This handmade quilted embroidered wall hanging instantly brings us back to the 1950’s or so. It features bandana-style cotton fabric sewn in a log cabin design surrounding an embroidered design saying “Coffee 5¢”. It has sleeves hand sewn on the back to accommodate a hanging rod. The sleeves are sewn so the piece will display flat. It measures 15″ wide x 15-1/2″ tall. A hanging rod does NOT come with the piece. Enjoy the additional views below! To claim this special wall hanging for your home, please visit my website, HandMadeInIowa.com. Enjoy! Judi
If you like to have patriotic things in your home, this wall hanging should fit right in! It’s made with red, white and blue cotton Americana prints in a log cabin design surrounding patriotic embroidery in the center that says “God Bless America.” It was machine stitched with the binding hand sewn on the back. There are sleeves hand sewn on the back for the diameter of a round hanging rod. They are positioned so the piece will display flat on the wall. It measures 14-1/2″ high x 17″ wide.
When needed, it may be hand washed or machined washed in a laundry bag on gentle cycle in cool water. Air or machine dry on low heat. It may be steam pressed. It does NOT come with a hanging rod. This is a one-of-a-kind item! To claim this for your home, visit my website at HandMadeInIowa.com. Look below to see various views of this wall hanging. Enjoy! Judi
I’m expanding the number of images of my table runners and such on my website. In conjunction with that I’m displaying some of the extra special ones on this blog site. They’re too pretty not to show off!
This striking table runner was made with the same fabrics as the runner in a previous blog post. However, the design is completely different. This involved more patchwork than the other. As are my other runners, this is one-of-a-kind!
It was made from high quality cotton quilting fabric that is absolutely stunning. The deep green and rust fabrics have leaf prints adorned with gold threads throughout, as the veins and outlines of the leaves. Really elegant! The coordinating fabric has a black background with bold fall flowers, leaves and produce, all with more gold threads. Together they make a brilliant centerpiece for any table, buffet, piano or mantle.
It measures 13-1/4″ x 39-3/4″ long. It is machine stitched with decorative stitching reinforcing all seams for stability and durability for long use and lots of laundering. Machine wash on the gentle cycle, cool water. It may be air or machine dried on low heat. Check out the views below! To claim this prize piece, visit my website at HandMadeInIowa.com. Enjoy! Judi
Without a doubt, I think this is one of the most striking table runners I’ve yet to make! The fabric centerpiece is stunning. It’s made with high quality cotton quilting fabric with deep green and rust leaf designs surrounding a centerpiece with a black background with scattered fall leaves, flowers and produce. It would look lovely in just about any setting!
The runner was all machine stitched with decorative machine stitching reinforcing all seams for endurance through continued use and laundering. The backing is a coordinating cotton print. It measures 12″ x 45-1/4″ long. It may be machine washed in cool water, gentle cycle, and air or machine dried on low heat. It may be steam pressed. See additional views below! This beautiful table runner may be purchased from my website at HandMadeInIowa.com. Enjoy! Judi
Here’s a pretty table runner I recently made in dark and light chocolate browns and cream colors. Sounds good enough to eat!! It’s made from cotton quilting fabrics featuring a floral print in the centerpiece, following the same color scheme. The backing is cream colored flannel for extra table protection. I like to be sure my runners will hold up well with continued use and laundering, so all seams were reinforced with decorative stitching. It measures 11-3/4″ x 33″ long. It may be machine washed (gentle cycle, cool water) and dried (low heat). Check out the assorted views below! This pretty table runner can be adopted from my website, HandMadeInIowa.com. Enjoy! Judi
I’ve been busy revamping my inventory listings adding more photos and information in the descriptions. This one is a classic and would look warm in most any setting. It’s made with high quality cotton quilting fabric featuring leaf prints in deep green, gold and black. The backing is a light gold paisley print that coordinates well with the top. It is all machine stitched with decorative stitching reinforcing all seams. This ensures stability and endurance through continued use and laundering. It measures 12″ x 45-3/4″ long. Check out the following views! The table runner can be adopted from my website at HandmadeInIowa.com.
Most people love bread. I REALLY do! Having my own bakery was heavenly in that respect because the only bread we ate at that time was homemade. It was a time our taste buds cherished! Now you too can enjoy the homemade dinner rolls that my customers ordered by the dozens (plural, that is) during any holiday that came around, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas. The recipe is straight from my cookbook, Secrets of a Professional Baker, Favorite Recipes from The Spice Rack Bakery/Bistro, Cherokee, Iowa. Here it is…
Homemade Dinner Rolls
Makes 2 Dozen
1 lb, 6-1/2 oz (4-1/2 cups) all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 oz (2 packets) RapidRise yeast
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup water
2-1/2 oz (5 Tbsp) butter
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 Tbsp melted butter
In a saucepan, heat milk, water, and butter to 120-130F. Meanwhile, place the flour, sugar, yeast and salt in a mixer bowl; combine dry ingredients. When liquid ingredients are warmed, pour into the mixer bowl with the dry ingredients and add the eggs.
With a spoon, combine ingredients until flour is moistened. With a dough hook, knead the dough with the mixer on medium-low speed for 8 to 10 minutes. Alternatively, dough may be kneaded by hand for 8 to 10 minutes. Scrape sides of bowl. Spray dough with nonstick spray, cover and allow dough to rest for 10 minutes.
Remove dough from bowl onto a lightly floured board. With a knife, cut dough into 24 equal-size pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and place them in rows (4 across) in one 9×13″ baking pan that has been greased. Let rolls rise in a warm place* about 20 to 30 minutes, until doubled in size.
Bake at 375F for 15 to 20 minutes on the rack in the middle of the oven, until lightly browned. Remove from pan to a cooling rack. Spread melted butter on top of rolls and let them cool before separating.
*Tip: Let rolls rise in a homemade proof box using your oven. Move the bottom rack to the lowest position. Place a medium size pan of boiling water onto the bottom rack. Turn on the oven light and close the door. This can be done while the dough is resting before rolls are shaped. This allows ample time to warm the oven up and provide a warm, moist environment for your bread to proof. Leave the oven light on and the pan of water in the oven while the rolls are proofing on the rack in the middle of the oven. Do not turn the oven on during this process! Remove the rolls and the pan of water from the bottom of the oven after the rolls have risen enough. THEN, turn the oven on to preheat it before placing rolls back inside the oven to bake.
Enjoy these rolls!
I love motivational phrases and I’ve collected many of them over the years. This featured embroidered quilted wall hanging reminds us to do what we love to do. That’s something we should all remember and practice! Those things we love to do are what we were made to do! So…do it!!
This picture shows a close up view of the embroidered design which is the centerpiece in the log cabin quilted wall hanging. It also gives you a close view of the fabrics in the upper right corner of the piece.
This next view shows the center embroidery design with a close view of the fabrics in the lower left corner. Soothing blues and soft greens were chosen to accent the embroidery.
This next view shows the sleeves that were hand sewn onto the back of the wall hanging. They were placed so there is room for the diameter of your hanging rod so the piece will hang flat on the wall. (A hanging rod does NOT come with the piece.)
This embroidered wall hanging measures 16-1/4″ down by 18″ across. It was made with cotton fabrics and machined stitched and embroidered. It is a one-of-a-kind item, as it’s the only one I made. It’s truly unique! It should be hand laundered, but may be machine washed in a laundry bag in cool water on the gentle cycle. Air dry. It may be steam pressed.
If you’d like to have this pretty wall hanging displayed in your home, click this link and scroll down the page until you see this design. This pretty wall hanging can be adopted from my website, HandmadeInIowa.com.
This is a fabulously delicious version of a meatless Hoppin’ John with a twist. We lived in the South for a lot of years, and this is Hoppin’ John like I’ve never had before…AND FAR BETTER than any version I ever had! It’s the peas, rice and veggies all in one dish, packed with yummy flavor from the seasonings and herbs. Honestly, I don’t think I’ll ever fix blackeye peas any other way from now on.
If you’re looking for a tasty meatless meal or are tired of the same old beans and rice, let me highly urge you to give this dish a try! It’s not hard to make–really. Here’s the recipe, followed by a video of my making the dish. Enjoy! Judi
Blackeye Peas with Rice and Vegetables
(Meatless Hoppin’ John)
Makes 4 to 6 Servings
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 cup corn (fresh, frozen or canned)
1 cup sliced carrots (fresh, frozen or canned)
1/2 of a green bell pepper, diced
4 medium cloves garlic, minced (or 1 tsp garlic granules)
1/3 cup chopped onion
1 stalk celery, sliced
1-1/2 tsp dried parsley flakes (or to taste)
1 tsp dried thyme leaves (or to taste)
1/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
Dash black pepper (or to taste)
Pinch of red pepper flakes (or to taste)
Up to 3 Tbsp water, divided
1 can (14-1/2 oz) Italian diced tomatoes, NOT drained
1 cup cooked rice
1-3/4 cups cooked blackeye peas (or 1 each 15-1/2 oz can, rinsed and drained)
Preheat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and allow it to heat briefly. Add corn, carrots, bell pepper, garlic, onion, celery, and seasonings. Saute briefly until vegetables are aromatic. Cover skillet and add water, one tablespoon at a time to enable vegetables to soften somewhat. Stir often as they saute. When carrots are crisp-tender, add tomatoes, cooked rice and cooked blackeye peas. Stir to combine. Cover skillet and allow the mixture to cook a couple minutes, until everything is heated through. Serve.
Serving suggestion: This would be excellent served with a slice of crispy French bread. If bread is not preferred, a wedge of warm buttery polenta would also be a good accompaniment. Enjoy! jk
Snickerdoodles are cookies that are good for any occasion year-round. I always included them in my holiday cookie trays when I ran my bakery. They were loved by all. Here’s the recipe I used, straight out of my bakery/bistro cookbook, Secrets of a Professional Baker. Enjoy! Judi
Makes about 3 Dozen Cookies
8 oz (1 cup) butter (No substitutes, please!)
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
15 to 16 oz (3 cups) all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cream of tartar
3 Tbsp granulated sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Add flour mixture to butter mix; combine until smooth.
On a plate or in a shallow bowl, combine the extra granulated sugar and cinnamon. Roll cookie dough into 1″ balls, then roll in sugar/cinnamon mixture. Place cookie dough ball on parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Bake at 400F for about 9 minutes, until lightly browned. Test 1 cookie first for time and texture! If it spreads too much, add a little more flour.
Remove from oven when slightly underdone when allowing them to cool on the baking sheet as they will continue to cook for a minute or two after being removed from the oven. This will help prevent them from being too browned, dry or crisp.