Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Normally...

Normally today's post would be about my work in progress. However, unless you want to hear all the dusty details of cleaning out my classroom and the room I will be moving into, I don't really have much progress to talk about.

Normally, I don't mention to much about my work. However, tomorrow is the last day of school and my last day of being a 4th grade teacher, at least for now. Next year I am going to have a different position at my school called a student learning coach. I am really looking forward to this change. I think it will be a good move for me and I think that I will be able to work with the teachers to help increase student learning.

This blog should be back to normal shortly, just not today. :)
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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries


Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Warning. These may be highly addictive. Keep reading only if you want to have the desire to quickly go out and buy the items to make these. Which, by the way, you could do and still have time to make them for a weekend BBQ.

Yesterday on Facebook, a friend posted about cheesecake stuffed strawberries. Of course I did a quick double take and proceeded to follow all the links back to the original post at Nutmeg Nanny. I mean who wouldn't be curious about Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries. The recipe on the previous pages looked good, but the filling reminded me of frosting.

I mean, if I want cheesecake stuffed anything I want it with my favorite no bake cheesecake on the inside of the strawberries, not frosting. So I did a bit of experimenting to figure out how alter my recipe from cheesecake size to filling size. Plus I had to make it into the right consistency and taste to fill some strawberries. It didn't take long and it was super easy. So I thought I would share it with you.

First and for most you need the ingredients for your cheesecake filling.

Cheesecake filling ingredents

Not to bad right. Three items  that are easily attainable at most grocery stores. If you don't have limes just hanging around, then you could use lime juice, just use less than what I suggest.

Now mix them together.

Cheesecake filling

I think it is important to taste along the way to make sure it is not too sweet or too tangy. Just adjust by adding more lime juice or sweetened condensed milk as needed. You don't want to make it soupy or you will need another block of cream cheese and will be on your way to a cheesecake. Oh yeah and try not to eat the whole bowl of filling as you are making it, or you won't have anything left for the strawberries. Put this in the fridge for just a little bit.

Next is the hardest part. Use your paring knife and cut out the strawberry centers. You will need about a pound or so of strawberries. I think I filled about 30 with this mixture.

Cored strawberries

It isn't really difficult, just go in at an angled and circle around the stem. Most of the strawberries are kind of hallow, so the center just pops out. This is a little time consuming, but not too bad. It does help to have a husband around to eat the ones that you mess up on. I am sure a kid would be helpful here too, but there aren't any hanging around my house, so I used what I have.

Then it is time to get an icing bag and a tip. I used a star type tip, because it is the only one I have. An added plus is that it made a cute design. Fill up the icing bag with your cheesecake filling.

Strawberries ready for filling

And  then fill, fill, fill, fill away. As you are doing this try not to eat the whole platter, you do want some for your guests. Don't you? You may also have to shoo away the afore mentioned husband/kids. That is if you want your guest to eat any.

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

That is it. All done and oh so yummy. Well, you could add graham cracker crumbs to the top or dip  the strawberries in chocolate, but I was making these for my brother, who is gluten free and I think the chocolate would have been a bit much. However, whatever you think would take it to the next level, do it.

On an extra good note, if you are doing weight watchers, like me, the recipe builder says that these are 1 points plus each. Now that does mean you have to be careful about how many you pop in your mouth. Before you know it you could eat 10 of them and then we all know where that will get you. However, these are a lot less points than yummy piece of cheese cake and pretty filling too.

Recipe: Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese (1 block)
  • 3 tablespoons of sweet and condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice 
  • 1 pound of strawberries 
Preparation instructions 

Mix first three ingredients on medium setting until all ingredients come together. Chill the cheesecake mixture for  10 - 15 minutes. In the meantime using a paring knife core the strawberries. Use an icing bag to fill each strawberry with the cheesecake mixture. Chill for 10 minutes to an hour. 

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  Sew Happy Geek Sumo's Sweet StuffKeeping It Simple 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Sew Mama Sew Kona Charm Pack Winner

Ok, so I hate to wait, so of course I am the type to announce a winner as soon as I can.

Drum roll please.....

And the winner is...

Entry # 11 Jennie P.  who by the way has super cute blog and I so want to copy the cute drawings that she uses to announce her winners. I am going to have to ask her is I can steal  I mean be inspired by her idea and use it for my next giveaway. Jennie, thanks for tweeting about the giveaway. I hope you enjoy the charm pack.

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You have 72 hours to respond to my email and then I will mail the charm pack to you A.S.A.P. If not I will have to pick a new winner.




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Voting Time

Voting is now open at the bloggers quilt festival.

Amy's Creative Side

If you feel so inclined I would love it if you would vote for my entry.

Orange and Blue Quilt Finished

#275 Jenniffer's Sometimes Creative Life

However, there are many many beautiful quilts to look at over at the festival and you may find one on there you like better. In that case no hurt feelings here if you vote a different quilt instead. If you haven't stopped by there yet Just go enjoy the festival and see all the lovely quilts out there in blog land.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Work in progress 5/23

First of all, welcome all the new blog followers from the sew mama sew giveway. If you haven't entered yet please make sure to go do that.

I had a little mini finish this week. I finished other block for my 4x5 bee during Friday night sew in.




Only two more to go, and I already have the fabric cut for one of the blocks. I just have to sew it all together.


I am starting to wonder when I am ever going to get to work on some projects for myself. I guess it would help if I actually went in my sewing room and sewed.

I have some big plans for creating during the summer, I will be sharing those really soon.

Linking up to:

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Probably off the subject, but posting from my iPad is sometime somewhat complicated. I have really got to figure out how to add links from it :)

Monday, May 21, 2012

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway 5/21

It is time for another Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day. I am so excited. All the blog hopping and all the chances to win are just too much fun.



For my giveaway today I am giving away one Kona Solids charm pack.

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It looks pretty uninteresting until you open it up and get this explosion of color. BTW if you win yours has not been opened.


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43 5 inch squares bright kona fabric colors! That is over 1/2 a yard. And how do I know that, it says on the back 0.625 and since I am fourth grade  teacher and I have teach my students about decimals,  I am very in touch with my decimal knowledge.

There are so many thinks that could be done with these and all you have to do to enter to win.

I am using the rafflecopter app to select the winner. You have 3 chances to win, but only one is required. You do have to log into rafflecopter, but it is really simple and it makes the giveaway so much more fair and it makes it so I have away to contact you. Any comments submitted/accounted for on the rafflecopter will not be counted towards the giveaway. The giveaway closes May 25, 2012 around 5pm. I will announce the winner by the 27th and you will have 72 hours to respond, or I will pick someone else.





Have fun! Don't forget to enter the other giveaways too.

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

How does your garden grow?

Surprisingly pretty well. It is officially week two of my little square foot garden.

Gardening 5/20

There is a lot of growth already. Just look at this eggplant. It is amazing how such a tiny plant has already become this.

Gardening 5/20

I have been visiting my garden every day and making sure that the soil is staying moist. It has been pretty hot and dry here, so they have need water almost every day. I am a little worried about our vacation trip coming up in a couple weeks. Hopefully they will be more established by then. Or maybe I will have to reopen the drip line at least that week.

Gardening 5/20

We have only had three plants die. One strawberry, the basil, and our watermelon. The watermelon is makes me sad though, because it was the one that did the best at first. The leaves stayed all happy and green. Then a couple days ago, the poor little thing just died. Oh yeah and the basil, damn creature ate it the very next night. I am pretty sure it is a snail. It must be living in the pot that we grow our herbs in.

Gardening 5/20

My tomato plants have gone insane since the weather has heated up.

Tomatoe plants 2012

And so have some other plants around the yard.

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Especially this vine weed. We just cleaned it up two weeks ago. Now, look at it.


Oh no weeds

We are not sure how to eliminate this thing seeing as it is hard to pull out the roots. We don't like using poisons in the backyard since we have dogs. Any suggestions out there?
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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Can you say easily distracted?

Well Friday Night Sew In for me became Friday Night Fabric sorting. I did finish another block for a bee.

Block 4 for 4x5 bee

I have two left to do, but truth be told, I couldn't take the messy fabric disaster that my sewing room had become. I really really should have take an bunch of before pictures, but I only got a couple in once I realized that my night would be spend ironing, folding, cutting and sorting fabric scraps.

See about a month ago I pulled this out and could not find anything.

Scrap basket

So I sorted it and started iron the strips. However, it was too much to do in a day. So I ironed a strip here, or few strips there... and I kinda ignored the mess in my sewing room. This may be why I haven't had much progress this last month. When I say ignore, it really means look at sigh and close the door.

Scrap sorting

So last night I created this huge pile of strips...

Strips to be sorted up close

Lets zoom out for a better perspective.. please ignore my mess.. as I said I took the ignore the mess method for a few weeks.

Strips to be sorted

Then I cut them down to already determined sizes and stacked them in neat little stakes. I got this idea from Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville blog. It is her scrap user system. She suggest cutting down to sizes you use regularly to help organize your scraps.

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I choose 1 1/2, 2, 2 1/2, 3 1/2, 4 1/2 and 5 inch lengths. She also suggest putting anything bigger than six inches back with your fat quarters... so I folded and put them in the bins. Along with a whole bunch of random fabric that I had been too lazy to put away.

I still have this huge pile to finish. Many will be folded and added to the bins and few will be cut down to strips.

Remainder of fabric pile to be iron and sorted

Well. That was my progress for the Friday Night Sew In. Not quite what I had planned, but at least maybe my creativity will come back now that it isn't quite as messy.
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Friday, May 18, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival

This is one of my favorite time of year on the blog front. There are always so many beautiful quilts that pop up during the blogger's quilt festival hosted by Amy at Amy's Creative Side.


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This time around I am going to feature my orange and blue quilt that I made last Fall.

Orange and Blue Quilt Finished

Recently, this quilt has been my favorite one to cuddle up under. Plus I just got it back a couple months ago. This was also the first commissioned quilt I ever made. It hung up in a local quilt store for about 6 months. So it is kinda new to me too. It is just the perfect size to lay on the couch and watch tv and it is just heavy enough to work as a summer quilt.

This was also a really fun quilt to make. I played with value this quilt and did not use a fabric line at all. A lot of the fabric was from my stash.

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This quilt makes me very happy. It was pretty easy to make. It would have been even easier to make had I been using charm squares and a honey bun as the pattern called for instead of cutting all those pieces. Actually I have like the quilts I have tried from Simplify with Camille Roskelley: Quilts for the Modern Home. Sometimes I feel like I am making my way slowly though that book.

I am very glad that I made it and that I got to keep it for myself. Its bright colors always make me happy.

Orange and Blue Quilt Finished 2

Oh and that back makes me really happy too. Actually, I don't know why, but I almost always have the back up when I lay with it. So I get to see the back most often. I do that with other quilts too. It is just an odd habit I have. 

Back of the Orange and blue Quilt

Quilt Stats:
Name: Orange and Blue Quilt
Size: 56.5" x 65" 
Fabrics: A mix match of a whole bunch: 
Binding: Baby & Me Leanne Anderson 
Quilting: Free Motion Quilted with loopy-d-loos 
Completed: September 2011

This is also a special quilt to me because I when I made it I also made my first tutorial. That tutorial was on fusible batting. I have only done one more tutorial, but at some point I hope to do more.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my quilt. I can't wait to go see all the other quilts too :). The few I have see thus far have been amazing.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Friday Night Sew in

Just signed up for


Handmade by Heidi


Can't wait to see what everyone accomplishes. Especially me :)
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Sunday, May 13, 2012

A little shocking


First off Happy Mother's Day to all of you moms out there. I personally only have fur babies, but some how they even knew it was mother's day and let me sleep in past 8... usually I am woke up by 6:30ish no matter what.

Now if that wasn't shocking enough... I sewed today. I know. Amazing. I only got one block finished and another cut out, but still I sewed something.

4x5 block finished

Now you know it has been a long time since you sat down at your sewing machine, when one block wears you out. Technically, I did find and cut the fabric for two blocks. However, I just was to tried to stitch it together.

Block in progress

3 more of these blocks and I am done with my really really late bee blocks. Then I can back to some other UFOs. 

Once again, Happy Mother's Day. I hope you too got to do something you wanted to :)
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