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Princeton Jct./West Windsor, New Jersey, United States
I am the wife of a wonderful husband and the mom of 3 super adult kids. I happily taught preschool for 25 years and now spend much of my time indulging in my "Quilty Pleasures."

Monday, August 25, 2014

Make-A-List Monday - September 2014

As the summer season begins to wind down here in NJ, I realize that we have had the opportunity to do a variety of fun things.

One of the outings we took this month was a trip to Delicious Orchards in Colts Neck, NJ.


The abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables was amazing.



The baked goods were incredible.




We enjoyed ourselves so much at this local orchard that we have already been back.


On another day we drove to Hoboken, NJ to celebrate my hubby's birthday with my daughter.


We had dinner at Little Town.


My daughter took our picture with the NY skyline in the background.

We had so much fun visiting and eating delicious food.

Now...on to my list from August:



AUGUST 2014
(in review)

1.  Spend quality time with my favorite grandsons.  

We took Ryder to a Trenton Thunder minor league baseball game.



We spent some QT with Logan




while Ryder went to Sesame Place with his mom, Heather.



Homemade English Muffin pizzas were for dinner one night.







Food tastes better when you help to make it.



After our trip to the Trenton Thunder game we were ready for the Big Leagues.  We went to Yankee Stadium to see the Yankees play the Chicago White Sox.





It was so much fun visiting Daddy (my son) at work.



One last major event this month was the Christening of dear baby Logan.



My daughter Shea and her little Godson.


Deacon Bob and precious Logan.


Here is Logan with his Mommy, Daddy and Godparents.


Here is the beautiful family.


My husband and I are soooo proud of these people :)


Kyle's family with his grandparents Betty and Elijah.


We are blessed to be able to spend so much time with our little boys.  Truly blessed!




2.  Choose a pattern for a commission quilt.


This is the pattern I have chosen.  I will have to make it much larger than written to meet the requirements of the people purchasing the quilt.


3.  Work on lessons 18 through 25 of 
 sponsored by The Quilting Gallery.

No progress.



4.  Work on eight Ohio Star blocks for the McCall's Make It Your Way quilt-along.



Here are 4 of the 8 blocks completed.


5.  Quilt, bind and label two 
Quilts for Kids quilts.


I finished quilting one quilt but it is not bound or labeled yet.


6. Work on the August
 Globetrotting block sponsored by Pat Sloan.




7.  Work on the August Aurifil quilt-along block.




8.  Work on the August
Tell It to the Stars quilt-along block sponsored by Judy Laquidara. 




Setting triangles


9.  Work on the August block for
Wishes Quilt-Along sponsored by the 
Fat Quarter Shop.




10.  Complete quilting the quilt currently loaded on Annie:  Tumelo Trail and any other quilts currently on my Git-R-Done List.


I finished quilting Tumelo Trail, The Land Before Time and a Quilts for Kids quilt.




11.  Bind and label any quilts that I finish quilting on Annie.

No quilts bound this month.

12.  Complete my teal batik Kwik Krazy Quilt top.

I have renamed this quilt "Sea Glass."



13.  Continue to work on three Advent calendars for my three children.




A little progress has been made but they are still not done.


14.  Complete my Skill Builder Quilt top.

No progress.



15.  Work on the last Sugar Block Club block and put the quilt top together.


This is the last block but the quilt top is not complete.


16.  Work on The Village Quilter Strip Club quilt called Heartstrings.

No progress.



17.  Work on a few Lucky Stars paper-pieced blocks by Elizabeth Dackson.

No progress.


18.  Work on The Village Quilter Strip Club quilt called Basketcase by Cluck Cluck Sew.

No progress.


19.  Work on a few blocks for my
 Black and White sampler.

No progress.



20.  Make a Crazy Quilt using Shar Jorgenson templates by Omnigrid.

No progress.



21.  Work on a quilt called Fit for a Hero, a quilt by Judy Laquidara.

No progress.



22.  Work on The Village Quilter Strip Club quilt called Grandma Mary's  9-Patch.

No progress.


23.  Work on some of the blocks for the 
Country Threads Sampler.

No progress.



24.  Work on a quilt called Candy Striper by Anita Grossman Solomon.


No progress.




25.  Work on a few blocks for Julie Herman's 

No progress.



26.  Work on The Village Quilter Strip Club quilt called Uncle Sam's Quilt.


No progress.



27.  Work on a few Dear Jane triangles.


No progress.




28.  Work on the following BRODY Projects:

*Four-Patch Stacked Posies...Large Print
Civil War Tribute
*James River Blues
Daisy Dazzle

I did a little work on James River Blues and I completed the Four-Patch Stacked Posies...Large Print quilt top.




Prepare a few more Brody Projects.

No new Brody Projects prepared.




29.  Attend the Quilts for Kids workshop at Pennington Quilt Works.

I attended the workshop and turned in three quilts:





30. Attend my family reunion.

We all had a wonderful time at the reunion.



Here is Ryder with my son, Uncle JT.



September 2014


1.  Spend quality time with my favorite grandsons.  

2.  Start to gather fabric for a commission quilt.

3.  Continue to work on three Advent calendars for my three children.

4.  Complete my Skill Builder Quilt top.

5.  Complete my Sugar Block Club quilt top.

6.  Work on the "Delightful Stars Quilt-Along"
 sponsored by The Quilting Gallery.

7.  Work on seven  LeMoyne Star blocks for the McCall's Make It Your Way quilt-along.

8.  Complete piecing, quilting , binding and labeling two Quilts for Kids quilts.

9. Work on the September Globetrotting 
block sponsored by Pat Sloan.

10.  Work on the September Aurifil quilt-along block.

11.  Work on the September
Tell It to the Stars quilt-along block sponsored by Judy Laquidara. 

12.  Work on the September
Wishes Quilt-Along block sponsored by the 
Fat Quarter Shop.

13.  Complete quilting the  four quilts currently loaded on Annie:  Baby Samplers and any other quilts currently on my Git-R-Done List.


14.  Bind and label Tumelo Trail, The Land Before Time and Quilts for Kids Sampler that I recently finished quilting on Annie.


15.  Work on The Village Quilter Strip Club quilt called Heartstrings.

16.  Work on a few Lucky Stars paper-pieced blocks by Elizabeth Dackson.

17.  Work on The Village Quilter Strip Club quilt called Basketcase by Cluck Cluck Sew.

18.  Work on a few blocks for my
 Black and White sampler.
19.  Make a Crazy Quilt using Shar Jorgenson templates by Omnigrid.

20.  Work on a quilt called Fit for a Hero, a quilt by Judy Laquidara.

21.  Work on The Village Quilter Strip Club quilt called Grandma Mary's  9-Patch.

22.  Work on some of the blocks for the 
Country Threads Sampler.

23.  Work on a quilt called Candy Striper by Anita Grossman Solomon.


24.  Work on a few blocks for Julie Herman's 
Toes in the Sand quilt.

25.  Work on The Village Quilter Strip Club quilt called Uncle Sam's Quilt.

26.  Work on a few Dear Jane triangles.


27.  Work on the following BRODY Projects:

Civil War Tribute
James River Blues
Daisy Dazzle

Prepare a few more Brody Projects.

28.  Attend the Quilts for Kids workshop at Pennington Quilt Works.

29.  Attend Saturday Sampler workshop at Pennington Quilt Works.

30.  Attend the PA National Quilt Extravaganza in Oaks, PA.


Until Next Time.....Happy Stitching!!!

Sharyn

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sunday Soup-athon

Classic Chicken and Rice Soup


  • 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders
  • 1 t. canola oil
  • 1/4 C. chopped onion
  • 1/2 C. chopped carrot
  • 1/2 C. chopped celery
  • 5-6 C. chicken broth
  • 1/2 C. uncooked long-grain white rice
  • 1/2 t. dried rosemary
  • 1/2 t. freshly ground black pepper

  1. Grill the chicken breast tenders until they are cooked completely through.  Cut chicken into 1/2-inch pieces.  Set aside.
  2. Heat the canola oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium high heat.  Add the onion, carrot, and celery and cook 5 minutes until the vegetables become tender.
  3. Pour the chicken broth over the vegetables in the pot, and add the rice, rosemary, and black pepper.
  4. Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.  Add the chicken and simmer just long enough to warm the chicken.
Until Next Time.....Happy Stitching!!!

Sharyn