I’m back…

Hello there, I’ve been gone for a long time
and have been missing ya’ll so much!
2014 was an incredible, but crazy, busy year for me…
So many awesome things happened
and I want to share some of the fun things
I worked on over the next few days…
It all started with Celebrate the Seasons with C&T
The book includes patterns for Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter,
all with full size layouts & reversed templates!
I had a great time working on each of these projects,
and if I had to pick a favorite, it would have to be
Thankful… or maybe Merry & Bright?…
Humm, I don’t know…
the little chicks in Happy Easter turned out so sweet, plus …
well, then there’s the map, love maps and travel! … lol…
Okay, how can a mom have a favorite child, right?
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Hugs,

Let’s Celebrate…

Happy 4th of July!
To celebrate,
I’m sharing this little mug rug pattern
and two of the recipes I made for my Perfect Picnic:
Crawfish Casserole
and Three Story Dream Pie,
also known as Mississippi Mud Pie.
This little Uncle Sam’s Bouquet mug rug
finishes at 6″ x 10″ and
is a super easy and fun little project,
perfect for a gift or quick little decoration!
I made it for a Flickr swap some time ago…
Get the free appliqué pattern here

 Have you ever had crawfish?
also called mud-bugs?
They really are good with a little sweet taste
and can be found in the freezer isle of your grocery store,
just make sure you only buy a product of the US…
My Aunt Pearl shared this recipe with me
and it has become one of my favorites!
Crawfish Casserole
Ingredients:
1 lb Crawfish tails (I used a 12oz. pack)
1 can French Onion soup
1 can Cream of Chicken soup
1 cup parboiled rice
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup celery, diced
1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced
1 can Rotel “Original” tomatoes
Mix all ingredients together and bake at 350° F,
covered for 45 minutes,
then uncover and bake 15 minutes.
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Now this one is a favorite dessert of everyone in my family…

Three-Story Dream Pie
This pie is made in layers…
Crust:
1 stick of butter, melted
1 cup flour
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 tsp sugar
Blend the flour, sugar, and butter, then add the pecans.
Press onto a 2 quart baking dish and bake at 350° F
for 20-25 minutes. Set aside to cool.
1st Story:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 package cream cheeses (8 oz)
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup whipped topping
Cream the cheese and powdered sugar until smooth;
add the sour cream and vanilla. Blend in the whipped topping.
Spoon this mix over the Crust and spread carefully.
2nd Story:
2  4.5 oz Instant Chocolate Pudding boxes
3 cups milk
1 tsp vanilla
In a mixing bowl, blend the dry chocolate pudding, milk,
and vanilla. Pour over the 1st Story and allow to set.
3rd Story:
2 cups whipped topping
1 Hershey’s chocolate bar
Spread the whipped topping over the 2nd Story
and garnish with grated Hershey’s chocolate,
or use strawberries and blueberries and decorate as an American Flag.
Chill thoroughly and serve.
…yum!
I hope you have an awesome 4th with friends and family!

My Perfect Picnic

Welcome to my day in the Perfect Picnic Blog Hop!
Thanks to Mdm. Samm of Sew We Quilt
for the wonderful Picnic idea and to
Mary of I Piece 2-Mary for organizing this awesome hop!
A special thanks goes to Riley Blake Designs
for the beautiful laminate they provided,
for the awesome inspiration,
and our hop sponsor, Peterboro Baskets

For my Perfect Picnic,
I made this fun quilt
using Allison Designs’s Patch-No-Work! pattern
in black & white with a little touch of red!
Of course, I had to have a little applique!
So I used my favorite tool,
the Silhouette Cameo,
and cut out our initials
to make these little pillows for our picnic…
I loved working with the beautiful
red & white polka dot laminate Riley Blake provided
and created a liner to go under my quilt
to keep it clean and dry!
Sewing the laminate was made easier with
my Bernina Teflon foot!  
These great tarp/canopy clips with tent pegs
held the four corners of the liner down.

Hubby and I had a wonderful picnic on the grounds
of Rosedown Plantation in St. Francisville, LA…

…even the local wild life came out to greet us!


There were several antique quilts
on display at the house
and a sewing machine from the 1800s

The flowers were beautiful…

…a few favorites.

For our picnic,
I made a Crawfish Casserole,
Mexican Cornbread,
and a Broccoli Salad…
…we finished off our meal with
watermelon and Three-Story Dream Pie…
… with a cherry on top,
played Mancala,
and read Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook
We had a wonderful time!


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I’m so glad you stopped by!
How about a little giveaway?
I had three new patterns at Market this Spring…
…I’d like to give away a pattern to three winners!
Three chances to win: leave a comment,
follow my blog, and/or like Cherry Blossoms on Facebook
Giveaway closes on Friday, June 13… good luck!

… and the winners are …

                   drum roll, please…

                                   Congrats ladies!


And for more Perfect Picnics, visit these ladies:
Monday June 9
Hugs,
                                        

 




XOXO…

It’s my day in the fun Hugs & Kisses Hop!
First I want to thank our
great hostesses for organizing this hop:
and Mdm Samm of Sew We Quilt,
and all the participants that are making this
such an inspiring event.
These are the ladies sharing their Hugs & Kisses today:
Wednesday February 13th
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I only had time for these quick projects,
and really enjoyed working on this little
Mini Valentine using Marjorie’s
Candy Hearts embroidery designs
that work with the Accuquilt GO! Hearts 2″ die.
I also wanted a Valentine’s mug rug,
so decided on a little quick project
by embroidering this fun design
from Embroidery Library
Would you like to make this little mug rug?
I made a little kit with the
embroidered “latte”
and 5 Fat Quarters to giveaway Ü
To enter, just leave me a sweet comment
and tell me what size and type of quilts
you enjoy making!
I’ll choose a winner next Monday, 2.18.2013
Thank you so much for visiting today!