Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Pumpkin cookies!

Fall is finally here! If only it could stick around longer.
I decided I needed to make some pumpkin cookies!
 I cannot take credit for this recipe, I found it online and made my own variation. I am so happy with how they turned out!
They were so delicious that I had to share!
I decided to go with a cream cheese frosting instead of the one it suggested. Cream cheese frosting was made for Pumpkin Cookies, I'm tellin' ya. 

Also, I really think some mini Chocolate Chips would taste heavenly in these cookies. I just placed them on top of the cookies after they were frosted, because I didn't think to add them until later. 
These cookies are just the right amount of gooey. They are so good, guys. You have to make them.


2 cups butter, softened 
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder 
2 teaspoons baking soda 
1 teaspoon salt 
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 
2 eggs 
2 teaspoons vanilla 
1 15-ounce can pumpkin 
4 cups all-purpose flour

I put in a little extra Pumpkin and spices, when I made mine, and they turned out just great. I also found that these cookies are pretty heavy if you make them too large. So I made them bite size and then just ate about 3 at a time instead... Because that makes sense!

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a big bowl beat the 2 cups of butter with an electric mixer for about 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, and the nutmeg. Beat until combined. Beat in the eggs and 2 teaspoons of vanilla until combined. Beat in pumpkin and then add in the flour. It will become very thick and heavy. 

2. Drop dough by teaspoons 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for about 12 minutes or until tooth pick inserted comes out clean.

Let cool and then frost!

I found that these cookies really tasted better after being covered and let to sit for a while. They become very moist and delicious. How many times can I use that word in this post? A LOT. Because that's just how delicious they are.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Thread Letter tutorial

This is a pretty simple project. You probably don't even need a tutorial for it, but you're getting a little one anyway!

We have a wall in our house, that had only a clock hanging on it. the clock seemed out of place to me, and I knew something had to be done about it. So after finding some inspiration on Pinterest, I took down the clock, and made myself a "Thread Letter" 


I still think the wall might need a little more, but I am loving the letter.
Also, so sorry for the horrible phone pics! Next time I'll pull out the good camera so you don't hurt your eyes balls.

What you will need:
Spool of thread (how much depends on size of letter and how bold you want it)
Straight Pins
And maybe a measuring tape.. I probably should have used one of those..
Begin by drawing/cutting out desired size letter on some paper.
I wanted mine big, so I cut mine out of a roll of Printer paper. If you want a large Letter too, but don't have a large roll of paper, the back side of wrapping paper will probably do the trick!

Next,  Tape it to the wall where you want your letter to be. Once you start "threading", their is no moving it around! So make sure it is nice a straight! Not like mine..

Trace around the paper letter with small Straight pins. Do this by hammering them in to the wall.
I hammered them in pretty far, as they pull out a little while you are wrapping the thread around them. This is something you will want to keep an eye on while you are working! 

After you have done this, remove the paper letter, so all you have is an outline of pins.
Now you can start wrapping the thread!

I started by making a slipknot and pulling it tightly around the first pin.
 After some trial an error, I found that tracing the outside of the letter first, is the best way to do this.
Wrap the thread carefully around each pin, until you can clearly make out the shape of the letter.

The next thing you will want to do, is hammer more pins inside of the letter.
I placed them around randomly. This helps to make center points for the thread, on the inside of the letter. This is just something you can do if you would like to. It creates more pattern inside the Letter. Creating a filler.
Once you have done this, without cutting the thread, make another slipknot and start having fun filling in the inside of the letter!

I liked to make more slipknots and loop them around a pin (just like in step 4) every so often, just in case the thread slips off. That way you don't have to start all over. Just back at the last place you made a knot.Continue doing this, until it looks the way you want it to!

Pretty simple, right! :)

Have fun!

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Monday, July 29, 2013

DIY Stamped Throw Blanket

Mike and I repainted our living room over the weekend! Yeah it turns out, you should really spend the $3 on those little cans of paint samples. Definitely a good idea try them out before you paint the whole wall. Otherwise you too, could be living in a toothpaste colored living room! We're pretty good at laughing at ourselves though, so that's what we're doing. Live and learn, right?

On to the project!
I decided I needed to add some new decor to the room, what with a newly painted wall an all. I found some old Monk Cloth in one of my fabric boxes, and pulled out some Black Acrylic Paint. Because we spent our money on a paint color we didn't want, I figured it would be best to not spend any more money. I hate spending money! Even the stamp was made from the lid to a box my ring came in. No money spent. Just the way I like it.

What you'll need:
-Stamp/cardboard box lid
-Monk Cloth

If you don't have any fabric paint, mix in just a little bit of water to your acrylic paint. It thins it down and works just like fabric paint!

Tutorial.. or lack thereof:
Dip your stamp box lid, into your paint and begin making your + shape across your fabric.
 I didn't mark it out before stamping, but that's just how I am. If you want it to look nicer, you can buy an actual stamp, and mark out your pattern.
Continue dipping and stamping until your fabric is covered in lots of little X's or +'s depending on the way your fabric is laying.
Stamp your lid a few times on a piece of paper, before stamping it on to the cloth. Otherwise it goes on really thick and doesn't look as nice. It also takes a lot longer to dry.
 This craft took all of 10 minutes to do, and was really fun!

Now I better go iron and hang Mikes clothes, so it looks like I actually did something useful today. If you try out this tutorial, I'd love to see your blanket, so leave me a link to it in the comments!


Wednesday, January 16, 2013 lately

1. taking a break from laundry duty // 2. home for the holidays // 3. snow boys
 4. super 8 film projector came // 5. cozy living room // 6. watching the lion king for the umpteenth time with a sick little guy
7. new sunnies // 8. love this // 9. doctor visits with my mr.