Thursday, August 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
I have created a fun tutorial showing you how to turn them into a super cute apron like this.
I got the idea from my Cousin - and since I had an old pair of bib shorts in the closet, I decided to have some fun with them.
Click Bib Apron Tutorial for the pdf file with all the instructions.
If you decide to make these - let me know what you think.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Anyway - since I haven't shared much lately, I decided to share my top secret from scratch Chocolate Cake recipe. If you are like me and you love a moist, dense cake then you have to try this. It is THE BEST chocolate cake EVER!!! Don't believe me? Then try it and you will see.
I don't have a photo - because it doesn't last long.
But here it is..
Preheat oven to 350
2 cups Flour
1/2 cup Cocoa
2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp salt (optional)
Combine in bowl and set aside.
In a new bowl, cream together
2 tsp Vanilla
1/2 cup Butter (softened)
2 cups Sugar
Add 2 cups Boiling Water
Mix until well blended
Add 2 eggs
Then gradually add the dry ingredients.
Pour into 9x13 in pan and bake for 30 mins or until center done.
While on cooling rack - make the Frosting
In sauce pan combine
1 cup Sugar
5 Tbsp Butter
1/4 cup milk or half n half
Bring to boil - boil 1 minute stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and add 1 cup Chocolate Chips
Beat until starts to set. Pour/Spread hot frosting over warm cake.
This chocolate frosting recipe is from my uncle - he uses it on his brownies. But it's equally good on this cake.
If you are having a chocolate craving.. you must try this cake. You won't be disappointed. And you will never make cake from a box again!!! Pin It
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
First - I made this for my Mom. It's a "Couch Caddy".. it doesn't fit on the arm of my couch - so I had to display it here on my machine. It was super simple to make. Found the pattern here.
I hope she likes it.
Second - I made this cute zipper pouch. I had to get creative and mix it up a little bit since I only had 2 fat quarters to work with. I had to piece the back and it turned out really cute.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Who are "they" anyway?? What do "they" know!! And what if I don't want to give up my addiction?
My addiction is.. fabric.. there, I said it. I buy it at quilt stores, online fabric stores, ebay.. you name it.. I've been there.
Here is a picture of my recent purchases...
Trust me, this is just a sample of what I have. My sewing room has a walk-in closet that I can't even show you because you'd gasp at my lack of organization right now. I'm working on it.. I swear.
I want to build a bookcase type fabric case.. with cubbies.. to store fabric in. But I need to learn how to use the saw in the garage first. LOL.. And I may just do that this winter!
Now if I could just find the time to turn these into the beautiful things they want to become!!!
Why is it never enough? Pin It
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
The hard part was getting both kids in them at the same time and then getting them in the same room for a picture. I've finally given up on that dream.
So here are separate pictures of them. First my oldest..
He says they are the most comfortable jammies ever!! Followed by "Thanks Mom, you're the best". It was all worth it right there.
And I couldn't get my youngest to sit still long enough for a picture.. until he fell asleep.
I also made him a tank top and he wanted "those eye things to make you sleep". So I used some scraps and a strip of the elastic and made him those "eye things".. and they work as you can see. Couldn't get him out of those jammies for the entire weekend by the way.
And here are the girly ones that I was able to make for my niece. It's fun to sew girl stuff!
I need to make some for myself next!
Ok, now that the underwear is out of the way - her is a Dinosaur quilt I made a while back but never finished. I finally quilted it and here it is. So cute.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Go here to register. You will also find a tuturial for a bag that you can make as your Friendship Bag - or just to make for yourself (cuz it's that cute!) if you don't want to participate. Pin It
Saturday, August 1, 2009
So I went and picked up my Bountiful Basket this morning.. The produce truck was late - so we had to wait a little bit in the sun. It was hot. But I actually think that I got a little high from watching them unload all our fruit and veggies - I had no idea what we were going to get and the anticipation was making me feel like a kid at Christmas. It was almost the same little high I feel when I go into fabric stores.. almost.. (I know.. I have issues)
Here are the volunteers unloading..
Here are all the baskets.. everyone gets two..
and here it is all laid out at home..
Anyway - if you don't know about this program - it's a produce co-op in Arizona and Utah. (sorry everyone else) and the contribution is $15. I added on a "picnic pack" this week for an additional $7.50. It included 2 pints of strawberries, a pint a blueberries and a nice juicy watermelon.
Now I need some help though - I have never bought fresh artichokes..
What do I do with them? Seriously.. help me! I have 3 of them. I love them - but have never had them fresh like this before. Pin It