Blooming Nine Patch- A Surprise For My Cassie <3

As you may already know, I will take any chance to surprise someone and make their day…


My incredibly beautiful Niece Cassie recently married the love of her life Mr. Zach <3 and we all absolutely ADORE him! So, a few years ago Cassie stayed at my house while we were away. My sister Jo informed me that Cass fell in love with a quilt that was in my bedroom…. I had two in there and had the wrong one in mind. Two summers ago when we had our Daughter Chelsie & Ryan’s wedding shower in the back yard I had used my red couch and covered it with my turquoise quilt from my bedroom to match the wedding decor. It was then that I discovered that THIS was the quilt Cassie loved.


Well, Cassie & Zach had the next upcoming wedding and without a doubt I knew exactly what wedding quilt to make. I went ahead and tried to replicate the turquoise quilt as best I could. I ran into a few problems along the way (namely I ran out of a prime outer fabric after I was well more than half done)

BUT after a Nationwide search… and several attempts, I finally found a match!


I was finally able to finish it!

DSC_6386I knew how crazy it got before Chelsie & Ryan’s wedding so I made sure it was done way in advance so I was available to help out come wedding time. A huge thank you to my quilter Norma Riehm for once again doing such a beautiful job! Quilted, sheared down and binding sewn on! It was photographed and put away in a closet until I could wrap it up in some pretty wedding paper- or so I thought…

My sister Jo gave Cassie & Zach a beautiful wedding shower August 24th, 2014. Joanne asked if I would bring over the famous red couch for them to sit on. I brought my original turquoise quilt to cover up the red to go with Cass & Zachs wedding color and everything went perfect!

The wedding was September 20th and oh my gosh- I was one very proud Auntie!!! Cassie- you could not have been any more beautiful on your wedding day! Zach, you too!

This is our first sneak peak at the amazing photography by John Hanson photography- WOW!!


Cassie & Zach left for their honeymoon immediately after the wedding. While they were away I decided that instead of wrapping up there wedding quilt … I had a once in a lifetime chance to pull a huge surprise on them instead! I planned on bringing back the red couch to my sisters house and secretly covering it with “their” quilt for the gift opening. That didn’t happen…sometimes you need to have a “plan B” if you’re going to be the prankster. So, I asked them to come over to our house to get the wedding gift from our family. When they arrived they saw all the beautiful pumpkins on my table ready for their delivery ….


I told them that I had made a special pumpkin just for them as part of their wedding gift and since it was SUCH a beautiful fall evening I wanted to get a picture of them with it in the back yard. Craig had helped me earlier set up the red couch in the fall leaves and I draped their replicated wedding over the red couch and tucked it in so it didn’t look crispy  new- also being careful that their new name plate was in the front. They came down, saw the huge pumpkin and sat down for pictures with it. I knew they had no clue they were sitting on their new quilt!

After I shot a few pictures I said, you know…. Just one more picture, pretend to wrap yourselves up like its cold out… Cassie and Zach grabbed the corners and Cass felt the embroidery immediately on her corner and read the label!

They were SO surprised! Auntie Teri got them good!!!!!


I love these two with all my heart and I wish them every single happiness they deserve! Man I love these kind of situations- and I truly am so happy to have been able to make it all work!

My sister told me that Cass had asked her earlier why I hadn’t asked her what kind of quilt she wanted for her wedding gift…. Cassie honey, this Auntie already knew <3


Taco Dip

The thought of showing up at a party with just a bag of chips have you running scared?

Bring this taco dip & impress your friends- it’s simple and delicious. You can make this using many short cuts or go all out – shred your own cheese, use fresh romaine & add some thinly sliced scallions to really show it off. Don’t own a 16” platter? Go foil and throw it when the parties over. This taco dip has been devoured by many little goblins at my house and you’ll be howlin’ at the moon with all the compliments!

P.S. Don’t forget the chips

Click ‘Taco Dip‘ to view recipe!

“T Bird” and the Pink Ladies

Guess what happens when you take a bunch of adorable kids, add some material, candy cigarettes and a little sewing magic? Memories and pictures to last a life time!

Circa 1999, a classic costume theme of the “T birds and the Pink Ladies” from Grease.
I went like a bat out of H. E. double tooth picks and measured and cut jackets, scarves and treat bags times 6!!!


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Sharing My Passions

Today I am CELEBRATING! It’s my 2 year anniversary of Mama Carp & company and I have had a wonderful time here with you!
Thank you for spending some time with me and cheers to another year of creative solutions and inspiring ideas!
So no doubt I’ve been a little busy as always…August I entered my Mistral quilt into my first ever quilting competition. I became a finalist in the MQX Quilt Festival and Wednesday September 24th I found out I took second place in the Custom Heirloom Show category! My quilter, Norma Riehm & I were beyond thrilled!!! I can now check off National award winning quilter from my bucket list- YAY!! Our marks were awesome and the whole experience was incredible! A huge thank you to Janet-Lee Santeusanio for encouraging me- I definitely caught the competition bug…. Not bad for Mistrals first ride! My family and I celebrated with champagne & dinner at Acqua one of my favorite restaurants <3


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It’s That Time Of Year Again!

I LOVE this time of year – Minnesota at its finest! Falling leaves, crisp autumn air & lots of crackling bonfires with your favorite friend’s. Be sure to whip up several batches of my Northwoods Apple Cider, its great hot or cold! Also keep it on hand for my favorite fall cocktail Jameson Cidertini’s. This cider recipe is also used in my turkey brine for Thanksgiving- Apple-Brined Grilled Turkey Recipe        -Cheers!!!DSC_4318Northwoods Apple Cider

4 cups water
1 cup brown sugar
4 teaspoons whole cloves
2 teaspoons whole all spice
½ teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon nutmeg
4-6 cinnamon sticks
128 oz. apple cider
Combine everything but the apple cider in a 2 quart sauce pan.Heat to boiling, reduce heat. Simmer with cover about 20 minutes. Strain twice. Add to apple cider in large pot- heat through.

Family Isn’t Always Blood

“Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile & who LOVE YOU no matter what.” – unknown
On September 16th, 2013 my Daughter Allie’s dear friend Stephanie gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. She named him Brayden <3


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The “Not Your Ordinary” Zucchini Bread


Many years ago a customer shared this with us girls at my Mom’s craft store. One look at the ingredients and we knew we just had to try it- my family has been making it ever since!



  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon maple flavoring*
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 2 1/2 cups flour, unsifted
  • 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Beat the eggs, then add oil, sugars, and maple flavoring combine until foamy. Stir in zucchini and all dry ingredients- mix just until combined. Stir in nuts.

Using Pam spray- coat 4 mini loaf pans, spoon in batter; sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 40- 45 minutes. Check with toothpick to see if you need additional time. If making 1 large loaf, follow instructions above and bake for 1 hour.

*My favorite Maple extract is Mapleine by Crescent (in a bright blue box) – I recently found it at WalMart.