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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

I love Cookies.  All kinds.  These are one of my favorites.  One of my Aunties makes these each time we have a gathering.  I could eat all of them. Here is the yummy recipe.

1 Cup White Sugar
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup Margarine
1 tsp Vanilla
Cream together
3 Eggs
Mix withe sugar mixture
2 tsp. Baking Powder
2 tsp. Soda
1 tsp. Salt
2 1/2 Cup Flour
Sift together and mix with above.
2 Cups Rolled oats *
2 Cups Unsweetened Coconut **
*For your rolled oats I like to use all natural ones I get in bulk at Fred Meyers or Winco in the bulk section. When I don't have those I use regular oats but I blend them in my blender for about 15 seconds to grind them up a bit.  I just like the texture better.
**Unsweetened Unsulfered Coconut is found in the bulk bins at Fred Meyers or Winco. Red mill makes some in a small bag. Usually in the Health section.  You can use Sweetened but you will  need to add an additional 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
Mix all ingrediants together.  Drop by spoonfuls onto a GREASED cookie sheet.
Bake  at 350* for 12-15 min or 375* for 9-12 min
Let them cool just a bit (they are better cool) Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Back to School Printable

Here in Idaho we still have a few weeks till school starts.  But back home in Utah kiddos are heading back today,  Here is a cute little printable to get you back into the swing! Printable size is 11x14.  Just right click, save to your computer, then print at your favorite printer!  Have a Happy Day!

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Foam Swords

My oldest son went to Scout camp a few weeks ago.  He came home with one of these, a Foam Sword.  Know growing up my brothers and i woudl go out to the wood shed at Grandpa house. Find a few pieces of wood and sit down at the work bench and make things.  Usually swords because they were the easiest to make.  Well times have changed.  Most of us don't have  wood shed or work bench and most wouldn't let there kids sit outside to make swords.  This is an easy solution.
Here is what you need:
Foam Swimming Noodle
Fabric Scraps

Cut your noodles in half.  I just used a knife.  They cut very easy.

Take your fabric scraps and cut them 5x8 inches.

Next you will cut a circle a bit smaller than your noodle.  I folded mine in half and cut the circles the same. Thread your noodle through the holes.

And there off.  My little miss loves these.  Hers of course is purple (pink wan not availble) My kiddos play with these for hours and no one gets hurt.  Fun for the playroom, tramp or outside. I think  they would be great for a Pirate birthday party. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Silhouette Wall Hangings

We purchased our new home a year ago. I am still trying to get my house put together.  Lots to do. My Silhoutte came to the rescue. I made these cute mixed media canvases.

 I first purchased 3 canvases.  Various sizes. Mine were all under $4 each.  I cut vinyl dandelions for one.  Stuck them on the white canvas and Sprayed the canvas yellow.  I pulled teh vinyl off and this was the result.  Next I used gunny sack fabric to cover the canvas.  I cut brown heat transfer material and cut out the branches, name and year.  I ironed them onand them stappled my fabric to the canvas.  It was super simple and turned out pretty cute.  My chevron board is fabric with fabric twisted flowers. All in all I spent maybe $15 for all three

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Nursing Tank Tops

So the other day a Gal pal of mine called and said Down East was haveing a closetout sale on there clothing.  Nothing over $10.  So I stopped. They had cami's 2 for $5.  So I picked up a few.  This is what I did with them.

I have a new little guy here at home. As a nursing mom, it is hard to stay modest and still nurse at home or in public.  Nursing shirts though convient, are just not my thing.  I purchased a few of these nursing tanks from a website a few months ago in preparation for our new littl guy.  I LOVE them.  I wear them everyday. They keep me modest while still being able to nurse with ease. I wanted more but the price was a little over my budget.  Then I decided I could make my own. Only 15 minutes!!

Here is what you need:
1 Tank Top
1 set of swim suit/bra hooks

  Unpick the back straps and cut the front leaving about 11/2 inches of strap.

Next thread your bra hooks through the straps.  Make sure the hook faces inside.

Next fold the strap to the wrong side of the tank and stitch strap.

Your done. Now use the bra hook to slide it into the nursing cup.  This will be just below the clasp you unhook to nurse.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Coconut Orange Cookies

This yummy recipe comes from my way cool Granny!  She is the most amazing cook.  She has spoiled my family and makes it hard to have anything else.  I love trying to make her recipes.  This one was made for the blessing of our baby girl.  She made a huge platter and they were gone.  I was lucky to get the last one.  They have a more cakie taste to them.  I like them to because they give me the idea that they are on the healthier side!

Orange Coconut Cookies

¾ C. sugar
¾ C. shortening
1 egg
1 C. mashed carrots, cooked
2 C. Flour
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
½ C. coconut
Cream shortening and sugar. Add egg and mashed carrots.  Add dry ingredients. Add vanilla and coconut.  The dough will be a little sticky.  You want it that way. Drop by teaspoon on greased sheet.  Bake 12-15 min at 350 degrees.

Juice one large orange and grated rind
Add powdered sugar to a spreading consistency.

They may look a little doughy from the outside but they are quite cakie inside.  The are super yummy!!  Just give them a try.

Princess Aprons

So I saw these little cuties on a website the other day.  I thought they were totally cute and I am a sucker for princess stuff. I only have One little girl. I kind of give into anything girly.  Until I saw the price tag.  $25. Way to much for this mama to pay.  So I made my own. It only cost me about $8 and about an hour to make 2 of them.  So today you get Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty!

What you need for one:

1/2 - 3/4 yard fabric (color depends on the princess)
1/4-1/2 yard fabric for extras

 I cut my main fabric into sections. 13 inches for skirt, 5 inches for sash.  If I made this again I would buy and extra 5 inches to make my sash longer.

Next cut your extras. in this case the hip puffies ( not quite sure what to call them)
1.I started with cutting 4 rectangles 9 1/2 wide x 6 1/2 long.
Then I rounded 2 bottom edges.
Stitch around 3 sides. Clip rounded edges before turning.
Turn, Press and topstitch.
3. Gather the top.  I gathered mine to be 6 inches wide finished.

Next I folded my sash to have a finished edge.
1. Fold top left corner to right side lining up edges.
2. Fold top right corner to left edge. (You should have a triangle on the end of your sash)
3 Press.
4. Fold in half and press.
At this point I folded the straight edges of my sash  a 1/2 inch on both sides and pressed them to prepare for stitching everything together.

Okay so here I missed taking a picture.  But Its really simple.  I gave my skirt a little hem around 3 sides.  1 long (45 inches) and both short (13). About a 1/2 in.  I turned 1/2 inch and pressed then another 1/2 inch and pressed.
Across the non hemmed edge I did a basting stitch as large as I could to do my gathering. Leave you threads a little long for this.  Pull one thread and begin to gather you fabric.  When you have it the length you want tie the threads in a knot to hold it till you can stitch it. My skirts finished length after gathering was about 18 in.

I then added my puffies. Placing them each on center. Pin them into place.
Take your sash find your center and match it up with the skirt. Pin the wrong side of the skirt
to the right side of the sash.
Sew the sash puffies and skirt together.
Once done fold the sash over onto the skirt. Start at the end of the sash and stich to the other end.  As you stitch you will be finishing the sash and top stitching the sash to the skirt and puffies.

When your finished it will look like this! I added a fabric twisted rose to the center to give it a little more glam.  My little miss loves it!

I was thinking these would make a great birthday gift or party favor for a Princess and her guests!
 I think next time I may make a Belle, Tinker Bell or Alice in Wonderland apron.

Homemade t-shirts

Our new little guy is super chubby and tall.  He is so big he has almost outgrown most of his summer clothes and summer just started here in Idaho.  So I have had to improvise and get him some shirts.  In my creative quest to be a little more than boring I used my Silhouette again to make him a few shirts.

Here is my super baby.  I used heat transfer and fabric transfer to create this little shirt.  I designed the diamond and "S" in Silhouette program and cut it out. 

Little Mister Monocle
I love the mustache thing going on.  I used the mustache and monocle from Lettering Delights, Mustache Mania and Funny Faces.  I think my little guy may need a few more shirts.  What to do next????

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