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Few Thoughts 12/15/2015
We reviewed tonight the new contract for the new location. We have not signed yet because we are fine tuning some of the wording. Currently we are in 1225 Sq feet of floor space. We are moving into a open space of 3325 Sq. feet. This is a big jump. we are excited and nervous at the same time. It will be a five year commitment. Brand new carpets and freshly painted walls. It is going to be a very nice place and we are both excited about this move. Our goal is to start Feb. 1st and be moved in by March 1st. We will be adding more fabric and sewing cabinets. we will have a classroom and two longarms. One longarm for quilting our customers quilts and the second one for training and renting. Lori has a entire year of classes scheduled to be released soon. We have a brand new embroidery event soon. So many new and many improved things will happen. Thanks for all your support.

Quilt Market Minneapolis 2015
We drove to Minneapolis to the Hilton Minneapolis. Boy was that an experience, drove up and there was mayhem to say the least. We asked someone what's going on? We're do we park and check in. The valet can take your car and it costs $25 a day. Or go around back to parking garage and park for $15 a day. So we went around the block and took 20 minutes waiting in line to go park. Then the trick after parking is to find how to get to the hotel. There is a sky-way system you can get to, then walk to the hotel. So we worked our way through a sea of people to check in. The clerk was very pleasant and helpful. We made it to our room. Then we wanted to get something to eat. Went down to the lobby were there's a board with directions. One of the motel people went up to us and asked if we needed help. It seemed obvious to him we were in a daze of confusion and wonderment. He suggested to take the sky-way and walk a couple of city blocks to  a place called Keys. So we made the journey through a sea of very interesting people to the place. The place was awesome. The waitress was awesome. The food was awesome. We made it back to the room.
The next day..We took the sky-way to a little place we saw that makes fresh bagel sandwiches. Again the people treated us very well and had a wonderful breakfast sandwich  and excellent coffee. So off to the show. We first took a class and seated next to us was Dutch Rose owner. That was nice we always enjoy her company. The class was not great. Then the vending hall opened and we started at row 100 and it goes to row 1400. Needless to say it takes a lot of walking. We also ran into Cleo from Heirloom Creations. Then we ran into Cathrine the owner of Canton Quilt Retreats. We had a very pleasant conversation with her. Then ran into our Juki regional manager and had a nice visit. There wasn't to many new exciting things except we ran into a new manufacturer that can now regulate or computerize older long arms at an affordable price. We test drove and asked a lot of questions. We are bringing that new service in. Then Dream World Northwest the makers of sew steady tables now has a line of quilting templates. We are going to bring those in. We are also bringing in a tool we will be showing in Aberdeen quilt show.
  The next day we took off to northern Minnesota and then drove back. We had a car lose control and was close to a head on collision so it was nice to make it home alive and well.  Back to work.

Our Las Vegas Trip.

FEBRUARY 17, 2015 / I was asked by our good friend Lee to write about our recent Vegas trip. So here is the events that happened. First off I was extremely apprehensive about the plane trip. It’s not that im afraid to fly. I used to fly a lot in the Navy and love it. It was the hassle of the modern airport. Well the Sioux Falls terminal was great. Easy check in system. Easy security system. Unfortunately being 6 foot 2 inches and 250 lbs does not fit well in these flying cigar tubes. By the time two hours go by im pretty well sore and disabled. Lori doesn’t do to bad. Off to Vegas we go. When we arrived to the hotel/resort. Never did figure out why its called a resort. It is a smoke filled casino with really bad food that cost no less then $20 a plate. Im certain maybe the right person would like that. but we do not drink, smoke nor gamble. So this is not the place for us. As a city I found it rather dirty and a lot of litter and messes. I have no idea and do not want to know what it is. But the weather was awesome. low 70’s all while we were there. The convention we were attending is the VDTA/SDTA. Vacuum and Sewing dealers trade association. It was a little less then a half mile walk there. Classes were from 8am till 9pm. And it was awesome. We learned so much. There was many very successful dealers there that were very happy to share there experiences and advice. They were all fantastic people to be associated with. They were all very honest people that work very hard to do the right thing and to treat there customers the best way they can. At that point we were so glad we came here. We are also changing a lot of things in the store in the up coming months. We will have more fun then ever before and make this the fun place to come to. You will see these changes as the month goes by. We are also going to be bringing in new products and ideas. We are both very excited for 2015 at Quilters Headquarters. Now that we have been acclimated to the city of Vegas we have a better idea were to stay and go and how to get around and one thing we know. The strip is not for us. Since the convention is held there every year then we diffidently will go again and learn even more. thanks

Bob’s Taco Seasoning  
  Here is my taco seasoning I make. I like it much better then package stuff and it cost so much less. Also i have control of the ingredients and there is no additives or FDA approved products like sawdust or Styrofoam. I buy my ingredients bulk.
2 Heaping Tablespoons of Chili Powder
2 Heaping Tablespoons of Spanish Paprika
1 Teaspoon of Cumin
1 Teaspoon of Cayenne pepper
1 Teaspoon of Onion powder
1 Teaspoon of Garlic powder
1 teaspoon of Salt (optional)
Mix it all up in a jar with lid. When you need seasoned taco or enchilada meat add two tablespoons to one pound of drained cooked ground beef along with a few tablespoons of water. Then cook the seasoning into the mixture. also if desired you can add some flour to thicken it. I do not do it. I just cook the seasoning into the meat until it is at the right consistency. I hope you enjoy this. I find it more Mexican restaurant quality my self it cost a fraction of the price.

Ten Minute Enchilada Sauce 
I do most the cooking in our house and I like Mexican food dishes. I would like to share this Enchilada Sauce that is the best. You will never purchase it at the store again and it costs me pennies on the dollar to make. Also you have control of the ingredients and you do not have the mystery ingredients the food scientists add to the store varieties. Ingredients: 1/4 cup vegetable oil
8oz Tomato sauce
2 Tablespoons of Flour or gluten free flour
1 1/2 cups H2O
1/4 cup of Chili powder
1/4 Teaspoon of ground Cumin
1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon of onion salt
Directions: 1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Stir in flour and chili powder, reduce heat to medium, and cook until lightly brown, stirring constantly to prevent burning flour.
2. Gradually stir in tomato sauce, water, cumin, garlic powder, and onion salt into the flour chili mix until smooth. Continue cooking over medium heat approximately 10 minutes or until thickened slightly.
A few notes. I use only a tomato sauce that does not add any sugar to it. Just pure sauce. Crushed tomatoes work well and you do not have any additives to it. My next recipe ill have on here is my Enchilada pie dish. Its awesome. Enjoy