Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Grandma's Apron

The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few.
It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material. But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.
It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears. From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.
When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.. And when the weather was cold grandma wrapped it around her arms. Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow,bent over the hot wood stove.Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.
From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls. In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.
When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds. When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men folks knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.
It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Crocheted Hats for Twins

These are the little hats I made for my friends twin girls. It was a fun project!

Crocheted Hot Pad

This is one of my projects I have made. I used an acrylic, multi - colored yarn for this Hot Pad. It was a lot bigger than the other ones I have made but it is nice for place large dishes or pots on.


Have you ever had Florentines? I never had but decided to make them this year for some gift baskets. They were super-de-duperly easy and quick! Not to mention DELICIOUS!
1 3/4 Cup Almonds 3T. Flour
1/4 t. salt 3/4 cup Sugar
2 T. heavy cream 2 T. corn syrup
5 T. unsalted butter 1/2 t. vanilla
Orange Zest, about 2 T.
*Almond bark, melted for drizzling*
Preheat oven to 350. Spray baking sheets. Pulse almonds in food processor until finely chopped. (We don't have a food processor so I just chopped them as finely as I could) Stir together nuts, flour, zest and salt in bowl. (I didn't have unsalted butter so I skipped adding the salt and just used salted butter) Put the sugar, cream (I used hald and half) corn syrup and butter in small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until boiling and sugar is completely dissolved. Continue to boil for one minute. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, then pour over almond mixture and stir. Let cool till workable, about 30 mins. (I put it outside on my window ledge in the freezing cold so it was workable within 15 mins, for me)
Take 1/2 t. sized amount and put six to a pan. (The original recipe I followed said teaspoon sized but that was way to big for my pans. You can test one or two to determine the size you want to make them at and just to see how the cook adn how much they actually spread out. ) Bake about 5 mins (the recipe told me to bake for 10 - 12 but that was way too long, ovens vary) until flattened and brownish in color. Process is rapid so be sure to keep an eye on it. Let cool on pans for a minute before moving to cooling rack. Make sure you are careful with them as they are delicate/brittle. Drizzle with melted chocolate as a finishing touch... Enjoy!

Everythings Always Better When It's Home Grown

I was standing in the checkout line at the liquor store with a big, cheap bottle of wine. As I was about to put the bottle on the counter my eye caught another bottle on a shelf. It was Home Grown. I walked over and was instantly sold on it; one for the adorable mud boots and I loved how on the back it not only had quotes but it said, "Collect 6 different cork quotes and redeem for wearable at..." The cork not only had the little mud boots on it but a quote that said, "Even Elvis wore shirts his mother made..." Maybe I was a sucker for looks but regardless it, thankfully, turned out to be a good wine as well. I would definitly buy another bottle if they get more in. Thought I would share.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Silicone Baking Cups

These are the coolest new things I just got! They are silicone baking cups! No more buying the paper ones to throw away once you eat the cupcake, muffin, etc. I love them! I got to use them for the first time yesterday when I make Banana-Blueberry Muffins.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A Christmas Bloom

This is a picture of my Christmas cactus that my friend gave to me for my 22nd birthday! Yes, its getting quite old! It has even survived a move half way across the country! It had a little rough spell when it first moved here but since then its gotten some new spoil, a new pot and a new spot closer to the window. I am SOooo happy that it bloomed this year. It hasn't every year so when it does it's super exciting!

Saturday, November 27, 2010


OOhhh the many colors of yarn! For the past couple of weeks I have been taking a crochet class on Tuesdays and I love it! It's at Teresita's Sew Creative( It's so much fun...just fun! I love picking out neat yarns to start a new project with. So far in the class we have learned how to crochet washcloths (dishcloths), hot pads and this week we will be making a dual colored scarf! I am very excited for that one. After that, the plan was to make a coordinating hat, however, the double crochet on the hot pad slowed us down because we were all a little slow in picking it up. Anyway, we are learning all the lingo so we will be able to pick up a pattern and make a hat on our own. The last two classes will be making Christmas coasters with matching placemats. I will try to post some photos of the projects I have completed soon.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

UPDATE: Darling Iron Board Cover

Things are coming along rather well. I have been taking my time on the iron board cover as it's not quite a necessity - even though the board is so dumb to iron on (seeing that there is practically no backing on it at all....) right now but I am getting there. Yesterday I was able to get all the strips sew together. After I laid them out on the board, to make sure I had enough to cover it, I then had to decide if I wanted a stripped one (cause it was darling looking with stripes!) or whether or not I wanted to continue with the more true to quilt look by cutting squares and making it look more quilt like.... ah decisions, decisions! Well, I decided I liked it with the stripes and it would surely be a much easier way to make it but I decided I would regret not going further if I just stopped with the way it is. So, I am going to continue making it more quilt like. I can't wait till its finished but am glad I've decided to put that little bit extra in's kinda like well it tastes good with a pinch of salt but would taste even better with a dash of garlic! :)

Here's what it looks like (and would have looked like if I kept the stripes) all laid out:

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Truly Blessed

I am so truly blessed to have such good and true friends in this life - God is so good to me....



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