I Cor 16:14

"Let all that you do be done with love." I Cor 16:14

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

a pocket for puppy

Every year our church blesses the employees and clients of our local mental health facility.  It is a treat for these often overlooked members of our community to come and enjoy a lasagna meal with live music and then play bingo. 

Each of the guests goes home with at least one gift.  A little something to show them we care, even the children of the clients are included.  I made a little pocket for the daughter of a client. 

This simple pocket is created from  2 - 18" squares (with batting on the inside) then folded into a triangle.  After sewing 2 straight lines 4" from the center and some *unique* folding this little pocket is formed.  These are perfect for storing little treasures, kind of like this puppy.

I wish you could reach into the monitor to feel this super soft puppy and pick him up behind his 2 front legs and pet him.  He feels so life like!!  I hope the little girl thinks he's adorable, too. 

These little pockets could be made out of any holiday fabric and would be cute in a guest bathroom to hold rolled up washcloths, special lotions or soaps.  Or how about in Easter fabric with eggs?  The options are endless!


Saturday, February 25, 2012

apple muffins

Hello dear readers!

I have a habit of searching out new recipes on websites and in cookbooks.  I think the photos are what pulls me in.  And don't you feel hungrier and inspired afterwards?  I do!  Well, recently this recipe for apple muffins caught my eye.  I don't know if I've ever made apple muffins before.  I repeatedly make blueberry muffins because it's our favorite.  But, with an abundance of apples in my fruit bowl, namely crispy and juicy pink ladies (yum!)  I decided to try out this recipe.

Boy am I glad I did!  I held off on the pecans, sugar and cinnamon topping since my boys don't like nuts.  So next time I think I'll add the cinnamon to the batter and it would be even better.

These are really moist muffins with soft bits of apples inside.  They are lower in fat thanks to only a 1/4 cup of oil and 1 cup of applesauce.  Less guilt is always good in my book.  I was sure my boys would turn their nose up at them since they aren't like the oily and sweet muffins found in bakeries but they gobbled them up!  I did use a jumbo muffin tin (b/c who only eats one little muffin anyway??)  and I was able to get 10 muffins out of one batch.  Looks like I'll be making more since they didn't even last 24 hours in my house!! 

It's a good thing I like to bake!


Monday, February 13, 2012

a cookie with a funny name

These soft chocolate cookies with a creamy filling are called whoopie pies.  Funny name I think.

But, I think anything that starts out looking this dreamy is going to be a winner!  This recipe calls for butter, lots of butter.  Creamy buttery yummy goodness!!

The recipe can be found here.  This is a super moist chocolatey cookie with a wonderful filling.  The little pies will be going to my son's classroom party with a few extra to share with the family.

It's going to be a good Valentine's Day don't you think?


Friday, February 10, 2012

Valentine Fun

After seeing Lindsay's tutorial for a travel tissue holder I thought it would be a great Valentine's gift for the little girls in my son's class.  The little travel size tissues are just perfect for tossing in your purse or backpack.  For me they've been a life saver as I've been recovering from a cold! Choose any fabric to show your style and the best part is they are really simple to make.  Just 4 straight seams and they are done!

I think it's really easy to come up with ideas for girls but oh so much harder for boys.  Since I am a mom of 4 boys you'd think that wouldn't be a problem.  But boys really don't accessorize like girls.  Then I had the idea of a mask.  A mask out of camouflage.  Way better than pink tissue holders don't you think??  I am off to cut out the little masks!

Have a blessed day my friends!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Heart Tarts

While searching for ideas for my son's Valentine's Day classroom party I came across this recipe at Family Fun magazine.  They looked too good not to try!

There is minimal prep since you start out with a ready-made pie crust.  I bought a large box from Sam's Club before Christmas and I still have quite a few rolls left.  This is the perfect recipe to use them up!

After sealing up the jam filled hearts they go in the oven.  Once cooled don't delay in eating them!  They are super flaky and so much better than pop-tarts!  My husband and kids love pop-tarts; me, not so much.  But, they said these were waaaaaaaaaaaaay better than pop-tarts.  One pie crust makes 6 tarts, so plan accordingly!

I have utilized the family fun website quite a bit in getting ideas for my kindergartner's parties.  They have tons of ideas and great photos.  Naturally I thought it would also be fun to get a subscription and so I ordered one from thrifty magazine(only $4.99 for 10 issues!)  A pretty good deal I think!