Friday, February 27, 2015

Bees Play A Vital Role In Our Lives-Pesticides Kill Bees

It isn't every day that I would post something like this. We personally have a beehive and we know the benefits that bees provide. Pesticides kill bees. There is a petition that if you believe like we do, we would appreciate it if you could sign it.

From the petition:

Any day now, the White House Pollinator Health Task Force is expected to announce its federal strategy regarding the Obama administration’s plan to protect America’s endangered pollinators. For the nearly a decade, honey bees across the U.S. have experienced an alarming decline in numbers, with massive bee die-offs being reported by American honey producers and in the media.
So far, the White House task force has not focused one of the primary threats to bees and other pollinators:pesticide exposure!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Zoo and Ladybug Quilt

I have been going through my photos on my computer and it is bring back wonderful memories. I have not made too many quilts in my life time, but I made some for some great nieces. Below are a couple of the quilts that I have made. I am in no way a good quilter, but I enjoyed doing the embroidery work. My next quilts won't be done for some time and will be reserved for grandchildren.

Shown above is the zoo quilt

The ladybug quilt.

Special Custom BBQ Aprons

I really thought that I had posted these pictures. I was asked if I could make 40 Holstein cow aprons. The company also wanted to have their new logo stitched on the pockets. After several conversations back and forth, the aprons were finished. Wow! I looked at my records and I can't believe that this was done back in 2013.

When I think back, I have had a lot of custom orders from customers. 

The gorgeous apron shown above just shouts Spring!
The above apron was made for a cook off competition. The other apron is shown towards the bottom of this post. I am always happy to make aprons for your special events.

 Another perfect spring apron for a happy customer

 The above aprons were made for the two wonderful women who prepared the food for my mother-in-law's 90th birthday party celebration.
 Tea anyone? This turned out so sweet.
The above apron was done for a cook off competition. 
The above apron, if I ever made again, would have to be modified from the original pattern. This apron was done for a apron swap. I really like the way that it came out.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tomato Basil Soup

I don't remember where I got this recipe, otherwise I would give them credit.
Tomato Basil Soup

3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 - 14 oz. cans of crushed tomatoes
1 - 14 oz. can of whole tomatoes
2 cups of stock (chicken or vegetable)
1 tsp of sea salt
1 tsp of sugar
1/2 tsp of fresh ground black pepper
1/4 cup of heavy cream
3 tablespoons of fresh basil, julienned
parmesan cheese

In a saucepan, saute garlic in olive oil on medium heat for 1 minute - being careful not to burn the garlic.  Add the crushed tomatoes.  Add the whole tomatoes one at a time, squeezing them into the pan to break them up.  Add the juice from the whole tomatoes, as well.  Add chicken stock, salt, pepper and sugar.  Cook the soup on medium at a simmer for 10 minutes.  

To finish, reduce the heat to low and stir in heavy cream and basil.  

I ran out of fresh basil, so I used dried basil. I also didn't have cream, so I used plain almond milk. Since I have used the plain almond milk in soups, I thought that I would try it. I also chose to use the vegetable broth.The soup was delicious. Sorry, that I didn't take any pictures. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

New Hostess Aprons at

These beautiful hostess aprons, combine vintage lace, gorgeous floral fabrics, and pretty eyelet trim. Each one is unique. You won't find anything quite like it anywhere. Below are some of the latest aprons that we have listed on the website. Please be sure to check them out.

Gorgeous teacups on a pink background.

Gorgeous pink roses on a pretty blue background.
 Vintage rose floral.
This apron is so dainty with the lavender roses .

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