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Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti

In full on cooking mode earlier in the month, I needed to take a dish to a meeting for a pot luck lunch.  The problem was I needed to leave the house for another meeting at 9 am in the morning, and lunch was at noon.  I usually like to take savory foods to pot luck lunches, but this time cookies made the most sense from a storage point of view.  I needed something that would be fine at room temperature, or the slightly cooler air in the car for over three hours.   I remembered that I have mentioned my Amaretto Biscotti before, but alas, I polished off the last of the Amaretto at Thanksgiving.  But I did have an idea for a new biscotti recipe, and set about developing the recipe on paper.  Then I made it, and was so happy with the first attempt, I am not going to play with the measurements.  The cookie tray was full, with the Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti along with Chocolate Covered Oreos and my Christmas Vanilla Sugar Cookies.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray. In a medium sized bowl, mix flour and next three ingredients, and set aside.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

In a large bowl beat the butter and sugar on medium-high speed with an electric mixer until light in color and fluffy for a few minutes. Next add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add half-and-half, vanilla, and rum flavoring, mixing well.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

Stir in the flour mixture using low speed on the mixer, and mix just until incorporated, finishing by hand. Stir in cranberries.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

On a lightly floured surface divide the biscotti dough in two equal portions. Form each portion into a log approximately 9 x 2 x 1 inches and place on the prepared baking sheet.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

Bake until light brown around the edges, puffed up and set in the centers, about 20-22 minutes.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

They won’t be brown all over, don’t overbake at this point.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

Let cool for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees while biscotti are cooling.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

After 10-15 minutes, slice crosswise into 3/4 inch pieces.  I use a serrated knife for this to get straight sharp cuts.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

Place on the baking sheet, allowing space between the slices, and return to the oven for the second bake.  Slices should be standing up the same way as they were in the loaf to allow both sides to be exposed to the oven heat. Bake for 15 minutes.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

Cool on a rack until fully cooled off.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

Melt candy melts in a glass cup in the microwave at 20 second intervals, stirring after each interval. When mostly melted, add 1 teaspoon shortening to thin the candy enough for drizzling. Using a fork, dip into melted candy, and rapidly whip back and forth over the biscotti to create long lines of melted vanilla topping on biscotti, or dip one end into the melts.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

Place on a rack to set up. Store in a covered container. These freeze well too.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup unsalted butter,   softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons half-and-half
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon rum flavoring
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup vanilla candy melts
1 teaspoon shortening

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray. In a medium sized bowl, mix flour and next three ingredients, and set aside. In a large bowl beat the butter and sugar on medium-high speed with an electric mixer until light in color and fluffy for a few minutes. Next add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add half-and-half, vanilla, and rum flavoring, mixing well. Stir in the flour mixture using low speed on the mixer, and mix just until incorporated, finishing by hand. Stir in cranberries. On a lightly floured surface divide the biscotti dough in two equal portions. Form each portion into a log approximately 9 x 2 x 1 inches and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until light golden brown, about 20-22 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees while biscotti are cooling. Once cooled, slice crosswise into 3/4 inch pieces. Place on the baking sheet, allowing space between the slices, and return to the oven for the second bake. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool on a rack until fully cooled off. Melt candy melts in the microwave at 20 second intervals, stirring after each interval. When mostly melted, add 1 teaspoon shortening to thin the candy enough for drizzling. Using a fork, dip into melted candy, and rapidly whip back and forth over the biscotti to create long lines of melted vanilla candy on biscotti or dip one end into candy. Place on a rack to set up. Store in a covered container. These freeze well too.

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Two full cookie trays for two events in one day. Not too shabby.  I came home with only a few cookies left.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

I thought you might like to have this one now rather than in January just in case you need a sweet for New Year’s Eve.  I wish you all a very Happy New Year!!  Oh, and save the bones and leftover meat from your standing rib roast in the freezer, for my Beef and Barley Stew for Two.  It is a tasty, hearty soup for a cold day.  One last thing, don’t forget to hide your money outside before midnight tonight – Good Luck In The New Year.

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California Thomas Fire Quilts

I hope that everyone will read this post, even those that are not quilters, because I need your help. Most readers will be aware of the devastating fires that have swept across California destroying everything in their wake. Like many, I am grateful for my home and family, especially with the holiday season, and cannot imagine the loss that has been suffered by those in the fire zone. I had read on some blogs in early December about the effort to make some quilts for some of the people that have lost everything, and thought it was a wonderful idea.  The idea was to make a specific block, then mail it for assembly, like the one below.

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Then, the holidays took over, and I forgot about it until I was visiting an elderly neighbor just before Christmas. She told me that her son’s home in Santa Rosa was completely destroyed in the fire. He is coming here with his wife to live for a while as they try to recover from the loss and figure out what to do next.  He had just retired so they can take some time to come help his parents for a while.  Then yesterday, I read on Quilt Shop Gal’s blog about the effort to make quilts for the victims of the California Wildfires.  See Darlene’s very eloquent post HERE.  She is asking for readers to make blocks and send them to Ventura for their project.

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I went to my sewing room after that, and it took less than an hour to cut and sew the two blocks shown in the pictures from my scraps. I have decided to collect blocks myself, and send at least one completed quilt to the project, not just blocks.  And here is where you come in, I need your help in making a lot of blocks.   Find the Thomas Fire Relief 12-inch block design at the Ventura Quilt Guild HERE.  If you are not a quilter, and can help with the shipping charges and cost of backing fabric, that would be lovely.  I will provide the batting, thread, assembly and longarm quilting, then binding.  I would love to get 60 blocks for two quilts that will be 5 x 6 blocks each.  One will be shipped to Ventura, and one will be given to my neighbor’s son.  If I get more than 60 blocks, I’ll make a third quilt and send it.

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I’d like to get as many as possible as soon as possible so I can get started on assembly and quilting, and have at least one in the mail to Ventura by the end of January.  Small donations of $2-3 from a bunch of readers will be all that is needed to help with backing fabric and shipping, with a goal of raising a total of $125 for both quilts.  Donations can be sent via Paypal Send to a Friend option to email frommycarolinahome at gmail (dot) com.  Blocks or donations for backing fabric and shipping costs can be sent to my address below.  I will make up any difference needed in cost or blocks.

California Fire Quilts
c/o Carole Carter
PO Box 524
Mountain Home, NC 28758

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A Year at From My Carolina Home, and a plan for next year

Are you a planner? I have to confess that I am not much of one anymore. After spending many years in the business world and the medical field, using complex planners to keep track of appointments, travel arrangements, goals and objectives, this is the last thing I want to do now. For me, quilting, cooking, gardening, reading, and blogging are fun and I do not want to turn it into goals and deadlines. But last year, I did just a short overall goal list as part of an linkup for the new year. Here’s the list from last year with links to the some of the posts and projects from this past year too, and an overall plan for 2018, subject to adjustment, LOL!!

My goals and progress  for 2017 were –

Goal 1 – Do a mystery quilt for 2017 – Scrap Dance Two Step done.  Photo above.

Goal 2 – Plan another event during the 2017 year with giveaways from my favorite sponsors for readers – this was encompassed into goal #5.

Goal 3 – Be a stop on a Christmas in July blog hop, not a 12 day event this year like I did in 2016 – done.

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Goal 4 – Publish Scrap Dance Waltz – done, now on Craftsy.

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Goal 5 – Do another Autumn event, encompassing a wide variety of projects heavy on the quilting and sewing, with gardening, cooking, reading, crafting, card making, thrifting and recycling, and more thrown in for fun.  – done, Autumn Jubilee took the entire month of October in the second year of this event.

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There were prizes almost every single post which included a quilt-along free pattern for Stars on Autumn Lane, …

Stars on Autumn Lane Quilt Along for Autumn Jubilee ~ From My Carolina Home

sew along with a free pattern for this Tablet Cover, …

Tablet Cover Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

wool stitch along for the Pumpkins and Leaves Penny Rug, …

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

tablescapes, a new recipe for Mushroom Meatloaf, …

Mushroom Meatloaf at From My Carolina Home

stamping Thanksgiving Cards,…

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gardening with Saving Seeds and Crafting.

November cards at From My Carolina Home

For the coming year, I do have a few goals.  First, I want finish writing the the Scrap Dance Two-Step pattern, get the final testing done and publish the pattern.

In the middle of last year I decided to do a special charity event, with donations and cards made for the Safelight domestic violence shelter.  The response to The Safelight Project from readers was truly inspiring, and the bags we made together were so appreciated.  More cards and small gift bags were done for Christmas, you can see HERE.  I have an idea for a Summer Fun bag for this year’s project that will need Sunglasses cases made, if you can use up some scraps and sew a few.  If you are a card maker, I’ll need a lot of summer fun cards with inspirational messages inside.  More on this a bit later, as I am still in the process of working out some details.

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There will be a new Scrap Dance mystery, and I am working on that design now.  I want to do something different each year, help us learn a new skill or way of doing elements like last year’s quarter-square triangles.   This next one will have something new too!  I have figured out how to do it easier than anything I found in online tutorials, and how to integrate it into a step process for the mystery.  I will promise that it will again be scrappy, as my thing is to use up the bits and pieces you have left over.  No cutting into new fabric with the anxiety of maybe not liking the end product.  After all, just using up scraps doesn’t require a huge commitment, and you can give it to charity if you end up wishing it was different.  This picture is the finish of Scrap Dance Tango from 2015, now available in my Craftsy store.  Links to the patterns are on my sidebar (smartphone users, scroll down past the comments to see the sidebar info and links).  I would like your input as to which day of the month you like best for the posts, last year it was the third Friday.

In February, I am planning to do several posts in an event that will be Japanese inspired.  I have been a bit obsessed with Japanese things lately – food, gardens, quilting and sewing, origami and more.   This beautiful meal was served to me at Sora’s in Pisgah Forest.  If you think you wouldn’t like sushi, know that there wasn’t anything raw in this one other than avocado.  I figured out that salad too, very different and delicious.

Japanese Food inspiration at From My Carolina Home

So I’ll be sharing some projects and recipes along with garden visits.  I have some beautiful Japanese print fabrics to play with, and several ideas on how to use them.

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Lastly, I hope to be able to do the third annual Autumn Jubilee.  I actually already have a couple of commitments for prizes for the event, now I just need to come up with three new designs (1 quilting, 1 sewing, 1 wool stitching), a new recipe and more crafting projects.  The Autumn Tablescapes are the easy part.

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I am joining the link up going on at Quilting Jetgirl’s 2018 Planning Party with some fun prizes to win. I am delighted to be a part of that, and will have two patterns to give away as part of Yvonne’s event.  Her link up is open for a few more days, and I have my eye on the Aurifil thread.  As much as I have been privileged to be a blog where Aurifil sponsors giveaways, I’ve never won any for myself.  I do buy a lot though, LOL!!!  Plus I’ll be linking with Cheryl’s Best of 2017 Linky.  Buttons on the sidebar.

Beyond that, we’ll see.  I promise to continue showing the variety of subjects you have come to know as part of my blog, quilting and sewing, free patterns and quilt alongs, tips and tutorials, travel and mountain living, crafting and stamping, cooking and gardening, tablescapes and decorating, reading and more.

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Won’t you come with me for fun next year at From My Carolina Home?  You can follow by email by using the sidebar sign up, or Bloglovin using the sidebar link.  If you are a Facebook user, follow From My Carolina Home Facebook page.  I like interacting with readers too, and you can put your pictures on our Flickr Group for the quilt alongs and projects, and on my new From My Carolina Home Project Sharing Facebook group too.  This new group is for anything and everything inspired by my posts, sharing of projects and quilt alongs, sew alongs and stitch alongs, your tablescapes and gardens, and any project inspired by my blog.

What day of the month would you like to see the steps for the Scrap Dance Mystery Quilt steps next year, for example third Friday, or another week and day, or a specific day like the 10th of each month no matter what day of the week it falls?

Are you a planner?  What are your goals for next year?

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Merry Christmas – a Time for Sharing

Happy Holidays, and Merry Christmas, dear readers!  At this time of year, it is customary to count our blessings and to share with others.  Giving gifts to dear friends and family, and to those less fortunate is one of the ways that I like to find the joy in the season.  Small tokens of affection to family and friends is fun, but the true depth of Christmas magic comes from doing something for someone who really needs it.  It may be someone you know well who is going through a rough patch, or someone you’ve never met.  It may be a carefully chosen gift wrapped in holiday paper with ribbons and bows, or it may be the gift of time spent sharing a meal.  It might be a loaf of holiday bread or a small poinsettia taken to a neighbor who is lonely along with an afternoon of listening and visiting.

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In the spirit of giving, the Safelight Project continued for the holiday season with the idea of doing some cards for the 20 residents of the domestic violence shelter.  For the holidays, I thought it would be nice to once again do something to boost the spirits of those brave souls enduring a hardship this holiday season.  So, I sent out a request for cards, along with showing some of mine, HERE.  These wonderful handmade cards were sent by Lenora, thank you so much!  She sent 24 cards with all different designs!!

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Simple yet so festive, using snowmen elements.

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

So cute, her designs were adorable.

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

All the envelopes were decorated with a Joy stamp and some stickers.

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

You can see how she started a theme and just kept going.  Lovely!

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

Inside, the cards had wonderful sentiments. This one was my favorite.

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

Cards with inspirational messages arrived in the mail from Mary (Stitching Grandma) and the Queen Bee Quilters who had a card making day.  Read about their fun day HERE.

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

A dozen handmade cards were made with wonderful messages inside.

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

They also had special envelopes for each one.

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

Between the ones I made and the cards received, I only needed to make four more for every bag to have the same number. So I pulled out some store bought cards, added a stamped message and a note inside.

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

I added stickers to the envelopes on these last four too.

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

My original idea was to tie a ribbon around two cards, and have packets for each resident. But with the number of cards received, I decided to expand the gift just a little. I found some small gift bags at the dollar store, and got them along with some fun tissue. I added a chocolate reindeer and a candy cane to the bags along with the cards.

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Then, I thought, that was nice, but a bit more would be better.  So, back to the store for hand lotion and lip balm, something everyone can use.  Every resident was able to receive a gift bag with candy, hand lotion, lip balm, and three cards each!

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When I was done, there were 21 bags for delivery to the shelter.

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

So I emailed Laresa and asked if she wanted to have lunch at Dandelion Cafe, the shelter training restaurant. We met for lunch and I delivered the bags for handing out that night. Of course, you probably can guess what I decided to eat.

Tomato Pie

Yes, I got one of the last slices of tomato pie before they stop making it for the winter.  The shelter residents got their gift bags on Thursday evening to kick off a nice weekend of holiday activities planned for the kids.  They were much appreciated.

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I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, joyous Holiday times, laughter and love every day.

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Christmas Breakfast – Tablescape and Recipes

I have another tablescape today and two special breakfasts for the holiday.  This is really the most fun time of year for special meals and pampering those we love.  Starting out with the stoneware Christmas plates, I set a table with a plaid tablecloth.  These plates are used a lot this month, and each one is different.  This one has the tree with the word Hope.

Christmas Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

A sleigh is pictured with the word Love.  My Christmas Cardinal bowls are at each place for cereal.  Crystal glasses for water or juice and coffee mugs complete the setting.

Christmas Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

A gift package with the word Joy is at another place.

Christmas Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

I use my little tree spreaders as knives for the breakfast table, great for butter on toast or biscuits.  The fourth plate has a stocking with the word Peace.

Christmas Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

These adorable Santa napkin rings were a thrift store find.

Christmas Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

The centerpiece is a simple red and green basket, with greenery and a candle with a topper of Christmas figures.  It is surrounded with my little glittery birdhouse ornaments.

Christmas Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

I mentioned on a previous post that I was going to make some blueberry turnovers, and here they are. Simple, just puff pastry and blueberry pie filling.  There is enough pie filling for two batches of 8 turnovers in one can.  So a few days later I make a second recipe and freeze them.   I thaw the puff pastry in the frig overnight so I don’t have to wait for it in the morning.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Open up the puff pastry sheet, and cut into four squares.  Top each one with two tablespoons of blueberry pie filling.  Dab the edges with water using your fingers.  Fold into triangles, enclosing the filling.

Easy Blueberry Turnovers at From My Carolina Home

Crimp the edges with a fork to ensure a good seal.

Easy Blueberry Turnovers at From My Carolina Home

Bake in a 400-degree oven for 15-17 minutes, until lightly golden brown and puffed.

Easy Blueberry Turnovers at From My Carolina Home

Yum!  DH likes his without any glaze as he doesn’t like really sweet things (other than me, that is).

Easy Blueberry Turnovers at From My Carolina Home

But a simple glaze of powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract makes mine a bit sweeter and more delicious.

Easy Blueberry Turnovers at From My Carolina Home

Yum, a special breakfast for a special day, Christmas eve perhaps?  Yes, I know that Pepperidge Farm makes these, but the problem is none of my local grocers carry the blueberry.  They have apple, raspberry, cherry, and peach, but I like blueberry the best.  So, I have to make my own.

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Tonight, Christmas Eve, I’ll make my baked eggs for Christmas morning since you have to start the recipe the night before serving.  Breakfast on a holiday calls for something special, but not a lot of time. There are literally hundreds of recipes on the internet for this baked egg dish, and I really don’t think you can get it wrong. But, I mention it every year, and every year some readers ask for the way I make it. So, this year, here it is. I wanted to show this to you today, as you need to make it tonight to serve tomorrow morning.

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The great thing is that the measurements are not precise, they can take a bit more or less of this or that, add something in, leave something out, it doesn’t matter. In fact, I don’t think I have made it exactly the same twice. This time it was sausage, mushrooms and onion. But you could use bacon, leave out the mushrooms, add in peppers or something else, whatever you like.  I like this Buttermilk bread so I used that, along with about 1/2 a roll of sausage, two large mushrooms, and 8 ounces of Cheddar Jack shredded cheese.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Cook the sausage and onion until the sausage is mostly browned.  Add the mushrooms and cook until sausage is done and mushrooms are softened.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

That looks about right.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Whip your eggs with a fork to blend the yolks and whites.  Add whipping cream (or milk, or half-and-half) and mix well.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Cut your bread into cubes and add to the eggs. Some people just layer the sliced bread with the extra goodies (sausage, bacon, onion, etc) and pour the egg-cream/milk mixture over the top, but I find the casserole just works better using cubes. It is easier to get the other ingredients mixed into the bread this way. For the purpose of scaling up the recipe to feed more, use 1 to 1-1/2 eggs and 1 to 1-1/2 pieces of bread per person. I like a bigger breakfast on holidays, so for the two of us I used three slices of bread and three eggs.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Mix in the cooked sausage and a handful of the cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Mix well. Spray a small baking dish with no-stick spray.  Put the sausage-bread mixture in it and spread evenly.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Top with the remainder of the cheese.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

In the morning, remove the plastic and place in a COLD oven. After you put the casserole in, close the door, and turn the oven on, setting the temp to 350. Now, go have some coffee, take a shower, or enjoy your family for about 30-45 minutes. I run downstairs and pop this in the oven when I first get up. By the time I have finished my morning routine and had some coffee, it is ready.  Sometimes I get into my Christmas stocking while waiting for it to finish baking.

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Hot and bubbly from the oven.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Dig in to cheesy, eggy deliciousness. If there is any leftover, just refrigerate and reheat for breakfast the next day.  Enjoy!!

Baked Egg Breakfast at From My Carolina Home

Holiday Breakfast Egg Casserole

4 ounces sausage, or four strips bacon (or both)
two large mushrooms
1/4 cup chopped onion
8 ounces shredded cheese – Cheddar Jack or your favorite
3 slices bread
3 eggs
1/4 cup of whipping cream (or milk, or half-and-half)

Start the night before you want to have this for breakfast. Cook the sausage and onion until the sausage is mostly browned. Add the mushrooms and cook until sausage is done and mushrooms are softened. Whip the eggs with a fork to blend the yolks and whites. Add about a 1/4 cup of whipping cream (or milk, or half-and-half) and mix well. Cut your bread into cubes and add to the eggs. Mix in the cooked sausage and a handful of the cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. Spray a small baking dish with no-stick spray. Put the sausage-bread mixture in it and spread evenly. Top with the remainder of the cheese. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator overnight. In the morning, remove the plastic and place in a COLD oven. After you put the casserole in, close the door, and turn the oven on, setting the temp to 350. Bake for 30-45 minutes, until casserole is set in the middle, and lightly browned. Enjoy!

Download the recipe pdf – Holiday Breakfast Egg Casserole

Baked Egg Breakfast at From My Carolina Home

I made another one just this week so I could photograph it on our Christmas plates. It is even better served on the quilted Nine Patch Star table runner from our quilt along! More quilting coming up, and the mystery design is almost done!!

Baked Egg Breakfast at From My Carolina Home

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Do you have a special holiday breakfast recipe?  Do you set a festive breakfast table for the holidays?

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Sampler Quilts for Elizabeth House

I’ve been concentrating on charity quilts in for the past few weeks, and recently quilted two sampler style quilts meant for Elizabeth House, a local hospice. Both quilts are samplers of a block of the month, pieced by a lady who made two blocks a month.  The blocks were assembled into two quilts by my friend Marti with sashing and borders added to make them large enough for the hospice.  She is a perfect piecer, always giving me the flattest tops, a joy to quilt.  I loaded the first one on the longarm, and decided on a pantograph.

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All the angles needed something with curves to balance it out, so I picked the pantograph Fascination, that I have used many times before.

Sampler Quilts at From My Carolina Home

I used the same muddy brown Essentials that I have used before as well, it goes with just about everything.  Bottom Line thread in is the bobbin.

Sampler Quilts at From My Carolina Home

The quilting shows well on the dark areas of the blocks, while not overpowering the lighter star patches.

Sampler Quilts at From My Carolina Home

I thought I needed a few new pantographs to expand the offerings, so while I was working on that quilt, I ordered a few more. Loading the second quilt, you can see it is almost the same as the one above.  If you think they are identical, look at the block to the left of the pink star in both quilts.  You’ll see a slight difference in that block.

Sampler Quilts at From My Carolina Home

The new pantograph design is reminiscent of a clamshell, or a fan, and it quilted up really nicely.  It is a bit more difficult to stitch because of its simplicity.  These show more wobbles than an intricate design, but after a bit I got the motion down.  Doing some practice moves without stitching helps to build some muscle memory.

Sampler Quilts at From My Carolina Home

I used the same color of thread too. The batting is Warm and White for both quilts.  The pantograph is Fan Tails designed by Naomi Hynes for Urban Elementz.

Sampler Quilts at From My Carolina Home

This pic came out a bit blurry, but the pantograph design can still be seen.  The thread color goes nicely on the green and browns.  I really like this pantograph!

Sampler Quilts at From My Carolina Home

The borders show the quilting nicely here.

Sampler Quilts at From My Carolina Home

This color thread just goes well with all the colors in this quilt, even the red-orange.

Sampler Quilts at From My Carolina Home

The second one is done.  I forgot to get a finish picture of the first one, but it looks much the same at this distance.

Sampler Quilts at From My Carolina Home

‘Tis the season for giving!!  Charity quilting is even more special this time of year.

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Embellishing the Christmas Pillow

Long time readers of my blog may remember this pillow design I did for Moda Bake Shop last year.  When I finished it, I thought that the tree looked a bit plain, and it might be fun to embellish it a bit with some hand work.  So, this year, I dug out some Christmas buttons, pearls and large red crystals to trim the tree.

Christmas Pillow at From My Carolina Home

The original pattern for the pillow can be downloaded with this link in a pdf file – Christmas Tree Pillow.  I started with putting a little gold star button at the top, then arranging a few Christmas buttons on three seam points.

Christmas Pillow at From My Carolina Home

I added red crystals to many of the seam points, leaving spaces for lighter colors of pearls and buttons.

Christmas Pillow at From My Carolina Home

These clear and white flower buttons looked great.

Christmas Pillow at From My Carolina Home

Soon, every point on the tree had an ornament.

Christmas Pillow at From My Carolina Home

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Looks nice on the sofa for the holiday season with my adorable stuffed reindeer.  He’s made a holiday appearance for many years now.  Isn’t he cute?

Christmas Pillow at From My Carolina Home

Have you ever gone back to embellish a finished item?

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