I made this little wall hanging a month or so ago.

Scrap cotton, scrap satin, scrap batting, scrap floss. Have I mentioned I’m cheap? The pieces were sewn right sides together, then turned through a cut hole in the back. Then the hole was stitched and a folded fabric hanging tab was stitched in place.

Candlewicking is made with knots and is traditionally white on white. I used French knots and COLOR! This was a fun little project. If you haven’t done candlewicking, you should try it!


(Hand not included. Shown for scale.)

Today I added borders to this quilt top. I just need to find something to put on the back and pick up some more batting. I’ll post more pictures when it’s finished.

A sweet little tulip on a grid. This can be used for cross stitch, beadwork, quilting, etc. Free for personal or charitable use. I would LOVE to see how you use this! Please link to your project using this pattern in the comments section so we can all ooh and aah over your creation!

I’m not sure what to call this recipe, so I’m going with “Mexican spaghetti”. I made it up last night and want to get it typed out before I forget it.

1 lb burger
1 small onion chopped
1 can chili ready tomatoes, undrained
1 can black beans, undrained
cumin to taste
chili powder to taste
salt to taste
1 lb spaghetti noodles
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Cook burger and onions in skillet. Meanwhile cook noodles. When burger is browned and onion is translucent, add tomatoes and beans, cumin, chili powder, and salt. When noodles are cooked, drain and add to meat mixture. Add cheese and heat through until melted. Serve.

I think I’ll add sour cream and maybe fresh green onions for garnish with the leftovers.

Rowena, at Romesticity had declared war on clutter. I’m joining her.

I made these up to use up a can of pumpkin pie filling and a bag of chocolate chips. Pumpkin pie filling often goes on clearance after Thanksgiving and Christmas. I was going for a gooier texture than typical pumpkin bars – more like brownies. I think they came out well and they were a hit with everyone except Mr. Picky there on the left in the picture.

1 30-oz can pumpkin pie filling

4 lg eggs

3/4 C brown sugar

2C whole wheat flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 t cinnamon

1/4 t ginger

2 t baking powder

12 oz chocolate chips

Whisk together pumpkin pie filling, eggs, and brown sugar. Stir in flour, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and baking powder. Stir just until wet. Stir in chocolate chips. Bake in a greased 9×13 baking pan. I baked mine at 350F for 35 minutes and they came out a bit doughy. Next time I will try turning up the heat to 375F and/or baking 5 minutes longer. My oven tends to bake slow so you may need neither a higher temp nor more time.

I have lots and lots I want to post about but haven’t had time to do it. Quickly, Taste Of Home Magazine is offering a free Casserole Cookbook in PDF if you sign up for their e-newsletter.

This is our weather map right now. It’s supposed to snow until tomorrow at 6PM.

Worse, predictions are that somewhere in the middle of this storm, the wind will pick up and the wind chill will reach -30F. I’m staying inside.

I’m not planning to do major resolutions for the entire year. Instead, I intend to start a new habit each month.

In January, I’ll go to bed on time every night. For me that means lights out by 10PM.

In February, I’ll add something to my bedtime routine. Probably getting either clothes or food ready for the next day.

I expect I could add something to the bedtime routine each month for six months and probably spend the second half of the year getting a morning routine established. It may or may not work out that way. This is supposed to be no-stress, so I’ll just take one thing at a time.

Are you making resolutions? What are they?