Thursday, April 30, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Another apron from Swap-bot :)
Spring apron from Booming Aprons swap :0)
I got this apron so long ago .. I am so sorry I have forgotten what the extras were!!! Bad APP!!! I do want to point out the wonderful pockets on this apron. The pockets are accented with wonderful yoyo's and buttons. You can not see the amazing hand stitching on this delightful apron. I have to tell you its fabulous!!! I just love the awesome wavy hem on this apron :)
My Fiesta Momma apron from Yarni-gras :) I have to tell you I got some wonderful extras with this apron .. I received two huge avocados there were as big as your fist and some yummy seasons to make guacamole :) There was also fun paper products too :)
Thank you ladies for all of these amazing and wonderful aprons :)
Mix in large bowl with hands. Shape into bars and chill. Melt 3/4 cup paraffin wax and 12 ounce package chocolate chips in double boiler. Dip bars into chocolate mixture and drain on waxed paper. Use a toothpick to dip bars in chocolate.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
1- “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
2- “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
3- “Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.”
4- “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
5- “Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.”
6- “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”
7- “If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.”
8- “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
The sky is the limit ;) Novelty, flowers, prints, holiday prints anything as long as its not shocking.. remember we are all going to try and make a quilt from these blocks :) I know sometimes a Holiday fabric works perfect in a quilt... so with a good eye create create create!!!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
I have decided what our May Swaps will be....
We are going to be making a Disappearing 9 Patch Block Pattern. They are very simple and it will be a lot of fun to do. Here is the the link to the tutorial that we will use. http://snippetsofaquilter.blogspot.com/2007/10/charm-square-quilt.html
Here is an excerpt of the tutorial we will be using.. most of you can understand and will be able to make the blocks with just this amount of information.. if you need more.. click on the link for additional help :)
I think the new blocks are 7". I made a total of 5 9-patches using one charm pack of 45 squares. This gave me 20 of the 7" blocks. Two packages of charms squares made 40 blocks for a lap quilt. It was so fast and easy to make 10 9-patches and then I was ready to cut my blocks.
Option 1: This random layout of twisting and turning the blocks uses 36 of my blocks, makes a square quilt. Lay the blocks in any pleasing order with 6 rows across and 6 rows down.
Don't forget all my swap rules are still the same.. if you need a refresher they are posted here on my blog just click on the button on my side bar ;)
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I would also like to thank the designer for the pattern for this fun wonderful Annie:
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Pour in the milk and oil and mix well..
Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again. Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts.
The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed!
Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired. EAT ! (this cake can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous).
And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world? Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night!
Monday, April 20, 2009
SOME OF YOU WILL UNDERSTAND THIS
(FOR THE REST OF YOU IT WILL BE A LEARNING SITUATION)
A LICK AND A PROMISE
'I'll just give this a lick and a promise,' my mother said as she quickly mopped up a spill on the floor without moving any of the furniture.
'What is that supposed to mean,' I asked as in my young mind I envisioned someone licking the floor with his or her tongue.
'It means that I'm in a hurry and I'm busy canning tomatoes so I am going to just give it a lick with the mop and promise to come back and do the job right later.
'A lick and a promise' was just one of the many old phrases that our mothers, grandmothers, and others used that they probably heard from the generations before them. With the passing of time, many old phrases become obsolete or even disappear. This is unfortunate because some of them are very appropriate and humorous. Here is a list of some of those memorable old phrases:
1. A Bone to Pick (someone who wants to discuss a disagreement)
2. An Axe to Grind (Someone who has a hidden motive. This phrase is said to have originated from Benjamin Franklin who told a story about a devious man who asked how a grinding wheel worked. He ended up walking away with his axe sharpened free of charge)
3. One bad apple spoils the whole barrel (one corrupt person can cause all the others to go bad if you don't remove the bad one)
4. At sea (lost or not understanding something)
5. Bad Egg (Someone who was not a good person)
6. Barking at a knot (meaning that your efforts were as
useless as a dog barking at a knot.)
7. Barking up the wrong tree (talking about something that
was completely the wrong issue with the wrong person)
8. Bee in your bonnet (To have an idea that won't let
9. Been through the mill (had a rough time of it)
10. Between hay and grass (Not a child or an adult)
11. Blinky (Between sweet and sour as in milk)
12. Calaboose (a jail)
13. Catawampus (Something that sits crooked such as a
piece of furniture sitting at an angle)
14. Dicker (To barter or trade)
15. Feather in Your Cap (to accomplish a goal. This came
from years ago in wartime when warriors might receive
a feather they would put in their cap for defeating an enemy)
16. Hold your horses (Be patient!)
17. Hoosegow ( a jail)
18. I reckon (I suppose)
19. Jawing/Jawboning (Talking or arguing)
20. Kit and caboodle (The whole thing)
21. Madder than an wet hen (really angry)
22. Needs taken down a notch or two (like notches in a belt usually a young person who thinks too highly of himself and needs a lesson)
23.No Spring Chicken (Not young anymore)
24.Persnickety (overly particular or snobbish)
25.Pert-near (short for pretty near)
26.Pretty is as pretty does (your actions are more important than your looks)
27.Red up (clean the house)
28.Scalawag (a rascal or unprincipled person)
29.Scarce as hen's teeth (something difficult to obtain)
30..Skedaddle (Get out of here quickly)
31. Sparking (courting)
32.Straight From the Horse's Mouth (privileged information from the one concerned)
33.Stringing around, gallivanting around, or piddling (Not doing anything of value)
34.Sunday go to meetin' dress (The best dress you had)
35.We wash up real fine (is another goodie)
36.Tie the Knot (to get married)
37.Too many irons in the fire (to be involved in too many things)
38.Tuckered out (tired and all worn out)
39. Under the weather (not feeling well this term came from going below deck on ships due to sea sickness thus you go below or under the weather) 40.Wearing your 'best bib and tucker' (Being all dressed up)
41. You ain't the only duck in the pond (It's not all about you)
42. "You're not the only pebble on the beach."(It's not all about you again)
Well, if you hold your horses, I reckon I'll get this whole kit and caboodle done and posted to the blog. Please don't be too persnickety and get a bee in your bonnet because I've been pretty tuckered out and at sea lately because I'm no spring chicken. I haven't been just stringin' around and I know I'm not the only duck in the pond, but I do have too many irons in the fire. I might just be barking at a knot, but I have tried to give this article more than just:
That night, as she dined on sauteed frog legs in a white wine sauce, she thought to herself, "I DON'T FREAKIN' THINK SO!!"
Friday, April 17, 2009
I want to have at least 10 swappers :)
If you want to go a head and send your info ... send the following:
Send to AuntPittyPatsfun@yahoo.com
Please indicate this is Swap #2 Thank you that will help me keep the Swaps straight :)
Sign ups will end April 30Th
I would also like to thank the designer for the pattern for this fun wonderful Annie:
I will send out the Annie Pattern when I assign partners.. we will be using the same pattern and the rules will be the same as the first Annie Swap as far as making your dolls :) Bodies are to be the same.. but the adornments maybe different.. hair color, dress, embellishments to your taste :)
Thursday, April 16, 2009
- The Baby Boomers, people born between 1946 and 1959.
- Generation X, people born between 1960 and 1979.
- Generation Y, people born between 1980 and 1995 .
Why do we call the last one generation Y? I did not know, but a caricaturist explains it eloquently below...Learned something new!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I have gotten several emails and photos of completed Annies.. and I have to tell you all of them are amazing. They are so fun and full of whimsy. I know everyone will love their doll when she arrives. I know from the samplings of Annies that I have seen.. they are all going to be wonderful :) No matter the sewing skill level.. some of my Annie swappers have never sewn a doll before and I have seen a couple of completed Annies that they made and I was blown away... they were fantastic!!!!
In fact I have had several of you tell me how easy she was and how you have already made 3 or 4 more of them for various reasons.
Me.... I am making one for my Dad..... he saw my completed one and he loved her and asked if I could make one for a friends daughter. I said sure.. so that will be my Toy Society doll for this month. As my dads friends family is going through some hard times right now.. and he thought it would be nice to show him there are nice people out there :) Which I agree 100% :) I know we are suppose to drop the toy.. but this man doesn't know me and I thought it would be a sweet thing for his daughter to get a surprise in the mail. :) That is what the Toy Society is about .. giving a toy to a stranger ;)
Moving on ... I don't want to leave out my Apron Swappers... I haven't seen or heard anything from you ladies.. is your aprons going ok???? You have me worried... I usually hear something from my apron swappers. I hope you all are having fun creating aprons from bits of wonderful stuff :)
12 oz bittersweet chocolate (60-70% cocoa)
1. In a bowl, mix together the peanut butter, confectioners’ sugar and graham crackers. Set aside.
2. In a double boiler, carefully melt the chocolate (set a metal bowl on top of a saucepan with boiling water). Alternatively, you can microwave the chocolate in short bursts.
3. Using a pastry brush or a clean paintbrush, brush the melted chocolate on the bottom and sides of mini cupcake liners. It’s helpful to stack some the liners together to give more support. When in doubt, add more chocolate, since this will be the base for your candy. Place the cupcake liners on a plate or in a cupcake tin and place in the freezer for 10 minutes.
4. Remove the liners from the freezer, and place about one teaspoon of the peanut butter mixture in each cup. Press down a bit with a spoon to spread. Spoon more melted chocolate on top of each cup.
5. Place the peanut butter cups back in the freezer for another 15 minutes to set. Eat cold or let warm to room temperature before serving
Monday, April 13, 2009
Check back ....as soon as the sun comes out again I will photograph the awesome aprons that I received for these two swaps. It has been cloudy and raining here for several days. My poor camera doesn't take very good artificial light photos. So you will just have to wait... Sorry!!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
TT came home today and the first thing we did was go to the barn and help get the horses up. My neighbor was out putting big round bales in the horse feeders. The horses have to be put up in the corral, to insure their safety when we put out the round bales. We have to open a couple of gates for the tractor go into and drop the bales. This is where the big boy does his job. He helps herd them into the corral. Tatanka was after the horses a little harder than I like, but they forgot to move for him :) But after a couple times of them skirting out away from him and moms gentle coxing Tatanka was able to pen them :) When Tatanka finished his job, he ran to the neighbor man and gave him a dog wash. I have to tell you, I got three dog washes. One at the vet clinic, one on the way home, and one when we got home ;) Aweeeeeeeeeeeee he's such a happy boy... and his mommy is very happy he's home too!!!
Awe isn't he a pretty Boy?????
Thursday, April 9, 2009
2 tbsp butter, room temperature
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt. Dissolve the yeast in a measuring cup filled with the warmed milk, then stir milk mixture, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and egg into the flour mixture. Mix well, until very smooth. Pour into prepared pan and let rest for 15 minutes. While the dough rests, mix together butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and cardamom in a small bowl using a fork until all the butter has been incorporated into the sugar and mixture is crumbly. Divide the batter between 12 greased muffin cups. Sprinkle evenly on top of rested dough and press the mixture down into the dough with your fingertips (or swirl in with a spatula.)Place pan into a cold oven, then set the oven temperature to 350F. Bake for about 20 minutes, until bread is lightly browned at the edges and the center of the bread springs back when lightly pressed. Some of the sugar mixture on top may still be bubbling. Cool for at least 30 minutes before whisking the powdered sugar and milk together to form an icing and drizzling it onto the bread. Serve warm. Leftovers can be reheated in the microwave.
I have wonderful things to report about him.. I spoke to 3 of my neighbors last night about signing a statement regarding Tatanka. All three neighbors that I spoke to, are more than happy to sign a statement letter. Each one are willing to state they have never seen my dog running at large, and there is always someone out with him when he is in the yard.
The Vet has also stated they will write up a statement for me, about my sweet boys behavior while in their clinic... so its looking good for the two of us when it comes to court time :) I just hope the Judge looks favorable on the two of us and sees it as an unfortunate event.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
This was me this week when I was sick..
I just wanted to curl up and die!!!
This is my what my POOR little POOCHIE is thinking... he escaped from the yard and is now at the Doggie Jail. ( My sweet neighbor always turns Tatanka out to go to the barn with him. Well .... he forgot about him and left him out. I am not mad at the neighbor.. it is so sweet that the two of them go to the barn together... but this time the elderly neighbor forgot!!! Heck I have forgotten to latch the gate and the horses have escaped. So it does happen once in a while.)
When I went to the shelter and found him I asked how much it would cost to bail him out. Well the guy told me that Tonk Tonk Ba Donka Donka had been a bad boy and had bitten someone and he has to remain at the shelter for 10 days!!! (So you have 10 days of board fees)That unk someone that got bitten didn't known about border collies. The guy was playing ball with him..(that was the unk's first mistake!!! hee hee hee) I am sure the guy held the ball to long and TT wanted it so he nipped him to get the guy to give it up. That is what border collies do they nip or bite when they want an animal to move. He has nipped me that way when we are playing in the yard too :) So I guess the guy now knows you have to be careful when playing with border collies!!! I am glad the unk was not hurt badly!!!