Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Last week we made an unplanned trip to Pennsylvania, our home state.  While it is always good to "go home" we would have liked more time to spend with family and friends, more time to visit - to laugh and rememember but we made the most of the time that we did have and had a good visit.

While driving back to Michigan, we decided to take a little bit of a detour and visit a quilt shop close to Pittsburgh.  The shop - The Quilt Company - owner Karen Montgomery - is one that I have wanted to see for some time.  I have ordered several of Karen's patterns for the shop and have attended some of Karen's lectures.  Karen has some really "savvy" ideas for running a shop.

The building that her shop is in was built specifically for her quilt shop.  Can you imagine having a building that has all of the details in it that you think would be good for a shop?  It was a really nice looking shop - open, spacious with lots of walls to display beautiful quilts.  It was fun to look around and see what another shop has going on.  I bought some more of Karen's patterns and we already have things "kitted" and ready for our customers. 

Don't you love seeing other shops?  Each shop has its own flavor - every shop always has something different.  It's like having multiple candy shops with different tastes awaiting you in each shop.  Yum!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Yummy Stuff!

Have you all heard of the website Pinterest?  This is quite a site - it is like a giant bulletin board.  Everyone just "pins" information on that site.  And the information is endless in its amout as well as its variety.  There are pictures, craft ideas, recipes and more.  Check it out - but be warned - it is addictive!  Just go to

Here is one of the recipes that we got from pinterest - and it works and is really yummy stuff!

Take one angel food cake mix and add one other cake mix - any other flavor - (we did one angel food mix and one devils food cake mix).  Put both of the dry mixes in a container - we used a zip lock bag - and mix both of the dry mixes together.  (You have to have an angel food cake mix as one of your cakes)

Then when you want a little treat:   in a small microwave safe mug, mix 3 tablespoons of the dry mix, 2 tablespoons of water, microwave for 1 minute and you get a great snack.

We thought about adding a Hershey's kiss in the middle of the mix before putting in the microwave and then it might be like a "molten lava cake" - you could add a carmel and some chopped pecans too - the combinations are limited only by your imagination - sort of like quilting!

So enjoy your next best snack while planning your next best quilt!

Happy quilting!