Thursday, April 30, 2009

More baby crafts

This week for craft group I went back to a baby craft. I saw this idea on Handmade By Jill's blog (see link on side for some really cute ideas). This was really simple, but so cute!!
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

New Skirts for tax day

Today's craft was to make new skirts. After much fussing I finally finished mine. Here's what it looks like. I should have made the elastic waist a bit tighter, but hopefully I'll be needed more room in my waistband in the near future. As it is, it stays up, so I'm not sewing the elastic again. I plan on wearing it to the temple of Saturday. As this is my first skirt, I'm pondering tucking away another skirt just in case! LOL
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Monday, April 6, 2009

Homemade Bread and Butter

All you LDS folks out there know that this past weekend was conference weekend. For my non-LDS friends, twice a year we have a two day general conference where we receive instruction from our general leaders of the church in SLC. Sam and I have the BYU channel through our cable provider, so we watch conference at home. That's a lot of time at home! Between sessions on Sunday we decided to try our hand at some bread and butter. We'd made bread before (this was an old mix we found in our food storage), but we'd never intentionally made butter before. Anyone who was friends with us during our foray into ice cream making knows that we unintentionally made really sweet vanilla butter no matter what ice cream recipe we used!! The butter was so easy to make! We used 16 oz. of walmart brand heavy whipping cream as our base. I let the cream come to room temperature (about 90 mins) and then dumped it into my food processor. Turned on my most beloved appliance and about 3 mins later we had butter!! I saved the leftover liquid to make pancakes with later this week, and began washing the butter.
It only took 2 rinsings to get the water clean. I didn't do a great job squeezing the excess rinse water out, so it's a little moist. We added a pinch of salt (literally Sam pours a small amount in my hand) I'd guess that it was about 1/8 of a teaspoon and stirred it in. Sam can't really taste the salt, but I can. In the end we made about 7 oz of butter. Next time we're going to try cream from a local dairy to see if it's any different. Yum and easy! You can't get any better than that!
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Finished Quilt

It's Wednesday, and as promised here is my finished quilt. Can I just reiterate that it gave me fits and like Tiggers with honey, I definitely don't like quilting!! LOL I cheated and didn't lay it flat for a more flattering (and mistake hiding) picture! Yes, I'm vain, what can I say.Ü Now where is that baby to wrap it up in??
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