Monthly Archives: June 2012

Cats Meow Quilt Class

Yesterday afternoon I taught the Cats Meow Quilt at A Quilting Place/Stashbusters.  Here’s the quilt:

We had a great time learning Marci Baker’s strip piecing technique to make the tumbling blocks.

Here are some pictures of the class:

Judy working on cutting her strips
Shirley is creating her tumbling blocks
And Shirley stayed later to assemble her tumbling blocks- they look great!  I love the fabrics she chose!
I love this technique & love teaching it even more.  My favorite part is when we layout the blocks & people see the 3-D effect for the first time!
Next month we’ll be taking this technique one step further & will make a floating tumbling block quilt!  Those details will be out shortly!

Homemade Fabric Softener

I stopped using fabric softener years ago after I discovered it actually shortened the life of your clothes.  However, sometimes it’s nice to have some on hand- like for a new set of sheets you want to break in.

Since I’m trying to be a more frugal homekeeper, I searched Pinterest for softener recipes & after some math (to make less than 1 gallon), I found a good one.  Our sheets came out nice & soft & they didn’t have that fabric softener smell which I personally can’t stand.  Here’s the recipe:

1 1/2 cups HOT water
1/2 cup hair conditioner (they recommended a Suave rain that smelled nice, I used Suave Shea Butter ’cause that’s what we use)
3/4 cup vinegar

– Pour water & conditioner into a lidded jar (I used 2 pint mason jars, or 1 quart would be perfect).
– Shake until completely dissolved.
– Add vinegar & shake well.

Use about 2 tablespoons per load.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we are!

Black Beans & Pork Chops

Crazy May is finally over!  Thank goodness!  We joked that was the month we could count on 1 hand the number of times I cooked.  (Seriously, this is crazy for us!  We don’t do this!)

What would be better than to start June off with a great meal?

My sister told me about Food on the Table.  It costs a small fee (but I got it free under a special- check- they have more coming up) but you put in your food preferences (protein choices, dietary restrictions, etc) & it comes up with a variety of recipes for dinner.  You select them & they pop them into a meal plan with shopping list & they tell you if your local grocery stores has any of those items on sale this week.

To try them out I made their “Black Beans & Pork Chops.”  I was impressed how easy the recipe looked, but you still never know.





I can’t wait for lunch tomorrow to have the leftovers!

Here’s the recipe:
– 4 pork chops (we did 2 very large bone-in ’cause that’s what was in the freezer)
(to taste)ground black pepper & salt

– 1 tbsp olive oil
– 1, 15.0 ounce can black beans, with liquid
– 1 c. salsa (we used Newman’s Own Medium)

– Season pork with some salt & pepper (I always pat my meat dry first)
– Heat oil in skillet & quickly brown the sides
– Add black beans (with liquid) & salsa
– Bring to a boil
– Simmer covered, 20 minutes or so- depending on how thick the chops are

We had these with roasted potatoes & fresh green beans. 
I’d say June is starting off on the right foot!

*Note- there’s been some discussion lately on recipe copyrights.  I know I break these rules.  However, I’m not sure exactly what these rules are.  I’m just a wife who’s trying to put a decent meal on the table in the midst of craziness.  I like Jamie Oliver’s stance that we’re just trying to share real food with people to encourage everyone to cook good & healthy meals at home.