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Baking/cooking, Handful of Scraps, Postage Stamp Quilt, quilts, weather

Lots of photos taken yesterday as I was home all day – it never got above 23 degrees and we woke up Friday morning to this – so pretty.  I know y’all in the north laugh at us for becoming home bound for this little bit of snow – but we live up on a ridge with hills the whole way down the county road to the state highway – if you don’t have to drive don’t and besides it was so cold we didn’t have to go anywhere so why bother.  All the schools in the area where closed – yes go ahead and laugh we chuckle about it too being former Yankees.


the birds enjoyed the seed and seem to love the cold weather.


For some reason when we get cold weather I almost always bake bread.  This is a Banana/Date/Walnut loaf – recipe to follow at end of blog post.


Several have mentioned how pretty the red in the baby quilt is that has been posted the last several days – in the photos it does look like one red unless you look closely – these are the fabrics I used for the reds.


The Postage Stamp Quilt has been turned down and work on Row 6 was started – I am waiting for Mike to finish out his side of the room before I take the quilt off the frame to start on the smaller square hoop – I have been asked will he take much longer? See next photo LOL


His side of the room:  Yes this is going to take awhile.  I have the frame and the thread cabinets on the wall  – the rest is his stuff he is still going through.  And he will be starting work sometime next week on a contract job that will be going towards a year we believe if they ever get the contract up and have him sign it – seems to be moving a bit slow – was supposed to be done Friday and he is still waiting.


One hexie basted for Handful of Scraps – the last in the big circle that is going around the center at this point.



Banana/Date/Walnut Bread – a slight sweet taste to this bread great for morning toast with your coffee.

1 cup warm water (not hot, hot) dissolve 1 package of yeast in the water with 1 tablespoon of brown sugar – let sit while you get the rest of the ingredients ready it will start to be a little foamy.

In your mixing bowl place:

2 mashed bananas
3 cups of Flour
2 tablespoon of rolled oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt – I cut this down to 3/4 teaspoon just to lower salt in diet

Add the wet ingredients and mix until well mixed will be sticky – put a bread hook on the mixer or do on countertop – add 1 to 2 cups of flour until it starts to pull away from the bowl sides and is easy to handle.

Add 1/2 cup chopped dates and 1 cup of chopped walnuts and mix in.  Place dough in a warm place to rise – in a greased bowl.  After dough has doubled in size punch down and form a loaf , place in a greased bread pan and let double in size again.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes depending on your oven – this makes a nice large loaf.

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31 comments… add one
  • Thimbleanna Jan 7, 2017

    Ooooh, look at those pretty cardinals! Thanks for the recipe -that bread looks wonderful!!!

    • Karen Jan 7, 2017

      eating the bread this morning for toast – lovely! — 10 degrees is not lovely – way too cold this morning

  • Val Jan 7, 2017

    I should put some seed out for the birds too. ENJOY your snow!! It’s fun and makes getting inside chores done so much easier.

    • Karen Jan 7, 2017

      I love feeding the birds in winter especially with the snow

  • Deb Jan 7, 2017

    Happy feathered friends and the scent of freshly baking bread….a nice cozy winter’s day there! 🙂

    We got about two inches though the roads were clear in time for school. However schools had a two hour delay due to the bitter cold.
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    • Karen Jan 7, 2017

      10 degrees this morning, well be glad when this cold spell is done!!

  • Marianne Jan 7, 2017

    I don’t blame you one bit for staying home on a snowy day! I do the same thing. It’s a great excuse to say, “I’m sewing/quilting all day!” If I don’t need to go out when the roads are snowy, I am happy not to. And if we need food, we trudge through the snow or drive very carefully a tenth of a mile to the little corner store.

    Your loaf of bread looks wonderful! I don’t buy bananas too often but will have to do so soon to try it. I love the way your loaf rose so photogenically! And it will make great toast.

    • Karen Jan 7, 2017

      the loaf rose so much I wondered if it would overflow the pan and put a cooky sheet under it just in case and thought I might have a bad loaf, was tempted to take a little bit off of the loaf and reform and have it raise again – could have made two bread rolls besides the loaf actually

  • maxine lesline Jan 7, 2017

    Cold weather coziness… quilting, home made bread, birds and bird watching.. and there is an awareness of being thankful for just being warm.. but also there is a time limit to all this… Thank you, Lord.. and please send a much warmer day.

    • Karen Jan 7, 2017

      One nice thing about my part of Arkansas is that winter’s normal temperatures are usually at least in the 40’s of most of winter and a lot of times in the low 50’s – it will be back around Tuesday!

  • Kat Jan 7, 2017

    Wow you did get snow. We missed it here, just cold. We think alike, bread baking on a cold day. Stay warm
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    • Karen Jan 7, 2017

      yes – and way too cold today

  • Doreen Jan 7, 2017

    Here, in Harlingen(TX), the “freeze warning” has just expired (for today!) and the winds from the north are brutal! Don’t have the dates (sub in craisins) but will be making a loaf of this today just for the warmth (HA!!!!!). The room’s coming along!!!!! Wow! the price on the BOM is awesome!!!! By Monday the temps look to be above average!!!!

    • Karen Jan 7, 2017

      I know for the fabric alone a good deal if one doesn’t like the pattern! Stay warm- we woke up to 10 degrees! finally a balmy 16 at 10AM LOL

  • Erlinda Jan 7, 2017

    We got about the same amount of snow, but with ice under it. Temps stayed in the teens. Schools were cancelled and I enjoyed the day sewing and cleaning.
    It’s really amazing how you turn pieces of fabric into beautiful quilts. They are all beautiful. My favorite is winter wonderland, mostly because I love to embordier.
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    • Karen Jan 7, 2017

      thanks! my grandson goes to military high school in Roswell – they had snow also – he went back from winter break yesterday and it snowed in Dallas where he had a layover and ended up at the Dallas airport for over 10 hours! got back to Roswell at midnight! poor kid was exhausted

  • Sandra B Jan 7, 2017

    Here in Virginia, we ended up with about six inches of snow….usually we have ice as well, but this one is snow only….my husband and I just finished shoveling the driveway…it was a job, but since it was snow only, it wasn’t quite so heavy, so that made it much easier…. Even so, we did take several breaks during the shoveling, since we are no longer young folks!! The temps are in the 20’s….tomorrow predicted to be even colder, so nothing will melt…. Prediction is for gradual warming over the next week, with highs in mid sixties by next weekend…. Looking forward to that, to be sure!!
    Your bread sounds absolutely delicious…will definitely be trying that soon! Thanks for sharing the recipe….

    • Karen Jan 7, 2017

      the snow we got the other day was so light – I swept it off the deck and step – we don’t shovel the driveway as it is never that deep but keep a little sand and salt on hand to put under the tires of the vehicles if we need to to get out of driveway – rarely can we not get out – never too deep – Mike runs the truck out first to get ruts for me to drive car in and I put a little salt/sand down and good to go

  • Sarah Jan 7, 2017

    Didn’t realise you used several reds in your quilt. We always feed the birds, our most frequent visitor are robins and pigeons! My husband was reading your post over my shoulder and said he could make some of your bread…..fingers crossed!
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    • Karen Jan 7, 2017

      the bread was good – as most fresh bread is it is never really soft the next day but I love using it for toast so that is ok by me! we get a lot of different birds I’m not even sure what all they are!

  • Linda Jan 7, 2017

    Here near Tobermorey, Ontario, Canada, we woke to about 2 inches of snow today (Sat.), about 7 inches on both Thurs. and Fri. With what we still had after the warmer weather that melted snow after Christmas, I look out at our picnic table and see almost 2 feet of snow. Temperature is warmer today than yesterday that got down to at least -14 degrees Celsius. As a knitter and quilter, I am loving the snow. My husband, not so much, as he runs the snowblower. I do some shovelling. Between the snow and the NFL playoffs to watch on both Sat. and Sun. (huge fan), life is really good.

    • Karen Jan 7, 2017

      you have much more than we do of course – it is so cold here though that I think our 2 inches will be here until much later in the week – didn’t get above 30 for 2 days in a row and down to 10 last night

  • Swooze Jan 7, 2017

    I will be very amused if you finish that postage stamp quilt on your frame before your husband gets his side of the room cleaned up.
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    • Karen Jan 7, 2017

      HaHa – I will not be amused 🙂 I have close to two months work left on this quilt I bet and in two weeks I leave for a visit to my sis – I think he will be done by then!

  • Nanette Jan 8, 2017

    I really do like your postage stamp quilt. Especially how you broke up the strips with the white. Sometimes the scrappy quilts are too busy for me, but your quilt is very pleasing to my eyes.
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    • Karen Jan 8, 2017

      thanks – and it all came about from a sketch I saw on pinterest of a quilt design that wasn’t made, just a sketch and then I added the border to suit me

  • Nanette Jan 8, 2017

    I know I have asked you before, but what size are your squares and the blocks?
    I want to do a postage stamp with the RSC17, but need the break in the fabrics to keep them from being too busy (gives me migraine if the quilts are too busy – hazards of the hobby – LOL). This is why I so interested in your quilt. I would assume one could do any size squares and come up with the same, yours is so pleasing to my eyes and so eye catching!
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    • Karen Jan 8, 2017

      my squares are 1.5 inches – the strips are mainly 1 inch finished but those on the ends I cut wonky to finish square – they are not all the same size. Any size would be good – the sashing I had cut all at once before I realized it wasn’t finishing square so decided to be “modern” and have them uneven

  • Dottie bishaw Jan 8, 2017

    I didn’t realize their were that many reds, they’re beautiful. Thank you for the recipe, it looks delicious. Love those red birds. Stay warm.

    • Karen Jan 9, 2017


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