Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Quilting is important to me.

Growing up there never seemed to be enough money to go around, but
there was always food on the table and we always had plenty of quilts for
warmth. Some of my fondest memories from my childhood days include
watching my Mom make quilts.

Throughout the year she would save every little piece of material and
any worn out clothing that could not be worn again.  Patchwork quilts
were often made from used scraps of old worn clothing and were cut
to fit together to form a block. Mom would be in the living room with
her huge pillowcase full of scraps of material figuring out a design for
our next family quilt.

Mom would use a Sears and Roebuck Catalog to draw on a quilt pattern.
I guess she was one of the early recyclers. Anyway she would use this to
cut out pattern pieces. That is why it is called piecing a quilt, piecing the
scraps together as though she was putting together a jig-saw puzzle. Mom
would hand sew all her pieces together and most of the time she would tie
the top with red or orange yarn. 

Quilting is passed down through generations in most families.  My grandmother
quilted, my mother quilted and I even try my hand at quilting. Quilting is a way
of expressing your artistic abilities with one-of-a-kind designs and patterns,
and can also be a very relaxing hobby.

 I have made all of my grandchildren a baby quilt.  I like for my daughters to
pick out the fabric for the quilt.  So that is a very special day to go to JoAnns
Fabric to shop for our future grandchild's first quilt. I like all the colors that
they have chosen and when I look at these quilts I think about the day we
picked out the fabric.  Good memories.

Claudia's Quilt

Alex's Quilt

Clark's Quilt


Jett's Quilt
Joesph Quilt

Friday, March 18, 2011

Summer Twin Does

On Saturday, March 12, Summer kidded with twin does.  She is a Leo daughter and was bred to Walker.  Walker throws a lot and I mean a lot of black kids.  So I expected black kids again.  Summer surprised us with twin does which are blonde and red. All are doing great.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Alex turns 2

Our grandson, Alex, turned 2 years old yesterday. He is our oldest son, Scott, and Krystsina's little boy. They are such good parents and so patient with Alex. Krystsina fixed a lunch of a mexican casserole that I just loved. I asked her for the recipe which is below.

Jeff and I had so much fun watching Alex open his presents and eating his birthday cupcakes.

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

1 (16 ounce) container sour cream
1 (16 ounce) jar salsa
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
1/4 cup diced onion
2 (4 ounce) cans green chile peppers , diced and drained
1 (8 ounce) can black beans, drained
6 (12 inch) corn tortillas, cut into strips
6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cooked and shredded
4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a large bowl, mix sour cream, salsa, cream of chicken soup, onion, green chile peppers and black beans.
Layer the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish with 1/3 tortilla strips. Top with 1/3 chicken, 1/3 sour cream mixture and 1/3 Cheddar cheese. Repeat layering with remaining ingredients.
Bake in the preheated oven 20 to 30 minutes, or until golden and bubbly. Let stand about 10 minutes, or as long as you can stand it!!! You're done!
* I cook chicken in slow cooker with taco seasoning (that was also recommended in reviews to this recipe).
* Serve with Rice-A-Roni Mexican Style rice-pasta mix and refried beans.