Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Snickerdoodle Blondies Recipe

I have not made these in quite a while.  I did however make them yesterday to take them to my Mom's.  They are a family favorite!
Here is what you need to make them:

  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 3/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 3/4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease and/or line a 9×13 inch pan. Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and set aside.
2 In large bowl, beat together butter and brown sugar for 3-5 minutes. Add in the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla, and beat until smooth.
3 Stir in the flour mixture until well blended. Spread evenly in prepared pan (mixture will be somewhat cookiebatter-ish, so it's best to spread it out with a greased spatula or your hands -- I just spray a spatula with cooking spray). Combine the granulated sugar and cinnamon, in a little bowl. Evenly sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture over the top of the batter. Bake 25-30 minutes or until surface springs back when gently pressed. Cool before cutting. Makes 20-24 bars.

    Linked to: A Vision to Remember

    Saturday, July 24, 2010

    Refashion: 2 Shirts Make a Toddler Playdress

    Yesterday I was going through a lot of clothes to prepare for an upcoming yard sale and I found a few items I thought would be great for refashioning.  So far I have only had one successful refashion and it wasn't very hard at all.   I decided to try and stretch myself a little,  I am a use a pattern kind of girl who can do a decent job of sewing with instructions that tell me what to do.  I usually play it safe with the types of fabrics I choose and the patterns I use.  How will I ever move onto harder things if I don't try right?

    So when Jonah brought me these two shirts to go in the yard sale I just knew I could make my niece K a cute playdress.

    (sorry I started cutting before I took the pic)

    Now the only problems were 1) I have never ever sewn stretch knit before and 2) I am a use a pattern play it safe kind of girl!!

    I looked at the two shirts, thought about what I wanted and then started taking them apart.  I didn't take any pics during this process but this is what I ended up with.

    After I had my 6 pieces I took the aqua skirt part and began pinning it to the orange main piece.  

    If you can tell in the picture I pinned it upside down with the right side facing in  Initially I used my smallest needle thinking this would be better for the material however it was not. at all and you can tell that a little in my topstitching on the next photo.  So I ended up changing it out and putting in a larger needle.

    After I stitched the aqua piece to the orange I laid it back down the right way and pinned it down all the way around so I could topstitch it.

    Then I sewed a second line below the first one to form a casing.  I left a small open space in which I could put my hand under the aqua piece to insert the elastic.   Once the elastic was in I sewed the ends very well and then sewed up the rest of the casing.  

    I then pinned the arms to the bodice, right sides facing and sewed them together leaving the whole neck/shoulder area open.

    I made a casing around the entire neck/shoulder area and then ran elastic through it closing it up in the same manner I did with the waist.  Finally I used the cuffs from the original orange shirt and sewed them onto the aqua sleeves.

    Here is the final product!  I know that it is definitely imperfect but I think it will still make a great play dress for K.  I learned a lot by just jumping in there and giving this a shot.  Yes it was very difficult for me to let go and not have a pattern to tell me what to do next.  However now I know that with practice I can figure this refashioning thing out and with practice I may even learn how to sew with stretch knits.  :)

    , The Girl Creative

    Wednesday, July 21, 2010

    Kitchen Redo $200 Budget: Pt. 7 Newly Painted Cabinets

    Last time I posted about my kitchen I showed you my new Silver Dust walls and the blue door.

    Before I started painting the cabinets a second time they looked like this.

    Not really loving the orange!

    So I used my new blue hue to paint the cabinets and all of the trim work.

    Please ignore my totally covered cabinets....there is still so much to do in the kitchen!

    These are the only cabinets in the whole kitchen so I do not have a lot of  space to put things.

    We have decided that we will be leaving the upper cabinet doors off and painting the inside.  Over time I plan to change out all of my dishes to white and clear glass.  This however will be something that takes a while and will not come from the $200 budget, that is just to get it redecorated.  Right now I am still at $111!

    It did not take me very long to know that we were not the kind of family who could have nearly white walls.  In only a couple weeks stains were starting to appear.  So the decision was made to use the blue and paint halfway up the wall.  Thankfully I had just enough paint to complete this.

    My next step in this on going project is the counter top.  I will be using RustOleum Counter top paint and I think I will get it in light Ash.

    If you haven't read the posts that got me here you can check them out now.

    Saturday, July 17, 2010

    Healthy "Fresh Peach" Muffins

    Last weekend I made a Banana Muffin recipe that everyone loved so when I noticed I had a couple of very very ripe peaches I thought.....why not make Peach Muffins.

    So I used the Banana Muffin recipe and just substituted the peaches.

    • 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
    • 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/2 cup applesauce
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 cup Organic Brown Sugar
    • 1/4 cup Organic Sugar
    • 2 ripe peaches peeled and diced
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    1. Combine flour, soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl.
    2. Make a well in center of mixture. Combine applesauce, eggs, sugars, ,mashed bananas and vanilla.
    3. Add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened.
    4. Spoon mixture into greased 8X8 pan or you can use a muffin tin
    5. Bake at 375 for 20 - 25 minutes (I am sure the time will be less for muffins.  Cool and then cut into squares. 
     As you can tell in the picture above they were well loved!  Another recipe that did not last very long in this house.

    A couple months ago I had tried a different Peach Muffin recipe I had found online and nobody liked it very much at all so the girls were really pleased with this one.

    Friday, July 16, 2010

    Another Dress for K and a Skirt with Purse for R

    Okay so you remember on the last post I had bad pics?? Well hopefully this will be the last of my bad pics. Once again I didn't think of taking pictures of everything until I got there so I have some phone pics and some camera pics.    I do think I have this together now! LOL

    I actually moved all my sewing to my bedroom and set up shop instead of just hanging out in the kitchen in everyone's way. 

    So here we go,  I made K a sweet dress from Simplicity 5118.

    I used a soft baby flannel.  The dress is sweet and simple.

    Next I made R a skirt that she fell in love with!  R is 7 and she had a little bit of input about what she wanted.  I used a 1980 Simplicity 9736 pattern for the skirt.  Very basic and easy to put together.  The print is very wild and R loves it.  Several years ago I had made Jonah a skirt from this same material and it was one of her favorites.  R wanted lace and a purse so I obliged.

    That should be the last of my terrible pics.  Now that I am more organized with my little sewing nook I think things are going to go smoother.  So from now on you should actually be seeing pictures taken from my camera instead of phone at the last minute.  :)

    1980's McCall Pattern Makes a New Dress for K

    I have been doing a lot of sewing lately!  I am going through my mountainous stash of material making some outfits for my two youngest nieces.  

    I have not gotten the hang of taking pics of my finished product yet.  I didn't take these pics until I was dropping the dress off for my sister so they are not the best pictures at all.

    The dress was made from a McCall's 6992 pattern.  This pattern is from 1980 and I used the dress on the far right.

    I used this sweet moleskin that has a butterfly print.  Here is a pic of K in the dress.  Sorry it is fuzzy....bad phone pic.

    Linked to: The Train to Crazy

    Tuesday, July 13, 2010

    Healthy Banana Muffins

    I know these don't actually look like muffins however I learned very early on that when I bake something like this we are lucky if it makes it through a day or two.  If they turn out really good they may not make it through the night! ;)

    Anyway, I got very tired of taking the time to fill all the cups to make the muffins and the moment they are cool the kids (and hubby) eat them all.  So I just started making them in an 8X8 pan and then I cut them in 16 squares.  Works for me.

    • 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
    • 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/2 cup applesauce
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 cup Organic Brown Sugar
    • 1/4 cup Organic Sugar
    • 2 mashed ripe bananas
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    1. Combine flour, soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl.
    2. Make a well in center of mixture. Combine applesauce, eggs, sugars, ,mashed bananas and vanilla.
    3. Add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened.
    4. Spoon mixture into greased 8X8 pan or you can use a muffin tin
    5. Bake at 375 for 20 - 25 minutes (I am sure the time will be less for muffins.  Cool and then cut into squares.

    This is a pretty thick batter and it does make a more dense muffin.  They are very yummy not too sweet and good for my family. 

    Saturday, July 10, 2010

    An Old Cork Board Upgrade

    This old cork board has been hanging on our kitchen wall since we moved here 4 yrs ago.  It belonged to the elderly lady that owned the house and by the looks of it, it is very old.  It is used a lot!! During the school year it is constantly covered in important papers.

    In redecorating the kitchen I knew we had to keep the cork board but it does not at all match my silvery/gray and bluish paint scheme.

    So I started digging through all my leftover paint from all my different projects over the past few years and I found a can of Krylon Silver Metallics that I bought last year and I only used it on 1 picture frame, so it was nearly full.

    So I decided I would use this on the cork board and on the cabinet hardware.  I sprayed the cork board and then I took a sanding block and scuffed up the edges all the way around the frame.  You can't really tell in the picture that the edges are scuffed up but they are. 

    So here is another project for the kitchen and thankfully no cost.  Maybe I will still be able to make it on my budget.

    You can read more about the kitchen journey here:

    Thursday, July 8, 2010

    Homemade Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment

       This homemade deep conditioning hair treatment only consists of two ingredients... mayonnaise and avocados. 

    1 cup of real mayonnaise
    1/2 of an avocado
    Put ingredients together in a medium bowl and squish together with your
    hands until it’s a minty green color. Smooth into hair all the way to the
    tips. Put on a shower cap or wrap your head with saran wrap. Leave on for
    20 minutes. For deeper conditioning put a hot, damp towel around your head
    over the shower cap or saran wrap. If you have really long hair and only
    need conditioning at the ends, cut the ingredients in half and apply only to
    the ends and just wrap them.

    Linked to: Somewhat Simple, Fireflies and Jellybeans

    Monday, July 5, 2010

    Toddler Jumper and Matching Shirt

    I have a huge stash of material and patterns that have just been collecting dust over the last few years.  I decided it was time to drag them out and get to work.  My girls are getting so old that they don't really want full outfits handmade.  I will probably make some skirts for church and a few tops but that will be about it.

    I do still have 2 young nieces that I plan to make several outfits for.  R is 7 and I am working on a skirt for her right now but nothing finished yet.  K is almost 2 and I have already made her 3 dresses since I did this skirt. 

    I wish I had a picture of K wearing this dress...I don't but here is a picture of K.

    So just imagine this cutie wearing the dress!  I am hoping to get pictures of her in the other dresses before I post them.

    The jumper and shirt are made of a soft baby corduroy.  I find that type of material so easy to work with.  It is basically like and overall, it criss crosses and snaps in the back.

    The top just slips over the head.  It is made with the same baby cord as well as a pretty trim with coordinating colors and the front panel is a solid burgundy.  This will go great with the jumper or with jeans this fall.

    Linked to: Sew Can Do, A Silly Little Sparrow, The Thrifty Home, The Train to Crazy

    Saturday, July 3, 2010

    Homemade Cinnamon Syrup

    I have shared this recipe on my other blog before but it is definitely one for sharing with you guys too.

    I originally found it at Recipezaar.

    The ingredients are simple, and I usually have them on hand.

    * 1 cup sugar
    * 1/8 teaspoon salt
    * 2 tablespoons flour
    * 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    * 2/3 cup water
    * 2 tablespoons butter
    Mix sugar, salt, flour, and cinnamon.
    Add water and bring to a boil.
    Boil until thickened.
    Stir in butter.
    Serve over pancakes, waffles, or french toast.

    Linked to: I Heart Nap Time!, Skip to My Lou