Thursday, July 7, 2011

Thursday Update, Tutorials And Another Recipe

First, the update on Kaaren's quilt - here's the design wall!

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Think I need a bigger design wall? *G*  Keep 'em coming, folks!

Two tutorials for you - Caroll at the Attic Window Quilt Shop had her friend Barb show how to make her darling scissors fobs - so cute, go look!  I think we all need these.  Thank you Caroll and Barb!

And over at Moda Bakeshop, Mary from The Tulip Patch has a tutorial for an easy advent calender, darling!

Side note:  Darlynn, you left a comment that you'd like to donate a block, but there's no email address for me to reply to.  Could you please email me?

And now for our visit to Shirley's.  She really is such a treasure.  She showed me the green beans she's picked from her garden...

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and here they are on the bush.

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Her tomatoes:

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It's uncanny how everything grows for her, and how no bugs eat her tiny crops.  I forgot to get pics of her blueberries and spinach, she eats spinach 3 times a day and has been picking right from her backyard.  I guess if I want to be in such good shape when I'm 81, I'd better start eating spinach.  She also drinks a gallon of milk a week, by herself.  I'll never forget going up to her cottage and moving her refrigerator to my house, just the two of us, and yes, she's MUCH stronger than I am!

She also had a treat for us.  I told her she's an enabler - helping mum to stay off her diabetic diet.

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These are "healthy", according to Shirley.  They're called O. Henry bars, I've never had the candy bar but she says they taste just like them.  And here's the recipe for you.

O. Henry Bars

Ingredients:

2/3 cup margarine
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
3 teaspoons vanilla
4 cups quick cooking rolled oats [uncooked]
6 ounce package chocolate chips
2/3 cup peanut butter

Cream together margarine, sugar, syrup, and vanilla.  Stir in oats.  Spread onto greased 13x9" pan, patting down mixture evenly.  Bake 15 minutes at 350 degrees.  Do not bake longer, even if it doesn't look cooked. 
Melt chocolate chips and peanut butter together, spread over top.  Let cool, then refrigerate, serve chilled.  These should be stored in the fridge.  They get a little gooey in the heat.

Of course, no visit to Shirley would be complete without pictures of her dog, Greta - she loves us to visit!

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See you soon!  Let me know if you make the recipe!

33 comments:

Monica said...

The quilt for Kaaren is really coming along. Thank you for organizing this for her.

Sandra :) said...

I want to meet Shirley and Greta too!

For supper tonight I have pork chops defrosting to bake in the oven, I have potatoes peeled for mashed, and I made a big batch of black bean and corn salsa for the veg - those O Henry bars look perfect for dessert so I'm going to go whip them up as I have all of the ingredients, lol!

Linda said...

The quilt is looking good!
Yum! O Henry bars!!

Dolores said...

Greta is so cute. I can't believe green beans are already for the picking. I'd love some.
My square got put in the mail yesterday - so let's see how long it takes.

SueB said...

Kaarens quilt is really coming along. Looks great. I love Greta. Schnauzers rule. I will be making the recipe..

Michelle May (Shell) said...

Totally fun post girlfriend! Pretty quilt blocks, great toots, yummy food and cute fuzzy critter. Yep, fun post!
xx, shell

em's scrapbag said...

The quilt for Karren is coming along nicely. I need to get my blocks made and in the mail. sorry for being a slow poke.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

the quilt for Karen looks wonderful Allie....the slice looks great...

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Love Greta's Summer cut! It's so hot out it seems a shame that more pooches don't do this.

Totally envious of her garden - LOL And those chocolate gooey bars look wonderful. Chocolate and peanut butter are perfect in the Summer ~

Fiona@BubzRugz said...

I'd like to visit Shirley and Greta with you one day!! The quilt blocks look fantastic and thanks for the links....
Hope the rest of your week is wonderful...
Hugz

Karen said...

The Raggedy Ann embroidery was such a good idea for one of the blocks.

shez said...

Lovely post Allie and i cant get over Shirley's garden,do you know her secret for not getting any pests in her garden,does she use something natural?

West Michigan Quilter said...

What a great post. Thank you for the shout out. Your quilt is looking beautiful. Can't wait to try that recipe. Whoop! Whoop!

Sue said...

Kaaren's quilt is going to be fabulous. I'm going to try the O'Henry bars yummo! Thanks for the recipe.

Linda said...

Quilt is looking so beautiful!! Yummy bars. I think the girls will enjoy! :-)

Michelle Ridgway said...

Wonderful....all the blocks so far.
Thanks so much for the recipe. I am
going to try it. Although I'm not sure what our equivalent for corn syrup would be. Lovely vegies and sweet puppy.

Ulla said...

It's good to see Kaaren's quilt growing on your design wall!

Houseelf said...

I love how the quilt for Kaaren is growing. Thanks for the interesting links. I've lettuce ready in the garden and a few tomatos.

Love the smart dog! Cute!

Mary said...

What a beautiful and heartwarming quilt for Kaaren. I have to tell you that I must make those O Henry bars for our next sewfest...oh my they look delicious.

Michelle said...

Okay, I just gained 2 pounds drooling over the pic of the O.Henry Bars! lol!

darlynn said...

Miss Allie,

Sorry about no email showing up. Here it is:
djbvenne@yahoo.com

thank you very much for organizing this pick-me-up for Kaaren.

Dandelion Quilts said...

That recipe looks good,Allie! Thanks.

Val said...

I don't know how I missed this about sending these quilt blocks. Don't know if I can do it by the 15th so maybe if you do anything else for her I could help. I am going to try that recipe this weekend. Looks great!

Terry said...

It's so great seeing all the blocks for Kaaren! And thanks for the recipe! I hope to make it today (or maybe tomorrow). :0)

Jan said...

What a lovely garden---nothing is like fresh picked veggies! Does she have a secret? The quilt for Kaaren is looking wonderful---great job!

Jan said...

What a lovely garden---nothing is like fresh picked veggies! Does she have a secret? The quilt for Kaaren is looking wonderful---great job!

rosie said...

Wow, look at all those blocks! I really enjoyed your story on Shirley... love her garden, can't wait for spring to plant ours!! Thankyou for the links Allie..xxx

KaHolly said...

The recipe looks delicious, the pup is adorable, and Kaaren's quilt is coming along nicely. I can't believe you already have so many blocks!! Thanks for the update! ~karen

Michelle said...

The signature quilt continues to come along beautifully.

Yum! Nothing better than home-grown veggies.

marina said...

the blocks are looking fantastic.
I love the little raggedy block in the centre. so gorgeous.

Carrie P. said...

Oh, cute Greta, makes me miss my girls.

Karen said...

I haven't had an O Henry Bar in years. I don't remember what they taste like but the recipe picture looks yummy.

Mama Pea said...

MMM...that recipe has my favorite combo...chocolate and peanutbutter! I feel bad. It seems like I missed something you needed blocks for. I would have contributed. So sorry!

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