Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Dinner Time

By now most of y'all know that I love to cook...I mean really really love to cook and when I'm on a cooking tear you better watch out, you'll never know what I'll come up with.

This past weekend I made a big pot of tomato sauce and a very tasty pumpkin bread.  The sauce will be for dinner one night this week and the rest goes in the freezer for those nights I just want to do something quick and easy.  The pumpkin bread was tasty and I would share the recipe but it needs some tweaking, I got it off a website and the cooking time was way off...I'm talking like 45 minutes way off...but all turned out good but I still need to play with it before sharing.





I'm not really a recipe girl unless it comes to baking so when someone says to me...how did you make that I have to stand in my kitchen and really think through the steps.  But last night I made sweet potato/black bean enchiladas and they were tasty...so while the steps are fresh in my mind...and your interested here goes...

4 small sweet potatoes or 2 large
1 can black beans
olive oil 1 tbs
half a sweet onion chopped
1/2 clove of garlic
1/2 to whole jalopeno pepper chopped
1 1/2 to 2 tps of ground cumin
6 to 10 dashes of hot sauce (I prefer Tabasco)
salt & pepper to taste
Flour Tortillas
Monterey Jack Cheese
 Jar Salsa or homemade

Bake Sweet Potatoes till done, you can use the oven or microwave (I prefer the oven), once cool enough to touch remove skin, mash slightly with fork, you want small lumps.  In small sauce pan add olive oil, onion, garlic, jalopeno pepper, saute' till soft (make sure not to burn garlic).  Add black beans to pan, add cumin and hot sauce, salt & pepper.  cook till beans are done.  Add cooked beans to potatoes and mix, you want to make sure you don't mash the sweet potatoes too much or you'll loose the flavor they add to this dish.  Place a serving spoon spice of mixture in a small flour tortilla, a little bit of cheese and roll, if you over fill you won't get a enchilada you'll have a burrito.  Place filled shell seam side down in dish (place a few table spoons of salsa in dish before this step so they don't stick).  Once you've filled the dish, you can top the shells with more salsa and cheese to your likings.  Bake 350 for 20 minutes, remember you only need to melt the cheese. 
I served this dish with a fresh avocado salad and sour cream but you could just as easily just add sour cream and chips. 

I hope you enjoy this fall feeling dish....we sure did...and there's plenty for leftovers.

Enjoy and healthy eating...
Kelly Ann

Friday, September 24, 2010

List

Do you have a....
Bucket list?

I never thought about making a bucket list...but the more I read and discover out there in big world wide web I find more things I'd like to try...off the top of my head I'd like to...  learn to spin and weave and the reason behind this is because I follow way too many fiber blogs.  I want to rug hook..again because I follow way too many hooker blogs.  I know those are only two things but I'll start my bucket list off slowly and build from there...
so tell me....what's on your bucket list??  really....I wanna know...who knows maybe I'll borrow something from your list..
until I see you again...
Kelly Ann

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Join me on a Tour

I was thinking y'all might like to have a sneak peak at some of our store displays...so grab a cup of joe and sit back and enjoy...
Patchwork PDQ                                                                                                                     




Sunday, September 19, 2010

The 3/50 Project

On the third Saturday of each month we hold our Thimbleberries Club and while we are there to talk about quilting and all kinds of fun quilting stuff, but every once in a while we get on some pretty interesting subjects.  This past week we got to talking about buying local, not just buying from your LQS but buying from your local bakery, farmers market, even our local card store.  Kim talked about reading about the 3/50 Project but couldn't remember all the details and I wasn't much help because it had been awhile since I had read about it...we ended the conversation with me promising them I would find the details and post them here... so here goes...

3 Think about which three independently owned businesses you’d miss most if they were gone. Stop in and say hello. Pick up a little something that will make someone smile. Your contribution is what keeps those businesses around.

50 If just half the employed U.S. population spent $50 each month in independently owned businesses, their purchases would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue.* Imagine the positive impact if 3/4 of the employed population did that.

68 For every $100 spent in independently owned stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures. If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 stays here. Spend it online and nothing comes home.

1 The number of people it takes to start the trend...you. 

I shop our local farmers market on Saturday, our local bread shop Great Harvest Bread, wine & cheese shop The Town Duck, restaurant  Black Bear Bistro, even buying furniture right here in Old Town from Shelf Life. So if you live in a small town, take a look around and see how you can participate in the 3/50 project and help those independent business' ... they will be forever grateful.  So I end this post with a big thank you to everyone that shops at Kelly Ann's Quilting and all of our local independent business' here in Warrenton.
Kelly Ann 

Friday, September 17, 2010

No Words to Describe

So I came across this picture....and...
I'm pretty much speechless...that's alot of STUFF to look at....
just sayin'.....

Hope your Friday is full of stuff to look at....
Kelly Ann

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Happy Anniversary

Happy 15th Anniversary to the most wonderful man in the world....

Yep...I'm one lucky lady....

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Memories

Memories are funny little things and what invokes those memories are just as funny, not funny haha but funny in a strange kind of way.   While driving to work yesterday morning the sky was a crisp bright blue and in an instant I was taken back to September 15, 2001.  I know that date doesn't sound quit as much a memorable date at September 11, 2001 but let me explain....

For so many people 9/11/2001 invokes memories of what happened to our nation, the visual of the Twin Towers falling, the smoke bellowing from the Pentagon, and a large crator in the ground in Pennsylvania.  For so many of us that live in the Washington DC Metro area that day also brought  silence, a silence that surrounded us for days and weeks after that tragic day.  I can remember everything about 9/11/2001 and I'm sure those memories will always be there, mostly due to the fact that we sat for hours after hours watching the horror come to life on our TV's.  But September 15th, will also be forever embedded in who I am.  While driving with Andrew in Fairfax Virginia, stopped at a very busy intersection, lots and lots of traffic, the sky was so blue, zero clouds, and the silence was beyond anything I'd ever experienced.  Normally the noise of traffic, horns, loud radios, people talking, all of this you can hear while sitting on any normal day at any busy intersection in any city in this country, but not so this day.  You see there were also no airplanes in the sky, and when you live around three very busy airports you get so use to seeing and hearing planes in the air but on the 15th the airports were still shut down, nothing moving up their except the military aircraft that were up there trying to keep our skies safe.  I also think that day we were all still reeling from whatever raw emotion we as individuals were feeling. 

With so many blog post out there begging us not to forget what happen on 9/11/2001, and I'm sure there is not anyone out there that could, I've decided  to hold those memories close, to not dwell on the tragic but to remember the coming together of a nation.  Americans are resilient and what doesn't kill us makes us stronger...

So, how will you spend 9/11/2010?  I will spend it doing what I normally do on Saturdays, I will work and at the end of the day I will raise a glass and toast those lost, those left behind and all of those memories....

Kelly Ann

Friday, September 10, 2010

Something Cool

Last year was the first year that Kelly Ann's Quilting was in the Maryland/Northern Virginia Quilters' Quest....and what a blast we had.  Last year there was a pretty neat batik that was designed by one of the shop owners, red/white/blue batik with the Washington DC monuments...while having this batik was pretty cool I'm really excited about this years batik...
hopefully you can tell by this grainy picture that this year the batik involves a sailboat, crab and sea turtle.  For those of you not familiar with my neck of the woods, and I'm really in the woods, the Chesapeake Bay is a really big deal to Maryland and Northern Virginia...so what better way to tip our hats to this great body of water then to have Susan from Capital Quilts work with Hoffman Fabrics and design the fun piece of fabric.  Each of the shops in the Quest will have this fabric for sale...and as a matter of fact you might even be able to pre-order...give them a buzz to get details...

That was the something cool...so...what do ya think?

Kelly Ann

Friday, September 3, 2010

New Word

I have a new word to share...one day it might show up in Websters, or better yet Wikipedia...
Beautimes
something so beautiful that the word beautiful doesn't really describe it right... Over at the Kelly Ann's Quilting web site we have an online quilt show it's something we started the year we opened and how much fun we've had with all of our friends showing of their beautimes quilts and I'm sure you will agree...so take a hop over there and enjoy a quilt show from the comforts of your home in your warm fuzzy slippers and cup of joe.

Have a wonderful Friday....
Kelly Ann