Posted by: Becky | December 11, 2010

Deep Dark Mint Chocolate Cookies

This is a yummy cookie recipe that I came up with last year.  I loved them so much that I made them again for my Christmas goodie boxes 😮

ingredients:

~3/4 cup  (1 1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened (I used the unsalted butter)

~3/4 cup sugar

~1/2 cup brown sugar (doesn’t matter light or dark)

~1 teaspoon vanilla

~1/2 teaspoon mint extract

~2 eggs

~1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

~1/2 cup cocoa powder (I use Hershey’s)

~3/4 teaspoon baking soda

~1/2 teaspoon baking powder

~1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)

~1 cup chocolate chips (optional)

 

*preheat oven to 375*

*mix butter, sugars, extracts in large bowl until smooth

*add egg on at a time and mix well after each one

*in another bowl sift flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt

*slowly add the dry mix to the butter mixture

*then  add the chocolate chips

(this might be weird but smell your batter, if you just get a hit of mint your good to go but if you want a stronger mint flavor then add another 1/2 teaspoon)

*place by heaping teaspoons on to an ungreased cookie sheet

*bake for 7 minutes, let cool on pan for about a minute, then move cookies to cooling rack to cool completely.

These are so yummy and you can change this recipe any way you like, don’t add the mint and use a different flavor.  Or use a liquor instead.  I am going to try this with using an Irish Creme liquor next time.

Enjoy!!!

 

 

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Posted by: Becky | December 8, 2010

Snowflake Elegance

I had fun making this project.  It was super simple to do.

All you need to change a few plain old wine glasses into something beautiful is

~wine glasses

~etching cream

~scissors

~stencil

~paint brush

~a sink, paper towels

Make sure your glass is clean.

Pick out the stencil you wish to use ( I used snowflakes)

and tape it onto the glass and rub it on


(Most of the stencils come with a stick to rub with and I used the stencil that washes right off)

After the stencil is rubbed on remove the protective plastic cover and tape.

Place pieces of tape around the stencil (acts as a barrier so you don’t get etching cream on the glass outside of the stencil)

Then take your paint brush and apply the etching cream over the stencil.   Just go ahead and goop it on

Time it for a minute. Then rinse off with warm water.  Peel off tape and rub the stencil off.

And this is what you get

No more plain boring glasses 😮

I think these will make a good friend of mine very happy

 

Posted by: Becky | December 7, 2010

Shutter Love @ Trendy Treehouse

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Trendy Treehouse’s theme this week for Shutter Love it Zoom Zoom.

I love it! I have a little boy and he is always zooming around. 😮

So here’s my picture and my little guy helped my pick it out:

It’s our Christmas Train zooming around the track.

 

Here’s some pictures I found after I loaded my pictures on my laptop.

Yes, my little guy got ahold of my camera and took pictures of himself playing with his cars.  And yes he’s playing with them the dress patterns I was cutting out.

So when I saw that the theme was Zoom Zoom today I knew I had to post my little guys pictures too.

And he took some pretty good pictures 😮

 

Posted by: Becky | December 6, 2010

Christmas Stocking

My newest project was for my hubby.

A Christmas Stocking.

I had found the cutest Moose and Tree fabric that I knew would just be great for this.

 

Making the stocking was pretty easy.  I took one we had already and traced it on the fabric.  And took a handy pair of scissors and cut it out.

Then I  did a zig-zag stitch so it looked almost like a satin stitch all along the sides of the stocking but left the top open.

I had some extra black satin fabric left over from making the Christmas dress so I used a little bit of that to make trim for the top and a loop.

And its all done

 

Now to fill it full of goodies for him 😮

 

 

Posted by: Becky | December 5, 2010

Christmas Dresses

Hi

I know I haven’t posted in a bit but I have been busy with school work and making my girls Christmas dresses early this year.  We planned on seeing the Nutcracker (which is always performed on Dec 3,4,5)

So my goal was to get them done so they could wear them to the performance and not just for Christmas Eve Service.

So I had this great burgundy fabric with golden dragon flies all over it and knew it would be perfect (plus I had alot of it)

And I had some black taffeta  around that I knew would be great for a contrast fabric.

I have a bunch of girl’s dress patterns laying around so I dug through my stash and found

Butterick 4385

Its a simple princess seamed dress, with a cute little jacket.

 

And here’s how they turned out:

(sorry for the side view couldn’t get it to save it right way up)

 

The girls really loved them and I was very happy how they turned out.

I will get a pic up of them wearing them as soon as I can figure out why my pictures stopped loading.

 

 

 

Posted by: Becky | November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

I know today is a day of giving thanks and of gathering family and friends around us.  But please remember those who are not able to spend time with loved ones.  I do know this first hand as my hubby is deployed right now.  I would give nothing more than to just reach out and hug him.  I know that many other families are going through the same thing.  So on a day we give thanks let us remember our military (past and present) and others who are a apart from loved ones.

Let us look back and remember what we hold dear, family and friends who enrich our lives.  And most of all let us count our blessing.  I truly believe each one of us is blessed and will continue to be.

I wish everyone who is celebrating Thanksgiving today a blessed day full of laughter, love, hugs, family, friends, joy, happiness and football (we love it here).  And I hope that if you can’t see your loved ones that you get a call, skype and get to talk to them.

 

Blessings to all

 

 

Posted by: Becky | November 23, 2010

Knitted ear muff/band

With the cold weather in full swing up here its hats, gloves, snowpants, jackets, etc time. I am not one for always wearing a hat.  I do love the ear bands or muffs.  I normally get the ones made out of fleece but I always lose them.

So I figured this year I would make a few myself out of scrap yarn I have laying around.

It was pretty simple to make.  I took two strand of a worsted weight yarn (I used Caron’s Simply Soft)

and cast on 16 stitches with size 8 needles.  I then knitted in a seed stitch pattern (Row 1: knit 1 purl 1, Row 2: purl 1 knit 1, repeat)

I knitted until it measured about 20inches, cast off.  Sew the two short ends together and the finished project is a ear muff to keep your ears (or mine) nice and toasty warm.

I think one I make I will decrease at some point so there is less bulk under my hair (at the bottom)

(sorry for the bad picture, it was kind hard to get a good one of me wearing it)

This was super simple to make and knits up quickly (maybe and hour or so).

I plan on making more for myself and for my girls.

Enjoy

 

Posted by: Becky | November 22, 2010

“Fall” Shutter Love @ Trendy Treehouse

This week’s theme is “Fall” over at Trendy Treehouse’s Shutter Love Tuesday.

 

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For us up here our Fall is about 3 to 4 weeks in September.  But I really love the colors that we get up here. But I picked a non-traditional Fall picture ( I caught Jack Frost’s work on camera :o)

So here’s is my picture entry:

I love these little pine cones.  A friend of mine said they remind her of little chocolate roses.

I just loved how they looked with frost on them (this was taken around 10:30 in the morning)

 

But I had such a hard time picking out just one.  So here are a few more of my Fall pictures:

But this is just part of our Fall, the next two pictures are how we spend the rest of our Fall.  One of the joys of living up here in Alaska.

Yep, we have SNOW.  About 6+ inches.  So this is how we spend our weekends in November.

 

 

Posted by: Becky | November 20, 2010

Emo/Goth Inspired Necklace

I haven’t made a necklace in awhile.  But I really felt like making one when I found these charms.

I love the inspiration behind them.

I really had fun making this one.  I laid everything out and played around with the charms until I found what I like and think worked out well.

I still have other charms that I will make something else to go with this.  Maybe a charm bracelet.

This was fairly easy to make.  I didn’t have to cut the chain so really I just added the charms using the little links.  And the only tools involved were a pair of needle nose pliers.  So after 10 mins of adding charms I have a new necklace to wear.

 

 

Posted by: Becky | November 17, 2010

Pumpkin Shaped Pumpkin bread

I found the really fun muffin/loaf pan.  Its shaped like pumpkins.

I love making pumpkin bread (different from my pumpkin muffins)

I have this really good recipe from Alton Brown (Food network).  I love it.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups shredded fresh pumpkin
  • 1 cup toasted pumpkin seeds

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Sift the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together.

In a separate bowl, mix the sugar, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla. Combine both mixtures and fold in the shredded pumpkin and pumpkin seeds. Once the ingredients are all incorporated pour into a non- stick 9 by 5 by 3-inch loaf pan. If your pan is not non- stick coat it with butter and flour.

Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. At this point a knife inserted into the middle of the loaf should come out clean. Cool for 15 minutes and turn out onto a cooling rack. Cool completely.

I didn’t add the pumpkin seeds.  I will also be making this recipe with cranberries.  I also added a 1/2 teaspoon Rum extract to this.

 

Enjoy!!

 

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