Monday, December 26, 2011

French Window Quilt

finished dimensions 58"x78"
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So this quilt has been on my to-do list since high school. I had all the yellow squares and little blue squares cut. I picked them up in November 2010 when home for Grandpa Brisson's 90th birthday extravaganza and have been looking at them ever since.

Each yellow block has 4 pieces sewn together, making the yellow "blocks" about 8.5" finished, and the little blue ones are about 2" finished (The white sashing between blocks is also 2" finished).

The quilting is really simple-- just straight lines presser-foot distance from the sides. I would have liked to do more, but I need more practice. Also, the lines work nicely on this quilt, which was a bonus.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Grandma Brisson's Potato Casserole

Submitted by Amber Vernon (from Grandma Brisson)

8 cups (2.5 lbs) cubed potatoes (I'd used peeled Yukon Golds)
1/2 cup Miracle Whip
8 oz. cream cheese
1 tsp onion powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

1. Boil the potatoes in water for about 25-30 minutes or until fork-tender.

2. Mash the potatoes, Miracle Whip, cream cheese, salt, pepper, and onion powder (in addition, I'd go ahead and use a hand mixer to get them smooth too).

3. Put in a 1.5 quart casserole dish. Sprinkle paprika over the top of the potatoes.

4. Bake at 350 for about 35 minutes.