Merry Christmas!Happy New Year!
Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Elizabeth wanted to make an ornament for the tree so I dug out some felt cut-outs, leftover from a past project, for her to work with.Her first completed ornament was a Christmas tree.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
I recently used my favorite white bread recipe to try my hand at making homemade burger buns once again.And a burger just isn't a burger without homemade french fries.
Monday, December 20, 2010
For a really 'out of this world' ham sandwich try making it with fresh baked dinner rolls.Spit in half;
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Yesterday the bank had a customer appreciation table set up with sweet treats and also warm cider. The cider was so good I decided to buy some at the grocery store to warm up at home; but the store was sold out.
This morning I attempted to make some, if it was possible. I began my experiment with plain apple juice.Adding to the juice two thinly sliced apples.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
The quilt, I have named it "The Scripture Quilt" is finished and in record time! I love how it feels and I like the completed look for the most part.
I'm still not crazy about the quilting but I do like the amount of quilting I put on each block and strip.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
The quilt top is now finished; it was evening when the first two photos were taken so the color is off.The family name has been stitched into the border and I managed to sandwich and pin the quilt before midnight.
Bright and early this morning the quilting began and is coming along pretty quickly, mainly because I am working with a lap size quilt so it is easier to work with.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Although I love to sew, and I am very much a morning person, I have not enjoyed entering the sewing room when I first awake and staying until I am too tired to see for day after day after day; however, this being said, all the long hours sitting at the machine has produced a quilt top that is about 85-percent complete; I only lack the border and stitching out the family name.Working with all these pretty fabrics has been very fun; I love this blue fabric with birds the most. If it wasn't for the price, 10-dollars per yard, I would love to make Elizabeth a dress from it.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
As soon as Thanksgiving was over I had planned to get all of my Christmas cooking completed, gifts wrapped, packages filled, labeled and in the mail early so I could have time to relax before Christmas actually arrives. However, all my plans flew out the window and I am now spending my time writing and sketching plans on paper;Buying lovely fabrics;
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
I never think to make peanut brittle until it's Christmas time and then I always wonder why I don't make it more often, it's just so good!Here is another cute Christmas tin purchased at 75-percent off.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Each year when I begin digging out my Christmas stuff I enjoy looking at all my goody supplies. These festive paper bags are fun and very inexpensive to use. They are the size of brown paper lunch bags.When I make caramel corn I usually pack it in these fun bags.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
I have always loved making cookies at Christmas time; chocolate chip cookies are the ones I make the most.Last year I found festive metal tins at 75-percent off. These work so well for goodies as well as make your baked goods look professional. I like to tape the lids to the body in order to keep everything fresher.
The hardest part about making Christmas goodies is knowing what to send to each family; everything always looks and smells so good!
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Since I love a bargain I am always on the lookout for great deals. Earlier this year, at two different times, I spotted a couple of American Girl Bitty Baby Dolls for around 1-dollar a piece.Each doll has been dressed in a new outfit with a coordinating hat and now look as good as new.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
It's time to begin my Christmas preparations and first on my list is a double batch of sugar pecans; recipe here.These were such a big hit last year and they stay fresh for a long time making them a great "make ahead" item.