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1  Re: EPP Hexie Fabric Swap! Sign-ups closed;Send-out by August 20, 2016 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by MareMare on: July 22, 2016 11:42:52 AM
Turns out I have so much more fabric than I thought I had  Roll Eyes  

Story of my life! Last weekend my boyfriend and I were at the coast and I hit up one of my favorite fabric shops--Center Diamond in Cannon Beach, OR. I spent too much since the day before was payday.

I am REALLY excited about the pouch pattern I got! And I bought the hardware to go with it so I don't have any excuses not to make one right away!

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2  Quilting Featured Projects--Quarters 1 & 2, 2016 in QUILTING by MareMare on: July 06, 2016 11:50:44 AM
In no particular order, here are some beautiful quilts posted during the first 2 quarters of 2016. As always, these are chosen by you Craftster members when you use the "This Rocks" button! Quilts that have been previously featured in the Craftster wide Featured projects are not shown here, so we can spread the love around to other projects that you may have missed.

I adore this Harry Potter Marauders quilt by Craftster user Noelle. It has such a clean aesthetic but still includes a ton of lovely details!




The Scrappy Trip Around the World pattern has been super hot in recent years, and this Round the World Baby Quilt from Amazon_Warrior shows why with vibrant results. Not only is it created in a unique way, but the end result leaves a striking pattern.



As a huge Mario fan, I have to admit I squealed a little bit when I saw this Fire Flower Slots Quilt from semel. Who wouldn't love to have this bright quilt on their bed or their couch to cuddle up in while playing vintage Nintendo games?




While I try to spread the love around to as many members as possible, Amazon_Warrior has to make another appearance on this list with her incredible Gotham Baby Quilt. She designed this herself! I love the intricate piecing that gives the skyline extra depth.




I love the soft colors in the snowball pattern In Full Bloom Quilt by Immaculata. She finished this quilt from a WIP from 2009!




This set of mini quilts from mouseinmypocket features several traditional quilt patterns with a twist! Her Focus Through the Prism Challenge Quilts showcase 9 Patch, Churn Dash, and Friendship Star blocks, amongst others, with a modern update.

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3  Cauliflower Spinach Puree in Vegetarian / Vegan by MareMare on: June 28, 2016 07:56:15 PM
Have you tried mashed cauliflower before? It's so good, a healthier take on mashed potatoes but surprisingly delicious. I kicked the nutrients up a little more with this batch and added a bunch of spinach. You can't really taste the spinach but you get those extra vitamins and a pretty color!



I'm currently doing keto, a kind of low carb diet, and this is a good potato/starch substitute.

Ingredients

1 large head cauliflower, roughly cut up into florets
5 ounces raw baby spinach (half a bag if you buy regular sized bags Wink )
2 ounces cream cheese
2 Tablespoons butter
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon vegetable bouillon powder or paste (or salt to taste)
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or to taste)
2 Tablespoons dried chives

Add the cauliflower to a large pot of boiling, salted water. Test occasionally with a fork or knife, you will want it completely tender (maybe 8-10 minutes depending on the size of your florets). 30 seconds before you're ready to take it out, add the spinach. Drain the cauliflower and spinach well and transfer to a large food processor. Process until smooth, add the rest of the ingredients, and process until well mixed. Taste and adjust seasonings. You can easily leave the butter out of this recipe if you like, the Parmesan and cream cheese add a lot of flavor.

Makes 6 servings
Nutrition information per serving: 187 calories, 6 g protein, 15 g fat, 9 g carbs, 4 g fiber
Approx 35 fewer calories/4 g fat per serving if you leave out the butter

This is good with any kind of protein and I also serve it sometimes with a Garlic Cream Sauce.
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4  Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: April 23, 2016 05:19:31 PM
I took a block printing class with Valori Wells today, it was so much fun!  I did a little block printing (on paper) in a high school art class, but this was so much better printing on fabric. I carved 4 little blocks and then spent a good chunk of time printing onto various fabrics. I am looking forward to making my fabric into something fun!

The blocks I carved



The lower right on the white fabric are my test prints


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5  Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: April 16, 2016 09:08:03 PM
Those are all lovely, sloth! In theory I adore the idea of the having people pick from your stash...in theory I'd probably be like "No, that fabric is my precious....no not that one either, it's for a certain project....Definitely not THAT ONE!"

Last night I got my baby quilt top basted and quilted! Hmm, can't remember if I showed you guys the top, have to go back a few pages and check. I'm going to do a flange binding on it, and also finish the Elsa mini quilt (or maybe it will be a pillow) for baby's sister. And then I realized I should make something for the oldest boy too. le sigh. But it's one of my closest friends I've known since 1st grade.

ETA: Didn't see it. I just designed the anchor on graph paper and then assembled in strips. I did diagonal wavy quilting lines in one direction (this is just the top)

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6  Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: April 06, 2016 11:19:24 AM
We have a Quarter 1 Winner! Amazon_Warrior, you are the next contestant on the price is right, come on down! I will private message you about your prize!

People who checked in every week and participated consistently got 2 entries, people who checked in consistently and participated but started late and missed early check-ins got 1 entry. A couple people began the quarter and checked in once or twice and then disappeared didn't get any entries, but they are certainly welcome to keep participating, it's a new quarter!

(Copied from my spreadsheet, so of course the formatting is messed up!)
aimr     1
aimr2    2
aw    3
aw2   4
c_q   5
c_q   6
carolmb   7
carolmb2   8
craft add   9
immaculata    10
mel   11
mel2   12
sloth003   13
sloth0032   14

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7  Green Eggs and Spam in Recipes and Cooking Tips by MareMare on: April 01, 2016 06:50:51 AM
What's better than a big plate of eggs and Spam to start off your day? I can't think of anything, except maybe adding a bunch of veggies to your eggs for an extra healthy kick!



Green Eggs and Spam

2 eggs, scrambled with a splash of cream, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes
1 can Spam, (Spam Lite to save some cals!) sliced into thin slabs and then each slab cut in half
3 chopped green onions
2 cups chopped spinach
6-8 stalks of Asparagus, chopped
garlic powder, salt, pepper to taste
1 teaspoon butter

In a large pan cook your spam on medium high heat, turning frequently to brown on all sides.



At the same time in a smaller pan cook your veggies with a little salt, pepper, and garlic powder.



When cooked to your liking, push them to the outside of the pan, leaving an empty circle in the center. Melt the butter in the center of the pan and add the eggs, scrambling the eggs and working the veggies in from the outside. When cooked to your liking, remove from the heat, add the cheese on top and place a lid on to melt for a couple of minutes. Serve with crispy Spam on the side!





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8  Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: March 23, 2016 04:40:16 PM
I love reading what everyone's up to!


I really just need to stop getting ideas for new things and finish up old things.
Mel~


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9  Circle of Geese Ultra Tiny Mini Quilt in CHALLENGE 112 ENTRIES by MareMare on: March 03, 2016 04:16:08 PM
For this challenge I knew I wanted to make a teeny tiny paper pieced quilted item. After thinking about making my own design, I decided shrinking down one already out there would be better for my sanity. I printed this Circle of Geese pattern from Piece By Number out at 30%, which made it almost the right size, and copied it on my printer at 90% which gave me 2 inch sections. I then added back in the 1/4 seam allowance since those had also been reduced down and were now like, 1/32 inch.



I used various (tiny) scraps from my stash along with some Essex linen for background (I think maybe Steel, but I could be wrong. Probably I'm wrong.)

The backs of paper piecing patterns are kind of fun to look at. Normally my seams wouldn't be quite so hideous, but that's what happens when you have so many tiny pieces!



I just quilted some straight lines close together with light gray Aurifil.



Adding the binding to the front. It was a PITA because I do continuous binding, so sewing the ends together after it was already mostly attached was a little rough. I did a smaller than usual seam allowance to attach the binding since I could already tell it was going to cover up the geese a little bit. I do wish I had printed the pattern out even a little bit smaller so I could have added a border on before the binding, but oh well!



I hand stitched the binding to the back, which I normally don't do, but for something this tiny it didn't take very long! Smiley I love my tiny binder clips!





Oh, and paper piecing makes a huge mess, in case you weren't aware! How could this pile of scraps and paper bits have been the results of making this tiny little thing?



4 Inches on the nose! I might hang this on the wall with a whole set of other super tiny mini quilts, or it might become a coaster.



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10  Breakfast Tostada (plus black beans & pico de gallo recipes) in Vegetarian / Vegan by MareMare on: February 20, 2016 02:26:41 PM
We've been on a Mexican burrito bowl kick lately so I've been keeping various components made up in the fridge. This one uses up the homemade black beans and fresh pico de gallo I made a couple days ago. Whatever canned or store bought ingredients you have on hand will work just as well for this quick meal!



Breakfast Tostada
Serves 1

1 tostada shell (or corn tortilla baked until crispy)
1/2 cup beans, warmed (whole beans or refried both work great)
1/4 cup shredded cheese
1/4 cup pico de gallo or salsa
1 egg

Warm the tostada shell and the beans while you cook the egg. I like my eggs over easy. Layer beans, cheese, and pico onto warmed tostada and top with the egg. Dig in!


Vegetarian Spicy Black Beans
These are the best beans I've ever made, I took elements from several different recipes. The jalepeño adds some really great flavor and just the right amount of heat. In the first 2 hours of cooking, you can also add a quartered green bell pepper to later remove, but I was out of bell peppers.

1 lb black beans
1 large onion, quartered
3 stalks celery, cut into 4 inch pieces
1 jalapeño, cut in half (pull out some of the seeds with a spoon if you want it less spicy)
5 cloves garlic, peeled and lightly smashed + 4 cloves garlic pressed/minced
1 Tbsp powdered or paste vegetable bouillon
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp cumin + 2 tsp cumin
2 tsp chili powder
2 cups salsa, pico de gallo, or a mix of chopped tomato and onion
Juice of 1 lime, optional

Soak beans in a large pot of water overnight. When ready to cook, rinse the beans and add water to cover the beans by about 2 inches. Add the quartered onion, celery, jalapeño, smashed garlic, vegetable bouillon, salt, pepper, and 1 tsp cumin. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, put a lid on, and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Add more water if it gets too low. After 2 hours, beans should be tender or almost tender. Remove chunks of onion/celery/garlic/jalapeño. Add additional 1 tsp cumin, chili powder, pressed/minced garlic, and pico/salsa/tomatoes/onion. Simmer for 30 minutes more with the lid off or until consistency you like is reached, stirring every 10 minutes. Taste and adjust salt and pepper if necessary. Add a squirt of lime if you need the acid (my pico had plenty of lime juice so I didn't add additional, recipe below).

Pico de Gallo

1/2 large onion, diced
1 jalapeño, seeds and ribbed removed, minced finely
Juice from 1-2 limes
3-4 fresh tomatoes, diced
dash of garlic powder
1 cup cilantro, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Soak the onion and jalapeño in the lime juice for 10 minutes to mellow it out a bit. Mix in tomatoes, garlic powder, cilantro, and salt and pepper. Store in the fridge for several hours to overnight for the flavors to meld together.

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