Friday, July 8, 2016

Finished It But . . .

This week I worked on using up my stash of fabrics . . . 
I had this stack of precuts plus abijillion more.  And I made this . . . 
Quilt Top:
It turned out much cuter than I expected even with a mistake . . . 
Quilt Opps:
That thankfully was the very last block. My poor doggies are upside down!
I made this in an attempt at using up all those cut blocks.  That were mostly florals.   Which needed to be used.  I certainly stepped out of my comfort zone by putting all these fabrics and themes together. 
And, I was on a roll until I ran out of thread.  So this little number sits and waits for the fabulous border  I have planned. 

But when I'm in a mood to sew I can't be stopped. 
I found a spool of navy thread and I produced these . . . 
Blue Quilt Blocks:
And a close up of a couple of the blocks . . . 
Blue Block 3:
I was using these pre-cuts.  Most of the center blocks were small. 
The centers are 2"
Blue Block 2:
Love how the pink one turned out!
Blue Block 1:
I seriously have no idea where that white thread came from. 
There is no white or even very light grey in this cottage. (that I know  of! ).  I sewed this entire group of blocks with Navy thread. 

I am indeed a Maverick quilter.  

Thanks for coming over.  I'm going back to the sewing room as soon as I finish cooking dinner!  

Tonight I'm linking with . . . 
Crazy Mom at Finish It FridayMake My Saturday Sweet
and Blue Monday and a few other linky's I'll add later!  HeHe.

Smoothies For Runners-Book Review

Smoothies For Runners-Book Review

                                                            Smoothies for Runners: 32 Proven Smoothie Recipes to Take Your Running Performance to the Next Level, Decrease Your Recovery Time and Allow You to Run Injury-Free
Overview provided by Barnes and Noble . . .
Smoothie. Doesn't that word just roll off the tongue nicely?
The smoothie has to be one of the greatest inventions (or accidents) in the world of food. But for the runner, it can be one of our best friends. A smoothie can be the perfect recovery food after a long run, provide fuel before a workout and offer a quick and nutritious meal on the go.
CJ Has Been a Big Fan of Smoothies For Years
Not only are there endless combinations that taste great, but these same combinations can do wonders for your health. In every smoothie CJ makes, at least one fruit is listed in the ingredients. Some will have more. But in his humble opinion, when you remove fruit, you no longer have a smoothie on your hands.
What You'll Get:
Top 10 Tips and Tricks for Smoothie Prep
What To Eat Before The Run
8 Pre-Run Fuel Smoothie Recipes
What To Eat After The Run
8 Post-Run Recovery Smoothie Recipes
Finding Your Ideal (Racing) Weight
8 Raw Green Smoothie Recipes
8 Healthy Dessert Smoothie Recipes
Plus, a special bonuses at the end!
CJ looks forward to exploring the world of smoothies with you as we seek to give our bodies what they truly crave both before and after a run.

And I thought . . . I received a complimentary e-copy of this fabulous little book.  As I scrolled through the pages I couldn't help but want to go shopping and buy ingredients to make a smoothie.  And, I'm not a fan of smoothies!  I'm not a runner either but reading this book made me wish that I had/have a more active lifestyle.   
Some of the fabulous recipes inclue:
Cinnamon Roll Recovery
Blueberry Bonk
Savory Splits 
Mocha Morning Warm Up 
Each and everyone sounded delicious!  I am going to purchase this book for my daughter who is a new runner.  She would greatly benefit! 
I recommend this book for anyone who wants to get into shape!

I give Smoothies For Runners and high 5, a thumbs up and 5 big 'ole stars. 

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Blue Ribbon Trail Ride--Book Review

Blue Ribbon Trail Ride--Book Review

                                                     Product Details
This Y/A was a fun read for me. (even as an adult) I was super impressed with the authors knowledge about horses and riding disciplines.  She did an excellent job propelling the reader into the story.  
The story is about Kate and her friends Tori and Colt and their plan to host a Trail Ride to raise money for autistic children to go to a special camp just for them.  
Everything is going well until the money box disappears just before the event!  The three decide the only thing to do is try to find it kind of Hardy Boys style as suggested by Colt.
I loved the story because it reminded me of my years of reading Trixie Belden. 

I expected the other books in the series would be 'mysterish' storylines but they are not. 

What I enjoyed most about the book(s) besides the horse theme was that the author brought into the storyline some other themes/life struggles that the youngsters learned to cope and deal with. 

This book includes Autism (Kate's younger brother is autistic) as well as the struggles of the elderly.  (the neighbor is a hoarder)

Kate learns to trust God and to ask him for direction in many situations.  Sometimes only after making a few mistakes on her own. 

I loved the the additional 'A Little More' follow up at the end.
And the 'Secrets for your diary' questions. 

This was an easy read.  I would love to share these books with my grand children when they are a little older.
I think these would be excellent books to read together as a family. 

This series would be a great addition to a school library.

I highly recommend this series Horses and Friends by Miralee Ferrell 5 Blue Ribbons

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I received this book from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my honest review.

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