Friday, August 27, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
I made this pillowcase for the San Diego chapter of ConKerr cancer. My goal is to make a dozen more. Join me in making more pillowcases for the kids at Children's hospital. Please check out http://www.crafthope.com/ website for more information on this project.
It all started with this pillow (sorry for the wrinkles. I took a picture of it after my daughter slept in it). In one of Cassandra's dentist visit at Children's hospital (dentist for kids with disabilities), she received this pillowcase packaged in a clear baggie with a business card "ConKerr Cancer" San Diego chapter. I thought it was a great idea to give handmade pillowcases to kids, so I kept the card. A few months later, I came across the http://www.conkerrcancer.org/ organization through one of my favorite blogs http://www.crafthope.com/. The goal of ConKerr cancer is to give bright, fun pillowcases to lift up the spirits of terminally ill children with cancer. Although our Cassandra does not have cancer, receiving this pillowcase brighten up my day. Cassandra uses this pillowcase everyday and everyone at home knows it is hers. The pillowcases are easy to create with some easy stitching. I taught my youngest daughter, Isabelle, how to sew one.
Friday, August 20, 2010
I finally made lemon curd from a recipe I found a while back. I bought some cute small jars at Walmart, printed some labels and added a yellow ribbon (Sorry to my friends that received jars with no ribbon). I thought the jars looked so cute. With this recipe I was able to make four small jars. These make cute gifts. My girls were not too happy with the tartness of the lemons. I will tweak the recipe next time and make it less lemony. This is the recipe I followed:
1 1/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 Tbsp light corn syrup
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 stick unsalted butter, in chunks
Wisk the sugar and eggs in a heavy saucepan; whisk in the remaining ingredients. Over medium-low heat, stir constantly until the curd thickens and a bubble or two pops at the surface, 8 to 10 minutes. Don't let it boil! Immediately scrape the curd into a heatproof container or canning jars. Press plastic wrap against the surface to create a seal. Cover, let cool, and then refrigerate until needed, up to 3 weeks. Recipe courtesy of Parade.com
http://www.handmadebyjill.blogspot.com/ to get me started.