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To make this quilt, you’ll be using primarily 2.5″ strips. This will help create the blossom pattern, and you can even buy a jelly roll to make it easier for you!

You’ll also need an accent fabric, like the purple Donna uses in her tutorial. Then, you’ll need a background fabric. Depending on how bright your other fabrics are, you may want to go with a neutral.

Donna uses a white fabric for her neutral, but a black or gray will work just as well if you decide you want a super bright lotus. Adjust the amount of fabric for the size quilt you’d like, as Donna shows.

For your background and accent fabric, Donna suggests pressing your fabrics so your your cuts are as accurate as possible. For the sizes you’ll need, you can get the written pattern by clicking here!

A lot of what you’re stitching up is going to be made from half square triangles, making this a super easy quilt to make. That, and the colorful finished product is something you’ll definitely want to show off.

lotus blossom
Lotus blossom
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summer camp quilt

EZ 8
Layer 10" squares one color, one white. ( you need 6 of each color for this)
Draw diagonal lines from corners to corners. Sew 1/4" on either side of lines.
Cut on lines and from edge mid-sides, vertical and horizontal.
Square up to 4 1/2" squares.
= 8 half square triangles

This quilt is 6 x 8 or 48 blocks

Log Cabin method
To one half square triangle, sew 2 1/2" color strip to color side of half square triangle.
Trim extra fabric strip using half square triangle block and press open.
Repeat for other side of the color of the half square triangle.

To one half square triangle, sew 2 1/2" color strip to color side of half square triangle.
Trim extra fabric strip using half square triangle block and press open.
Repeat for other side of the color of the half square triangle.

Start at center, lay 4 blocks into square with white triangles on outer corners.
Follow diagram

5 1/2" outer border
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Cool Whip Easter Eggs/ Marbled Eggs
marbled eggs

Forget messing with the store-bought kits—these eggs are the coolest. For best results, soak your eggs in vinegar for a minimum of 2 minutes so the color really clings to the egg shell. We prefer liquid food coloring to gel or powdered food coloring as it's easier to swirl in the cool whip. The best part is, this method uses all edible ingredients, so you can eat the eggs when you're done displaying them! We'd suggest turning them into these ridiculously delicious everything deviled eggs.


12 hard boiled eggs
White vinegar
3 c. whipped topping
Food coloring


1. Place eggs in a large bowl and cover with white vinegar. Soak for 2 minutes, drain and dry the eggs thoroughly.


2. On a large plate or small baking sheet, spread your whipped topping in an even layer about 1/2” deep. Drop food color in single drops about an inch apart, in as many colors as you choose.

3. Use a toothpick to swirl the colors to a marbled effect.

4. Roll eggs in whipped cream and let sit 10 to 15 minutes.

5. Remove from whipped cream (you may want to use latex gloves to avoid staining hands) and rinse until no whipped topping remains. Let dry completely on a paper towel and display.
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happy trails


• 2 Packs of 5" Print Squares
• 1 yd. Background Fabric
• 1¼ yds. Outer Border
• ¾ yd. Binding
• 3½ yds. Backing

happy trails
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Snail trail
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Lemoyne Trails Quilt


Simply choose 10-12 fat quarters, two contrasting colors for your background, and a border fabric

Project size: 45” x 57”
Star size: 6” finished
Required tools: Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star, Square Squared
Pattern # DTPS04

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Four exercises to build the strength you need to stay mobile, independent, and pain-free.

Exercise #1: Pelvic Tilt

Do 10 to 15 reps

Lying on your back, bend both knees and place feet flat on the floor hip-width apart. Flatten your lower back against the floor by tightening your abdominal muscles and bending your pelvis up slightly. Hold this position for five seconds, then release. That’s one rep. Perform 10 to 15 reps total.

Exercise #2: Bridge

Do 10 to 15 reps

Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor about hip-width apart, and heels a few inches away from your buttocks. Press your arms into the floor for support, and brace your core.

From here, squeeze your glutes to lift your hips up until your body forms a straight line from your knees to shoulders. Pause, then slowly lower your hips to return to starting position. That’s one rep. Do 10 to 15 reps total.

Exercise #3: Bodyweight Squat

Do 10 to 15 reps

Stand tall with your back facing a sturdy chair, feet hip-width apart and arms straight out in front of you for balance.

From here, push your hips back and bend your knees to lower until you touch the seat of the chair, keeping your chest lifted the entire time. As soon as you touch the seat, push through your heels to return to standing. That’s one rep. Do 10 to 15 reps total.

If you need to sit down at the bottom of the movement, feel free to do so, but try to stand back up without using your arms for help. Learn how to make the squat easier (or harder) for your needs in this guide

Exercise #4: Clamshell

Do 10 to 15 reps per side

Lie on one side with your legs stacked and knees bent at a 45-degree angle.

From here, keeping your hips steady and your top foot down, lift only your top knee as high as you comfortably can. Your legs should mimic a clam opening. Pause, then slowly lower your knee to return to starting position. That’s one rep. Complete all reps, and then repeat on the opposite side.

Note: The exercises in this workout may be different or more advanced than those you’ll experience in a SilverSneakers class. Please consult your physician before beginning a physical activity program to make sure it’s safe for you.
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with condensed milk

This current recipe has the addition of canned condensed milk and then folding in whipped topping after the pineapple is “whipped.” This makes for a creamier fluffy texture and less tangy taste.
To make a Dole Whip float, simply add pineapple juice in your cup. Also, I think the addition of adding a little rum would be a brilliant adult beverage!


yield: 4 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES total time: 10 MINUTES

Here's how you can easily make a tasty version of Pineapple Dole Whip at home!

4 cups pineapple, frozen, chopped
1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup milk {any other liquid milk such as dairy, almond, coconut, ect.
1 cup whipped topping (optional but so yummy)

1 Place frozen chopped pineapple, condensed milk, and liquid milk in the blender or food processor.

2 Process until pineapple is smooth. (You may need to stop machine and scoop mixture down a few times until smooth.)

3 Fold in whipped topping, then serve.

4 Optional step: Place in a gallon freezer bag, cut the end off of one side and pipe mixture into glasses for a soft serve ice cream look.

5 Tip: The smaller the pineapple pieces are, the easier it is to blend smooth.

with condensed milk 2


Dole whip

2 cups frozen pineapple
1/2 cup coconut milk or other milk of choice
1 tsp fresh lime juice optional

Add all ingredients to high speed blender or food processor and blend until smooth. It is very important that the pineapple is frozen or this will not work.

As soon as it is smooth, remove and scoop into individual serving cups.
Serve and eat immediately.

This is not a recipe to make ahead of time and it should be served immediately to get the soft-serve ice cream texture. The pineapple naturally makes a creamy texture and and is amazing as long as it is served right away. It can be stored in the freezer for a few minutes but will freeze solid if left too long.

Serving: 1/2 cup | Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.7g | Protein: 0.7g | Fat: 7.2g | Saturated Fat: 6.3g | Sodium: 5mg | Fiber: 2.2g | Sugar: 10g
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love my hero
Love My Hero Quilt designed by Wendy Sheppard for Quilting Treasures, The Pattern is available for free.
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church door

Bound by two ancient yew trees, this door ... a portal to a fairy realm .... The arched wooden opening, capped with stained glass .... magical worlds .... on the other side.
St. Edward's Church

The structure was built in the Middle Ages ...fragments dating from the 1000s through the 1600s,...Its tree-framed north door was constructed during the 13th century.
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quilt 2

if you want to try out the Moda Love Pattern and join in the Sew Along, you can download it for free right here. The Pattern has 3 sets of instructions. So you can make a big 72" square one like me using Layer Cakes, or make a 32" quilt using Charm Packs, or even a cute little mini finishing at 12" using Mini Charm Packs. Whatever you decide to make, you are sure to have lots of fun!!!
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There was an article about a girl who left things out for some crows and they brought things to her in exchange. This though. Wow.

crows gift

Stuart Dahlquist

Mar 23
We've been feeding a small family of four crows (mated pair and their two year old kids) for several years. Last week two days in a row they left these gifts, pull tabs threaded onto pine twigs. This isn't only generous, it's creative, it's art.
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The traditional spices are garlic, ginger, cumin, cinnamon or allspice, and ALWAYS paprika for chicken. And I added lime juice, lemon zest, olive oil S&P (actually, Adobo), to the marinade, let the chicken sit in the fridge with that for the afternoon, turning it and making sure that every inch had its exposure to soak in the herbs.

With a little oil in a skillet, brown the chicken well, both sides, and then added the rest, more garlic, chopped olives, diced tomatoes and so forth with a splash of white wine to deglaze. Adding a bit of chicken stock to simmer down, and cook the meat through.

Many of these recipes use salted lemons, and I've done that before. I don't keep them anymore, but they're great to use in the Mediterranean style.
The yellow squash, added at the end with a lid on it, to steam. - Judy L.


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