Friday, February 15, 2013

For the LOVE of Molly

Blackhawk Molly


How can you not want to bake dog biscuits for this cute mug!

So I did.

The recipe is from the Oct 2011 Everyday with Rachel Ray magazine.


Pup’kin Biscuits (makes about 3 dozen….or enough for awhile in Mollyland)

2 eggs

1/2 cup of canned pumpkin

2 tbsp. dry milk powder

2 1/2 cup flour  (white or wheat)

Preheat oven at 350.

Stir all together.  You can roll out and cut with a cookie cutter or do as I did an roll into 1 inch balls and gently flatten into disks.

Bake for 20 mins and then turn over and bake for another 20.



I didn’t take a pic of mine because honestly them don’t look spectacular.  I am going to go the cookie cutter route next time to make them more fun.  But fun for who?  Molly or I?  Because she just seems to gobble them in no time flat.  Obviously she likes them.  Might have to film the Molly dance of joy that happens when I reach for the “treat container”.


I think I will use this “formula” as my starter recipe and play around with some ingredients.  I am thinking carrots or squash next.  

Molly most definitely loves her veggies.

I have one spoiled dog.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sunday is Downton Abbey Time

Like most everyone I have caught Downton Abbey Fever. Although a bit late to the party.

Last August during my visit to Em in Conway she introduced me to the series. We landed up watching both Season 1 & 2 in a weekend! It was nonstop Downton from Friday night to Sunday. So much bonding.

So I was delighted when an Amazon package from Em arrived on Wednesday. Of course I waited to Friday to open what I knew was a birthday present....NOT!

I tore open the package and had the first two pages read before I even called to thank her. She knew I wouldnt wait.

Perfect book for this biography loving reader, Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey - The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle. I highly recommend this very interesting life story.

Perfect gift soon as I am done I will mail it to you!
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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Pieced Hexies Stars!

Lately I feel like I am running on high speed all the time.

So many ideas.

Remember that package of lovely batik scraps I blogged about last month. 

The package from Sondra. 

And from that package this project was started. 

Well she sent more.

And thus those scrappy Cogs rosettes went to the next level.

Now I have toyed with the idea of creating “Star” patterns for the Pieced Hexies designs for a few months.  But truly I have been just running to keep up with all that is happening here.

But now I had no excuse.

This is the pattern I created.

It is the first in a series of Pieced Hexies STAR patterns that I will be sharing with you on the blog. This one is named SONDRA.    It is composed of COGS & TUMBLER Pieced Hexies.



You will find a PDF link at the top of the right hand side column on the blog.  The PDF will give you all the info necessary to make the “Pieced Hexies Sondra Star”.  You will need a copy of my Pieced Hexies book to make the actual COGS & TUMBLER hexie designs.



The PDF even gives you a blank design page so you can color in your own design!  I would love to see what you color and/or make.  Please either email me or share your own creations on the Pieced Hexies with Mickey Depre facebook page.









Oh…and here is one of my Sondra Stars….now I just need to find the time to sew it together.  Maybe tomorrow I will start during Downton Abbey.  “)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Salted Chocolate Cookies…I am amazed.

It seems I have a bit of a knack in the baking arena at Chez Depre.



This weeks cookie experiment started with a package of Chocolate Crème Brulee mix that did not come to be over the holidays.  Found this mix at Bed Bath & Beyond. 

My thoughts were I bet I can make a cookie out of this.   Of course one of my very fav ingredients for cookies, Vanilla Sugar, came along for the ride.



Here are the ingredients:

mix together:

Crème Brulee mix

caramelizing sugar pack (in box)

1 cup of flour

6 tablespoons of room temp butter

1 package of vanilla sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup of sliced almonds smashed into small bits


Mix well.  Dough will have a bit of a wet consistency, kind of like fudge.   Roll into 1 inch balls. 



…..and the secret ingredient that threw them over the edge according to Paul…….


gently touch cookie ball into some course salt.  just a bit.  trust me this is so yummy.






You should get about 2.5 dozen cookies.  Note the salt is just a bit on one edge. 

DO NOT roll in salt!





12 mins in a 350 oven and viola!


Cookies are a deep chocolate in taste with that salt making them well….yummy!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Have a Super Sunday!

Collaboration Celebration Retreat!

You have waited patiently for months for information regarding Bonnie Hunter’s and my joint retreat.  Thank you for your patience. 

Just late last week a location had been found and secured (a previous location fell thru due to renovations) by Sew Sisters, LLC who is hosting this event.  All sign up and retreat info will be forthcoming from Sew Sisters form here forward.  Bonnie and I are not involved in that process.   

I can tell you the retreat dates are August 8-11, 2013 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The retreat will feature a “welcome” event on Thursday night, two full days of classes (Friday & Saturday – you will have one full day with each Bonnie and myself separately for instruction) and a “wrap it up” joint session with Bonnie & I on Sunday (half day). 

Now bear with me the following is a picture of the project and I am the first one to say my photography skills are not the best.  There will be much better pics of the project (even another colorway) to follow on this blog, and most likely Bonnie’s and Sew Sisters. 

My intention is just to finally give all of you some information and direct you to Karen & Lisa of Sew Sisters for signup for a waitlist/email list.  You can reach them at

Here is the project.

I have not gotten to quilting it yet.  That will happen next weekend. 

The quilt is 43.5” square which makes a lovely wall hanging.  Of course you can make four (three more at home) and make a good size quilt (approximately 86” square). 

The quilt features Bonnie’s scrappy pattern for the background and a new (yet to be released) Pieced Hexie Pattern titled Boomer for the four rosettes shown on the black backgrounds.

Bonnie & I feel that this size project can be completed in the retreat time of 2.5 days so hopefully no UFOs unless you plan to take it to the full quilt size mentioned above.

So if you are interested please contact Karen & Lisa directly at

You can also like their facebook page and bookmark their website.


Now back to the regularly scheduled football game for today!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

An eBay Find

I am still plugging away here on a "project" I am wanting to share with all of you. I had hoped to be done today so I could share but alas I am still sewing.


I am sharing an eBay find for some visual candy.

Isn't this a unique setting for hexies? I dont think I have ever seen this pattern before.

Sometime in my life the plan is to make one of my own...pencilling it in for 2023 right now. ")

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Sewing Days!

This blog has been temporarily interrupted as I am I can have something to share with you tomorrow!

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