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Monday, October 28, 2013

My new books just came out!

I designed 3 books for kids to pop out boxes, color them in, and put them together  . . . just for fun.
I REALLY love these and hope you do too.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Game Hen with Pineapple Glaze

My husband loves cornish game hens. As a child his grandmother would make him his own special hen for thanksgiving while the rest of the family ate turkey. I have to admit that I don't do this for my husband but I do try to make him a hen once in a while and this is my favorite recipe for the glaze.
  1. Roast Hens at 350 breast side up
  2. Brush with butter then salt pepper
  3. Bake uncovered, baste with glaze

glaze ingredients

  • 8oz can crushed pineapple
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 tbls dijon mustard
  • 1 tbls soy sauce
  • fresh chopped parsley (optional to garnish hens)
  1. combine ingredients in medium sauce pan
  2. scrape hen drippings into sauce 
  3. bring to boil 
  4. reduce and simmer

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Sit upons—a Girl Scout tradition

If you know what a “sit upon” is you must have been a girl scout. It’s just something to sit on when camping or outdoors.
There are many materials that can be used for making a sit upon: Wall paper, duct tape, shower curtains, jeans, plastic or vinyl bags, and vinyl table cloths are just some of the options available. Here is the supply list I used for the sit upons pictured above:
  • (2) 15″ x 15″ pieces of oil cloth (or other material)
  • (1) 13″ x 13″ square of carpet padding (or other material such as newspaper, batting, or foam)
  • enough string to overlay stitch all the way around 2 times to make a ‘v’
  • alphabet beads
  • pinking shears for cutting the oil cloth
  • scissors for cutting the carpet padding
  • hole puncher
I had extra oil cloth so my lucky girls have fancy sit upons. A carpet store donated carpet padding for the inside cushion and we used nylon lacing similar to shoe laces to stitch them together. To personalize each sit upon, the girls finished them off with a loop which they strung alphabet beads on to spell out their name.
Each girl was given pre-cut pieces of fabric and padding. I hole punched the fabric about 1″ apart all the way around so the girls just stitched around and made a beaded loop which they could also use as a strap for holding. The girls had a great time crafting their very own sit-upons and we all can’t wait to put them to good use!

Friday, August 3, 2012

camp crafts: God's Eye

We just got back from our annual family camping trip. It's always a good time playing at the river, hiking, roasting marshmallows story telling and crafting with the kids. This year Alivia taught a couple crafts: lanyards and God's Eyes. The God's Eye was a really fun camping craft because they got to search for sticks in the campground. Her little cousin Ella looks up to big cousin Alivia and they are so cute together.

Monday, July 2, 2012

mascarpone & apricots a perfect pair

We just picked all the apricots off our tree and now have an abundance of perfectly ripe apricots. It's always a game as to who will get the apricots first. The birds are waiting for them to be just right and so am I  . . . so is the dog by the way. At least she waits for them to fall. Those bad-mannered birds peck at one a little then move on to the next. I've learned to pick them just before they are perfect then let them ripen in the house. We've eaten all the fresh cold apricots we can, given away a bunch and they are now at the point where they have to be eaten and I can't bear to see these gems go bad so I made jam last night. I simply cooked down a pot of apricots with fresh squeezed lemons from our tree and added sugar. Hot apricot jam is almost as good as the pairing below.

  • apricots halved
  • mascarpone
  • walnuts - oven roasted with honey and kosher salt
  • honey
  • basil
  • balsalmic - reduced to a syrup

  1. bake the apricots at 350 until juicy but not mushy
  2. fill with a dollop of mascarpone - let cool enough that the mascarpone doesn't melt
  3. top with roasted walnut
  4. drizzle balsalmic reduction 
  5. top with fresh basil chiffonade

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

alphabet cupcake toppers

Free downloadable PDF for an alphabet party

I used these as cupcake toppers by cutting out the circles with a circle punch and gluing to a toothpick.

alphabet cupcake topper

campfire cobbler

Alivia is at girlscout daycamp this week. Yesterday the girls made their own lunch which included a peach cobbler cooked over the fire. Alivia has agreed to make this for our family camping trip. Here's the easy recipe if you want to try it out for your own camping trip.

girl scout campfire cobbler

  • canned peaches
  • cinamon sugar
  • bisquick 
  • milk
  • butter
  1. make bisquick batter with milk then set aside
  2. Sprinkle the bottom of your pan with cinamon sugar                                                             (according to my daughter as much as you like)
  3. lay peaches on top
  4. spoon batter over peaches
  5. place a few butter cubes on top of the batter
  6. cook over the fire
The girls made homemade vanilla ice-cream to top their cobblers!