Sunday, February 27, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
It's February , and March is just around the corner. The days are getting longer and that means that Spring & Easter are just around the corner as well! Without a doubt, Spring & Easter is my favorite time of year and the season is just beginning! So think Spring, shop for summer clothes, eat jelly beans, peeps and all those other wonderful treats! (Looking at them at the store is as much fun as eating them...just ask my sisters!) Think Spring!
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Monday, February 21, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
The day could not end without some sort of food art! I got this idea from a Rachel Ray show. I rarely rarely make pancakes...so if you have pancake making down...this would be a breeze! Never-the-less, how fun to make your pancake batter, add a little food coloring, put in Wilton squeeze bottles and create away! I will have to perfect my technique before the next great niece and nephew sleep over! The recipe is just one from the internet. I think any pancake mix would work fine! The bottles are 2 for $1.99 at Michaels.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
You are all probably thinking this is silly! Let me tell you, I LOVE these slipper socks! I've never been a slipper person, but I love my feet to be warm and this is it!!! (Thank you sister #1 for sharing this with me!) Ok, where to you buy them? Walmart and they are in the diabetic section and sell for $3.00 a pair. I also found them at Bed Bath and Beyond! I'm collecting them now...I have four pair and they are always coming from the laundry! They come with "aloe" and with that, they almost seem a little bit slippery at first, so be careful to not slip on your stairs! After just a couple of washings they are the best! Just a fun favorite of mine that I wanted to share with you!
How many times do you go to tie the "perfect" bow and find that they sometimes turn out a little less than perfect. Check out this little gadget that my sister gave me. (her husband made it) The bow on the canning jar is made on the widest setting of the bow maker. Oh, and do note that Easter and Spring is just around the corner! The Hershey eggs are out at Cub foods! Canning jars are something you probably have on a shelf and make a great candy jar! Happy early Spring!
Monday, February 14, 2011
Project night strikes again! Tonight it is Cold/Hot Packs! These are the best for many reasons...you can see from the label the many uses. My favorite is simply to place in the microwave on a cold Winter's night and place around my neck to take the chill off! I have various prints of cotton and flannel and sell the packs for just $7.00. Lightly scented with lavender.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
My projects and baking just keep happening! With Valentine's Day being tomorrow, I thought I would make cut out cookies to share at work tomorrow. I'm super excited, I have always thought of cut out cookies as being hard to make. Hard to roll out evenly...the question of really how thick or thin should they be...how do you make them without getting too much flour worked into them...how do you get them off the counter and on the pan without distorting them... Ok, honestly, this is the "perfectionist" part of my personality coming out loud and clear! Today, however, I stumbled across the answers to all of these! (And NO, I didn't Google it...I just fell upon the right things and it worked!) So, let me share...
1. Start with my mom's recipe. Don't try a different one every time! Your mom always knows best...don't mess with a good thing when you have it!
2. Chill the dough...let me say again CHILL THE DOUGH!
3. Roll the cookies out on the "Bethany Pastry Cloth and board." You might ask what this is...it is the round board with the canvas cover for making lefse, pies, cookies, pizza crust... You can find them on line or at a good old fashioned hardware store.
4. How do you get them perfectly 1/4 inch thick!!! Go to Michaels or the lumber store and buy 2 wooden sticks 1/4 of an inch thik...As you are rolling out your dough...place one on each side of the ball of dough and roll until your rolling pin hits the wood!
4. Bake the cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Wishing you all a "Happy Valentines Day" and "Happy Cut-out Cookie Baking" the next time you do it!
Saturday, February 5, 2011
The Fall of 2010 was the start of a "roll" for me with little projects! It seemed that it had been a number of years since I had really embraced all the little "lost art" things that I had learned in highschool and into my young adult life. What do I mean by "lost art"? By this I mean sewing, embroidering, knitting...and various craft projects! Yes, I do them from time to time, but I have been loving them a little more of late! A couple of weeks ago I made a cute tote bag and this week I started knittng my "first ever" hand knit socks! I started and took it all apart and today started again! This time, it looks great so far! I'm excited, but this is the easy part! I hope I can do the foot portion. They will be fun if I am successful til the end!