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Inexpensive Gifts: Small Quilt

Small 16 block quilt with purple border, two extra pink blocks were used in the corners.
This quilt was a gift for my granddaughter.

Need an inexpensive, personal gift you can make yourself? How about making a small quilt.

Take two or three pieces of fabric that coordinate. Cut out a pattern from cardboard in the shape of a five inch square. Trace the square onto the fabric starting at the edge in the corner, so you do not waste fabric.  I traced ten squares and cut them out. I cut ten squares in order to make the border a little different. You may want to cut only eight. Go to the next fabric, again starting in the corner, trace another eight squares and cut them out. Hint: if your fabric is folded in half, you only have to trace four to cut out eight.

From the third fabric I cut out 18 squares. You will need twenty if you did not cut ten from the first fabric. Do you have access to a sewing machine? A sewing machine will make this project go much faster, but you can also sew it by hand. 

Next take one square from the third fabric and two from the other fabrics. Sew a square from the third fabric to a square from the second fabric. Next sew a square from the first fabric to the square from the second fabric. Then sew a square from the second fabric to the square of the first. Once more sew a square from the first to a square from the second. Finally sew on a square from the third fabric. Do the directions for this paragraph twice so you have two identical rows.

Basically you want to sew the squares strips to make the pattern you want. Sew the strips together to make the face of the quilt.

Now take one square from the third fabric and two from the other fabrics. Sew a square from the third fabric to a square from the first fabric. Next sew a square from the second fabric to the edge of the first fabric. Then sew a square from the first fabric to the square of the second fabric. Sew the rows together to complete the face.

The picture is of a pieced and quilted quilt. The backing has extra fabric that is about to be folded over for the border.
The quilt has been pieced and quilted. I left extra on the backing to fold over for a border.

After the face is sewn together, place a piece of batting between the face and the backing. Quilting is sewing through all layers. I made the backing larger than the quilt so I could fold it over to make the border. I used chalk and a yardstick to make a guide for my quilting.

After I quilted the face, I folded the border over and tucked in the cut edge of the fabric. With the sewing machine, I sewed over all the layers to secure the border. Quilt finished.

A small quilt can be used as a wall hanging for an adult. A small quilt is great for a baby to lie on. A small quilt can be a comfort to a small child. There is so much more love enfolded in a homemade gift because someone took their precious time to make a personal gift just for the recipient.

Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Cake

The recipe for : Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Cake was created by Carol Reen

This recipe was created to utilize the abundance of berries many of us have in our personal patches and of course to enjoy!!

1 teaspoon stevia   or    3/4 cup sugar blend    or    1 1/2 cup sugar

& 1/2 cup sugar

 

1 1/4 cup Canola oil.                                    Dry Ingredients

3 eggs.                                                                   1 cup whole wheat flour

4 cups fresh raspberries.                             2 cups white flour

1 teaspoon vanilla.                                          2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa

1 cup buttermilk

Marbling:

8 ounces cream cheese.                               1/4 cup sugar

1 egg.                                                                         1 cup chocolate chips

Beat sugar and oil until smooth. Add eggs one at a time. Beat in raspberries and vanilla. Mix dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.  Add some of the dry mixture and then some of the buttermilk to the sugar and oil mixture. Alternately adding wet and dry until both have been completely utilized. Pour into a greased 13×9 inch 

pan.

Beat the softened cream cheese with the 1/4 cup sugar and egg in a different bowl until well blended. I like to use the mixer for the cream cheese mixture. Spoon creamed mixture onto the top of the cake in the shape of a figure eight. Cut through the marbling mixture with a knife, with the goal of reaching the edges with the marble or cream cheese. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Bake 45 minutes to an hour at 350degrees. Insert toothpick, if it comes out clean, the cake is done. Do not poke a chocolate chip, doing so may mar your results. Let cool! Enjoy!

At the top of the recipe are three different options for sweetening this cake please choose: either 1 teaspoon stevia and 1/2 cup sugar or 3/4 cup sugar blend or 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Using all three would make the cake much too sweet.

Succulent Sausage Rolls

Looking for something new and delicious for Easter breakfast this year?

Succulent Sausage Rolls

We may have the right recipe for you! These rolls are a golden yellow color once they are baked. They smell delicious! The special ingredient that makes them moist is healthful for you! We can keep that ingredient a secret just between us.

Succulent Sausage Rolls

  • 2 tablespoons yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 cup cooked, mashed squash
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 cups flour
  • 2 one-pound packages breakfast sausages

1 cup of warm water into which you dissolve 2 tablespoons of yeast(that is 2 packages of yeast if you do not buy it in bulk.)

While the yeast is proofing, combine 1 egg, 2 teaspoons salt, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup butter, 1 cup cooked and mashed squash. There it is the ingredient you may just want to keep to your self! Mix the above ingredients together well. Then add the proofed yeast. Mix a little. Add the flour 1 cup at a time. First you will stir in the flour. As the mixture becomes thicker, you need to knead. Keep kneading and adding flour (up to 6 cups) until the dough is not too sticky. Make sure you use flour to get all the dough off the sides of the bowl also the spoon, and knead that in as well. The kneading should take about 5-6 minutes. Grease the bowl. Plop the dough into it, turn the dough over in the bowl. Cover the bowl and let it rise in a prewarmed oven of 180 degrees that is off, for one hour.

Frying breakfast sausages

Start frying the little breakfast sausages. 2  one pound packages should be enough. When they are all fried, cover them with aluminum foil to keep them warm.

Cutting triangles of dough

When the hour is over, knead the dough a few times. Flour part of your work surface.  Take a large handful of dough, place it in the center of the flour and roll it to about an eighth inch thickness. Trim off the ends to make a rough rectangle. Now cut the rectangle into triangles that start out about the width of the sausage and taper down to a point. See the picture above. Wrap a sausage in the triangle of dough starting at the wide end. See the picture below. When it is wrapped, place it on a greased tray. Repeat these steps until you you have all the sausages wrapped.

Rolling the dough around the sausage

If you still have dough left, take a small handful and roll it like you would to make a meatball. Place on the tray.  When all the dough has been utilized, cover the trays and let rise for 45 minutes. After 30 minutes has elapsed light the oven to 400 degrees. When the oven is at the correct temperature, place rolls in the oven and bake for 10 minutes until lightly browned. Serve warm.

Left-Dinner rolls
Right-Succulent sausage rolls

You can store the rolls in a plastic bag in the refrigerator overnight. Reheat the rolls at 400 degrees for 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

Take some time this weekend to ponder the questions: Is Jesus Lord of my life? Is Jesus Lord over every area of my Life?

Happy Easter Everyone!

Thank you to my son, Benjamin, who thought of the new idea!

Before Wrapping Up the Holidays, Get Prepared

The week after Christmas and the week after New Years are the best time to buy your wrapping paper and Christmas cards for next year. Next year will come, so why not save money and be prepared?

If you still have money left, sometimes you can get awesome deals on non perishable gifts that may be marked down as much as ninety percent. One year my teenage daughter went to the store for a Russian Christmas gift, she ended up getting a present of bath stuff for every woman on her list. She paid only ten percent of the retail price. A thirty dollar item cost her three dollars that is why she could get so many gifts.

Get a bin to keep them neat until Christmas comes again, which is sooner than you think. You should probably wait until at least October to wrap them so they look nice at Christmas. Ephesians 2:10 reads, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” If God takes time to be prepared, shouldn’t we?

Beware buyer! Don’t go overboard and buy more than usual or you won’t be saving money.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!