Recipe: Chicken Tikka Masala

We had a slew of recent & upcoming birthdays at work and I, as I typically do, put on a big lunch to celebrate. The celebrants gave me free reign to go wherever my culinary muses led me and this time we went to India. Granted, I can't testify to the absolute...

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An Open Letter to a Teacher Who Failed Me

I'm writing this post because I'm angry. I'm angry on behalf of a 12 year old girl. That girl, once upon a time, was me. Let me describe something that happened to me in junior high. I was at an assembly and the entire student body was packed sardine-like into...

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David Bowie/Aladdin Sane Appliqué Pattern

I designed this appliqué pattern to pay homage to the iconic cover of David Bowie's Aladdin Sane album. I was working on a quilt for a friend and wanted to include a few pillows to send along with it. Being an avid Bowie fan, I decided she needed to have an Aladdin...

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Knitting Project: A More Ladylike Riff on the Man Hat

There is a cold snap forecast to hit Topeka next week so I decided to bust out hats for a pretty awesome couple I know through Silverbackks. Kim's hat is detailed on this post and Ami's is on another. I tend to prefer designs more on the minimal side, with less lace...

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Knitting Project: Aguas Windschief for Ami

This, my friends, was the first knitting project that I've really enjoyed in a very long time. Love the yarn. Malabrigo Rios in a gorgeous colorway. Love the pattern. The Windschief is a fairly quick knit that allows for some mindless knitting while still having...

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Recipe: Cornbread for a Crowd

This is not the prettiest picture of cornbread you'll ever see. It was, however, pretty tasty. However, this past weekend, I cooked enough bean soup and baked enough cornbread to feed 235 people. I was tired, y'all, so pretty pictures weren't at the top of my list....

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Will We Ever Kill The Bug? (Part 4)

At long last, the VW quilt is done. As I type this, it is on its way to my brother. So, whew. One less WIP in the craft room. Here is the finished project: I have mixed feelings about this quilt. I have to admit that I nearly cried when it came back from the longarm...

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Mano’s KC Chiefs Quilt

I have been a quilt finishing fiend lately. This is one that I made for a friend to give to her hubby for Valentine's Day. It was gifted a bit early and she reports that it was a hit! The particulars: Finished Size: Approximately 66″ x 86″ Pattern: No pattern....

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Scarlett’s Layers of Charms Quilt

I cannot believe that I forgot to take a picture of the finished quilt. But there you have it! This quilt is #1 in a series of 6 for the children of a friend. (I'm posting the first few out of order!) This is for the newest sprout, a sweet baby girl named Scarlett....

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Lochlan’s Radio Way Quilt

And another one is in the books! One of my ongoing projects is making a quilt for each one of a good friend's children. She has 6 sprouts so this will be going for a while! I started with the youngest, a newborn, and am working my way up to the oldest. This is #2 in...

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