Saturday, December 15, 2018

Sign Up For "Show Your Wings" Blog Hop In February

Today starts the sign-ups for the Show Your Wings Blog Hop in February.
You know you want to play along, but you're probably wondering what you'll have to make.
Since the blog hop isn't until the week of February 18-21, you'll have plenty of time to
 create something after the holidays are over (or during it if you're so inclined.)

You need to have something in your project that involves wings or that flies. 
That means it can have...

Flying geese (yes, that counts!)
Birds of any kind
Butterflies or dragonflies
Airplanes or helicopters
Fairies or dragons
I think you get the picture, don't you?

Just send me an email telling me you want to be a part of the hop.

I'll need your:

Email Address
Blog Name
Blog URL

Blog hops are so fun and it's a great chance to make blogger friends!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Just A Couple Of Square Fabric Gift Baskets

I made a couple of fabric gift baskets to share on the Therm O Web blog that are
easy, quick, and so fun to fill. There are two sizes to choose from and it could even 
be adapted to make other sizes. They are seriously easy, easy, easy!

The smaller version would be great for a quick birthday gift.

This larger basket is holding bread and honey from a yummy bakery close by.
It's called Muddy Bees Bakery and they have an actual beehive inside...very cool!

The instructions can be found HERE (while you're there, look around at 
all the other amazing projects created by talented designers.

A PDF pattern can be downloaded from my Craftsy store HERE.

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.