Friday, July 25, 2014

Low-Calorie Key Lime Pie Shake

Cool off those hazy days of summer with a cool drink with only 124 calories per serving!

This recipe uses soy milk, but you can substitute low-fat or fat-free milk if you wish. Add a drop of vanilla flavoring to the mix if you do.

1/2 cup cold light vanilla soy milk
1/4 cup fat-free vanilla ice cream
2 tbsp. canned crushed pineapple in juice
2 tbsp. sugar-free calorie-free vanilla syrup
1 tbsp. lime juice
1 packet no-calorie sweetener
3/4 cup crushed ice or 4-6 ice cubes
2 tbsp. fat-free whipped topping
1/4 sheet low-fat honey graham crackers, crushed
Optional lime slice

Note: If desired, you can add a touch of rum or lime-flavored vodka.

Combine soy milk, ice cream, pineapple, vanilla syrup, lime juice, sweetener and ice in blender. Blend on high speed for 30-45 seconds. Pour shake into glass and top with whipped topping and crushed graham crackers. Garnish with lime slice, if desired.

Important note! Now, find a lawn chair in the shade, sit down, RELAX and enjoy!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Coccinelle from France Shares her B & W Hexie Project

Coccinelle (Christelle) was kind enough to share her current hexie project with us. Since her blog is in French I decided to translate it for you.
If you have a blog you would like to share with us, I can certainly link post it on the blog for all to enjoy.
Please be sure to check out her beautiful crafts and handwork. I really love her idea of using a print background as a base for her project.

Mes hexagones postés pour les Etats-Unis, j'ai continué à en faire quelques-uns et à les garder précieusement dans une boîte. My hexagons posted to the United States, I continued to make a few and keep them carefully in a box.
Et voici les 4 pochettes reçues en retour des miennes de la part de Pat, Carole, Arizona , Connie et Darleen, Washington . And here are 4 pockets in return received mine from Pat, Carole, Arizona, Connie and Darleen, Washington. Que des tissus noirs et blancs que je ne connais! That black and white fabrics that I know!
Merci à vous et à Kathleen qui organise l'échange. Thank you to you and Kathleen organizing the exchange.

Regardez comme ils sont beaux!
Look how beautiful they are!
Voici une idée du montage que je voudrais faire.
Here's an idea of the timeline I want to. Pas d'hexagone intermédiaire. No middle hexagon. Les coeurs des fleurs seront unis dans les tons des couleurs de la bordure. Hearts flowers are united in the color tones of the border.
J'ai trouvé ce tissu pour la bordure intéressant et très graphique. I found this fabric for the border and very interesting graph. Je ne respecte pas le thème noir et blanc dans sa totalité mais l'important était que j'envoie des hexagones noirs et blancs. I do not respect the black and white theme in its entirety but the important thing was that I send black and white hexagons. Ce que j'ai fait! What I did! Ensuite, pour le montage, c'est moi qui décide... Then, for mounting, it is I who decides ...
J'ai même gardé les "pointes" de mes hexagones car cela peut servir... J'ai déjà une idée mais il faut que je la peaufine un peu! I even kept the "peaks" of my hexagons because it can be used ... I have an idea but I need a bit of fine-tuning!

Voilà un travail qui va m'occuper cet été... Je commence 2 nouveaux swaps avec les USA car cela m'amuse beaucoup! This is a job that will keep me busy this summer ... I'm starting 2 new swaps with the U.S. because it amuses me a lot! A bientôt, pour vous montrer mes choix. Soon, to show you my choice.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

*New Combo Swap Poll--Vote now!*

It great to be back to “combo” swapping! Would you be interested in a swap due in mid-October? That would give you plenty of time to cut away and still have time to get your outdoor work done before winter.
Please email me at your top four choices. I will compile your votes and then post the official sign up.

The poll will be left up until August 3rd; the official sign up will be posted on August 4th and close on August 24th. The swap is due in my hands NO later than October 18th.
Here are the sizes for the swap, but final totals of how many we can send in will be determined after the poll closes and we have our total amount of swappers.

Note: This swap is for WASHED fabrics only!

Bricks-3 ½” x 6 ½”
Layer cake-10" squares

5" squares
2 ½” squares

"Diet" Noodles-2 ½” x 16”
Coins-2 ½” x 5 ½”

What four themes would you like to see offered for the next combo swap? No PM’s or postings here, please.

Stashbusters "Diet" Noodles

Stashbusters Bricks

Stashbusters  2 ½”  squares

Stashbusters layer cake

Stashbusters coins

5" squares in polka dots

5" squares in reds

5” squares in batiks

5” squares in pastels

5" squares in TOT (tone on tone) prints

5" squares in children’s novelty prints

5” squares in TRUE 30’s repro prints (no children’s or novelty prints)

5" squares in pinks

5” squares in BRIGHTS

"Diet' Noodles in TOT (tone on tone) prints

"Diet" Noodles in jewel tones

"Diet" Noodles in small floral prints

"Diet" Noodles in TRUE Red, White and Blues

"Diet" Noodles in TRUE Black and White prints

“Diet” Noodles in Batiks

Bricks in children novelty prints

Bricks in floral prints

Bricks in TRUE Red, White and Blues

Bricks in BRIGHT prints

Bricks in TOT (tone on tone) prints

Layer Cake in floral prints

I will keep a running total of theme votes posted on the hexagon blog  so you can see how your favorites are doing! Any questions? Just email me!




12th Hexagon Swap Poll

The 11th Hexie Swap is in process and it’s time to select the themes for our 12th swap! Did you know that 12 is my lucky number? To celebrate the 12th swap, we will have a couple of surprises to make it a special one.

Email me your top TWO choices to The poll will stay up until August 3rd; the official sign ups begin on the August 4th and ends on August 24th.  The swap is due in my hands no later than October 4th. The top votes win!

Guidelines would be the same as the previous swaps, but always feel free to contact me if you have any questions on fabrics. You can check out the blog at  for past swap guidelines.

Vote for: (running total of votes will be listed to the right of the theme on the hexie blog):

*Stashbusters prints (like in the past eleven swaps)

*TRUE 1930's repros-no children’s novelties

*TRUE 1930’s repros-only children’s novelties

*TRUE Civil War repros

*Batiks (must prewash your fabrics for this theme, please)

*TOT (tone on tone)

*TRUE black and white prints

*Spring colors (pastel colors)

*Summer colors (bright colors of summer flowers)

*Fall colors (deep reds, maroon, dark oranges, golds, browns, etc.)

*Winter colors (white and blues)

*TRUE red, white and blue prints

*BRIGHT prints

*Small floral prints

*Children's novelty prints

*Novelty prints-not children’s


*Neutrals (black, cream or white)

*TRUE red and white prints

*TRUE blue and white prints

*Shades of blue

*Shades of pink

*Small print polka dots


Monday, July 14, 2014

Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce Recipe

I was going through some of my favorite recipes and thought I would share this one with you.
Not only is it great on meat and chicken, but a super dipping sauce.
Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce

1 cup finely minced onion

¼ cup vegetable oil

1 ½ cups Dr. Pepper

1 (15 oz.) can crushed tomatoes

½ cup orange juice

¼ cup cider vinegar

½ cup honey

½ to 1 tsp. cayenne powder-to taste

Salt and Pepper to taste

Heat oil in pot and sauté onions for 4-5 minutes.  Add the remaining ingredients and stir well to combine. Simmer for 30 minutes.
Carefully pour sauce into a blender or food processor in small batches and puree until smooth.  Put sauce back into a saucepan and bring to a simmer and continue to simmer, uncovered, for 1-2 hours.


Monday, July 7, 2014

Don't forget.....!

As we are all in the middle of the summer sun and fun, sometimes we forget our commitments. This is just a reminder of swap due dates:
**11th hexie swap is due in my hands no later than August 23rd**
**Combo swap is due in my hands no later than September 6th**
For those of you doing both swaps, this gives you the opportunity to save $$$ by shipping both swaps together!

Jo Morton Hexie Blog

Check out Jo Morton's technique on how to add a border onto your next hexie quilt!