Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Maureen Cracknell Handmade: A Special GIVEAWAY : :

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Sunday, January 25, 2015


What a fantastic idea!  Hosted by Vicki at 2 Bags Full.  I stumbled upon her Blog by way of Vals Quilting Studio.  I am so excited to get involved with this.  I am new to the Blogging world and am still trying to figure out all of these linked up parties.  I look at all of these other blogs and see how many followers all these people have... I want my blog to be like that.  With 2 small children and one on the way I want something to be passionate about.  As I am learning to Quilt and Sew I thought what a great idea to Blog about.  I can't be the only person out there that is just starting to Quilt?  Why not write about my adventure. That is how I started my Blog.  My New Years Resolution is to get more involved with my Blog and the Blog World.  The perfect way to start is by participating in the Grow Your Blog Party!!

Sunday, January 11, 2015


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Grow Your Blog In 2015...

I was checking out one of my favorite Blogs... and clicked on Vals Quilting Studio (not me, different Val)...  I came across a Blog Button that said, "Grow Your Blog In 2015."  I thought... YES!!! I need some followers.  This is such a creative idea and I have to participate.  So, while I am watching the Golden Globes, I did!  I posted the Blog Button on my sidebar so you can participate and get some more followers too!  Click on the link and join in!
Happy 2015!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Maureen Cracknell Handmade: Just For You Book & GIVEAWAY : :

Another great Giveaway on Maureen Cracknell Handmade's Blog!

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Friday, November 14, 2014

So Much Going On...

So, I have to admit I am really trying to get myself to really focus on Blogging.  I love reading everyone Else's Blogs and seeing what they are making.   However, I have just been in a funk these past few months.  My beautiful cousin passed away at 51, after battling Breast Cancer for 10 Years.  She was the most beautiful, loved, charismatic & wonderful mother to ever walk the face of the earth.  It was and still is so devastating, especially with the holidays coming up.  My cousin Maggie could Light up a room whenever she walked in...  I am still grieving and it makes it really hard to focus...  That is my Maggs in the Middle, and to the right with the dark hair is my sister and then Maggie's daughter and my cousin Francesca...  The guy in the white shirt is a Waiter who accidentally photo bombed our pic (lol).  What I wouldn't do to go back to that time in our lives.  Now, I am trying to use my grief to help me to be a better, more productive person... And it starts with my quilting and trying to learn to be a phenomenal quilter and sewing enthusiast! 
Have a Wonderful Day!
XO... Valerie

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Split Decision With A Twist...

I finally finished the quilt I was making for my mom for her Birthday!  I am so happy with it, and very proud of myself...

I love making quilts, but I especially love hand sewing the bindings.  I put on my Downton Abbey dvd's and relax after my kids and husband have gone to bed.  One trick that I love to use is hair clips to keep the binding in place while I sew.  It works very well.

I used fabric from Fig Tree Quilts  JoAnne has a wonderful Blog as well Fig Tree Quilts Blog.  I love quilts that aren't so matchy, matchy but since this was for my mom I knew she would love it to be more on the monochromatic side.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

AMAZING Chicken Marinade!!

I am a Lemon Lover!!  Lemon Everything!  Majority of the time when I am making chicken I always use lemon in some way shape or form in my marinades.  I started looking for a marinade that didn't involve lemon and I made one... WOW It is awesome... Lets get started:
I used Chicken Breast, cleaned and cut thin.
You can use chicken parts or turkey parts also.. What ever you like better!

1 6oz Can of Tomato Paste
1/4 cup of Olive Oil
1 1/2 cups of Chicken Broth
1/4 cup of Worcestershire Sauce
2 Tbs of Montreal Chicken Seasoning (McCormick) Or Applewood Rub (McCormick)
1/4 cup Chopped Fresh Basil or 1 Tbs Dried
1/4 cup Chopped Fresh Parsley and More for Garnish or 1 Tbs Dried
1/2 Tbs Oregano
1/4 Tsp of Cumin
1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tbs Chopped Garlic
1 Onion Chopped (I put my onion in the chopper)

Save a 1/2 cup of Chicken Broth and put aside.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until combined.
Put Chicken into a re-seal able plastic bag and pour Marinade over the chicken.  Get all the air out of the bag and seal it.  I then put the bag in a glass pan and put it into the refrigerator.  I will marinade my chicken for as long as I possibly can. I would say at least an hour or you can marinate overnight.

In the meantime tell your hubby to light the grill.... I hate lighting the grill, it scares the **** out of me for some reason?  I make the husband do it. 

Take the Chicken out of the Marinade and hand it off to your husband to cook on the grill. Do Not Discard the Marinade.... Here is the good part...

Take the remaining marinade and put it in a pot on the stove.  Add the 1/2 cup of Chicken Broth.  Cook the marinade over med/low heat until it is reduced by half.  Take 1/2 the marinade and use as extra sauce for the chicken.  Take the other half and give it to your hubby to brush over the chicken while it is grilling....

Put it on a plate and Garnish with Fresh Parsley & Basil Leaves..... DELICIOUS!!!!! 
If your using Chicken Breasts this also goes great on a roll!