All posts filed under “Glimpses of Life

comment 0

Split Decision Quilt

My sister-in-law had requested a queen size quilt about 3 years ago and I finally was able to complete one for her.

Part of the “problem” is that when I first started learning how to sew and quilt, I asked people if I could make quilts for them so I would be able to practice. My sister-in-law was way down on the list of people who requested a quilt as I did them on a first-come first-serve basis.

The Split Decision pattern I used is by Weeks and Ringle from Modern Quilt Studios.

The pattern is very easy as it’s mainly long different sized strips of fabric. My sister-in-law chose her colors and I shopped for fabric. I used a tan color in the back.

Split Decision Quilt in Brown – Modern
Split Decision Quilt in Brown – Modern

On this quilt, I asked the long-armer to quilt it with long curves.

Split Decision Quilt in Brown – Modern

I think it came out quite nicely, no?

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
comment 0

The Cascade Quilt

It’s been a little while since I made this modern Cascade Quilt which turned out beautifully.

I purchased the kit that included all of the fabric except for the backing from the Craftsy website. It was easy to put together and I’ve received many compliments on it.

The Cascade Modern Quilt
The Cascade Modern Quilt

I love the bold colors of the varied fabrics.

For the backing, I chose a variegated green fabric. I sent the quilt to a long-armer and asked her to do swirls for the quilting.

What do you think of this quilt? Do you like modern or more classic style quilts?

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
comment 0

A Baby Girl Quilt

Babies, babies ~ lots of babies being born.  So I decided to gift a baby quilt and purchased a baby girl quilt kit called Lily & Loom Candy Splash from the Craftsy website.

The quilt was quite easy to make and came out very pretty.

Since the mother’s favorite colors are pink and purple I decided to make the back of the quilt pink and have it quilted with hearts ~ because it I made with love. Awwww … special.

Alondra’s Baby Quilt

It came out quite cute, wouldn’t you say?

Alondra’s Baby Quilt

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
comment 0

Grain Free Paleo Puffs

Grain Free Paleo Puffs

I’ve been searching for snack-y foods for a friend to munch on that was paleo friendly and came across the Grain Free Paleo Puffs at Whole Foods. Why not try it? I said to myself.

Although they don’t look very appetizing (beige food never does), they actually tasted quite good to me. There’s a small hint of cheese although there is no cheese in them.

Reviews varied though ~ out of four people who tried them at our house, 1 said “quite good,” another “alright,” the third said they weren’t good and the fourth said “okay.”

Grain Free Paleo Puffs

So ~ it will be up to your taste buds as to whether  you like them or not.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
comment 0

A Barn Quilt Tour

Barn Quilt, Minnesota

As I was reading the Sunday paper awhile ago, I saw an article about a barn quilt trail. Hmmm …. I said to myself.  What is a barn quilt trail?

As I continued reading the article I learned that it’s like a “tour” of barn quilt, and I was inspired to head on out to see it.  Turning to my husband  I said: “Let’s go for a drive today.” Poor thing.  He didn’t know what he agreed to ~ at least not initially.

My expectation of what a barn quilt trail was is quite different from what it actually is.  First, not all of the barn quilts are on barns.  Actually, none of the ones I saw were on barns.  Second, although I expected to see real fabric hanging from a “barn” (why would I think that?), the quilts are mainly painted on the side of buildings.

Off we went to the Chisago, Minnesota area.

Below are some of the ones I took pictures of ~

See the first one in the top right corner?

Barn Quilt, Minnesota

Barn Quilt, Minnesota

The colors are so vibrant on this one, eh?

Barn Quilt, Minnesota

Some of the barn quilts were smaller than I expected.

Barn Quilt, Minnesota

This next one seems kind’ve bland to me ~

Barn Quilt, Minnesota

I really like the pattern on this one. I wonder what the story behind it is …

Barn Quilt, Minnesota

This next barn quilt pattern reminds me of many I see on “regular” quilts.  This one was located at the Chisago Lakes Area Library.

Barn Quilt, Minnesota

Do you like this blue and yellow pattern?

Barn Quilt, Minnesota

The simple pattern and vibrant colors on this barn quilt make it stand out against the beige building.

Barn Quilt, Minnesota

The one below is one of my absolute favorites.

Barn Quilt, Minnesota

It was a pretty unique way to spend part of an afternoon.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
comment 0

A Walk in Afton State Park

Afton State Park, Minnesota

Sabbath – a day of rest and gladness.

As the end of summer nears, the air has gotten crisp with deep blue skies overhead.  A walk today at Afton State Park is the perfect way to enjoy one of Minnesota’s “top ten days.”   The label is given to days that are almost perfect.

The sound of small waves crashing onto the small beach is quite refreshing to the mind ~ a stark comparison to the “noise” in the world that leaves one with a feeling of unrest.

Afton State Park, Minnesota

It’s good to hear the laughter of people on their boats in the water.

Afton State Park, Minnesota

People walking dogs, animated talks among friends as they stroll down the trail, a couple looking out at the water and enjoying a gentle breeze ~

Quite a respite on the Sabbath.

Who could argue that God “got it right” when he said “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work.  But the Sabbath day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God.  In it you shall do no work … ”

 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
comment 0

Minnesota Acorns

This year we’ve had a bumper crop of acorns in Minnesota.

The last year I remember so many acorns falling was when my mother and aunts were visiting about 5 years ago.  We’d sit on the porch and it felt like it was raining acorns.

Minnesota Acorns

The walk to the mailbox down the long driveway is rather crunchy now.  I’ve spent many hours sweeping up these acorns and one thing I can tell you ~ in bulk, acorns are quite heavy!

Minnesota Acorns

At first, I thought that perhaps we were the only ones in the neighborhood having the oak babies falling but then I saw a news feature and it’s happening across Minnesota.

According to the article, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says this is quite normal. It’s called masting and means that oak trees are having a bumper crop this year.  One thought is that oak trees drop a bumper crop every now and again so that the squirrels (and any other critters who eat acorns) will not be able to eat them all so that baby oak trees can grow.

Perhaps this is God’s way of making sure trees continue to grow in spite of all the trees that are cut down.

About 3 years ago, I had quite a few saplings growing and had them all removed.  We already have so many trees that we didn’t more.

Are there other areas that are having bumper acorn crops this year?

 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
comment 0

An Instant Pot Duo Recipe

Instant Pot Beef Stew

I was recently gifted the Instant Pot Duo ~ well, 3 months have past since I was gifted it but that’s another story.

The Instant Pot looks more complicated than my rice cooker but so far it appears to be easy to use.

I did have to deal with a psychological block: when we were at a friend’s for lunch a few years back, she had used a pressure cooker to make her lentil beans and while we were waiting for them to cook, the pressure cooker blew up in her kitchen and we spent lots of time cleaning lentils from the walls, cabinets, ceiling and floors.

So ~ with that small (uh, large) remembrance in mind, I stealthily tiptoed around the Instant Pot making sure I read all the directions.

There is one very small piece of instruction that I believe they left out ~ well, I can’t find it in my User Manual.  When you start the Instant Pot (once everything is in the pot and the lid is securely closed), it has to warm up before it actually starts.  The “Keep Warm” button was lit when I started my recipe and it didn’t turn off until the Instant Pot reached its desired temperature to begin.

Instant Pot Duo

That made me a little nervous because I assumed I had done something wrong but two recipes later and that seems to be a pattern ~ well, okay, two times is not much of a pattern but it’s what I’ve got right now.

The first recipe I made was one I found on the internet for a beef stew.  In our household the reviews were mixed “it was okay” to “it was very good.”  Of course, when I make a new recipe I usually introduce it to the family with “you will love this!”  I find the brain has a funny way of enveloping what it’s told although quite honestly, my husband’s brain is a little harder to deal with (laughing).

I have to say that I deviated a little from the original beef stew recipe by Damn Delicious. I didn’t add Worcestershire sauce, caraway seeds nor celery.  I tend to like my soups less complicated.  I also replaced the all purpose flour with tapioca flour (a habit from my paleo days). In spite of that it came out great!

Instant Pot Beef Stew

Looking scrumptious, eh?

Instant Pot Beef Stew

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
comment 0

A Visiting Racoon

A month or so ago, my son was on the back porch looking through binoculars to see what he could see on our acre of land.

Unbeknown to me, a raccoon had set up house in a hole of a large tree.

Well, raccoons aren’t normally friendly creatures (or so I’ve heard).  They also scavenge trash cans and find bird feeders that they can rummage through.  Fortunately for us, our trash cans are inside the garage and the bird feeders are quite high ~ even our most ambitious squirrel has not been able to get to our bird feeders.

Every day we watched the racoon as he would scamper down and head to a watering hole on the other side of our back fence.  He was quite consistent in his actions.

One day, we noticed that the racoon was not making as much movement as before. It seemed to have settled into the tree hole.  Hmmm … I told my son that I thought this was a female racoon and so I named it Germaine.

Raccoon in Tree

Germaine eventually came down to go back to the watering hole in the back.  A couple of times it lumbered towards our house and I yelled “Germaine ~ you can’t come this way” and she immediately scampered back to the tree.  Of course, I don’t know how often she tried but the two times I saw her she appeared scared enough to return to her place.

One afternoon, my son said “Mom, you have to see this.”

Germaine had had 3 babies.

As the babies grew, we watched as they tried to scamper down the tree only to be pulled back into the hole by mama Germaine.  She was quite adamant that these babies were not yet ready to head down the tree.  They were persistent but she overcame their persistence.

A couple weeks went by and there were no raccoon sightings.  Every morning, afternoon and evening we searched for the little raccoon family but they were not to be found.

A few weeks later, my son (who seems to be looking for wildlife all the time) called out again: Mom!

I hurried over and walking along the edge of our property was Germain with, not three, but five baby raccoons behind her.  She lumbered along and passed the tree that she at one time had made her home ~ onward to the back of our property.

Since then, we haven’t seen her although there have been sightings on some of our neighbors properties.

Raccoon in Tree

This was the first time we had raccoons on our property.  People I spoke with told me it was probably a female who would give birth then move on.  They were right.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email