Friday, June 24, 2011

Washer Bracelet

Last week, I made this necklace out of washers and I really love it... although sometimes, perhaps it is a little heavy for just a regular outing.  But, I found these little washers in the basement and decided to make a more petite bracelet!  I used about 12 inches of leftover ribbon and 7 washers.

Inspiration Necklance
Finished bracelet:
I used the weaving technique from this website.  What do you think?  It ties in the back (or bottom, what do you call that part of the bracelet?)  And, it incorporates my love of houndstooth!

It wraps really naturally around the wrist - and yes, I do have a hand, although it doesn't look like it here!  And that's a pole bean in my grasp!  Anyways, I think I might make a few more of these, and a more petite necklace from these little washers! 

The best part???  All these pieces came from my craft stash... therefore, it was FREE!  Woohooo!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Summer UnVeggies

My grandma was, lets say, not a big cook... like almost never cooked... like I found the manual in her over two years after she moved in her house.  In fact, I don't really ever remember her cooking (except one time at her condo when she dumped almost a whole container of garlic powder on a hamburger... maybe that's why she didn't cook).

The only thing I ever remember specifically coming from Granny's kitchen was her Lemon Supreme Cake.  And it was good.  I can say it is good, because I don't really like cake at all.  In fact, at our wedding, we didn't have cake... we had the far superior ice cream!  But, back to Lemon Supreme Cake.  It is delicious, moist, and always a crowd pleaser!

And just for you, my special blog readers, I am releasing the top secret family recipe!  And you too can master Granny-style cooking!

Lemon Supreme Cake
 by Granny
1 box Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme Cake Mix
4 eggs
1 c. apricot nectar (or orange juice)**
1/2 c. sugar
3/4 c. vegetable oil

1 c. powdered sugar
Juice of 1 Lemon

Mix all ingredients with an electric mixer until well blended.   Bake at 350* for 50 minutes in a well-greased bundt pan.  
Flip out of pan and glaze when still a little warm.

A note about preparation.... you must use an electric mixer or otherwise you get a weird hole all the way around!
**Apricot nectar is in the juice aisle.  They used to sell it in individual cans, just the right amount.  Now, I can only find it in 64 oz. containers.  I buy the big one and freeze it in 1 cup increments, because this cake is the only thing I use apricot nectar for.  However, orange juice works just as well... and the really orange-y batter taste goes away after baking.  I know from experience ;)

Bake and enjoy!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer Veggies

How does my garden grow?  Like a forest... a temperate deciduous forest!  (Green beans for the person who can tell me what deciduous means!)

Green beans are coming in like crazy and I have a lot of squash on the vine.  Mom, I hope you are ready for squash... I am bringing them home!

My green beans are for the Jolly Green Giant!  Banana sized beans!  I need a good recipe for them!

If you can't read that tape measure, that is an 8 INCH green bean!
A peek into the squash blossoms... at last count, I have 12 tiny squashes!

Looks like I need some new recipes for fresh vegetables... and hopefully some fresh tomatoes soon!


Monday, June 20, 2011

Boob Men

This link has nothing to do with anything crafty.  It is all about my sweet baby boys... Attila and Gus!  I love them dearly and they are remarkably spoiled.  Really spoiled.  Every night, we usually end up looking like this.  They are snugglers, or more specifically, boob snugglers.  They rub their little noses and get in their very special spot... just Mom and the boys.  
Perhaps this is their way of promoting breast cancer awareness.... but mostly just their way of feeling at home.  No other spot will do.  They really are my little boob men!

Attila - my Craft Rescue Hero put on this fancy border! Thanks honey!

Gus - his cheeks get all smushed up!  Too cute!

What can I say?  I love 'em?  More projects tomorrow - I promise!