12.30.2009

Family Stitchery

A few years ago, we sent my cousins out on missions - and when we did we (my family) would stitch them a cute little look-a-like missionary complete with suit and tie and the name of their mission on the top. Then one day while walking through Pine Needles in Gardner Village we had the thought "If we can stitch 1 person why not a whole family?" And so we did! And they have hung on the walls of our homes for years. My aunt owns a scrapbook store and we would sometimes blow up the cute stamps that would come in and stitch those as well. The inspiration for the family stitcheries came from the Me and My Big Ideas line. Those cute little people have been out for years and years and I love them! They have so many different varieties and it is fun to see what new things they come up with. Since the people only really come in stickers - we drew our own people - and here is how they turned out! We have had the same pattern for years - we just switch the colors and the hairstyles and update them every so often. I think they turn out so cute and have loved my mom's for a long time!






If you would like one of your own you can contact me for info.

12.29.2009

Neighbor Gift: Nativity Ornaments

For neighbor Christmas gifts this year I wanted to simplify things a bit
but still remember the Reason for the Season.

I found nativity ornaments at Hobby Lobby (my very favorite store)
and they were half off - (I never buy anything there for full price)
They came four to a box and came out to be $1 each.

I simply wrapped up each one in clear cellophane, added a tag
and tied them with red and green raffia.

Cute. Simple. Cheap.

I loved the way they turned out.

12.22.2009

Chocolate Bundt Cake

The Perfect Chocolate Bundt Cake
2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup Cocoa
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder,
baking soda and salt in large bowl.
Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla
beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin).
Pour batter into prepared pan.

Spray your Bundt pan with Pam.
Bake 50 to 55 minutes at 350.
If you are using a non-stick pan - bake at 325
Cool for about 10 minutes then remove cake from pan.
Cool completely.
Frost.
Cream Cheese Frosting

8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
1 stick of unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Place cream cheese in a medium mixing bowl.
Using a rubber spatula, soften cream cheese.
Add butter a little at a time,
and continue beating until smooth and well blended.
Add powdered sugar and vanilla and continue beating until smooth.
Then, put your icing into a cake decorating bag
and pipe it onto your cake.
You can also use a quart freezer bag (thicker)
and cut a small hole in the corner.

That's what I do!

I think bundt cakes are so fun to make
and bring a something fun to the table.
On this cake I added sprinkles, but you can add bows and flowers
to the middle to cover the hole.

Enjoy!


Linked to Today's Creative Blog "Get your Craft On."

12.21.2009

Stamped Washer Necklaces Tutorial

First: Gather Your Supplies
You will need:
A heavy hammer
Washers
1/8" Steel Stamper Set
Sharpie
Baby Wipe
Ribbon, Chain or Leather to tie Necklace
Crimps (Optional)
Toggle (Optional

Second: Take your washers out to your front/back porch.
You need a hard surface to strike the Washer.

Third: Position a letter then hit the stamp really hard -
If you can do it once - GREAT! if not, steady your hand and make sure
you don't move the stamp and hit it a couple more times.
Repeat for each letter.

Fourth: Fill in the letters with your Sharpie.
It is okay if you color outside the lines - just use a
wet wipe and wipe off the extra marker.


Fifth: Use your ribbon, chain or leather and loop it through the washer.

Sixth: Tie the ends in a knot or attach a toggle.

I like the toggle look much better and it is easier to
put on and take off.


Enjoy!


Tips:
I Bought my stamp set at Harbor Freight for 5.99.
You can order them on-line but I just went to the store.

My good Friend, Michelle over at A little Tipsy Blog made them with me.
You can read her version here.

12.16.2009

Super Easy Christmas Cookies

These are probably the easiest cookies you will ever make -
But they are YUM-O and look dang cute!
First: Go to the store and buy the Pillsbury Ready to Bake Cookies.
Second: Follow the directions on the box and bake them!

Third: Frost the backside of one cookie with white frosting
(also bought at the store or they wouldn't be called "super easy")and smoosh them together.

You can add sprinkles to make them more festive.
(I forgot the sprinkles)


Enjoy!

Enchilada Casserole

This casserole is the perfect twist on Enchiladas,
really easy to make and really yummy!

You will need:
Corn Tortillas
(you can use white or yellow- just make sure they are corn)
Ground Hamburger
Onion
Enchilada Sauce
Cheese

First: Cut your Tortillas into triangles.
(I cut mine in half and then take the halves and cut them into thirds.)

Second: Brown your hamburger and onion.

Third: Add your Enchilada Sauce to your meat and onions.
(I add about half a can of water as well.)
Fourth: Let boil for a few minutes.

Fifth: Make a layer of tortillas in your casserole dish.
(I always spray mine with Pam first - I hate when it sticks!)

Sixth: Add a layer of meat sauce and cheese.

Seventh: Keep adding layers until the casserole dish is full.
(I usually do about three layers.)

Eighth: Bake covered at 350 for about 30-40 minutes.
(I wait till I see it boil in the middle)

Last: Top with all your favorite toppings
(I use lettuce, sour cream, salsa, olives, tomatoes, etc.)
Enjoy!

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