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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Decorative Pillow Pattern

Flowers and Ruffles Pillow Instructions

It's time to create a new look and decorate your room with these easy-to-make pillows. My daughter Megan has been busy with projects to make her apartment feel more like home and she came up with this pillow idea to complete her bedroom. 
What you will Need:
     - One 14"x14" pillow form
     - Two fat quarter fabrics (cut a 14"x14" square out of each)
                      (Out of one of the fabrics, cut 3 strips 2.5"x21")
     - 1/6 yard sheer fabric (cut 3 strips 2"x44") 
     *if making all three pillows you will need 1/2 yard sheer fabric
     - Decorative button
     - One 16"x16" pillow form
     - Two fat quarter fabrics (cut a 16"x16" square out of each)
                      (Out of one of the fabrics, cut 3 strips 2.5"x21")
     - 1/6 yard sheer fabric (cut 3 strips 2"x44") 
     *if making all three pillows you will need 1/2 yard sheer fabric
     - Decorative button
     - One 18"x18" pillow form
     - Two fat quarter fabrics (cut a 18"x18" square out of each)
                      (Out of one of the fabrics, cut 3 strips 2.5"x21")
     - 1/6 yard sheer fabric (cut 3 strips 2"x44") 
     *if making all three pillows you will need 1/2 yard sheer fabric
     - Decorative button

Putting the Pillow together: (for all 3 pillows)
     *Seam Allowance 1/4"
1. Press long edge of cut strips 1/4" in and sew. Repeat for each strip.
2. Take finished strips and starting with the bottom ruffle, sew strip to contrasting fabric square, tucking as you go to create the ruffle.
3. Place next ruffle on the top edge of the last ruffle, tuck and sew top edge to fabric square.
4. Place last ruffle on top of the middle ruffle, tuck and sew top edge to fabric square.
5. Sew the two fabrics right sides together around 3 sides, leaving the bottom side open.
6. Turn pillow right side out.
7. To make flower, take a strip and make loops stitching in the center as you make each loop.  Continue with remaining two strips.  Sew a button in the center and sew onto the pillow top.
8.  Insert pillow form into the pillow and hand stitch across the bottom of the pillow folding in the rough edges.

Religious Quilt Patterns "Noah's Ark"

Monday, March 28, 2011

Strawberry Scones

Everyone loves these scones.  They melt in your mouth.

What You Will Need:

2 cups flour
1/2 cup flour (for kneading dough)
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
4 tbsp. butter, chilled
3/4 cup cream
1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberries

Putting The Scones Together:

Mix flour, baking powder and sugar.  Cut in butter.  Stir in milk and strawberries, until blended.  Put dough on floured surface and gently knead into a ball.  Flatten to 1 1/2" thickness.  Cut into squares or you can use a shape.  The dough is really sticky, so dip your knife or cookie cutter in flour for each cut.  Place scones on greased cookie sheet or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake scones at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Don't over bake.  Ice scones as soon as they come out of the oven.

Icing:  Mix 2 tbsp. melted butter with one cup powdered sugar, slowly stir in small amounts of milk until you reach a slightly runny consistency.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

What You Will Need:

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Putting the Cookies Together:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Measure oatmeal and blend in a blender to a fine powder.  Cream the butter and both sugars.  Add egg and vanilla, mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder and soda.  Stir in chocolate chips.

Roll into balls and place on a cookie sheet.  Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool slightly and then remove cookies to wire racks and cool completely.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Scrappy Picture Frames

Scrappy Picture Frames

What You Will Need: 

One unfinished wood picture frame (purchased at craft store for $1) 
Modge Podge
One sheet scrap book paper
Craft Paint
Sponge brushes
1 yard ribbon (optional)

Putting It All Together:

1.  Trace picture frame on the back of the scrap book paper.  Cut out traced frame just inside the lines.      The cut out paper frame needs to be slightly smaller then the wooden frame.  NOTE:  Be sure to mark the top of the frame on both the paper cut out and the wood frame so that they line up together evenly.

2.  With a sponge brush paint the sides of the wood frame.

3.  With a sponge brush apply a thin layer of Modge Podge to the wood frame.  Line up marked paper frame to marked wood frame.  Lay the paper frame onto the Modge Podged frame and smooth paper out starting in the center and smoothing toward outside edge.

4.  Attach the ribbon on the back of the frame with a stapler.  Tie in a bow.  Hang and enjoy.  

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Yummy Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

What You Will Need:

1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup butter softened
1/2 cup canola oil
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
4 tbsp. cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 medium zucchini grated
1 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup chopped pecans

Putting the muffins together:

This recipe makes 24 cupcakes.  Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

In a large bowl beat the butter, oil and sugar together until creamy.  Add the eggs, vanilla and buttermilk.  In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  Fold the flour mixture into the egg mixture.  Do not beat.  Add the zucchini and half of the chocolate chips and stir carefully into the mixture.

Fill each muffin cup 2/3's full.  Sprinkle the rest of the chocolate chips and nuts on the top of the batter.  Bake for 20 minutes or until done.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins


One 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
3 tbsp. brown sugar

In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth.  Add egg, vanilla and brown sugar.  Beat until well mixed.  Set aside.

Cinnamon Topping:

4 1/2 tbsp. flour
5 tbsp. sugar
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
3 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. chopped pecans (optional)

In a medium bowl, mix the flour, sugar, cinnamon and pecans.  Cut in the butter until crumbly using a pastry cutter.  Set aside.

Muffin Batter:

2 1/2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 1/3 cup pumpkin
1/3 cup canola oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.  In a seperate bowl mix the eggs, pumpkin, oil and vanilla.  Fold the flour mixture into the wet ingredients until smooth.

Place the pumpkin mixture in paper muffin cups about 1/2 full.  Add one tablespoon cream cheese mixture right in the middle of the pumpkin mixture. Add one tablespoon pumpkin mixture on top of cream cheese.  Sprinkle cinnamon topping over the top of the muffin batter.

Bake in a 375 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes.  Makes 18 muffins.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Chocolate and Granola

Start the day off right with a little bit of chocolate and granola.  I like milk chocolate, but the darker the chocolate the healthier for you.

Chocolate and Granola

6 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup almonds, slivered
2 cups shredded coconut (sweetened)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. course salt
3/4 cup honey
1/4 cup canola oil
1 cup chunked chocolate (I like milk chocolate)

In a large bowl, combine the oats, almonds, coconut, sugar and salt.  Stir until blended.

In a small saucepan, warm the honey and oil over low heat until the honey is runny.  Pour honey over the dry ingredients.  Stir until dry ingredients are coated with the honey.

Spread the mixture evenly over a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Baking sheet should have a lip on it for ease in stirring granola.  Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown in a 300 degree oven.  Stir the granola half way through baking time.  Remove from the oven and stir.  Cool completely.

When cool, transfer the granola to a large bowl  and add the chocolate.  Mix together and store in air-tight container.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Sunday Brownies

A yummy Sunday Dessert for your family!!!!

German Chocolate Brownies

1 cup unsalted butter
3 1/2 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups flour
3 tbsp. cocoa
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
4 eggs
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips

Melt and the butter and the semi sweet chocolate chips together. Cool.  Mix flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt together.  Add vanilla to the cooled butter mixture.  Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture.  Spread batter in a greased 9x13 inch pan.  Sprinkle chocolate chips on top of batter.  Bake in a 350 degree oven at 20 minutes.  Let cool a few minutes and then spread frosting on top of brownie.

German Chocolate Frosting (the best part)

1 cup evaporated milk
3 egg yolks
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups coconut
1 cup pecans, chopped

Combine milk, egg yolks and sugar in a heavy saucepan.  Whisk till blended.  Add butter.  Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture thickens.  Add vanilla, coconut and pecans.  Let cool a few minutes and then spread onto brownies.