Friday, December 7, 2018

The Best Ooey Gooey Homemade Brownie Recipe

I was asked a couple days ago to make brownies for a funeral. No problem!
Package brownies are usually my favorite because I had never found a homemade
recipe I liked. Unfortunately, I failed to buy a box of brownie mix...whoops...
and there wasn't time to go to the store. Thank goodness for the internet!

Do you know there are A LOT of "Best Brownies" recipes?
I found several that sounded so-so, but some were way too much work.
Then I saw one that said, "Katherine Hepburn's Brownies."
I liked Katherine Hepburn and the recipe looked easy.
The problem I found was that several people claimed their recipe was
Katherine Hepburn's, but some of the ingredients were not the same.

Since I have no idea what the original recipe actually was, I used one of them that looked pretty 
easy and made it with a couple changes. You can Google "Katherine Hepburn's Brownies" 
to see some of the versions. They are all pretty close to the same so you can't go wrong.
They are ooey and gooey, and be prepared because they have lots of butter and sugar.
There also isn't very much flour in them.
I doubled the recipe and added frosting, and chocolate chips instead of nuts. 
Be prepared for a sugar high...they are rich, but delicious!

There's no pictures because all that was left were the brownies on the outside edges 
of the pan. The center ones went to the funeral...I hope they liked them.
I definitely did!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Riley Blake Designs The Pout Pout Fish Project Tour

This month Riley Blake Designs released the cutest fabric...The Pout Pout Fish!
The fabric designs are based on the books by Deborah Diesen about a fish with a sad looking face.
The fish on this quilt has a smile, but I'm sure he/she would love to play with Pout Pout Fish!
After all, he's so cute even with that frown on his face.

My Little Reading Quilt
Measures 37" x 37"

These are the fabrics I used on my project for this tour. 

“With a mouth like mine I am destined to be glum”~Pout Pout Fish

The quilt and books will make a special Christmas gift for the Monkey Baby.
I can't wait to read the books to him!

Snuggling will be happening with the plush fabric on the back.

Little critters will be listening in on the stories, too.

You can find the pattern for My Little Reading Quilt in Just Let Me Quilt's Craftsy store HERE.

Check out all the other Pout Pout Fish projects:

December 3 - Made for Mermaids
December 5 - Just Let Me Quilt
December 7 - Cream Craft Goods
December 10 - Sunflower Seams
December 12 - Paisley Roots
December 17 - That’s Sew Kari

Look how cute the panel is!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Four Square Pie With Apples, Pumpkin, Peaches, And Cherries

It was my sister's fault that I made a Four Square Pie with apples, pumpkin, peaches, and cherries.
She has this way about getting me excited about recipes like this. 
The recipe is all over on the internet, but my sister first saw it on Cooking With Chef Bryan.
His looks way better than mine and I made some changes, but it was still delicious and fun!

A layer of parchment paper underneath made removing slices easy.
I added some topping to the apple slices and since there was a bit left, I put it 
over part of the pumpkin. Seriously, I loved it on the pumpkin!

The topping I made:

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup flour
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

I used a can of Pumpkin Pie Mix (not the pureed pumpkin) with two eggs, no milk.
It was really good!

An egg wash of one egg and one tablespoon of water mixed together and brushed over the pastry
made it look a nice golden color. *A HUGE TIP: I highly recommend putting something
 underneath the pan while it is baking to avoid a messy clean-up from the bubbling over fillings.
It took a little less than 45 minutes at 350 degrees to bake. Times may vary in other altitudes.

My pie crust was a package from the store and tasted a lot better than what I would have made.
This won't be the last time I make it and I'll be experimenting with different fillings next time.
While checking out the internet for Four Square Pies I saw one with pecan pie in a section...yum!
This recipe allows for all kinds of varieties for a crowd with a love of pies.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

It's A Wild Life December Block Of The Month

We've only got one month and one block left until it's time for the next Block of the Month.
But for now, Amy has given us It's A Wild Life's December Block of the Month and it's a cutie!

I love this raccoon with his cookie and look at that sweet jeep.
My clouds are a little dreary looking which might cause that raccoon to get rained on!

Sew Incredibly Crazy has a giveaway each month, but you have to make the block
and link it on her blog. It's easy to do and the giveaways are always amazing!

I'm using Riley Blake Designs fabrics in all my blocks, including
Confetti, Kisses, and Crayola. I love all their fabrics!

My blocks from each month's design:

December - A Midnight Picnic - Sew Incredibly Crazy - Pattern info HERE.

November - Wishful Love - Just Let Me Quilt - Pattern info found HERE

October - I Moose Go Camping - Moosestash Quilting - Pattern info found HERE

September - He's So Foxy! - Just Let Me Quilt - Pattern info found HERE

August - Home At The Cabin - Sew Incredibly Crazy - Pattern info found HERE

July - Lunchtime - Creatin' in the Sticks - Pattern info found HERE

June - Owl - Life in the Scrapatch - Pattern info found HERE.

May - Bear Paw - Moosestash Quilting - Pattern info found HERE

April - Big and Little Tree - Just Let Me Quilt - Pattern info found HERE

March - Deer - Creatin' In The Sticks - Pattern info found HERE

February - Maple Leaf - Sew Incredibly Crazy - Pattern info found HERE

There's bonus blocks, too!

Just Hanging Around can be found HERE

Hot Dog Anticipation can be found HERE

Canoe Time! can be found HERE

There's a Facebook page for information and sharing, too.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

It's The Last Day And My Day Of The Virtual Cookie Exchange

It always makes me a bit sad to see the Virtual Cookie Exchange come to an end.
The thought of waiting another year for a cookie party with you is so hard!

But we have today, so let's enjoy the virtual scent of fresh baked cookies, new ideas for traditions,
projects, and beautiful Christmas quilts. I love hanging out with you!

It's my day to share my own recipes, quilts and traditions along with some other
amazing blogger friends. I'm glad you're here for my party!
P.S. I think this is one of my longest posts ever...sorry. Just skip to the end when you get bored.

I'm lucky I have a totally normal family!


When I was a child we spent Christmas Eve at my grandparent's house. 
We HAD to wait until my grandfather got off work before we could eat or open presents. 
Since he was the manager of a grocery store that stayed open as long as possible,
 that meant our waiting seemed like FOREVER, especially for a little kid like me. 
We were so tired and hungry by the time he got home!
I'm the one up front with two of my older sisters in dresses my mom sewed for us.


My mom started the tradition of Christmas morning breakfast and we've carried it on.
Some of them don't bother to get out of their pajamas.


Every year we had a party that included two of my favorite friends and their families.
Lots of food, laughing, and memories.
We had so much fun!

We'd have a special visitor sometimes, too.

Our Christmas Eve parties are pretty much just my family now...with the Monkey Boys, of course.


This is a much anticipated event with some serious competition involved.

Sometimes things happen accidently or on purpose...

The number of gingerbread houses has grown quite a bit over the years!


When my kids were little, Christmas baking was massive at our house. 
There were cookies for school parties, church parties, neighborhood gifts, our traditional 
Christmas Eve party, and "eat me now" cookies. Then the Monkey Boys came along
 and everything changed. My daughter took over the baking and now I sit back and enjoy
the delicious rewards of all the goodies she bakes. My family loves her baked cookies!


I had a cookie recipe I'd been wanting to try (I even bought all the ingredients) but I didn't
have the time to tweak it by removing some of the yucky stuff that was in it. Okay, so maybe it
didn't have yucky stuff in it, but it had things that I didn't want in there. My daughter came to the
 rescue and said she'd whip them up for me. Yay! She even took photos...yes, she's a keeper.
With a baby on her hip, a toddler holding on to her legs, and four other monkeys climbing
the walls, she tweaked the recipe and made cookies that were so delicious!
They were Monkey Boy approved, too.

Ganache Filled Cookies

Grinch Ganache Filled Cookies (just add a little green dye)

Grinch Inspired Christmas Quilt
This is my newest 2018 Christmas quilt...I love that Grinch guy!
You can find the pattern in my Craftsy store HERE.

Thanks for scrolling through my Christmas stuff!
Check out the amazing stories and recipes from some very special blogger friends:

November 27

November 28

TODAY - November 29

Hold on...there's two giveaways!
Two lucky winners will be chosen.


Leave one short and sweet comment to enter both giveaways.
The winners will be chosen using Random Number Generator.
ENDED ~ Ends 12/1/2018 at midnight MST.

The first giveaway is from Quilted Works (thanks Quilted Works!)
It's an amazing gadget for holding your sewing tools.

Oh Sew Organized Stash 'n Store
(accessories not included)
You can find it in their store HERE.

Congratulations to Daryl who won the Stash 'n Store!

The second giveaway is a $20 gift certificate from me for Quilt Taffy's online store.
Shopping at her store is so fun!

Congratulations to H Clare who won the gift certificate!

There's a Pinterest page for all the cookies and projects, too!

Cookies from the past Virtual Cookie Exchanges...

Thanks for stopping by!
I hope you've had fun seeing all the traditions, recipes, and Christmas quilts!