Monday, January 31, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
WWW Wednesdays is hosted at Should Be Reading.To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin, The White Queen by Philppa Gregory, The Red Thread by Ann Hood (audio book - really not making much progress. I'm enjoying the story but can't get into the audio book format. I might just have to pick up a paper copy of the library)
• What did you recently finish reading?
The Last Summer (of You and Me) by Ann Brashares, Plan B by Charnan Simon (it was really bad), The Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
• What do you think you’ll read next?
The Mother Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick,
What about you? What is on your bookshelf right now? Please leave a comment or a link to your own WWW Wednesday, I would love to hear from you!
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
I am about to show you some pictures, and I warn you it is kind of scary. Actually I'm a little embarrassed to share it in this space, it feels a little like revealing a part of my life that only my husband and children should see. But sometimes public humiliation can be humbling and encouraging... so here it goes.
|This is currently my work in progress table... I know.. its pretty bad. See all that Warm n' Natural quilt batting under it? That is the stuff I got for 66% off during that boxing week sale.|
And next after that is this pile of nursing covers for beebee buttercup. They were cut and 3/4 of the way sewn back in December... and then we got the stomach flu over and over again, so they sat... and sat.
Care to join in on my work in progress challenge? Leave a comment here with what you will be working on, or post a link to your own blog post about your works in progress... maybe we could encourage each other!
Monday, January 24, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
I am sure by now you have heard of the devastating flood and the many, many Queensland Flood Appeal auctions and donation sites. It is so easy to donate, and quite touching to see how the handmade/crafting community is trying to help in their own way.
I wanted to draw your attention to this auction at the Mother Huddle starting today, as well as this master list of auctions and raffles.
Please donate if you can, and if you cannot please help to spread the word on your facebook, blog or twitter.
• What are you currently reading?The Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, The Last Summer (of You and Me) by Ann Brashares, The Red Thread by Ann Hood (audio book)
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
This has become my number one favourite cookie to eat and give (partly because this is the cookie most often requested).
¾ cup butter 4 cups flour
¾ cup shortening 2 tspn. Baking soda
2 cups white sugar 2 tspn. Cinnamon
2 eggs 2 tspn. Ginger
½ cup molasses 2 tspn. Cloves
Cream together butter, shortening, sugar, eggs and molasses, then slowly add in flower and spices. Mix well. Cool in refrigerator about 1 hours. Roll into balls and dip in sugar. Do not press with a fork. Bake a t 350 for 10 min.
OatmealI love a soft, chewy oatmeal cookie and this one fits the bill. Sometimes I try to convince myself that it counts as a breakfast food because of the oats... I'll keep trying!
¾ cup butter softened 1 cup brown sugar
½ cup white sugar
2 tbspn. Water
2 tspn. vanilla
2/3 cup all purpose flour
3 cups Oatmeal
¾ tspn. Baking soda
1 tspn. Cinnamon
1 ½ cups raisins or chocolate chips (optional)
Beat the first 6 ingredients with mixer until creamy. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well. Drop dough by tablespoon onto greased baking sheets. Press flat for crispy cookies or leave mounded for chewy.
Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden (check after 8 minutes).
Easy Peanut Butter Cookies
I am sure that there are better, more complicated cookie recipes but this one meets all my requirements: super peanut buttery, soft and chewy.
In a large bowl, beat together until smooth: 1 (300 ml) can Sweetened Condensed Milk, 3/4 cup Peanut Butter. Add 2 cups Tea Bisk and 1 tspn vanilla. Mix well. Shape dough into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar. Place 2" apart on ungreased baking sheet. Flatten with fork. Bake at 375 for 6-8 minutes or until lightly browned.
What is your favourite cookie recipe? Feel free to leave it in the comments, or leave a link to a post about your favourite recipe from your blog. I love to read your comments so please leave one!
Friday, January 14, 2011
I added a link to my 2011 Read, and Currently-Reading Goodreads bookshelves on the right side and if you are so inclined you can check them out. Just as with the E-Reading challenge I will be updating my books read on this post, rather than creating new posts every time I finish a book.
1. My Name is Memory - Ann Brashares
2. The White Queen - Philippa Gregory
3. Virgin River - Robyn Carr
4. The Last Time I Saw You - Elizabeth Berg
5. Her Mother's Hope - Francine Rivers
6. A Gift of Grace - Amy Clipston
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Around here we are big fans of the hanging kitchen towel. Maybe that is because our girls are big fans of stealing the kitchen towels (not to mention the dish cloths but I think that we have covered that subject already). Sadly, I have but one hanging kitchen towel, it is a crocheted one that Nick's aunt made a few years ago and well - it looks like it has been in rotation for a few years.
See the sad looking, well used, old green towel? Vast improvement I'd say!
When I did the overhaul on the washcloth drawer, I started to think that I should probably do the same with the towel drawer and that is when I stumbled upon this tutorial by Trey and Lucy. So simple but so fabulous! Why didn't I think of that sooner? I made one up a few in no time while the girls pulled 'played' in thier rooms and am in the process of making a full collection for the kitchen, but its going to have to wait for the weekend as this is what happens when I try to work during the day!
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
Do you have any machine quilting tips or tricks for avoiding bunching? Any suggestions? Please leave a comment because I would love to hear from you and your tips would be much appreciated!
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
I am going to enter in at the Obsessed level which means that I need to read 20 e-books in 2011. I am going to track my books through this blog post (rather than creating new posts for every book) so I will be updating and editing this post throughout the year.
1. Wicked Girls - Stephanie Hemphill
2. Harvesting the Heart - Jody Picoult
3. The Last Summer (of you and me) - Ann Brashares
4. Plan B - Charnan Simon (really bad)
5. Three Cups of Tea - Greg Mortensen
6. The Heretic's Daughter - Kathleen Kent
7. The Postmistress - Sarah Blake
8. Seek Me With All Your Heart - Beth Wiseman
9. An Amish Christmas - Cynthia Keller
10. If I Stay - Gayle Forman
11. Sarah's Garden - Kelly Long
12. Lilly's Wedding Quilt - Kelly Long
13. The Help - Kathryn Stockett
14. The Storyteller - Sharon Tillotson
What about you? Do you love to read? What are you reading right now? Please post a comment, I would love to hear from you.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Cotton prints for multi-bags, tea totes and a few other projects
Did you pick up any great fabrics over the holidays or start any new projects? Please leave a comment, I would love to hear from you!
Monday, January 3, 2011
I used the tutorial in One Yard Wonders. I made a slight modification in size because I didn't have quite enough fabric to use the authors measurements (I think the shape was cut 10.5 x 13" and I can't remember what I did for the hang loops). The fabric is a woven Nova Scotia tartan (Carl's favourite colour is blue) and it is lined with a pale yellow cotton. I used a simple block letter embroidery for the name, again on yellow cotton, and love how it turned out. I added a little Velcro to the middle of the bag to hold it closed when it is empty, because when it hung open it was a little difficult to read the name.
I'm really happy with how this turned out and will be making a few more projects from this book soon - so I promise to share when they are finished.
What do you think? Have you made anything from this book? Please leave a comment, I would love to hear from you!