Friday, August 27, 2010


In our home, we love anything sweet!  I recently came across a new recipe for sugar cookies and decided to give them a try.  My daughter, Isabelle, and I decorated the cookies with pink, lime green and white royal icing.  They were delicious.  My problem in the past with cut-out sugar cookies is they spread too much and loose their shape.  Because this recipe did not contain any baking powder, the cookies kept their shape very well.  This recipe is a keeper.  I found the recipe at They have some great video tutorials and recipes.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Bright and fun pillowcase

My daughter Isabelle made this pillowcase all by herself (with a little help from mom of course).  She chose the fabric and sewed it all by herself.  She decided to keep her pillowcase but promised me she would help me make some more. 

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 website for more information on this project.  

ConKerr Cancer pillowcases

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 organization through one of my favorite blogs  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

Luscious Lemon Curd

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

Polka Dots Diaper Cake

I made this cake for a friend's baby shower.  It was super easy to make using a bag of diapers, baby socks, stuffed animal and blue polka dot ribbon.  There are many tutorials on the internet for creating a diaper cake.  I followed some of the instructions from to get me started.