Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Girlfriend Clutch

Here's what I've been slowly working on in my spare time over the last week. Thanks Blue Susan Makes for the pattern!!!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The 100 Year Flood

Well, it's finally here.  The 100 year flood, that has supposed to be coming through Boulder for several years now, arrived last night. There are roads that have washed away, hundreds have been evacuated and there's been a lot of damage. Being east of Boulder, it has not been as bad out here, but we did have some problems last night. We walked into one of the basement bedrooms and found that the carpet was wet. Ben came over and helped move all the furniture out of the room. Once that was out, we discovered that there is a crack in the wall that goes from the window to the floor that had water flowing out of it. It literally was like a little water fall running down the wall.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A Quilt for Nikki

My friend Wendy and I like to make quilts for people in our group of  friends. We have made at least 5 quilts together (that I can remember...there could be more) for our close friends.  Our latest was for our dear friend Nikki. Nikki a word....AWESOME!  She is a compassionate, kind, funny, smart, and wonderful person.  And, she happens to like yellow - which we all know is a super happy can you not like yellow?  Anyway, I picked up an assortment of Jelly rolls and fat quarter bundles a couple of years ago to make this happy quilt for Nikki. So, I thought I should document it. Wendy and I started working on the quilt back in February.  We worked on it here and there and then the quilt top went missing in my house for about a month (which was not a proud moment over here, but thankfully, much to Wendy's relief, it turned up!) And then....and I am embarrassed to admit it, as we were trimming the quilt top in preparation to spray baste and machine quilt it, I did the unthinkable....I accidentally cut into the finished quilt top! Yes! That's right, for the first time in my life, I totally chopped in to a finished quilt top! Not the edge....of course not! No, I cut into the black border! It was awful and required some seriously tricky patching, but it all worked out in the end. Thank you Wendy for being patient and for working with me to make this beautiful quilt. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Ode to the Kindle Fire HD

Dear Kindle Fire I love thee. My brother and sister-in-law and my parents pooled their resources and gave me a this little piece of heaven for Christmas. I recently discovered that my Kindle fits perfectly on the little lip on me treadmill.....doesn't she look pretty perched their? She makes walking so fun....Netflix is just a couple of clicks away.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Travel Bag

So I am going on two.....yes, over the next 2 weeks. I think that is a little crazy, but I'm doing it and I am sure that it is going to be awesome. I am going to the International Quilt Market in Houston, followed by a trip to Disneyland. 

Monday, September 24, 2012

96th Birthday!!!

Sunday we celebrated a 96th birthday - that is when you add 70 and 26 together.  Happy Birthdays Mom and Breanne!!! We had our requisite family birthday dinner which was rounded out by two birthday desserts. Mom has been wanting to try making this Coconut Cake recipe, so we did. We made chocolate frosting instead of coconut, but if we make again, I think we will make the coconut frosting instead. Here's how it turned out. 

It's a very dense cake and took a long time to bake.....unfortunately, it fell and so there was an large amount of frosting added to make it look a little less wonky..... :) It was super yummy though. 

Breanne wanted something that involved chocolate and caramel.  She didn't have anything specific in mind, so she let me just come up with something. So, being the baked goods inventor that I am, I decided to take an old recipe and reinvent it into what I am going to call the Salty Carmel Chocolate Bars. A chocolate oatmeal cookie crust filled with Dulce de Leche and caramel filling.....mmmmmmm. Here are a couple of pictures.  

Sweet is always good with a little salty, so I added some crumbled potato chips to the filling. Ever dipped a potato chip in caramel? You should try's delicious.

Here's what they look like right out of the oven

And here's the inside. Want the recipe? Scroll down to the bottom of this post. 

Of course, I had to make something crafty for my mom's birthday gift. She's been needing a new ironing board cover, so thanks to my sister's tutorial on Blue Susan Makes I made her one. 

It was super fast to make. Once I got it cinched tight around the board, It was still a little loose (I probably cut it too big), so I took a piece of embroidery floss and sewed a quick zigzag from side to side and now it is perfectly snug. 

Becky, super patient Becky, made this cork board wall hanging for's amazing! She cut it all out and traced all of the states with a Sharpie. It's awesome.

Happy Birthday Mom and Breanne! I love you both!

Carmel Fudge Bars

Combine the following:
1 cup butter (melted)
½ cup Cocoa
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups quick-cooking oats

¼ cup Salted Butter
1 14 oz can Dulce de Leche
1 bag carmels (unwrapped)
1 cup crushed potato chips (or more if you want more saltiness)

Preheat oven to 350°.  Grease or spray a 9x13x2 inch glass pan.  

Melt butter, then add cocoa and stir until smooth. Add sugar, eggs and vanilla. Sift together flour, soda, salt and oats and then combine with the butter/sugar mixture.  Set aside about ½  cup of the dough for topping. Pat the remaining dough into the bottom of the pan and 1/4” up the sides.  Set aside. 

To prepare filling: 

In a heavy bottom sauce pan, melt butter over low heat.  Add Dulce de Leche and caramels. Stir continually over low heat until smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in potato chips.

Pour filling over the dough.  Spread evenly over dough, not quite all the way to the edges. 
Break remaining dough into small pieces and drop evenly onto the filling. It will not cover the filling completely.   . 

Bake for 30 - 35 minutes or until filling looks set and cookie topping is slightly browned. Let cool completely before cutting into 2” squares (approximately 2 hours in refrigerator or 3 – 4 hours on counter top.)

Saturday, August 11, 2012


It's 11:00 pm and I just saved this TOAD! He was trapped in the basement window well.  I have to admit, there was a glove and a spatula involved...and I almost made my mom do it.....but when it really came down to it, I just had to pick him up and send him hopping on his way.....there was squealing involved on my part....and a minor freak out, but I did it.. It's a proud moment for me, so I had to blog it.  Markos kids, if your germ-a-phobe Aunt Rachel can pick up a frog, you can too! Go catch a couple this's okay if you squeal a little when it's squirming in your hand :) You can do it!