Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Toast to you

A New Years toast to everyone out there...What a fun year it's been. I've had the most fun meeting lots of new friends this year through this blog and facebook. I just wanted to say Thank You for reading my blog and playing along. Happy New Year to everyone...I send wishes of happiness and good fortune to all....
and remember....
stay safe...
stay warm...
and...
laugh the New Year in...
it'll keep them guessing....
Kelly Ann

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Weather is Strange

So how's the weather in your part of the world? Just one week ago today we were hunkered down watching the "blizzard of 2009" pour down snow on our little part of Virginia. Yesterday mother nature decided that the 21 inches of snow we had needed to go so she graced us with warmer temperatures and rain, lots and lots of rain, so now all that pretty snow is yuck! Because the ground is frozen the water didn't have anywhere to go so it's just hanging in the yard, do you know what happens when you mix flooded yard and silly golden retriever? yes...that's right a mess...Stella decided to do her little rocket butt thing through the yard and then wanted some loving from me..yuck again! It's gonna be another cloudy day here with maybe some more showers so it looks like we'll stay in until dinner time then off to T&P's house for pizza and gifts.

So what are you gonna do today? me..more sewing, YEAH, baking one more sour cream pound cake, that makes 8 if your counting, and spending the day with my peeps...no after Christmas shopping for me.

Stay Dry....
Stay Warm...
and...
giggle...
why?
cause it's fun....

Kelly Ann

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

and we heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight...
Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night!

may all your Christmas wishes come true....

Merry Christmas from our house to yours
Kelly Ann, Andrew, Zele, Stella and Izzy-B

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Snow

Good Morning from snowy Virginia...this post is loaded with pictures....I hope you enjoy!





Can you see that the snow is up to Stella's chest...she loves it!
Driveway the morning after...

Can ya see the gate...no...that's because of all the stinkin' snow...
our backyard, if we were crazy enough we could go sledding down this hill but would end up in the woods...and that would not be fun...
another backyard shot...

ice hanging off the back of the house..pretty but dangerous...
my bushes under the feeders are almost under snow...

the other side of the front yard..

the side yard...

off the front porch...

here's Andrew on day 1 of the storm cleaning the driveway...he's my hero..

do ya think Stella loves the snow...
So that's what a snowy day in Virginia looks like and I think I can speak for everyone in this area...enough already...most of the area got 20+ inches of snow and while we do have some snow plows out and about we don't have enough to get all the back roads and for those of us that live in the country we live on those same back roads. I'll make sure and post and update on when we can actually drive again..we might be in the house till spring...

so...
stay inside...
stay warm...
Kelly Ann


Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Cheer

Are y'all ready for Christmas? presents wrapped? cookies baked? house decorated? really, so you're really, really done...okay then...come on over and help at my house, we'd love to have ya!

I've enlisted the help of elves to help get me through this Christmas season...






Do ya think they're up for the job?


Wave hello to Dee & Nancy...Kelly Ann's Quilting has their own personal elves sent by Santa to help...take a look at those scrappy vest...and yes Dee made both of them...and I want those shoes, who wouldn't want shoes with bells on them.

I'm not ready for Christmas, still lots of sewing to be finished, wrapped and mailed...yikes, yes I said mailed. I think I might actually catch up this weekend, why you ask, because we're expecting 8 to 12 inches of snow starting early tomorrow and ending on Sunday. This is where I give a shout out to my friend Sharon who loves snow and bless her pea pickin' heart hasn't gotten a big snowfall yet...so Sharon..come on over to Virginia, we'll have enough to share.

so until I post....
snow...
pictures...
stay warm...
stay healthy....
and....
keep sewing....
Kelly Ann

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

TNB Round Robins 2009 Quilt Show


Finally the reveal of the TNB 2009 Round Robin...Here's Jackies...she started off with the large center appliqued pumpkin and pieced flying geese...if you look real hard in the lower right hand corner you can see my hand embroidery work...

Can you tell Kim is our Wild Child..she started off with this wild center and look at all the fun the traditional quilters had playing with her block.
This block is so Irma...she started off with the birdhouse and Jackie finished up with the Cat looking over at the bird..

Here's mine...how do you like how Jackie matched my big star with a smaller one..kind of cool don't ya think? Kim said she added hearts because she "hearts Kelly Ann"...o'shucks.
Here's Nooks...I almost want to say this is my favorite...Nook was very happy with it...
It's all about the stars in Charlene's quilt...her block was gonna be a long skinny wall hanging but man-o-man did Jackie & Barbara add some really cool borders.

Barbara's quilt is in the pink...okay, pink & brown. That outer border really gave her quilt the finishing touch.
Here's Angela's 30's quilt...the picture doesn't do the quilt justice, the colors are perfect, using the solid in the borders...and that touch of applique...too stinkin' cute...

Well thanks for stopping by our mini Quilt Show...we had a blast doing it and yes we'll be doing one next year. Each month we had the chance to work on each others blocks, some were easier for me then others but I still had a blast and can't wait till we start again. So grab a few of your quilting friends and start your own round robin...if nothing else you'll have a blast at the reveal of the blocks...

have a great day....
stay warm...
keep baking....
keep wrapping....
keep decorating...
cause...
ya know...
Christmas is just around the corner....

Kelly Ann

Monday, December 14, 2009

Promised Recipes

I did some promising of recipes at Strip Club this past weekend so I thought I'd better make good on that promise...so here goes...

Spiced Pecans
1 cup sugar
1 lb Pecan halves
1 egg white
1 tbs water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
splash of vanilla

Beat egg white and water until frothy (but not stiff). In a second bowl sift sugar, salt & cinnamon together. Pour pecans into egg white mixture add splash of vanilla and stir until
well coated. Add sugar mixture into pecans. Stir until well covered. Spread on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 275 degrees for 30 minutes. Be careful pecans don't get to brown during last 15 minutes, stir every 10 minutes.

Sour Cream Pound Cake

1 cup butter (yes real butter)
3 cups sugar
8 oz sour cream (can use reduced fat but NOT fat free)
6 eggs (yes real eggs)
3 cups plain all purpose flour
1/4 tps baking soda
a pinch of mace
1 tbs vanilla

cream butter for several minutes then add sugar, cream together for several more minutes, this creaming process is very important so don't scrip on the time spent creaming the butter and sugar together. Fold in Sour Cream and add eggs 1 at a time and mix just until yokes are mixed in, don't over mix at this point or your cake can turn out tough. Add baking soda/mace/flour together and then slowly add this to the egg/butter/sugar/sour cream mixture, remember don't over mix but make sure all the flour is mixed in. Add Vanilla. Pour into large bundt cake pan or angel food pan treated with either Bakers Joy or butter and floured, bake at 350 degree for 1 hr and 10 minutes.

I hope you enjoy both of these recipes as they are two of my Christmas favorites...

Kelly Ann

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The TNB Christmas Party


Welcome to the TNB Christmas Party...what you ask is the TNB? It's the bee I'm in...again, you ask was is TNB? Tuesday Night Bee...duh! We tried to come up with a clever name and we had a really cute one but it didn't stick because we kept saying are you coming to the Tuesday Night Bee...so guess that's what we're meant to be called. Barbara was very gracious in opening her beautiful home to us and as well as sharing her great cooking skills. Look at this beautiful table she decorated...just for us...

Don't mind the red cheeks on me and Jackie...no we are not embarrassed...it's what happens when you get this group of ladies together and there's laughter and bourbon slushies involved.
Here's Barbara slaving away at the store, what you don't see in this picture is her bourbon slush...
Caught Angela with her slush...she's thinking these things are yummy...
See the bowl on the table, that's those famous bourbon slushies...and Charlene is going in for a refill...
I played with this picture in Picasa...Jackie & Irma in deep discussion, it was too serious a shot not to doctor it up.
Here's Kim & Nook...even though Kim looks like she swallowed a mouse, nope and it wasn't those bourbon slushies, she's our DD drinking Diet Coke...but Nook, can you spot her over the candle? Yep...she's hiding her glass of bourbon slush...

We had a great party...we laughed so hard our sides still hurt. We did the big reveal of our round robin but I'll save those pictures for the next post...and you don't want to miss that one.

If you have a group of gals you get together with and are looking for a name...sorry...TNB is already taken, trade-marked and we're taking this show on the road soon...o'who am I kidding we couldn't take this show on the road with all those bourbon slushies we might end up in Jail and I don't think Kim has enough money to bail all of us out...so go ahead and use TNB if you want, we'd be flattered...and you know what they say, flattery will get you everywhere...

have a great day...
stay warm...
stay safe...
stay hip....
until...
next time...
ttfn
Kelly Ann

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Meet Janet

I would like to introduce you to Janet See my Add at  RikRack Studio
Janet has an etsy site theemptynest.etsy.com and she also has a blog
Janet is not a quilter but man can she sew and create and she does some of the
cutest paintings...I'm talking stinkin' cute! The reason I wanted to introduce Janet is because
she's one of those people that after talking with her you want to run out and help others. She has a great positive outlook on life and is funny to boot. So jump on over and take a peak at her blog and maybe even browse her etsy site, who knows you might find that perfect fun Christmas gift for that special someone in your life.....

Spread some cheer out there...a smile goes a long way...
Kelly Ann

Saturday, December 5, 2009

SNOW



One question....who ordered this snow??
Maybe it was Stella...she looks like she likes the snow...was it her??

I'm just saying....I love the way it looks but man is it a pain when you have to be out driving in it...
Here's the view out our back door...what you don't see on the deck are the two chairs that I left the cushions on...oops...

So if it's snowing where you are stay inside, stay warm and sit in front of your trusty sewing machine...
if it's not snowing where you are...stay inside, chill out and sit in front of your trusty sewing machine..
and...
if you're the one that ordered this snow...
I'm gonna get ya!!

Kelly Ann