Monday, May 31, 2010
1 Pre-made Graham Cracker Pie Crust
4 Egg Yolks
14 oz. Can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/2 C. Lime Juice
Zest of 1 Lime (optional...but makes it really yummy)
Whip the yolks and lime zest (if used) until fluffy (at your highest hand mixer speed) or about 5 minutes. Gradually add the condensed milk and continue to mix (about 3 to 4 minutes longer). Lower the mixer speed and add the lime juice gradually until well mixed.
Pour the mixture into the crust and bake at 325 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until the filling has just set. Cool on counter about 20 minutes. Then refrigerate for 20 minutes. Then freeze until pie is quite hard.
Serve with Whipped Cream.
AND--for all of you Lactose Intolerant Folks out there:
Substitute the sweetened condensed milk in the recipe above with the following recipe-->
Sweetened Condensed Milk Substitute:
1 C. Brown Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
2 Tbsp. Flour
1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. Salt
Mix all ingredients together...Wa La!
NOTE: If you use this substitute, the brown sugar makes the pie a tan color instead of yellow...but it's absolutely YUMMY!
I made myself some curtains inspired by the CUTEST play kitchen built by Crafting Chicks featured by Knock-Off Wood (one of my new favorite websites...someday I'll have the right tools). You'll find the directions there (obviously you have to tailor the measurements to your own windows).
Also, one of the cabinets in my house was missing a cabinet door and I tried and tried to figure out a way to make it look nicer.
You can check out a picture of the cabinet before (and Jereld steam mopping) here.
Doesn't it look much nicer now?????
Since I'm redoing my kitchen, I needed to start decorating the top of the cabinets. It's a work in progress, but here's one piece that's finished:
These are cardboard letters that I bought at Hobby Lobby and spray painted brown. I just selected some scrapbook paper and Mod Podged scrapbook paper onto the letters.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
This is what we gave Lucas' teacher, Ms. Heather, at the end of school.
I bought 9 - 1 inch dice (they came in packs of 3). If they had not been out of 1 1/4 inch, I probably would have bought them. The big 2 inch ones might be kind of fun too. I only ended up using 7 of them. I also bought some rub on letters in the craft section. I'm sure stickers would work too, but I wanted something a little more permanent. I painted all the dice then sanded all sides and the edges so they were smooth. Then I rubbed the letters on to each dice. I used all the letters once and then added more of the more common letters. I got the mini paint can at Robert's too. It's kind of fun because you can use the can as a shaker to roll them. If you plan to use this to teach letters than you might want to include Q & Z like I did. If you plan to use it for words/reading, then leave them out.
My kids had a blast with them until we had to deliver the gift!
Sunday, May 23, 2010
2 1/3 c. flour
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I’m so glad I was scent to your class this year.
Your knowledge rubbed off on me in many ways.
You’re the cream of the crop when it comes to teachers.
I appreciate your helpful hands.
Thank you for being soft and kind.
Even though there were rough spots, you soothed the
callouses and made this year smooth for me.
Just as lotion moisturizes, nourishes and revitalizes, you
helped me grow with your tender loving care.
(have the kid sign their name)
Thursday, May 13, 2010
I thought the original pincushion looked too long and skinny so I shortened it by about 2 inches. I also had to make the weight bag smaller to match the shorter pincushion.
I used flannel instead of felt in the middle of the bag.
I am going to add something later today--I am going to sew a square of that rubber non-adhesive shelf liner to the bottom of this to keep it from slipping. My friend Roxanne has one of these and she suggested the idea to keep it from sliding around.
I think I will make one other change on my next one...I will add fusible interfacing to the scrap bag to make it a little bit more stiff.
If anyone wants the dimensions for the pincushion pieces that I shortened, leave a comment and I will post them.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
I love how it turned out! Pretty simple, pretty cheap (especially if you have a frame already on hand)!
Allison got the cutest apron for her bridal shower, so I traced it onto newspaper and went crazy. I changed it a little. I line the back and a few other little changes. They are fun to make.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Back in February we made this apron for Abby's friend's birthday. She had a retro red play kitchen and I thought this apron would be fun to play kitchen in. Katie is actually the designer of the apron, she made then first for each of us (so cute!), then she made ones for Reese and Abby. I just took the apron she made Abby and drew a pattern from that. Sewed it all up and then put ribbon as the waist band and neck ties with some fray check. For this apron I added a yo-yo flower for decor. I thought it made it quite cute and was tempted to keep it for a bow in Abby's hair. I made some really cute ones for my SIL and MIL, but I don't have pictures of them!
If you don't know how to make a yo-yo. Here is a good tutorial. These are super quick, really cute, and inexpensive little gifts to give!
Friday, May 7, 2010
I also made these potatoes to go with it and we all LOVED them.
3 pound chuck roast, thawed
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Marsha and I were wondering how everyone feels about turning this blog into cookin' and craftin'. We know some of you have made some cute stuff:
Shara's onesies that she gave baby Jack
Katie's wreath for Valentine's Day
And lots more
How does everyone feel about this?