9.27.2012

Scrummy

Ah yes, "scrummy."A word I heard today for the first time as I handed my toddler a warm oatmeal chocolate chip cookie. 
Olive, your common sense is invaluable. I can think of no better combination of words than scrumptious and yummy. I've searched many years to find the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe, and this one is, indeed, very scrummy. Which is why I am sharing it with you today.
 
Ingredients:
  • 1 C. butter, softened
  • 1 C. granulated sugar 
  • 1 C. brown sugar 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract 
  •  2 C. flour  
  •  1/2 tsp. salt
  •  1 tsp. baking soda 
  •  1 tsp baking powder 
  •  2-1/2 C. oats, ground to dust 
  •  1 C. chocolate chips 
*Note: when I took these pictures, I was making half of a batch...I thought I should mention this just in case you notice there is only one egg pictured instead of two, for example.
First, preheat the oven to 350ยบ F. Combine the sugars and the butter in a large mixing bowl.
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Add the eggs and vanilla extract and continue blending.
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Sift the dry ingredients together in a small bowl before adding to the sugar/butter mixture.
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Stir in the chocolate chips.
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Just a warning that this cookie dough is reeeeeally tasty. If you're like me, try not to eat it all.  Let some of it be baked for heaven's sake.
I highly recommend lining a cookie sheet with parchment paper! (For some reason the cookies turn out better.) If you don't have any (I didn't realize I was out), get some! Otherwise, grease the cookie sheet instead. Drop the dough by teaspoonfuls and bake for 8-10 minutes.
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Let the cookies cool for a few minutes and then check the fridge--make sure you're not out of milk.  That would be tragic.
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9.20.2012

Lazy Bones

Aaaaand I did nothing this week. Hence the title of this post. I'd like to think I'm still recovering from my Farmer's Wife quilt.
I did realize, however, that I neglected to tell you about a free little skeleton pillow pattern of mine over at HoneyBearLane! The free pattern includes detailed pictures, instructions, and template to make this spooky little Halloween treat for your sofa.
Oh hey. I just realized something. I wasn't totally lazy this week--that is, if you count frying up some old fashioned sour cream donuts for family night. Ha ha, that's got to count for something, right?!
Homemade sour cream donuts. Ah yeah.

9.13.2012

Goody Goody Gum Drops

I had an absolutely wonderful week. First and foremost, I finally finished my Farmer's Wife beast!
I decided to use up my Bonnie & Camille fabric hoard (Ruby, Vintage Modern, & Marmalade) for this project and I must say that I am so pleased! Believe me when I say that pictures don't do it justice. It is ridiculously lovely, bright, and happy in person.
I was very naughty and departed from the Farmer's Wife assembly instructions. I stitched the blocks into rows (instead of on-point), I omitted the cornerstones (I foresaw disaster since the blocks didn't all end up being the exact same size), and I made the border as thick as I wanted (6"). Shame on me.
Sidenote: I have already been tempted to nibble on that yummy aqua binding.
Plenty of flaws in this quilt. (I don't know that these "piecing" projects are my cup of tea.) My husband said he didn't notice any of the flaws that I pointed out, so I'm just going to go ahead and pretend I don't see them either.

And of course, there's my favorite little lump testing it out. This quilt may live on her bed for a while so I can see it every day.
Stinker.
That quilt alone makes a great week, but then I paid a visit to the doctor last Thursday and received the great news that Olive is getting a brother! I can't wait to meet little Lorenzo in January. (Not sure what to do for his quilt, but I'll figure that out soon, I'm sure.)

9.06.2012

Twinkle Toes

It's never too early to begin plotting your Christmas decorating, right? I've been hoarding some of my favorite fabrics (Moda's "Vintage Modern" and "Ruby") to get mine going.  I have a big crush on the red and white houndstooth at the moment.
I've made some funky little elf-inspired stockings. 

The pattern is now available in the shop in PDF or paper format so you can start scheming about how you will deck your own halls in a couple of months.  I absolutely adore little projects like this--especially when it comes to picking out fabrics and trims! I'm having a hard time deciding which stocking is my favorite!

9.01.2012

Someday

Will I ever be finished with my Farmer's Wife quilt? Surely.
 
Here is the newest batch (several weeks in the making). I've become obsessed with incorporating more red. I love the contrast it adds.
Only 27 more to go!