Saturday, July 30, 2011

Boo Boo Bug

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My daughter is a typical toddler and is wont to trip on the toys she leaves lying around, her pantlegs, or thin air. When she gets a bump we generally run for a bag of frozen peas, which usually confuses and interests her enough to make her stop crying. My niece used to have a cute little boo boo bunny, so I decided to make something similar. I drew a few sketches, but finally decided to go with the boo boo bug (partly due to my love of alliteration, but also because it came out cute and looked easy).


As you'll notice in future pictures, I altered the pattern a little on the way. I cut out some templates using the cricut and the George cartridge to make the small circle, as well as the half circle. I laid out the templates just to see how it would look.


I picked up a stack of washcloths from Big Lots that were bright and colorful and perfect for the job.


Then I cut out the pieces.


I've never worked with terrycloth before, and let me warn you, it can be a little tricky and MESSY! But after sewing it all together, here's what it looked like.


I left a space to fill it up with rice.


Then sewed the opening closed.


What do you think? My daughter doesn't quite get it yet. She just throws it on the floor like a beanbag. But hopefully next time she gets a boo boo, she'll appreciate it a bit more. Just in case you might want to make this as well, I put the template up here. Let me know if you do. :) Happy crafting!


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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Blueberry Coffee Cake

Pin It I have been obsessed with blueberries this year! While I adore blueberries cooked into things (like pancakes or muffins), I don't usually eat them straight. But this year, I just can't get enough and neither can my daughter! My daughter is 17 months old and literally ate almost an entire pint in one sitting the other day. I bought a pint to make this recipe and decided to just give her a few for a snack, but she ate so many I had to go out and buy more!


Doesn't this look heavenly?

A few years ago I put together a recipe book for my family with all of our favorite family recipes, and one of my favorites that my mom used to make was coffee cake. I used her recipe for this, but tweaked it just a little. Here it is:

Coffee Cake
1 3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar (I actually used closer to 1/2 cup)
1 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup milk
1 egg
(I added about 2/3 pint blueberries)

Grease pan. Blend all ingredients. Beat vigorously for 1/2 minute. Spread in 8x8 pan.

Topping
1/3 cup packed brown sugar (I used a little less)
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp. firm butter

Mix topping together. Sprinkle over batter. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes.


Let me know if you try this recipe & like it!


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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Pepperoni Pinwheels

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A couple of years ago I decided to cook a "mini meal" and this was one of the recipes I came up with.  It's become a regular in our meal rotation because it's so easy and so tasty. 


Here's all you need:
Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (or Recipe Creations)
Muenster Cheese
Pepperoni
Pizza Sauce

Unroll out the crescent rolls and "paste" two triangles back together.  Layer on muenster cheese and pepperoni.  Roll up the crescent roll with the cheese and pepperoni inside and slice into small pinwheels.
Layer the pinwheels on a cookie sheet and cook at 350 for about 13 minutes. 

Voila!  Enjoy dipping in pizza sauce.  Yum!!!

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Sunday, July 3, 2011

A few more onesies

Pin It As I said, I've been baby binge crafting.  I had several iron-on transfers I was saving for baby onesies and I used some of the dyed onesies I'd made here to make these.


I finished up my blue onesies with another monogram applique since I liked "J" so much. 


So two weeks ago I was at Joann's and they gave me a $10 off $10 purchase coupon for last week, which I used to pick up more dye.  The next baby onesie color- GREEN!  Stay tuned.  ;)

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Surprise Baby Shower

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A friend of mine is expecting her second baby in a couple of months, and we wanted to celebrate.  We invited them over for a cookout and a surprise "baby shower".  I had fun making more cupcakes with the edible pearls. 

 And nothing beats a cutely wrapped gift.  Tune in tomorrow to see one of the gifts I made.  :)
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