Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas Open House

Hello Everyone,
Skate right on in and join me for my Holiday Open House for "my girls."  At final count there were 17 of us.  Did I get pictures of everyone, no.......I was busy playing hostess.

Not only can the girls quilt, they can cook!  Here's just a sampling of our feast.  Mr. Joe was happy with his leftovers for dinner last night.

I made some Cranberry-Turkey Wraps that I highly recommend as an appetizer.  I made the cranberry relish the day before the party and assembled the wraps in the morning.  They were easy, pretty, and tasty! 

Cranberry-Turkey Wraps
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 cups cranberries
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1-1/2 cups shredded sharp white Cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon curry powder
6 (10") flour tortillas, (spinach tortillas worked well too)
1-1/2 lbs. cooked turkey slices
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
6 tablespoons chopped walnuts

 -Add water, sugars and vinegar to a heavy saucepan; cook over medium heat until sugars dissolve, stirring often.  Stir in cranberries, raisins, onion, ginger and red pepper flakes, bring to a boil and cook 5 to 10 minutes until mixture thickens, stirring occasionally.  Cool; cover and chill.

- Combine cream cheese, Cheddar cheese and curry powder in a small bowl; stir well.  Spread about 3 tablespoons cheese mixture over 2/3 of tortilla, leaving a one-inch border; top with several turkey slices.  Spread 2 to 3 tablespoons cranberry mixture on top, sprinkle with one heaping teaspoon cilantro and one tablespoon walnuts.  Roll up tortillas starting with filled side.  Wrap tightly in foil.  Arrange wraps on a baking sheet; bake at 350 degrees for 5 to 10 minutes or just until warm.  Slice into  1-1/2" slices and serve as appetizers.  Or cut in half and serve as a sandwich.

Evelynne brought her Baltimore Christmas quilt to share with us.  What an heirloom she created on her embroider machine.  Spectacular!  Each and every block is a work of art.

Like I've always said, my girls are the best! They are excellent quilters, cooks, and most importantly good people that I'm proud to call friends .  They are all on Santa's NICE list.
Today I'll be getting ready for our next event.  Santa arrives this Saturday for his annual visit with the grand kids. I can't wait!  Every year I still get misty-eyed when Santa arrives and I see the excitement on their little faces.....mine too!


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  2. that recipe looks yummy.
    I bet that is super fun with the grandkids.

  3. Thank you for sharing pictures of your Open House. It looked like so much fun! Question about your wraps: did you use fresh cranberries or whole canned cranberries? I'd like to make your wraps for my family.

  4. Lovely pictures. I'm sure everyone had a wonderful time!

  5. Hello Lynn,

    What a fun day, lots of fun food and happiness. Love Evelynne's quilt, so much to see in it. Have fun on the weekend with the Grandies. Merry Christmas and all the best for 2014.

    Happy days.

  6. That's my kind of party, Lynn! Mr. Squash said it's too bad he wasn't there because he would have gladly helped Mr. Joe with the leftovers! Two absolutely stunning Christmas quilts! You have a wonderful group of very talented friends! (P.S. I wonder who Santa is - wink)!

  7. Lovely friends, lovely food, lovely decorations - what a lovely day.

  8. Would your friend share the name and designer of the Christmas pattern with the Santa in the middle. Is it really embroirery on the machine??? Would love to buy the pattern!!! Thanks

  9. Hi Judy,
    The name of the quilt is Baltimore Christmas. You can find it here:
    Take care, ~~Lynn

  10. Yum!!

    Quilty friends are the best, aren't they?! :)