Thursday, February 26, 2009

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

{ sour cream chocolate cake }

mmm... this is so much like the chocolate cake my Grandma used to make when my cousin and I would and stay with them for a week in the summer. Of course, she made it with fresh cream from their cow, fresh eggs from their chickens and baked it in their wood stove... so I doubt my cake is quite as good as hers, but it is pretty darn good!

Here's Grandma Joy's recipe (hand written by her)... I don't think she'll mind that I'm sharing it!

{ bellies & babies }


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Sunday, February 22, 2009

{ dressing up the menu planner }

This little book has been a lifesaver over the last few weeks... it's my meal/menu planner! Planning our meals a week ahead has really taken a lot of the stress out of meal times. When I have a busy full day and do *not* feel like cooking, I still come home and make whatever it is that we had planned because I don't have to try and think of what to make and because I know we have all of the necessary ingredients on hand. The dh helps out by getting the groceries every Sunday night and the kids help out with some of the cooking & on occasion everyone helps with dishes. ;-)

So, a couple nights ago we had friends over for dinner (roasted chicken dinner & yummy carrot cake... mmm). After dinner while the boys were doing boy stuff the girls were getting crafty. I really wanted to make a journal cover for my menu planner notebook (composition book). I had found a tutorial online, but the measurements didn't match the size of my book. We tried, with the help of the boys, to adjust the measurements, but something must've gotten lost in translation so the journal covers turned out a little wonky!

Tonight I decided to try again with a different tutorial... and it worked! Now I want to make many more of these! I love how it turned out... so cute!

What's on your menu plan for this week?


Bend-the-Rules Sewing by Amy Karol (Paperback - Clarkson Potter)

Friday, February 20, 2009

{ quilting class }


Today I thought I'd share a few pics of the quilting class that we are teaching to a group of Middle School students. The students are making a quilted pillow and they are doing a really great job, especially considering that some (most) of them had never even used a sewing machine before! So far we haven't lost any fingers to the rotary cutters... and that is a good thing!There's Rhonda demo'ing rotary cutting!

What are you up to this fine Friday? The girls have a Pro D (no school!!) so we're enjoying a relaxing day at home (sewing, cooking, cleaning). I'm working on a Bento Box quilt, so I hope to have all of the blocks put together today. I've been trying to use up some of my large fat quarter collection. For the Bento I've used all Fat Quarters that I don't like... it should be interesting to see how it turns out! Why do I even have Fat Quarters that I don't like? Well, over the past year or so I have found some great deals on bundles of FQ's. Sadly, 85% of them are not my style at all, but I feel the need to use them anyway!


Monday, February 09, 2009

Baking :: Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Martha's Royal Icing

Sweet little cookies for my sweet little girls.

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 cup butter
1 egg
2 tsp. clear vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
4-1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

1. Cream together sugar and butter. Add egg, vanilla, and sour cream. Add dry ingredients. Mix well, but only until flour is incorporated.
2. Refrigerate and shape.
3. Place on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 425° for 5 minutes (or longer if they're a bit thicker... just watch the first batch and then adjust the cooking time accordingly).

Martha Stewart's Royal Icing:

Makes 2 1/3 cups
  • 3 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 5 tablespoons meringue powder, or 2 large egg whites
  • water


  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine sugar and meringue powder. Mixing on low speed, add a scant 1/2 cup water. For a thinner consistency, usually used for flooding, add more water. A thicker consistency is generally used for outlining and adding details. Mix until icing holds a ribbon-like trail on the surface of the mixture for 5 seconds when you raise the paddle.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

{ $10 & 24 hours }

OK, so I'm a little excited about this quilt top! I just bought this fabric yesterday and the quilt top is completed tonight! I paid approx. $10 for all the fabric in this flimsy... and I bought it at Hamels Fabrics so it's the the good stuff! I can't wait to see how it looks all quilted up.

The fabric used in this quilt is Soiree by Lila Tueller for Moda Fabrics.

Bend-the-Rules Sewing by Amy Karol (Paperback - Clarkson Potter)

{ flower garden pillow }

Yay... I finished it! You know how I said I love starting new projects? Well, I love finishing them, too. It feels great to have completed this pillow! Now I have to get it in the mail to a sweet little girl. It does look great in my daughter's room, though. I may have to make another one!


Bend-the-Rules Sewing by Amy Karol (Paperback - Clarkson Potter)

{ re-covered & planning ahead }


This morning I decided I'd had enough of my old ironing board cover so I thought I should finally do something about it! I used a tutorial over at U-handblog . I used the old ironing board cover casing & string... sewed that onto new fabric, replaced the foam crap with 3 layers of warm & natural batting and voila! I have a fresh & cute new ironing board cover. Plus, the bonus is that I got this Moda Blossom fabric for 60% off yesterday at Hamels... and I only used half a meter for this cover. I love it! Now I need to do my big ironing board as well.

So, I've started this meal planning thing to try and organize my life a little more and take some of the stress out of dinner time. Do you plan your meals ahead of time and shop accordingly or do you just wing it each night (like I used to do?). In case you're wondering, here's what's on our menu for this week:
So, what's on your menu this week?

I'll be back later to show you the pillow I've been working on. I finished it last night and am so pleased with how it turned out!

Have a nice week!


Bend-the-Rules Sewing by Amy Karol (Paperback - Clarkson Potter)

Monday, February 02, 2009

{ back at it }

free motion stipple quilting...

squaring it up...

completed pillow top...

{ have a say }


How was your Monday? Did you do anything fun or exciting? Me? Not so much! I spent a good part of my day waiting (and knitting), waiting (and freezing), waiting (and reading out of date magazines).

I had some fun yesterday, though! We had a wonderful dinner with friends and I got to hold their sweet, precious baby boy. He's such a cutie and always so happy.

Last night I was admiring my fabric scraps and decided to cut up a bunch of 3" squares. Now, what do you think I should make with them?!


Bend-the-Rules Sewing by Amy Karol (Paperback - Clarkson Potter)