Friday, August 1, 2014

Myrtle Grace Motifs - August 2014 Newsletter

Dear Friends of Myrtle Grace Motifs!Happy Summer!  August is an exciting month for us – it’s our eighth year designing.  We are so grateful for everyone’s continued support as we keep on designing and love doing what we do.  This month’s newsletter is packed with news – be sure to let us know if you have any questions or concerns. 

February 2015 Release We would love to announce a new release for February 2015 – a new Myrt or Marv!  Bronwyn will be a big sister and we can’t be more excited.  Please bear with us for the next few months as new pattern releases may be delayed, our growing family sometimes takes us more time than we have.

St. Charles New Releases While we are not able to be in St. Charles – our models and patterns will be.  They will be in Norden Crafts booth at the TNNA Fall Needlecraft Market in St. Charles - August 16-17, 2014.

New Release for August 16, 2014
Welcome Sampler is a warm cozy pattern perfect for welcoming guests and family into your home. Available in both punch needle and cross stitch.

Show Exclusive for attenders of the TNNA Fall Needlecraft Market in for August 16, 2014
All other buyers: September 16, 2014
“Boo!” Not Disturb shows off our friends trying out their Halloween Scares.  Somehow their smiles may not scare too many.

Trade Show News – Nashville and Columbus If you noticed the above cute girl in her very customized tee-shirt – you’ll notice a big new release is coming in February – a new baby – that means we will be sitting out Nashville.  We were so excited to get to try out the new format and see all our friends – but this year we’ll need to sit out. 
What does that mean?  We are heading to Columbus!  Yet more excitement for a new format, new and past friends to visit with, a new way to exhibit.  We hope you’ll come see us in Columbus – be sure to give us any tips and tricks along the way.  We want to make this work for you the shop owners so please let us know how we can help you.

Book ReleaseBayview Publishing and Craftways have released a new book for the Christmas season: A Cross Stitch Christmas – A Heartwarming Holiday.  You may notice a name in there that seems a bit familiar – ours!  We were honored to design a pattern for this year’s book.  It’s called Christmas Cheer on page 69.

Punch Needle Place on FacebookI have been telling you about Punch Needle Place – but I feel like I have to say it just once more.  It’s great.  I have so enjoyed getting to know these creative and talented people from all over the world.  The discussions and collaboration have been wonderful to see.

We are proud to be represented by these fine companies:
Hoffman Distributing Company -
Norden Crafts -

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Importance of the "On" Feature

Ever have one of “those” days?  You know the kind, when nothing quite seems to go right?  We had one of those last week.  The night before I was all excited to get a pork roast ready for the crock pot for dinner.  The recipe seemed really yummy, applesauce – which I had homemade, a pork roast from the half pig we bought a while back, home grown parsley, some garlic and spices - easy!  The next morning, Andy threw the crock onto the heating element and plugged it in.  I had already set it on a light timer – which you shouldn’t do by the way… just one of those fire hazard kind of things.  But we did it anyway.  Off to school for the girl then work for us.  My dad was at our house working during the day.  I almost called and asked him to check to be sure the timer worked, but figured he was busy enough.  While at work (we work at the same place) we suddenly realized Andy had a doctor’s appointment at 5:30 – in Palos Heights, we were in Tinley Park with one car with our kid in New Lenox!  So thankfully we could leave work at 4:00 and race home to split up cars.  When we stopped home for the cars – I didn’t smell anything but figured it was because I was rushing around.  I got the girl and came home again – well… no roast for any of us.  While we prepped it, had it plugged in, we neglected to do one simple yet very important thing – to actually turn the crockpot ON.  So… another time we’ll have to try this roast, this time we’ll use the on function of the crockpot.  I hear that’s a key function of crockpot cooking.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer with Cheese on Top

Bruschetta is a delicious thing to do to tomatoes, onions, and garlic. So wonderful.  Do you know what’s even better?  Putting it on flat bread, sprinkling some cheese on it and heating it enough to melt the cheese.  Talk about awesome.  OH so very good.  Yum.
My bruschetta recipe comes from a full blood Italian woman who married a Dutch guy from my old church.  She would make it for the VBS leaders on the last date each year and oh what a special treat it was.  She had all the ingredients from her garden and we’d savor each bit.  The recipe is a little “to taste” so be sure to add things according to your own taste.
Bruschetta Pizza
What you need!
Fresh plum tomatoes – halved, seeded and diced
Fresh basil leaves, stacked, rolled and sliced thin
Fresh garlic cloves, halved and “Smooshed”
Sweet onion; diced fine
Red wine vinegar to taste
Extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt; to taste
Ground black pepper
Flat Bread
Mozzarella cheese

Make it!Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Season diced tomatoes in a bowl with salt and pepper. Add garlic and onions and toss. Drizzle olive oil and vinegar to taste. Mix well. Just before serving add basil leaves. Scoop spoonfuls of salad atop flatbread.  Sprinkle with cheese. 
Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is slightly melted.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

There's green things in my breakfast...

There is nothing quite a little veggie in your morning sweet bread.  Zucchini Bread is one of those awesome summer treats that you forget about all winter and once you get a rip zucchini – you have to try it out!  The weird thing to me is there seems to be no discernible bits of the veg in the actual bread.  It just makes for a really moist cinnamon bread.  My mom got me a big ol’ zucchini from the farmers market.  Soon – very soon – some of the zucchini blossoms in our garden will start producing zucchini of our own – then we’ll have bread coming out our ears!  I can’t wait!  Perhaps we’ll have to try eating it as a savory dish, but right now – I’ll keep going for the sweet.
Zucchini Bread3 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
1 tsp Salt
3 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
2 cups grated zucchini
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour

Beat eggs till fluffy. Add sugar, Beat well. Stir in oil, vanilla, and zucchini. Then add dry ingredients. Turn into greased 9 x 13 pan or 2 loaf pans. Bake 325 for 50 - 60 min.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Whooooo turned 2?

Miss Bronwyn Grace had a birthday in June.  Can you believe she’s two?  We were having a tough time believing it could be true – until those terrible twos started sneaking around and letting themselves out. 
Our girl is two!  She’ll tell you that too.  I made her an owl cake – since that’s her room theme and well – it was just too cute not to do.
She’s a true blessing in our lives - we are so grateful to God that he entrusted us with her care.  Even when she’s screaming “No Mommy, NO!”
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