Kate's Quilt {prep}

I, Kate, have been tinkering with sewing/quilting/piecing/etc....for years now with the amazing help of my oh-so-knowledgable mom (and grandma). I have never personally made a quilt, unless you count one I made for my doll's bed (which of course my father made out of wood). 

I'm going to be joining a quilters exchange group, where we will help each other create our own personal materpiece.  Each person makes one block for every person in the group and sends it back.  By the end we'll each have our own quilt that everyone helped create!  I have designed mine, and picked out fabric.  Whew! My mother, aunt, and I met up at The Fabric Shack in Wanyesville, OH this past week to start (check our their blog). 

First, I LOVE FABRIC...love it.  My mother has her stash, and I have mine...mine isn't even close to hers.  I just dream of being a fabric designer some day......hmmm!  Well, we picked out all the prints and figured out all the measurements, and cut away.  So, until the next step, enjoy looking at the gorgeous fabric!

love my greens! I tried to capture the true colors.....


Keep Calm....

It has been our spring break this week...and OH the projects that I, Kate, have started/finished....I'll share with you all soon--patience is a virtue (right?!).  I am eating up every minute of my break and taking in all the amazingness life gives me!

In prep for the Easter season we wanted to show you this great freebie!  Stephanie over at the blog "Hands On Housewife" is giving this downloadable poster away for FREE (here) in multiple colors...loving this generosity.

Aren't they adorable?!? (can't download from here...go see Stephanie!)

~enjoy and happy inspiration~


.Family Garden.day one.

As I've (Kate) mentioned before, the year of 2011 is the start of our garden! 
So, today I put on my new gloves (thanks to my secret bunny at school)...and

I hit the ground running....well, yanking/raking/cutting/wheelbarrowing....and all that comes with improvements and preparing!  Geoff joined me halfway through the process!

Scary Before.....eye sore.....check!


Rock Pile....that used to be covered in soil/vines/weeds/who knows?!

The rocks above will be placed down the center as stepping stones!  My dad and I a couple years ago started to dig in this area behind my garage and found these buried and well, that stopped my process of gardening.  However, I'm up to the challenge now since I have transformed from an Army of One to an Army of Two (thanks Geoff).
My precious company for the first 1/2!

New Wheelbarrow....LOVE IT!
....Delicious Iced Tea....

what are these....please say ants...found under a huge rock/stone...
We were going mow the lawn, but ran out of time PLUS I'm loving this site every day and can't bring myself to cut them yet:
Well, we can't wait to lay down compost and then top soil in the garden.  Of course, I'm REALLY pumped to actually plant some and eat what we sow! I'll let you know once we've achieved our next step...until then wish us lots of luck!  Let me know of any gardening secrets, as I am NOT a green thumb! 


Homemade: Gingerbread Waffles and Granola

OH how I, Kate, LOVE to cook/bake/create in my kitchen...as small and awkward as it is, I love spending time there.  My parents have taught me many techniques, however, the best one is to love and enjoy the process. I still can remember every time (which is at LEAST every Sunday of almost my whole 28 years) my father created bread from scratch and just seeing him take in the smell of rising yeasty bread and passing it around for us all to take a full scent...mmmmmm the memories!  Anyway as I ramble through my thoughts, I wanted to share with you today two yummy recipes from a book I received from a dear friend, Little Jane, for my wedding last year.  It is called: Better Homes and Gardens, Anyone Can Cook.

Gingerbread Waffles
2 cups flour
1 T baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 eggs
1 3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup cooking oil or butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 T molasses (I used real maple syrup)

1. Stir dry ingredients and make a well in the center of the mixture...set aside.
2. In a separate bowl, beat eggs lightly, stir in milk, oil, vanilla, molasses.  Add egg mixture all at once to the flour mixture.  Stir just until moistened (batter should be slightly lumpy)
3. Add batter to a preheated, lightly greased waffle baker.  Close lid quickly and do not open until done.

Makes 12-16, 4 inch waffles or 6, 7 inch waffles

NOTE TO SELF: waffles are done when steam stops escaping from the sides of the baker (or if the indicator light comes on)
Now I had leftovers, so I bagged them and placed in fridge.  For breakfast, I toasted them...delicious....

4 cups regular rolled oats
1 cup desired nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, cashews....)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup cooking oil
1/4 cup honey or maple syrup (I used real maple syrup...truly amazing)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup desired dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, mango, apples, etc)
1/2 cup other desired ingredient (flaked coconut, semisweet chocolate pieces, butterscotch-flavored pieces, peanut butter flavored pieces, roasted pumpkin seed...YUM)

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  In a 15x10x1 inch baking sheet combine oats and desired nuts; set aside.  In a 1 to 1 1/2 quart saucepan combine, brown sugar, oil, honey, salt, and cinnamon.  Heat and stir over medium heat until mixture is combined and smooth; stir in vanilla.  Pour sugar mixture over oats mixture, stirring until well coated.
2.Bake in preheated oven for 35-40 min. or until mixture is golden brown, stirring carefully every 10 min.  Stir in dried fruit.  Spread granola onto buttered foil; cool completely. Stir in other desired ingredients.

-store granola in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week (if it lasts that long...) OR freeze for up to 3 months.  Makes 15 (1/2 cup) servings...250 calories per serving!

Enjoy...I'll attach photo's once I upload them! I just wanted to pass on the love of food as quickly as possible...
Let Little Off North see what you have created in your kitchen!


Miracle of life and the smile of a child

With all the tosses and turns the universe throws at us......the miracle of birth / smile of a child / laughter of a youngin'...will always brings us down to Earth and prove to us what is truly important. 

1st the {L.O.N} team has been working on our first 'purchase' project!  One of our dear co-workers has a precious grandbaby and requested two paintings to give as gifts.  We LOVED working on these paintings, getting to stare at the sweet face of a child is just the medicine needed on those dreary, rainy days.  Her eyes are truly beautiful and you can see the innocence of her early years shinning out at you.

Enjoy looking :)  If you would like for us to create a painting of someone/something special, let us know!

2nd One of my (Kate) close friends had a sweet baby girl today--4.7.11, how fun is that date to say!  Her name is Cara Madalyn, 7 lbs 1 oz and 20 in long.  Her mother was a trooper through the birth and are doing well now :)  I am facinated/terrified by the ENTIRE process....and think it is one of the sweetest, most touching, moments in someones life.  I feel deeply blessed to 'take part' in such a special occasion and can't wait to see what greatness Cara will achieve.  Children are a gift from our abba Father above and it gives me goosebumps to see the amazing bond between a mother and her child....
Love you Faith and Cara!!!

Faith and Cara
Kate and Cara, had to hold the wee sweet one....

HOLY HAIR....love it!!

her 1st little peeks at the world, OR giving us a wink!!!


Baptism Scrapbook

The 2nd gift created for Cooper James was.....

This precious scrapbook!  (note: we didn't go ALL out and wanted to make this simple and sweet)
Tell us your thoughts :)  Click on the picture to make it bigger!


Since then, the baptism happened, I took a bazillion pictures and gave my sister-in-law the dimensions that will fit!
He was just precious and I know his picture additions will make this scrapbook ever more fabulous! 
P.S. I used Microsoft Publisher for all the typed writing etc....I highly recommend...it makes life SO easy!

Any scrapbook projects/stories you want to share?!


Baptism Bag and Bible

My (Kate) sweet nephew was baptized and I wanted to do something special for him from Geoff and I.  My mother and I spent quality time together while creating our gifts......

Here is our 1st:

Creating the "C" for the middle of the bag (stands for: Cooper/Church/Christ...)

This is my mothers craft table, I grew up with this table and it holds SO many memories.....if it could only speak-truly!

we created the bag out of Cooper's parents wedding quilt fabric....

making the handle....pull it inside out!
Mom sewing the handle on.....I adore the sewing machine!!

Bag and bible I added to the gift!

Cooper's Baptism Bag...hope he gets some good use out of it!

 His baptism day was precious and full of God's love............

I'll post later his 2nd gift from us all