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    Super Member QuiltingNinaSue's Avatar
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    DD, you are in the home stretch, lovely blocks, and good sounding cookies! Thanks, Carrie, for the green and purple hint...I know Mirabelle uses different colors so effectively in quilts, but her rose pony quilt is really striking. AS her
    Aqua blue one was also very nice and her embroidery blocks were too....DD with her blues and grannyQ with her purple...or do I have that turned around??? I am so impressed with all the lovey blocks I have seen on this site. ..good use of color, design and workmanship.

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    Some of my favorite cookies - here are the links, as I got them out of the Taste of Home Magazine:

    http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/D...-Pecan-Cookies

    http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/D...Cherry-Cookies

    http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Crispy-Date-Bars

    I have a few others, but couldn't find the recipe quickly.
    "You have enough quilts made when your soul is filled, your creativity satisfied and your fingers just won't work anymore."

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    DD, I love your quilt blocks! You have such great contrast in your blocks and they look great all together like that. I'm getting inspired to keep sewing my rows together! Great job.

    Thanks for all the cookie recipes. Jeanie, Taste of Home is my favorite magazine and website. I love almost all their recipes--they use normal ingredients that I actually have around; some magazines use such weird things that I'd have to run out just to get them.

    Everyone is probably going to be very busy over the next few days so I'll wish yinz all a very Merry Christmas tonight. Hope you have lots of fun, family, and love over the holidays. I feel so blessed to have hooked up with this pony ride and consider you part of my family. Peace & joy to all.

    PS: anything eaten on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day contains NO calories!
    Imagine all the people living life in peace...(John Lennon 1940-1980)

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    I don't have any exciting recipes to share. Mostly I just make chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies. The ones posted here sure look yummy though!!

    We celebrated Christmas with my mom and her husband tonight. They kept the kids last night so we had a nice day just the two of us. Then tonight when they got home we had cookies, tea/cocoa and exchanged gifts. I got money for my sewing machine stash. I want to get a Janome 6600.

    DH's family gets together on Monday, so we will stop by DMIL's house for a little bit to say hi to all. Christmas Eve and Day are spent together as a family.

    Today while kids were gone, DH and I were watching a movie so I cut some squares for "leaders and enders" (I think that is what they are called). Had fabric cut for a pattern that now I don't think I will ever make so decided to cut them into squares to make some 9-patch blocks...probably will end up D9Ps. I will start joining these in between adding sashing to my Rosie blocks. I also pinned layers and cut fabric for a kaleidoscope quilt I have started.

    I want to get back to finishing one UFO a month like I did through the summer. Since I have blocks made for both PC and Rosie as well as stuff cut and sewn for other quilts it is a reasonable goal.

    Merry Christmas to all!

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    DD your quilt will be beautiful, can't wait to see it finished, you are definitely on the home straight now.

    All these cookie recipes are making me hungry will find my favourite chocolate slice recipe tomorrow.

    JanRN I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas, chat to you in the New Year
    Karen

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    As promised here is my favourite recipe

    Chocolate Coconut Bars

    4oz butter
    1/2 cup brown sugar firmly packed
    1 cup coconut
    1/2 cup plain flour
    1/3 cup self raising flour
    1 tablespoon cocoa
    1 egg

    Melt butter, stir in sugar, coconut, sifted flours and cocoa, then lightly beaten egg. Press mixture evenly into an 11 x 7 inch baking tray. Bake in a moderate oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until firm to the touch.

    Icing

    1 cup icing sugar
    1 tablespoon cocoa
    1 teasp butter
    1 tablespoon milk

    Mix all ingredients to make a nice thick paste

    Spread icing mix over as soon as it is out of the oven and allow to stand for 10 minutes. You can sprinkle a little coconut on top if you wish
    Slice into bars when cool


    2 days ago I said it was hot and hunid well yesterday the heavens opened and it started to rain, About an hour ago we had a severe weather front come through and it is absolutely bucketing down. We have had inches of rain.
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    Karen - You sound like ya are havin' TX weather. It keeps changin'. Actually we could use that rain. We used ta have rain about every 2 weeks or so. Our last rain was in Sept. It was an awesome rain, but that was a long time ago.
    Bev
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    Thanks for the recipe Mirabelle - sounds wonderful!
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    Thanks for the recipe Mirabelle, sounds delicious!

    It has been raining here for a week now, not pouring though otherwise our country would have been washed away! We will have a wet Christmas too
    Eat, quilt, sleep, repeat



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    It is 5.30 Christmas Eve here and just in case I don't get a chance later this evening I want to wish all my friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year

    Stay safe if you have to travel, try not to eat too much but most of all tell your loved ones how much they mean to you.
    Karen

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    Thank you Karen.
    Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all my friends

    My DS, DDIL and DGS were planning on being here tomorrow but I just learned my DGS is running a fever so I might pack everything up and go there tomorrow. We'll see how he's doing tomorrow.
    Eat, quilt, sleep, repeat



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    My DD and DGS arrived safely Friday evening, had a fun time catching up, making candy, and watching British shows on Netflix...they've lived in England in the past...and saw her off yesterday around 1 pm just in time to clean up a little and go to DH's family Christmas. That was a good time too. This morning the house is quiet with no place to go but to the sewing room.
    Carrie...hope you enjoy the header and ended project. I'm amazed at how it has changed my quilting process. I love it.
    DD...your quilt is really striking. I haven't done two color quilts yet but I might have to try. I like how yours is turning out.
    Mirabelle...keep your lifeboat handy! Sounds like you have days comparable to being snowed in where the weather is so bad you don't go anyplace.
    All...I don't bake anything now but biscuits for breakfast but I did find a recipe for date candy that reminded me of what my Mom made for Christmas when I was young.

    3 cups sugar
    1 cup dates
    1 cup milk
    1 nuts

    mix together and cook to softball stage. Pour into parchment lined jelly roll own. I sprayed the paper with cooking oil. Allow to cool. Spread powdered sugar on top and turn onto powdered sugar covered surface and cut into squares or cut only what you want at a time and roll in powdered sugar. I wanted to give some as a gift so I wrapped pieces in wax paper. Not exactly like Mom's but enough to evoke memories if going to the back porch and helping myself.

    Anael...I hope you DGS gets well fast.

    I echo Mirabelle's wishes. Be safe and let the people you love know how much you care for them!

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    Ggal--do share your biscuit recipe. I have tried a couple and they just don't turn out good.

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    Merry Christmas Ya'll, & if I don't git back here have a wonderful New Year.
    Bev
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    GG, that date bar sounds delicious; will have to try that with the incoming date fruit for dh.

    Biscuits quick and easy with self rising flour and buttermilk; mix to biscuit consistence and spoon into greased muffin pan spaces until each is 2/3 full. Do a search on QB site for biscuits and you find several ideas. One guess where I found this easy one. GG, I love love to know how you do yours.

    I can see some are saying, "Rain, rain, go away; come again some other day!" We could sure use a big slow rain for a week or two. No snow either. Bummer. It takes about 10 inches of snow to equal an inch of rain, according to dh. Our water tables are very low here after this summer's drought.

    Yes, everyone have a happy and safe Holiday...stop to enjoy the laughter and joyous sounds of the season...and smile so everyone will wonder what you are up too!! It works!

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    QNS...you're a step ahead if me. I also use self rising flour! I use the recipe on the bag...adding butter and milk. This isn't bisquick. The secret I learned from my Mom is to stir it as little as possible. I add more flour than QNS so I can pat it out. Use a rolling pin if you like.

    I forgot the walnut sized hunk of butter in the date candy. In hindsight, I think my Mom used cream rather than milk. I'll try that next time.

    Finished cutting out the BB and most of them started assembling. Fun thinking of all of you. Have a wonderful evening and tomorrow with your loved ones!

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    Merry Christmas Ya'll, & if I don't git back, Have a Happy New Year.
    Bev
    My initials are BB, so dublb is double B.

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    Christmas greetings from Iowa. We've been enjoying goodies from Missouri--cowboy cookies the biggest hit. DS and GF came last night--they helped milk while oldest DS and family could spend Christmas Eve with her family. Wed the Wisconsinites come. Santa has one more gift to finish and then (s)he can start wrapping. Good thing gift opening is not until Thursday!!
    And like dublb will resurface after the New Year; maybe I can read all the posts and catch up.
    May your lives be filled with the spirit of Christmas.
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    Here's wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year...I'll be visiting my sister for the New Year and then on to NC on the 2nd of January...I'll be kind of absent for a week or so until I get settled..Bob & I are hoping for a nice long visit this time...Peace...H.

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    Merry Christmas Everyone! I have been making potato rolls all day, my grandkids love them! Got everything under control (I hope) for tomorrow - dinner at 4:00, opening gifts after, then dessert. Will have 21 for dinner (buffet style), it will be very crowded in my home! It is just nice to sit down for a while tonight, I think I have been on my feet all day!
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    Merry Christmas, One and All !!!!
    from my home to yours

    ....... I wish you a day filled with joy and many delights.
    Make some new memories, and remember some old.

    I know I have a lot of reading to catch up on, now that my Christmas sewing is complete.
    I'll just follow the cookie crumbs!!!!
    Now onwards to MY sewing .... which means BB Blocks for each of you wonderful Ladies!!

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    Ohhhhhhhh QuiltE, your Snowman turned out so lovely!
    Eat, quilt, sleep, repeat



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    Your front porch is so welcoming QuiltE! So happy you got snowman finished, he is spectacular!!!
    "You have enough quilts made when your soul is filled, your creativity satisfied and your fingers just won't work anymore."

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    Love your front porch, QuiltE!! I used to decorate my big work area with snowmen, so I could retain them up until February....love how the snowman looks. Looks so welcoming the way you put it together.

    Honchey, enjoy your time with your sister; and the setting up again in NC.

    Hope your hosting Jeanie, turns out wonderful. Same with OksewGlad and their opening of all the gifts on Thursday.

    I have learned not to expect any gift from dh...everything is all him and not for anyone else...he has never truly learned the value of giving or caring for anyone except himself and probably never will...that is life. No Christmas tree or decor in the house. I did fix him Shrimp for a special lunch yesterday. and myself tacos.

    Peace with you and yours....Happy Holidays to all.

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    I really miss all the decorating we used to do....now we just hang a wreath by the doorway and have a tree...I'll never forget the one year I told my son to get the xmas tree...it, of course was too tall so I told him to cut it... instead of cutting off the trunk area..he cut the top 2 feet off...We put it up anyway after the manicure we had to perform on the rest of the tree...I wasn't in a good mood for a long time after that fiasco...We all enjoyed the rest of your cookies last night...I especially liked the ones with the cranberries? and little chips... next favorite was the little round ones...I can't name them cause I don't know which ones are which....It's too bad that some Bah Humbugs don't feel the Christmas spirit.....I really enjoy the first couple of days with my DS after that we start to nitpick each other..our hubby's know not to interfere if you know what I mean..
    Oh the horrible weather in some parts of the country...Blizzards, tornadoes,snow...I hope all of you in that area are safe ...I won't be doing any sewing for a day or two...have to finish gathering my projects for when I'm away...have to make a list so I don't forget anything...will check in later...

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