Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Tapestry Co-op moms--I have 2 multi-sized patterns for circle skirts that I will bring and here are all the fabrics I have that you can use if you don't want to buy fabric. Several are part polyester. Most are cotton based. Some are heavier than others. The one shot of multiple fabrics together is a bunch of lightweight materials that the girls can use for neck scarves if they would like. The red polka dot would also be for scarves or belts. Please email me and let me know if you are interested in any of this, so I can be sure to put your name on it. I have oodles of thead in every color of the rainbow, so you won't need thread. The colors may be a little different in person due to lighting. Bear in mind these will be worn in January most likely.
I have also included some pics of costume jewelry that I inherited when nanny passed away. I can not post all of it, for there is way too much. I will be glad to share this for dress up purposes though. All the earrings are clip on.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Do you find bags of zucchini and summer squash in your car after church? Do you see baskets of it to be given away? These plants are usually bountiful and what do you do with all of it? One of our favorite recipes is Zucchini Bars.
2 eggs, 1 cup sugar, 1/4 cup oil, 1/2 cup applesauce, 3 heaping tbsp drained crushed pineapple, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 1/2 - 2 cups shredded zucchini, 1 cup all purpose flour, 3/4 cup coconut, 1 tsp soda, 1 tsp cinnamon, 3/4 cup chopped pecans
Beat eggs. Add sugar, pineapple, oil and applesuace-mix well. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Add zucchini, coconut and pecans-mix well. Bake in a greased 13 X 9 for 30 minutes. Cool and ice with cream cheese frosting.
1- 8 oz pkg cream cheese softened, 1/4 cup butter softened, 1 ib powdered sugar, 1 tsp vanilla
Beat together cheese and butter until creamy. Add sugar a little at a time to avoid wearing it. Add vanilla and beat until smooth.
These are amazing and pretty healthy. One of the BEST ways to eat your green veggies!
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Well I just found out that I won the health giveaway from Jessica at Kusine.com. She had many neat giveaways and while I was hoping for the little cozies pattern book, God has sent a digital jump rope my way. It must be a sign. Giveaways are so fun. Stick around this week because I am going to be giving away a few things myself.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
On another note, I weeded and watered the garden this morning and it is really coming along. I have blooms on my tomatoes and pepper plants. The corn is about 10 inches tall and all my zucchini/squash and melon plants are growing. Hopefully we will have a great harvest this year. I am looking forward to putting up tomatoes. I have been putting mowed grass around the plants and that is helping to keep the weed growth down-YES! Will have some pics soon.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Check out all the great giveaways on this blog!
I have a few projects going on right now that I really have no idea when I will finish. I bought some great Fisherman's Wool yarn at Micheals with my 50% off coupon. I have started a scarf for winter. We will see if that gets finished by the time cold weather gets here.
I am also working on some applique quilt squares for my mom. She has these cute 9 patch squares with yellow flowers and ladybugs. I brought these home from the retreat to work on. I really like applique. I will take these with me on vacation so I don't have to give up all sewing for a week and a half.
I am also working on making some soft books for church kids. I haven't taken any pics yet, but I have made some carrots and tomatoes for the book. I will take some once I get the basic book together.
I made this Saturday and the Colette pattern was really easy to work with. I bought it when they had their summer coupon-30% off. It is my first Colette pattern. I used a very soft, lightweight shirting material in a soft pink that I bought at Hancock. It was very inexpensive and I have never done button holes, so I didn't want to ruin any good material. It is a bit thin to wear alone, but I will wear it under suit coats or with cardigans. The only thing I had trouble with, was the overlap in the back. It showed pics of sewing the side that would have the buttonholes, but not the side for the buttons. I assumed you did the same thing to each side, but I really wasn't sure. It turned out okay. A few of my button holes are a little large, but not too bad. I cut the pattern out on the wrong line (size 6) when I thought I was cutting an 8. It fits, but I would like a little more ease in the hips. The top part is roomy around the neck. I think I will adjust it some when I make it again. Overall this was very easy to make. The pattern pieces match up perfectly and the instructions are pretty thorough. I will definitely make this again and I might make view 3 that has a keyhole neckline and a tie. I used some of the vintage buttons I had from my husband's grandmother. He didn't really like the cream buttons with the pink, but I can always change those.
My son turned 16 yesterday, so of course today he is going to get his permit. That will make teenage driver #2 in our house. Wow! We gave him tickets to the August-RUSH concert in Ohio. He loves RUSH. He is both a drummer and guitar player and he really likes their music. So dad is taking him at the end of August to see them live in concert. He is pretty excited. Concerts are not something we typically do, but nobody else really likes one particular music group so much. We had a great dinner yesterday and then a little different birthday cake. I made a German chocolate chip bundt cake. I found several recipes, but I ended up modifying it a little. This recipe only has 1/4 cup of oil in it. It is very moist and has great flavor. It looks pretty and it is super easy to make. Try it!
1 German chocolate cake mix- I used Duncan Hines
1 can coconut pecan icing- I used Betty Crocker
1 cup water
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup applesauce
6 ounces chocolate chips-I used minis
Mix together everything but chips and icing. Once combined, add in icing a little at a time until incorporated thoroughly. Add chips and mix well. Spray a bundt pan well. Bake at 350 for 40-60 minutes. My oven cooks fast, so mine baked for 43 minutes and it is so yummy! You can taste the coconut and pecans from the icing, but if you really want more you could use another can of icing as a glaze. Enjoy!
Friday, June 18, 2010