See y'all later

July 21, 2011

We are going to be on a family trip for about a week and a half...

                                   But before I go, I'll let you have a whiff of my latest projects.

A hairnet.  A lace hairnet.

                                           See the garter stitch?  That's will be a baby blanket!
So far so good!  They are adorable.

See y'all next week!

July 20, 2011

People can have mid year resoloutions... right?

- Post more tutorials :-)  
- Grow an herb garden (be still my heart!).
- Buy some adorable earrings.
- Be more content with what I've got.  That's very hard for me...
Be a better blogger... any tips?

- Become a pro at photography
- Sew a ball gown
- Knit a sweater
- Learn how to write in calligraphy
- Milk a cow this year.

- Grow a bountiful garden.
- Visit at least one place in Europe.
- Fill my hopechest to the brim.
- Design one blog template.
- Conquer the Html Code!
- Graduate from math at 16
- Hand make yarn from my own sheep
- Pick blueberries this year
- Go to a beach with clear water.
- Write a book

- Sew a rosette
- Install a zipper for once :P
- Be a better daughter and sister
- Learn how to write cursive nicely {one of my disgraces... I cannot write in cursive very well}.
- Invent my very own recipe

- Learn to either draw, sketch, or watercolor.
- Make a lovely quilt for my bed.
- Have a chicken egg business with my own chickens.
- Or a handmade yarn business.
- Raise at least 2 sheep.

- Learn to play at least one instrument {professionaly}.
- Meet some like Jasmine Baucham or the West Ladies
- Sail on a boat
- Kiss a rose
- Love everyone as myself- better, than myself.

- Learn to speak and write a foreign language {preferably Latin or French}.
- Teach knitting lessons.
- Have a craft room only for crafts.
- Fill my bulletin board with inspirational photos.
- Sing beautifully.

- Go to a Civil War reenactment
- Write to a penpal in France
- Somehow, pick up a southern bell drawl  accent.
- Read by candlelight.
- Do for others and not expect anything back.


- Host a giveaway... someday.
- Teach Morgan how to knit {the right way}.
- Fill my recipe book this year.
- Do a project 365
- Read all of the classics...

Have a lovely week m'dears!

Chewy Oatmeal Blondies ::Recipe::

July 14, 2011

I know, I know...
"Gabby, come on!  -Another reicpe?!"
Well, I've been in a baking mood.
They were wonderful- chewy as the name dictates but not too chewy.
Really sweet...

{Adapted from Paris Pastry}

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking)

- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush an 8-inch square baking pan with butter. (I used a larger rectangular tin, so I made 1.5 times the recipe) Line bottom and two sides with a strip of parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on both sides. Butter paper, and set pan aside.
- Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, and beat until combined. With mixer on low, gradually add Baking Mix; mix just until combined. Mix in ¾ cup oats. Pour batter into prepared pan.
- Using an offset metal spatula or table knife, smooth batter evenly. Sprinkle with remaining oats, pressing gently to adhere. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with only a few moist crumbs attached, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool in pan 30 minutes.

- Using overhang, transfer blondie (still on paper) to a wire rack to cool completely. Place on a cutting board (peel off paper); using a serrated knife, cut into 16 squares. Store blondies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days, or freeze for up to 2 months.

P.S.  Yes, I am back home!

Neiman Marcus Brownies ::Recipe::

July 11, 2011

You know those family dessert favorites...

The irresistible ooey gooeyness that simply melts in your mouth?

The ones that are eaten with frantic frenzy and the last bite is fought over?

Neiman Marcus Brownies


Brownie Mixture:
  • 1 box of Swiss Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 2 c. pecans (optional-we never put those in the brownies, you might like it though)!
  • 1 egg
  • 1 stick butter, melted
Cream Cheese Mixture
  • 1 8 oz. package cream cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 3/4 c. powdered (confectioners) sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla 
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Mix cake mix, pecans (if you are going to use them), 1 egg, and butter.  The batter will be stiff- not at all like your regular brownie :-).  Using the palm of your hand, squish the brownie mixture into a 9x13 greased pan.

Whip the cream cheese, eggs, and powdered sugar for a couple minutes until fluffy.  Spread evenly over the brownie mixture.  Bake for 40-45 minutesm or when the top is brown in patches.

The knitter's blues

July 7, 2011

My most recent {big} project.

It's completely lined.

And is finished off with a cute fabric flower.

It was fun- especially since I designed the pattern as I went :)

The purse is 9 x 13," so it's pretty decent sized.

P.S.  Today we leave for Colorado

Fabric Flowers

July 5, 2011

These are some wee little cuties I've been making and decorating my room with...

How to make:
Cut 5 circles- all the same length.
{Mine were 3 1/2 inches in diamter}

Then fold them in fourths, and on opposite of the pointy side (see above picture)
sew a running stitch across the bottom of all five.

Pull and then tie the threads *super* tight.

Like so.

Then sew a cute button and on and you've got a fabric flower!
My version of these fabric posies.