Quinoa Cups

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I am on Pinterest and it has been really inspiring to my cooking and crafting. I have tried a few recipes and crafts from there and this is one of the ones that has become a regular at our house. You can follow my boards here.

Heather over at Heather’s Dish, had a great recipe for these Tomato Basil Quinoa Cups. I love recipes like this because they are a great way to use up what you already have in the fridge while being simple and versatile.

I made my Quinoa Cups using spinach, mushrooms, basil pesto and sun dried tomatoes and three cheeses (cheddar, mozzarella and parmigiana). I pretty much followed her recipe outside of that but I added an extra egg to bind my extra filling in. Quinoa is super good for you and is different in texture and taste than rice or barley or anything else that we regularly cook with.

The cups were super easy to make and one batch made two dozen cups. We froze the extras to have for quick meals. We do the same thing with meatloaf. This makes dinner way too simple on nights that I don’t want to cook.

We put the mix into lined cupcake pans. I do not think that it is really necessary to line the pan because the little paper cups were super hard to get off when the Quinoa was hot. They were much easier once they cooled so I will not use the liners next time.

Please check out Heather’s blog. She is a lot of fun and has great recipes with tons of pictures.


Three Sisters Completed

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I bought fabric to make Rilynn a baby quilt and being a beginner quilter, I purchased way too much fabric for just one quilt. I ended up having enough fabric to make three. All of these quilts are backed and bound with the same fabric. They were machine quilted by L & T Machine Quilting in Cherryvale, KS. He did a very lovely job. I hope to do my own quilting in the future.

Rylinn’s Blanket

My cousin, Carla and I threw a baby shower for my cousin, Ashley, and her daughter, Rilynn. See the full post here. Carla had the great idea to make a baby quilt and then mail out pieces of fabric in the invitation to put together for the blanket.

I made a simple jelly roll blanket with inspiration from a picture that I found somewhere online. I would give credit but I can’t seem to find it again to provide a link so sorry if this was your design.

Here is the back so you can see the quilting. The backing and binding was done is a dark brown that matched the brown on the top. I like to use a darker backing and binding because those are the parts that get dirty first.

We mailed out the pieces of fabric and I made a pillow case to match the quilt. They turned out very cute and I am pretty happy with my first quilt.


Cheyenne’s Lost 9 Square

The good experience that I had with Rylinn’s blanket and all that extra fabric ended up in me going into a quilting frenzy. This was my second quilt. I found a great pattern online and made this quilt for some friends here in Coffeyville. You can see the whole post with more pictures here.

Here is a picture of my friend, Marlene’s two lovely girls, and the blanket that I made for Cheyenne.

I think that baby blankets look so much better with a baby laying on them. Don’t you? I have been the big sister watching the baby get all the gifts too many times so I always make sure to send something for the older siblings too. I made Maia that little dress that says “Big Sis”.

Please check out Marlene’s website while you are at it. She makes the most lovely soap and grows the best veggies.

Orange Border Blanket for Lily

I actually made this blanket to have as a spare in case Lily was a girl. My cousin Chris, and his wife, Heather have such a lovely family and they like to be surprised by the sex of the baby when it is born. I had a feeling all along that Lily was a girl so I took a gamble and make her a very girly blanket before she was born (I don’t know what I would have done if she were a boy).

The Orange Border Baby Blanket has all the details in its own post. That can be found here.

Again, I think that baby blankets are so much more beautiful with babies on them.

Please check out Chris’ blog. He is great about keeping it updated and his family is so fun. I mentioned being the big sister envious of a new baby earlier in this post. Lily is lucky enough to have a big brother and a big sister. We sent legos for the big brother and I made a little dress for the big sister.

I love welcoming a new baby with a hand made gift and the idea of literally wrapping them in love. I am so thankful that I am able to do this for my friends and family. I really enjoyed making all of these blankets but if people don’t stop with all these babies soon, I am not going to be able to keep up. I guess that it is a good thing that practice makes perfect.