Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Peach Tart

My cousin went to the Sand Hills of NC last week and brought back some peaches. I froze some and then we have had them cut up on cereal each morning. I decided to make this tart. Believe me, it is easy or I could not have done it. It worked out good for me because it was done in layers. I cooked the crust and rested while it cooled. Then I made the cream cheese mixture and put it on the crust. I placed it in the refrigerator to set up while I rested some more. Then I did the glaze. I sliced just enough peaches to make a layer and then poured the glaze on top. I did not cut it for about 3 to 4 hours. I think it is right pretty, if I must say so myself! Ha! It sure was good.


1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup cold butter, cut up
3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
1 Tbsp. Cornstarch
1 pkg (3oz.) Jello-O Peach Flavor Gelatin
1/2 cup water
1 pkg. (8 oz.) Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
1 Tbsp. peach marmalade
1 cup thawed Cool Whip topping
peaches, peeled and thinly sliced


HEAT oven to 350 degrees F.

MIX flour and brown sugar in medium bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs, knead mixture well to form dough. Press onto bottom and up sides of 10-inch tart pan with removable bottom. Bake 15 minutes or until golden brown; cool completely.

MEANWHILE, bring 1/2 cup granulated sugar, conrstarch, gelatin mix and water to boil in saucepan, stirring occasionally, cook and stir 2 minutes. Cool 20 minutes.

BEAT cream cheese, remaining granulated sugar and marmalade in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Whisk in Cool Whip; spread onto crust. Top with peaches and gelatin glaze. Refrigerate 3 hours or until chilled. Remove tart from pan before serving.

I hope you enjoy it!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

For My Love of Quilts....

I love quilts and collect them. I wish I was physically able to make quilts, but I am not. These quilts were placed on the rungs of a ladder that a friend made just for me to display quilts. Would you believe, my neighbor did not want these quilts and thought they were dirty and she was going to throw them away. Her aunt had died and she was cleaning out her house. I told her not to dare throw them away--to me they are beautiful! There is a lot of time and love worked into these quilts. I also have a collection of quilt tops my grandmother made and never got them quilted. I have these packed away. I guess I should have them finished.

This is the first quilt I made and this was done in
the 1960's. I did the stamped on cross stitch and
then a group of ladies guilted it one summer for
me at The Sword of Peace, a local out-door drama.
They had it set up as a demonstation as the people came for the drama each night.

Then I did this candlewick spread in the 1970's. I bleached muslin, cut it into large squares, and then copied my pattern onto each square. When I had finished the squares, I had them sewn together. I had planned to do a crochet edge around it and never did. I went to the International Quilt Show in Greensboro in the mid 1990's and met a lady that did long-arm quilting and she took it to Virginia and quilted it for me. I love the way it turned out.

My yo-yo quilt is done in shades of pink and greens. I designed it to resemble Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt.

The Catheral Window Quilt. It is done with un-bleached muslin from JoAnn's. My daughter went with me to a local quilt shop and we picked out this fabric of flowers. I did the whole quilt with just this one fabric and I think it came out beautiful, if I must say. Ha! This will be my daughter's quilt when I am through enjoying it.

This a a baby quilt
that I did to go in my
Grandmother's Box. I
bought the panel at Hobby Lobby. I sewed a border on it and did a binding. I quilted each block and then on the border, I drew letters of the alphabet and quilted them. I scanned some of the fabric and then designed this label in my PSP and placed it on the
back of the quilt.

I started paper piece quilting. This is my first attempt. I made these crazy patch squares and then I embroidered stitches on the seams. I made these into pillowcases to use on the backs of the rockers on our front porch.

Below is a Hunter's Star square that I did by paper piecing. I did some others and made them into throw pillows.

This is a paper piece log cabin block that I made into a Christmas wall hanging. Below is the label I created for it.

I hope you have enjoyed viewing my quilts.



Thursday, July 15, 2010

I am now a published author!

I had been looking for a while about getting my blog published into a book. I would look and then not be sure if it was worth the money or not. Well a fellow blogger, Katy at County Blossom, shared her book published from her blog. If you have never visited her blog, you should! So, I made the decision to order one done of mine and I placed the order on July 5, 2010. My husband announced this morning that I had a book in the mail and I thought it was a Miss Julia book that I had ordered. He opened it up and yelled that it was my blog book--boy was that fast! If you are interested in publishing your creativity, go to Blog2Print and check it out!

The cover of the book is basically what you see first as you visit my blog.

Our son is the person that encouraged me to start a blog. He had helped me around 1997 to get started with the computer and I develped a website on Geocities with the same title, Marie's Home and Hobbies. Geocities was ending their free websites last year, so with the help of my son, while he was home from CA on vacation, I began this blog. Below is the dedication to him in the book.

Below are a couple of pages from the book to give you an idea of what to expect. I had mine done to inclue all comments because they meant so much to me.
Above, show some of my husband's wonderful flowers. Below is a trip we took to Mt Airy and Mayberry during the Fall when the leaves were at their peak.

Good Luck with your book if you decide to do it. It was a bit pricy doing it hardback, but I think it is worth it.


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tea Cup Bird Feeder

Below are two tea cup bird feeders my husband helped me make. I bought a box of old dishes at a sale and found these cups and saucers. I thought they were so pretty but they were really stained. I had an old glass bed vase and a friend gave me one of hers that she had stuck back. My husband sanded the bottom of the cup and then glued it to the saucer. He also sanded the bottom and the saucer and the vase and glued them together. He cut a dowel into and drove it into the ground and put the vase on it. Now the vase can just be lifted off the dowel to clean it. I am wanted to get some song bird seeds to go it.