Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Quilt Square Scarves

From top to bottom: Kim's, Savannah's and mine.

My SIL Kim has the cutest scarf that her mom made for her and I just loved it so Kim said she would teach me how to make one for myself. Savannah decided to join us as well and last night we had a scarf making class from Kim.

I chose my favorite Mary Engelbreit fabric with a coordinating damask-like print for my scarf.

First I started by cutting 22 (11 of each fabric) 5-inch quilt blocks.

Next I sewed the blocks right-sides together to form 2 strips of 11.

Then I placed the 2 strips together and pinned in the trim on the ends.

Then I sewed the scarf together.

Here's the scarf all sewn.

Next I clipped the edges all around the scarf.

When I got home I finished the last step, which was washing and drying the scarf so the edges frayed a little.

It was a really fun project and now that I've done one, I'm itching to do more!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Caramel Apple Pizza

It's been awhile since I've tried a Basket 411 recipe, but I'm trying to get back in the swing of things so last week when Basket 411 posted this recipe I couldn't wait to make it. :) We didn't get green apples in this week's BB, but I had some that I had bought a week or 2 ago at the grocery store that needed to be used.

Caramel Apple Pizza

1 pkg. sugar cookie dough (or homemade dough)

*Spread dough on a pizza pan or sheet pan and bake according to package directions. Let cool.

1 - 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla

*Cream together and spread onto cooled crust.

*Top with thinly sliced Granny Smith apples. Drizzle with caramel sauce (you can use caramel ice cream topping or this yummy homemade caramel sauce that we always have on hand at our house) and sprinkle with nuts if desired (we sprinkled ours with Heath toffee chips since Andrew isn't a big fan of nuts).


Bountiful Basket - January 22, 2011

I have to say that I love Bountiful Baskets, but Andrew and I have come to the conclusion that it really is too many fruits and vegetables for 2 people to reasonably eat so my best friend Savannah and I have decided to share the baskets from now on. We'll each buy one basket a month and then we'll split the basket with the other one so hopefully no more of our fruits and veggies will go to waste! On Saturday I picked up my Bountiful Basket for this month. Here's the list of this week's bounty that I took home:
  • 2 Fuji apples
  • 2 grapefruits
  • 5 lemons
  • 1 head green leaf lettuce
  • 1/2 head purple kale
  • 2 Bosc pears
  • 3 bananas
  • 1 bundle asparagus
  • 1 stalk broccoli
  • 1 pineapple
  • 5 Anaheim peppers
  • 7 Roma tomatoes

Thursday, January 20, 2011

February Tuck Swap

This past Tuesday night was tuck swap again! Our theme for February was Valentine's Day. The one I made is above and the one I came home with is below. I got Angie's tuck this month and it's so cute with its eyelet material and perfect red glitter heart. I love it!

A couple of the girls in my group also made some Valentine inspired prims to give to everyone. Sarah took small wood hearts that have a ruffled edge and covered them in scented wax.

Lewaina made each of us a personalized valentine ornie with antique velvet for the backing. Mine of course has an A and a J initial.

Thanks girls for always making swap night so fun!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Winter Dog

Now that it's winter Amber spends a lot more time inside her heated dog house because it's so cold, but during the day when it's a little warmer sometimes I look out the window and this is what I see.

She loves watching the cows in the field behind us and I guess sitting up there gives her a better view. :)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Minnie Mouse Birthday Cake

This past Saturday I headed down to Price to celebrate my niece Mayci's 1st birthday. My sister Heidi asked me to help make a Minnie Mouse birthday cake for the party and I was excited for the opportunity. My sister made the cake and had it waiting for me and I got there early and started piping. It took me about 2 hours, but it was fun and good practice for me.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year's Eve 2010

A few months ago Savannah, Kim and I decided that we should all get together with our husbands for New Year's Eve and have a fondue party. We spent a night or two planning and shopping for it and when the night came this is what it looked like...

Chocolate, Caramel and Strawberry Fondue

We had so much food, but it was so much fun!

Kim brought Happy New Year tiaras for us girls. I love these girls. :)

After dinner that night we hooked up a second TV in our family room and, with Josh and Savannah's Wii along with ours, had 2 Wii's going at the same time. Guitar Hero was a big hit.

Josh was determined to play a song all the way through.

Kim decided that it was easier for her to play the guitar if she held it like a violin!

At midnight we watched the New Year's Eve Ball drop in Times Square and then went outside to light off fireworks, but it was so cold the lighters wouldn't light! We managed to get 3 fireworks off before we were literally frozen and didn't care anymore ;) so we went back inside and played Wii again until 2 am. We had the best time!

Happy New Year!