National Quilt Month Giveaway

QuiltsGivaway1March is national quilting month and while I haven’t shared much on my blog about it I have on Facebook and Pinterest. I had planned to kick March off with this giveaway and then Craftsy contacted me about hosting a class giveaway that doesn’t end until March 31. I was afraid that hosting two giveaways at one time would be too much and that readers may be turned off.

Of course I kept looking at the bag of goodies and like a kid with money in their pocket I became antsy and asked on Facebook if it seemed like overkill, the consensus was to go for it! So here we go!

The giveaway will run until April 2 and include: ( I am including links in case you want more information about each product)

Books/Magazines:
The Spring copy of Quilter’s World
Quick & Easy Quilts for kids by Connie Ewbank
Spring/Summer copy of Fresh Quilts
Issue four (current) Patchwork & Quilting magazine
Quilting From Little Things by Sarah Fielke

Tools:
Olfa Splash Rotary cutter
Olfa rotary blade
Dritz 1/2″ Bias Tape Maker
Clover 1/4″ Bias Tape Maker
Clover Mini Iron 2
Dritz Point Turner and Presser
Jaybird Quilts Hex N More

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Wedding Wows!

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Did you get engaged over Valentine’s Day? Congratulations! You simply have to go take a look at the unique wedding styles available at ModCloth. They have everything from fun wedding accessories and white dresses to something blue, the choices are endless. Check out some of my favorites:

1. Intricately Exquisite Tights from ModCloth - perfect for that bachelorette party
2. Wrapped in Romance Hair Chain from ModCloth - a dazzler for the rehearsal dinner
3. Aisle Be There Dress in Lily from ModCloth - vintage inspired GORGEOUS!
4. Sparkle an Interest Heel from ModCloth - beautiful, sparkly and affordable!

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Are you planning to make your own bouquet? ModCloth has an elegant yet simple bouquet picture tutorial on their blog.

Let me know what your favorites are and don’t forget to check out the ModCloth wedding style book for other cute ideas!

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links

Save Up to 50% on All Craftsy Classes

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Don’t miss out on Craftsy‘s Endless Creativity Sale! Get ALL online classes at up to 50% off for a limited time only. You won’t see hundreds of classes with prices this low again. Hurry, Craftsy’s Endless Creativity Sale offer expires March 17 at midnight MT.

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Did you know that Hearts & Home is currently hosting a giveaway for a FREE Craftsy class of your choice?

Entering is easy simply click the text below!

 Enter to win a Craftsy class!

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links

Craftsy Class Giveaway

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It’s no secret that I like Craftsy, a lot! I have taken  a number of classes and find myself going back to them regularly. I like to have them running on my pc when I’m in the sewing room, working on my projects. I frequently post about them here and on my Facebook page. When my sewing students ask me where to go for more sewing help my first suggestion is always Craftsy! So when Craftsy contacted me a few weeks ago and asked if I would like to host a giveaway on my blog I was more than thrilled because I am sure my blogging friends would love the opportunity to enter to win a Craftsy class of their choosing (to the value of $59.99).

Why do I love Craftsy so much?

  •  Great deals on crafting supplies: organic yarn, fabrics and fat quarters from top designers, high quality needles, etc..
  •  High quality online classes for beginning, intermediate and advanced quilters, knitters, sewers, jewelry makers, cake decorators and other crafters.
  • You can watch the class online anytime.
  • You have the option to interact with the teacher and other students
  • Members can post their projects for other to see and view projects others have posted.

Considering Craftsy currently offers 361 different courses choosing may not be easy, I suggest starting a wishlist after you enter to win a Craftsy class!

Entering is very simple and this giveaway is open internationally.  

Giveaway closes on March 31, 2014 at midnight

CLICK HERE: ENTER TO WIN A CRAFTSY CLASS! 

Irish Country Pot Roast (Bennigans Copycat recipe)

I don’t usually cook meat at home but when my husband exclaimed this is the best pot roast I have ever had at Bennigan’s a few months ago I felt as though I HAD to out do them! I looked around online and found a few variations. I followed one exactly except I added the vegetables, the second go round I  and some herbs. The results “This is even better than Bennigan’s”. Mission accomplished!

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IRISH COUNTRY POT ROAST (Bennigan’s Copycat Recipe)

Serves 4-6

16 ounces Guinness Stout
3 to 4 pound chuck roast
2 tablespoons steak seasoning
2 tablespoons Olive oil
2 large onions, sliced
4 large Carrots quartered
2 stalks of celery quartered
1 clove garlic, minced
2 Bay leaves
2 sprigs of fresh Rosemarry
3-4 sprigs of fresh Thyme
2 cups beef stock
3 tablespoons cold water
2 tablespoons cornstarch

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Pour Guinness into bowl and set aside so beer flattens.

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Rub roast with steak seasoning. In large non- stick pan over medium-high heat, add vegetable oil. Sear roast on each side until browned. Immediately remove meat from pan and set in large roasting pan.

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Slice the onions, carrots and celery then brown them in the same pan you used for browning the roast.

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Add the browned vegetables, herbs and stock to the pan.

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Roast covered in preheated oven 1 hour. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and add Guiness. Liquid level should be at least halfway up side of roast. Roast an additional 2 hours, check liquid level periodically and add water if needed.

After 3 hours, roast should be fork-tender. Transfer roast onto warm platter. Place roasting pan on stove top, on high, stirring juices constantly. Make a slurry by combining water and cornstarch. Gradually add to juice until mixture thickens. Cook 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and serve over meat and vegetables.

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Here are a few more recipes from our Foodelicious St. Patrick’s Day Round Up. Hope you take some time to stop and check out these other recipes! You can follow along with hashtag #Foodelicious.

 

Mooshu Jenne – Lucky Charms Blondies

Pary Moppins – Cabbage

Memories by the Mile – Shamrock Shake 

Captivating Corner – Irish Soda Bread

Little Family Adventure – Shepherd’s Pie

Free online Wilton Cake Baking Class (today only)

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Today only, you can sign up for a free online Wilton Cake Baking Class from Craftsy.

This is a 2-hour online class that you can watch at your convenience. It’s only available for free today, so you’ll want to sign up right now if you’re interested.

Class Description

Make cakes with no crumbs, no crowning and no cracking, so you have a flawless decorating surface — every time! Join pastry chef Beth Somers as she demystifies bakeware, pan preparation and measuring techniques. You’ll learn the proper way to combine your ingredients and avoid over-mixing, so you always end up with a tender cake. Then, you’ll see how to level the top of your cake and cut it into layers to make room for your luscious, homemade filling. Beth also will teach you how to use a spatula to spread smooth, crumb-free icing and another “tip” for achieving a rich, textured look. To top it all off, you’ll pipe an easy, elegant star border and embellish further with wonderful decorations!

Sign up for Craftys special Wilton class bundle and save $40 on all four classes. It’s like buying three Wilton classes and getting the fourth free!

Little Girls Market Skirt

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I am ready for spring! We have had some crazy weather here in Texas lately, 78 degrees one day and ice and sleet the next. It has caused my mind to wander to warmer things like lemonade, fresh flowers, a walk in the park and of course cute skirts that let the warmth of the sun hit your legs.

As my mind wandered over the beautiful images on Pinterest what should pop but this cute Market Skirt Tutorial from Dana Made It. It is a bright and happy skirt with pockets for storing treasures.

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Supplies:
1/4, up to 1 yard of main fabric (depending on the direction of your fabric’s print)
1/4, up to 1/2 yard of white cotton (depending on the fabric’s desinity and if you double-layer it)
1 inch wide elastic
2 to 4 buttons
Sewing machine
Skill level: Beginner to Intermediate, depending on whether you do the pockets

See the full Market Skirt tutorial HERE!

Complete Knife Skills

knifeskills If you have read my blog for any amount of time you know I have a passion for two things sewing and cooking. One skill they have in common is accuracy.  Have you noticed I rarely post pictures of my veggies cut up? Well, that’s because my knife skills are lacking! Ummm, actually lacking is probably an understatement.

Are you wondering why knife skills are important? I mean it’s all going to be eaten , right? Well,  aside form presentation the way a food is cut affects how it cooks and the length of time needed to cook. This is really important when it comes to pot pie, soups, stews and casseroles.

Since I eat a lot of soups, salads and other fruit and vegetable based dishes I often feel like my lack of cutting skills leave me at a disadvantage if for no other reason than I think my dishes don’t look as pretty as they could.
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So you can imagine how excited I was when I received an e-mail from Craftsy announcing their latest FREE mini class Complete Knife Skills. Here is the class description:

“ Become faster and more accurate with your knife work, and create dishes that cook evenly and look truly professional. Guided by chef Brendan McDermott, you’ll explore proper hand placement and the four fundamental cuts. Learn to dice, mince and julienne a range of produce. Find out how to chop herbs without bruising them or losing flavor, and never again cry when cutting an onion. Uncover Brendan’s favorite shortcuts for working with butternut squash, pineapple, chiles, citrus and more. Discover the four knives every chef needs in their kitchen, and finish the course with a lesson on honing and sharpening your knives at home!”

Doesn’t that sound wonderful? I signed up and am starting the course this week-end, be prepared to see a lot more food pictures on the blog in the near future!

Mystery Grab Bags

When I was little my mom and I would go to the mall together every Friday.That trip HAD to include stopping by  Claire’s to get a mystery grab bag. It was always so exciting to rip into the little brown bag and see what shiny new bobble awaited me!

That memory is what led me to put together a fun new option in the Hearts & Home shop. If you like to sew, receive packages in the mail or enjoy surprise  then you will  want to grab one of my sewing pattern mystery grab bags. I have a limited number available so don’t wait! Your purchase includes 10 random sewing patterns!
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All patterns are NEW! They have never been opened, unfolded, etc. Instructions are included and patterns and their original packaging are in great condition. This is a great way to add some mystery to your sewing, add in some discontinued patterns and maybe even encourage you to try a project you may have normally shied away from.