Sunday, July 27, 2008

When it Rains, it Pours!

I'm exhausted from the week and it isn't quite over yet. Tomorrow (or should I say today) will be another busy day leading into a busy week. I'll be gone at Girls Camp, but once I return it is back to crafting. Here is a sneak of what I am working on for Enrichment (a church activity for Women in my church).

Friday, July 25, 2008

Bloomin' Summer

I have some beautiful flowers bloomin' all over my yard! My favorite is probably my hydrangeas. I have one large bush that has purple, periwinkle & pink blooms! I took some more pictures, but I'll have to post those when I get home. For now, I wanted to share a pic of a whimsy bouquet from a couple different bushes in my yard. I love it! I promise to have so more craftiness posts in the next week. I've been working on some crafts for a ladies church meeting. They want me to show how to make crafts from things that you would have around the home/recycled crafts. I'm going to do three crafts and then have a display table with other ideas and a print out of links to projects. If anyone has any ideas or resources, please let me know! Thanks!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Quick Post!

Well I'm keeping myself super busy! I've been getting my garden ready for planting a bunch of tomato plants (from a friend at church), church meetings, getting ready for Girls Camp, song practice and all the daily life stuff! I'm really trying to post more often.

Ten days ago, my mother in law gave me an Amish Friendship Bread Starter. For those of you that aren't familiar with this type of bread, it is a sweet, cinnamon bread made from a live yeast starter. This process takes ten days and you only used glazed ceramic or plastic metal bowls or utensils. Each day you will have instructions to either stir the mixture (or mash in a plastic bag) or add ingredients. On the tenth day, you add a few ingredients and separate the mix into 3 one cup portions w/additional batter remaining for the bread you will be making that day. Some choose to keep one of the three portions for them and then give the remaining 2 to friends. Hence the name!

Now, you don't have to wait until a friend passes a starter along. You can make the starter yourself and start the passing chain!

Amish Friendship Bread Starter (this is the batter that you are initially given by a friend):
1 tablespoon Active Dry Yeast
2 cups Warm Water — (110 degrees)
1 cup Flour
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Milk

1 cup Oil
1 cup Sugar
2 cups Flour
3 Eggs
1 large (5.1) Vanilla Pudding Mix — Instant
2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 cup Milk
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

For Amish Friendship Bread Starter:
Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup of the warm water in a deep glass container. Stir
in remaining warm water, flour and sugar. Beat until smooth. Cover. A large
glass jar or bowl with a tight fitting lid works best for this. Because your
first batch of starter contains fresh yeast, you can skip the next set of
directions and go directly to the instructions for splitting your start.

Do not refrigerate! Do not stir with a metal spoon! The starter requires 10
days for fermentation.

Day 1- Begin or receive starter
Day 2-4 Stir (w/wooden spoon) or mash in plastic bag
Day 5- Add 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour, 1 cup milk
Day 6-9 Stir (w/wooden spoon) or mash in plastic bag
Day 10- Add 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour, 1 cup milk

Put 1 cup of starter in each of three containers. Give 2 away to friends and
keep one. This will begin their Day 1.

For Amish Friendship Bread:
You will have about 1 cup of batter left besides the 1 cup you have saved for
yourself. To the remaining batter add oil, sugar, flour, baking powder, eggs, milk, vanilla pudding mix, cinnamon, and salt. Beat until well blended. Add one cup nuts, if desired.
Grease 2 loaf pans well and sprinkle with sugar. Pour batter equally into pans. Bake at 325 F degrees for one hour.

My loaf pans are a little bit bigger than the standard ones. I don't know why they are...they are silicon, but I didn't think that would make a big difference. So my loaves turned out a little thinner, but still very delicious. Next time I will just put all the batter into one loaf pan. I'll post a pic soon. For some reason it is not uploading.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Premature Post

Well I made my last post invisible, because I've found another purpose for my booties that I made for the Michael Miller Baby Bootie Contest (that didn't quite make the deadline). I guess I should have waited a day to blog about them, because they now will be a part of something else. So I was advised to save the post for later. Thank you for those who left comments and the kind words. It really encourages me to keep going and that I'm headed in the right direction. I guess we'll count that post as a quick sneak peek of what is to come!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Third Time's a Charm

Since we got home from vacation, I have sat down to blog three times! I'm just hoping this one will be successful. I have so many ideas and fun things to post about. Today was a most wonderful day, because I received a package from Patty of Modkid Boutique. She had a giveaway in celebration of Modkid's 2nd Anniversary. This is the first giveaway that I have won, not that I have really entered very many. I took pictures when the lovely bundle arrived, but I liked Patty's much better!

I had the option to chose a sewing/crafty package or a sewing/crafting care package from my extensive collection of fabric/notions OR a custom-made Modkid surprise item. I would have loved the custom item, but I have no kiddos yet. So the obvious choice was the care package. I was in awe when I saw it all! It was absolutely perfect. I really can't figure out what my favorite thing is. I love the bright colors and embellishments that I received. Now I have to figure out what to make with my new treats. Once I do, then I will post pictures! Thank you, Patty!

I'll try to finish up my other posts in the next few days. In the meantime, check out one of my favorite blogs...Modkid Boutique!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Mini Floor Plans

Some of you may be familiar with Apartment Therapy and if your not, then take the time to browse their site. They have a lot of tips for the home, decorating ideas, product reviews (mostly eco-friendly products) and tours of homes from all over the US.

One of their recent tips, caught my eye this week....probably because building a home has been on the brain. They had a "How To" on making a Pocket Sized Floor Plan. It is simply card stock cut into small rectangles with the name of the room, floor plan w/dimensions and then notes of other furniture already in the room. Then they attached color swatches! The final steps would be to punch a whole in the top of each rectangle and add a ring (to hold it together). It would really come in handy when you are looking to decorate a room or add things to what you already have. For me, there are those times when you see something you really like (at a swap meet, second hand store, yard sale, etc.) and you can't just put it on hold and have the time to figure out if it will fit what you are looking for. Well problem solved! Now I'll be able to reach into my purse and pull out my handy-dandy floor plans. Since they are so compact, I'd probably laminate them and keep them in my purse or glove box. You never know when you may come across a good deal!