my future home

Okay, not really. But don’t I wish. Yesterday I helped out with the preschool field trip to a local apple orchard. And seriously? I just wanted to pick up my stuff and move on in. Not only was it beautiful, but there was open air, space to breathe, and of course trees and apples as far as the eye could see. Beyond that? Mountains. I always tell Jacob that I just want to plop down a house in the middle of nowhere, but close enough to civilization to not run out of gas before I get there. Somehow I think creativity must be incredible in a place like that. I feel so inspired when I’m there for 5 minutes, I can only imagine living there. Plus, that porch? Those rocking chairs? Perfect for some hot cocoa and a nap quilt. Sigh. Anyone want to visit when I move in? ;)


Don’t forget to enter the giveaway by reading the post and commenting here.

Also, today is day 6 of the Quilt Uber-fest! Go check out Ryan Walsh’s blog here. (Doesn’t look like his block is up yet, but hopefully today sometime…)

Free Halloween Printable Bunting & Gift Tags

My gift to you this anniversary week? (Besides the giveaways, of course) Free printables!

I scoured and searched to find a Halloween banner that was me, you know? But I just struck out all over the place. So I thought, hey! How’s about I make my own!


Of course, I thought it was way too fun not to share, so here it is for you too.

Halloween Printable Bunting Banner

Just right click and choose save. (You’ll need to download the newest Adobe Reader if you don’t have it already. Don’t worry, it’s free.)

Open it on up, print, cut out, attach to string, and VOILA!

Something to hang in front of the TV that will drive your family crazy. (Kind of like the fingerprints all over the TV. Could you ignore those? I have 2 3-year-olds, yo.)


Also, there are these fun matching gift labels that I designed for my mom’s blog, Gracious Rain, a couple years back. They’re even fillable, so you can put your own name on them! I printed these on standard 30-to-a-sheet labels, but you could put them on regular cardstock and just cut them out, too.

I printed my banner on matte photo paper, using the “photo” setting on my printer, if you wanna know.



PS Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

PPS Day 5 of Quilt Uber-fest is over at Mrs. Schmenkman’s Quilts. Don’t miss it! (And if you’re following along, remember to upload pictures of your blocks to the Flickr group. We’d love to see them!)

Recipe: Spiced Pumpkin Cake

Because really, what’s a party without cake, right?

I made this on Sunday afternoon because hey, everyone needs something pumpkin-y on the first weekend in October. I think it’s a requirement or something. Anyway, it was really yummy, and had this great unexpected lemon glaze that was just perfect. Trust me, this one’s a keeper. Original recipe found in Real Simple Magazine, November 2010.

Spiced Pumpkin Cake

1 cup butter

3 cups all-purpose flour

5 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

1½ teaspoons baking powder

¾ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon baking soda

1½ cups granulated sugar

3 large eggs

1½ cups pumpkin puree (approximately 15 oz.)

½ cup whole milk

¼ cup molasses

1¼ cups confectioners’ sugar

2 tablespoons lemon juice

Heat oven to 350 F. Butter and flour a 12-cup bundt pan.

Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl, set aside.

Using an electric mixer, beat the sugar and butter together on high until fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Add eggs, pumpkin, milk, and molasses one at a time. (And hey, if you must know, I TOTALLY forgot the milk. Still turned out delicious, if a bit dense.)

Turn down your mixer and add in the dry ingredients, just till everything is combined. Don’t overdo it.

Pour into prepared pan, bake 55-65 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool 30 minutes, then turn out of the pan onto a wire rack. Cool completely.

Wisk together lemon juice and confectioner’s sugar until smooth. Drizzle over the cake. Let it set.



edit: In the original post, I omitted ¼ cup molasses by mistake. Sorry!! It’s been added in now.

What’s your favorite pumpkin recipe? Please share!

Don’t forget, any comment you make on posts this week gives you an additional chance to win one of the great giveaways. Make sure you’ve commented on the original giveaway post to be eligible.

Plus, be sure to check out Konda’s Quilt Uber-fest block today!

Happy Anniversary Week!

Yay! It’s been one year since I launched Prairie Grass Patterns, and boy has it been a ride! Some of you have been here with me from the beginning, and some of you are brand new friends–and I’m so grateful to all of you. I can’t tell you how much it means to me that you would give a little bit of your time and caring to support me and my dream. Really, truly, it just…there aren’t words to describe it. But thank you. Sincerely.

Enough with my jibber jabber…let’s get on to the party part!

Giveaways galore this week–so let me explain. Before I show you the goodies, here’s how it’s going to work: A comment on this post will get you your first entry. Any comment you leave on other posts this week (Today, October 3 through Sunday, October 9th) will earn you additional entries. Winners will be chosen Monday, October 10th.

Here goes!

There are 3 AMAZING giveaways this week, something to suit each level of quilter–from beginner to very advanced.

Beginner Basics

A copy of Elizabeth Hartman’s The Practical Guide to Patchwork

Rotary cutter, mat and ruler (Yes, those are mine, but I’ll send you new ones, I swear!)

Charm pack: Countdown to Christmas by Sweetwater for Moda

Stash Builder

Fat quarter bundle from AdornIt! in their newest line, Vintage Groove, Grey colorway.

Layer cake: Jovial by Basic Grey for Moda

Jelly Roll: Spirit by Lila Tueller for Moda

Charm Pack: Clothesline Basics by Darlene Zimmerman for Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Quilting Queen

Russian Rubix

Fat Eighth bundle: Ruby by Bonnie and Camille for Moda


There they are! The three amazing giveaways I have for you this week. To enter, tell me which of the three prizes you would LOVE to win.

And that’s not all…

“Like” Prairie Grass Patterns’ Facebook Page for a chance to win an additional Grand Prize! If the Facebook page gets to 300 followers, I will do a special Grand Prize giveaway next week, so be sure to share with your friends!

Finally, for Happy Anniversary week, use coupon code HAPPYWEEK to get 20% of your ENTIRE ORDER in my shop! Code expires 10/10, so be sure to use it quick. (And you just might notice, PDF PATTERNS ARE HERE!!)

Hooray for Prairie Grass Patterns, and for one year anniversaries! Be sure to check in all week for more fun freebies, recipes, and tutorials, plus my day to share my block for the Quilt Uberfest is coming up too. Today it is Karen Linton’s turn, with her block “South for the Winter.” Head over to get your free PDF!

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