3 Years in the Making

I started peicing this quilt together when I was pregnant with my daughter, about 3 years ago. After unpicking the whole thing to replace a pink that I didn’t like, then resewing it in the wrong order, then resewing it with the incorrect seam allowance (5/8″ is ingrained in my head!), then realizing some of the squares had little cuts in the corners that would fray, well, I finally got it all put together with the sashing.

Only to realize that I had flipped the top and bottom strips and messed up the pattern.

Oh well, it’s got more character now and there is no. way. I’m taking that quilt top apart again.

Now I need to cut the backing out, get some batting and decide if I want to hand quilt, machine quilt or tie it.  I think it all depends on how much more time I’m willing to put into it once I get the back on 🙂


Sheena’s Browned Butter Brownies, Gluten Free Style

My friend Sheena posted a recipe for Browned Butter Brownies today and I decided that they sounded far too good to pass up. 

Hello, 10 T of browned butter? 

How can you say no to that kind of goodness? It’s like Paula Deen’s Ooey Gooey Butter Cake – any large amount of butter paired with sugar is bound to be coma inducingly good.  And by golly, Sheena’s brownies are.

Her original recipe called for poison (wheat flour 😉, so I made a few changes to make it gluten free.  A simple blend of sweet white rice and sorghum flour did the trick. I swear sorghum flour is like magic – it makes gf stuff so yummy.  And reduces that grainy white rice flour texture that is so displeasing to the palate.

I figured a few of you would like to have the headache reduced, so here is the gf version of Sheena’s brownies (the glutenous version can be found here).

GF Browned Butter Brownies

10 T butter, cut into cubes
1 C sugar
3/4 C cocoa powder
1 t pure gf vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/4 c sweet rice flour
1/4 c sorghum flour
1/4 t zantham gum
1/2 tsp salt

Pre-heat oven to 325°

To brown the butter: Heat an oven safe pan on medium heat. Place cubed butter in pan and melt, stirring constantly. Butter will foam up and then  small brown flecks will start to appear in bottom of pan. Continue stirring, until butter has reached a nice brown color (like caramel), and has a nutty aroma. Reduce heat to low.

Add sugar to browned butter and stir until well combined, then add cocoa and mix well. Remove from heat and let it cool down a bit (not cold, not hot, just warm).

Add the vanilla. Add the eggs, one at a time. Continue to stir–the mixture will be thick and shiny.
Whisk together the sweet rice flour, sorghum flour, z gum and salt. Add to butter mixture and stir until just combined.

Put pan in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Top with fresh strawberries (ours were home grown! yay!) and a dusting of powdered sugar

I’ll be surprised if our batch makes it through today – my daughter couldn’t get it into her mouth fast enough. Even my husband was salivating over his share.

And me? Well, let’s just say I’ll be spending more time at the gym tomorrow.

In the Works..,

I’m cooking up a tutorial for this tshirt embellishment. Ironing out kinks, but should have it up soon. 
Get excited 😉

‘Cause it’s super stinkin’ cute.
(don’t mind the super bad photo taken with my cell phone & the tv room clutter – too lazy to haul out my big camera)

Pillowcase Dress

Is it me, or are pillowcase dresses something that never goes out of fashion for little girls? I love the way their loose fitting silhouette looks on a little one. So carefree, comfy & beautifully simple. Makes me wish I could handle billowy, shapeless dresses.

I’ve been meaning to make one for a while, but hadn’t found a pattern that I liked. I didn’t want one that scrunched up around the arm pits (or did that horrid looking V that no arm hole should ever do), or looked like it was choking the poor child wearing it. Bless Susan of Freshly Picked! She has the perfect tutorial, the only thing lacking is the width measurement for the fabric since she was using a pillow case and I wanted to use scrap fabric. So I found the dims on a standard pillow case and cut the fabric to 21″ wide. In the next hour, I managed to rock this dress out, embellishments and all.  (embellishments found here at Ruffles and Stuff)

Such a cute dress, maybe a little wide for the intended child, but adorable just the same, with room to grow.

4th of July Dresses

I had this vision that my daughter and her best friend would wear matching red & white dresses on the 4th of July. So, I grabbed some old fabric my Mom had given me and my trusty Simplicity pattern and whipped out two matching dresses for the girls.

The only glitch was that my daughter’s bff had a potty training accident while wearing hers before I snapped a picture of the two of them! Oh, well, such is life.

I did manage to get a shot of my daughter’s, complete with jeans, from the night of.

It is a dress, but the cotton is very light weight, so the pants went on to help battle the night chill and bugs.

As I type this, she’s wearing the dress with a pair of black capri leggings. It may just be my favorite dress from that pattern yet!

A Blogger Tutorial

Ok, so I can’t believe I haven’t posted since JUNE 20th! It’s not due to lack of projects – just time to photograph & blog about them. My bestie and her family came to visit for the 4th, so we were pretty caught up in all the fun of having people to entertain & I’m still editing the pictures from their week stay. Anyways…

Blogger has made a few changes (like it’s new editor) lately, and it’s now gone and changed the whole templates option. You don’t have a seperate “choose a template” and “change fonts & colors” tabs anymore, now it’s all clumped together in their new design editor.  It’s actually pretty nice, once you get used to it.

I’ve been helping a friend of mine revamp her blog (sorry she’s private or I’d linky link ‘er) & realized that if you don’t want to spend oodles of time looking around, it may be a little overwhelming to do something as simple as change your text colors.

So here’s another tutorial for all you blogger users 🙂 but espcially for Meg.

Step 1:

Step 2:

Step 3:

Step 4:

From here, you can change the link colors, the font type & size – pretty much what you could do in the old “change text and colors” tab.

To throw y’all a curve ball & confuse you more, if you want to adjust the width, sidebars, etc on your blog, just click on the “Layout” option right above “Advanced” (but not you Meg, I did that already 🙂

Hope that helps!