May 25, 2016

Wish List Wednesday Summertime Chocolate Treats

Well, Memorial Weekend is here ~ unofficially the first day of summer.  And in the Northeast it is actually in the 80's with lots of sunshine!!

For my wish list post, I thought I would share some great looking treats...with my favorite ingredient ...Chocolate!

 Smores cupcakes

a chocolate and pretzel dessert


Chocolate Raspberry Mousse cake

Chocolate lasagna cupcakes

I
and Frozen Hot Chocolate
Think there is something here  to satisfy everyone's sweet tooth!!


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May 23, 2016

Super Hero Pillowcase

I had made each of the girls an outfit for their dolls ~ now I needed to find something special for my grandson........

Cole likes super heroes, so I had purchased this cute Marvel Comic fabric awhile ago, but I didn't have a plan for it.


My solution ~ a pillowcase with an appliquéd super hero!





Although it is a little more expensive, I always use organic fabric for pillowcases, especially for kids.

I used the burrito style pattern with French seams and added my appliqué....




...and it was finished in no time!
I hope he likes it!

I used the same technique when I made a Lego pillowcase for a friend.








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May 20, 2016

New Ideas for American Girl Doll

Time to makes some new outfits for my granddaughters'  American Girl dolls!
I sometimes like to combine patterns to create a new design ~ a dress from here and a bib from here...



Once the "shortie" dress was complete, I decided that it needed fun capri pants.  I found a "free" pattern and shortened the length, and the new outfit was ready!




This time I stayed with the original pattern.  My little Amelia said that her Bitty Baby need a new dress with a bonnet.  Hope she likes the results!




And one more ~ I love hot pink combined with almost any fabric.  This time it was with lime green!



Additional pictures can be found here.


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May 18, 2016

Anthropologie Apron Remake


Kendra had asked me if I could try to reproduce an apron that she had received for her wedding shower since it was no longer available for purchase.
Today I thought I would share my completed design.

This was the original apron from Anthropologie:




I made a pattern by tracing the original.    I added rows of ruffles (homemade and store bought), zig zag trim and two pockets for good measure, and my finished product:



Not quite the same, but I was pleased with the results.


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May 16, 2016

Making the Most of a Rainy Day

Once again the clouds and rain have taken over.  Thought I would finds signs of the beauties of spring....

A few drops of rain...


...the  rhododendron...



...and the lilacs...

...and Chicken Scallopini with Mushrooms and Artichokes simmering on the stove..... the day ended up perfectly.....


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May 13, 2016

Cute Little Summer Tea Towels

Yes, another post about tea towels ~ so easy and fun to make!



My daughter Lori's wedding shower was quickly approaching ~ food was planned, and of course, Kendra had created many beautiful homemade decorations.  Now we needed a way to say "thank you" to each of our friends and family.  Kendra found an adorable idea on Pinterest, and we were set.
Our basket of appreciation:



The shower was a great success, but what to do with the left-over towels?  Add a free clip art to match the aqua edging, and I have new towels with our family's favorite ... ice cream!

I used this technique for the transfer.

Other tea towel ideas can be found here and here.

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May 11, 2016

Italian Spring Frittata

According to the calendar, spring has officially arrived here in the Northeast although you wouldn't know it with the cold and rainy weather.  I decided to bring some spring bright colors into my kitchen tonight with an simple egg dish that was just perfect!



Ingredients:
4 slices bacon, cup into small pieces
1/2 cup chopped asparagus
1/2 cup red pepper (or a combination of red and yellow)
small onion, chopped
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
6 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced


Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a ovenproof skillet, saute the bacon over medium low heat.
Add asparagus and onions.



Add the peppers, and cook until the asparagus is tender ~ about 10 minutes.  Add tomatoes.




In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, parsley, and milk.  Add salt and pepper to taste.


Stir the egg mixture into the vegetables.


Top with cheese.
Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the eggs are no longer runny.


I served mine with a light salad and rosemary rolls.


Enjoy!

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