Saturday, January 4, 2014

I'VE MOVED TO A NEW BLOG

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Easy Crochet Winter Headband ---- FREE pattern


 Here is a Freebie for you. I use this pattern to make my winter headbands in the shop. They are a fast and easy piece, a great seller, and a perfect accessory.

pattern is written in toddler size with larger sizes in parenthesis.


I hook, worsted weight yarn in any color

ch 52(for toddlers) 62(for children and small heads) 72 (for larger noggins)

1.  sc in second chain from hook, sc in next 9 stitches. dc in the next 32 stitches (42) (52), sc in the next 10 stitches, ch1 turn

2. sc in then next 9 sc, dc in the next 32 (42) (52) dc's, sc in the next 10 sc, ch1 turn

3. sc in the next sc, ch1 skip a stitch(button hole), sc in the remaining sc's, dc in all following dc's, sc in the last 10 sc, ch1 turn

4. sc in all remaining sc's, dc in all remaining dc's, sc in last 10 sc's

repeat row 4 if you'd like to make the headband thicker. or ch1 and go to step 5.

5. ch 1 and then sc evenly around the entire headband. **this is a great time to switch colors if you'd like your edge to be a contrasting color than your main headband.

Sew a button onto the opposite end of your button hole

Embellish with your favorite flower.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Best Sugar Cookies, hands down!


Oh My YUM!!! This is hands down the best drop sugar cookie recipe I have tried to date. I urge you, try it....you will love it.

Thank you, pinterest for bringing me such wonderful new recipes. This recipe I found at a most wonderful blog : See Jane in the kitchen. is below. Please check out her blog for a lot of other great recipes I plan to try very soon.

DROP SUGAR COOKIES

1 1/4 cups white sugar
1 cup salted butter
3 egg yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/3 cup coarse sugar crystals or regular granulated sugar

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream together butter and sugar. Mix in 1 egg yolk at a time and vanilla extract. Add flour, baking soda, cream of tarter, and salt until cookie dough is completely mixed, BUT DO NOT OVERMIX.  Be sure to scrape down the bowl to be sure everything is mixed. Using a medium scoop, form dough balls and roll them in sugar crystals. Place cookie balls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper 2 inches apart from one another. Bake for 12-14 minutes until the surface of each cookies have a cracked like texture. Remove from oven and allow cookies to remain on the cookie sheet for 5 mintues before transferring to a cooling rack.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Ice Cream Sandwiches

You can use your waffle maker to make completely lovely, lick the plate clean ice cream sandwiches. 

HOW???


Well it's easy. All you need is a box of cake mix. I followed the directions on the back, making only one change. I used 1/2 cup less water than called for on the box. Cooked up a bunch of super chocolatey waffles and sandwiched some homemade french vanilla ice cream in the middle. So much better than the store bought ones. 



Easy Spinach Lasagna


Mmmmmmmmmm.....Lasagna, layer after layer of cheesy goodness, sweet tomatoes, and savory seasonings. It's just good food. Today we had a really nice spinach lasagna for dinner. It was so good I thought I'd better share it.







You Will Need:
1 large package lasagna noodles
1 large container ricotta cheese
3 eggs
4 cups mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese

1 cup Parmesan cheese
1 packet dry italian dressing mix
1 jar of you favorite spaghetti sauce
1 package frozen chopped spinach (drained)

Cook noodles according to package directions, and set aside. Combine ricotta, 4 cups mozzarella, parmesan, spinach, eggs, and italian dressing mix (mix well).

Spread 1/2 cup of spaghetti sauce on bottom of a 13x9 pan. Layer noodles, sauce, and cheese mixture. Continue layering in this order until you can't anymore. Try to end your layering with a cheese layer. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese on top. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 45 mins at 400 degrees. Remove foil and let cook another 10 mins or until cheese is browned slightly. Remove from oven and let sit for 15 minutes before serving.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Tips For Baking Better Cookies

A Few Tips For Better Cookies


1. Use butter or stick margarine with at least 80% oil

2. Measure ingredients accurately

3. Avoid overmixing the dough. If cookie dough is handled to much
your cookies will be tough.

4. Preheat oven for 10-15 minutes

5. use heavy gauge dull aluminum baking sheets. Dark cookie sheets make cookies to brown and crunchy.

6. Make cookies the same size and thickness

7. unless you recipe states otherwise, place cookies 2-3 inches apart.

8. Let cookies cool on pan for 1 minute before transferring

9. Check cookies when minimum time has been reached and bake longer only if needed.

10. NEVER put cookie dough on a hot pan, always use a cool pan.