It’s been too long!

Happy weekend everyone! This is the middle sister, Jessica and I have not blogged for a while! I can’t believe it is February already and even though I love winter, all three of us in our house have been sick over the last month and have gone through way too many tissues…..so I am definitely ready for spring!

I was able to finish a quilt that I took wayyyy too long to sew for an in-law’s baby shower. She is expecting a baby boy and she loves the Chicago Bears so I decided I would use the colors orange, navy and white in the quilt. Of course, I am horrible at using the machine quilter and I got some much needed help from my younger sister, Cassie.

Got this quilt done finally and last minute for a baby shower today! #quilts #procrastinator

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My sister, Cassie ordered some amazing Maureen Cracknell Wild & Free fabrics for our mom’s shop and her Etsy site (https://www.etsy.com/people/clpquilts). It is gorgeous and I love the metallic stars and so did my two year old daughter!

WIld & Free for Friday's Fabric Giveaway!!

Maureen Cracknell’s Wild & Free

I plan on making some easy chocolate Valentine cookies this weekend and hopefully they will be as cute as the picture I found on Pinterest (fingers crossed).

Have a great weekend!

Jessica

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February is already here

I finished my scrappy reader pillow in January and couldn’t be happier with it!  It was so (sew) easy!

So the first month of 2015 I actually kept up with my personal goals.  Well, for the most part.  But I have also made a goal to be kinder to myself, so even though I “made something” this month (the pillow) but didn’t “bake something” because I had the stomach flu and then a head cold, I forgave myself.

In January I met my daily writing goals and worked past a leg injury to run eleven miles yesterday.  In one session.  Only stopping once to refuel for a few minutes.  I feel this needs to be repeated–I RAN 11 FREAKING MILES.  More than I ever thought I could run in my entire life.  My half marathon is in two weeks and I think I’m actually ready!  Of course I’m sore today, but that’s a small price to pay for feeling so good about myself.

Today was my 34th birthday and we just got breakfast, hung out at home, went for a walk, and did laundry.  Anything to avoid the Super Bowl crowds just a few miles from our house.  Even though it was a quiet day, it felt like a new beginning.

Here’s to a new year.

–Anna

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Iowa Vacation

We vacationed this week in Iowa. The weather was actually beautiful, a balmy 40 degrees during the days. It was a busy week playing with the 4 year old and under nieces and nephew…now we’re exhausted and need another vacation after our vacation! 😉

I haven’t been to see my mom’s quilt shop since last spring and it looked great as always!

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And I found a project to use my fat quarters on! She had a book called Growing Up Modern by Allison Harris with lots of cute stuff, including a Scrappy Reader Pillow (a pillow with a pocket in the front for books). My sister made the sample pillow at the shop and I fell in love with it. We’ll see if I can make it before the end of January! One of my goals this year is to bake something and make something each month, so I’d better get started!

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Anna

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Chex Mix Like Mom Used to Make

It’s been a good weekend!  The Packers won.  I finally feel 100% better after surviving that horrible stomach flu that’s been going around (I never get sick so it was ROUGH).  I eventually got all caught up on my goals today after not being able to open my eyes to read or write last week.  And today, the shin splint I developed after my 10 mile run last Saturday finally feels like it’s going away (I think…let’s hope).  So all that makes today feel like the best day of 2015 yet!

Plus, we’re leaving the 70 degree Arizona weather this week to see my family in snowy Iowa and couldn’t be more excited!  Sounds crazy, right?  But we have very few plans except for staying inside by the fire, seeing my family, playing with my nieces and nephew, and visiting my mom’s quilt shop.

There are lots of recipes that remind me of home.  Over the holidays this year, I made the Chex Mix my mom always used to make us when we were growing up.  I am addicted to the stuff, one reason probably being that it makes me think of cold weather and holidays with family.  If you like salt and Worcestershire sauce, you’ll love it.

Chex Mix Like Mom Used to Make

Melt 1 1/2 sticks of butter in a 250 degree oven.

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  • 8 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp onion salt or powder
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 2 tsp seasoned salt
  • 2 tsp lemon juice

Mix.  Stir in 6 cups each of:

  • Quaker corn bran
  • Crispex
  • Pretzels
  • Cheese crackers or fish
  • and 1 can nuts

Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Anna

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Talented Sisters

With kids and jobs and homes to take care of, I know that my sisters are incredibly busy.  But they’re also incredibly talented.  So I just wanted to take a minute to brag on them (because I know they’ll never do it themselves).

Cassie just posted this mini quilt top on her Instagram page (@sewstitchinghappy).  How freaking cute is this?!?

Almost done with this fun mini quilt! #quiltyfunscrappysewalong #sewcute #sewingaddict

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She also did this one around Christmas time:

Merry Christmas to all! #holidaypatchworkforest #hohohomerrychristmas #sewcute

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I am amazed at her talent and dedication to quilting, especially with her having two little kiddos!  She’s also a fantastic baker, as is Jessica (the middle sister).  Jessica has one daughter and works and still has time to make lots of goodies like these pumpkin doughnuts (featured in an earlier blog post):

Pumpkin doughnuts😊🍩 check out the recipe on the blog! www.Heartlandsisters.com

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My husband and I are traveling to the chilly Iowa tundra in just a week and a half to visit my family and I cannot wait!  I love the winter visits–staying inside, playing with my adorable nieces and nephew, spending time at my mom’s quilt shop, and checking out all of my sisters’ amazing projects.  It can’t get here soon enough!

-Anna

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New Year’s Goals

I’m delaying taking down our holiday decorations.  They’re just so pretty and took me so long to put together.  It seems like I’ve hardly had them out long enough to enjoy them.  So the tree is staying lit and the decor is staying out at least until after New Year’s.  And, I mean, we received so many beautiful holiday cards, I can’t possible take my homemade card clothesline down anytime soon!  I feel so loved having these cards up.

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Speaking of New Year’s, I’ve been taking some time today to work on goals for 2015.  Well, more like procrastinating on cleaning the house by reflecting on what I didn’t accomplish in 2014 and thinking about what I’d like to do in 2015.  Of course writing and reading is up there, along with running my first half-marathon (I ran nine miles last weekend, all in one session and at a fairly decent pace, which was HUGE for me!).  But there are other things I want to do, including figuring out what to do with all the cute fabric my mom sends me from her quilt shop, Inspirations.  I’m not the amazing quilter our mom and youngest sister Cassie are, but I’m determined to use this adorable Windham “Type” fabric in something so its cuteness can inspire me to write all the time:

IMG_1431So stay tuned–hopefully I’ll find a project that I can do easily that displays these fabrics well!  Another of my 2015 goals is to keep up with the blog more *cough cough* so I should be checking in much more often! Hope you have a great day and enjoy thinking about your own 2015!

–Anna

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Best Neighbors Ever

Today wasn’t a great day for baking, so my homemade gifts for our friends and neighbors were going to be a bit of a flop.  Then I saw the cutest gift on HGTV’s Instagram account and did a copycat of it myself.  I found some fun holiday wine and made elf hats for the bottles out of felt and wood buttons.  No pattern, just some trial and error, a lot of hot glue, and trimming to get the hats sized just right (or as close to acceptable as I could get).

They’re not perfect, but they’re pretty dang cute if I say so myself.  Can’t wait to give them to people tomorrow!

Anna

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