Friday, March 30, 2007

Baptism Birthday

A couple of weeks ago my son turned 8 years old and got baptized on his birthday. It was a great day, extra special since his Nana and Auntie came all the way from Arizona for the big event. All the local family and lots of ward members were there too. His Grandma's both spoke on the program about baptism and confirmation, and he was baptized by his Dad. It's amazing that I have three baptized children now! Afterwards we had a special birthday dinner of Mexican Lasagne (his request) and little party. Pay no attention to the goofy cake decoration, not one of my best efforts! By then I was wiped out and didn't have any energy left to put into it. I'll bet you can't even guess what it's supposed to be. Everyone at the party was guessing wrong- Sponge Bob, Big Bird, a dog. It was pretty funny. He seemed to have a good time anyway with his cousins there and lots of new swords for presents- swords being the preferred toy around our house. It doesn't seem possible that he could be eight already, but time does have a way of marching right along, doesn't it? Amazing. He's a pretty fun kid to have around. I've been blessed with a wonderful family which I'm very grateful for.
Traditional Family Birthday Cake
2 C sugar
1 t salt
2 t baking soda
3 C flour
1/2 C cocoa
1 C oil
1 C sour cream
2 eggs
1 C boiling water
Mix all ingredients with a beater for 2 minutes. Bake 35 minutes at 375 degrees in two round cake pans with sides greased and bottom lined with wax paper (remove when cooled). Don't overbake. Frost with sweetened whipped cream.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Baby Boy Quilt

I made this little quilt for my friend who's having a baby boy in a few weeks. This is her second son, so I'm sure she already has plenty of blue stuff, but every little one deserves their own personal blankie, right? That's my philosophy anyway. The top of this quilt is made from recycled men's shirts. I love the prints and colors of men's dress shirts, and I always prefer to make baby things that aren't too cutesy. It's filled with high loft batting and backed with navy flannel. It's tied with navy embroidery floss which I think I like better than yarn, at least for this "tailored" looking quilt. Her last one was in an awful hurry to get here, so let's hope for at least making it to the hospital in time for this one! Her year and a half old little guy is my son's favorite baby in the world, and I'm positive this one will be just as cute.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Fancy Breakfast

I wanted to make a nice breakfast for our company last Saturday (and my poor snowed-in parents who were supposed to leave for Hawaii the morning after our little spring blizzard) so I whipped up these orange almond scones, a recipe from my good friend ep- of She is a great baker and taught us how to make these scones at an enrichment class last year. They are seriously yummy! They have fresh squeezed oj and grated orange peel in them, plus sliced almonds. I put in cranberries too, just for extra tastiness. They turned out well and were extra fun to serve on my new tiered pink and green plates with matching green pitcher I got at Target on Friday. I know- I need to stop shopping! It's all my sister-in-law's fault, she showed them to me! I also bought adorable pink and blue melamine serving and cereal bowls, and a really cute little Easter Bunny candy dish. I'll go ahead and blame those on her too!
Here's the scone recipe:
1/2 C fresh oj
1/4 C buttermilk, yogurt or milk
1 large egg
1/4 t almond extract
3 C flour
2 t baking powder
1/2 t bkg soda
1/4 t salt
8 t unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 C chopped, blanched almonds (I use the thin sliced ones)
1 T grated orange peel
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grate peel before juicing orange. Measure juice, then milk into a 2 C glass measuring cup. Then add egg and extract, and beat with a fork. Put flour, baking power, baking soda, and salt in to a large bowl and stir to mix well. Cut in butter until crumbly. Add sugar, almonds and peel and toss to distribute evenly. (I also add a cup or so of cranberries, fresh or dried) Add egg mixture and stir with a fork until soft dough forms. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and give 5 or 6 kneads, just until well mixed. Form dough into a thick circle and cut into wedges. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and sprinkle top of each scone with sugar and some almonds. Bake for 25 minutes until lightly browned. Cool on wire rack.
I also made my Aunt's yummy breakfast casserole:
1- 30 oz. bag of frozen hashbrowns
2 C shredded cheddar cheese
1 lb sausage, cooked and drained and crumbled(or one lb bacon cooked, drained and crumbled)
5 eggs
2 C milk
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 t salt
1/4 t pepper
Place hashbrowns in greased 9X13 pan. Top with cheese and cooked meat. Beat eggs and mix with remaining ingredients and pour egg mixture over potaotes. Refrigerate overnight. Bake uncovered at 325 degrees for 1 &1/2 - 2 hours.
All this recipe typing is making me hungry, a very common state for me to be in lately! I'm off to get a snack.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Demon Guy

I found this picture that my son drew and thought it would be cute to make into a softie to give to him for his birthday. He thought it was pretty cool to see his drawing come to life. When he opened it he said- hey, it's my demon! He's a really good artist and draws constantly. It's fun to look at his school papers because there are always lots of pictures all over it, mostly monsters and battles. This was a thrifty project using old t-shirts and yarn that I already had (for the "claws") ,and a tiny bit of felt for his face. My favorite thing about him are his horns on top of his head.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

March 17th

Forget basketball, this is what I call March Madness! Who ever heard of 8 inches of snow falling on March 16th? Two days ago it was in the 70's! Here are my crazy kids playing in the snow with their Auntie who's visiting from Arizona. A rare opportunity for her!

We're having corned beef and cabbage for dinner:


Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Hooray for Headbands

I made these three headbands for my sister's birthday the other day. I've made probably eight of them so far, but these are the first I remembered to take pictures of. They make great gifts, and are a really quick, easy, and inexpensive project to make. I think I can make one in about 20 minutes, and they only use about 1/8 yard of fabric. The free pattern for them can be found at under -what else? Hooray for Headbands! The pattern can be made in adult, girl or baby sizes. Here are my sister and I modeling a couple of them.
On another note, do you know how when you leave a comment on a blog, you often have to type a series of wavy letters to prove you're not a spam computer? What does it say about me that often I get it wrong? Sometimes more than once?! Something embarassing, I'm sure.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

More Pink Stuff

I still can't believe we're having a girl. I don't think I'll really believe it until I see for myself in the delivery room. Of course, that didn't stop me from rushing out to buy some PINK dresses!

Or, planning a baby quilt made from this PINK and green fabric:

One night we had celebratory- you guessed it- PINK! cupcakes:

I've also been dreaming of different projects that I could do with this adorable pale PINK with cute little red cherry fabric, and complementary red gingham:

and my sister-in-law brought me this teeny tiny PINK newborn dress:

It really has been like Christmas for me around here, except even better! I don't think I stopped smiling for two straight days. I couldn't sleep either, I kept waking up excited in the middle of the night and thinking about what fun we're all going to have with a baby sister around. I can't even tell you how much fun it was to walk into a store, and head straight for the girl section. I've never gotten to do that before! I think I bought ten pink items in about ten minutes, and of course had to share my news with the checkout person! I've also decided that I need to learn to sew better so that I can make outfits, so I may attempt to actually sew a clothing item from a pattern which I've never actually done before.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Jean Quilt

This is the denim quilt I made for my brother J last Christmas. I forgot to take a picture of it before I gave it to him (probably because I finished on Christmas eve!) but he was kind enough to send me some. I'm glad to see that he is actually getting some use out of it. For the backing of this quilt I used homespun fabric, which I don't necessarily recommend because it frayed pretty badly. Or at least if you're going to use it, cut extra, esp for the binding so you have enough to go around the whole edge. I love making jean quilts with lots of pockets. That way, if you get hungry in bed, you can just reach for some of your snacks that you've stashed in your quilt pockets! (only recommended for non melty snacks)

Friday, March 02, 2007

Or, maybe she'll resemble one of these little cuties: