Here are some recipes that I have created to address the problem of cookbook ingredients being too expensive and too hard to find. I tried to use common, inexpensive ingredients, but still make something good and healthy. A few of the recipes use stuff that can be found at any health food store, but most ingredients can be bought at any grocery store. Some of the recipes are my own creations, and some are adapted from other recipes to be healthy versions of the originals. 

Also, one thing I like to do is make a big pot at one time and portion out individual servings into 2 cups containers and freeze for later. This makes it really easy on busy days to grab a meal, heat it up, and stay on track with the healthy eating.

Chicken Fajita Soup.docx

Turkey Meatball Stew.docx

Blended Soup.docx

Beet Soup.docx

Chicken Fajitas.docx

Tuna Rolls.docx

Vegetable Quiche.docx

Breakfast Burritos.docx

Carrot Cake.docx

Chicken Salad.docx

Grilled Steak Salad.docx

Skillet Spaghetti Toss.docx

Pepper Cornbread Muffins.docx

Quinoa Salad.docx

Half-Moon Cucumber Salad.docx

Mixed Bean Salad.docx

Sweet Potato Fries.docx

Hummus.docx

I hope all these links will work for everyone. If they don't, I'll try to come up with another way to post them. I'm pretty sure all the recipes have been tested and will work fine, but just in case, if anyone has any problems with them let me know and I'll try to fix them. Otherwise, enjoy and share with anyone you'd like. Like I said, most of these are my own recipes, so they are copyright free.

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This is a small quilt, probably gonna be a wall hanging, that I still gotta quilt. I made it from a 5" charm pack of batiks that I got from Keepsake Quilting. I was just playing around mostly, and thought it would be a good size quilt to practice some FMQ. I'm still trying to get the hang of FMQ.

This is month one of the Civil Wars BOM quilt I've been working on. I'm a few months behind on it right now. Maybe I'll get caught up soon.

This next one is a baby quilt I have been playing around with. The bears are preprinted blocks that I have been adding embroidery to to make them look appliqued. I'm still playing around with the layout.

That's all I have pictures off right now. I'll try to get pictures of some more stuff I'm working on and post them later. I'm trying to get an idea of what all I have in the works right now so I can make a list of projects to finish in 2011 before starting anything else. Not sure how well it will work, but I'm gonna give it a shot.

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Card Trick. Didn't have time to get the info for these either.

Dutch Doll.

This next quilt I also saw at another quilt show. I don't know who made it or the name, but I know the hostess said it took the maker 5 years to make, and it was hand quilted, and that it was a wedding quilt for the maker's daughter. Also, it has a large Mickey Mouse embroidery on the back bottom corner.

Crazy Quilt by Phyllis Nichols

Some of you will know for sure, but I think this is a Dear Jane.

The next quilt was hand appliqued.

And this is the label for the above quilt.

The next 2 are memory quilts made for brothers from their father's shirts.

This is the label from one of the memory quilts.

This next picture is of Tinnie Pettway and her daughter Claudia Pettway Charley. Tinnie (pronounced Tiny) is one of the original members of the Gee's Bend Collective. She, her sister Minnie, and her daughter now have their own organization called That's "Sew" Gee's Bend, where they sell their quilts and the quilts of other quilters from Gee's Bend who are not still members of the Collective. The other pictures are of their quilts, most of which are available for purchase through their website www.geesbend.net.

I think this one is called Bullseye.

This next one was by far my favorite. If only money were no object for me, this quilt would be hanging in my house.

I did get a potholder from Tinnie's line of products called Tinnie Pieces with Minnie Designs, and her book Gee's Bend Experience which she signed to me. We had a great time this year at the Collinsville Quilt Walk and hope to go again next year.

 

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These next 4 are by Izola Ragan. A Cathedral Window quilt.

Turkey Tracks.

A crochet Granny Square blanket on point.

The next 3 are by Vanessa Chambers.

 

 

 

The next 5 pictures are quilts by Ruby Myer.

 

 

 

 

 

Cathedral Window by Louise Clayton.

 

Umbrella Girls by Rebecca Clayton.

 

The next 2 are called Trip for "2" to Boston and are by Winnie Greeson and Debbie Mueller.

 

Some Take Fives.

Crazy Eight by Mary Krinhop.

 Didn't get the name for this one.

Some sampler quilts in different color ways.

Snow, Rocks and Horses by Sue O'Brien. If you look closely you can see the horses in this one.

Another sampler.

Patriotic quilts in different color ways.

Playing with Crayons by Sue O'Brien

Didn't have names for these.

Christmas Table Topper by Debbie Mueller.

Pictures taken in the Christmas room.

The Quilt Room by Vickie Tanguay.

These next several pictures were taken in the same historic home. I was unable to get the information for most of these due to the crowd of people waiting their turn. I was simply trying to get as many pictures of the quilts as I could as I was herded through.

I was able to read the tag on this one. It's Clematis Flower by Vickie Tanguay.

That's all for part 2. Part 3 to follow.

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Here are the pictures I took Saturday at the 2010 Collinsville Quilt Walk in Collinsville, Alabama. This event is held every year to raise money for the restoration of the Collinsville Public Library. I have 101 pictures to show you, so this could take awhile.

Star of Bethleham by LaTara Jenkins

This next one is a Christmas Tree quilt. I didn't get the name of the maker.

A Trip Around the World quilt.

 

American Stars and Hearts by Virginia Tidwell

This next one is a military t-shirt quilt.

Patriotic Triangles by Joyce Foster

 

A military BDU quilt.

 

These next 3 are by Virginia Tidwell again. She had quite a few quilts in the show. Beautiful applique work.

Sunbonnet Sue

 

Sam Playing

Love Knot with Lap it Up border

 

Coming of Maxine by Eileen Cundiff

 

These quilts are displayed everywhere in the churches and historic homes of Collinsville, and I couldn't always get a picture of the whole quilt.

This next quilt is by Reba Vaughn

Some pictures of the quilts in one of the churches.

 

A sampler quilt by Mary Alice Hart.

A Broken Star quilt.

 

More pictures in the church.

Lone Star by Rubye Fox

 

Tree of Life. I think this is another one by Virginia Tidwell.

More by Virginia Tidwell including Double Wedding Ring and Friend Tile quilts.

 

Star Struck by Sharon Hood.

 

A cross-stiched quilt. I think this was also by Virginia Tidwell.

More pictures inside the church.

 

Stack-N-Whack by LaTara Jenkins. The label said this was her first quilt.

 

Inside the church again.

 

A quilt by Phyllis Morse.

 

And this is a Christmas Double Wedding Ring by Eileen Cundiff. The pieces were so small and the piecing so precise, I could have sworn it was a cheater quilt until I got a closer look.

 

That's all for part 1. Part 2 to follow shortly.

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Hello everyone! I have been a member of QCA for going on two years and have been lurking around the forums for a few weeks now. I finally decided it was time to introduce myself and tell you all a little about me. First off, I would like to say thanks to Diane Morgan for inspiring me to jump in and create a blog. Second, thanks to all you wonderful ladies on here who have been entertaining and educating me over the last few weeks. I already feel like I know some of you, and I talk about you to my DH all the time.

So here goes. I have been married to my wonderful husband for 9 years this September (he is a terrible enabler for my craft hobbies). We have 2 crazy kitties, Buddy is 9 and Festus 4. That's Festus in the title bar at the top of the screen. And this is Buddy:

 

I don't have any children, so the kitties are my babies. ;) I spoil them rotten every chance I get.

I live in northeast Alabama, and have lived here my whole life. I consider myself very fortunate to have grown up in a quilting family. All my grandmothers made quilts, and most of my aunts know how to quilt. My father's mom taught me how to piece by hand when I was 10 or 12, and my mother's mom taught me to quilt by hand shortly afterwards. She also bought me my first sewing machine when I was 15. I completed my first quilt, a nine-patch, a year later. Unfortunately, I am the only granddaughter in my family that quilts or does any sort of crafts.

I also knit, crochet, cross-stitch, bead, scrapbook, and anything else I can get my hands on. Sometimes I think I have Crafter's ADHD as I love to start projects, but have a hard time finishing them. I also tend to go through spells of just doing one kind of craft for months at a time until I get tired of it, then I rotate to something else for awhile. Recently it was knitting for 2 years, but now I'm on a quilting kick.

Now for the boring bits, my job. I work night shift as a 911 dispatcher in the county where I live. I sit in a little room full of computers in the basement of the sheriff's office and answer phones and talk on the radio for 12 hours with only me and my DH, who has been my co-worker for 10 years. The only explaination I have for how that has worked out for us is that we don't know any different. We have always worked together.

Since I work nights, I do most of my quilting and sewing at night as well, and most of my time online is also at night. I don't really have any pictures of my current projects to show you right now. I promise to have some as soon as I find the USB cable for my camera. In the mean time I have this:

 A pair of socks I knit last year. This picture was taken at work. That's DH in the background. And this:

 A UFO block my DH and I were playing around with last year.

And here is another picture of Festus:

 He is a horrible productivity buster. He thinks I am suppose to hold him all the time so he can sleep. That's all for now. I will post more pics later.

 

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