Squash Blossom 

This past week has been rough. And maybe I say that every Friday but this week sure was something. But it’s Friday and mr porcupine is home, the air and water show is this weekend. Things are looking good. 

I’ve started using the bullet journal but then I stopped earlier this week when things became busy. For a while it did help me feel less flustered and that’s probably why I stopped using it. I’ll probably pick it back up again and get back on track. 

Ever since April Rhodes came out with her Arizona line I’ve been interested in the look of Aztec/tribal style quilt blocks. That was a few years ago and I am just now getting to making the blocks. I’ve picked out the squash blossom block because I have a few of them pinned on Pinterest. Even though there are plenty of tutorials out there I went with Holly Gets quilty. Her tutorial is written in a way I like. Sweet and short and always to the point. 

For her squash blossom blocks she gives two different sizes. Giant and small. I went with the smaller size for two reasons, hers is so cute and I can use scraps. I had an ok time picking out colors. I wanted something different than my normal Cotton & Steel mint and blues. I’m sure I’ll make a block with those colors but for my first block I wanted to branch out. At first I wasn’t getting enough contrast in the colors but when I added the cat nip print from C&S it all came together with the pinks and peaches. 

The block came together quickly. I managed to get most of it done during nap time. Chain piecing for the win! Yeah! 

I really like the way it turned out. Except two blocks are in wrong. It took me a few hours after finishing it to realize it. 

I’ve already fixed it and have moved on to the next block. 

Have a great weekend and don’t stress when Monday comes. 🙂 

-Xx



WIP Wednesday 

Still working on this fancy fox quilt for my nephew.  I can at least see the end in sight. I need to order fabric for the back and make a plan for quilting and I am good to go. 

I also finished this top. I was a pattern tester. I had some problems but none of them were related to the pattern itself. The pattern is the pixelated circle quilt and will be out soon. 

We’ve been eating a lot of flavored popcorn around here. I’ll have a recipe and reviews soon. 🙂 


More later this week. 

-Xx



Quilty Inspiration

It has been quite the busy week around here. 

Rohan has been teething. This is the worse it has been. No sleep, lots of crying. The best thing I have found that works with him is walking. Lots of waking. Yesterday we put in almost 20,000 steps.  And with all that walking comes very little time to sew or create anything. So I’m just going to go with the flow and keep walking. For now here is a quilty inspiration post. 🙂 

I’ll probably take the rest of the week off. Get some more steps in and hopefully find some time to create. 
-Xx



Five Things Friday #2

Linking up again with Gypsy Moon Quilt Co with my five happy things. 

  • Home. “Home is the nicest word there is.” -Laura Ingalls Wilder 
  • I am happy that it is Friday. We were out of town the beginning of the week so this one feels just extra long. 
  • Our pets. I missed them all. 
  • Rohan getting to spend time with his cousin. He loves her so much. 
  • Bullet journal. I just started but it is helping me feel a bit more organized. I’ll do a post later if I stick with it. 
  • The Olympics!! 

  Five happy photos 

Hope you all have a great weekend! I’ll be watching the olympics! 

-Xx



Pinned It; Made It #3

On this weeks Pinned it; Made it:  homemade Snickers! 

This is from one of my oldest pins. I’ve been making these snickers for years. I’m  actually surprised that I haven’t blogged about making these before. They are super easy to make and taste better than the store bought. I make them for a lot of get-togethers. They get eaten fast! 

To make the homemade snickers start with the bottom layer and melt 1 1/4 cup milk chocolate with 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter. Pour the mixture into a well buttered 9×13 sheet pan. Let layer freeze before moving to the next layer. 

For the caramel layer I used almost two 11 oz bags of caramel and 1/4 cup half and half. Heavy cream would work just fine. I just didn’t have any in the house. 

Unwrapping each piece of caramel is kind of a bummer but it is easier than making your own. I have made my own and the chocolate seems to stick better to the store bought caramel. 

Combine together in a saucepan. Melt over low heat. Pour over the frozen chocolate layer. Allow to fully freeze before moving onto the next layer. 

The nuget layer is up next. 

Melt 1/4 cup butter in a saucepan over medium heat add 1 cup sugar and 1/4 cup evaporated milk. Bring to a boil. Add in 1 1/2 cup marshmallow fluff, 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter and 1 tsp vanilla. I usually just add in the entire jar of fluff (7oz). I hate getting the measuring cup all sticky from the fluff. Turn of the heat and remove from the burner. Fold in 1 1/2 cup chopped peanuts. I’ve been using the honey roasted ones. Pour over the frozen caramel layer. Allow to freeze completely before moving onto the last layer. 

The last layer is the final chocolate peanut butter mixture. Again melt 1 1/4 milk chocolate with 1/4 creamy peanut butter. Pour over the frozen nuget layer. I’ve poured this chocolate layer over the nuget layer before the nuget layer was frozen. It gets weird and soupy. The nuget layer never really set after that. So allow everything to fully freeze before moving on! Once that last layer is frozen I move the tray to the refrigerator to let the snickers soften up before cutting into them. They get soft and gooey if left out which is yummy but a total disaster during a heat wave. This pin is a total win. I’m kinda upset I’m all out of them. 

   Homemade Snickers 

Chocolate layer

  • 1 1/2 cup milk chocolate 
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter 

Caramel layer 

  • 2- 11oz bags of caramel
  • 1/4 cup half and half or heavy cream 

Nuget layer 

  • 1/4 cup butter 
  • 1 cup sugar 
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk 
  • 7oz jar of marshmallow fluff 
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter 
  • 1 tsp vanilla 
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped peanuts 

Chocolate layer 

  • 1 1/2 cup milk chocolate 
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter 

Enjoy these homemade snickers and have a great weekend! 

-Xx 



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