31 January 2011
27 January 2011
I made one doll, that led to two, and then three. But I'm not very good with the sewing machine though. So, I just practice by making more and more dolls.
24 January 2011
20 January 2011
vintage seam binding, tatted lace, doilies, beautiful white dishes, vintage sewing needles from england, old wooden spools....not to mention the beauty in the middle...a petite ironstone pitcher.
She put it all together so beautifully.
After gawking at it for some time....I told her she needs to open up an etsy shop and sell these....isn't that a great idea....gift baskets full of vintage goodness to give as a gift...or keep for yourself.
She could customize them by color...theme...hobby....great idea, huh.
18 January 2011
12 January 2011
10 January 2011
can you guess....
all photos via, except #1 is unkown
what it is?
So....now that you know what we're doing...how do you want us to do this...
do you guys want to see sneek peeks of our progress....
or wait and build up to one big reveal...what do you think.
I'm so excited to be doing this project with Mary....I so wish I could be there in person...gettin' paint in my hair....and all the other fun that comes with putting a room together....but I'll settle for helping long distance.
This should be great fun....so when do we start....
07 January 2011
04 January 2011
Makes about 16 large marshmallows
Nonstick cooking spray
3 (1/4-ounce) packages unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, plus 1 vanilla bean, scraped
Confectioners' sugar, sifted, for coating
1. Lightly spray a 9-by-9-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Line pan with plastic wrap, leaving a 2-inch overhang on all sides; set aside.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water; let stand for 10 minutes. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, and 1/4 cup water. Place saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil; boil rapidly for 1 minute. Remove from heat, and, with the mixer on high, slowly pour the boiling syrup down the side of the mixer bowl into gelatin mixture. Add salt and continue mixing for 12 minutes.
3. Add vanilla extract and vanilla bean seeds; mix until well combined. Spray a rubber spatula or your hands with cooking spray. Spread gelatin mixture evenly into pan using prepared spatula or your hands. Spray a sheet of plastic wrap with cooking spray and place, spray side down, on top of marshmallows. Let stand for 2 hours.
4. Carefully remove marshmallows from pan. Remove all plastic wrap and discard. Cut marshmallows into 2-inch squares using a sprayed sharp knife. Place confectioners' sugar in a large bowl. Working in batches, add marshmallows to bowl and toss to coat. Marshmallows can be stored in an airtight container up to 3 days.
03 January 2011
I've pretty much been making everything from scratch....right down to the marshmallows.
Even the hot cocoa's homemade....yum!
Now....I haven't just been cooking sweets ya know....I've been making pizza dough from scratch....spaghetti and meatballs....chicken piccata....and potato cheese soup....just to name a few.
I've been using lots of fresh ingredients....and changing up the menu quite a bit.....and you know what....my boys have been e.a.t.i.n.g....just a moment while I do the happy dance.
It may have been partially my fault....you know....them not eating....because I was in a cooking rut....
I've been trying lots of new recipes from here...here and here....and they've all been really good.
One of my favorites has been Pioneer Woman's pizza dough...it's so easy....inexpensive....and good.
I am now a happier mom....
what mom wouldn't be....
when she hears her kids say..."mom....you got anymore?"....
doing the happy dance....again.