CQ and Quilts


ImageFor the kids.


ImageImageSome if my first Christmas ornaments.ImageImageThe red quilt was for my oldest friend Jeanette, it was for her Red HattersImageMatthew posing before one of his program’s.


ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageThat’s our Taz up on the left., he does live up to his name too. Lol

my first CQ heart,Matthew’s first quilt  as a teen)



Gingerbread Doughnut Muffins
Yield: about 20 muffins


For the muffins: 

  • 2¾ cup all-purpose flour (or white whole wheat)
  • 2½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup plus 2 tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup unsulphured molasses
  • 1 1/3 cup cold water

For topping:

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3-4 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

Cooking View


  • Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Line muffin pans with paper liners.  In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and spices.  Whisk to blend.  In a mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugar.  Beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Blend in the eggs one at a time.  Mix in the molasses.
  • With the mixer on low speed, stir in half of the dry ingredients just until incorporated.  Add in the second half, again mixing just until incorporated.  Mix in the water on medium-low speed, just until evenly mixed and no lumps remain.
  • Divide the batter between the prepared muffin liners, filling each about two-thirds of the way full.  Bake, rotating the pans halfway through, until the tops are set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 18-20 minutes.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  • To finish, combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and whisk until evenly combined.  Dip the top of a muffin in the melted butter, then into the cinnamon-sugar mixture to coat with a thin layer.  Repeat with the remaining muffins.  Serve warm.


inspired by Smells Like Home, adapted from Bon Appétit

I Won! I Won!


Today I got confirmation that I won the drawing on Sally’s Baking Addiction Cookbook  Giveaway!  Apparently there were a couple thousand entries and I got picked!  Whooohoooo !  I’ve been following Sally’s Blog for a while now and have tried several of her recipe’s.   They are to die for! Go here Image Today, I’m giving you the chance to win an autographed copy of my very first cookbook. It’s hitting the stands in only TWO weeks. eBook (tablet, kindle) version will be available too! My fingers are shaking as I type thisncjh… sorry. I’m nervous / anxious / excited / ready to faint. All of that work behind the scenes last summer is finally coming to life. I can’t wait for you to hold my book in your hands and bake all the recipes. Sally's Baking Addiction Table of Contents

Jo Lynne


My daughter Jo:) well the family calls her Jo Lynne, her friends call her Josie, but she’s my Jo:)  I’m so proud of her and all that she has managed to accomplish over the last few years.  She’s a great Mom, a wonderful sister,  and my best friend.  She has two kid’s ( Matthew, 20 and Samantha 19.  Both are in college and doing well.  Her daughter Sam is an amazing artist, some of her work takes my breath away:). I really don’t think being her grandmother has much to do with it:). No, she really is good!

ImageThis is Jo and to me she is one of God’s greatest gifts, along with my Grandchildren and my boys.  Can’t not mention Wendy!  The greatest DIL anyone could have.  She is a sweetheart:)