Monday, December 26, 2011

Grand Finale winner!

Puddles of Grace is our Day #12 winner of the Flannel Days fat qtr. bundle. Colorado is the perfect place for a flannel quilt. Enjoy!

Thanks to all of you who have commented this year on my blog. I truly appreciate your time and enjoy reading every one. If you haven't won a KT giveaway so far, don't despair, there's lots more coming your way in 2012. I just received a huge box of strips from Moda that I'll HAVE to share from next year's Christmas line, Holiday Medley. Quilt shops will be introduced to all the new collections for the holidays in Jan., so watch for a sneak peek in February.

Robert had to work Christmas Day, but I enjoyed brunch with my son and his girlfriend after church, then my parents came over for dinner after R got home. I made an easy crock pot Chicken Marsala that Pam Buda shared with me. So simple but a little more elegant that your normal chicken/pasta dish. Everyone loved it! For dessert, I made a banana cream pie - R's fav - but added a little twist with a layer of dark chocolate on the crust before adding the bananas and pudding. (Just sprinkle mini dark chocolate chips in a still warm crust, let sit a few minutes and spread with a knife.) I think it helps keep the crust from becoming soggy and who doesn't love the addition of chocolate to anything??  All in all, a very quiet, but wonderful day. Today, I've puttered around all morning, picking up after having a grankid for a week. I always seem to get a burst of organizing energy each year after Christmas. As much as I love all the decorations and special holiday decor, I'm always ready to return to "ordinary time" as my sister says, doing some major cleaning and purging. It's an instant lift for me. Since Moda and our other main distributors are closed this week, it's a time for us to catch up at work, too. Seems a week is never enough!

Here's the Chicken Marsala recipe. It would great for a New Year's celebration, too!

6 boneless chicken breasts
1/2 cup butter
1 pkg. Good Seasons salad dressing mix
2 cans Golden Mushroom soup
1 cup Marsala cooking wine
1 large can mushroom stems and pieces, drained or 1 1/2 fresh mushrooms, sliced
8 oz. tub cream chees with chives & onion
1 lb. pasta - linguini, penne, etc. cooked according to instructions
Parmesan cheese shreds
 Place chicken in crock pot. In a large bowl, soften butter and cream cheese. Add seasoning, soup, wine, cream cheese and mushrooms; mix well. Pour over chicken; cook in crock pot on LOW 5-6 hours. Serve chicken and sauce over hot pasta sprinkled with shredded parm cheese. Add breadsticks and a green salad for the perfect dressed up dinner that's everyday easy. Yum!


  1. Congratulations to Grace!
    Sounds like you had a nice Christmas.
    I think we will be eating turkey all week.


  2. Congratulations to the lucky winner.
    Here across the pond, the fridge is bulging with leftover ham, chicken and pork. There will be leftovers happening for some time-LOL.
    Happy Holidays, Sandy. :)

  3. Thanks so much for the giveaway! Cant wait to make a cozy flannel quilt!!! ~ Charlene

  4. Congrats to the lucky winner! I need to do some organizing, but I want to sew. My goal for the new year is to finish my UFOs and sew all of the quilt kits I have before starting any new projects. I'm sure I'll last until you new line comes out. My quilt shop calls me when your new fabric comes in so I can get some of each of the bolts before its gone.

    Glad you had a good Christmas. I was glad to have all of the grandkids here and glad to enjoy the quiet when they went home.

  5. Thanks so much for all the giveaways. It's been fun to try. Thank you for the banana cream pie hint and also the chicken marsala recipe.
    Andrea from Calif.

  6. Thanks for sharing your Chicken Marsala recipe and your tips for Banana Cream Pie - We always love to get new recipes! You have inspired me to get some organizing done soon as well! Happy New Year! Lana D.

  7. Great giveaway (congrats to the winner!), great recipes and tips....and have a great New Year!!!

  8. Congrats to the winner and thanks for the yummy recipe

  9. Congrats to the winner. I can't wait until I get my win. Thanks.
    Happy New Year!

  10. Thanks for a crock pot recipe, more time for quilting.

  11. Congratulations to the lucky winner. We are happy for you. Have fun with your new winnings!

  12. This chicken dish sounds wonderful!!! I do believe I will try it for New Years as we are having long time family friends over for the weekend, and a crock pot meal saves more time for visiting! Enjoy your week of cleaning, sorting and organizing, it always feels good to start the new year with fresh ideas. I'm so excited to see what wonderful new things your blog will have in 2012!

  13. can't wait to try this wonderful recipe, sounds delish..your quilts are wonderful, Happy New Year!