Thursday, October 15, 2015

2015 Chili Pie Cook off!

I got to bring home my favorite trophy again this year! Yes she might be a little creepy but I love her! This is actually my 4th win for Pie in a Chili contest my friends have been hosting for maybe 10 years and added the Pie portion 7 years ago. This is the first year I entered a chili and a pie and my kitchen was a wreck! Everyone is welcome to bring a chili and/or pie then all attendees taste and vote for their favorite, the winners keep the trophies until the next year.  
 Here are links to two of my past wins with the recipes, all are gluten free and there are links to my favorite pie crust recipe which has stood up well against it's gluten full competitors.

 Cream Cheese Turtle Pie
 Buttermilk Pie

 This year's pie theme was chocolate and besides a Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie I won my first contest with I don't usually do chocolate pies so I created this combo I'll call it...
 Chocolate Pudding Coffee Pie


  •  1 1/2 cups Flour or I used 1 cup Pamela's GF Pancake and Baking mix. If using a 1 to 1 gf substitute mix use 1 1/2 cups
  •  3/4 cup     Pecans finely chopped 
  •  1/4 cup     Brown sugar
  •   1 oz         Bittersweet chocolate
  •  1/4 tea.     Salt
  •  1/3 cup     Butter unsalted, room temperature
  •   1 tea.       Vanilla extract
  •   2 Tbl.       Cold water or more, I needed a little extra


  •  1 cup + 2 Tbl.    Sugar
  •  3/4 cup              Heavy cream
  •  3/4 cup              Buttermilk
  •  3 1/2 Tbl.           Cornstarch 
  •  Pinch                 Salt
  •   4                       Egg yolks 
  •  2 1/2 oz             Good semisweet chocolate
  •   1 Tbl.                Butter
  •  3/4 tea.              Vanilla 


  •   2 Tbl.              Instant coffee or instant espresso
  •   2 cups             Heavy whipping cream
  •   1 tea.              Vanilla extract 
  •   1/4 cup           Powdered sugar sifted

  To make the crust, preheat oven to 350F. Lightly butter a springform pan, 9-10 inch. Cut wax or parchment paper to fit bottom. Brush with butter then place butter side up in pan.
  Using a fork, stir flour with chopped nuts, sugar, chopped chocolate, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Stir in butter and vanilla. Add 2 tablespoons water and mix until crumbly. If mixture seems dry add another tablespoon of water. 
  Press into bottom and halfway up the sides of pan.
 Bake in center of pre-heated oven until set and edges are just starting to brown, about 18-20 minutes. 
 Cool on rack. Do not remove sides. 

 To make the filling, in a small saucepan combine the sugar, heavy cream, buttermilk, cornstarch, and pinch of salt, and whisk until smooth. Cook over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil whisking from time to time until the mixture thickens and the sugar dissolves, about 5 mins. Continue to cook at a low boil for 5 minutes, whisking constantly.
 In a mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks lightly. Pour 1/2 cup of the hot mixture into the egg yolks and whisk thoroughly. Pour the egg yolk mixture into the saucepan and whisk over the heat until thoroughly combined (mixture will be very thick).
 Pour the chocolate batter into the prepared cooled pie crust and refrigerate until firm and cool, at least 4 hours. 

 To make the topping, stir the instant espresso or coffee into the heavy whipping cream, beat until soft peaks form when the beaters are lifted. Gradually beat in the icing sugar and vanilla. Use a spoon to mound over the filling and top with chocolate curls. You can refrigerate up to 2 hours. 


Friday, May 29, 2015

Umbrella Prints Trimmings Challenge

One of the very first quilts I made way back in 2009 had Umbrella Prints fabric in the example which is how I first came across their beautiful fabric. While the fabric wasn't exactly easy to come by back then I managed to find them online and then stumbled across their Trimmings Challenge. While I've always tried to come up with an entry this is the first year they've had a specific quilt category and I couldn't be more excited!! 

  When I bought my new upholstered headboard last year I got it with the intention to make a quilt for it. Eventually I want to have a Winter version as well but this is my Spring cover! I love how it turned out!!! 

After improv piecing the top together I went over to Nancy's studio and improv quilted the quilt on the long arm. It was so fun and adds so much texture to the negative space. 

I love the little pops of bright color in with the more subtil shades. Thank you Umbrella Prints for your beautiful fabrics and the inspiration it brings! I can't wait to check out all of this year's entries they are alway so amazing. 


Friday, May 22, 2015

Bloggers Quilt Festival

I'm so happy to be joining in the Blogger's Quilt Festival again! This year I'm entering my Modern Medallion Quilt

 I started this quilt with an improv center and then used some parts of Elizabeth's Aviatrix Medallion quilt pattern for the rest. I loved working with these colors and it was so fun to quilt as well.

 For the quilting I did concentric circles for the center and then straight line squares all the way around the rest of the medallion. 

Have fun viewing all the quilts I know I will!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Minimalism Game the Month of April!

One month and 465+ items later my house is feeling so good! The Minimalism Game has been just what I needed!! 

Drawers are really organized so I know where to put everything which is making it easier to keep the house tidy. There is still a long way to go though so I am going to keep it up in May moving down to the basement and finishing the final stuff in my bathroom. I am also starting the quilt for my sister's 10th Anniversary and I'm so excited about that so fabric post coming up soon!! 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Halfway There!

I can't believe I am halfway through the month of my Minimalism Game. It's flown by! For me this has been easier doing a little bit every day with a very specific target for the day rather than trying to tackle a big project or room all at once. I have set some guidelines for myself I am not doing anything in my children's rooms (not this month), I'm not going to the garage, and I am trying to avoid my sewing room because it gets more attention than the rest of the house. Today I am taking the game on the road while I am in Arizona at my Granny's house there. We are making some changes to the house and it will be a challenge to do some of the bigger numbers there but I'm going to keep it up! 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Auction Quilts

The largest quilt made with a Moda Layer cake and a little extra,
 Daydreams by Kate Spain.

If you've followed me for awhile you know I always make Auction Quilts for my kid's schools and now that they have been at different schools that means two quilts. For some reason in the past I have ended up making very complicated quilts from patterns for the auction and it can end up being very stressful and/or they don't go for that much at the event. This year I thought I would just make some fun baby and throw quilts instead. Working with some layer cakes I had around I whipped them up pretty quickly and also was able to practice on the long arm. It was so much fun! So much fun I made 3! 

Loving working on the long arm! Nancy has an amazing space at Just Quilting and you can take lessons there now. Above is one the two baby quilts I made using Violet Craft's fabric Brambleberry Ridge.

Here is the second one. Next year my children will be at the same school which will be nice for so many reasons! Now to start on something very special that is a little more modern.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Minimalism Game!

While we were in Sacramento for Spring Break my Aunt told me about a challenge she's doing for the year. For each day of the month she donates, throws away, or sells an item for what day of the month it is. The first day ONE item the second TWO items etc. which will equal 465 items by the end of the month! She said she found something on the internet about it and I found this post by the Minimalists which is where I think it all started. I haven't watched the TEDx Talk yet but I'm planning to check it out. I'll be starting on the first of April and if you'd like to join along I'll be posting photos of item's every day on Instagram with #minsgame. I'm CreativeMomPDX in case you haven't seen me on IG. 

  Can't wait to get started although I know it will be hard!