Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easter dress & matching shoes

I made my sweet daughter Katelynn the cutest little dress for Easter.  I used Leila and Ben's Sweet Baby dress pattern for the dress but added length to the sleeves to keep Katelynn's cute little arms from being chilled [by this extra cold weather we've been having lately].  Then for the shoes, I used this one from Shwin and Shwin, and had lots of fun making them.

Anyhow, here's a couple of pictures.  I want to add about a 3-4 inch ruffle to the bottom before I take a picture of Katelynn in her dress, plus I need to put some elastic on the sleeves to make them fit better.  Still I think they turned out way cute.  What says you?   :)

More flowers

These (+ a few more) flowers are the ones that I've sent to my niece to sell in her craft booth this Saturday April 30th in Mt. Pleasant [Utah].  I think I did pretty good!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A look

Here's a pic of some of the flowers I've done, because I feel like sharing today.  Enjoy!

=) Gayle

Sunday, April 17, 2011

butterflies & flowers

So I've been crocheting up flowers for my niece Andrea's booth at Mt. Pleasant's Spring Fling (or whatever it's called), and the started thing about how fun it would be to make some butterflies too.  So I went to Crochet Pattern Central's free directory & looked for butterflies, then started perusing the selection.  Thus far I have fallen in love with these, and I think that after I make a bunch of flowers for Andrea, I am going to make up a few of these little cuties for my baby.  Maybe even applique them on the next dress I make for her, or make little hair clippie things for her.   :)  The possibilities are endless.

What do you think?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

MUFFINS and Substitutions and my story :)

Applesauce Blueberry Muffins

I've got my first 2 dozen in the oven cooking, and will be adding to and editing this post for the next hour or so.

Okay so I started with my basic banana bread recipe, one that I frequently make into muffins instead, and decided to triple my recipe because I've got several hungry mouths who eat lots (my older boys and hubby will eat 1-1/2 dozen between them); it's a two bowl, one larger than the other recipe.  However today I don't have bananas dark enough so I substituted applesauce, something I have done before often, 3-1/2 cups.  Then I put in 3/4 cup of oil, nothing changed there, then I put in 3/4 cup of honey and 1/2 cup of molasses (so you should end up with 1-1/4 cup of liquid sweeteners, but can decrease honey to 1/2 cup) for the sugar, then the eggs, well all I have are the tiny eggs from my neighbor so I put in 4 of these little darlings (instead of 3 normally when I triple the recipe).  This is in bowl [bigger] One, mix them all together well.

Now for Bowl Two:  okay, while I was digging [in my freezer] for blueberries, I found a bag with graham cracker crumbs, along with my ground flax seed meal wheat germ.  I pulled them all out with the blueberries., then I started measuring.   2-1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs, then about 1/2 cup each of the flax seed meal & wheat germ (bought both of these from Smith's in the baking aisle, they are Bob's Red Mill).  Then I added 3 cups of flour & 1 cup of rolled oats (oatmeal).  Then for the leavening:  I put in 4-1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. of baking soda (recipe called for 3/4 tsp, but since I used honey I just rounded up to a full teaspoon), 1 tsp cinnamon (rounded up again from 3/4 tsp, 'cuz I like cinnamon).

With the electric mixer running in liquids bowl, dump in dry ingredients slowly, mixing carefully after each addition.  Then add 2 cups of fresh or frozen blueberries, and if desired 1-2 cups of chopped nuts or sunflower seeds; I didn't because my pecans are frozen and I don't have any sunflower seeds.

Baking:  well the website said that you should decrease the baking temperature by 25 degrees, but I decided to keep the temp at 350 deg Farenheit.  Still am figuring out how long, as I've been cooking 2 dozen [regular-sized] muffins at a time. Normal cooking time for 1 dozen muffins is 18-20 minutes.
Okay cooking time for 2 dozen is 25-28 minutes!!   I got exactly 4 dozen muffins by using my 1/4 cup ice cream scoop, I put a heaping scoop into each muffin cup.

Now...  here's the original Banana Bread Recipe

1-1/2 cups flour
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 [lrg] egg
1 cup mashed bananas
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup oil
1/2 tsp. lemon zest (optional)
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Mix flour, cinnamon, baking powder and soda together thoroughly.  Mix egg, sugar, bananas, oil, and zest together thoroughly; add dry ingredients to wet ingredients 1/3 at a time, mixing well after each addition; fold in nuts.  Bake in a greased 4x8 or 5x9 loaf pan at 350 degrees Farenheit for 20-30 minutes.

Just realized........

that I have yet to post any pics of Katelynn in her blessing dress, so after I did some minor repairs, Jackson & I took some pics of our little darling in her gorgeous dress (I made it, so I get to brag I think).  Now here they are!

Okay so I just realized that these pics don't really show the detail on the dress, so will have to take some up-close pics of the dress then post them.  However, I think that you get the idea here.

Oh I'm feeling itchy-fingered!!!  I really want to sew something today, preferably a cute little dress for my Katie-boo!  But first my muffins!  (see previous post)

NO Sugar Challenge for a week

So I've joined my friend KayDee Johansen Owens [on Facebook] in a week-long challenge of going without sugar.  We started on Sunday and I've done pretty good though I had an "OOPS" moment on Tuesday afternoon.

Anyhow we agreed that we could use honey & molasses as substitute sweeteners (besides the other artificial sweeteners), just not refined sugars.

So I've been really craving some blueberry muffins, and think I'll make some this morning, but I needed to know how much honey to use in place of each cup of sugar.  After googling my question, I found this website and am posting about this because I thought there might be others around who'd be interested.  :)

I have plans to do lots today, so I'd better get going on it all.  Hope you all have a great day!

=) Gayle

Monday, April 4, 2011

A future project

From one of my Yahoo groups, I found this link:  http://www.modabakeshop.com/2009/07/angelas-diaper-bag.html; it is a tutorial to make a really cute diaper bag.  It also includes a pattern to make a changing pad with leftover fabric & iron on laminate which you can buy here:  http://www.thermowebonline.com/dyn_prodlist.php?k=82331.  I am going to have to make this one I think, then after I don't need it anymore for Katelynn, then I'll just use is as a tote bag.

=)  Gayle