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Holiday Blog Blitz – Wishing you a very Merry Christmas – Recipe Sharing

Today, SewCalGal is hosting a Holiday Blog Blitz to wish you a very Merry Christmas.  All of the participating blogs will also be sharing a free holiday recipe with you, so I hope you’ll take time to hop and have fun too!

I’ll confess I got a late start on my baking this year.  I do enjoy holiday baking and sharing with family and friends, especially those that may be unable to do any baking of their own.  While I’m still doing more baking today, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite and easiest recipes that I like to make during the holidays:

Years ago I fell in love with the Oatmeal Cranberry Cookie recipe, that is on the package for dried cranberries (Craisins Brand).  The recipe “as is” is excellent, but I have made a few changes:

Jalepeno Artichoke dip is a tasty and versatile snack that is good served with crackers cold, or as a hot dip.  I like applying it to a Boboli Pizza crust and baking for a yummy appetizer.  When in a hurry this also works for purchased Jalepeno Artichoke dip, but this is the recipe I’ve been using to make my own dip (spread on a Boboli).

You have brought great happiness and inspiration to me this past year and I am truly grateful.  I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and for those celebrating Hanukkah, I wish for you a very Happy Hanukkah.  And, I wish all of us a Happy Holiday and a very Happy and Healthy New Year that is also filled with peace, happiness, kindness and, of course,  #CreativeGoodness.

Here is the line up of participants in this Holiday Blog Blitz, where you can get a yummy holiday recipe at each stop in this hop.  I’ve seen a few sneak peaks on the recipes and they really are yummy.  So, click thru, hop, and enjoy #HolidayGoodness.  

Stitch This (Martingale)

Leah Day – The Free Motion Quilting Project

The Electric Quilt Company (Behind The
Mouse – The Electric Quilt Blog)

Marjorie Busby (Blue Feather Quilt Studio) –

Wendy Sheppard  (Ivory Spring) –

Barb of Bejeweled Quilts by Barb –

Bea Lee (Beaquilter) –

Inchworm Fabrics –

Hoffman California Fabrics – Creative Canvas blog 
Also, you may have already seen ad on the internet for Sainsbury, but it caught my heart and I wanted to share it with you today:

If you are on a MAC or having problems viewing this embedded video, here is link where you can watch it directly in Youtube:

Lastly, I do hope you find time to truly enjoy the holiday season with family and friends and don’t allow it to become an overwhelming season.  Low key, simple holidays can be fun and remind us what any holiday celebration is all about.


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Jacquelynne Steves Holiday Hullabaloo Blog Hop Party and Giveaways too!

You are invited to come join the Holiday Hullabaloo Blog Hop Party this week.  

SewCalGal is a firm believer that one can never get enough hugs, never have too many friends, and never get invited to too many Holiday Parties.  Needless to say, I was excited with Jacquelynne Steves asked me to join her Holiday Hullabaloo Blog Hop.   And, I was able to invite all my friends to come join the fun too!

To start, I want to give you a big virtual hug and welcome you to a party that lasts all week long.   You just need to visit all the blogs (aka party houses) and leave a comment on their blog to enter to win a prize (or prizes) from giveaways on their blog. And, of course visit Jacquelynne’s blog and leave a comment (or comment daily) to enter to win an amazing Grand Prize.  

Yes, this is a Hullabaloo Blog Hop Party.  And, I’m delighted you’ve popped by and are joining the fun!

party invite

Jacque (Lily Pad Quilting) kicked off this Blog Hop Party yesterday, so if you missed her post I hope you’ll pop back over and have some fun, as well as enter to win a giveaway by visiting her blog.

Jacquelynne celebrates the holidays with a fun blog hop to kick off the season every year.  I’ve been attending her parties for a couple of years and always have fun.  Of course, who doesn’t have fun visiting her blog (The Art of Home).  Jacquelyne is a talented fabric designer, graphic artist, quilt designer and an amazing hostess.  I love how she shares insights on her blog on a variety of topics, and frequently shares some yummy recipes too!

Is this your first Holiday Party of the season ?  It is mine.  As I’ve heard from some people that say they never get invited to Holiday Parties, I’m truly glad you are here.  I also want to encourage you to talk your quilty friends to get together for a Holiday Party.  You may want to host a potluck, go out to brunch or lunch, possibly visit a quilt shop.  But do something with quilty friends this Holiday Season.  Share hugs, stories and have fun.  Sometimes we just need an excuse to get together and what better excuse than to get together for a “Holiday Party”.

For this virtual Holiday Party, some of us are bringing food.  While I can’t easily share the food with you, I do want to share two of my favorite holiday recipes:


If you would like a copy of these recipes you can right click on the above recipes and download to your desktop, to print.  Or, click here to download a PDF that contains both recipes.

How about singing a Holiday song?

Let Me Sew!
–unknown author — This cute son is sung to the tune of Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!

Oh the pattern I’ve picked is striking,
The fabric to my liking,
It’s washed and all set to go.
Let me sew! Let me sew! Let me sew!

I intend to have fun while cutting,
My skills I will be strutting.
On to piecing I’ll gladly go,
Let me sew! Let me sew! Let me sew!

When I’m finished with this new quilt,
On some old UFO’s I will start.
But for now I will feel no guilt,
I’m happy to practice my art.

My seams I will soon be pressing,
My blocks will be progressing.
My smile, how it will glow.
Let me sew! Let me sew! Let me sew!

You did great singing that song.  Of course, I love the “Let me sew! Let me sew! Let me sew!” part.

christmas star worlds green

Did I Mention A Giveaway ?

Jacquelynn is sponsoring a “mystery” prize giveaway at each of the stops in this hop..  Yes, at each stop in this hop you have a chance to win a Mystery prize with a retail value of $15-$30.  Plus, there will be a Grand Prize with a retail value of $75. These prizes will be a mystery, where you won’t know exactly what you win until you receive your prize in the mail.  But the  prizes will include some quilty goodness like a book, a pattern, fabric, note cards, etc..  

SewCalGal is also offering a simple prize of ten die cut applique snowflakes.  These are cut using a good white on white print fabric, which doesn’t show the background fabric, once ironed on.  It is also backed with Steam-a-seam adhesive, making these applique pieces good for quilts, wallhangings, table toppers and more.  
white snowflakes
To enter to win, followers can complete  the Rafflecopter widget below, which is basically asking you to leave a comment on this post and let me know if you are attending any quilty Holiday Parties, hosting any quilty holiday parties, or you don’t have any quilty holiday events planned for this year. And, if you do attend such parties and want to share tips on what make such a party fun, please feel free to share that too!  After all, SewCalGal is trying to encourage more quilters to rally friends together to create your own Quilty Holiday Party this year.  To me, the season isn’t about getting gifts it is about spending time with friends (and family too).  We just need to schedule it to make it happen in our busy quilty lives!  There are also optional opportunities to get extra entries, for those that are interested.  Again, check out the Rafflecopter form to enter and claim as many entries as you feel appropriate.
SewCalGal will be randomly drawing the two lucky winners.  This post will be updated to announce the winners on the 8th and I’ll also send them an email message, to let them know.
**** Update – Winners Announced ***
Congratulations to the following winners:  
Margaret S.- won a mystery gift from Jacquelynne Steves
Tiffany  W. – won pre-cut snowflakes from SewCalGal
An email has been sent to the winners to notify them.
Don’t forget to visit all the blogs participating in this Hullabaloo Blog Hop Party. The line up for this hop is:

Monday Dec. 2 

Lily Pad Quilting  

Tuesday Dec. 3 

Sew Cal Gal 
 Bejeweled Quilts by Barb  

Wednesday Dec. 4 

Upstairs Hobby Room  
Freemotion by the River  

Thursday Dec.5 

A Quilt & a Prayer   
Tami’s Quilting Adventure  

Friday Dec. 6 

Needled Mom 

And, of course you can visit Jacquelynne’s blog every day of the hop too!  Be sure to leave a comment on Jacquelynne’s blog, to enter to win the Grand Prize!  You just need to enter by Sunday, December 8th.

…..lastly, don’t forget to visit Jacquelynne’s ETSY shop as she has a great sale going on this week.  

You can find Jacquelynne at:


Happy Thanksgiving

I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving.  Enjoy!
I also want to share with you one of my favorite holiday dessert recipes:
12 oz fresh cranberries, washed & drained
3 cups flour (set aside 1/4 cup of this flour)
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 Cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs at room temp
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
Grated zest of 1 orange (optional)
1 tbl milk
¼ cup orange juice
1 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
Preheat oven to 325.  Spray Pam on your bundt cake pan.  Toss berries with the ¼ cup flour that you previously measured out.  Mix remaining flour with baking powder and salt in a bowl  
In a large mixing bowl, blend cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Then add the vanilla and beat this mixture together until fluffy.    Add Orange Zest.  Fold in the dry ingredients.  Beat until well-blended and a firm batter forms.  Very gently fold in the berries.  Spoon the batter into bundt cake pan.  Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, but be sure to test by poking a wooden bamboo stick, or a thin wooden pick, in the middle of the cake  to see if it comes out clean.  If the stick isn’t clean, cook for 1-2 additional minutes and re-test with the wooden pick. 
Turn the cake out of the bundt pan, allowing it to cool on a baking rack.
Directions for glaze: 
Blend the juice and the confectioners’ sugar until smooth.  Be sure the cake is at room temperature, before drizzling the glaze over the top of the cake.
Let the gaze harden for a few hours before serving.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I’ve had chocolate and roses, or chocolate and berries on my mind for weeks, along with Valentine’s Day.

They certainly have been on my mind.   I’ve noticed that when I go into Quilt Shops I’ve been drawn to fabrics that remind me of Chocolate and Roses.

There are a few Bloggers with AccuQuilt products that will be sharing insights with you today on how they use their AccuQuilt to create fun projects.  You can also visit various “Team” members, who are listed in the right hand column of my blog, under the Team of Bloggers with AccuQuilt products, where you can also see their latest posts on seeing their insights on using AccuQuilt products.

Today, I wanted to share insights with you on a few easy projects for Valentine’s Day.  I bet you can guess what was on my mind as I picked fabric for these projects.  These “quicky” projects are definitely different for what I might typically do, but also fun and easy projects that are perfect for Valentine’s Day and easy to adapt to other occasions, as well.    

I had fun making placemats using the AccuQuilt GO! and GO! heart die.  But, to make things even faster I used ModPodge and Roc-lon multipurpose cloth.  These were very easy placemats that were fast to make.

Update:  These placemats were fast & easy to make.  But the ModPodge approach to seal these placemats, looks great, but not effective with hot dishes.  Recommend against this approach, for anything that you want to use with heat.

I also wanted to make some  Valentine’s Day gifts, and came up with several easy projects using my AccuQuilt GO!  First, I had fun embellishing  Pasmina Shawls using the GO! heart die.  I made several of these to give to friends for Valentine’s Day.

I had fun embellishing tea towels that I like to use in my kitchen, and I also have fun using these as hostess gifts.  I wanted to share this one with you, as an example of how I love to also manually cut around the scrap part of the GO! Heart die, to create a secondary applique design.  This manual approach works on the majority of the the GO! applique designs.

I also had fun decorating a composition book, with a Valentine’s Day theme.  I used my favorite tutorial on this type of project, from Char (Crap I’ve Made) and I used the AccuQuilt GO! Hearts die to decorate several composition books.  Very easy project with Char’s tutorial, the AccuQuilt GO! and Mod Podge!

I also want to increase awareness how much fun it is, and how easy it is, to create secondary applique designs with your AccuQuilt GO!   For the GO! Heart Die, I simply manualy cut around the outer cut to create fun silhouette type designs.  And I loved interlacing two different fabrics with two hearts.  I find this to be a great way to use scraps.

On a personal note, I’m looking forward to a fun Valentine’s Day.  I will be celebrating a birthday with a friend, at lunch.  While I’m not a great cook, I’m cooking dinner for my DH.  I’ll be able to use my Valentine’s theme placemats & dishtowels for decorations on the dinner I’m preparing.  I’m making Beef Burgundy, using a recipe from Carol Kaplan.  This is a yummy recipe that smells and tastes wonderful, and it is so easy that I can even create a yummy dinner.  I asked Carol, and she approved me to share this recipe with you today.

Carol’s Beef Burgundy Recipe

1 1/2 pounds round steak, cut into bite-sized strips
1 large onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 tablespoons butter or margarine
6 tablespoons flour
6 teaspoons instant beef bouillon granules
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups water
1 cups Burgundy wine
1 package fresh mushrooms, sliced

In a large, heavy sauce-pan brown meat, onion and garlic in butter over medium-high heat. Add flour, bouillon and salt. Stir in water, wine and mushrooms. Cover and cook until sauce thickens and begins to bubble. Reduce heat and simmer until mushrooms are cooked and meat is tender, about 30 minutes.

Serve over cooked rice, noodles, or baked/mashed potatoes,. Top with sour cream, if desired.


I hope you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.

And, I do hope you’ll take time to visit the Team of Bloggers with AccuQuilt products to see which ones are sharing insights on Valentine’s Day. 

Kim (Chatterbox Quilts) has a very cute post with an excellent video that I hope you’ll pop over to see, if you haven’t already. 
Katrina (Sunshower Quilts) also has an lovely Valentine’s post with a brilliant tutorial that I love.

And, if you are also a Blogger with an AccuQuilt product and posted an AccuQuilt post with a Valentine’s theme today, let me know if you want me to include a link here.  {or if any of you see such a post, let me know}.

My apologies, as I informally tried to compile a list, but with various challenges this week, I’m not able to provide you a complete summary of which blogs I know are sharing insights with a Valentine’s theme. This was an informal activity, totally optional for Bloggers with AccuQuilts to blog about today.  But, the links to blogs of team members are on the right column of my blog and I think you’ll have fun visiting them too!
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