Pieced Pastimes: February 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014

Fruit Smoothie

This 'Fruit Smoothie' is a big hit with the family. 
It doesn't seem to matter that we are in the midst of yet another bitter cold snap. I am asked to make these in any weather.
This is a quick and easy recipe that happens to be good for you.

Now, onto the recipe...

Fruit Smoothie

Makes 1 Serving

- 5 Ice Cubes
- 1/2 cup Frozen Blueberries - My favorite is Maine Wild Blueberries
- 1/2 Frozen Banana
- 5 Frozen Strawberries
- 1 cup Orange Juice
- 1/4 cup Non-fat Greek Yogurt - My favorite is Chobani

Place Ice Cubes in high speed blender, followed by remaining ingredients. Pulse blend until smooth. The combination of ice and frozen fruits results in a thick smoothie.
For a 'sorbet' consistency, add additional ice and blend.
A simple recipe with the added benefit of being filled with healthy ingredients. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A Couple More Phone Wallets

I had such fun making my Cell Phone Wallet that I decided to make a couple more. I made some slight variationss from the first version.
Fabric loops and D-Rings were placed at different positions on these two new wallets. I probably won't use a wristlet strap, but have the option of adding one later if I change my mind.
A geometric black and white print was used for the exterior of this clutch.
In keeping my faith, a cross serves as a reminder of 'His' love.
The interior lining fabric continues the black and white color scheme.
A chevron print was used for the pockets.
This next clutch was made with a gray and white print that caught my eye.
Sweet angel wings adorns this carryall.
A gray and white chevron print lines the wallet....
....and a darker gray print was used for the pockets. In case you were wondering, the pattern is from Shawna Lane Designs.
Fabric choices really do change the overall appearance of the wallet. I lean toward neutral and soft shades these days and my trio of wallets reflect that.

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Taco Soup - A Family Favorite

There are only a few dishes that please everyone in this house.
This recipe for 'Taco Soup' is one of those rare dishes.
If you are a fan of taco's, you will love this recipe.
The soup is quick and easy to make and the combination of ingredients creates a wonderful burst of flavors in your mouth.
Now, onto the recipe.....

Taco Soup

Makes 6-8 Servings

- 1 1/2 pounds Ground Turkey Breast or Ground Sirloin
- 1 Large Onion, Chopped
- 1 Green Pepper, Chopped
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Black Pepper
- 2 tbsp Dried Basil
- 28 ounce can Vegetarian Baked Beans or Regular Baked Beans
- 28 ounce can Red Kidney Baked Beans
- 2 packages Reduced Sodium Taco Seasoning
- 6 cups Water
- 1/2 cup Ranch Dressing
- 16 ounce Frozen Corn
- 4 Plum Tomatoes, chopped

Condiments

- Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
- Sour Cream
- Tortilla Chips

- Brown the Turkey, Peppers and Onions in a large Dutch Oven. If using Ground Sirloin, drain off any fat. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Cover and cook over medium heat for 30 minutes. Ladle into bowls.
Sprinkle top with cheese and a dollop of sour cream. Serve with Tortilla Chips on the side for dipping.
A hearty and satisfying bowl of soup - perfect on a cold winter's day!

Linking up to the following parties:
Give Me The Goods Monday at Maison De Pax
It's Party Time at It's So Very Cheri
Nifty Thrifty Sunday at Nifty Thrifty Things
Saturday Sparks at Pieced Pastimes
Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just A Housewife
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
The Inspiration Board at Homework
Tutorial Tuesday at Hope Studio
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Saturday Sparks Link Party 51

Welcome to Saturday Sparks 51!
  This harsh winter has many people longing for Spring and the links from last weeks party reflected that.
Now, onto the Fabulous Features from Saturday Sparks 50.
Spring Vignettes at Vintage Finds. Mallori shows us some simple and lovely Spring touches she has added throughout her home.
Capturing the Charm of Yesteryear at Rosemary Thyme. Janet is enjoying some of her favorite vintage pieces that she has artfully displayed in her romantic master bath.

Creating Cottage Romance at Junkaholics Unanimous. Amber shows us how her love for all things beautiful has created the romantic cottage look to her bedroom.

Repurposed Doghouse into a Chicken Coop at Glass Slipper Restorations.  An unused doghouse and pig pen are repurposed into this oh-so-cute Chicken Coop keeping Gary and Cindy's fowl friends protected from outside predators.

Pure Bunny Cuteness at Little Brags. Christine likes to make her own Valentine cards and shows us the  photo props she used this year including her sweet lop eared little friend.

Milk and Cream Drawstring Bag at Homeroad. Susan sewed a simple and pretty cotton drawstring bag that she embellished with a free printable she found at Knick of Time.

Make Pillows out of Placemats at Eighty MPH Mom. Jennifer was encouraged by a friend to make her own throw pillows from placemats and now finds herself somewhat addicted to them.

Kale and Blood Orange Salad at Southern Distinctions. Brandyn shares this delicious and healthy recipe for a citrus salad that is sure to brighten your day.

Pizza Buns at Jenn's Random Scraps. Jenn shares her recipe for Pizza Buns that she says are "soft, cheesy and pizza-y". Sounds just right to me!

Pumpkin Galete at Treat and Trick. Nora explains that a 'Galette' is a free form pie and shares her recipe for this delicious Pumpkin Galette.
Indoor Smore's 3 Ways at Hello Little Home. Smore's are a favorite fun treat for so many people. Ginnie shares 3 different versions of Smore's that can be made indoors while we wait for warmer weather.

And lastly, my share from the party - New Hampshire Barns. I continue my 'Scenes from the Road' series with this post showing some lovely barns we have discovered while driving here in New Hampshire.

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Scenes from the Road 8 - New Hampshire Barns

We have had yet another round of winter snow, like so many others across the country. Some have had their fill, but I continue to revel in the beauty of nature.
Out and about in our beautiful state of New Hampshire, we came across some lovely old barns. This one really stole my heart with it's simple cupola and metal roof.
The brick red clapboards stand out against the white snow so wonderfully.
The barn and garages adjoin the house. Granite posts outline the buildings and driveway.
The main house is a feast for the eyes. The house and trim are painted in the same shades of gray green with touches of red to pick up the barn color and maintain the simple beauty of the design.
The elaborate architectural trim surrounding the front door is quieted with the paint choices and keeps it from overwhelming the house.
This separate barn was just past the others set out in a snow covered field.
As we continued our drive, we came across another lovely barn with a view that goes on forever.
On closer inspection, we saw that it was actually a newly built barn/home with the traditional features of a vintage barn. I love its rustic beauty.

There are so many wonderful old barns here in New Hampshire and seeing them blanketed in their winter coats makes me appreciate them that much more.


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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Saturday Sparks Link Party 50

Welcome to Saturday Sparks 50!
  I had such fun visiting the links from last weeks party. The ideas and inspiration just keep coming.
Now, onto the Fabulous Features from Saturday Sparks 49.
  Victorian Farmhouse Kitchen Restoration at Glass Slipper Restorations. This kitchen restoration is full of character and charm. Be sure to visit and see all the gorgeous details that Cindy and Gary included in their kitchen rehab. It is simply beautiful!

DIY Floating Shelves at Our Secondhand House. Bonnie and her husband built these fabulous floating shelves following a tutorial from Tiny Sidekick.
Shabby Chic Valentines Decor: Revisited at Charm Bracelet Diva. Kathleen revisits one of her most popular posts about a simple dollar store find that is the perfect item to add a touch of romance to any room.

Valentine's 2014 Table for Four at Fabby's Living. Fabby shares another wonderful tablescape with a Valentine's theme. Love the addition of the chocolate box to the table.

Valentine Arrow Wreath at Bohemian Junktion. It's 'County Fair' time in Texas and Shannon's daughter Revyn needed to make something to enter. She came up with this adorable Cupid's arrow Wreath.
Herb Harvest at Gentle Joy Homemaker. Joy is reaping the rewards of her harvested and dried herbs from last years crop and explains the steps involved.
Blueberry Freezer Jam at Kleinworth & Co. - Gina finds herself with less time these days, so she came up with this quick recipe for a 'No Cook, 3 Ingredient Jam' that turned out better than she hoped for.
Berry Green Smoothie at Hello Little Home. Ginnie continues her Motivation Monday series with this post on developing a consistent exercise routine and includes this smoothie recipe full of healthy ingredients.
Chinese Chicken and Vegetable Soup at Simply Fresh Dinners. Robyn shares a fresh and light soup recipe that she says has "just a hint of spring" - something a lot of us could use right now!
Pretty Valentine's Day Cupcakes at My Sweet Mission. A cupcake request had Heather creating these sweet little cakes that are perfect for so many occasions.

 Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies at Yesterfood. Joy shares her monthly 'Fill the Cookie Jar' recipe with these yummy treats.
And finally, a recap of my share from the party - Cell Phone Wallet.  An afternoon of sewing had me creating this small clutch to carry my bare essentials.
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Now, onto the party!

Link up your latest inspiring posts including:

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Gardening
Recipes
DIY
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Links are open through Friday morning.

I will post features next week to Pieced Pastimes, Facebook and Pinterest.

I can't wait to see what you have been working on!

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 Party Guidelines:
- Post the party button (above) or a text link back  to the party or on your post.
- Share your own projects - something that is made by you.
- Follow Pieced Pastimes via one of the social media links at the top of the sidebar.
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