About this blog

I am Amy, but here on the web I go by A.J. Dub. And hey, I like to craft!
Sometimes things turn out well so I will share with you how I did it.
Sometimes they don't turn out well and I will share that with you too!

Friday, September 30, 2016

A treat for Summer's End

Summer has come to a close and Farmer's market peaches leaving making way for fall veggies.

To use some of the last of the peaches, here is a slightly updated-by-me version of Dreamy Peach Pie by The Pampered Chef.

Dreamy Peach Pie – adapted from The Pampered Chef®

6-8 medium peaches, sliced ½” – 1” thick or 2 large cans of peach slices*
1 cup cold milk
1 package (3.4oz) vanilla instant pudding
1 container (8oz) whipped topping, thawed (extra creamy is really good) or 2-3 cups sweetened whipped cream
½ tsp ground cinnamon (optional)

8 honey graham crackers
3 tbsp sugar
¼ cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350. Finely crush graham crackers in plastic bag with rolling pin to yield 1 ¼ cup crumbs. Combine crumbs and sugar in 1 QT bowl. Stir in melted butter. Press into bottom and up sides of 9” pie plate to form crust. Bake 10 minutes. Cool Completely.

In 1 quart bowl, whisk pudding into milk. Stir until mixture begins to thicken. Fold into whipped topping. Spread about 1/3 of pudding mixture onto bottom of crust. Top with half the peach slices and sprinkle with half the cinnamon; repeat. Top with remaining pudding mixture. Chill at least 4 hours. To serve, slice into wedges.
*You may want to slice the canned slices a little thinner.

Sweetened Whipping Cream

Beat heavy cream and sugar in chilled bowl on high speed until stiff

For 1 cup whipped cream: ½ cup heavy cream + 1 TBSP sugar
For 1 ½ cups whipped cream: ¾ cup heavy cream + 2 TBSP sugar
For 2 1/3 cups whipped cream: 1 cup heavy cream + 3 TBSP sugar
For 4 3/4 cups whipped cream: 2 cups  heavy cream + 6 TBSP sugar

Thursday, September 29, 2016


It felt like a blog post day. It has been ages since the last time and that was a re-post. We have had some serious ups and downs this year and writing has not been appealing to me. This is not a happy post but it is an honest one.

My sweet dad passed away in March and while I am dealing with it, I have days where I don't want to face anything or anyone. My depression has worsened over the last few weeks to the point where I will be calling my doctor this morning to see about anti-depressants and counseling. It is affecting my kids and my marriage.

I try to do things that make me happy, like sew and stamp and read, although the last one is probably not the best since I stay in bed and hide with my book. Doing those works okay when I get going. But then there is the stopping to deal with life. Taking my spouse to and from his bus, kids to and from school and activities, my own work and church responsibilities. It gets overwhelming pretty fast.
I find myself on the verge of tears frequently. Like right now.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Cheater Cherry Cobbler

Cherry Dump Cake (Easy Cobbler) 

1 box white or yellow cake mix 
1 cube butter, Very cold (melted does not work as well, but you could do that if you like.) 
2-3 cans cherry pie filling 

Heat oven to 375ºF.
Pour Cherry filling into a 9”x13” baking pan.
Spread cake mix evenly over pie filling. (Lumps are fine.)
Chop butter into small pieces and sprinkle over the cake mix.
Bake at 375 for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool until just warm. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
* Alternatively, use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the cake mix, then dump over the cherries.

Friday, March 18, 2016

March Along Progress

We are a little over halfway through the month, and since weekly check-ins for March Along have not happened, a halfway point check-in seemed like a good idea.

I did very well for the first 2 weeks, but week 3 I got very busy with life. Between kids events, job interview, church stuff, school volunteering, doctor appointments, dance lessons and then getting sick with the Flu (I think), I was just tired out! Sewing did not appeal.

I am still sick, so I think today I will just read my newest Block magazine for my 15 minutes.

Here are some of my efforts this month.

Pieces cut for making a "Farm Girl Vintage" quilt block.

First round of fabric choices for the quilt pattern test.

Squares cut for quilt pattern test. The light where I sew is not good for photographs. See the photo below for truer colors.

Scraps from the quilt pattern test. They look very different in this light. It is pretty true to the real colors.

Diaper clutch made for a neighbor of my mom's.

Shirt appliqued with a little shamrock for St. Patrick's Day.

St. Patrick's Day outfit with a  rosette on the headband  and an appliqued shamrock on the shirt.

2 of 6 rosettes made for St. Patrick's Day. These went to teachers to pin on their shirts.

Drawstring bag made to carry a camping sleep-mat. Later it will house my yoga mat.

Throwback - when I was a kid, I took clogging lessons. I have recently started taking them again with my sister. It is quite fun and funny. We laugh a lot!


Monday, February 29, 2016


Hello and welcome back to me! Haha!
 Blogging is not on my radar at the moment. Instagram (follow me) and Facebook are my connections to family and friends these days.
But, March is here TOMORROW! How did that happen?
In March, I join in with the Scientific Quilter to "March Along" and sew for 15 minutes every day. Which means the blog is going to get a little bit of action for weekly check-ins.

I have a couple of goals for this March.
 1- Learn to load my mom's quilting frame so I can get going on finishing some tops I have.
 2- Work sashing and cornerstone blocks for my Thangles Buck a Block quilt.

Not much but it should be enough to fill my 15 minutes a day.

Feel free to March Along too!