Wednesday, June 15, 2016

I'm still here

Haven't posted in a while - but I'm still here.  I have added a couple recipes that I made recently.
For our Freezer Blessings small family group, I made Honey Lime Chicken and rice.  Have I told you about our Freezer Blessings group?  Each month 5 cooks make 6 meals of the same recipe and freezes them.  Then on the designated date (usually after church on one Sunday) we swap meals with the other cooks so we go home with 5 different frozen meals (our own and one from each of the 4 other cooks).  Meal #6 is donated to a family that we want to encourage or help out in a small way.
I believe it started in January or February and was very successful the first month.  Most of the families were 5 or more. We have only the 3 of us, but we like leftovers and it is also nice to have them for a meal to prepare when our daughter and her family come to visit.
Several single ladies or couples commented they would like to do something like that but the meals would be too big for them. So we soon started a small family (3 or less) group.  I usually participate in both each month. For June, I made the Honey Lime Chicken and since one recipe makes 6 servings, I just split it between 2 quart sized freezer bags.   I also made a large batch of rice and divided it into quart sized bags.  The recipients will just need to thaw and heat!
For the large family meals, I made Cranberry Chicken Kabobs - a recipe from the Wildtree website. I really like the Cranberry Poppy Seed Dressing.  Tonight I made Cranberry Apple Spinach Salad.

I have also been busy with crafts.  I finished up a couple quilt squares for a Robots, Aliens and Outer Space themed stitch-along.

I used variegated floss for these cute little robots.  The original design did not have any back stitching but I just felt it needed some.  

I saw this chart on Pinterest and just had to do it.  The design was too large for the usual 14 count Aida that I use so I had to get some 18 count.   It was very easy to do the black stitches to outline the areas, then I just filled in with the colors.   I never noticed it before but Rosie from The Jetsons reminds me of Hazel from the series of that name.  Wonder which came first, and if Hazel was the idea behind Rosie.

A friend asked me to make a couple thank you cards so I played around a little during my lunch hour. The colors are Tip Top Taupe, Calypso Coral, Pistachio Pudding and Very Vanilla.   After stamping the basket and flowers with black Momento ink I sponged some Pistachio Pudding to color the leaves, Then I colored in the flowers with Calypso Coral and Crisp Cantaloupe.

This is a simple anniversary card I made recently.  I used the heart shaped framelits to cut out the hearts.  Pink Pirouette and Soft Suede go really well together.

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