Thursday, June 28, 2012

Foodie Friday #39 - Cookie brownie bars


So I just had to try these things - they are going around Pinterest like wildfire and Pinterest rarely fails me. Lol  Basically they are just a layer of cookie dough, topped with a layer of Oreos and then a layer of brownie batter -cooked in the oven until it's DELICIOUS!

Since I don't buy store bought cookie dough, I used my own recipe (and froze the extras to use on another evening of weakness).

And I tried the brownie recipe on the box of the Baker's chocolate squares.  They turned out pretty well.  I mean, seriously, how can you fail with a succulent combo of 3 delicious ingredients?!

Paul and I loved eating these warm (or in the microwave for 30 seconds) with ice cream and Caramel Topping.  Yumm..... I'm starting to drool just thinking about it.  Hope you all have a great weekend and a Happy Canada Day for all you Canucks out there! 

Monday, June 25, 2012

SYTYC Week 1 Polls are open!

So here starts my next great adventure.  So You Think You're Crafty polls are open for Week 1: Scraps!  Polls close Thursday night.

So head on over and VOTE VOTE VOTE!  There's some great projects this week.  It's going to be a tough competition.  But I'm having fun so far.

Also, each Thursday Missy from So You Think You're Crafty is hosting an "I'm Crafty"  linky party so you can play along if you want.  So anyone who wants to can go show off their Scrappy projects. 

Thanks! Megan

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Cleaning Supply Caddy Tutorial -SYTYC Audition Project

So if you checked out the Season 12 Auditions at So You Think You're Crafty, you now know that this project was mine.  Honestly, I was just excited that I managed to make it into the competition.  I'm really nervous about it too, though.  I think I'd even be ok with it if I didn't make it past the first week, I was just glad to be in it at all! LOL. 

So now that the voting is over, I thought I'd put up a tutorial in case anyone is interested in making their own.

I started with an old (clean) white sheet.  I folded it over and cut the size rectangle I wanted (leaving the fold so it's less sewing).  Make sure you make it a little bigger than you want the final project to be (seam allowance). 

Then I cut some rectangles for pockets.  I left a 1/4 inch seam allowance on all sides and about 1/2 to 3/4 inch on the TOP side.  Iron down all the seam allowances around then pockets and then stitch down the part at the top, close to the edge of the fabric.  Like this:

You'll need 3 strips 6-7 inches long and 3 inches wide.  Fold those in half lengthwise (right sides together) and sew the edges together. 

Turn those 3 strips right side out. 
Flatten them out and iron (or pin) to keep in place like shown below:

Stitch right close to the edges on both sides to keep the fabric in place.

Now is the trickier part.  cut out your colored fabric.  You'll need to measure how TALL you want it, then add 2 1/2 inches to that measurement for the casing.  You want to figure out how LONG you want it.  I would make it about 23 inches long for three pockets like I have done.  It depends how large you want those "pockets" to be.

Iron the LONG sides 1/4 inch and then roll it over and iron again (about 1 inch).  You'll then want to pin it in place to make the casing.  Then sew right along the bottom and top edges of the casing area, leaving the ends OPEN.
Like this:

Fold the 3 strips in half.

Then put them in between the layers of the white rectangle (the LONG side without the fold) with the raw edges together and the loop part down.  You'll want on in the middle and the others on either side about an inch from the edge.  Pin and sew all around the edges of the white BUT LEAVE AN OPENING LARGE ENOUGH TO FLIP IT RIGHT SIDE OUT. 

Flip it and close up the opening.

Then I pinned all around the edges again and sewed close to the edge to keep it from slipping around. 
Then pin your pockets on where you want them on the left (or right) side.  Sew THREE sides and leave the top open.

Mark your rectangle into THIRDS (take into account that you'll need about 1/4 inch on either end for seam allowance).  Take 3/4 inch elastic and thread it through BOTH casings on your long colored rectangle.  Fold over about a 1/4 to 1/2 inch along the left side -making sure to tack down the ends of the elastics too.  Sew close to the edge.  Go the the next marking (third of your rectangle).  Place the mark where you want the RIGHT side of the LEFT POCKET to be (probably about 3-4 inches over from the left side).  Pull your elastics as tight as you want them to get the openings of the pocket as small or large as you want.  The more you pull the elastics, the smaller the opening (it will cause the casings to gather).  Pin it all the way from top to bottom and sew it in place.  Repeat with each pocket and finish off by cutting the elastics and folding the fabric under 1/4 inch again and sewing it up. 


Now just run a dowel through the loops and hang it on some hooks or nails.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Foodie Friday #38 - Owl Cupcakes

Here's a VERY easy project for Foodie Friday.  Owl cupcakes.  My mother-in-law made these for a family dinner we had at our place a couple weeks ago.  Basically, just use your favorite cupcake recipe -or use this Decadent Chocolate Cupcake recipe.  Use chocolate icing (or color Buttercream Frosting brown).  Frost the cupcakes smooth (ish).  Then pull Oreo (or other sandwich cookies) apart and put one for each eye (the side with the filling).  Put an M&M on each eye and one turned on its side for the beak. 

Now, aren't they a HOOT?

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Relay For Life

So last Friday (June 8th) I participated in the Canadian Cancer Society's Relay for Life.  It was super exhausting FUN!  At the start of the event, they had opening ceremonies and the Survivor's Victory Lap.  That's where all the survivors get to make the first lap, and they announce each name and how long they have been a survivor.  All the survivors got the yellow shirts.  They smallest they had was a youth large, so Hailey's is more like a wide dress.  LOL. And we all got those lovely neon green sunglasses.  I think Miss H was the youngest survivor there. 

Here's Hailey sharing some Duncaroos with a team mate.  She needed nourishment before her lap, of course.  hehe

Cool Dude!  I mean dudette.  After her lap, my husband took the kids home and I stayed for the Relay.  At least one member from your team was supposed to be on the track at all times. It went until 5:30am!  And it rained from 3:30 on.  Yuck.  But it was so fun and such a memorable night.  We had 12 people on our team and raised quite a bit of money for the Cancer Society.  They had events on all night -rope pull, foot derby (like a roller derby, but on foot), zumba, etc.  And a pancake breakfast at the end!

And of course, the luminary ceremony.  You could purchase these little bags with candles inside and write a message in memory of someone with cancer.  The money all goes to help people living with cancer.  This one was my favorite -wonder why.  A couple who are friends of our family bought it for Hailey.  They are so good to us, and so sweet.  Corey promised my daughter he would walk all night for her -and he did!  He made me look bad for retreating to the tent during some of the rain.  lol.  But I cried -A LOT -during the luminary ceremony when I found out they bought one for her. 

I am definitely doing this again next year! 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

I've been busy workin on the blog

Sorry, everyone for the lack of posts.  I am not MIA, I'm just working behind the scenes for awhile.  And working on a project for So You Think You're Crafty -I made it!  Thanks to everyone who voted.  I'm so excited to be able to participate, instead of following from the side lines -although that's fun too. 

Besides getting some recipes up under the recipes tab at the top (yay!) I have been adding some things.

Notice the new header? Yippee!

 And a new button? (at the right and DOWN)

And if you are looking at this on the home page, you won't notice this, but if you click into the individual posts now there is a small PIN IT button at the bottom of each post.  Because if you're looking at this on your phone or iPad it is sometimes hard to install a Pin It button on your menu bar, and we would probably all die without Pinterest (wink wink).

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

My Baby's first hair cut

First off, I wanted to just draw your attention to the "Recipes" tab at the top the screen.... I figured out how to get the tabs up there and then haven't done a lot with it.  But.... I am trying my hand at some BASIC html and have been slowly working on getting some of the recipes up on there.  I even figured out how to get it so you can just click on the photo and it will take you directly to that post.  I'm pretty darn pleased with myself. LOL.  But on to more important things....

Back in April, my baby was going through chemo therapy.  Back then I never thought I'd see this little bald, pale girl have this much hair!  Here is a photo from Miss H's first hair cut.  It was getting so long in the front she could hardly see sometimes.  haha.  She just got it cut this past week -at 20 months.  She's come such a long way since then.  And has been so brave.  She is my hero.

Buttercream Frosting Recipe... as promised...

Just a reminder -it's not too late to go over and vote for what you deem the best audition project at So You Think You're Crafty!  Please go vote.  I know, I'm shamelessly begging, but I would really LOVE to make it into the competition.  Thanks so much!

So I promised you the BUTTERCREAM FROSTING recipe to go along with my DECADENT CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES and I am about to honor that promise.  Introducing... my Aunt Sandy's Buttercream Frosting recipe!

Buttercream Frosting:

1 1/2 cups shortening
1/2 cup margarine
1 kg bag icing sugar (that's about 2 pounds powdered sugar for you Americans)
dash of salt
2 tsp vanilla
enough milk to get the consistency you want (a bit thinner for spreading or stiffer consistency for decorating)

Just beat it all in your mixer (or with a hand mixer).

** this is a LARGE batch and will probably decorate (generously) 4 dozen cupcakes.... give or take.

Monday, June 4, 2012

So You Think You're Crafty Auditions Are Up

The auditions are up at So You Think You're Crafty!  Please go and vote!  Voting is open until Friday.  I would very much appreciate the support.  Thanks, everyone, in advance.