cat, Houdini (changed from Skittles due to her amazing ability to get out of any type of contraption to keep her contained), is our tabby orphan kitty. She has brought us such joy after our big loss of our Brave boy. We fed her and since my allergies seemed to have become 'outgrown', we kept her. She however, is not a 'cuddly or lap cat', so soon we found ourselves able to get our kitty loving hands on a second cat, we were so thankful!
Introducing our little Misumi. It is Japanese, named by our daughter, meaning 'pure beauty'. She was from a litter of a friend, whose cat was a good mama, nursed her babies, she purrs easily and loves to cuddle!!
Above is another spot she loves to stretch out upon, in the evenings, as we are settling down. 
We are in love!!
Now, stay tuned for more fiber n' fabric adventures as I share what I am doing.
I will update my list starting in 2017 just to start somewhere and not worry about back tracking too much, although I would love to get 2016 listed as well.


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Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of the American Language defines Magnanimity as such:
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.