Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Fluffy Soft Sugar Cookies!

I made the best sugar cookies I have ever made!
And I have made A L O T!
In case you didn't know, I LOVE sugar cookies.
This whole eating healthy-lose-baby-weight thing isn't going to work well now that I have this recipe ..

Ok so I actually got it from this link. [I don't have the direct entry but its under her cookie exchange]

Sugar Cookies

1 1/2 c sugar
1 cup butter
1 egg
1 t vanilla
1 c milk
4 1/2 c flour
1 1/4 t baking soda
4 t baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream sugar, butter, and eggs.
Mix dry ingredients and add slowly into wet mixture.
Add milk and vanilla.

Roll out the dough pretty thick - 1/2 inch is what she reccomends.
Use lots of flour!!
Cut with cookie cutter.
Place about an inch apart on a cookie sheet.
I used a silicone baking sheet.

Let cool and frost. [I made a frosting to go with it, but I didn't think it spread very well so I instead went for the can stuff]

Result -- fluffiest, softest, sweetest [but not too sweet] sugar cookie!! I can't eat just ONE!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Rocking Chair Reveal

I had this chair -- as a child. So it is a few years old!
None the less, can you see the detail of the fabric fraying on it?! It needed some love.
I sanded. And sanded. Painted. Sanded. Screamed. Sanded.  Glazed. Rubbed.
Then I cut and stapled. Cut more. Stapled again. Cut and sewed. Stapled and stapled. Screamed again. And stapled once more to get the end result of ...

And in case you need a chuckle -- here is my ray of sunshine!

Hope you enjoy!
I'm so blessed to have this chair pass on from me to mine.

I'm linking this to parties!! :-)

Simply Designing



Life in the Pitts


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Strawberry Rhubarb Jally

So I did it. I did what everyone looked at me crazy for.
I made jelly/jam in the crock pot Sunday night.

It looks so pretty here too! I am one proud lady!
Sadly, I did not take an after picture.
But I based my recipe off of this link, [hope that link worked..] [btw -- this lady made me fall in lurrrrveee with my crock pot. So much so, I got THREE for Christmas!]
I've even made homemade yogurt in my crock pot because of this woman.
If I ever meet her, besides being giddy, I would be one estatic lady!

By the way -- whats the difference between jelly and jam?
I'm not sure of the "technical stuff" so it'll be called "jally"

Anyways, on to the good stuff --
I used:

3 containers of strawberries, quartered
about-- 5 rhubarb stalks
3 cups of sugar
1 package of "sure jell" pectin [to thicken]
lemon zest
orange zest

I added the first three ingredients, a splash of water, cooked it on high for a few hours, realized it was too "soupy", bought sure jell, added more sugar, and the sure jell. Decided I needed to use that lemon and it would add a good tartness, I grated some in it.. then I thought - Hey an orange! Why not?!
So I did. I cooked it on high for a few more hours .. about 6 total. I turned it on low.. My husband then turned it on off 3 hours later. When I woke up in the morning - wa-la! Jally!
I ate it on my toast in the morning.
It had the right about of sweetness and tartness.
And I did it all by myself. Basically.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Life Lately

Now I can give the update, my grandpa passed away Wednesday night.
I spoke to him three hours before and he responded.
I was the last person for him to ever acknowledge.
After a long and suffering battle, its over. I can't help but be happy its over, but sad he isn't here.
He was one of the greatest men I've ever met. Not to mention, until the day he passed, he was still madly in love with my grandma. Their love story makes my heart melt. I long for a love like theirs. It was 64 years in December.. Can you even imagine that?! :)

However, now that the memorial and visitiation has all gone on, now I can finally work on my blog that I've been trying so hard to start. It has just been a mess of things going on.

I'll let you know some things I've been doing so you don't think I've been lazy and grieving this past week:

*Strawberry Rhubarb Jelly ~ In the CROCK POT! < -- anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE my crock pot! And my crock pot loves me!
*Baby Girl Hair Bow Hanger
*Rocking Chair for Baby C
*Painting Picture Frames -- you'll see soon :-)
*-Tomorrow I'm making Potato Soup in the crock pot!
*Recovering a diaper wipe case
*Tutu for the darling Baby C
*Quick Candle Redo
*What to do with an ugly vase

Ok -- so see -- I've been busy! I promise! Not to mention I work a full time job, have 2 children - 1 is Baby C and 1 is my husband ;)

So -- There you have it!