Wisconsin Cranberry Pie

Monday, December 9, 2019

Well, I'm no food blogger but a few of you asked for this recipe after Thanksgiving so here it is!

I got this recipe from my sister many years ago but have been unable to find the 
original source so if anyone recognizes it please let me know!

Wisconsin Cranberry Pie

1 unbaked 9” pie shell
3 c. halved cranberries
½ c. water
1 ¾ c. sugar
5 Tbsp. flour
¼ tsp. salt
½ tsp. almond extract
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter

¹∕3 c. unsalted butter, melted
¾ c. flour
¾ c. sugar

1. In a medium saucepan add cranberries and water and bring to a boil.  Mix the dry ingredients and slowly add to the cranberry mixture.  Cook on low heat until thick.  Remove from heat and add extract.

2. Cool completely.  Pour into the unbaked pie shell.  Dot with butter.

3.  Mix topping ingredients together with a fork and sprinkle over the filling.

4. Bake at 425° for 35-40 minutes or until light golden brown.

5. Serve at room temperature or cold with ice cream or whipped cream.  Enjoy!

Click HERE for the printable version of this recipe.
You can also check out some of my other favorite recipes HERE
There's some oldies but goodies there!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts Book Tour

Thursday, December 5, 2019

The day is finally here!  It's my stop on the Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts book tour and I am so excited!
Mostly, I am just so excited for my friend, Andy Knowlton and her beautiful new book, Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts which is full of 12 fabulous projects!  Andy and I have been friends for many years now.  We roomed together at the International Quilt Market a few years ago, we've retreated together, lunched together, and cheered each other on over the years.  I'm just so proud of Andy, my talented friend.

Like Andy, one of my favorite cuts of fabric is the fat-quarter.  That's what I usually buy when I'm fabric shopping just for fun.  So I love the concept of Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts.  Andy gives 12 project ideas that use different amounts of fat-quarters, ranging from 6 to 14 fat-quarters.   

One of the patterns that really caught my eye in Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts is called Sunny Day.  Mine is quite different than Andy's version which uses sweet pinks, yellows, and greens.  I decided to use some of the Christmas fabrics that I recently inherited after my grandmother (the one who taught me how to quilt) past away.  It was such a sweet experience to be able to work with many of her fabrics.

I purchased the black print by Sweetwater and also threw in a white with green 
polka dot fabric that I had in my stash.

The greens in this quilt were quite different than anything I had in my stash though.  They are more blue-green as opposed to the yellow-greens that I have in my stash and that are more popular today.  So I was surprised to find green Minky that worked with them.  Minky was definitely the way to go; this Christmas quilt is so soft and cuddly and will definitely get used for many years to come.

The fun scalloped border "had me at hello" 
and was one of the main things I loved about this quilt.

Have you ever made a scalloped border?
I've done it one other time on my Friendship Heart Quilt.
I guess I'm a sucker for scallops!

I was going to bind it in the black print but at the last minute, I decided
red would be a better note to end things on since there was so much black 
near the edge of the quilt.  So I ended up using a red grunge fabric I had in my stash and 
I'm happy I went that route.

I love the blocks in this pattern!  
They really showcase my grandma's vintagy Christmas fabrics.

I believe she used many of them to make stockings, but I could be wrong.

The quilting design is a fairly new-to-me designed called Gemma #3 by Karlee Porter.
My quilter, Cathy Barney did a fantastic job, as always!

And finally, I have to tell you about the labels I got!  They're really simple but I love them!
I feel so professional with them, haha!  I got them from Border City Quilts on Etsy.  
You can customize them to whatever you want and the owner from the shop was really great 
to work with!  I got 20 labels for about $20 so I think they were very reasonably priced too!

This is just one of the quilt patterns I would love to make from Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts!
It's a great book with beautiful patterns, easy to understand instructions, great photography, 
and lots of helpful tips throughout!  I hope you'll get yourself a copy!

Be sure to stop by the other blogs that are helping with the tour!
So much eye candy!!!

Nov 18:   Jen Van Orman - Heritage Threads
Nov 19:   Holly Lesue - Maker Valley
Nov 20:   Amy Chappell - Ameroonie Designs
Nov 21:   Nadra Ridgeway - Ellis and Higgs
Nov 22:   Kristina Brinkerhoff - Center Street Quilts
Nov 23:   Amy Sinibaldi - @AmySinibaldi 
Nov 25:   Jessica Dayon - Jessica Dayon
Nov 26:   Amy Smart - Diary of a Quilter
Nov 27:   Amanda Niederhauser - Jedi Craft Girl
Nov 28:   Andy Knowlton - A Bright Corner
Nov 29:   Sharon Burgess - Lilabelle Lane Creations
Nov 30:   Samantha Dorn - Aqua Paisley Studio
Dec 2:   Lindsey Weight - Primrose Cottage Quilts
Dec 3:   Bev McCullough - Flamingo Toes
Dec 4:   Christopher Thompson - The Tattooed Quilter
Dec 5:   Amber Johnson - Gigi's Thimble
Dec 6:   Melissa Corry - Happy Quilting Melissa
Dec 7:  Amanda Castor - Material Girl Quilts

A big thanks to Andy for asking me to be a part of the tour!
I'm honored and truly enjoyed making Sunny Day!

Amazon Gift Card Winners + IronEZ Discount Code

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Thanks to everyone who made my mouth water by sharing their favorite Thanksgiving dishes on my giveaway post last week!  Seriously, I think I gained 5 pounds just reading your comments!  Speaking of which, a few of you asked for the Wisconsin Cranberry Pie recipe so come back Monday for that!

I also want to thank my friends at Iron EZ who reached out to me offering such a great giveaway to my followers!  I mean, who doesn't love free money to spend at Amazon (my cart is always loaded there!)?  And their generosity with the 15% off Iron EZ discount code was the cherry on top.  The good news is, I just found out the discount code "AJ15" will be good for a few more weeks (plus there is free shipping on all US orders!).  Visit their site to get yourself an Iron EZ.  And just imagine...a lifetime of not having your spray bottle fall off your ironing board!  Ha!  It's pure bliss...

So without further ado, the winners of the two Amazon $25 gift cards are...

Babiesdoc (comment #52) and Teresa S. (comment #75).  
I will get in touch with you and get those gift cards sent right off to you!

Edit: the first two winners were chosen and contacted twice but did not respond within a week.  I believe their email addresses were not connected to their blogger account and they did not leave their email address in their comments either so I had no way to get in touch with them.  So I picked two new winners today, 12/11/19 (which are reflected above).

Have a great day everyone!
Thanks for stopping by!