Monday, March 23, 2015

Hexie Fever

Happy Mail!

I have caught the hexie bug!  I love making these English paper pieced 1" hexagons.  I have been using scraps to make the rainbow of hexies below.  Today I got these 2 1/2" mini charm packs from Fat Quarter Shop.  I ordered on Friday and they were here today.  FQS is always so fast!

This is my on-the-go hexie box.  It's from Target.  It was all the rage on Instagram along EPPers.  It works great for working on hexies anytime.  Baseball practice, in the car, everywhere.  From left:  hexies with glued paper templetes, Fons and Porter fabric glue stick, rainbow of completed hexies, white and aqua solid completed hexies, paper templetes, thread, needles and scissors. 

When I first started, I printed out sheets of 1" templetes.  But that gets tedious.  So I very quickly went in search of one of these:

1" hexagon paper punch
I have used card stock, junk mail flyers, and cereal boxes to make the hexie templetes above.  It makes the process so much easier. 

I have just started working on a layout for a hexagon quilt.  It's just so fun to see what I like with all that color. 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas Baking

I typically don't do a lot of baking during the holidays because frankly, we don't need it around the house.  But I do like to make some cookies to pass out to the neighbors.  This year I used this recipe for Texas sheet cake cookies and they were SO good!  Hopefully the neighbors liked them. 

I also made jars of Russian Tea Mix for friends.  Growing up my mother always made this to have during the winter months.  Every time I make myself a cup it smells like my childhood.

Russian Tea Mix

1 cup powdered Tang
1/2 cup powdered lemonade
1/4 cup unsweetened instant tea
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon. 

Combine all ingredients.  Store in airtight container.
Put 2 tablespoons of mix into cup and add hot water.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Senior Prom and Graduation

Despite all my protests Madison just had to graduate from High School.  I wasn't ready but it happened anyway!  Senior Prom was magical and she had a great time.  We are all very proud of the wonderful young woman she is becoming.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

2nd Annual Boys Road Trip to Spring Training

Sock Yarn Projects

As I have mentioned before, I love buying sock yarn.  Especially self striping sock yarn.  I usually buy it with the intention of actually using it for socks, but sometimes the yarn just doesn't want to be socks!  I have two nice baskets full of sock yarn.   So I decided to start using it for a couple of projects that I love. 

A Sock Yarn Scarf
I've seen plenty of shawls made from scrap sock yarn, but decided for myself I would just make a scarf by creating a tube of scraps.  I'll just seam the ends flat and put a nice fringe or edging of some sort and call it good. 

A Sock Yarn Blanket
I have seen this blanket on Pinterest, Ravelry, all over the internet really.  At first I thought that it sounded crazy!  Then, when you realize that the pattern is a simple memorization, there's no joining seams, and that I didn't have to impose any deadlines on myself to finish it, it seemed like the perfect project.

This time of year I spend a lot of time at baseball practice fields/games and both of these projects are great for throwing in my bag and working on while on the go.   

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Thing One/Thing Two hats

My friend is about to become a grandmother of twins!  A boy and a girl.  I am working on crib blankets to match their baby beds.  I saw these hats on Pinterest and had to make them.  

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Apple Pie

I love making Apple Pies this time of year.  Apples are plentiful at the market and at their peak for juicyness.  

This is my favorite recipe.  

Apple Pie Filling

1 cup water
1Tbsp. lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1/2 teas. cinnamon
1/4 teas. nutmeg
1/4 teas. ground clove
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/2 teas. vanilla
3 1/2 cups chopped apples
2 piecrusts  

Bake one piecrust for 10 minutes in 375 degree oven until slightly brown.  

Combine first 7 ingredients in saucepan.  Bring to a boil while stirring constantly.  Boil for 2-3 minutes until thickened.  Add apples and vanilla.    Let cool slightly and add to prepared pie crust.   Cover with second piecrust and poke a few vent holes.   Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes. 

Let cool before cutting.  We like ours with some vanilla ice cream on top.