Recipes from a Halfling’s Pantry

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My sister and niece have done it! They have published their first ebook, Recipes from a Halfling’s Pantry. Here’s a snippet of their blog post about it, Fussing over food, talking about food, planning food-themed events, and of course preparing and eating the best types of food–all of these things bring us joy. Bringing together great food with friends and family, and enjoying the fruits of our labors is indeed a joyous thing, isn’t it?  If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”… And the fact that our extended Continue Reading →

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Marty lost 251 pounds – Help by voting for his story!

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I’m taking a quick pause from my sewing to share this amazing story. My friend Marty Jantze, from my home town, is in the running for some big cash because of his inspiring weight-loss story! Please do me a favor and go read his story and VOTE HERE. Marty worked and sweated to take those pounds off, and drank our favorite Shakeology, and is proving to everyone around him that even if you’ve been heavy your whole childhood and adult life, you can make a change. I’m so proud of Marty and I hope you’ll join me in taking a Continue Reading →

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My 10 minutes of sewing a day

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Call it a goal or resolution, but I decided no matter how crazy busy we are, with the house renovations, our sons’ activities and business, I still have time to sew or knit for at least 10 minutes a day. Last year, I committed to 30 minutes a day and I didn’t get it done. And here’s what I’m finding out. By committing to just 10 minutes a day, I’ve been able to sew much longer than that most days. But 10 minutes is very doable so I don’t hesitate to hop up to my sewing room for a quick Continue Reading →

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Thick and Chewy Molasses Crinkles

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The boys are at play practice tonight. I sent them off with a quick meal of chicken enchiladas and have some molasses crinkles in the oven for when they get back home. I wish I could say that I did this all the time, but the last few months I’ve gotten out to the habit of cooking full meals for my family. We grab and growl or eat out a lot, due to our barnhouse project. Barnhouse is not a word, but we bought a house that looks like a barn, so I’m going to keep using that word until Continue Reading →

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My month without lattes

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I just lost most of my readers, right there with that title. I gave up lattes for a month, and here’s why. (And to help you read a little further…I lost weight without even trying, just by giving up my lattes.) I started off with the goal of not having a Starbucks or Scooter’s coffee latte for 30 days. If you have a habit or behavior that isn’t the best for you, it’s good to do without for 30 days and see whether you are addicted. I was addicted. And I’ve even read the books on Habits, which talks about Continue Reading →

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My Signature Quilt

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One of my resolutions this year, 2015, is to spend at least 10 minutes a day sewing or knitting. (#10minaday if you are on Instagram! I am @prairiewomanarts ) I put my hobbies aside for a few years to build a business, but now I realize I had the time all along. I just wasn’t great at doing my priority stuff, so by the time I got around to it, there wasn’t as much time to play around in my sewing room, something that I dearly love to do. But that’s a long story for another post. I was in an Continue Reading →

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Flying Geese quick piecing method

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I am so grateful for all the smart quilters out there who have found ways to make piecing simpler and easier with less individual cut pieces. I love to quilt, but it’s a hobby for me, not a career. And there are talented quilters who are great at teaching and writing out patterns. I love to share, but I’m really thankful for those who take the time to write patterns and instructions. I’ve tried, and it’s not as easy as it looks! The other night I was doing my #10minaday in my sewing room and pulled out the block-of-the-month, Mulberry Continue Reading →

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