Friday

Christmas Quiche - Fresh Living

There are a million reasons to love Christmas morning.  For our family at the top of the list is gathering together with our family and friends to eat our Christmas brunch.  We try to keep it pretty simple, and have added different items to the menu over the years, but a must have is our Christmas Quiche.  

Quiche is a simple egg pie.  The fillings you add can be adapted to your family's tastes.  Our two favorite are a Spinach-Swiss and a Sausage-Potato.  I promise you they are no more work than one of those "overnight casseroles" but are so much more elegant than a spoonful of everything plopped on a plate.  


To make a quiche you need a pie dough.  Now you can wither make one from scratch if you want to, but in my opinion...it is too much work for breakfast!  So, I use either a pre-made refrigerator dough or frozen pie shells.  They make life so easy on Christmas morning!

The next items to get ready are your fillings.  For the Spinach-Swiss Quiche you will need...


1 small package of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 cups of grated Swiss cheese
(Makes two quiches)

Saute the chopped onion in a little butter until translucent and add the spinach.  Heat through.  Add two cups of filling to each pie shell.  Spread out.  Top with grated cheese.  Add egg mixture over the top.  


How to make the egg mixture for each pie you will need...

4 eggs
1 cup of milk
1/2 cup of flour
1 teaspoon of dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
1 teaspoon of Worcester sauce

Mix together in a blender and pour over quiche filling.



Bake at 350 degrees for one hour.


Sausage-Potato Filling

2 cups of sausage or chorizo
1/4 cup green pepper
1/4 cup red pepper
4 cups shredded hash-browns
Shredded cheddar cheese

Fry the sausage in a non-stick skillet adding the chopped peppers.  Once the sausage is cooked add the hash-browns and cook until browned.  Season to taste with pepper.  Add two cups of filling to each quiche pastry.  Top with 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese.  Makes enough filling for two.


Remember that quiche can be served warm or cold.  I have also made my fillings the day before to speed up the morning.   They also make a fantastic dinner entree!


Christmas Brunch Menu

Christmas Quiche - Spinach-Swiss & Sausage-Potato
Swedish Pancakes with Lingon Berry Sauce
Grandma's Frog Eyed Fruit Salad
Egg Nog Bread
Sugar Cookies and Fudge
Christmas Punch
Hot Cocoa Bar


Swedish Pancakes with Lingon Berry Sauce
My Swedish pancakes are such a cheat.   I buy the frozen Swedish pancakes and Lingon Jam from Ikea.  Shhh...don't tell!  Seriously, I have made everything from scratch for so many years, until I bought the Ikea pancakes for my daughter's wedding brunch and oh my...they were so good.   All you have to do is heat them in your oven!

To make the Lingon Berry sauce, I take two jars of Ikea's Lingon Berry Jam and heat with a cup of water on medium heat until the jam loosens into a sauce.  I love the red of this sauce...it is so Christmasy.  Add a few sprinkles of powdered sugar and they look like Christmas.

Egg Nog Bread

The link for this recipe is here.....


Christmas Punch

6 oz pkg. raspberry gelatin
12 oz. frozen lemonade
12 oz. frozen orange juice
46 oz. pineapple juice
2 ltr. bottle of 7-Up

Blend together gelatin, lemonade, orange juice, and pineapple juice until gelatin if dissolved.  Stir in soda.  Garnish with oranges.  

I hope you enjoy these recipes.  We have loved them for well over 30 years. 
  Merry Christmas!


Thursday

Over the River - Garden Dreamer

One of my absolute favorite designers is Maureen Cracknell.  I have followed her stories and designs for a long time and had the pleasure of meeting her at this past quilt market.   We walked over to my booth and had a great time getting to know each other.  It was truly one of the highlights of market for me.  

We talked about making something with my hoop-art designs from her next fabric line, and I am beyond excited to share the first of two hoop art patterns that I designed with her new Garden Dreamer's fabric.


I have had these "Over the River" hoop-art designs in my mind for about a year, and when I opened the package of her fabrics I knew it was time to make them.  The pattern is available in My Shop.  You can view the rest of her Art Gallery Fabric Garden Dreamer's Collection in the Garden Dreamer's LookBook.  The colors and patterns are so rich and dreamy...it was perfectly named.

Watch for the second in the "Over the River" Hoop-Art Patterns to come out the first of January.  Thank you Maureen for the chance to stitch with your amazing fabric!

Wednesday

Tweetle Dee Designs Barn Quilt Supplies

The day is finally here that the Tweetle Dee Design Co's barn quilt supplies are loaded in the shop and ready for you!  Most of the student's that take the Barn Quilt Class ask how they can purchase additional boards and patterns...because let's face it, this may be the most addicting thing since Dirty Diet Cokes!


 We now offer the 22", 33" and 44" barn quilt boards pre-cut, sanded, and painted ready for you to add your favorite designs.  As well, the shop has 10 beginning patterns with more to come soon!


To find the shop, go to the top of the home page and click on the My shop tab, it will take you to the shopping site.  You will find the boards and patterns under Supplies.  


The shop also has numerous barn quilts for inspiration and purchase....and of course custom orders are available.  I hope this helps many of you who have been frustrated trying to find your barn quilt supply fix!  


Tuesday

Winter is Here

We woke up this morning to freezing, wet, and white stuff all over our yard!  I'm especially excited for this winter season and the holidays it brings.  I already have my tree up and the house decked out.  The Thanksgiving turkey is in it's brine and we are ready to gather together to celebrate...so this morning's snow was like getting a little tease from mother nature!


I have posted in The Shop a new wool applique and embroidery pattern called Winter Wool.  It is the fourth in a series of seasonal wool applique patterns from Tweetle Dee.  It is small and simple to put together.  I love the dark night and the snow...my favorites!  

I hope you enjoy this pattern and this teaser of winter.  I know there is much more to come in the next few weeks!  I'm ready.  Welcome winter! 


Friday

Barn Quilt Table Runners - Fresh Living

Tis the season to gather family and friends around our tables, so I thought I would add my favorite barn quilt designs to my table scapes this year.  They add a element of color and texture to your table.  They are super easy to make and so on trend with the farmhouse style we all love! 


 All you need to make a barn quilt table runner is a surface to paint.  I make most of my barn quilt boards myself and they can be purchased on in my shop, but if you are anywhere near a Joann's or a Home Depot, it is just as easy to find pre-cut and sanded wood bases for under $10.00.  



I also visited my local Habitat For Humanity and found old cupboard doors for under $3.00 that work fantastically!  If you are using a board that is pre-finished, I recommend painting your base coat in chalk paint because you don't have to prepare the wood.  If you are using an unfinished wood, any acrylic paint will work for a base coat.



Once you have your wood and it is prepped with a base coat, you are ready to paint your design.  I love traditional and simple geometric designs.  You can find a variety of patterns on my site, my Instagram (@tweetledeedesignco), and on Pinterest.  I also have a full tutorial on How to Paint a Barn Quilt which will give you all the painting and finishing techniques you will need.



I love to use my square barn quilts as serving stations, such as the hot cocoa station pictured below.  They work great as serving trays and show off your pies and cakes beautifully!



I recommend finishing your barn quilts off with a 50/50 mixture of stain and Linseed Oil. This seals the wood and antiques it slightly.  It also makes your barn quilt wood food safe.  So you can serve your favorite appetizers, cookies, cakes, right off of your barn quilt!  How cute is that?




If you want your barn quilt elevated you can find legs at Home Depot for under $4.00.  All  you need to do is pre-drill a hole where you want your leg, add a little wood glue for stability, and screw in the leg.  Let dry and paint.




I hope this post has given you some ideas on how to use your barn quilts in new ways, and that your holiday table and treats shine especially bright this season!  You can watch the full segment on KUTV Fresk Living.  Happy Holidays!

Mini-Pies In A Lid - Fresh Living

As you know, I am soooo in love with pie anything.....pies in a jar, pie pops, pie bites, pie...pie...pie etc.!  I thought I had mastered them all until I thought of "pies in a lid".


They are the easiest most simple way to make a little individual pie I have ever seen!  All you need is a wide mouth canning jar lid and ring, a baking sheet, non-stick spray, your favorite pie dough and filling.  Lay the rings on a baking sheet and place the lids inside the rings.  Spray with a coat of non-stick spray and press your pie dough into the lid.
I found the easiest way to do this was to find a round "template" to cut the dough out.  I used a round plastic bowl just a half inch larger than my wide mouth rings.  This allows for extra dough to pinch into a lovely crust.  Pour in your filling and bake at a normal temperature.  I have found that these little pies bake in a quarter of the time of a regular pie...so set your timer accordingly.
Once they are finished baking let cool a few minutes and pop the ring and bottom off the shell and serve! They come out perfect every time.  I am busy making some up for our family's Thanksgiving feast...a little apple, pear & cranberry, and of course pumpkin!  I hope you have fun with this new little idea!!!

Conference Cinnamon Rolls

This afternoon I taught my newlywed daughter how to make Conference Cinnamon Rolls that she has eaten twice a year since she was a toddler.  I only make them twice a year when we gather together to listen to our church leaders speak at the LDS General Conference.  Hence the name Conference Cinnamon Rolls.  Her favorite job as a little girl was to lick the beaters and she still does.  I'm posting out of request from my children and friends who have had these and love them.  Enjoy!


Conference Cinnamon Rolls

1.  Preheat Oven to 200 degrees.

2.  Make Dough

In a mixer add 3 cups of warm water, 2 Tbsp. SAF instant yeast, 4 Tbsp. sugar, 4 Tbsp. oil and 1 Tbsp of salt. Mix together on low speed for a minute.  Add 4 cups of flour and mix until it is a wet dough.  Add  3 half dollar size drops of soy lecithin.  Mix again.  Add 3 more cups of flour and mix together.  You will want the dough to just pull away from the bowl.  It should be soft and a little doughy but touchable.  If you need to add a little more flour to get this consistency.  

Knead on medium speed for 3 minuets and let stand for 15 minutes.  This helps the dough to relax.

3.  Mix 3 Tbsp. of Saigon Cinnamon with 4 Tbsp. of sugar.  Set Aside.

4.  Melt one stick of butter.  Set Aside.

5.  Rub your counter down with some oil to work with the dough.  

6.  Softly roll the dough out into a rectangle about a 1/3" thick.  Let rest a few minutes.

7.  Brush the rectangle of dough with melted butter.

8.  Sprinkle with a cup and a half of brown sugar.  Make sure to get the sugar to the edges.

9.  Sprinkle the Cinnamon/Sugar mixture over the brown sugar.

10.  Take the long side of the dough and carefully roll towards you to make a cinnamon roll dough "log".  Pat the ends into shape.

11. Break off a piece of unwaxed and unflavored dental floss about two feet long.  Slide the floss under the dough to about a inch and a quarter length.  Lift up the ends of the floss, cross over and cut the roll pieces.

12.  Place the rolls in a deep greased 9" x 13" pan.  (You will need two pans).  Place so they are barely touching each other.  Once they are all cut, lightly pat down the tops to make the circle shape.

13.  Place the pan of rolls in the 200 degree oven for about 15 minuets to raise.

14.  Once raised, turn the heat up on the oven to 350 degrees and cook until lightly browned on the top.  About 20 minuets.  

15.  Once they are done, brush the tops with the remaining melted butter.  

16.  Make the cream cheese frosting,

In a mixer with a whisk attachment add 1 stick of softened butter and 1 block of softened cream cheese.  Whisk together.  Add 2 Tbsp. of vanilla.  and 3 Cups of powdered sugar.  Whisk together. Slowly add a Tbsp. of milk and whip until you get a soft frosting consistency.  You may need to add a little more milk or powdered sugar to achieve the balance...but you'll get it.

17.  Spread the frosting over the rolls and enjoy!!!

We hope you love this recipe as much as our family has.  They are sooooo good!   


Monday

Caramel Apple Butter - Fresh Living

One of the best aromas ever is a slow cooker full of apples and spice...there is nothing like it, and one of the easiest ways to enjoy the fall smells is by making Caramel Apple Butter.   My family loves to eat it on crisp toast and pancakes.  My favorite is over salted caramel ice cream...don't judge! 


All you need to make this simple apple butter is a slow cooker and about 20 large apples.   My favorite kind to use are Jonathon's or Honeycrisp.  They are the perfect mixture of firm, sweet, and tart.  Wash your apples and peel them.  I like to use my old fashioned apple peeler...it does the job in a matter of seconds.  I think I found this peeler at Wal-Mart for $19.00.  When the peeler comes my husband and kids are ready to help.


Once the apples are peeled, you can use an apple slicer to slice them into large wedges. Place them in a slow cooker and turn it on to the low setting.  It's ok if there are little bits of peel on the apple, they cook down great.


Once the slow cooker is full, add four cups of sugar and three tablespoons of apple pie seasoning.  If you can not find apple pie seasoning, mix together cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves to a mixture you like. 


Put a lid on the slow cooker and cook for eight hours on the low setting.  Stir occasionally to mix the spices and sugars through the mixture.   You will have a delicious amount to apple juice that cooks out of the apples over cooking time.  When the time is skim off most of the juice and set aside. The spiced apple juice can be cooked down to make a delicious apple syrup for pancakes!

Add a jar of your favorite softened caramel. and mix together.  I like to use an immersion blender to blend the chunks up into a half chunky sauce.  If your mixture is still too thin, cook a little longer in the pot.  (It will thicken even more in the fridge.)


Once your apple butter is done, you can refrigerate it for up to three weeks or freeze it for up two months.  If you want it to last through the winter,  you can process them in a water bath for 20 minutes and they will keep for a year.  You can find the instructions for the water bath process at the Ball Fresh Preserving Site.


Just imagine a spice filled thick sweet and tart apple sauce in one bite...and you will know why we are crazy for this recipe!   I usually cook up several batches through the fall to give as housewarming and holiday gifts.  A jar of apple butter, and a loaf of bread and you have the perfect gift.  You can view the KUTV Fresh Living Segment by clicking on the highlighted link.  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!  


Friday

DIY Story Stones - Fresh Living

One of the hottest trending children's "toys" out there is a simple stone, a Story Stone.  Story Stones are all over Etsy, Pinterest and local markets too.  They are simple to make and give hours of creative fun for your entire family.

A Story Stone is simply a stone that has an image on it that helps spark a story.  To play with them you paint or modge-podge a collection of images onto rocks and place in a bag.  You can play with one person by having them choose a rock and start a story, pick another rock and add a little more until your tale is told.



In a group setting have one person pick a rock and tell a sentence and then pass the bag onto the next person who chooses a story stone and adds another sentence, and so on.  For children who are very young, you can have them draw their story after choosing a rock.  I love this game because it gets everyone talking and laughing together...and the stories never end!



The materials are simple.  Rocks that can be found outside or at your local craft shop, paint markers, Sharpie Markers, acrylic paint, some clip art and Modge Podge.  I love to paint the rocks and if you need a little inspiration look up Story Stones on Pinterest and you will find plenty of ideas.

If you are not the artistic type, you can use clip art images Modge Podged onto the rocks.  It's super simple.  Just lay down a thin layer or Modge Podge to glue the picture to the rock and then brush over it again to seal it.  Let dry, and you are ready to play.

I found my little bags at the local craft store in the jewelry section.  They were super cheap..about $3.00 for a set of four.  I like to decorate my bags for whatever theme rocks I have in the bag.  


There really are no "rules" to how these Story Stones are used.  I know my kiddos will want to mix and match and play with them a characters.  It's just how they roll, but getting them to come up with their own bedtime stories is a treat...and it helps Mom who flat lines when it comes to making up my own story.

Ps -- They also make great gifts!



Wednesday

Upcoming Barn Quilt Classes

I'm so excited to announce upcoming dates for my Barn Quilt classes.  Most weeks throughout the fall that you can find me painting with a fun group of ladies somewhere.  These classes are addicting and I love to have repeat students come and paint for a day.  If you have ever wanted to learn about barn quilts and how to paint one check out my upcoming classes and sign up!


In addition to teaching I will also be at Swiss Days over Labor Day weekend in Booth A-2 with finished boards, unfinished boards and quilt block patterns for sale.  We love this event!  It has been a tradition in our family for years and I look forward to seeing many of you there!  I will also be at the Sundance Harvest Festival on September 24th.  Come by for a visit!





Fall Schedule

September
  • Swiss Days - Midway, Utah September 2 & 3
  • Olie and Evie - Riverton, Utah  September 10th 9:00 am - 1:00 pm  (olieandevie@gmail.com)
  • My Girlfriend's Quilt Shoppe - Logan, Utah September 16th 9:30 am - 1:30 pm & 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm.  (435-654-2844)
  • Sundance Harvest Festival - September 24th 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
October

  • Elaine's Quilt Block  - Cottonwood Heights, Utah October 8th 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (801-947-9100)
  • American Quilting - Orem, Utah October 14th 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm (801-802-7841)
  • International Quilt Market - Houston, Texas October 28th - 30th



Monday

Wildflower Necklaces - Fresh Living

It's summer time and the fields are full of wildflowers!  We've been out hiking and collecting wildflowers of all kinds.  It's one of my favorite summer hobbies.  In fact if you pick up a random book in my house you will most likely find a flower stuck in it's pages from some trip.  I love flowers and I like to use them as souvenirs of places I've been.  

Preserved wildflowers are all the craze now and you can find them on cell phone covers, acrylic nails, wall art, floral backdrops, and jewelry.  On today's KUTV's Fresh Living we are making wildflower necklaces.


These are super easy to make and relatively inexpensive.  It costs about $1.50 per necklace. My favorite supplier for the necklace parts and resin is a little Etsy Shop I found called Candytiles Studio.  They had everything I needed and it cost me about $19.00 for 24 necklaces and they shipped within 24 hours.  

For these necklaces you will want to find small little flowers.  I keep a little book or paper towel in my nap sac to protect the flowers until I get home.  You can dry and press flowers by placing them in a book and letting them dry for a week or two.  Or you can use your microwave and preserve them in minuets!


To preserve your flowers with a microwave you will need two ceramic tiles and some paper towels.   Place your flower face down on a paper towel and sandwich between the tiles.  Place in your microwave on 50% power for 1.5 minuets.   




Open up the tiles and check the flower to see how dry it is.  If it still feels moist return to the microwave for a minute or two more.  You can over cook the flower and have it turn brown so keep an eye on it.


Once it is dry remove it from the towel and it's ready to go.  I love this method because it is quick and the flowers retain their color.


To make the necklaces;

1.  Cut a paper background that fits the jewelry piece and glue in place.

2.  Use a little E6000 to glue the dried flower onto the paper background.  Let dry.

3.  Once it is dried, you can either cover it with the glass top or with my favorite resin called Diamond Glaze.  If you are covering it with the glass top adhere is with the E6000 and press into place.  It you are using resin, follow the instructions for the product and let dry.

My youngest daughter was married last week and I am taking little pieces from her bouquet and making her a necklace to remember her day.  This is a quick summer project that can be completed from beginning to end in one afternoon.  

To enter to win a kit to make your own necklace, Leave a comment below of your favorite wildflower.  The winner will be chosen on Sunday!

 
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