Seahawks Cuddly Flannel Quilts

Now that the gift wrap has settled, I finally get to share these two quilts with you! I really wanted to make some gifts this year and once I made the first of these quilts I knew I wanted to make another. They’re so cozy that I almost had to keep one! I toyed with making true “lap” size quilts but since I’m tall enough that lap quilts just don’t do a lot for me I went with twin sized cozies!

Sometime laying them out was a little bit of a challenge. It really involved a lot of sweeping and herding Sprocket away: he was fairly certain the cozy rug thing was on the floor for him.

The quilts are similar with the same fabrics, back and binding but the patterns are a little different as I played with what works best. I really do love the results!

Quilt #1:

Quilt #2:

My sister gleefully took the quilt from the white elephant gift exchange and my aunt already had hers on their quilt rack when I visited on Sunday night. Enjoy during the playoffs you guys!

Nomadic Super Bowl Party!

There’s no getting around the fact that the Super Bowl is essentially an American holiday. There was plenty of noise in my Twitter feed about escaping onto the trails or the slopes to take advantage of the fact that most of us were settled in with horrible fatty food, beer, and a television set.

Out here at our lakeside camp, we decided to do both.

I got in two short little hikes: one with Sprocket and the other with Mike, F, and Sprocket right before the game started.

At game time, our little nomad crew worked together to have a proper Super Bowl Party. Randy offered up a TV (and some of his ample battery power), I improvised buffalo chicken dip (aka “Death by Dairy) on the stove top, and Lou made nachos.

Even better, the Seahawks won!

RV Friendly Buffalo Chicken Dip, aka Death By Dairy

adapted from po’man meals

  • 8oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 2 c. Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 c. bleu cheese or ranch dressing
  • 1-12oz can chicken, drained
  • 3TBS minced garlic
  • 1/4 c. tomato paste
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 4TBS Tapatio

In a bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream, and 1 cup Monterey Jack. In another bowl, combine chicken, garlic, tomato paste, water, and hot sauce. Layer the cream cheese mixture in the bottom of a large skillet and top with the chicken mixture and the remaining Monterey Jack. Cover and heat on low until the cheese is melted. (I had to move my skillet around a bit to get everything to heat evenly.)

I subsituted the tomato paste and water for tomato sauce since it’s much easier to keep a tube of tomato paste in the refrigerator. The buffalo layer was a little on the thin side so I might err on the side of less water next time. I’ve also upped the hot sauce from the original recipe, be sure to experiment with the type and amount to find what works for you. (We’ve tried Tabasco and buffalo-style Tabasco but prefer the Tapatio.)