Thursday, December 23, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
For this order I made a variety of stockings with different Christmas symbols stitched on the front. I really enjoyed this project. The stockings in the pics still need to be ironed and the toes need to be fluffed a little, but you can get the general idea.
I hope you are finding your own stockings hung with care today!
Friday, December 17, 2010
I have been asked for our secret family recipe over and over through the years, so I thought I would share it here in the Hollow! It is so incredibly easy, you will giggle.
Harvest Moon Hollow Peanut Clusters
2 12 oz. bags semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 12 oz. bags milk chocolate chips
2 12 oz bags white chocolate chips
2 cans cocktail peanuts (more or less depending on your affinity for nuttiness)
Melt the chocolate together, stirring constantly. Turn off the heat. Stir in the peanuts. Drop by spoonful onto wax paper or tin foil. Refrigerate until hard.
That's it! I told you it was easy, peasy, lemon squeezy as my children like to say. These little devils are best kept in the refrigerator until ready to devour. They also freeze wonderfully well. The recipe can easily be reduced or increased without effecting the results. We have been known to make batches with six bags of each - with peanut clusters dripping from every surface in our home.
My children start their Christmas break in two hours - I am so excited to have them home and to have the festivities really begin. I hope your weekend will be just as delightful!
**image from www.tasteofhome.com**
Monday, December 13, 2010
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The idea is to do at least one random act of kindness each day until Christmas, to help us remember what is really important. Each member of our family is going to write our kindness down each day and put them in a special place. On Christmas Eve we will share our acts of kindness with each other before reading from Luke.
Feel free to join us in the challenge!
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
This last quilt is now up in the shop!
There was a question as to where the snowmen came from. Harvest Moon Hollow holds the copyright to these cuties, if you are interested in a pattern, just send an email my way.
I sent off my final mitten quilt today and I am one tired lady. But there is still a long line of custom orders to attend to, so I guess the resting will come after Christmas. However, right this very second I am going to go put some chili in the crockpot and a little cornbread in the oven!
Have a wonderful afternoon!
Friday, December 3, 2010
On January 6, 2000 a group of musicians and music-loving technologists came together with the idea of creating the most comprehensive analysis of music ever.
Together we set out to capture the essence of music at the most fundamental level. We ended up assembling literally hundreds of musical attributes or "genes" into a very large Music Genome. Taken together these genes capture the unique and magical musical identity of a song - everything from melody, harmony and rhythm, to instrumentation, orchestration, arrangement, lyrics, and of course the rich world of singing and vocal harmony. It's not about what a band looks like, or what genre they supposedly belong to, or about who buys their records - it's about what each individual song sounds like.
Since we started back in 2000, we've carefully listened to the songs of tens of thousands of different artists - ranging from popular to obscure - and analyzed the musical qualities of each song one attribute at a time. This work continues each and every day as we endeavor to include all the great new stuff coming out of studios, clubs and garages around the world.
It has been quite an adventure, you could say a little crazy - but now that we've created this extraordinary collection of music analysis, we think we can help be your guide as you explore your favorite parts of the music universe.
We hope you enjoy the journey.
What I enjoy about Pandora is the ability to type in a favorite song and then have an entire station created just around my favorite song. Inevitability I end up with a station I love. I have created countless stations from Appalachian Strings to Celtic Folk, depending on the mood I happen to be in.
Now, to the Christmas part! Our favorite Pandora stations that we have created for Christmas are The Nutcracker and Harry Connick Jr. Holiday. Whether we are feeling contemplative in front of our glittering Christmas tree, or are ready to bop around the kitchen making our favorite Christmas cookies, Pandora always seems to have just the music we are looking for.
If you've never tried Pandora out, give it a whirl at www.pandora.com. And the best part is? It's all free!
***There seems to have been some curiosity over what our miracle was. After years of prayers we were able to secure the funding for a surgical procedure I will be undergoing in January. We are very, very thankful.***
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
I hope each and everyone of you had a marvelous Thanksgiving. Our little family experienced an honest to goodness miracle over the Thanksgiving weekend, and we are standing 'in wondering awe' at the mercies of a loving Heavenly Father. I hope your Thanksgiving was just as wonderful.
December is here at last!
We just love Christmas here in the Hollow! What could be better then a season filled with magic and delight?
Let's kick of the season with one of our favorite holiday recipes!
We LOVE Miss Paula Deen's Corn Chowder.
You can find the recipe here.
I only put 1/2 a stick of butter in at the end. It is plenty rich without the full stick of butter. This recipe is especially good with sour dough bread bowls from Panera Bread. My son looks forward to this recipe all year long, it's that good.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010
For the past several years I have been one of those crazy ladies who ventures out in the blackest of night to patiently wait in line for the doors to open at 4:00 AM. With my husband being in medical school, it was about the only time we could really afford any goodies. My husband is now in his first year of residency, and while finances are the tightest they've ever been, I am not going to be able to participate in the Black Friday madness. It seems doctors are needed in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit even on Black Friday, can you believe it?!? Without anyone to watch my children, I am going to have to politely excuse myself this year.
Starting at 12:01 Friday morning, everything in the Hollow will be 30% off! Do you have a quilt or pillow you've been eying? Maybe a sampler that would be a perfect gift? This weekend is now the time!
and your discount will be automatically applied.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
A few days ago I found myself at my kitchen counter rolling out dough. The kids were busy with homework and I had a few moments to myself. As I snitched a bit of dough to nibble, my mind began to wander, wondering if any of the women who had made this family recipe through the years had had a moment where they too found themselves rolling out dough while their children contentedly read nearby. For what occasions did those women who came before me find themselves rolling out a pie crust? Was it a birthday of a loved one perhaps, or was it the passing of a friend? Was it a time when the home was filled with family and the pie would disappear in moments or was it a time when, despite desperate hopes, she knew that this pie would probably only be eaten by her alone one small piece at a time over the next week or so?
What kind of women followed this same recipe, that added the vinegar, the egg, that cut in the shortening? What joys filled their lives when they pulled this recipe from their box? What crushing burdens did they carry as they pinched the crust? I wanted to know how they carried those burdens, how they not only survived, but how they thrived and found joy despite hardship. I wanted to know more about their love filled homes, where peace and the aroma of baking pie shared the same space.
My blood is so similar to that which ran through their veins. How much of me is a reflection of them? Is this where my need to shower my family with home cooked meals to show love and affection stems? So many questions, so many unanswerable questions.
These thoughts tumbled over and over in my mind, until the pie at last went into the oven. As I put my recipe back in my box, I realized that for now, all I have is a simple worn card with a family recipe. And somehow - that is enough, for now.
3 C flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/3 C shortening
5 TB water
1 TB vinegar (I prefer apple cider vinegar)
Blend dry ingredients well with shortening (I use a pastry blender). Add liquid and form into a roll. Wrap in wax paper and store in the refrigerator. Take off as much as needed each time - do not warm to room temperature. Roll out dough on heavily floured board.
Monday, November 15, 2010
I have a question that I'm hoping you can help me with.
I have these four snowmen stitchings that I was going to finish individually.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
What a whirlwind of a weekend!
This is the third time I've attended the International Quilt Market. The first two years were in 2000 and 2003 where I attended the wholesale portion as an employee of Liberty Gardens. I debated this year whether to attend as a wholesale buyer. In the end I decided to just attend the retail portion, figuring that most of the exhibitors from the wholesale market more then likely would stay on for the retail market.
The other booth I really enjoyed was Puddingstone Road. This booth was filled with patterns and kits for various projects. What I really appreciated about Puddingstone Road was their tremendous originality and creativity in their patterns and packaging. I purchased the above 'Frosty' kit from their booth. It's a pattern for a 'Frosty' potpourri of sorts - with everything I need tucked neatly away in a mason jar. Seriously - how cute it that? My mother and I made a third trip back to the quilt show just to visit this single booth, between the two of us I think we bought just about everything in the booth.
Inspired by these two booths, I have added a 'Delights' column to the side of Harvest Moon Hollow. You will notice the 'Moda Bakeshop' button, as well as the 'Fat Quarter Shop' (I think I'm in love with the Fat Quarter Shop). I would love to add more buttons! Do you have a 'delight' in your stitching life that you would like to share here? Do you have a button from your own blog that you would like listed? Please let me know - the more 'delights' the merrier!
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
I am so excited to preview the latest and greatest the quilt world has to offer. I am especially excited to visit Moda and check out all of their fresh, new lines. I'm sure to return with a few goodies and more then a few new ideas. I do wish you wonderful ladies could be here, I'm quite sure we would have a grand time exploring the show together.
Happy Market Day!
Monday, November 1, 2010
I love the quiet simplicity of early November.
Over the years Thanksgiving has become one of my very favorite holidays, second only to Christmas. I find such renewal in pausing to rejoice in the bounteous blessings that, unfortunately, so often I take for granted. The gratitude of November prepares our family for the wonder of the Christmas season. This year I was so anxious for the simplicity of the season that, after the kids were tucked in last night, I took down all of our Halloween goodies and filled our little home with the lovely colors and reminders of Thanksgiving.
Now, to something unrelated!
Have you checked out Harvest Moon Hollow Pattern Company lately? Patterns can now be purchased directly from the site both for wholesalers and those of you who just love to stitch! I have ePatterns and paper patterns available for purchase. There are several Christmas designs now available, ready to stitch just in time for the holidays. I will be posting many patterns on Harvest Moon Hollow Pattern Company that will not be available at my Etsy Shop. Be sure to become a follower!
And for those of you in the giveaway - don't worry, I haven't forgotten you! I will keep you posted!
Have a marvelous first of November!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
We are gearing up for a few spooky days in our neck of the woods!
Here are a few of our favorite Halloween things...
Pumpkin Jack is a fantastic book about a boy and his beloved pumpkin. This is a great book to explore the life cycle of a pumpkin.
Scared Silly is a fun compilation of Halloween poems, riddles, jokes and stories. The author/illustrator is Marc Brown of Arthur fame. When my son was four or five I read him a suspenseful story from this book that made him nearly jump out of his skin. The memory of it still makes me giggle hysterically.
Love this book! I have read this to various classrooms of children and it always proves to be a winner. Megan Lloyd is one of my favorite illustrators and she, once again, does a fabulous job. This book is just lovely.
Another Halloween favorite is our annual Haunted Gingerbread House creation. My husband and I made our first Haunted Gingerbread House when we were newlyweds and our family hasn't missed a year yet!
We LOVE pumpkin bread! Below is, hands down, the best pumpkin bread recipe I have ever tasted. It is super easy, delightfully tasty, and makes your house smell so good when it is cooking.
Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup water
3 cups white sugar
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 7x3 inch loaf pans. In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans. Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Good Morning ladies!
I am in need of your assistance this morning
Aren't these fabrics fun?
I have been designing mitten quilts from them for customers and I am loving working with the bright colors.
Speaking of mitten quilts...
I do believe that there will be a mitten quilt made just for her to discover this December.