Monday, November 28, 2011

Crazy busy!

I have been super busy the last 3 weeks trying to keep  up with my Etsy store.  My biggest seller being my Nativity puzzles!  So forgive me if I do not post much in December.
Today I thought I would show you my latest ideas that I am selling in my shop.

First off My Mini Nativity Puzzle.

Miniture Nativity puzzle with wood burned design
Miniture Nativity puzzle with wood burned design

I decided it would be fun to have a smaller version.  I can't get my 3 year old to leave it alone!  She really likes to play with it.  I also thought this smaller version would be fun for super Saturday.  I have done the bigger version before with success, but the smaller one is cheaper and a little less time consuming.

Next my Joy letters with baby Jesus.
Joy with baby Jesus

Joy with baby Jesus

So as you can see my wood burning is still going strong! This baby Jesus was fun to make :-) 

The most popular thing in my store that everyone seems to want is my Wood burned, water color, dark stained Nativity puzzle.
Nativity Puzzle, wood burned design, water color, and darker wood stain

so that is what I will be doing non stop until about mid December!  but I will ride this wave as far as it will take me :-) 

Happy crafting!


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Dinner rolls

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
 I slacked at my plans to post Thanksgiving recipes all week :-/  I have been crazy busy making Nativity puzzles for my Etsy store.  I have been getting orders about every day.  I have 3 puzzles I want to have ready to go by tomorrow!  So I will be spending my Thanksgiving day working on finishing them. 
I am going to my Sister In laws for Thanksgiving and I have been asked to bring the rolls.
I have several roll recipes I like one of them being my moms, but I especially like my neighbor Shauna's rolls :-)
So I thought I would post her recipe.  also I never got to the Turkey My mom had special ways to make a perfect Thanksgiving Turkey. She always said that you need to bake a turkey breast down so the fat and juices from the back settle into the breast and make it more tender.  She had other things she did, but when she passed away she took that knowledge with her.  So I found this link that is very similar to her way of roasting a Turkey so it is what I have followed for the last 3 years. 

Now onto the roll recipe!

Shauna's dinner rolls

2 cups scalded milk (or better yet, 1 cup evaporated milk and 1 cup hottest tap water!)

¾ cup warm water

1 cube margarine, melted

***(you want the temperature of all the above liquids to be 90°-100° or about baby bottle temperature. So if you scald the milk or overheat the margarine, use cold water instead of warm water etc.)***

2 large eggs

½ cup sugar

2 tsp. salt

4 cups flour

2 Tbs. yeast

Add the ingredients in the order listed above, whisking in the eggs and adding the yeast on TOP of the flour (to shield it from the salt). Add 3-4 more cups flour, a ½ cup at a time until the dough cleans the sides and bottom of the bowl. Knead for 7 minutes. Turn out onto lightly floured surface. Squeeze off balls of dough about 2 ¼ inches in diameter. Place about ½ inch apart on a greased baking sheet. Preheat oven to 400°. Cover dough with warm wet towel and let rise about 20 minutes or until double. Bake 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with butter and cover with a towel until serving. Here's a little video to show you how Shauna shaped the dough balls!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Wild Rice Cornbread Stuffing

So today I am posting my sister Jana's Wild rice cornbread stuffing recipe.
My mom had really yummy stuffing, but I have to admit I like my sisters just a little bit better ;-)

Here is my sister Jana with her wonderful husband!

She is the third oldest in our family and was and still is the peace maker.  She and I were really close growing up. We shared a room even though I was the youngest and she was one of the oldest.  She is an awesome cook and wonderful mother. She also has the most loud and contagious laugh out of anyone I know :-)

Jana's Wild rice cornbread stuffing recipe

 Make the wild rice the same as on the package, separately.
Cut up onion and celery and simmer with the water for the corn bread stuffing until tender.
 Add the bread as usual.
 Combine the cooked wild rice with the completed stuffing and drizzle on turkey drippings until the stuffing is the right consistency.

That's it!  Easy and yummy!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Dollar store arm warmers

Lately I have been looking for cute arm warmers/ open finger texting mittens for my teenage daughters, but I have not found any in the price range I want. So I was at the dollar store tonight and we saw some cute toe socks hanging on an end cap.  I have always hated toe socks because I think they are super uncomfortable.! I think all socks are uncomfortable though ;-) Anyway the minute I saw them  I knew exactly what to do with them! 

Ta Da!  Instant arm warmers/ texting mittens!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Mom's Pumpkin pie!

I was lucky growing up to have the most motherly,  homemaking kind of mother! 
This picture below is was very typical!  A big family of kids and grand kids and Mom/Grandma in the middle keeping everyone happy :-) But that is what gave her joy! (She is the one in the white shirt in the middle.)
 My Mom and Dad a few years before she died of cancer.
We had the best childhood because of  our wonderful parents :-)
I'm the littlest one in this picture and Paula is the one with the really short skirt ;-)
We have 6 kids in our family, This picture was taken sometime in the late 70's of us 4 youngest girls and our dolls.
My mom was a fabulous cook because she grew up on a Potato farm in Idaho and decided that she preferred doing all the cooking for her family instead of working in the potato fields.  So she started cooking as a young girl. So with Thanksgiving coming I think of my Mom and her wonderful Thanksgiving meals!  My sisters pictured above are also wonderful cooks So over the next week I am going to post some of my Mom's recipes and other family recipes from me and my sisters  that always make our Thanksgiving Dinners super Yummy!

So first off Mom's Pumpkin Pie!
This recipe was passed to her from her Mother and I don't know where it came from before her, but it is wonderful!  I have the best memories about this pie.  We would eat our Yummy Thanksgiving meal until we were sick and thought we would pop!  and then a few hours later (Maybe just a couple ;-)  We would break out the pie with homemade whipped cream!   Then for the next two days we would live off Turkey sandwiches made with the super yummy leftover homemade rolls my mom would make and left over turkey and left over pumpkin pie :-)  Those were the days when I could eat what ever I wanted and nothing happened to my body shape!  Those days are long gone, but it does not keep me from gorging myself at Thanksgiving still :-)  Two keys to what makes my Mom's pumpkin pie so good is #1  Don't add cloves!  She said that is what makes other pumpkin pies taste too strong.  #2  She used winter squash (usually grown from our garden)  instead of canned pumpkin it gives a nicer flavor, but we have used canned pumpkin before and it tastes really good still.  so with out further ado here is the recipe I don't have picture yet, but I will post some when I make my pies in the next few days, but just trust me!  This recipe tastes so yummy!  It is the only pumpkin pie my family will eat!

Mom's Pumpkin pie recipe
(makes 3 pies) heat oven to 350

4 cups squash or pumpkin
4 cups  rich milk
1 cup white sugar
1cup brown sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp all spice
1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl (blend well)
Pour into pie pastry plates.
Bake 45-60 minutes or until the center bubbles.  (  bubbles mean big rolling movements in the center of pie.  It almost looks like something is moving around inside the pie. ) It also works best if you put tin foil around your crust edges so they don't over bake.

Mom's Pie Crust

3 cups flour
1 cup Shortening
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp B.P.
3/4 cup water (add more if needed to make a more workable dough)

Roll out barely thin  and place in pie plate cut off excess dough from edges and then flute the edges.

Sunday, November 13, 2011


So here is the update on my first Craft Fair.  It was kind of a bomb, but some good came out of it :-)  This was the first year for this particular craft fair so I know each year will get better.  I also had a poor spot for my booth that was not visable enough.  Next year I know exactly where I want to be!  Anyway I made about a $60.00 profit so it was not a complete failure, And I was able to make a couple of trades with other crafters that I am really excited about!  Anyway I wanted to show off a couple of Thanksgiving crafts that I have made recently (mainly for this Craft Fair) since it is close to Thanksgiving.

First my "Gobble" letters.  I really liked how these turned out.  I saw something like this on Pinterest and once I  found a font that I liked I cut out my own version ;-)  here it is displayed at my craft fair booth.  It was a big hit there and I was sad to see it go :-(

Next I made another one of my Thanksgiving Turkeys, but I painted it with water color paint instead of doing the scrapbook paper.  I also wood burned the the beak and around the feathers.  I like how you can still see the wood grain through the water color paint.

Friday, November 11, 2011

more puzzles!

So I decided to add a background to my Russian doll puzzle and I also made another Russian doll puzzle and a vehicle puzzle too! You can order these at my Etsy store if you want a unique gift for a little one.  My 3 year old has been having a great time playing with these puzzles this week ;-)

So there you go!  Happy crafting everyone!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Matryoshka doll puzzle

So here is puzzle #2!
 I was at a friends house recently and she had all these neat wood puzzles that were just simple and fun :-)  A couple of them were even from her childhood.  As I watched the kids happily playing with them I thought I bet I can make one of those!  Wood puzzles are hard to find and when you do find them they are  kind of expensive. I thought that they would make nice Christmas gifts for little ones (mine included).  So I started looking on Google for simple color pages for some inspiration that would make good wood puzzles. I found some cute ideas!  here is the  Matryshka doll puzzle I made :-)

First I cut the doll shapes out of a carefully measured piece of pine wood. I also cut little notch holes at the bottom of each doll so that they could more easily be taken out.  Then I glued a nice plywood on the back.
Next I drew my dolls. (Before I had the doll designs drawn on my little 3 year old thought they were ghosts :-)  Any way then I took my new trusty wood burner tool and wood burned over my drawn design and here is what they looked like after that.

Then I painted them with water color paint.

Now before I stain it I am trying to decide if I need to put in some sort of back ground or put a title of "Matryoshka dolls" on it  somewhere.  Anyone have any ideas?  Should I leave it be or add something more?


Saturday, November 5, 2011

A rainbow puzzle!

I spent a big part of my day yesterday cutting out new wood crafts for an upcoming craft fair I am doing this coming week.  I have never done a craft fair before and I am kind of nervous if people will be interested in my stuff.  I am mainly saleing my my Nativity puzzles and then adding some other things on top of that. 
I saw this stacking rainbow puzzle here.  And decided I wanted to try something like it.
so this is what I came up with :-)

first I found some rainbow clip art and then transferred it onto wood and cut it out with the scroll saw.

Next I painted the wood pieces.  My new favorite paint medium is water color paint!  I like how you can get a nice vibrant color yet you can still see the wood grain. 

Ta Da!  The grand finish!  I am not sure if I have the color order right, but my daughter assured me this was the color order since i was too lazy to get up and google it at the time. 


I think I will do it on thicker wood next time so it would be more durable for little kids to play with. 
I made 3 other type of puzzles too.  I will show them later this week as I make them :-)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

I decided to stain it ;-)

I decided just to stain this one. And I decided that I love the wood burning tool:-)
Here is a close up on the texture around the star and sky.