February New Food Links

>> Sunday, March 1, 2015

Feel free to skip this post and come back next time for another quilting one. Or maybe you just might want to try a recipe or two. ;)

We started eating plant based, whole foods thanks to the Forks over Knives documentary on Netflix.

You can view their website and watch the documentary if it interests you.

Forks over Knives

Not only have my husband and I noticed a significant change in our energy levels, it's also been surprising in a number of different ways. My teeth feel clean! My breath never gets really smelly. . . My hair doesn't get as oily. . . You can see where I'm going with this!

I won't even mention the feeling of BEING healthy and the lost weight and the improved blood pressure rates and resting heart rates.

I could go on, but instead I'm making this post to start saving all the new recipe links in one place! It is my web log after all.

Banana Bites - taste like banana bread but really moist (wet banana bread?) not everyone's cup of tea here, but a really healthy sweet treat.
From the blog The Simple Veganista

 Hearty Potato Kale Lentil Soup - this is Chicken noodle soup for vegans - without the chicken or the noodles! Love how this smells and tastes. Everyone here likes to eat it too - an added bonus!
From the blog Hummusapien - love the name! I subscribed immediately. Love her voice and style. She posts an informative (for this new vegan!) post every Wednesday on what she ate for the week.

Vegan Red Beans and Rice - at my husband's request I searched for and found this recipe. Everyone ate it as well. Hubby and I mashed this up and put it in tacos too.
From BudgetBytes - not everything here is vegan, but enough good ideas to keep me coming back!

Jamie Oliver Vegan{Blueberry}  Pancakes! Second time's the charm! The recipe only makes 4 pancakes (!) and the first time I tried to double parts of it to make more. Second time I just added a full cup of flour (instead of 125 g) and they looked and tasted even better. {The blueberry is in brackets because I haven't added any to ours yet and the pancakes still turned out}

BEFORE we started eating vegan, we were already trying out vegetarian dishes.

Kusherie Egyptian Rice has been linked here before but I'm adding it to this post too. (They've changed the setup of this website - not sure I like it tonight. We'll see how well I like it next time I make Kusherie!)

One more too!

Potato Leek Soup - made tons and it's all portioned out for lunches.

I guess we've been trying a lot of new things this month! Not listed are the things we created ourselves (butternut squash soup, refried beans, hummus) and the recipe I've made 3 times now for Lemon Oatmeal cookies that are included in the Forks over Knives app. I think I made the Black Eyed Peas Burgers from the app too!

Here's looking to more foodie adventures in March!

I'd love it if you have a vegan dish to share with me; we're on the lookout for soups, baking and the elusive slow cooker meal!

With Joy,

Sarah Vee


Getting Clear about Sewing JOY

>> Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The key is Consistency.

Showing up and doing the work you are meant to do to receive the guidance, support and inspiration to keep doing the work.

Still working, but now more Consistently, on my Halloween 1904 blocks.

Consistency might require chunking of tasks to keep moving forward.

To finish you need to start!

This border of the Primitive Gatherings 10th anniversary stitch along looked tedious. So many steps to make the square in a square blocks! Trimming and more trimming!

But the results!

Seeing the first couple of blocks made - and turn out the right size! - keeps me motivated to keep going. It's been my leader and ender this past little while which has helped make the process not feel like work.

Even as I realize that I didn't quite plan right and I will need to find another fabric for the outside squares! We'll see what I come up with ;)

This little bit of sewing happened on the weekend before my birthday.
With CLARITY as my word for the year, I feel like I need to say
Thank You to all of you who read my blog and share your thoughts.

It's becoming very clear to me that I create for myself
and share to inspire others to do the same.

Create Some JOY today,

Sarah V


February Goal Check In

>> Sunday, February 22, 2015

Okay. Let's go down the list and see how I did!

1. Large Churn Dash quilted.

2. Christmas Threads of Memory Quilt
I didn't touch this one.
Left to do:

1) backing for second half (2 blocks of quilting time)
2) pin together first half of quilt (1 block of quilting time)
3) start quilting 1st row of first half of quilt (1 block of quilting time)

3. Halloween 1904

I did work on 1 block.
I 'm thinking I might prep a block or two to quilt. I kind of miss having a project to quilt now that I got myself into a routine of machine quilting. Imagine that!


Roosting Robin

I'm really happy with how this new quilt is growing! I did keep up and have 2 rows finished. The next row will come out March 15.

5. Birthday Gifts

I DID make the 2 gifts I needed to - they have yet to be mailed though!


Sew Joy Creations

I found making my goal list really made me curious about designing new stuff. I'm really happy that I made 3 new things.

I also managed to create this more modern piece. 
It's been really fun to set these goals for myself. 
I think coming up with 3 threes a quarter is good. Now I need to decide if I'm going to make any of these into patterns and to keep coming up with new ideas.


Primitive Gatherings 10th Anniversary Stitch Along
I added another border and I'm working on the tiny square in a square border that goes on next.

8. Orphan Christmas Words
I didn't touch this one. It's beside my machine and will make a great little project to work on in between this month. Or next week! Where did February GO?!


4 Placemats Quilted!

I decided one night to just clean off my ironing board already! All four placemats got quilted. I'm ready for spring!!

10. Scrap Pieces to be made into an apron

I played with this a bit. I lost steam but did find more of the chocolate fabric. It might go away again since I did miss Valentines. 

11. Batik mini 9 patch wall hanging

I didn't get to this one yet, but I want to soon. Next step is to cut the remaining charms to make a border.


Surprise Surprise! I did join one of Pat Sloan's sew alongs. This one I posted previously but I'm adding it to my goal list. I plan to keep up with this one as it's helping me use up some of my more flamboyant stash.

So, only a few things left to finish up on this list. I'm looking forward to getting into my Halloween 1904 quilt again and to get the Threads of Memory Christmas quilt further along. 
Next month is exciting with a week long break from school. We'll see if I can stay focused and finish some things!

How are you doing on your goals this quarter?

With Joy,

Sarah V


Vacation Time BOM - Block 2

>> Saturday, February 21, 2015

This is my second block from Pat Sloan's Vacation Time free block of the month through http://www.freequiltpatterns.info/.

Of course I had to change the fabric placement a bit so I could 'see' the heart. The block is actually called Toes in the Sand. (Can you see the toes, mom? Neither can I!)

You can see lots of other fabric placements at the flickr group for this BOM.

Here are my first two blocks together. I don't have tons of the toile fabric so it will get interesting as I go forward planning my blocks. I can tell from Pat's layout photos that these two blocks won't be near each other so that will spread the toile around a bit!

Are you keeping up with the block of the month(s) you started this year?

With Joy,

Sarah V


Roosting Robin Round 2

So happy with how this is evolving. This is only the second round of borders for this quilt! It started with just the churn dash block then the green with white polka dot border.

I decided to make it easy on myself and use up leftover 5 inch squares. This first layout I put opposite colours beside each other. It looks very scrappy.

The 'rules' said we could add a 2 or 3 row of checkerboards so I thought about making the quilt bigger even quicker by adding a third row. I thought using the same fabric between the variety of fabrics would work - unfortunately my same fabric is pretty busy!

Then I went back to arranging the scraps using the spectrum, repeating it in the same order as the churn dash. I did put the same rose print in each corner and then used the green with white polka dot in the final border corners.

For the next round I will have to consider making the top less square - perhaps by adding a border to only the top and bottom.

Finishing this round gave me a chance to take advantage of my steep snowbank to lay the quilt top out on!

Snow does make for a pretty white background:)

With Joy,

Sarah Vee

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