Monday, April 26, 2010

Organizing tip of the week: Color

I know this is not a new concept, but I had never really organized this way - it is my new favorite! I have now organized all of my fabric, paper, and beads this way and they are so inviting I can't wait to use them!(Much better than digging around a drawer for 30 min before you even find what you want). So take a minute and make your crafting area a little more beautiful- then craft away!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Cherry Galette

Okay so I have 9 days left in the house and I am packing all day long...but a girl's gotta satisfy her sweet tooth! That is why I used the cheater method to make this yummy dessert.


1 frozen pie crust

1 bag frozen dark sweet cherries

2 tsp lemon juice

1/4 cup sugar

1 T cornstarch

1/2 tsp coarse salt

1 egg

half and half

sanding sugar

Preheat oven to 375. Take frozen ingredients out and let them defrost for about 10 min. In a bowl combine cherries, lemon juice, sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Mix well but don't squish the cherries. Press your piecrust out flat. ( you may need to sprinkle a little water on top to make it pliable). Pour the cherry mixture into the middle of the crust. Fold up the edges around the filling -doesn't have to look perfect - it is supposed to be rustic :). In another small bowl whisk the egg and some half and half (about 1T). Brush it onto the crust. Then sprinkle sanding sugar all around the folded edge - can I just take a moment to say how much I LOVE sanding sugar? It is like glitter for your food. Hello - if you know me at all you know I love glitter (although I haven't really posted anything with glitter...hmmm I will have to work on that). Back to the sugar - it makes your food so sparkly and inviting. I use it whenever I can. So - bake your galette for about 45-55 minutes. Until the edge is brown and the bottom is firm. I put parchment paper on my cookie sheet to prevent sticking and to make for an easy clean up. I also had to cover it with some aluminum foil towards the end to prevent the top from burning. After you take it out of the oven, let it cool for 15 min. Then slice and serve! We had ours with milk, but it would also be amazing with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Grandma's Southern Zucchini Squash

If you have never cared for Zucchini, here is a recipe that will change your mind. At least it changed my husband's:) You will need: 3 or 4 zucchini squash, butter, milk, sugar, salt, and pepper.
Step 1: Slice the zucchini and place in a pot of water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes or until fork tender.
Step 2: Drain the water out of the pot. Add 2T of butter to the hot squash.
Step 3: Add a splash of milk, 1/2 t of sugar(it cuts the bitterness), and salt and pepper to taste.
Step 4: Get out a potato masher and mash all of the ingredients together. Use a slotted spoon to serve. Yummy!

(you can also use yellow summer squash)
Great way to get those veggies in there!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Organizing tip of the week

I would like to say that I am organized enough to give you a tip every week...but that's not true. So I am going to try to pass along what I can when I can :) I came up with this last night when I was so tired of her little pony tail holders showing up ALL OVER the house! Plus it's a great way to use your old spools of thread! Now I need a way to organize her bows. What are your tips for storing and displaying hair bows?

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

6 Steps to a Shiny Sink

Ok- if you have never taken the time to shine your sink- today is your day! One of my favorite resources for cleaning tips is She has lots of simple tips for helping us clean without getting overwhelmed. Here is her guide (slightly modified by me) to shining your sink- I do this about four times a year, the rest of the time you can just maintain it.

Be sure to rinse well between each step.

1. Take all dirty dishes out of the sink.
2. Fill both sides with hot water. Add about 1/3 cup of Simple Green to each side and let it sit for 30 minutes.
Step 3: Drain and rinse very well. Sprinkle baking soda in your sink and scrub with a sponge.
Step 4: Rinse the sink very well, then take a sharp edge and clean around the edge of your sink, like you would clean under your finger nails.

Step 5: Scrub around the faucet with a toothbrush- you will be shocked at the gunk that has accumulated there.
Step 6: Spray your sink down with window cleaner and give it a good shine. I use paper towels but you could also use a cloth.
Ok- are you ready for the result?!?!?

AHHHH... one happy mama with a clean shiny sink. Have fun!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Things I did today:

Easiest thing I did today:
Took pictures of these beautiful dresses/skirt! These are our Easter outfits. I made the skirt for myself, my mom made the gorgeous smocked dress for Charlotte, and I made the baby doll dress and hat for Charlotte's baby to wear to church. When you have such amazing fabric, thank you Anna Maria Horner, ANYTHING you make will be beautiful!
Hardest thing I did today:
Cleaned out and packed up my fabric stash. Ugh. I tried to be really good and only save the wonderful ones. I put them into plastic bags (the Oven Ready ones) so that nothing will get into them as they sit in storage and wait patiently for us to move to Tennessee. However, I think it will be much like a fabric Christmas when I get to unpack, it will have been 3 months and I will have forgotten what is even in there. I did save out a few fabrics, and everything I need for my quilt as I am going to be working on that and some other home accessories while we are in transition.

Most meaningful thing I did today:
Played with my beautiful daughter at the park -gorgeous day, gorgeous child!
Most creative thing I did today:
Made these little chick cookies for the Easter Egg Hunt tomorrow. I am trying to learn to enjoy baking (it's very precise...) and I would normally have made these from scratch along with the icing, but I am up to my elbows in last minute Easter projects and packing up my house so here is the super easy cheater way to make these cookies. Buy a boxed sugar cookie mix. Buy some pre-made cookie icing. Buy some sweetened shredded coconut, and yellow food coloring. You will also need some kind of orange candy - I chose Starburst.

Mix the cookies and roll them out according to the directions. Using a heart cookie cutter, cut out a cookie. Cut it in half- this will make two chicks. Using a small circle cookie cutter cut out two circles - these are the heads. Attach the circles to the half-hearts. Cut out the rest of your cookies. Here is a tip: to make "perfect cookies" make more than you need, then only select the best ones to use. I cook 14 cookies when I need 12. Bake according to directions. After they have cooled, ice them with your icing. Really good icing tips here. Pour the coconut onto a cutting board and chop it finely. Place it into a bowl and dye it yellow. While the icing is still wet, sprinkle the coconut onto your cookies - these are your fluffy little chick feathers! Add a little beak and cheep cheep cheep! ( i also added 1 sprinkle for an eye)

Wow busy day! but so wonderful-live your life to the fullest! Enjoy your holiday everyone!