Thursday, August 4, 2016

Back to School Virtues

Back to School Virtues
By Mrs. Kimberly Chaffee

Marked by last minute vacations, and family reunions, August is also known as the back to school inventory month.  Most parents realize the need for school supplies, and thus become inventory takers, making long lists on the backs of envelopes, legal pads, or sticky notes. Once their lists are made, they begin checking off items to ensure that Marie has not outgrown her good shoes, or Michael’s blue jeans actually reach the top of his sneakers,
 We want our children to succeed, be happy, comfortable and prepared for the school days ahead of them. With inventory lists in hand, we purchase new backpacks, lunch bags, scientific calculators, folders, and pencils to help them learn and retain information.
There are other inventory items important to your child’s success. These items cannot be bought in a store and therefore do not cost any money. They are just as important, if not more, as the new shoes or the new sweater.  Taking an inventory of your child’s virtues can help them throughout the school year. This list, when followed, discussed and put into action, will help them to succeed, be happy, content, good citizens, and prepared for life not only at school, but outside of school as well.

1.     Love- Unselfish, loyal and benevolent concern for the well being another
2.     Peace-Tranquility, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord
3.     Patience-Ability to endure persecution and ill-treatment
4.     Kindness-goodness in action, sweetness of disposition, affability
5.     Goodness-Ready to do good, love in action
6.     Gentleness-Gracious, kindly disposition, controlled strength
7.     Self Control-Restraint or discipline exercised over one’s behavior
8.     Faithfulness-Dependability, loyalty and stability
9.     Joy-Great delight, gladness of heart

Each of these virtues can and should find a place in the heart of your child. Children are followers of everything around them, whether the circumstances are good or bad. While we are busy trying to get everyday tasks done, we need to remind ourselves that the most important task is raising children full of virtues. Even in a bad circumstance, virtues can help them overcome obstacles in their path.
I encourage you to sit down and talk with your children about these virtues. If they are old enough, ask them to evaluate themeselves, and see if they are able to see where they may need to improve in certain areas. It is important to proceed with love and kindness while taking an inventory of this list. Young children will need examples. Middle school and high school children should be able to identify their own examples through friends and acquaintances. 

August is the month that we focus on inventory of what they have and will need from the store for a successful school year. Be sure to also take an inventory of your child’s virtues. These cannot be bought in a store and putting the list into action will help them become good, respectful, and decent people.

Here are two pictures we have created to help your child to remember their virtues. Please feel free to print them out and hang them where your child will see them. If you are seeking a Bible verse to help you see Galations 5:22 - The FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT



Thursday, July 14, 2016

Home for the Holidays Apron from Henry Glass

Hi Everyone, 
I wanted to share with you the apron we put together from the new collection Home for the Holidays by Henry Glass.

It uses a panel and putting it together is quite simple.  



1.  Cut out all around the apron. Cut out the ties and neck loop.  

2. Iron the creases out of the backing fabric. I use best press, it does a good job of removing the fold line from the bolt. 

3. Cut out the ties and follow the directions for making them on the panel. Cut out the neck loop and follow the directions for that also. 

4. Lay the Apron right sides together with the backing fabric. Pin in place and cut out. 

5. Sew right sides together and leave an opening about 3" wide at the bottom for turning.

6. Turn right side out and press. Sew Shut the opening with a hidden stitch. 

7. Attach the Neck Loop. 

8. Attach the Ties. 

9. Make 2 covered buttons from the backing fabric following the directions on the package. 

10. Attach the buttons at the top where the neck loop is. (See picture for placement)  

11. Attach the rick rack with a small zig zag stitch to the bottom of the apron. Also attach at the middle of the apron when the black line is. (see picture for details) 

Give everything a final press and ENJOY !! 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Flavorful Avocado and Steak Soft Taco

I wanted to share one of the most palette pleasing recipes I have had in quite a while. Avocado and Steak Soft Tacos are easy to make, cook up fast, and use normal basic ingredients. I have had these for dinner and breakfast and love the combination of flavors.


12 Small Corn Tortillas
1 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
1 1/2 tsp Granulated Garlic
3/4 tsp chili powder
3/4 tsp cumin

1 Avocado - firm- but ripe
1 1/2 tsp Olive Oil - Extra Virgin

2 Large Sweet Peppers
1 pound of Round Steak roast- Slice it Thin- but do not cut it into strips yet.
1/3 Cup Red Onions- uncooked
1/2 cup Crumbled Feta Cheese
1/4 cup cilantro leaves - torn
2 medium Fresh Limes- cut into wedges

****We used the broiler, but you can  do this on the grill.****

1. In a small bowl, combine salt, garlic, chili powder and cumin; set aside.

2. Cut avocado in half and remove pit; Brush cut sides of avocado with 1/2 teaspoon oil; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon spice mixture.

3. Core and seed red peppers; slice each into 6 rings and place in a large bowl.  Drizzle peppers and onions with remaining 1 teaspoon oil; toss with 1 teaspoon spice mixture. Rub remaining spice mixture all over steak.

4. Place peppers and onions on the broiler pan. Broil several minutes until they have a grilled look. Cook them longer if you want them softer. Remove from broiler. 

5. Place steaks in broiler over. Cook 4-5 minutes- per side- for medium rare. Remove from oven and let it rest before you cut it into strips. 

6. To serve, cut each avocado half into 6 even pieces; mash one piece down center of each tortilla. Layer each with 1 pepper ring, and about 1 ounce steak; garnish with onion, cheese and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges and hot sauce (optional). Yields 1 taco per serving. ENJOY !! 

But Wait There is More on that Plate: 

Asparagus and Turkey Bacon 

1/2 Bundle of Asparagus
3 Slices of Turkey Bacon
Bacon Flavored Coffee syrup (optional) 

1. Cut the white ends off the Asparagus and then chop the rest of the stem into bite sized pieces. Set aside 

2. Cook the turkey bacon. Set aside. 

3. In a skillet add 2 TBL of Bacon Syrup or a pat of butter. Cook the Asparagus on medium heat until tender. Should be about 15 minutes. Maybe longer. Test it and see if you like it. 

4. Take the Turkey Bacon and cut it up. Add it to the cooked Asparagus. Enjoy !! 


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Home for the Holidays Christmas Stockings Project from Kimberlys Fabric Stash

Home for the Holidays Stocking Project 
by Kimberly Chaffee 
Kimberly's Fabric Stash 

         I was excited to receive the complete line of Home for the Holidays from Northcott Fabrics a couple of weeks back. Yes, Christmas comes to us in the lovely month of May.  When others are excited to put in their gardens, my eyes light up, and my heart flutters for the UPS truck bringing me Christmas Fabric. 
        The line boasts birds, plaids, poinsettia's, stripes, and easy cut out patterns for stockings and an apron. The stockings are sold as a set of two, as you see pictured. You get a front and a back of each stocking. The white stocking depicts the birds, and the black background has the plaid with the poinsettia. 

       Since the panel only has the front and the back of the stocking, I thought we should make an easy tutorial on how to make the stocking with batting and lining. 

505 Basting Spray
Fusible Batting from Quilters Dream (THE BEST) 
Fabric for lining- 1 yard 
Bias Tape Maker 

 First, Iron the stocking panel to the fusible batting. Give it a good press. Let it Cool.
 Second, Flip the stocking/batting piece over, and spray with 505 adhesive. Smooth your 2/3 yard piece over that. Trim off the extra fabric and set aside, we will be using that for binding.

 Third, cut out the stockings. I have flipped over the back of each stocking to show you the lining.
 Fourth, Take your extra lining fabric from step 3, and cut 8- 2" wide strips on the bias. That would be on the diagonal.  Why? Because the stocking has curves, and we need to have the bias stretch around those curves.  Then sew all the strips together to make one long strip.

Cut 2- 4 1/2" strips. Set aside for the Stockings Loop.

 Fifth- Take your 1" Clover Bias and push it thru your bias tape maker. Use a hot iron to press in the folds as you pull it along.
Next, take some of the bias tape you made and sew it along the top edge of each stocking front and back. Trim even with each side. Place stocking front and back together with the lining sides together. Pin in place, making sure it is all even. 

Take the 4 1/2" Loop fold in half lengthwise, press, open, fold in each side lengthwise again, and then fold in half. Press. Stitch. 

Optional Step:  Glue Baste the binding down, allow it to dry, and then topstitch it in place.

Topstitch the Binding to the Stocking front and back. ** BE SURE TO ADD THE LOOP about 1" in from the back edge of stocking. I used a zigzag stitch, to attach the binding,  but you can choose whichever you would like. 

Give everything a nice press and enjoy !!! 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Halloween Advent Calendar from Dan Morris' Creepy Hollow and Quilting Treasures

        This week we are excited to post a project that you would normally not see for Halloween. It's Halloween Advent Calendar.  I like that Quilting Treasures and Dan Morris designed this, because families with small children would enjoy counting down the days until Halloween. 

The kit for this project comes with everything you need except for the batting. You can purchase a kit here. CLICK HERE FOR KIT 

To begin, we are going to trim the panel down and remove the excess sides so that we just have the orange triangles.

From the Second Piece of Fabric in the Kit, Cut Out Around each square. There will be 40 Squares. 

Once you have trimmed the squares, you will want to spray them with starch, and fold back the edges to the orange line that surrounds each picture. Press with Cotton Setting on Your Iron. 
Once you have them all pressed, it is time to layer the project for sewing. I used single sided fusible batting from Quilters Dream. I pressed the panel onto the fusible side of the batting. Make sure it is smooth and has adhered to the batting.
 Then I flipped it over, sprayed the batting with 505 Adhesive and smoothed the background on, which for our project is the Jack O'Lanterns.
 Once the front and back are adhered to the batting, you will take your pressed and starched fabric squares and match them to the pictures on the panel. Pin In Place. Take the project over to the sewing machine and stitch through all 3 layers, while leaving the top of each pocket open.

Once you have cut the Candy Corn Fabric for the binding, attach it down with the sewing machine and then fold to the back and hand stitch in place. 

You can either sew a sleeve on the back or hang with tacks.