Monday, April 18, 2016

PRETTY SPRING PIES ......

Another post from my kitchen - it seems the place I spend most of my time at the moment !!!!
I'm sharing this with you, because I got REALLY excited when I saw this on Pinterest ....... it's so pretty, and Springy, and, and, and .......
It's perfect for all of those summer cookouts that will happen this year. The Family Reunions .... it'll be a winner for sure, and no doubt make you the talk of the town (well, maybe not the town :-p)

I made it for a banquet we had at church last night .... it was devoured in the blink of an eye. The fresh raspberry filling is SO delicious, mind you :-)



An arrangement of little spring flowers adorn the edge of the pie.
I followed THIS AMAZING TUTORIAL (and her pie crust recipe) . I didn't have enough pastry to make an entire ring of daisies like she did, but I think it looks just as pretty with a little floral spray on the side :-)

So what have you been rustling up in your kitchen, now that warmer weather is here .....

Sunday, April 10, 2016

A COLLECTION OF COOKIES ....

I sat reading through some of my favorite blogs today - it's something I just love to do. There's SO much creativity and SO many ideas out there - inspiration abounds !!!
I felt a little sad though, because my little happy place has been very neglected over the last little while - the degree of neglect seems to have gotten a little worse each year :-(
In my own defense, I have spent a lot of time over the past 12 months,  trying to grow my little cookie endeavor, and I've been over the moon excited by the response I have got. I couldn't be more thankful.  When I thought a little more about my blog however, I realized that I am burnt out - not by my blog, but by what life has dished up to us over the past 6 or so years, and this has played havoc with my creativity - it's just not what it used to be. At the same time, this creativity brings me so much joy, as does sharing it. I want to ..... need to ..... find my way back to that creative place, I'm just not sure how to right now.

So, that being said, all I have to share with you today, is a plethora of cookies ..... orders I've done over the past couple of weeks :-)


I got the chance to play around with some Initial Cookie ideas for a wedding rehersal dinner ...
Everyone in the family had a different favorite - only Andy and I chose the same cookie.
There were some new-to-me techniques with these ....... love learning new things :-)



Texas themed cookies ..... these cookies were placed in the hotel rooms of out of town wedding guests. I LOVED that idea, and it reminded me of my sisters wedding. We put goody bags in each guests room for her wedding.
This was the sample picture I sent to the customer ....... only to find that she was an Aggie !!! This foreigner didn't even think of that .... needless to say the longhorn cookie was axed from the group !!!!

Easter Cookies 2016 ...... so cute !!!!


We (hubby and I), are on a "healthy eating plan " right now ..... we don't use the DIET word !!!
So that nobody felt deprived over Easter, I made these little mini cookies ...... they were a hit, and oh so cute !!!! Everything just seems cuter in its miniature form <3 p="">

Tri Delta Sorority cookies ....... a sweet Spring Break treat for a college student :-)



These beauties had me a little worried to start, I'd never seen or heard of them before I was asked about making some for a bridal shower. Pinterest is a lifesaver !!!!!
Love them .... so elegant !!!! 3 delicious shortbread cookies, sandwiched together with vanilla buttercream, and decorated however you wish. These were decorated in icing, colored to match the brides colors.


These floral cookies were for the same bridal shower ..... the photo is awful (but it's the only one I have). The colors match those of the stacked cookies. It was raining cats and dogs when I took this picture, so the light was horrible.

So there you have it ....
Hope you've found some time to be creative, it's so good for mind, body, and soul.

Monday, March 21, 2016

EASTER TREAT BOXES .....

Only a week to go, before The Easter Bunny pays us a visit .......
Who doesn't love all the chocolatey goodness that surrounds this time of  year - all those cute little ducks, lambs and bunnies, wrapped in shiny foil paper. It's a visual feast !!!!

I wanted to make a little Easter treat for each of the ladies in my Bible Study - seven  special ladies, who deserve a special treat.

I used THE MEASUREMENTS IN THIS TUTORIAL, and followed the directions on how to construct the box in THIS VIDEO TUTORIAL. I'm not kidding you when I tell you that these are possibly the easiest boxes I have ever made. The ones I made are just big enough to hold four little Easter eggs ...



I decorated the outside of the boxes with bunnies and flowers, and tied them shut with some cotton ribbon, and finished them off with a "Happy Easter" tag, tied to the ribbon.


These are so quick and easy (and let's not forget fun) to make, you still have time to get creative - wouldn't they make the most perfect favor to pop on your Easter table ?

Friday, March 11, 2016

TIME FLIES ....

That it sure does !!!
2016 is whizzing by in a blur. We've already had to complete the kids paperwork for the next school year - we will have a Senior, and she is graduating early, so by mid January one of my babies will have left school ........ truth be told, this makes me want to sit down and weep (OK, sob like a baby !!!!)
This year is turning out to be a year that's requiring ALOT of work - we have things going on that are having to take priority, hence my sporadic blogging. I don't want to give it up completely though, and for now, I'll be content with popping in when I can, or more to the point, when I have something to share.
My little cookie business is taking off so nicely ... March has been a busy month !!!!

Our church Women's Retreat was this past weekend, and what a superb weekend it was ..... absolutely loved it !!!! It was held at a retreat center along the banks of a lake, and it was just so peaceful, pretty and relaxing.  The accommodation was outstanding - hotel quality. Our guest speaker for the weekend, was Mindy Caliguire, author of the book STIR, which was in fact the theme of the retreat. She is a lovely lady, so friendly and personable - she spent much of our free time, just hanging with all of us. I was asked if I'd be willing to make cookies for the weekend, cookies that would work with the theme, this is what I came up with.


This is the cover of Mindy's book that the retreat was based on ...... see those 3 perfect little icons :-)


Cookie replicas of the icons :-)


Compass cookies .... we were talking about direction after all !!!



They were such a hit ...... it was so exciting to get such phenomenal feedback. Each cookie was individually wrapped in its' own cellophane bag, and tied with a coordinating ribbon. Each lady was handed a cookie upon her arrival. They were also given as thank you gifts to the four guests who came in on Saturday afternoon, to facilitate one of our sessions.

I'll leave you with some of the cutest little cookies I've ever made ...... these are for a baby shower this weekend ....


I'm hoping to get some time with my sewing machine soon .... I'm really missing it !!!
Whatever you're up to ....... hope you're enjoying your creative time :-)


Monday, February 8, 2016

OWL WAYS SCARF ......

Owls, Owls, Owls ....... I have a HUGE love for these birds !!!!

My (not so) little niece turned 7 in January - it doesn't seem possible, but hey, the calendar doesn't lie. She's the sweetest little girl. To be honest, her nature is SO much like my daughter's was at the same age ..... sweet and gentle, with a little bit of Drama Queen thrown in for good measure :-)
I LOVE being an Aunty ....... and I'm lucky to have the best three nephews and niece in the world !!!!

Yes, her present is late ..... but just think of the surprise it'll be for her !!!
She lives where it gets really rather cold, particularly at his time of the year, so what better gift to make for her than a cute, chunky scarf, that will keep her little neck snuggly warm.
The pattern I chose was THE OWL WAYS SCARF . It's a well written, fun pattern that knits up really fast. It uses Chunky yarn ( I used LionBrand Wool Ease yarn). The scarf itself used only a single ball of yarn, with a little bit used from a second ball, so it's very economical too. The pattern is written for a child's size, but it would work just as well for an adult, if you just knitted an extra few inches in the middle piece.
It has a cute matching owl hat pattern too, that you could try if you wished to.


It needed a good blocking once I had finished it, but that's easy enough to do !!! Let's be honest, everything looks better once it's been blocked :-)


Finished with some stylish tassels .... the scarf and the owl himself :-)


His eyes are some rather perfect little black buttons that I found at Joann's. Look at the perfect little ring in them that looks just like a little pupil. He has a little heart shaped button for his nose, also from Joann's.

I hadn't knitted anything in a while ..... it was fun to pick up those long. pointy sticks again.
Happy Birthday Jess ..... we love you to the moon and back !!!!!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

ZOMBIE CUP COZIES .....

We all have that one friend, who just gets our idiosyncrasies  !!!! I am fortunate because I have two of those friends. We met a number of years back through our blogs and some swaps we took part in - they are my crafty "go to" girls :-) Years later, we text each other regularly, it's just a really special friendship that has grown between the three of us, and I love it !!!!

So what do you do, when you have the urge to play? Play with fabric, felt, beads and anything that you think might go together ..... Well you play of course !!!
One of these sweet friends decided to host a Zombie Cup Cozy Swap ...... she ended up having to cancel it, as it seemed everyone was just too busy with beginning of the year stuff. I decided to go ahead and make some cup cozies anyway .... who doesn't like receiving Happy Mail ?


 Zombie Mummy, complete with his wiggly loose eye and bandaged body !!!


 Arrgghh ..... The life of a pirate, especially a Zombie Pirate, with his little peg leg and his hook arm.


I used 100% wool felt for the cozy itself. I used it double thickness to make it a little more sturdy. For the zombies, I used a mixture of whatever I had - acrylic and wool felt.
The patterns for the zombies came from a little book called Zombie Felties. I bought that book a couple of years back, and I have used it over and over again. I t was worth every penny I spent on it.

So cute, and so fun ...... should make for an interesting Starbucks run :-)

Monday, February 1, 2016

COOKIE CRAZY ....

Well Happy New Year everyone .......
We'll just pretend that a whole month has not passed since my last post !!!! I hope that 2016 has gotten off to a marvelous start, and by the feel of things, we better all buckle up and hang on tight, because it's going to be another fast paced ride !!!!

Cookies and cookie baking have taken on a life of their own for me over the past couple of months - and I'm loving it !!! My Christmas Cookie orders way surpassed what I could ever have dreamed of, and I'm SO excited to see where my 2016 cookie journey takes me. That being said, I needed to get better organized. I needed to have my cookie cutters more visible, so that I know what I have and what I don't have, without having to scratch through numerous plastic containers. Pinterest had any number of choices and ideas available ...... one in particular, I loved, so I challenged Hubby to the task of making it for me !!!!


I painted a piece of pegboard white, and he did the rest ....... it is AWESOME !!!!! It holds all of my cookie cutters, with space for me to grow !!!
I've used 6" long pegs, and then I decided on baskets for the bottom. They don't stick out as far, and so were less likely to cause bodily harm :-)
It freed up so much cupboard space too ...... my baking cupboard looks so much better now.

So I thought I'd share some of my recent cookie endeavors with you ......


Christmas 2015


Pastel Flowers for a lovely lady's 90th birthday celebration :-)


Frozen themed cookies, to celebrate a little princess's 2nd birthday.


Cookies for your Love ...... Valentines Day 2016 !!!




These were made for two very special friends of mine ....... Mug Hugger Cookies !!!!

So as you can see, the flour has been flying, and the mixer whirring in my little kitchen !!! Talking of mixers, I was so completely, unbelievably, hugely spoilt by my daughter at Christmas ...... She gave me a RED Kitchen Aid Mixer .......... there are NO words to describe just how elated and excited I was !!!!!

Until next time .....