Kept In Stitches

Confessions of a fabric hoarder

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Mom’s Ice Cream pie


With the recent burst of heat I’m thinking of nothing but Mom’s ice cream pie. And making it harder for the kidnappers is just an added bonus.

“A mud pie with a peanuty twist.


      1 (20 ounce) package chocolate sandwich cookies
      1/2 cup margarine, melted
      1 1/2 cups chopped Spanish peanuts
      1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream, softened
      2 cups confectioners’ sugar
      1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
      2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
      1/2 cup margarine
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract


      Crush all but 10 of the cookies. Combine crushed cookies in large bowl with melted margarine and peanuts. Press mixture into a 9×13 inch baking dish and freeze until cold.

Spread softened ice cream over cold crust and freeze until set.

Combine confectioners’ sugar, evaporated milk, chocolate chips, 1/2 cup margarine and vanilla in large saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 7 minutes, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and cool completely; pour mixture over ice cream and freeze until set.

Crush the last 10 cookies (if you haven’t eaten them yet) and sprinkle over top of pie.

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Austin Houses with Carolyn Friedlander

This past Friday, Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild had Carolyn Friedlander as their featured guest. Her work was amazing and she is so sweet. It was such a treat to get to see all the quilts that she brought to share with us. And, on Sunday she taught a workshop in Ventura hosted by Superbuzzy. Austin House was the workshop we took and my top is done and ready to be quilted. The workshop was sold out and it was incredible to see so many people working on the same project. There were so many different variations with everyone’s fabric choices. I really can’t even begin to tell you what a great time I had. I’m now a huge Friedlander fan!


Introducing Bobbin & Stitch

Not too long ago I had to put down my dog of 14 years. Her quality of life had diminished and when she looked at me I just knew it was time. It is so painful to lose a member of the family and this was the second time in the past twelve months that I’ve had to make such a difficult decision. Let’s fast forward a bit…I saw this cute little girl at the shelter and she spoke to my heart. The problem was she had a brother whom was equally as cute. Okay, two puppies couldn’t be much more work than one puppy…Right? Wrong! They are so much work, but so much fun to have running around. The shelter told me that they are a Australian Cattle Dog mixed with German Shepard. My Vet thinks that there are a few other breeds in the mix as well. You can see some Sharpei in her face and they both have blue tongues. I couldn’t be happier…although, I could use a bit more sleep!