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A Trip In The Mountain Countryside

Since DH sold his little British car, we haven’t had much of an opportunity to go with the group.  The car shows don’t want a modern car unless it is a Maserati or something equally expensive and rare.  Last month, we hosted an Australian Pursuit rally at a local park.  It was fun and I did get some pictures of the cars and us which you can see HERE if you like.  Members were given an easy route to follow for about a 35-40 minute drive and sent out at one minute intervals.  The finish line was hidden.  They then regrouped back at the park, and were sent out again in the reverse order of time finishing to run the same route in exactly the same time.  Finishing the second time faster than the first meant disqualification, and slower had points taken off.  Since no one knew their exact time, or where the timing ended, concentration on consistent speeds at the posted speed limits were crucial.  Everyone seemed to have a fun time on the drive, and afterwards we enjoyed a picnic lunch together.

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We did go to the Heart of Brevard show over 4th of July weekend, but didn’t stay long and I didn’t get any pictures.  It has just been too frazzling hot to go hiking this year, and I really want to do that again soon.  Yesterday the club had a drive planned, and I didn’t want to miss this outing, a nice drive in the lush green hills near Black Mountain ending at an Amish store in Fairview.   DH couldn’t go this day because of work, so I was accompanied by my friend Bonnie who really needed to get her vintage Mustang out for a drive. Here it is next to Mitch’s gorgeous MGA.

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We met up as usual at a parking lot.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

Troyer’s is a popular drive destination, so lots of members showed up for this drive. The weather was a bit warm, but tolerable.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

This time I took my good camera to get some nice shots of the scenery as we drove. Summer in the mountains means lush green everywhere.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

Every corner turned shows more green. Did you know that looking at the color green will lower blood pressure?

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

No wonder that I find these drives to be so relaxing, and mind clearing. I desperately needed that after this past week at work.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

Our destination was Troyer’s Amish Store.  We parked in the back and enjoyed the gardens first.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

We really enjoyed the live music with a bluegrass flavor. I should have asked their names but I got distracted by the huge sandwich I was served.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

“Come sit for a spell and relax” the swinging bench beckoned to me.  I had to walk past lovely wooden quilt racks for sale, along with other wood items.  One of these days I am going to bring one home with me, I think I can fill one with quilts easily by now!

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Now, which jam to get, blackberry or blueberry, or maybe plum, or apple or peach?  Those are pickles and chutneys on the left.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

Turn the corner and there is rice and pastas, just waiting to be dinner.  There are shelves and shelves of locally made spice blends and other foods, along with soaps and hand creams.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

Homemade bread is sold here too, the little round loaf on the right came home with me. The nice lady waiting on me offered to slice it, but I think it will be best in big hunks with sweet unsalted butter.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

From the Amish made cheeses, I selected my favorite – Amish Butter Cheese – and got several slices for that sourdough bread. I should have bought a couple of pounds of it, it is that good. Alas, I’ll just have to go back again for more, along with more of the wonderful turkey and roast beef, and more of their horseradish sauce.  They also have fresh milk and buttermilk from Happy Cow Creamery.

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Back outside to the gardens, lovely aren’t they?

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

This little outbuilding has quilt designs on the side.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

This little storage barn has a wonderful mophead hydrangea growing beside it. The flowers are still green, and I’d love to know if they will turn pink or blue.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

You have to visit the girls too.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

Really fresh eggs anyone?

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

One more shot of the cars at the farm.  The windmill is charming.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

There is another garden behind the store.  It reminds me of an English country garden, a bit unruly and full of flowers.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

More places to sit and drink in the beauty behind the store.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

If you are near Fairview, NC just southeast of Asheville, stop by and get some of their fresh meats, cheeses and eggs, wonderful jams, jellies and chutneys, breads, spices, pastas, snacks or anything they have! They sell handmade wooden items, and Amish furniture too. Visit them on the web at Troyer’s Amish Store.

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Do you have a country market near you?

 

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Pork Quesadillas

I often cook a pork roast in the slow cooker, but it makes way too much food for just two of us.  I have made it a mission to create recipes using the chopped pork to make different meals.  I generally cook the roast itself with simple spices to make it easy to turn the leftovers into something else, then divide it into three or four meals.  My basic recipe is on my post Pork Roast and More, or you can see the links in the Recipes page at the top of the blog.  This time, I used the leftover pork for a quick meal, suitable for just two, perfect to whip up dinner after a day of work.

Pork Quesadillas | From My Carolina Home

This is another of my no-need-for-a-recipe recipes, as you can add what you like. Here is what I gathered from the frig. Spinach and lettuce for crunch, flour tortillas, leftover pork and cheddar-jack cheese, tomatoes, green onions, and a fresh avocado.

Pork Quesadillas | From My Carolina Home

Start with heating up the pork in a large frying pan. This is the only way the quesadilla will get hot all the way through before the tortilla burns. Once the pork is thoroughly heated through, take it out and set aside.

Pork Quesadillas | From My Carolina Home

While it heats, chop the tomato and onion, and take the largest tough stems off the spinach.

Pork Quesadillas | From My Carolina Home

You can put the avocado on a side salad of lettuce and tomato, like I did. Then stuff it in the quesadilla as you eat it. This will keep the cold ingredients from wilting in the skillet.

Pork Quesadillas | From My Carolina Home

In the same skillet, lay a tortilla flat and add a serving of pork to one side.

Pork Quesadillas | From My Carolina Home

Quickly top with cheese, green onion, spinach and tomato. You can add anything else you want.

Pork Quesadillas | From My Carolina Home

Fold the free side of the tortilla over the stuffing.

Pork Quesadillas | From My Carolina Home

After a minute or so, turn the whole thing over to brown the other side and make sure the filling is heated through. This will make the flour tortilla a bit crispy too.  Trust me, it is a lot easier to do it this way than to try to flip 2 flat tortillas with filling between (ask me how I know, LOL!!).

Pork Quesadillas | From My Carolina Home

When the second side is warm and lightly browned, serve with the avocado salad.

Pork Quesadillas | From My Carolina Home

It will take about 2 minutes to make another one, using more of the warm pork and filling ingredients.

Pork Quesadillas | From My Carolina Home

Yum, serve with some sour cream if you like, or taco sauce. The spinach is still vibrant green and has some crunch, yet mildly wilted, with melty cheese on moist and juicy pork filling. Yum! You could add beans or olives, jalapenos or bell peppers, whatever suits your taste and fancy.

Pork Quesadillas | From My Carolina Home

Chicken or steak left over work great in these too. They are kind of a kitchen sink dinner, whatever is left over can usually work, kind of like my Anything Quiche, but this meal will have a Mexican flair. Add some cumin or chipotle chili powder to the pork, or a bit of packaged taco seasoning mix to add more spice if you like spicy food.

Pork Quesadillas | From My Carolina Home

Enjoy!

 

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July in the Garden

Wow, after all the holiday posts, it is nice to get back to the garden for a bit.  The weather did cooperate for me, giving me lots of cool and rainy days to post about Christmas ideas, then turning back to warmer and sunny for getting back to the present.  Unfortunately it is now maddeningly hot.  Heat absolutely makes me wilt and I hate it.  While we were making holiday projects and getting new ideas, my flowers kept going. The torenias are spilling down the sides of their baskets, and I managed to grab the camera when the hummingbird paid a visit.

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She comes regularly, but only stays a short time. By the time I notice the movement and run for the camera she is usually gone.

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I am pretty sure she is a girl, there is no red on her.

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July is the time for my gladiolas to bloom, and they did.  I thought they should bloom in June so I was disappointed in them then, but I just needed to wait another month for gorgeous flowers.  A couple of hard rainstorms broke the spires, so I had to cut them and bring them indoors to a vase to enjoy. One thing about glads, the flowers will continue to open even after cutting. Here is the white one…

Gladiolas in July at From My Carolina Home

and the yellow.

Gladiolas in July at From My Carolina Home

This gorgeous deep apricot one is in the back on the mountainside. It is either a volunteer or was planted years ago by the previous owner of the house.

July 2016 in the Garden | From My Carolina Home

DH was kind enough to get out there on the slope behind the chain link fence after a rain, and dig up several by the roots to replant in the front flower bed with the yellow ones. I cut the spires for the inside vase and planted the bulbs. The little daisy was a gift from a friend, and I think I’ll plant it too.

July 2016 in the Garden | From My Carolina Home

The lighter color apricot is also from the mountainside.

July 2016 in the Garden | From My Carolina Home

Lovely together aren’t they?

July 2016 in the Garden | From My Carolina Home

A misty, foggy morning during the Christmas in July event shows the layers of hills across the valley.  It is so thick that you cannot see the next high ridge that I show on my header photo.  By the way, I changed the header photo to a summer pic.

July 2016 in the Garden | From My Carolina Home

My caladium seems happy in its place, another gift from a friend.

July 2016 in the Garden | From My Carolina Home

I planted the johnny jump-ups too late and they never bloomed.

July 2016 in the Garden | From My Carolina Home

But the little dianthus flowers keep going.

July 2016 in the Garden | From My Carolina Home

These yellow torenias continue to bloom too, I just love these flowers and so do the bees.

July 2016 in the Garden | From My Carolina Home

All the impatiens are getting huge and blooming profusely.

July 2016 in the Garden | From My Carolina Home

It is just too frazzling hot to get out and deadhead the hydrangea, and I need to clean up the torenias and the geraniums. On the bright side, the lobelias don’t need any tending, and they are still blooming nicely.

July 2016 in the Garden | From My Carolina Home

The super belles are getting a bit leggy, and the blooms are few and far between.

July 2016 in the Garden | From My Carolina Home

And I was very surprised to find a squash plant growing in the middle of them! How it got planted there is a mystery, but I suspect a squirrel did it as I keep running one off the porch that has been digging in the pots. The squash plant has produced some flowers but no veggies yet.  Well, at least it has some flowers, maybe I’ll get a squash or two. The others have been eaten by something, the plants are completely gone. Rabbits or some other leaf eater got them all, and my broccoli too.

Squash in the flower pot

The tomato plants have only produced a total of three little tomatoes, and I do not understand why they won’t grow better.  They get 7 hours of sun a day, plenty of water, and I have given them marvelous soil and fertilizer.  So, I am still buying tomatoes at the farmer’s market and the produce stands. Also in the front bed, the verbena is still going strong so why the veggies aren’t doing well is beyond me.

July 2016 in the Garden | From My Carolina Home

What’s blooming in your garden?

 

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Christmas in July Finale and a Few More Ideas

Christmas in July has been a lot of fun, did you have a good time?  I had a ball making up new projects, and I hope you downloaded the pdf files for ideas and tutorials where they were available. If you are just now finding this series, go back and see all the posts on the previous 12 days for the Christmas in July event on From My Carolina Home.  I hope you’ll visit my Etsy Store and Craftsy store for great bargains on fabrics and patterns, links on the names and on the sidebar too.  Today is the last day for The Charleston Bag pattern sale (update – sale extended for linkys until Aug 1)  I am already planning another event for my favorite season, Autumn!  I still have more ideas that I couldn’t fit into 12 days, even with some of the really long posts!   Ideas like this one, use the extra table runner you made as a bed scarf on your guest bed.

Christmas Table runner used as a bed scarf | From My Carolina Home

Make my Brie and Proscuitto in Puff Pastry for an elegant appetizer course, or to take to a party.

Brie Prosciutto Appetizer in Puff Pastry

Search the used bookstores and the Friends of the Library sales for some Christmas Theme novels to read while curled up with your new Christmas Quilt in front of a fire.  Last year I did a few reviews for some easy reading Cozy Christmas mystery reads.

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Later this year, at the right time, I’ll talk about forcing blooms for Christmas giving.

Amaryllis Third Year Bloom ~ From My Carolina Home

The winners for all the giveaways were drawn yesterday afternoon using random.org’s random number generator and emails were sent to the winners.  Forgive me for not posting pictures of all those draws, but they were sent to the sponsors.   Once again I want to thank the six marvelous sponsors who gave prizes for your comments and visiting their websites.  I hope you all visited them, and followed where you liked.  It is traffic on their sites and sales of their products that encourages the sponsors to do these giveaways.  Here’s one more chance to thank them for their participation by leaving a comment.  All the sponsors have been reading all your comments, and will be reading today’s post too.

Please leave a comment on this post if you had fun!

Leading off, our first sponsor, Fat Quarter Shop awarded a Fat Quarter Bundle of fabrics in the Midnight Clear line.  The winner is #27 Alison!  Alison said “I love Juniper Berry!:)”  Congratulations, Alison!

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The kickoff sponsor, Aurifil Threads awarded a 12 spool box set of threads from V&Co Simply Color.  And the winner is #113 Heidi!  Heidi commented “Great idea for gift-giving Carole, thank you for sharing! I follow Aurifil every which way, and most designers too, lol. Love Lori Holt’s Christmas set!”  Congratulations, Heidi!

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Connecting Threads awarded a Mini Quilt Stand, 4 headers, book and fabric stack.  That lucky winner is #96 Sandra J!  Sandra J wrote “I would have to say that my favorite line is “Christmas Remembered” with the Flurries fabric being my favorite.” Congratulations, Sandra!

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Superior Threads awarded the King Tut thread and needle prize to #70 Lori S!  Lori said “I have not worked with metallic threads yet. So I checked that out. Wow I knew none of this. Going slow and why, tension, placing spool properly on machine and why, etc. very cool indeed. Book marked that page for all this wonderful educational hints. thanks for sharing this page with us.”  Congratulations, Lori!

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Primitive Gatherings awarded their lovely wool bundle to #9 Darla!  Darla wrote “This is something I think I could accomplish with my rather basic sewing skills. I’ve always liked the vintage penny rugs I see and it would be fun to do something for PGchristmas bundleChristmas along those lines.”  Congratulations, Darla!

 

 

 

 

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StampinUplogo2 Stampin’ UP! will send their giveaway of a stamp set, paper and ink to #48 Linda in Montana!  Linda commented “HI FROM MONTANA ! love this card kit: Oh Happy Day Card Kit ! Thanks for sharing!”  Congratulations, Linda!

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Winners of the giveaways from me, congratulations to all the winners!
Seed Bead Kits are going to  -#33 Mary Jean Cunningham, and #24 Jayne P in the UK.
301 Country Christmas Blocks – #7 Jeanne Rauch
Christmas Bazaar Crafts – #2 Brenda Ackerman
Marti Michell’s A Quilter’s Christmas – #3 Julie McKenzie
Debbie Mumm’s Quick Country Christmas Quilts – #9 Anna Brown
Cardstock and Rub-ons for cardmaking – international winner – Lesley in UK
Charleston Bag Pattern – #19 Barb K

If you missed anyone on the hop, here are all the links to the participating blogs.  You may have to scroll back to get to their Christmas post, but the effort will be worth it.  Lots more great ideas here.

July 14th:    Sharon Vrooman @ Vrooman’s Quilts

                    Carole Carter @ From My Carolina Home

July 15th:    Yanicka Hachez @ Finding Myself As An Artist

                    Chris Dodsley @ made by ChrissieD

July 16th:     Marsha Hodgkins @ Quilter in Motion

                    Leanne Parsons  @ Devoted Quilter

July 17th:     Tonia Conner @ All Thingz Sewn

                    Selina @ Selina Quilts

July 18th:     Lara Buccella @ Buzzin Bumble

                    Soma Acharya @ Whims and Fancies

July 19th:     Joanne Harris@ Quilts by Joanne

                    Suzy Webster @ Adventurous Applique and Quilting

July 20th:     Vicki in MN @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

                    Jennifer Fulton @ The Inquiring Quilter

July 21st:     Michele Kuhns @ Crayon Box Quilt Studio

                    Jan Ochterbeck @ The Colorful Fabriholic

July 22nd:     Alla Blanca @ Rainbows. Bunnies. Cupcakes.

                     Zenia Rene @ A Quilted Passion

July 23rd:     Joanne Hubbard @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt

                    Paige Alexander @ Quilted Blooms

July 24th:     Carolyn Jones @ …by CJ

                    Tisha Nagel @ Quilty Therapy

July 25th:     Susan Arnold @ Quilt Fabrication

                    Beth Sellers @ Cooking Up Quilts

                    Linda Pearl @ One Quilting Circle

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Gifts From The Kitchen

This is Day 11 of my Christmas in July event.  If you are just now finding me, scroll back to the previous pages for great ideas to kick start your creativity! Although the drawings are over for this event, there will be another event for Autum, coming up in a couple of months with giveaways planned. Today I want to talk about Gifts from your kitchen.  Some of the best gifts around are the ones that come from the heart and hands of the giver.  I love to give gifts from my kitchen both mixes and fully made items.  Packaging these mixes and treats is part of the fun, so now is the time to hunt down some interesting containers.  Filled with a mix for something irresistible to your recipient, these are the gifts everyone wants.

Gifts From the Kitchen | From My Carolina Home

Today, I’ll give you some ideas on mixes to please the chocolate lover and a few others on your list.  For that chocolate lover, start looking in your grocery store for Special Dark or Dutch Process cocoa, it is smoother than the regular and gives baked goods a darker, richer appearance and flavor.   Not every grocery store has it, so look around and get plenty before the holidays. You’ll also need dark chocolate chips for my special Double Dutch Brownies. If you just don’t like dark chocolate, you can make these with regular cocoa and semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Gifts From the Kitchen - Double Dutch Brownies | From My Carolina Home

You can make up these mixes weeks in advance, so you are done early.  Layer the ingredients in a pretty jar, and give with the instructions provided.  I  like these containers that have the clamps to hold the tops on.  This one has a lovely snowflake on the side.  Look in the clearance section of your stores and at discount stores like Tuesday Morning, Marshalls, Ross, TJMaxx, or Big Lots for these now, or scour the thrift shops.

Gifts From the Kitchen - Double Dutch Brownies | From My Carolina Home

Of course I had to make sure that the recipe was good, so I made it up again. Any excuse for brownies, right? So, your gift recipient will just soften some butter, and whip it with 2 eggs and vanilla.

Gifts From the Kitchen - Double Dutch Brownies | From My Carolina Home

Then, dump in the mix…

Gifts From the Kitchen - Double Dutch Brownies | From My Carolina Home

and stir gently until incorporated.

Gifts From the Kitchen - Double Dutch Brownies | From My Carolina Home

Butter the baking pan with the inside of the butter wrapper, or use no stick spray.

Gifts From the Kitchen - Double Dutch Brownies | From My Carolina Home

Spread the batter evenly in the pan.

Gifts From the Kitchen - Double Dutch Brownies | From My Carolina Home

Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

Gifts From the Kitchen - Double Dutch Brownies | From My Carolina Home

Let them cool completely in the pan, then cut into 16 squares.  Did you know that if you cut brownies with a plastic knife they won’t break apart as much?  I just learned that (after these were done) and it is really true.  The downside is you don’t have little bits that break off that need cleaning up to nibble on, LOL!!

Gifts From the Kitchen - Double Dutch Brownies | From My Carolina Home

YUMMMMMMM, moist and deliciously dark, chocolatey and good!

Gifts From the Kitchen - Double Dutch Brownies | From My Carolina Home

If you are using a simple jar, add a wrapper to the jar for presentation. This one will fit most jars and is great for candles too. Find those instructions HERE.  If your mix is pretty, like bean soup or the brownies, let the mix show nicely and just add a ribbon.

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Double Dutch Brownie Mix

1 cup white sugar
1/3 cup Dutch Process cocoa
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients together, place in a jar with a tight fitting lid.  Or layer the ingredients alternating light and dark layers,ending with the chips on top.  Give with these instructions:
Cream 1/2 cup softened butter, two eggs and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla with a mixer until light and fluffy. Stir in entire jar of mix. Pour into a prepared 8×8 inch square baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Let cool in the pan. Serve and enjoy!

Gifts From the Kitchen - Double Dutch Brownies | From My Carolina HomeOther recipes I like to give include Cinnamon Mocha Coffee Mix, Fruity Tea Mix and Seasoned Bean Soup Mix.  Today everyone is a winner, just download this pdf for all the recipes and printable instructions for the mixes to mount on cardstock and tie to the jars – From My Carolina Home Gift Mixes

Later this year, when it gets close to the holidays, I’ll post the wonderful biscotti that I love to give.  For those who enjoy giving homemade baked goods, try my Cinnamon Banana Coffee Cake, and give in a festive bag to make the gift special.  You could also try my Carmel Apple Coffee Cake, Orange Vanilla Bean Coffee Cake or Fresh Peach Coffee Cake.   Cranberry Cinnamon Scones make a wonderful afternoon tea with Carole’s Creamy Scone Spread or a nice addition to serve with Perfect Breakfast Eggs.

One of my favorite home-baked breads to give is Pumpkin Orange Bread.  For baked breads and candy, I have specialty bags and boxes to use for presentation. Some are personalized, the bags laying in front were purchased at a dollar store, and the festive motifs look wonderful with a bow.

Gifts from the Kitchen ~ From My Carolina Home

I have these boxes in two sizes for candy. I purchased a several dozen several years ago and I still have a few left. They say “From Carole’s Christmas Kitchen” on the front. I ordered them online, but sadly I cannot find them now.  Christmas cookies go over well in these boxes too.  I just line them with wax paper using a sheet large enough to fold over the top of the food.

Gifts from the Kitchen ~ From My Carolina Home

The paper bags are wax coated on the outside, and are suitable anytime for home baked goodness.

Gifts from the Kitchen ~ From My Carolina Home

More recipes for breads and great baked gift items will come closer to the holidays.

Have you given gifts from your kitchen?  What is your go-to gift from your kitchen?

 

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Gift Ideas for Guys

Guys are really difficult to make gifts for as they don’t really go for most of the sewn and crafty items that we gals like to make.  I have yet to see any guy actually wear an apron while grilling, but most will be delighted with a gift of something for the grill.  Here are some of the hits I have given, starting with a seasoning mix for meats on the grill.

Seasoning Mixes Gifts for Guys | From My Carolina Home

Gather together some herbs and spices, combining them in a small wide mouth Ball jar for your grilling guy.  I’ll give you my recipe for the spice mix, but know that you can add and subtract as you like.  You can also fiddle with the amounts, if you like more garlic and less onion, go for it!

Seasoning Mixes Gifts for Guys | From My Carolina Home

If I have larger bits like peppercorns, I will use my mortar and pestle to grind them myself.

Seasoning Mixes Gifts for Guys | From My Carolina Home

Steak Seasoning Mix

2 tablespoons sea salt
2 tablespoons cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon chipotle chili powder (or just chili powder)
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon dry mustard
Combine ingredients. Store in airtight container.
To use: sprinkle on meats before grilling, or mix into hamburger meat before grilling.

Seasoning Mixes Gifts for Guys | From My Carolina Home

In the download, the recipe for this Bold Smoked mix using black smoked salt is included.  To use just pinch some of the mix between your fingers and sprinkle over the meat.  Both these mixes work great on beef, pork and chicken.  In addition, it works nicely as a dry rub for smoking meats, and under barbeque sauce. Just put a label on the top and it is good to go.

Seasoning Mixes Gifts for Guys | From My Carolina Home

Yum, steak!  That’s my Garlic Zucchini on the side!

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Another idea is to combine some items from his favorite store in a creative container and you have a dynamite gift that the guy will really appreciate. Then fill it with guy stuff that he likely uses all the time, things that he will run out of and need more – batteries, tie wraps, shop towels, latex or nitrile gloves, hand cleaner, nail brush. A box of gloves can be wrapped separately and given with the caddy. This one has microfiber towels that DH says are good to have, hand cleaner, a hanging flashlight and tire cleaner.  DH has put plastic razor blades on his list for scraping gook off things without scratching surfaces.

Gifts For Guys ~ From My Carolina Home

For the gearhead guy, make up a car care caddy with his favorite car care products.  Go to the garage and find out what brands he likes.  DH says that most guys are a bit picky about which wax they want for the car.  But other things like dashboard conditioner and tire cleaners are pretty generic.  Sets of funnels are always useful too, as are cable ties in both white and black.

Gifts For Guys ~ From My Carolina Home

This is another one for the car guy, with car care products from Mothers and Meguiars, both brands DH likes.  The larger wells of this caddy from a restaurant to-go section can take the bigger size spray bottles.  With all of these, wrapping is easy with the clear bags made for baskets at the dollar store and a big bow.

Gifts For Guys ~ From My Carolina Home

For the gardener guy, garden gloves, specialty slow release fertilizer, inexpensive hand tools, seeds.  You are only limited by what you can think of, take any theme and find six things that fit that theme.  More ideas in the download.

Gifts For Guys ~ From My Carolina Home

If you are set on sewing something, make a banner for his garage or man cave.  You can find sheets and bedspreads with fun motifs on them like this one with The Stig – (a character on a British TV show about cars called Top Gear).

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The head was on the pillow case, and the body on the bedspread.  I cut apart the pillow case and sewed it to the bedspread, adding a sleeve on the back to hang.  I have seen Tardis sheets for the Dr Who fan, Star Trek and Star Wars stuff for those fans, sports team sheets, whatever your guy is into probably has something you can turn into guy decor.

All my ideas and instructions are in my Craftsy store Gifts For Guys.  Learn how to craft a unique holder for his goodies, with lists of suggestions to fill it for every sportsman, gearhead, hobbist, handyman and grill lover in on your list. Recipes for seasoning mixes and fish fry mix are included with printable instructions for giving. These are always a huge hit with the guys in my life! I promise, the small price will be well worth it, and helps support my blog so I can bring you more free projects and ideas.

If you missed any of the Christmas in July posts over the last 9 days, be sure to go back see all the great ideas, and enter all the drawings for the giveaways.  The deadline for all is tomorrow, July 24th at noon Eastern Daylight Time in the USA.  (Drawings have been held, but more events are planned with giveaways to come).  I’d love to have you follow my blog to see all the ideas and tutorials coming up!

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Christmas Tablescapes and Quilted Table Toppers with King Tut Thread Giveaway

So, you won’t be setting a Christmas table for another six months, so why talk about tablescapes in July? Because now is the time to start searching for the things you might want to add to your collection, or sew up a table topper or runner. The table topper here is quilted and covers the entire top of the table.  I set my placemats and dishes on top of it.  It is the sampler quilt I showed a few days ago.  Quilted table toppers and runners make wonderful Christmas gifts for your friends and family.

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Last year I wanted some forest green chargers for my tablescaping stash, and could not find any.  Not one.  No where.  Not even in the online stores, or auction sites.  I scoured the local thrift stores to no avail.  I did score some gold ones one year, and those just had to do.

Christmas Tablescape | From My Carolina Home

For thrift store junkies like me, you never know when you’ll come across something perfect. These paper napkins were 50 cents in the final markdown basket at the thrift store. The black background went perfectly with my holiday luncheon plates. The key is to keep your eyes open. The same thing applies to shopping at the discount stores, tag sales, and out of season sale tables.  Another idea, use those spreaders you never use at the breakfast table for butter or my Black Cherry Creme on Popovers.  Those little touches for your family will bring holiday cheer all season long.

Christmas Tablescape | From My Carolina Home

And keep your options open for small things that make a centerpiece interesting. Lots of small items together create a low display that guests can talk over and admire like these birdhouses and Santa figures.  I find more of these little Santa figures every year, just bought another one last week.  They are sitting on another quilted table topper.

Christmas Tablescape | From My Carolina Home

An integral part of most of my tablescapes are quilted runners or table toppers.  One I use over and over is the one shown in the picture below, a simple hexagonal shape with rings of alternating values and colors in red, green and ecru.

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Dig out your Christmas fabrics and make this table topper before you need it. You can make it in all kinds of color combinations for all seasons. The pattern is free in my Craftsy store, link on the sidebar! While you are there, please take a look at my other patterns, your purchases help fund the postage for giveaways.

If you would like to do a runner, here is a link to the quilted runner I did last Christmas as a quilt-along.  Christmas Star Runner

Christmas Quilt Along finish

Another very simple runner can be made with Christmas fabric as the center surrounded by squares.  Cut a piece of focus fabric 8 inches x 32 inches.

Christmas Quick Projects at From My Carolina Home

Cut 3-inch strips of red and green fabrics to coordinate with the print.  You’ll need two WOF strips.

Christmas Quick Projects at From My Carolina Home

Sew the strips together, then cross cut 3-inches wide into two-square doublets. You’ll need to unpick a couple.  You’ll need 18 red squares and 18 green squares three inches each.

Christmas Quick Projects at From My Carolina Home

Sew those together for a two color border. Two green squares and one red square were sewn together, then sewn to the ends. The side borders begin and end with red squares, 15 on each side.

Christmas Quick Projects at From My Carolina Home

Quilting it is simple, with King Tut thread of course.  I cut the same red fabric into 2-1/2 inch strips for binding and stitched it in place.

Christmas Quick Projects at From My Carolina Home

I had a nice Sunday stitching down the binding on the back while watching the football games last fall. The little runner covers the book table in the kitchen. Christmas cookbooks are set out with it, these from my Gooseberry Patch collection.

Christmas Quick Projects at From My Carolina Home

I finally did find some green chargers, they came the last week of June!  I’ll have them on the table this season.

SuperiorToday’s giveaway is sponsored by

Superior Threads!

I absolutely love King Tut threads, wonderful for quilting those table toppers and runners and your Christmas quilts.  The thread is strong, with a nice finish, and quilts beautifully through any kind of batting.  Superior is offering a prize of 4 spools of King Tut Thread along with a pack of Superior needles!  This giveaway is open to readers in the USA.   Superior Threads Education.  While you are there, if you wish, scroll to the bottom and sign up for their newsletter by looking for the box shown here in the bottom king-tut-selectionright corner.  Come back and comment on what you learned!   Screenshot 2016-06-23 22.09.30If you signed up for the newsletter, or you already subscribe, you can have a second entry, just leave a second comment saying you follow Superior.  Want a third entry?  Leave a comment if you follow my blog, and how you follow. Entries close on July 24th at noon, winners will be notified by email, and announced on the blog July 25th.

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