{BEST APPETIZERS!!}

Leading up to the big game….what’s on everyone’s mind?  Well … food of course (& appetizers in particular!)  That may or may not be what it’s really all about!

Thought I’d share some of my favorites here with y’all!
(Find the recipes & details by clicking on the title or photo)

Artichoke Cheese Dip

the BEST Artichoke Dip @ NorthernCottage.net

  Cheesy Artichoke Dip

Warm Artichoke Cheese Dip @NorthernCottage.net

Bacon Wrapped Smokies

bacon wrapped sugared wienies{NorthernCottage}

  The Best Cocktail Meatballs!!

The BEST cocktail meatballs{NorthernCottage}

I’ve got lots of additional recipes pinned to my
Appetizer Board on pinterest as well if ya want to take a peek. 


Loads of yummies over at the
Better Homes & Gardens Blogger Recipes We Love Board too! 

You can follow me on Pinterest here!!

Happy Eating!!!   

 

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{Quilts & Garlands & Pillows–Oh My!}

Whew!  Hello there!!  It has been slamming here at the NORTHERN COTTAGE.  My sewing machine has been on FIRE (not actually on fire because … that would be bad) but it has been on FIRE in a good way.  It has been sewing up all kinds of goodies for the shop!

Lots & lots of custom Wedding Guestbook Quilts

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{NorthernCottage} Custom Quilts & Pillows

Wedding Quilts can be purchased already SEWN and DONE (ready to display & for guests to leave their lovenotes for the bride & groom ) or the individual quilt squares can be prepared & sent for display on the big day & then you can ship them back to be made into the cherished quilt.  Whichever format you prefer for the look of your day!!

Wedding Guestbook Quilt {NorthernCottage}

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Dad leaving his note for his little girl – oh my word!

{NorthernCottage} Wedding Guestbook Love Notes Guestbook Quilt {NorthernCottage}

I’ve introduced a new product into the shop with these Quilted Pillow Covers – ahhhh love them!  So pretty & unique.  They can be purchased on their own in various sizes or with a custom Quilt – they pull all the components together so beautifully!

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They’ve been very popular being purchased alongside a Wedding Guestbook Quilt (couples have set up a bench near the signing station for guests to ♥ sit a spell ♥ and be surrounded by gorgeous pillows while they wait to sign the Wedding Quilt) – ohhh how lovely!

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{The BEST Cocktail Meatballs}

 

The BEST cocktail meatballs{NorthernCottage}

I’ve had this recipe in my recipe box since the beginning – one of the first recipes I ever wrote down.  It was from a friends mom & it has always been in my arsenal…not sure why I haven’t made it for so long….but glad I did!!

{NorthernCottage} mmmm meatballs

I love me a good meatball….

Line your pans for easy clean up {NorthernCottage}

A little trick that I always use is to line my baking dish with foil & then spray that (or use the non-stick style foil) – makes for EASY clean up (catches all the grease that you can let set for a little while and then wrap it up & toss)  thank you very much!

Yum meatballs {NorthernCottage}

Here’s the recipe (looks like a lot of ingredients but you probably have them all in the pantry & they add a lot of depth to the meat-a-ball!!  did you hear that little accent – you’re saying meat-a-ball – now aren’t you?)  tee hee!!

(psst – I usually double or triple the batch – might as well….)

BEST SAUCY COCKTAIL MEATBALLS

1 pound ground beef
2 eggs
1 cup cracker crumbs (crush saltines // use breadcrumbs // tear up 3 pieces of white bread)
9 drops Tabasco
pinch salt
2 T minced onion
1/4 t garlic salt
2 T red pepper flakes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Form into small balls & place in shallow baking pan // Bake for 30 minutes until browned

SAUCE
3/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup vinegar (white)
1 tsp yellow mustard
1 & 1/2 t minced onion
4 t Worcestershire sauce
6 drops Tabasco
1 and 1/2 t salt 

Combine sauce ingredients, place drained meatballs in sauce & simmer at least 1 hour… (can do this in a pot on the stovetop or a crockpot to keep warm though they probably won’t last long!!) 

ENJOY!!
(great for game day > appetizers > parties > potlucks 
oh and leftovers are AWESOME on buttered hoagie rolls with some cheese melted > all gooey on top – mmm!)

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{New Sewing Machine at the Northern Cottage!}

I’m sooooo happy to share that I’ve bitten the bullet & invested in a new sewing machine!  I did a LoT of research & test-driving and trying things out and questioning before making my final decision.  I ended up getting a Janome Memory Craft 6600P

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I’ve been sewing on a very entry-level machine (a pretty basic Singer model which I think I got at Target or Walmart years ago before I even knew how to thread a machine)  Hundreds of quilts have been made on that trusty machine.  It worked… it got me through – it taught me well but with the amount of sewing I do, I was on the lookout for what fits me now.   To put it in a way my hubby would understand, I translated using car language… I told him I’ve been driving a gremlin or a ford escort from back in the day (which was one my first cars ♥) but now I wanted to // had to move on up… not to a high end luxury car but to very dependable, well made, smooth riding car.

I had heard WoNDeRFuL things about Janome & about this machine specifically.  I researched extensively both locally & online (I mean a lot!!) but most importantly, I tried different machines out

There are lots of other great machines out there.  In fact, I was torn between this and another manufacturer with a very knowledgeable local dealer but for me in came down to fit. 

You know when you test drive cars…maybe you try one maker and then go down the road and try a different maker… you think you have your heart set on a particular make & model & then you drive one and it just feels right?

I drove the Janome & … it felt right.  The machine felt right, the match with the dealer felt right. I purchased from a local dealer – Kelly J Sewing Center & couldn’t have enjoyed the process with Kelly & her team more.  There is a comfort with buying from a dealer.  It IS a bit investment!  Peace of mind is priceless!

I was able to bring it home, remove it from the box and begin sewing with it immediately!  Here is the first creation from this new lovely machine ….

{NORTHERN COTTAGE} custom sunset quiltCustom Reversible Quilts {NORTHERN COTTAGE}

{NORTHERN COTTAGE} custom quilts & mobiles

This quilt was a custom order for a customer looking for a look inspired by ARiZoNa SuNSeT  - I think the chosen fabrics captured that pretty well indeed!  The quilt is going to be used as part of an upcoming Sedona photoshoot (can’t wait to share those pics!!)

The mobile in the second shot was for an entirely different order but sure went hand in hand!!

Custom Mobiles & Garlands {NORTHERN COTTAGE}

I thoroughly enjoyed making this quilt (the beauty of the fabrics, the sweet customer it was being created for & the purr of the new machine it was being made on)  I’m pretty grateful!!

Custom Quilts {NORTHERN COTTAGE}

I have lots to still learn about my machine… little tricks & tips & muscle memory to make the best use of it.  I love that my dealer offers loads of classes and one-on-one opportunities to ask questions, learn about the machine and explore the possibilities of what lies ahead creatively.  I’ll be sharing all kinds of tips & techniques & lessons learned in the days to come.

In the meantime, feel free to explore the Kelly J Sewing Center site (you can find them on facebook here & pinterest here

Of course, check out the
{NORTHERN COTTAGE SHOP} 
for custom Quilts & Garlands (where YOU get to CHooSE Colors // Style, etc!) as well as lots of pretty Ready to Ship goodies in the READY TO SHIP //GIFTS section of the shop – check them all out here

I can’t wait to show you what’s next!!

Happy Day to YOU!!

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