Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Baking - Night before Christmas

We baked some more goodies for Christmas eve and Christmas morning.

We made . . .

Challah bread (yeast bread)

and packaged it for neighbors and family.

We also made . . .
birthday cake for "JESUS"

Cheesecake with sour cream topping

and . . .
cake balls

more saltine toffee

molasses cookies with white glaze

Christmas Stockings

I can finally post the completed stockings I made for my nieces.  My girls and I filled them up with goodies and my nieces loved them.  Love making handmade items for my family and friends!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Baking

This past week my daughters and I did lots and lots of baking.  We packaged and gave to teachers,
friends and co-workers. 

We made . . .


Saltine Toffee

Candy Popcorn

Chocolate Mint Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter Kisses Cookies

Sugar Cookie Bites

and Gingerbread Cookies

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Handmade Christmas: Stockings

I just love the look of handmade stockings.  I decided to make my young nieces stockings for Christmas and fill them up with goodies.  So far, I made only one.  I have three more to go. I also made it extra large to fit more items.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Christmas gifts: Secret Santa

A simple gift idea for teachers, classmates or your secret santa is this cute snowman popcorn cover.  I made it quickly in about 15 minutes.  I found the idea and tutorial at www.craftomaniac.blogspot.com .
I gave it to my daughter to give to her Secret Santa from her water polo team.

I used a dark chocolate kiss for a button on his hat.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas Gift Countdown

I made this Christmas Apron for my niece that was visiting from Texas.  I gave it to her already since she was returning back to Texas.  It was my first apron I ever made and the easiest to sew.  Check-out the directions for this apron and www.thediydish.com

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Cupcake cake pops

Cupcake pops for my daughter's 13th birthday.  To celebrate Cassandra's birthday at school, I sent cupcake pops wrapped in a baggie with chocolate kisses for each student.

So moist and delicious!  All the kids loved them.  Cakepops are very easy to make and are so delicious.  Check out  www.bakerella.com for the how-to and creative ideas.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Homemade cinnamon rolls

My daughter's have been asking me to make cinnamon rolls for the longest time.  I decided to use  Paula Deen's cinnamon roll recipe.  Super easy to make and delicious.  You will need the following ingredients:

1 package yeast (1/4 oz)
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup scalded milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
3 1/2 to 4 cups flour

1/2 cup melted butter, plus more for pan
3/4 cup sugar
2 T ground cinnamon
3/4 cup raisins, walnuts, or pecans, optional

4 Tables butter (softened)
2 C powder sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 to 6 T hot water

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
In small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside. 
In large bowl mix milk, sugar, melted butter, salt and egg.  Add 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth.  Add yeast mixture.  Mix in remaining flour until dough is easy to handle.  Knead dough on lightly floured surface for 5 to 10 minutes.  Place in well-greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in size (about 1 to 1 1/2 hrs).
When doubled in size, punch down dough.  Roll out ona floured surface into a 15 by 9 inch rectangle.  Spread melted butter all over dough.  Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over buttered dough.  (Sprinkle with raisins or nuts if desired).
Beginning at the 15 inch side, role up dough and pinch edge together to seal.  Cut into 12 to 15 slices.
Coat the bottom of baking pan with butter and sprinkle with sugar.  Place cinnamon roll slices close together in the pan and let rise until dough is doubled, about 45 minutes.  Bake for about 30 minutes or until nicely browned.
Meanwhile, mix butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla.  Add hot water 1 tablespoon at a time until glaze reaches desired consistency.  I like our glaze to be very thick, so I don't add too much water.  Spread over slightly cooled rolls.  You can also link to the www.foodnetwork.com and search for Paula's cinnamon recipe. 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Photo booth - Sweet 16

The girls taking silly photos at the "photo booth".  We made different silly props and set-up a camera on a tripod.  The background is a film screen my husband checked-out at his school.

Here I am with my other two daughters.  We totally forgot to take a family photo.  We have no funny photos of my husband - oops!
Guests were asked to take photos at the photo booth.  Everyone seemed to have a good time taking silly photos.
Grandpa and grandma having fun posing (I think, lol!).

Even the little ones had fun posing.

Sweet 16

My daughters Sweet 16 dessert table.  I took this picture before I completely finished setting up the table.  It is still missing the fruit (grapes and strawberries) that I put on top of the white platters.  I also did not have out the cheesecake truffles. 

The Sweet 16 girl - Aahh, she is so grown up.

I love the simplicity of this cake.  I bought my daughter's initial at Michael's and "voila" a special birthday cake. 

Each table included mason jars with purple and lavendar paper flowers that included a black and white picture of my daughter throughout the years.

Our sign-in tree was a thumb print of all the guests.  Each guest was asked to leave their "leaf" print on the tree with their signature on it.  I drew a dress and decoupaged my daughter's head on it. 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Blessed puppy

Made this little puppy for one of the ladies in my bible studies class for her son who is having a hard time with his daddy leaving for navy duty.  I pray that it will bring him comfort.

I tried experimenting with making homemade caramel.  It didn't work quite as I had hoped.  The caramel kept sliding off the apples.  However, they still tasted great and the girl scouts devoured them!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Happy Fall Decorating

Two weeks late, but I finally decorated our front door. 

I also made a banner for the front entrance.  Super easy and it didn't cost me a penny (my kind of project).  I used leftover materials I had from previous projects.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Yummy, yummy, donuts!

It all started with this little machine - Babycakes cake pops.  On sale from Khols, $10.00 off plus 15% off coupon.  It was a great deal under $20.00. 

You fill the inside with batter - I used the enclosed vanilla cake recipe.  Fill to the top and voila!

Glazed, sprinkled and cinnamon sugar donut holes.  So delicious!  You can also add lollipop sticks and dip them into chocolate to make cake pops.  I will try that next time.  The mini donuts were delicious and much better for you since they were baked, LOL!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Cake pops

I made vanilla cake pops for my friends "going away" get-together.  They are moving to Washington D.C. and we are all going to miss them.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Blessed Bears

I recently completed two more Blessed Bears for my friend's daughters.  I truly enjoyed the process and prayed over the little bears to watch over her girls.  It was so rewarding to see the youngest girl carrying her bear everywhere. 

This is the basket I put together for my friend and her family.  I made the girls each a Blessed Bear and whimsical pillowcase.  I also included some extra items I had crafted during the Christmas season.  We have been wanting to visit them since Christmas and we finally made the two-hour trip to Los Angeles. 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

More Handmade Scripture Dolls

I finally completed another scripture doll and a new square scripture bear.  I got this pattern from a wonderful book called "Sew Darn Cute" by Jenny Ryan. 

My daughter decided she wants to keep this square baby scripture pillow.  I'm so glad she is still my biggest fan.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Busy week crafting and baking

This week I have spent my time crafting and baking in the mornings.  My daughter Cassandra has been going to summer school in the mornings, while my youngest daughter is attending vacation bible school and my oldest daughter and husband are volunteer with VBS at our church.  I still have not been able to complete the projects, but I have most of the sewing done. 

Fourth of July cookies

I was trying to make Fourth of July cookies, but the colors I used were not bright enough (this happens when you use regular food coloring instead of cake decorating gel colors).