Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Birthday Scrappy Quilt

Birthday Quilt!

I had grand ideas of doing an amazing Princess quilt using fabric princesses and applique techniques! 
Time got away from me! 
Time almost always gets away from me!
Between spending hours in the car picking up and dropping off kids and working on Church jobs and helping girls make prom dresses more modest and reading books, I ran out of time.....

So, I decided to make my granddaughter a scrappy princess quilt instead!

I bought a packet of  Colorfast Fabric sheets for ink jet printers and printed out many princesses and/or loved characters for the quilt. I followed the instructions and I hope and pray that these pictures are colorfast!!

My center was a picture of my granddaughter in a "Princess and the Pea"  Photo.

Each picture was framed in fabric that either contrasted the photo or went with the princess.
I found adorable snow white and dwarf fabric so I used them for her frame.
Then I outlined each of these with this VERY COOL wood grain flannel!!

Scrappy quilts work really well with Flannel. So, for most of the fabrics on the backs of each picture we used Flannel fabrics that went with our princess, or we used some of the cotton Princess fabric.
The backs were sewn on around the picture and then around the inside of the frame.

In addition to Disney Princesses and characters I added some pictures of her sister and  aunties dressed as princesses!

Somehow this simple Lap Quilt ended up LOTS bigger than I had imagined it would!
I used up quite a bit of fabric (YAY!) now I have room for more...Just Kidding!! (Kind-of)

I imagined this quilt looking like framed pictures and I think I got that look down! Unfortunately, that meant trying to figure out how to arrange them with the middle fabrics that I had and make them look balanced while having them be all different sizes!

This took me hours and I had Melannie help me re-arrange them a few times before I figured out how to manage the balance issue! I had to sleep on it and come at it from a different angle.
I ran out of the bright pink fabric, so I had to add a second color.

The finished quilt turned out so cute and way better than I could have imagined it!

The coolest part of a scrappy quilt is how fun the BACK can turn out!!

I love it!! I know she loves it too!!
Below are the other squares:

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Michael Symon's Turkey Gravy

Turkey Gravy Michael Symon

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I have a really great turkey neck gravy recipe that cooks for hours and is yummy! This one takes only about an hour and is just as amazing, well, it's even better!!! Plus...you can make it a day or two ahead by going to step 4 and stopping then reheating and adding the pan drippings the day of Thanksgiving.

NOTE: go get some turkey stock to make it!

Sweet Potato Praline Casserole

This recipe is NOT MINE Here is the link to where I got it.

We made this a few months ago and it is what the family wants now!
I didn't find it needed any more sugar than the recipe called for.

Sweet Potato Praline Casserole

Sweet Potatoes:
4 lbs. sweet potatoes
3/4 – 1 cup sugar* (I used 3/4 C)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
6 tablespoons butter, melted

Praline Topping: (I found this to be more than it needed! I am going to try half this time)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 heaping cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup butter, melted
Pinch of salt

Arrange sweet potatoes on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil then pierce each with a fork a few times to vent. Bake at 400 degrees until tender (usually about an hour for large sweet potatoes). Check tenderness by inserting a knife into the thickest potato – knife should slide in easily with no resistance. Do not boil the potatoes or use canned ones. I mean it!

Allow sweet potatoes to cool to room temperature then remove the skins. Add sweet potatoes, sugar, vanilla, salt, eggs and butter to a medium bowl or stand mixer.  Mix on medium speed with an electric mixer for 2 minutes or until fluffy. Spoon sweet potato mixture into a 9x9 casserole dish and spread evenly.

To make praline topping, combine flour, brown sugar, pecans, butter and salt in a small bowl and mix until combined.  Mixture will be crumbly.  Sprinkle praline crumbles evenly over sweet potato mixture.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

*Start with 3/4 cup of sugar and add more if desired.  Some sweet potatoes are much sweeter than others so the amount of sugar that you need can vary.  Mix everything up to the eggs and taste it for sweetness.  Make it as sweet as you like.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Carrot Cake

I LOVE estate sales....I find all sorts of fun things there, like old cook books! This recipe comes from one of those finds. It was found in the "Centennial 1888-1988 Recipe Book" From the First Presbyterian Church Florence, Arizona.
I made it sans raisins to see how it would be with substitutions for the raisins. I used half of the batter  and added diced apples, the other half I added shredded zucchini! I liked BOTH very much! So, here it is:

2 C. Sugar
1 C. Oil
3 eggs
2 C. Flour plus 2 Tbsp.
1/2 t. Salt
1 level t. soda
1 t. Cinnamon
1 C. Chopped nuts
1 C. or one small can of Crushed Pineapple (I didn't drain it...but it doesn't specify)

Beat all together thoroughly.
Fold in 2 C. Shredded Carrots
1 C. Raisins (or shredded zucchini or diced apples)

Bake at 350 for 1 hour in Loaf pan-9x12 (I don't think they meant a bread loaf pan but a 9x13 pan)
I made mine into muffins, so that I could keep the two varieties separate. I cooked 20 min to start and I think I had to add a few more minutes.

Results (sorry! I will add pics later!) These were amazing!! They stayed moist for days!!

Cream Cheese Icing:

1 8oz pkg. Cream Cheese room temp
1/4 C. of butter room temp
1/2 Box Powdered Sugar
1/2 t. vanilla
Beat till smooth and spread over cake.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Lila's Pizza Sauce

This recipe is from my mother in law Lila Bates. I made it tonight for the first time and used it with our Calzones. It worked great!!

In a 3 qt. sauce pan heat  2 T. Olive Oil and add:
1 yellow onion Chopped fine
Cook till translucent then add 3-4 lg. cloves of  garlic minced.
Cook for 30 seconds and add:
1 can of tomato puree or diced tomatoes with liquid (15oz)
1 can of tomato sauce (15oz)
1 can of tomato Paste (6oz)
2 t. sugar (can substitute some balsamic vinegar to sweeten if desired)
2 t. salt
2 t. pepper
2 t. Dried Oregano
1/2 t. finely chopped rosemary (or dried)
2 t. dried basil
dash of Cayenne Pepper
1 bay leaf
Simmer uncovered for an hour stirring occasionally, remove bay leaf when done and store in fridge or freezer till needed.

My notes: I forgot the Cayenne, but I will add it next time! I used 2 t.  Balsamic and the sweetness was fine, when I make it again I might use my immersion blender, the diced tomatoes were a little too big for the calzones! The thickness of the sauce was perfect!!!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Salmon foil Pack dinner

 Salmon Foil Pack Dinner:

This is our first time attempting Fish or Rice with our foil packs,
We started with criss cross foil in 4 layers. I added 3/4 C. of minute
rice to the bottom with a sprinkle of salt and a teaspoon of butter.
Then I layered
Asparagus spears
julienned bell peppers and carrots
2 green onions
We added salt and pepper to the veggies and another small amount
of butter.
I then added the salmon with salt, pepper, thyme, herbs de provance
and about 2 teaspoons of butter.
We put lemon slices over the top and sealed up all but one side.
We added 3/4 cup of water to the pouch and sealed up the last side!

Kent cooked it on the coals for 20 Min. he did NOT turn it, the sealing of the pouch was able to steam the fish perfectly!
Best foil pack dinner ever!!

Touchdown Taco Dip

I believe this is a Pampered Chef Recipe! I have to double it ALWAYS!!

1 can (16 oz) refried beans
1 8 oz. pkg cream cheese room temp
1 C. sour Cream
2 Tbsp. Taco Seasoning Mix
2 oz. Cheddar Cheese Shredded (1/2 C.)
1 sm. can sliced black olives
1 med tomato, diced
1/4 C. sliced green onions
2 Tbsp. fresh Cilantro
(I make Guacamole from a package mix with a little lemon juice added to retain color)

Warm beans and spread in bottom of 8x8 or 9x9 dish (or equivalent oval or round ...)
While that is warming up mix together Cream Cheese, Sour Cream and Taco Seasoning

Beans (cooled to just warm)
Sour cream mixture
Store in refrigerator till party time!!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

My Take on Candied Yams

My take on Candied Yams

5 med. yams chopped and boiled 20 min
1 can (20oz) Pineapple chunks
3/4 C. brown sugar
1 T.  cornstarch
mini marshmallows

Prepare yams and place in 9x13 pan
Strain pineapple chunks reserving liquid
Add pineapple chunks to the yams

Whisk together cornstarch and brown sugar and add to reserved pineapple juice.
Microwave or cook on the stove till thickened and add to the pan and stir to combine.
top with marshmallows.
Bake till heated through and marshmallows have a nice color!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Other Costumes for 2012

I had some other fun costumes I was able to be part of this year!
My granddaughters for 2....

 Allison was Rapunzel......pictures inc when I get them!

 Then my good friend Diane asked me to Make an Alvin costume for her husband!! So fun!!

Haunted Ladies

Kat and I were Ally Gal and Widow Constance from the Haunted Mansion stretching room!

I loved my costume!! It was completely comfortable!

Kat's costume this year was my masterpiece!

I love every last detail!! I just wish I had a poofier slip to make it perfect!

Halloween Parade and Sully!

They say Opposites attract and they are NOT wrong! My husband is a HAM with capital Letters....He should be an actor or a politician I do not know how he ended up being an Accountant!! I am quite terrified of standing out, I am perfectly happy hiding in the kitchen or watching from the sidelines but not Kent! Not 15 min after entering into the fray of the trick or treaters at Disneyland he already caught the attention of the "patrol" they were on the lookout for people to ask to be in the Parade!! We ran into friends from home and by the time we said goodbye, we all (8 of us!) had an invitation to ride on the Grand Marshall Float in the Parade that night! I like to think it was my outrageous costuming genius.....but I know, that it was the over the top antics of my costumed Minions that ended me just where I didn't want to be!
Can you see their smiles! They enjoyed every last minute of that long long ride that took us from the backstage area by town square to the backstage area next to It's a Small World.  My Minions look good don't they!

This one was over the top happy seeing as how this is his SECOND time in a Disneyland parade!!
Last time he was Jafar and Melannie was Iago and she rode around on his shoulders saying "Why am I NOT suprised!"

I wish we had pictures from that last parade, but that is purely my fault! :(.....

I made this "Monster's Inc" costume a few years ago, must be like 5 or more.... The feet are the funnest part and I'm sorry we can't see them in any of the pictures !! It's still a huge Favorite and someone puts in on every year even if they don't wear it on Halloween!