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One Hour Basket

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With my crazy work schedule I finally got to spend sometime sewing this weekend. I currently belong to a private group on Facebook called ” Crafty Gemini’s Crafters” and we share different ideas and ask questions about anything from sewing to quilting. So if you are into sewing or quilting this is the perfect group to join.

Within the group I noticed people posting pictures of these pretty baskets and thought I would give it a try. It was very easy to make and does not take a long time to make. Here is the link to the tutorial for the 1 hour basket. I made the basket with home dec fabric along with interfacing to the exterior fabric. Doing so the basket will hold its shape. Also, I did not add handles to the basket, but next time I think I will add them. Well thats it for now! Everyone have a great week and have some fun along the way.

Sharon

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Quilts for Kids

Hi everyone! If you are a quilter make sure to check out the website http://www.quiltsforkids.org. I have personally ordered several kits from this organization and have been very pleased. Also, its for a great cause too. The organization will send you a kit which includes fabric, quilting directions along with a label. There is no cost for the kit, but you will need to pay postage to send the completed quilt back. The postage is not that much. So don’t forget and check out the website. Happy quilting! Sharon

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Quilts of Valor

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Our quilting guild got together and decided to make some quilts for a charity Quilts of Valor. We had a lot of fun sewing a new pattern and knowing a wounded soldier would receive a quilt for comfort. Be sure to check out their website. There are many patterns you can choose from on their website along with directions. Apparently, Buddy thinks the quilt is for him. LOL!

 

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Hi Everyone!

The past two weeks has been an emotional roller coaster ride for my husband and I. It all started with a phone call from my father-in-law saying my mother-in-law had a heart attack and was in the hospital. The doctors said she needed three by passes and two holes on the heart that needed patched.The doctors informed us that most people do not survive this type of heart attack.

The doctors decided to let my mother-in-law gain some strength before the surgery she was facing. While gaining some of her strength back, her kidneys were not working probably. So the doctors decided to go forward with the surgery on Mother’s Day. The surgery lasted about eight hours and she did well. Immediately after surgery she was taken to the ICU unit and had two nurses with her at all time.

The first couple of days after the surgery she was sleeping a lot. However, when I would ask her a question she would move her head. So, I knew at that point she could hear what people were saying. Each day she has improved and seems to be moving in the right direction. As of  last night, the doctors have taken her off the dialysis machine and she has only one IV in. Hopefully in a couple of days she will go to a regular room.

Once my husband and I saw his mother improving we decided to head home. Now we are just trying to unwind and get things back to normal. Thought I would share with you what has happened the past two weeks. Take care!

Sharon

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Chicken Gumbo

Chicken Gumbo

We are having some cool weather down here in Tampa FL. and it is nice for a change. So I decided to make a pot of Chicken Gumbo for dinner this evening and it was so good! I love this recipe because it is really easy to make and you can even cook the Chicken Gumbo in a crock pot and let it simmer all day. Some of us as we age have to watch our waist line and this recipe is Low Fat and you can not tell the difference.

So ladies grab your apron and we are going to make some Chicken Gumbo for dinner!

Ingredients needed:

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 small onion, chopped

1 large green bell pepper, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

3 1/2 tablespoons whole wheat flour

2 1/2-3 cans (14 1/2 ounces each) reduced  sodium chicken broth

3/4 cup crushed tomatoes

1 pound  boneless chicken, cut into bite size pieces

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 bay leaf

1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper

1 tablespoon chopped parsley

cooked long grain rice or brown rice

1 box (10 ounces) frozen cut okra

kielbasa  sausage

In a crock pot add the following ingredients: onion, green pepper, garlic clove, chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, ground black pepper, chicken, dried thyme, bay leaf, ground red pepper, chopped parsley. Stir all the ingredients together well and simmer on low all day.

45 minutes before serving add the flour,okra, and kielbasa. Cook the rice according to package and serve over the Chicken Gumbo.

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Embroidery

Well hello my peeps! Did not realize that it has been a while since I have posted anything. I decided that I would give embroidery a try and I really enjoyed it so thought I would show you how my project turned out. Night time is when I did a lot of the embroidery while watching tv. On this particular project I used the back-stitch and found it to be the easiest to work with.