Monday, November 19, 2012

Never Fail Rolls

Today, I am sharing a recipe that comes from a recipe book my Grandma used all the time.  It is one of my favorite cookbooks (Kansas Kountry Kitchens from 1987), because every once in a while I come across  little notes on her favorite recipes.  I just love seeing her handwriting! :)  . 

While looking for a yeast roll recipe for my husband I came across this one:

Never Fail Rolls

3/4 c. milk                                            3/4 c. warm water
1/4 c. sugar                                          1 pkg. yeast
2 1/2 tsp. salt                                       4 1/4 c. flour
4 1/2 Tbsp oil       

Heat milk, sugar, salt and oil; cool to lukewarm (I actually did this in microwave).  Put warm water in bowl; sprinkle with yeast and let dissolve (about 5 minutes and this should be a large bowl).  Stir in lukewarm milk mixture.  Add 2 1/4 cups sifted flour.  Beat until smooth (did this in mixer).  Stir in additional flour (approximately 2 cups). 

Turn out on lightly floured board.  Knead until smooth and elastic, then place in a greased bowl.  Cover with shortening and then cover with a towel.  Let rise until doubled in bulk (about an hour).  Punch down and turn out on lightly floured board.  Knead and put in desired roll shapes. Bake at 375 for 12 minutes.  Watch them though, because recipe didn't actually say time or degree to cook (weird).

This was the strangest recipe, because it wasn't specific about anything (I added some notes).  I was so worried about them not turning out, but they were pretty great and my husband loved them.  So I guess that means they truly are Never Fail or lets hope!

Note: This recipe won purple ribbons at the Kansas State Fair for 7 years in a row!!

PS:  I plan on making these for Thanksgiving !!

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

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Thanksgiving Dinner Placecards

I received my first Studio Calico card kit yesterday and was OH so happy to get right to work (During nap time of course).  

I think the feathers will go nicely with our Thanksgiving decor!

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Craft Room Art

I have a slight obsession lately for making art for a craft room that I don't have. :(  I hope to have one someday, but right now it isn't in my near future.  Anyway, the other day I woke up extremely motivated to do something crafty.  I got the kids around and headed to Hobby Lobby with my coupon.  

Here is the finished project.
 The supplies:  Derwent Watercolor Pencils, Black Staz On, Paint Brush, water and 8 x 10 Canvas.

 Start in the middle,

 then measure out.  

All the jars ready for coloring!  They aren't perfectly stamped and that's ok, I still really love the look! 

 Now, you will find all over the internet that you will need special goop on the canvas before watercolor will stick.  All I did was paint, then dry it really well with my heat tool.  It worked really well for me! 

Finished and ready for buttons.

I will end with a simple little card that I love!  This card use a Hey Day Butterfly and  paper and  from Studio Calico.  I am loving orange right now, and have noticed I use it for every occasion.

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Christmas Cards

I am so excited, I actually got my Christmas Cards done for the year!  It only took one whole nap time to knock this out so I am pretty excited! I decided to try a new color and added Pinefeather to my collection, I really like it for Christmas, not sure about other times.  Also, really loving the Tremendous Treats: Christmas!!  I plan on making some gifts tags and embellishments for wrapping later.

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Friday, November 2, 2012

"Hogs and Kisses" Card and a Banner Tutorial

Today, I have a really cute card to share that is so simple to make!  I recently purchased the "Farm Fresh" stamp set from PTI.  I have to say I am in love with this set!  The best part is that it's great for gender neutral cards, which is something I have always struggled with.

Everything on this card is from Papertrey Ink, so pretty easy to find.  I chose Melon Berry and Aqua Mist (2 favorite colors right now) and went to town.  Love how this turned out!   It was hard to capture in the picture, but I used Versamark Ink to create a farm background behind the pig.

Next up, a little banner project!  I am in love with banners, I see so many ideas on Pinterest and I just can 't help myself. (I am hoping to make one for the new babies nursery)  Today, I am sharing with you a banner that can be for all seasons!  While at Hobby Lobby a couple of weeks ago I came across a Canvas Pendent Scrapbooking album by Maya Road.  There were six pages for $6!  I couldn't resist, because I knew I could stretch this for all season. 

Right now I have it ready for FALL, but with Velcro it can be used year round! 

I hot glued the Velcro pieces in the center of the banner, then added my embellishments.

These little round burlap circles were right next to the banners at Hobby Lobby.  So cute!!  I made the little jar embellishment with  the Dear Lizzy Jar Set.  As you can see everything is able to come off due to the Velcro   I only used 5 of the banners so I would have an odd number, but with different seasons you could always add more banners .  

Here is the finished project hanging up on my window mirror.
Total Cost for this project was $8, of course I had paper and ink on hand.
Plus, don't forget Hobby Lobby coupons and save even more!

 I must add that I made this window like 8 years ago. I found the idea in Better Homes and Gardens or something, the old fashion way, before Pinterest! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you enjoyed!