Archive for December, 2015

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Hey everyone, it’s Ann. Today’s a rare day for me. I’m baking! I enjoy baking, it’s the eating that doesn’t go well. The pounds add on fast. But this time of year we all get a “pass”. We can eat anything we want from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. So enjoy the Holidays!

I made Pumpkin Bread this morning to take to my mom (Anita) and dad’s for our Christmas celebration with my brother Jeff and his family. My dog, Zeddy, was trying to help. The bread turned out great! I’ve included the recipe in this blog. See the specialty pan my boys got me for Christmas many years ago. It adds a cute little leaf pattern to the top of the bread. Have a fabulous Holiday!


P.S. This recipe and many others from the Country Stitches’ staff can be found in our cookbook, which is available at our East Lansing store.


Pumpkin Bread

2 c. pumpkin
4 eggs
2 c. sugar
1 ¼ c. vegetable oil
3 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
3 tsp. cinnamon
chopped nuts

Mix pumpkin, eggs, sugar, and oil together. Add flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and nuts. Bake for one hour at 350-degrees.

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

I’ve really been enjoying making charity quilts. I haven’t felt well enough to sew for a couple of years so it is very nice to get back to it. It’s so relaxing. I’ve made six twin Log Cabin quilts from 2 ½” strips that people have donated.

We birth and tie the quilts at our annual Quilt-A-Thon, being held on Friday, January 8th and Saturday, January 9th in East Lansing and Saturday, January 9th in Jackson. The finished quilts are donated to EVE, Loaves and Fishes, Gateway, and John George Home. We can always use donations of fabric for the tops of the quilts, and this year we are in need of larger fabric pieces for borders and backings. We also really need volunteers to help, as we have a lot of tops that are ready to be finished.  This is a great opportunity for junior high and high school students to get some volunteer hours. No quilting skills are needed to help.

We have a potluck lunch each day with everyone contributing. Please call and let us know if you can help so we know how many people to count on. (517) 351-2416 – East Lansing or (517) 782-7100 – Jackson.