Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Beautiful Easter tulips....

from a friend.

Thank you, Bettina.

Don't you just love spring?

Monday, April 6, 2015

Wake up...

it's Monday morning...
Have a great day!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Hippity Hop Easter's on its way.....

I thought I would show you quick and simple pillow idea my mother made many years ago for my daughter.
All she did was embroider on a plain white napkin, stitched around three sides and added snaps to the top to be able to remove and wash.
Since all four sides are already hemmed all you need to do is fold the top of the napkin down once making a wide hem for the snaps.
 Add the snaps and your done!

If your not sure how to add the snaps, check out my post here on the Snap Setter.
How easy is that?
You can find napkins in all colors and sizes so there is no need for any embroidery work.
Without the embroidery, it only takes about 20 minutes to make.
This napkin was 19 inch square and fit into a 16 inch pillow form perfectly when completed.
My napkin started out as a 20 inch square, but after washing and drying, it measured 19 inches, so be careful and measure your napkin before purchasing your pillow insert.
Ain't he cute?

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Almond flavored pound cake

Remind me again....
 Why DO I like to bake???
I always make such a HUGE mess!
Maybe, it's eatin' the end result, I like so well...
This is THE best pound cake EVER!
(I'm thinking it's due to the almond flavor)
I've made it a million times.
I'm not gonna lie, it's not something you quickly throw together, but it's well worth your time and dirty dishes.

Sour cream - almond flavored pound cake

1 cup butter or margarine (I use butter)
3 cups sugar
6 eggs, separated
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 carton (8 ounces) sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond flavoring
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. 
 Cream butter and 2 cups sugar.
 Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Sift flour, baking soda and salt twice.  Add to creamed mixture alternating with sour cream.
Beat egg whites and remaining cup of sugar until stiff.
Fold gently into batter. Blend in vanilla and almond flavorings.
* Bake in a greased and floured tube pan for 1 1/2 hours at 325 degrees.*
 Cake should have a nice, brown crust. Let stand for 15 minutes before removing from pan.
I find 1 1/2 hour baking time a little too long in my oven; it tends to dry my cake out.
 I suggest you check for doneness around 1 1/4 hour.
I use 1 tablespoon flour mixed with 1 tablespoon powdered sugar to coat my pan.
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Friday, March 20, 2015

Braelynn turns 2

For Braelynn's first birthday her mom wanted her dressed like a princess.
(You can read original post here.)
This year Miss Braelynn will be tossing that tiara for a cowboy hat!
This little cowgirl dress started as a plain white tee shirt.
All I did was add ruffles, ric rac and embroidery.
Now, all she needs is a cowboy hat and boots...
Happy Birthday, Miss Braelynn!
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