Family Stitchery

A few years ago, we sent my cousins out on missions - and when we did we (my family) would stitch them a cute little look-a-like missionary complete with suit and tie and the name of their mission on the top. Then one day while walking through Pine Needles in Gardner Village we had the thought "If we can stitch 1 person why not a whole family?" And so we did! And they have hung on the walls of our homes for years. My aunt owns a scrapbook store and we would sometimes blow up the cute stamps that would come in and stitch those as well. The inspiration for the family stitcheries came from the Me and My Big Ideas line. Those cute little people have been out for years and years and I love them! They have so many different varieties and it is fun to see what new things they come up with. Since the people only really come in stickers - we drew our own people - and here is how they turned out! We have had the same pattern for years - we just switch the colors and the hairstyles and update them every so often. I think they turn out so cute and have loved my mom's for a long time!

If you would like one of your own you can contact me for info.


Neighbor Gift: Nativity Ornaments

For neighbor Christmas gifts this year I wanted to simplify things a bit
but still remember the Reason for the Season.

I found nativity ornaments at Hobby Lobby (my very favorite store)
and they were half off - (I never buy anything there for full price)
They came four to a box and came out to be $1 each.

I simply wrapped up each one in clear cellophane, added a tag
and tied them with red and green raffia.

Cute. Simple. Cheap.

I loved the way they turned out.


Chocolate Bundt Cake

The Perfect Chocolate Bundt Cake
2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup Cocoa
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder,
baking soda and salt in large bowl.
Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla
beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin).
Pour batter into prepared pan.

Spray your Bundt pan with Pam.
Bake 50 to 55 minutes at 350.
If you are using a non-stick pan - bake at 325
Cool for about 10 minutes then remove cake from pan.
Cool completely.
Cream Cheese Frosting

8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
1 stick of unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Place cream cheese in a medium mixing bowl.
Using a rubber spatula, soften cream cheese.
Add butter a little at a time,
and continue beating until smooth and well blended.
Add powdered sugar and vanilla and continue beating until smooth.
Then, put your icing into a cake decorating bag
and pipe it onto your cake.
You can also use a quart freezer bag (thicker)
and cut a small hole in the corner.

That's what I do!

I think bundt cakes are so fun to make
and bring a something fun to the table.
On this cake I added sprinkles, but you can add bows and flowers
to the middle to cover the hole.


Linked to Today's Creative Blog "Get your Craft On."


Stamped Washer Necklaces Tutorial

First: Gather Your Supplies
You will need:
A heavy hammer
1/8" Steel Stamper Set
Baby Wipe
Ribbon, Chain or Leather to tie Necklace
Crimps (Optional)
Toggle (Optional

Second: Take your washers out to your front/back porch.
You need a hard surface to strike the Washer.

Third: Position a letter then hit the stamp really hard -
If you can do it once - GREAT! if not, steady your hand and make sure
you don't move the stamp and hit it a couple more times.
Repeat for each letter.

Fourth: Fill in the letters with your Sharpie.
It is okay if you color outside the lines - just use a
wet wipe and wipe off the extra marker.

Fifth: Use your ribbon, chain or leather and loop it through the washer.

Sixth: Tie the ends in a knot or attach a toggle.

I like the toggle look much better and it is easier to
put on and take off.


I Bought my stamp set at Harbor Freight for 5.99.
You can order them on-line but I just went to the store.

My good Friend, Michelle over at A little Tipsy Blog made them with me.
You can read her version here.


Super Easy Christmas Cookies

These are probably the easiest cookies you will ever make -
But they are YUM-O and look dang cute!
First: Go to the store and buy the Pillsbury Ready to Bake Cookies.
Second: Follow the directions on the box and bake them!

Third: Frost the backside of one cookie with white frosting
(also bought at the store or they wouldn't be called "super easy")and smoosh them together.

You can add sprinkles to make them more festive.
(I forgot the sprinkles)


Enchilada Casserole

This casserole is the perfect twist on Enchiladas,
really easy to make and really yummy!

You will need:
Corn Tortillas
(you can use white or yellow- just make sure they are corn)
Ground Hamburger
Enchilada Sauce

First: Cut your Tortillas into triangles.
(I cut mine in half and then take the halves and cut them into thirds.)

Second: Brown your hamburger and onion.

Third: Add your Enchilada Sauce to your meat and onions.
(I add about half a can of water as well.)
Fourth: Let boil for a few minutes.

Fifth: Make a layer of tortillas in your casserole dish.
(I always spray mine with Pam first - I hate when it sticks!)

Sixth: Add a layer of meat sauce and cheese.

Seventh: Keep adding layers until the casserole dish is full.
(I usually do about three layers.)

Eighth: Bake covered at 350 for about 30-40 minutes.
(I wait till I see it boil in the middle)

Last: Top with all your favorite toppings
(I use lettuce, sour cream, salsa, olives, tomatoes, etc.)


Chocolate Cream Pie

My family has the tradition of having this
super yummy pie for Thanksgiving!

This year I made one for the in-laws.

Pie Crust
2 cups flour
2/3 cups shortening
1 tsp. salt
4-5 tsp. cold water
Mix the flour, shortening and salt together until crumbly.
Add the water.
Blend until it holds together.
Roll dough into a ball.
Roll dough to 1/8" thick on lightly floured surface.
Line Pie Plate and Crimp edges how you would like.

Bake Pie Shell at 350 for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Chocolate Cream Pie
1/2 cups Cocoa
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cups corn starch + 1 Tbl. spoon
1/4 tsp. salt
2 eggs
2 cups milk
2 tsp. vanilla

In a sauce pan on medium mix:
cocoa, sugar, corn starch, yolk of egg, salt and milk.

Cook until thick - stir constantly.
(It will seem really thin at first but
just keep stirring and stirring and it will thicken up.)

Add Vanilla.

Pour into baked pie shell

For Thanksgiving I made mine a little bit festive with
a cinnamon sugar "turkey" made out of the pie crust dough.



Ornament Wreath

Have you noticed these cute little ornament wreaths all over yet?

I have!!

And tonight I sat down and made mine!

She will hang on my front door this coming Friday!

To see other examples go here and here.
To see how to make your own - go here.

If you are in my crafting group -
this is the wreath we will be making in December!


Homemade Oreo Cookies

These tasty little treats have been around for a while now
but just you case you need a recipe - here you are!

2 devil's food cake mix
2/3 cup oil
4 eggs

Mix the above ingredients together.
Roll the dough into dime-sized balls and place on a cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.
Cool cookies.

1/2 cup cream cheese
1/8 cup butter
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar

Mix all of frosting ingredients until smooth.
Frost BACKS of cookies and place together to make sandwich cookie.


Circle Nursing Cover and Burpies

Because sometimes I want to nurse in style!

By now I have the pattern memorized, but I found it here
and made a few changes of my own!


Puppy Nursing Cover and Burpies

We have a few dogs, my little guy has tons of puppy clothing
and I loved this fabric so I made another nursing cover-
complete with burp cloths made of cloth diapers.


Candy Bouquet

I love making and giving away candy bouquets.
They are such a fun and different gift to give and receive.

Select a variety (12) of candy and candy bars.
Tape the candy to thin dowels.
Cover with clear or colored cellophane and tie with a bow of your choice.
Place a piece of foam in a vase - fit it to the vase.
Insert the 12 dowels with candy into the foam at differing heights.
Add different colored tissue paper for a final touch.
Personally deliver and watch your friend light up!


Mock Asphalt Pie

I like the Asphalt Pie from Wingers,
But I LOVE my version of it!

What you need:
Oreo Pie Crust (sometimes I make it, sometimes I buy it)
1/2 Gallon of Mint Ice Cream
Whipping Cream

Soften the mint ice cream and scope it into the oreo pie crust. Then take the caramel, warm it up, and pour it all over the ice cream. It will seep into the ice cream. Put in freezer until frozen - about an hour or so. Cut slices and top with more caramel, oreos and whipping cream!



Soccer Nursing Cover and Burpies

I love the cute little nursing covers,
but I didn't want to pay $30 for one so I made my own.
My husband loves soccer and since we had a little boy -
this is the fabric that he picked out.

I love how it turned out!

I mostly followed the directions found on Little Birdie Secrets
but added a few modifications of my own.

It looks great and works like a charm!


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