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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Placemat Pencil Roll

Following this tutorial, I made this!

I used a $2 placemat from Walmart to use instead of fabric.
 I just folded up the end.
I AM going to make a crayon roll out of fat quarters.

I pinned it all before I sewed it...
I ended up changing my mind about sewing a slot for every pencil.
I sewed 8 and decided that I could expand our pencil collection.


I am SO excited to be the winner! I really REALLY wanted this one!

I entered a giveaway on this blog:
(she's amazing, check her out!)

and I won!

Out of like 1000+ people.

Guess what I won!

Something from this lady's shop:

I just need help picking one now!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Wintry Photoshoot

Brent and I went out a few days ago to the "beach" in Hyrum. The lake was frozen solid at least 2 feet down. We saw trucks parked on the lake along with a bunch of guys riding motorcycles.

New Nightstands

Right now I have a very part time job (like 10 hours a week at most), and am taking 1 credit. That leaves me with a whole lot of free time. Suddenly, when I have free time, everything has the potential to be a project. I was wandering in hobby lobby when I came across this inspiration sheet and I decided it was time to give our DI nightstands a makeover!

Before: a little scratched and dented.
I was thrilled to have them when I found a matching set,
but I figured I couldn't hurt them at this point.

Before I even touched the nightstands, I drew a 1/4 scale model of them.
I used my handy measuring tape, calculator, and ruler to help me along.
I drew everything in pencil then traced it in sharpie.
I made lots of copies, and sketched a few ideas on my 1/4 scale models.

I finally decided on argyle and my sketch gave me an idea
of what I wanted it to look like. As you'll see, I deviated a bit
from this in my actual production

I used a pencil to mark the top of the nightstand into 8 sections horizontally and 4 sections verticially.

I connected my lines to make boxes.

I drew my diamonds within each box

...taped, and painted. (If anyone is actually doing this, I would reccomend
picking your background color and painting your entire nightstand first.
It would be a lot less work)

When you remove the tape, you should hopefully have some clean lines!

Tape the next section and start painting!

And tape and paint again....

Between coats of paint, I worked on painting the drawers.


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Cinnamon Rolls, part deux

Remember this?

Well, I made cinnamon rolls again tonight, and I thought I would share the recipe

1/3 C. Sugar
2 T. yeast
1 1/4 C. warm water
1/2 C. Soft Butter

3 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
5 C. Flour

4 T. butter
1/2 C. brown sugar
1/2 C. sugar
2 T. cinnamon

2 C. powdered sugar
1/4 C. milk
4 T. butter
1 tsp vanilla

In a bowl, combine the first four ingredients. Cover and let set 15 minutes. Add 3 eggs and 1/2 tsp salt, stir together. Add 5 cups flour, knead for 5 minutes. Roll out and spread butter on dough. Combine brown sugar, sugar, and cinnamon and sprinkle on buttered dough. Roll up and use dental floss to cut them. Set for 10 minutes. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Combine remaining ingredients and drizzle on warm rolls.

And I took some to our neighbor upstairs. I thought it was cute.

What we had for dinner tonight

Salad-via a bag of salad we saw on clearance last night.

Brent made delicious breadsticks.
How many ladies have husbands that can bake bread?
(Although, I did set the yeast for him)

And, the main course: zuppa tuscana soup.

1 T. quick rising yeast
1/2 C. warm water
2 T. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
3-4 C. flour
1/2 C. Butter

Dissolve yeast in warm water; add sugar. Let sit for a few minutes. Add salt and flour. Knead and let rise for 10 minutes. Melt 1/2 C. butter in 9X13 pan in 375 Degree Oven. After dough has risen, punch down and let rise again for 5 minutes. Roll out to size of pan. Cut into 12 breadsticks. Dip in butter, lightly sprinkle with garlic salt, Parmesan cheese, and parsley. Line them up in the pan and let raise 10 minutes. Base at 375 for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Zuppa Tuscana Soup: (I doubled this)

3 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 medium russet potato (I used 4 when I doubled, so 2 if you single the recipe)
2 cups chopped Kale
1/2 lb spicy Italian Suasage
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (maybe less--the soup was quite spicy)

Combine the broth and the cream in a saucepan over medium heat.

Slice the unpeeled potato(es) into 1/4 inch sliced, then quarter the slices and add them to the soup. (I actually cut the potatoes the long way so I ended up with a bunch of thin circles...if that makes sense).

Add the Kale (once again, I would probably deviate this. By the time the soup was ready, the kale was really limp and slimey. I would probably add it in about 15-20 minutes before serving time)

Cook sausage and add to soup.

Add spices and let simmer for 1 hour.

Delicious. It sure made Brent's night.