Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve

I’ve been thinking about posting for the past week and just didn’t get to it. I had to type up minutes for a quilt show meeting and draft an email for a 9-patch exchange I’m organizing with a friend for our quilt group. It’s been over a decade since my last 9-patch exchange and I’m really excited.

I’m repairing this bedspread for my parents. I posted about it here. Over the past few years I‘ve worked on it here and there and have really focused on it the past couple of weeks. I wondered if I would ever be done. The other night I realized it was taking me longer to find areas in need of repair. Yesterday, I laid it out on my bed to see it all at once. I think I will be done with it today and can give it to my parents tomorrow. Santa’s not the only one checking things off a list!

We went to 2 cookie baking parties last Saturday and came home with lots of cookies. My husband’s favorites are all gone so yesterday he made these date swirls. The recipe came from his grandmother.

Have you ever had these belly button snacks? They are just the right combination of salty and sweet.
Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Place pretzels (I use snaps – you want a shape that will hold the candy) on paper and put 1 Hershey's kiss on top of each pretzel.
Bake for 5 minutes.
As soon as they come out of the oven, push 1 M&M into each kiss. If kiss isn't quite melted, wait a minute and they will have softened.
Freeze or refrigerate.

Early in November I showed my mom some of the knitted ornaments I’ve seen on many of your blogs and when I saw her on Thanksgiving she gave me these. So cute!

I’ve truly enjoyed this year of blogging and value all the kind comments and email exchanges we’ve shared. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2012.


  1. Good luck with your upcoming 9-patch exchange....that sounds like fun! And I can't believe your aunt made that beautiful spread when she was just 18! Wow! That's some talent! And fabulous that you have finished the repairs....your Mom will be so pleased, I'm sure! Those pinwheels and belly buttons look good, too! Yum! And those are sweet ornaments....did your Mom make them?, cuz that was fast!

    Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas! Ho ho ho!

  2. That is a beautiful spread. Truly a labor of love to repair it.
    The belly button treats are so cute. I may have to try those with the grandkids.
    It has been delightful getting to know you, Maureen. You have always been gracious and you seem to be a genuinely kind and caring individual. I am grateful for the time you take to communicate with me.
    Have a wonderful Christmas!

  3. I bet your parents will be thrilled with the bedspread. It is so pretty.
    Merry Christmas and blessings to you for 2012!!

  4. Love the pinwheels and 9-patch blocks, too cute!!! Those bed spreads are quite special, all that hand work, they are definitely worth keeping in good repair, I'm sure your parents will appreciate your efforts. Have a lovely Christmas holiday season!!!!

  5. Congratulations on finishing the repair work, and perfect timing for Christmas. I have enjoyed being part of your blogging circle and I look forward to 2012.
    Best wishes to you and your family for the rest of the holidays and the New Year.
    Cookie baking party? How does that all work? You come home with lots of goodies so it must be a very good thing!

  6. I love your Moms knitted ornaments. Great job on the repair of the bedspread. Looks like a difficult job. I didn't make the pretzel candy like usual, but I try and find Rolos to put on top and then put on a pecan so they taste like turtles. Hope you had a Merry Christmas.

  7. the bedspread is gorgeous. so wonderful that you have the skills to repair it~!

    the belly button cookies are simple and fun. i'll have to give them a try.

    here's to a happy 2012 Maureen~!!~

  8. The bedspread is fabulous, and so wonderful that you can repair it for your parents. What a lovely piece. The cookies look wonderful and I will definitely have to make the bellybuttons for an office party sometime. How cute they are! Always enjoy reading your posts, and hope you have a wonderful 2012.