Caramel Apple Pie Cupcakes
Fellow WordPress Blogger, Craving Chronicles has a recipe for these amazing looking cupcakes. They look sooo good! Visit here for the recipe for these yummy cupcakes.
Harvest Apple Challah
I LOVE challah and looks amazing. I can almost smell the apples and honey! Fellow WordPress Blogger, Janae Monir has the recipe on her blog.
Happy Apple Baking!
Say GOODBYE to Starbucks and HELLO to your kitchen with this recipe from fellow blogger Daily Nibbles.
Visit Food Bride for her recipe made with a homemade pumpkin spiced syrup. Yummy! I’m going to make one right now….
Well, we finally got our computer back and it’s fixed. Thank you, Geek Squad! You don’t realize how dependent you are on your computer until it’s not there. I would think “Oh I need to look this up” and then remember it’s broken. So annoying.
But I did get some more time to sew and craft. I’ll be posting this week some of the great things I’ve been working on. I glittered my shoes, made a few mug rugs, worked on some Flurry blocks, made some felt flowers and made a mug sleeve. So stay tuned for pictures.
Greetings from my local library!
My computer is on the fritz. While I got rid of the virus, apparently my CA internet security has taken over my computer.We have tried all we could to fix it on our own, but no luck. The virus has caused a serious malfunction, so it’s with the Geek Squad. Hopefully I’ll get it back soon. Just wanted everyone to know why I’ve been MIA.
My little guy turns 5 tonight (at 11:05pm)! I can’t believe how quickly time has gone by. It seems like just yesterday we were bringing him home from the hospital.
Here we are
Lil Penguin was born 2 months early. Bringing home a preemie was a terrifying experience, but by the grace of God he has grown and flourished. He has not had any health problems or adverse effects from being a preemie. We are so blessed by this sweet little boy!
Here he is today
I can’t wait to start celebrating! I got his Super Hero cape done last night. I’m really proud of it and I hope he loves it. If not, it fits me. I still need to start the crab, but his party isn’t until tomorrow. So now I’m off to make raspberry pancakes, per his request, and almond cupcakes.
It’s been a crazy week around here. In fact, I’ve had so much on my mind that I left my new purse at Starbucks! I never prayed so hard in my life!! By the grace of God, my purse was exactly where I had left it an hour before with everything intact! In fact, the table looked like we left 5 minutes ago. So to help calm my buzzing brain, I’ve declared this week Finish it Up! I have quite a few projects floating around half done. I also need to make Lil Penguin’s birthday gifts by Friday. So you can guess what I’ll be doing the next few days and nights!
Completed Projects: Neon Mug Rug, renamed Mardi Gras Mug Rug
Owl scarves- had to finish the applique
Scrapbook Paper Coasters
These will all be for sale in my Etsy Shop.
$6 Quilt BOM – August- just received it yesterday
Farmer’s Wife QAL- no blocks done
Flurry Christmas Quilt- 6 completed
Completed tops awaiting quilting:
Pink decorator’s Fabric Sample Table Runner
Carter the Crab Softie for Lil Penguin’s Birthday on Friday!
Houndstooth Pillow w/Rosettes using this method (for my Etsy Shop)
Cat and the Hat quilt for Little Penguin
Super Hero Cape for Lil Penguin’s Birthday on Friday!
This week’s stats:
New projects -0
Completed projects -3
Currently in progress – 8
How’s your week shaping up?
Last weekend we visited The Great New York State Fair for the first time. They had a variety of exhibits and it was really fun and educational. When we arrived, Lil Penguin said all he wanted was some cotton candy and a ride on the Ferris Wheel. So after we found him some cotton candy, we proceeded to visit some exhibits. Here’s some of the highlights:
They had a great train exhibit. There were passenger cars and a caboose you could actually go in, as well as several engines. They had the front of a bullet train for them to “drive”. Lil Penguin took one look at the bullet train and said,” I’m totally playing with that!”
He told me his train was headed to Tokyo.
We also enjoyed some 25 cent ice cream from the Pride of New York area. Lil Penguin enjoyed his vanilla with cotton candy sprinkles!
We ended the trip with a ride on the Ferris Wheel. Lil Penguin loved the view and we loved that we got to ride for free!
I sew almost every Friday night (via phone) with my friend Ingrid (from Bobbin Weave). One day I’ll actually get a web cam and Skype… Anyway she posted here about last week’s sewing session, but I did not. So here’s my version.
I e-mailed her about this adorable, pleated bag. I have never made a purse, only tote bags. This one looked simple and didn’t require a zipper, so I figured I could handle it. Boy was I wrong!
I had problems with the pleating and connecting the top to the bottom. The pleats weren’t wide enough and I had to redo them at least 3 times each! When I finally got that right, I had to connect the top part to the pleated part. I was so annoyed because they weren’t matching up. I finally sew them together to find out that I sewed the top upside down and had to redo it. This was the breaking point for me.
Now Ingrid has made bags before and if it wasn’t for her, my bag would have been half done and in the bushes. I got so frustrated that I wanted to throw it out the window. I really needed Skype for this project. But Ingrid was a trooper and talked me through the steps over and over until I got it. I finally assembled the whole thing, the correct way, and sewed it together. It turned out really cute, but a bit flimsy. If I make this bag again, I will use heavier fabric for the outside.
While I was able to make this, thanks to Ingrid, I would not recommend this pattern for beginners. There are just not enough written instructions to help you assemble the pieces. Maybe the one you buy has more instructions. I do, however, appreciate that Rae made this pattern available for free.
So last night, Ingrid and I decided to start our first Christmas Quilt. We both love the Flurry pattern so much and have been dying to get started. I was the hold up, since I was still gathering fabric. My quilt shops aren’t carrying the Flurry line from Moda, so I’ve gotten some fabric from Ready, Set, Snow instead. I still need another aqua fat quarter, though. Ingrid’s mom recently caught the quilting bug and decided to sew with us. Her blocks looked great from the pictures I saw. Maybe Ingrid will post pictures of hers and her mom’s.
I can’t stress enough how much I love this pattern. The blocks are so cute and come together so quickly! I was able to cut and sew 4 blocks last night. I probably would have kept going, but it was getting late. Lil Penguin also loved the blocks. Maybe I’ll make him a quilt, too.
We are going to the amazing Strong Museum of Play today. Lil Penguin has been working hard and learning lots, so it’s field trip time. This museum is so fabulous and it’s his favorite place to go. I also love that they have a library branch within the museum since I have some books to return!
Here are just some of the great exhibits: