Friday, February 6, 2009

Lots of Squares and a Whirlygiggle

A couple of things - THANK YOU SO MUCH for all the wonderful emails and comments on what would be good to have from Australia! I love the boomerang idea for the kids - I can see them whacking someone's head off with that - but still - I think it's going to be a must have.

So now I've got to save my pennies, as I am going to give her the money to buy me fabric and mags. While I know she would gladly buy them for us, she needs to keep her money for her enjoyment, not to feed my fabric love:)

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Yes, I started two new projects. I am so weak.

But - I have a plan. Jessie's quilt on her bed will be 2 years old in December. Not too terribly old but......I'd like for them to last a looonnnnnggggggg time. Something that both kids can pass on to their kids in the far, far distant future (like about 25 years from now). So if I make each of them a second quilt, I can alternate with the seasons or when the mood strikes.

I thought about doing the whirlygiggle quilt for Tyler out of the firefighter fabric I have left from his quilt, and in fact, even made a block to try the pattern out. But......his quilt isn't even a year old yet. Although I think that a whirlygiggle quilt will be perfect for the rest of the firefighter fabric - as I have 4 or 5 yars of that fabric left that I have been so hesitant to cut into....

Then I remembered the fabric that I brought on sale at JoAnn's, and I started these blocks:

Quick, easy and oh so fast. Although I think I need to go get some orange and yellow fabrics to make some more blocks. So I made a couple blocks last night - to get me anxious to make some more of them and this weekend I will get my February challenge finishes done, and then I will be free to work on a couple new projects.

Now if it would just warm up a little......I'd be one happy camper.

And for those of you who are interested - here is the recipe for homemade granola bars:

1 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup peanut butter (I use chunky - only cause that is what is in my cupboard)
1/2 cup corn syrup or honey
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup butter.

Melt in pan on stove. Then add:

3 cups quick oats (gets nasty with regular cooking oats)
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup wheat germ (I do omit this if I don't have it on hand)
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup raisins or craisins

Press into greased 9x13 pan, bake at 350 for 15 minutes (recipe says 20, but my oven runs hot). Let cool, cut if they haven't been devoured and eat.

This time, I didn't put the chocolate chips in, and I used 1/2 craisins, 1/2 dried cherries and I put some pecan pieces in there. The only things I don't mess with are the brown sugar, peanut butter, corn syrup or honey and butter. Everything else is up to you.


PS - If you can find our house - I'd be happy to share, of 7:30 this morning, the jello is totally toast (how wild is this - TYLER wanted to eat the jello for breakfast?!?!?!?), and both pans (9x13 of granola bars and 8x8 of rice krispy treats) are about 1/2 gone. Would've lasted much longer if no one had seen me tasting the granola bars - but I have to try them out to make sure they are good before feeding to my family, right??????
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