Friday, August 30, 2013

Preserving the Best of Summer

Canning and Preserving Recipes - Gooseberry Patch Recipe Round Up
We're nearing the peak of the summer harvest and what better time to preserve all those fresh-picked flavors? Whether it's your own spicy salsa, freezer jam or bread & butter pickles, we'd love to hear what you're putting up this year!
So tell us...
What's YOUR favorite CANNING OR PRESERVING recipe? (Freezer & fridge recipes welcome too!) 
Share 'em all in today's Recipe Round-Up.

Here's one we love from 101 Farmhouse Favorites.
They're part pickle, part bean and all delicious.
Aunt Ruths Dilly Beans | Gooseberry Patch Canning Recipe Round Up
Aunt Ruth’s Dilly Beans
This recipe was shared by longtime Gooseberry Patch friend, Laura Lett of Delaware, Ohio. She writes, "My mom, who always had a tremendous vegetable garden, passed this recipe along to me. A side of these flavorful green beans really perks up a simple meal!"

101 Farmhouse Favorites2 lbs. green beans, trimmed
4 1-pint canning jars and lids, sterilized
4 sprigs fresh dill
4 cloves garlic, sliced
Optional: 1 t. red pepper flakes
2-1/2 c. white vinegar
2-1/2 c. water
1/4 c. canning salt

Pack beans upright into hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Divide dill, garlic and red pepper flakes, if using, evenly among jars. Combine remaining ingredients in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Pour hot liquid into jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles by gently running a thin plastic spatula between beans and inside of jars. Wipe rims; secure with lids and rings. Process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes; set jars on a towel to cool. Check for seals. Makes 4 jars.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Win The Ultimate Life gift pack

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Between the pressure of running a foundation started by his late grandfather, being sued by his greedy extended family, and seeing his beloved Alexia leave on an extended mission trip to Haiti, Jason Stevens' world is unraveling. But when Jason discovers a journal that his grandfather began as a Depression-era lad, his writings transport Jason on an incredible rags-to-riches ride. With everything he loves hanging in the balance, Jason hopes he can discover THE ULTIMATE LIFE.
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Alone Yet Not Alone by Tracy Leininger Craven with giveaway

About Alone Yet Not Alone (THE MOVIE):
Releases in theaters Sept 27th, 2013
Tracy Leiniger Craven's book, Alone Yet Not Alone, is an excellent book of courage, faith and freedom.  It is based on a true story and will send any young reader seeking more answers to their questions on the early settlers and American Indians.  Very well written and would be a wonderful book for the whole family to read as a read-aloud together.  What better way to spend winter evenings that around the fire with a good book and wonderful discussion time.  In my opinion you couldn't ask for a better book for your tweens to read.  The characters are very strong in their faith.  Visit the official web site here

About Alone Yet Not Alone (novelization):

Settled in the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania, deep within America's new frontier, the Leininger family celebrates the blessings of a beautiful homestead and bountiful harvest. That is, until tragedy strikes with the beginning of the French and Indian War and the devastating raid known as the Penn's Creek Massacre. 

The lives of this simple, God-fearing family are forever altered when Barbara and Regina, two young sisters, are carried away by the Delaware tribe. Driven by their faith in God and the powerful bonds of family, Barbara and Regina hold firmly to the belief that they are never alone, even in their darkest hour, and that they will be reunited again. 

Rich in historical details, Alone Yet Not Alone is an inspirational, true story of a family caught in the cross fire of the French and Indian War. 

About The Author: 
Tracy Leininger Craven loves history and retelling real-life stories in her historical fiction books. She also loves spending her free time in the great outdoors with her husband David and their four children.

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Simply Stacie (9/12) 
The Simple Moms (9/12)

Starring: Kelly Greyson, Natalie Racoosin, Clay Walker, Jenn Gotzon, Joanie Stewart, Ozzie Torres, Tony Wade.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A Hexie kind of Day

First I'd like to thank Madame Samm our leader and Debby Kratovil  our Hexie Queen (queen of hexies she is) cheerleader.  She has kept us all on tack this summer.

Warning:  Hexies CAN BE Addictive

Hexies I've never made them...thought they were cool, but never made any so when this tour came open I said, "Why not"  sew I purchased a nice Hexie ruler and boy did it Rule me as you will see..

Did I mention this is a very nice tool to have? 
My first two original projects...completed

mug rug

table topper
back side of topper
Then it was sew addictive I went on making hexies...

his new home

oops out time
there all better

This project isn't finished because it is growing into something bigger as I add more to it...I want to add an appliqued bone and ball also want to do some embellishments, embroidery highlights, to the dog.  not sure where it is all going.  I just know it is growing....hehehe  maybe he'll be done in time for a Christmas present for my daughter that is a dog lover.

For my other daughter that is an owl lover....Here again this project new; not quite sure where it is heading sew it is incomplete.  Just know it will someday, hopefully sooner rather than later, become something.  wink, wink  everyone says "Hexies are addictive" guess the bug got me too. Sew there you have it my hexie addiction.

Be sure to visit others on the blog tour.  Some have giveaways.

Wednesday, August 28
Marjorie's Busy Corner   

The full schedule is here. Just in case you missed it and want to visit everyones blog
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Pattern for Romance by Carla Gade

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Pattern for Romance
Abingdon Press (August 20, 2013)
Carla Gade


Carla Olson Gade has been imaging stories most of her life. Her love for writing and eras gone by turned her attention to writing Inspirational Historical Romance. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Writers, and the Maine Fellowship of Christian Writers. She is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary.

Her publishing credits also include a variety of newspaper articles, newsletters, and web content. She also enjoys developing discipleship materials for women. She has been a book judge for the Inspirational Reader's Choice Contest (RWA), and ACFW's Genesis Contest.

In addition to writing, Carla is a freelance website designer and webhost and an advocate for adult literacy. An experienced event and program planner/promoter, Carla designs marketing materials for her writing group, women's ministry, and other functions. Carla has also spoken at several women's events and facilitated many workshops and classes through the years.

An autodidact, creative thinker, and avid reader, Carla also enjoys genealogy, web design, and photography. A native New Englander, she lives in beautiful rural Maine with her "hero" husband and two young adult sons, and a new grandson.


Honour Metcalf’s quilting needlework is admired by a wealthy customer of the Boston Mantua-maker for whom she works. In need of increasing her earnings, she agrees to create an elaborate white work bridal quilt for the dowager’s niece. A beautiful design emerges as she carefully stitches the intricate patterns and she begins to dream of fashioning a wedding quilt of her own. When Honour is falsely accused of thievery and finds herself in a perilous position, merchant tailor Joshua Sutton comes to her aid. As he risks his relationships, reputation, and livelihood to prove her innocence, the two discover a grander plan—a design for love.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Pattern for Romance, go HERE.

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hexie queen BH Day 6

Tuesday, August 27

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Time for Around the Block weekend update....


Sorry for the station can get busy at times and this weekend I was busy and just didn't find time to update you with the FNBP sewing here they are

First up was fixing an error in what I sewed on Thursday night....

can you see what I had to fix???  sorry can't reveal the whole project as my hexie day is scheduled for Wednesday sew come back then to see the whole project.

also cut out some other cute items for sewing up check back for full details...still in planning stages

Then I pulled out my WIP and started toward getting more accomplished...

 got the lettering ironed down and started the appliquing of the letters.

These are squares to add to my mom's quilt I'm making her with help from Grandkids and Great-Grandkids...If you'd like to see more items from this quilt you may visit this link showing more squares in this quilt.

hop in progress now....

Up coming hop...

WIPs on Wednesdays

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hexie queen BH Day 5

Monday, August 26


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Friday, August 23, 2013

Win a DVD - Standing UP

Get ready to stand up for what’s right!

Did you know that more than 160,000 U.S. students stay home from school each day from fear of being bullied?                                               

Based on one of the most beloved Young Adult novels of all time and directed by the acclaimed D.J. Caruso, Standing Up follows two kids who get bullied by a vicious summer camp prank. Left together on an island, their adventure begins once they decide not to be victims and instead they Stand Up!

Standing Up is an adorable and heart-warming gem of a movie with an important anti-bullying message that’s suitable for the whole family! Get the DVD August 20!

What can be done to help the bullied “stand up” for themselves?

One of the best things we can do to understand the problem and discuss solutions is to be inspired. The movie “Standing Up” is THAT inspiration.

Check out the Standing Up Blog App to take the Do You Stand Up to Bullies? QUIZ, unlock tips to BEAT THE BULLY, and sign the ANTI-BULLYING PLEDGE! And don’t forget to watch this amazing movie on DVD, released August 20.

The stunning soundtrack to Standing Up from Varese Sarabande Records is available to purchase on 9/3 on iTunes and 9/24 in stores.

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