Friday, April 10, 2015

Crafting Inspirations...Spring

This is a stunner! It is a table mat (18" in diameter) done in a technique called needle felt applique.  The pattern name is "Geraniums".  I have GOT to start practicing so I can get to this level of skill!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

April Owls

"April Owls" by Debbie Mumm

One of the hottest trends in decorating and design right now is owls.  You can find the darned things on everything from notepads to cloth storage bins to wallpaper.  Here's an owl for April; hope he brings spring quickly to Indiana and everywhere else!

Springtime In the Country

What I wouldn't give to live here, in spring and in every season...

Recipe--Millionaire Pie

Spring--complete with all the weather ups and downs--might be making her return to the Hoosier state at last.  When the weather warms up, it's nice to find no-bake recipes that allow your kitchen (and house) to stay as cool as possible so that your people (and dog) can also stay as cool as possible.

Browsing through Pinterest last night, I came upon this recipe that made my mouth water instantly.  It couldn't be used as a competitive baking entry because of all that perishable whipped topping and the refrigeration requirement.  But it sure would win a blue ribbon in my book!

Millionaire Pie from


1 prepared graham cracker crust
1 C sweetened flaked coconut
1-15.25 oz can crushed pineapple, well drained
1 C maraschino cherries, drained and chopped
1/2 C chopped pecans
1 can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
5 T lemon juice
1 T maraschino cherry juice
1 1/2 C whipped topping, plus extra for garnish if desired

In a large bowl, combine coconut, crushed pineapple, maraschino cherries, pecans, sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, and maraschino cherry juice. Gently fold in whipped topping.  Pour into crust. Top with additional whipped topping and cherries if desired. Refrigerate 3 hours or overnight.  Yields 1 pie.

As always--enjoy!