Christmas Joy Blog Hop with Buttermilk Basin

Welcome to our day of the Christmas Joy Blog Hop!  Thank you, Stacy of Buttermilk Basin for putting all of this together.

Fall/Winter is our favorite time of year!  We love to cook and bake here at Cardiff Farms and the cool weather outside makes us want to get into the kitchen and get busy!

Here is our favorite sweet potato side dish.  We LOVE sweet potatoes, they give us an excuse to eat dessert with the main course!

Sweet Potato Casserole

Can you believe the holidays are just around the corner?!  Kathy created this adorable little gift card holder for you to enjoy and it goes together so fast you will be able to make them for everyone on your list before Christmas.  The adorable background decorations for the photos are courtesy of The Country Loft in La Mesa, California…
Project 3Project 2

Project 1

Download the free pattern here…

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Summer Time Blog Hop

Welcome to our day on the Summer Time Blog Hop!  We are so excited to have you here and we hope that you enjoy our recipe and pattern!

Out here in Southern California our summers can be HOT so we love to include cool, refreshing foods with our meals.  This sweet and tangy fruit salad is a great addition to any meal – breakfast, lunch, or dinner and is soooo yummy we even have it for dessert sometime.

We mix mangos, kiwis, and blueberries together and top with a delicious lime syrup and sprinkling of crystalized ginger.  Check out Stacy’s blog for the recipe card.
Lime Ginger Syrup

Refreshing Summer Fruit Salad

 

The pattern we have featured today is just as sweet as our tasty fruit salad!  A juicy summer strawberry needle keep to hold all of your needles and pins, perfect for those summertime road trips.
Strawberry Needle Keep

Inside of Needle Keep

 

Here is the link for the pattern…

Strawberry Needle Keep

A huge “thank you” to Stacy of Buttermilk Basin for organizing this Blog Hop and allowing us to be a part of it!  Hope you enjoy our pattern and recipe and have a SWEET summer!

Barn Quilt Sew Along

Have you heard?! Paulette of Sweet P Quilting and Creations is doing a “Where the Cows Come Home” sew along!  We are so excited to see everyone’s blocks as they go along, oops, I mean “sew along!”

Well, we have been dreaming of an all cotton version of this quilt since we wrote the book and we thought this was the perfect excuse and opportunity to make it happen.  If you aren’t familiar with the quilt, the original is wool applique on pieced cotton backgrounds.  We have wanted to show that no matter what you love to work with you can make this quilt!  If you have experience with applique, the pattern can easily be adapted to your favorite method.

Kathy had a fun time auditioning some of her favorite fabrics for Block One, “The Milking Parlor.”
Barn Sew Along

She mixed some new gorgeous yarn dyed Diamond Textiles with some sweet little prints from her stash.  Here is the finished background with her pull for the barn…
Barn Sew Along

And the big reveal!
Barn Sew Along

Didn’t it turn out great?!  Now, it’s your turn!  If you’d like to share your blocks, we’d love to see them!  And make sure you stop by Paulette’s blog for all the details on the stitch along.

Pi Day

Well, you always knew that we loved to sew and bake but did you also know that we love math and science over here at Cardiff Farms?  So today we can combine our love of math and baking for Pi (3.14) Day by making a pie!  We thought the fresh strawberry pie recipe that Crabapple Hill provided for the Spring Thyme Blog Hop sounded like the perfect way to celebrate.  You can find their recipe HERE.
Ingredients

Flour

We made our favorite gluten-free pie crust for the fresh berries…

Gluten Free Pie Crust

1 1/4 cup Pamela’s Artisan Flour Blend

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup palm shortening

1 1/2 tsp white wine vinegar

3-5 tbs cold water

In a large bowl, whisk together flour and sea salt.  Using a fork or pastry blender cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Add the vinegar and water and mix gently until the mixture just forms a dough. (Be careful not to over mix or it will become tough.)  Roll the dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper sprinkled with a bit of extra flour.  Carefully remove the rolled dough and lay over your pie plate.  Gently press into the surface and trim the edges to fit.

For this pie you will need to pre-bake the crust.  Cover the bottom of the crust with a layer of parchment and fill with beans so that it will hold its shape.  Bake for 18-20 minutes at 375 deg.  Remove the beans and parchment paper and return to the oven for 10 min or until golden brown.  Cool completely and then fill using the Strawberry Pie Recipe from Crabapple Hill.  Enjoy!!
Strawberry Pie

Happy Pi Day!

Spring Thyme Blog Hop

Today is our day on the Spring Thyme Blog Hop sponsored by Stacy of Buttermilk Basin and Kathy has prepared a special pattern and yummy recipe for everyone!  We know a lot of you are stuck in the cold right now so we are hoping to send a little sunshine your way.  Spring is already in full swing here at Cardiff Farms, the SoCal sunshine has brought out bits of color in every corner of the garden.

Look at these bright and cheerful calendulas…
Callendula

Fragrant lavender…
Lavender

Delicate orchids…
Orchid
Orchid 2

And last but not least this tiny patch of petite forget me nots…

Forget Me Nots

These sweet little flowers are what inspired today’s project!
Forget Me Nots 1

Forget Me Nots 2

A cute little forget me not pin cushion!
Pin Cushion 1
Pin Cushion

The complete instructions and templates are available to print out at the end of this post.  Here is a picture showing how to place your Ric-rac if you choose to add it on…
Ric rac placement

And here is our recipe for mouth watering blueberry torte…
Blueberry Torte Recipe Card

We featured this recipe a few years ago but it’s just too good not to mention again.  This is a favorite among all of the men in our house and is often requested for birthdays instead of cake.

Remember don’t bake the crust until filled!
Pie Crust

Once cooled, top with blueberries and enjoy!
Finished Torte

Now we have a little confession to make… we cheated a little and opened up our favorite can of Comstock Blueberry Pie Filling for the topping.  I don’t think the boys will mind and it can remain our little secret. wink, wink.

Click on the green “Download” to get your pin cushion pattern…

Download

Pin A Posy

Have you seen the new issue of American Patchwork and Quilting (April 2015)?  We’re inside!  Kathy designed the adorable “Pin a Posy” pincushion on page 58.  This little pincushion is sure to brighten any sewing room and would make a great gift for someone special.

Photos used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
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Pin A Posy in APQ

We are also offering kits to complete this project in our online store.  (Link in the sidebar)  They contain everything you need to make this cute pinkeep.

Pin-a-Posy Kit

If you hop on over to our Facebook page we are giving away one of these kits to a lucky Facebook fan and there’s still time to enter if you haven’t done so already!

Another exciting feature in this issue of American Patchwork and Quilting are the instructions for this year’s Quilt-Along.  There are three different options all featuring four-patches.  We missed out on last year’s quilt-along so we are super excited to be a part of it for 2015.  We picked fabric from Lisa Bongean’s new “Snowman Gatherings II” line.  We have so many exciting things going on this year that we are hoping if we start making our four patches now, we might be done by Christmas!  Are you going to quilt-along?  Make sure you use the social media hashtag #APQQuiltalong so that everyone can see your progress!
Quilt-along 1

We have even more exciting news… we will be participating in Buttermilk Basin’s Spring Bloghop!  If you followed along for the Christmas bloghop you know that this was super fun!  We sure are looking forward to all of the beautiful Spring posts from many talented designers.  Make sure you mark your calendar for March 1st!

 

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