Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
If you've been reading my blog for even a short amount of time, you'll know that I love to bake (and eat) anything sweet. So how could I not share a few dessert recipes for Thanksgiving?
The photo is from last Thanksgiving.. lots of sweets! This wasn't even all of it, there was a couple more pies on the table. lol
So this is what I'm making this year:
2 c crushed graham crackers
1/3 c sugar
½ c melted butter
¾ c sugar
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 c pumpkin
3 egg yolks (save whites)
½ tsp salt
½ c sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
½ c milk
1 envelope plain gelatin
¼ c cold water
3 egg whites
¼ c sugar
-Mix crushed graham crackers, 1/3 c sugar and melted butter. Line a 9x13 pan with mixture.
-Beat 2 eggs, ¾ c sugar and cream cheese. Spread on top of graham cracker mixture. Bake 2 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool.
-Combine pumpkin, 3 egg yolks, salt, ½ c sugar, cinnamon and milk. Cook until thick.
-Mix gelatin and water. Add to pumpkin mixture. Let cool.
-Beat 3 egg whites and ¼ c sugar until stiff. Fold into cold pumpkin mixture. Pour over cooled crust and refrigerate.
And for my Georgia boy: Chocolate Pecan Pie from Martha Stewart. You can find the recipe here. I've never made this (I usually just make a regular pecan pie), so I'm anxious to see how it tastes.
What are you making for tomorrow?
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
(Don't these look delicious? I love that snowman!)
Details from the Craftzine blog: "The new Bake It Pretty shop has opened, offering all kinds of fabulous cupcake toppers and baking accessories. They're also offering a giveaway: Just leave a comment on their blog post and they'll draw one winner for every 50 comments received. Winners receive a $30 gift certificate to the shop! The drawing will take place on Tuesday, November 25th in the evening."
Check out her shop too, oh boy there's some cute stuff over there. I don't really make cupcakes all that much but this stuff makes me feel like I should!
Want some more cupcakes?
Here's a cupcake blog: Cupcakes Take The Cake
And a few recipes:
Monday, November 24, 2008
Handmade Thanksgiving Garland, Pumpkin Pie Handspun Yarn, Pumpkin-Ginger Marshmallow Clouds
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Here's two that are in the works:
A quilt for Brian. I'm posting this because he knows about it and he even picked several of the fabrics. haha.. I got him to go to the fabric store :)
I haven't decided on a pattern yet.. I'm thinking I want to just have fun with it and do something inspired by the Gee's Bend quilts. I have this book and it's just marvelous.And an apron for his mom. He also helped pick out this fabric. The photo is the apron from Amy Butler's In Stitches. I've made a couple of these and they're fast and easy and cute.
I'm thinking of getting one of these pot holders from SallyRags to go along with it and maybe some of our favorite recipes printed out onto cute recipe cards.
What projects will you be working on this weekend?
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Paper Turkeys. Remember those old honeycomb decorations? These are sorta just like those. I love that.
Rustic Place Cards. I love these - you just cut a slit in a wine cork and wedge a little card into it. You can even download and print the cards from right here.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
And how cute are these? Bamboo flatware ($7.50), also from To-Go Ware.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I made some more baby caps and blankets for the The Caps to Cap-Haitien Project. Um, what possessed me to buy that star flannel? Must have been the rainbow colors. heh
And I played with this little one for a few hours while her mama was in class. We danced and sang Christmas carols. Well, I sang, she just laughed at me. :)
Monday, November 17, 2008
...I just have about seven more months of waiting. :)
I love this photo by Alicia Bock, available here. And here's her Etsy shop. Lots of beautiful photos there. She's a fellow Michigan girl so her photos remind me of my own summertime adventures. Oh, it seems so far away..
Friday, November 14, 2008
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I've been using baking soda and apple cider vinegar instead, and it's working so well, I'm still kind of shocked. I had a couple of weeks of weird hair (I think it might have been because I wasn't using enough vinegar), but now it's so great.. I'm glad I'm stubborn! lol
It doesn't get greasy anymore! I don't even have to wash it everyday.. right now I'm washing it every other day and just rinsing it with water on the days I don't wash, but I think soon I'll be able to wash even less. And I have long hair too.. I just can't believe how well it's working. I even met some friends at the bar last week and afterwards my hair didn't reek of cigarette smoke (which it usually does!).
I had been wondering how to do this for a while, and I happened upon a post on the Angry Chicken blog with a link to more information, which was quite helpful.
But here's how I do it (based largely on the info from the link):
- I have a big water jug with a sports top that I fill with a mixture of 1 cup water to 1 tablespoon baking soda. My jug holds 4 cups, so I mix 4 cups water and 4 tablespoons baking soda so I don't have to worry about it every day. The baking soda will dissolve in the water and it'll just look like water.
- For the apple cider vinegar, I have a spray bottle that I fill with a mixture of 1 cup water to 1 tablespoon vinegar. This bottle also holds 4 cups.
- On the days I wash my hair, I just open the sports top of the jug and pour the baking soda mixture all over my hair and massage it in (I don't use the entire bottle, I probably use about 1 cup of the mixture each time I wash). Sometimes I let it sit for a minute or so, other times I just rinse it. Depends on how dirty my hair is.
- Then I just spray the vinegar mixture in my hair, making sure it gets everywhere (again, not the entire bottle). In that link I gave with more info I think she said she doesn't use the vinegar every time she washes, but I do. Without it I find that my hair feels rough and dry. The vinegar makes it soft and shiny and it doesn't seem like it's hurting my hair at all. And the vinegar smell goes away! Promise!
- I don't use hair spray or anything else in my hair, so I can't say how that would affect it. That site said to stop drying your hair with a hair dryer, but I've been drying mine and it seems fine. I just let it air dry a little longer and use the hair dryer to get the dampness out.
I know it might sound crazy, but try it, it works!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Um, I'm a little overwhelmed with this huge mass of string. It weighs two pounds!
Oh, but isn't it wonderful? The little guy's cute too, isn't he? I found him at a garage sale a few weeks ago. I brought him home and washed him and washed the paint right off his nose! oops! :)
If you're not looking to own two pounds of string, you can find 20 yard lengths in the shop (direct link here). And you get Santa to boot!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I also love this quote that's on her new blog: "I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again." -Stephen Grellet