Monday, December 28, 2009
Zachary came into this world 8 weeks early born Dec. 27 12:12 a.m weighing in 4lb. 2oz. but thank the good lord he is doing great and so is mom my beloved daughter, after 61 hrs. Stacey had her beautiful son. I still can't believe my child had a child....Yippeee I am for the second time a Nana. God bless my family.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Meet Brooklyn’s Martha Stewart and her $3 gift idea
Mari Irizarry is the Martha Stewart of Brooklyn. Or that’s what I thought when she handed me this gorgeous ball jar cookie recipe at her holiday party last weekend. The crafty 31-year-old youth media educator filled it with all the dry ingredients needed for a few batches of old-school Oatmeal Craisin Spice Cookies, a recipe that’s one of Irizarry’s all-time favorites. They’re not exactly health bars, but I was so touched by the gift that we’re sharing it with you, at this Etsy time of year. All the recipient has to do is add the wet ingredients. So, for some butter, egg, vanilla, and five minutes of my time, I got the gift of homemade cookies and the scent of baked goods wafting from my oven, too.
Irizarry’s inspiration came from spying a similar seasonal item in a Williams-Sonoma-type store. “I was shocked by the $20 price tag. Then thought, ‘Oh, I can make that,’” said Irizarry, whose childhood Betty Crocker Alpha-Bakery Cookbook sparked her mad baking skills. She still remembers that “it cost
$3 plus proof of purchase from a bag of flour.”
For her DIY recipe redux, Irizarry ordered jars from “a cheap Amazon affiliate at about $1 a piece for a set of 12, and the ingredients, she figures, tally the whole thing up to $2.75 per perfect little gift. What’s priceless? She’s labored over the precarious ingredient-layering process, so those of us wanting to replicate the layer-cake presentation don’t have to. “I learned after an annoying amount of trial and error which order works best. The sugar is really the problem. It’s important to put the craisins on top of it. Otherwise the sugar granules cover everything else up,” she says. Here’s Irizarry’s recipe and instructions for making your own cookie jar.
The ingredients you’ll need to fill one jar:
1 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg (more if you like them spicy)
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
about 3/4 c. of craisins
2 c. rolled oats
1/2 c. light brown sugar
1/4 c. dark brown sugar
(or if you don’t have brown, you can just use 3/4 c. light brown sugar)
1/2 c. white sugar
Tip! To layer the ingredients in the jar, use a piece of parchment paper like a funnel to slide the ingredients in neatly. (Or you will coat your kitchen with ingredients and be cranky, says Irizarry.)
The order of the ingredients:
Mix the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and baking soda together. This will be your first layer. Then mix the brown sugars together for the second layer. Make a little well in the brown sugar. Add the white sugar for your third layer, then the craisins and finally the oats.
Attach a nice little tag with the following instructions:
Oatmeal Craisin Spice Cookies
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2. Empty jar of cookie mix into large mixing bowl and thoroughly mix. (You might need to use your hands.)
3. Mix in 3/4 cup softened butter or margarine. Stir in one slightly beaten egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Mix until completely blended. You might need to use your hands again. Shape into balls the size of walnuts. Place on the parchment-lined cookie sheets 2 inches apart.
4. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes on a cookie sheet. Transfer cookies to wire racks to finish cooling.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Well its been a while, like some other people getting into Christmas gifts going. I've been crocheting and knitting. Yes knitting which I have really never done so I went online and found an incredible site with videos and all so I've been trying but don't think anyone will get anything knitted from me just yet but that is where I found the pattern for HB beany here is the site http://crochet-mania.blogspot.com/ she is amazing. She goes step by step on how to make stuff just unbelievable. Next week will be our anniversary of 11yrs. and I crocheted a beany for him, he loves beanies but could never find one that fits him right so I made him one. I gave it to him today cause I had to see how it fit and here it is.......well it will be a while when I post again cause I really have to get some items done or I will never get it out in time. But I will be on here every so often.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
As you see the track.....20 weeks, due Feb.26th. Well that is my grandchild coming. Yes Stacey and Todd will be parents soon. I waited as long as I could, she said, "Mom let me tell everyone." I think I could now tell. She looks so beautiful as a mom to be, she is my second child and now going to be a mother. My first child is now a father and soon to be an UNCLE....wow. Here are my soon to be parents in February.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Yes I'm leaping into a new era of sewing with 2 machines instead of just one. First let me introduce you to the NEW ONE....Singer Simple. My beloved son and daughter-in-Law bought this machine for her mother when she was down by them, she didn't not want to take it back home with her (her lost my gain) my son read on my blog that my beloved Old singer wasn't working so they decided to send me Miss Simple. Long story short, I redid our sewing/craft room all over again...still not to happy with it but it will do for now and put up Miss Simple to play with it and get to know it better.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
First of all here are some pictures of my new sewing/craft/michaels flytying space. Yep all in one room...LOL. Just decided to change rooms around and get my sewing stuff outta the living area and stick our love seat there instead. Also have been working on a afgan with all my leftover bits and pieces of yarn, think its coming out real neat. Stacey this one will not take me 10yrs. to finish, figure in a couple of weeks it will be done for all to see.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Well I went to yesterday's baby shower and I was the only one there who had handmade stuff for the baby. I was really happy with the way the stuff came out and so was the Mom-to-be. Here are pictures of the blanket I crochet for the car seat or infant seat or whatever, also the quilt which was also a panel and much easier than the other one, I had a great deal of fun with these, the rag quilt I made it like a security tag-a-long when the baby starts walking.or when they are teething they love to suck on a blanky, so here is this one. Now I should get my plans together and start on some other stuff also for babies. Well got to go eat and get some energy.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Well I have been getting a couple of baby shower gifts together....I just finished a baby changing pad which I had seen online before and made my own for when my granddaughter was born almost 2yrs. ago, I saw this one later on and really love her tutorial which is on http://sewtakeahike.typepad.com/sewtakeahike/2008/07/diaper-changing.html