Thank You Note Cards – A Free Printable

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print version

I’ve had this little note card designed for a few weeks but with the computer change and all that goes along with changing computers, it was put on the back burner. Print size is 7″ x 5″ and the .pdf document has trim marks for ease of cutting.

I always find myself scrambling at the last moment to find a card or wishing I had a secret card stash, which I never do. My plan is to print a few of these up and keep them ready to go.

Please feel free to use and share for personal use.

Sewing for New Babes

My kids are well beyond the baby phase (3, 6, and 8) and I know very solidly that we will not be having anymore babies. It is a good place to be in my life right now. BUT, that doesn’t stop me from loving pregnant mamas and babes to be. And one way I can do that is by sewing baby quilts.

One of my friends from high school moved just minutes from me in the last year (from California where we grew up to Washington) and was expecting a baby. Before he was born, I created a quilt design (the b is for his name) and sewed it up and delivered it to her. Now that the baby is born, I need to get in gear and deliver a dinner (if you have a favorite post-baby dinner to give, please share!).

I started with this design (this is done in Inkscape. I recently upgraded computers and am trying some new programs out before I purchase Adobe Illustrator).

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It ended up a bit differently once made up in soft Kona cottons, but I love it. I finished the back with mens cotton shirting fabric. In the computer transfer, I somehow lost the finished outside photos of this blanket, so you get the cruddy “I just finished sewing this so I’m going to take photos of it on the carpet in the sewing room” photos. (Photos were all modified using GIMP).

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And one showing the back of the quilt…

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I personally love the simplicity of the quilt and the use of minimal colors. I can just see it in a myriad of other colors/appliques, etc..

Sweet Tea Vodka Recipe & Spiked Arnold Palmers

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Last year, my in laws came home from vacation raving about a drink made with Firefly, a sweet tea vodka. We were able to find it here locally, but only in spurts. Sometimes the stores would have it, most of the time they wouldn’t. But it was good. Especially with lemonade to make a spiked Arnold Palmer. And especially with homemade lemonade.

This summer, facing a period of Firefly drought, I decided to make my own.

I start with a mason jar. Just because I like them and I have a ton of them around the kitchen. Besides, they are pretty cheap and an easy to give gifts.

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This particular mason jar holds two cups of vodka. Ours is the cheap stuff from Costco. I think this bottle, pre-tax, was $24.

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Get two tea bags ready. This is just generic bags of tea that can be found in bulk at any grocery store.

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Put two tea bags into your vodka and let the vodka sit. I’ve done it anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. Both are good.

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While your vodka tea is brewing, make some simple syrup. For two cups of sweet tea vodka, I used 1/4 cup of simple syrup. But, since I use simple syrup in other things, I make it by combing one cup of sugar with one cup of water in a pan.

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Let your simple syrup cool a bit and then add 1/4 cup of simple syrup to your vodka (remove the tea bags first!). Feel free to add more or less, depending on how sweet you like your tea vodka.

Store this like any of liquor, in your fridge, cabinet, etc..

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We prefer to drink it in spiked Arnold Palmers.

In a large glass, fill it 3/4 full of ice. Add vodka, a couple of shots should do the trick. Then fill up to about 3/4 with iced tea. Fill the rest of the cup with lemonade. Top with fresh lemons. Stir and serve.