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Growing Peanuts

I decided to try growing peanuts this year.  I did a little research and found out that you can grow them from raw peanuts.  You remove the raw peanuts from the shell, being careful not to disturb the paper skin. Plant them about a few inches deep.  They need a good 120-150 days of warm weather. After the plant blooms little orange flowers, it sends little shoots down into the soil and the peanuts grow off of those shoots underground!
Here is a link to growing peanuts! http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/4590/

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Quilted Christmas Placemats

I saw some of these round pieced and quilted placemats on Pinterest and decided to make some for a Christmas gift.

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I used a store bought round placemat for the pattern. It measures 15″ across. They are made with 3 fabrics and batting. Using 2 of your fabrics, cut into 5-1/2″ squares and then sewn them together into a 9-patch. The 3rd fabric is used for the backing.

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Using your round pattern cut a batting and backing piece.

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Layer the wrong sides together with the batting in between.

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Press, pin really well and baste together along the edge.

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Trim away excess on the 9-patch.
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Machine quilt through all layers by stitching in the ditch.
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Make bias binding cutting 2-1/4″ strips on the bias and sewing end to end.
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Sew the binding to the placemat and then you are finished!
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Making Christmas Ornaments

I found a cute pattern for pieced heart ornaments in an old quilting magazine.

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What you need:
4 different fabric scraps
Heart shape Pattern(or draw your own)
Fiberfill stuffing
Buttons
Ribbon for hanger

They are fun and easy to make. First choose 4 fabrics that you like together. Cut one 3-1/2″ square of each fabric. Sew the 4 squares together into a 4 patch square.
Trace your heart onto the wrong side of your nine patch. Place the 4 patch right sides together with a backing fabric and stitch on the heart lines, leaving an opening to turn and stuff. Trim to 1/4″ around the heart.
Turn right side out and stuff. Hand sew the opening closed.
Sew the buttons on.
Sew the ribbon hanger to the top of the heart.

Have fun and I hope you enjoy making these!

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Tonight for dinner I decided to add one of my organically grown butternut squash to my home made Macaroni & Cheese. WOW. It came out so good!  I roasted the squash drizzled with olive oil first until very tender. Cool and cut into small chunks.
Cook elbow Macaroni in boiling water until done. Drain
Next I made a normal white sauce.
3 tbsp butter
3 Tbsp flour
2-1/2 cups milk
Add salt, pepper, cayene, garlic to taste. Cook over med heat until thickened.
Add squash and approx 2 cups grated cheddar cheese. Mix in pasta. Pour into baking dish and bake until bubbly. Yum!

My Gardening Apron

I needed a new gardening apron so I decided to make one out of an old pair of jeans.

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I cut the legs off of a pair of bell bottom jeans the length I wanted my ron.  I cut one seam open.

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Next I laid it open and trimmed and pressed.

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Next I cut pockets out and embroidered them and sewed them on.  I lined the apron with a blue cotton. Last I cut and sewed the apron ties on.

Apple crescent rolls

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Tonight I decided to try a new apple dessert idea that I have been hearing about. It is simply apple slices rolled up in pillsbury crescent rolls and baked with cinnamon and sugar and butter. It was very quick and easy.

1 roll of pillsbury cresent rolls
1 granny smith apple
2 Tbsp melted butter
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon

Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Unroll the crescent rolls and place on cookie sheet, and brush with melted butter. Peel and slice the apple into 16 slices. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl. Sprinkle each crescent with some of the cinnamon and sugar. Place 2 apple slices on top of each crescent roll and roll up. Brush with more butter and sprinkle with more sugar and cinnamon. Bake at 350 for about 12 minutes.
Serves 4

Homemade Apple Pie

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I still have lots of apples coming off of our trees. Tonight I baked an apple pie with the granny smith apples.  I used a different recipe I found in the Family Circle magazine. It was pretty much the same as most apple pie recipes with a crumb topping, except they added oatmeal to the topping which was kind of like apple crisp in a pie crust.  It was called Granola Apple Pie.  Very good!

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