- Snowball quilts - I haven't made a quilt of only this block. I've made a few for the Cindy Lou Who Schnibbles pattern back in October, but never enough for a whole quilt. These photos make me want to drop everything I'm doing and start trimming corners.
- One with Panache by Sanae for Moda
- Another one with Swell by Urban Chicks for Moda
- Just when I had packed up my paltry collection of Christmas decorations, Vickie did a show and tell of some of Moda's holiday fabric for next year. I'm ho-ho-hoing in anticipation.
- A Pinwheel Sampler Quiltalong hosted by Rachel @ p.s. i quilt. I couldn't resist joining in on this flickr fun because pinwheels are my favorite. An added bonus is that I'll be using the stash - promise. I'm planning to use a Cotton Blossoms layer cake I snagged on ebay last year. I even have the background fabric all ready to go.
- Using up every last bit. The local quilt guild is having their silent auction on Monday night, and I had just about decided to donate all those itty bitty half-square triangles I cut away and diligently save when I do flying geese-type piecing. Then I saw this post and changed my mind.
- Joy the Baker's Top 10 Quick Bread Recipes - Quick breads appeal to me because they pretty much = cake for breakfast, except not quite as guilty. She includes a few savory quick breads on here also that sound extremely tasty and useful for using up some of the stray leftovers in the fridge/freezer.
- Recipes with Pioneer Biscuit Mix - This mix, NOT Bisquick, was my grandmother's go-to solution for biscuits. After years of trying to perfect the art of made-from-scratch biscuits, Mom caught Mamaw scooping out Pioneer mix into the mixing bowl one morning and discovered that even the most brilliant cooks take short cuts sometimes. The grocery stores I frequented in Carrboro never carried it. Apparently, in Durham, they know what's what.
- 12 Great Muffin Recipes You'll Love to Bake - Can you tell I've had carbs on the brain this week? I don't know what it is, but all the bread recipes called out to me. Like the above list of quick breads, this link offers a few savory options to off-set the cavity-inducing sweet recipes. Recently, I've come back around to the idea of muffins and cupcakes. Before, I was put off by the amount of work it takes to scoop the dough evenly into the muffin pan. Then I learned Sara Foster's secret: Use a cookie dough/ice cream scoop. Duh. Now I use my muffin pan at least twice a month.
- Cheap Chianti is often better than the expensive stuff (Slate) - As someone who refuses to spend anymore than $8-$10 on a bottle of wine (and that's the upper limit for special occasions - Valentine's day, special dinners with the fam, etc.), this article validates my stinginess. They never really define "cheap," though.
- Upside Down Caramelized Apple Cake - Just reading the title makes me want a big bowl of vanilla bean ice cream.
- Sunday Funnies on Postage Stamps - If only these were available when we sent out our wedding invitations. Oh well.
- Securing Online Passwords - It seems like at least once a month, I set up some kind of new online account. Coupled with the alarmingly high identity theft stats, this article isn't necessarily fun to read, but it's definitely informative and instructive.