Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Sew I've been Sewing!!!!

I think this has been the funnest project I have done in a long time!!! My friend Jona at has a new pattern out, "Slipcover Chic for your folding chair." I was able to get a sneak peek at it and made this little beauty.

It really took no time at all. You only need a little over 2 yards of fabric per chair and it turns out soooo beautiful!!! Run over to her store or her blog and check it out!!! This really makes me want to have a girls garden party and make more slip covers!!! Thanks Jona this pattern is so fun!!!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Gingerbread Pancakes!!!

So here is the scoop. In our family we have a tradition of a really yummy Christmas Morning Breakfast!!!! (Yes, I know I am a little late with this!!!) They are sooooo DEVINE!! My sweet husband grinds the flour fresh that morning and makes these from scratch. Soooo here is the recipe!!!

Gingerbread Pancakes

2 1/2 cups flour (we use whole wheat with barley)

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp ground ginger

1 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/8 to 1/4 tsp ground cloves (we use 1/4 tsp)

3 eggs

1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 cup buttermilk

1 cup water

1/4 cup brewed coffee (we use Pero)

1/4 cup butter, melted


Combine the first 8 ingredients; mix well, and set aside. Combine eggs and sugar, beating well. Add buttermilk, water, coffee (Pero) and butter; mix well. Add buttermilk mix to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened (batter will be slightly lumpy). For each pancake, pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto hot, greased griddle or skillet. (If you use whole wheat and barley make the temp a little lower, we used our electric skillet and didn't have to grease it). Turn when the tops are covered with bubbles and edges are slightly dry. Serve with warm applesauce or maple syrup, if desired. (We used Archer Farms (Target Brand) berry syrups and maple syrup and just for the kick of it whipped cream on top!!!)

Makes 16 pancakes.

Seriously it is really worth all the work. They turn out sooooo fluffy and delicious. We made them for our neighbors the other day (one of whom had pretty much written off pancakes because he had had them sooo much growing up as a kid) and they LOVED them!!! This might be a fun treat for Valentines Day!!!


Friday, January 22, 2010

My Latest Fun Project!!

I saw these super cute place mats on clearance ($2.78 a piece) at Target and thought "those would make a really cute bag!!" So you know what I did.........
I used some fabric that I had in my stash and made pieces for the sides and the bottom and also pieced together the handles. (Sometimes I just hate it when a fabric is directional, I didn't want a seam in my handle but I had just enough when I did it that way so it has a seam but you really can't tell).
So what do you think!?! I love it and took it to school this week. It came in very handy to have some more room for an umbrella with all the rain we have gotten lately!!!
And there was a bonus....... the place mats were almost the exact size to make a really cute sewing machine cover!!!! So now I have my eye out for some more clearance place mats so I can cuteify my sewing machine!!!! I just love being crafty!!!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

The Christmas Gift of Relaxation

I wanted to make a gift this year that I knew my mom could use and came up with this idea. I made a buck wheat hot pack out of buck wheat hulls, and got a flexible ice pack and made covers for them.
I wrapped them up in a cute Christmas bow and viola! an great handmade Christmas gift that will be used for years to come!
I will post a tutorial later on how to make these great little gifts!