Monday, February 17, 2014

Charity Quilts

Nicole & Chelsea helped stitch up and trim half a dozen flannel baby quilts.

Each year the local high school FFA (Future Farmers of America) club partners up with the local quilt guild to make charity quilts.  This year's materials were donated by Riley Blake Designs.  Members of the guild will prepare about 80 quilts for the kids to tie, by using the "Envelope" finish.

Jordan will demonstrate. (Pictures from 10 years ago...)

1)  STITCH two layers of fabric together, leaving an 8" to 10" opening for turning.

2)  LAY OUT fabric over batting, trim to size.

 3)  STITCH quilt to batting over the previous stitching lines.

4)  TURN the quilt right side out.  Use the "No-Clip Corners" technique demonstrated in this video:

5)  HAND-STITCH the opening closed.  The quilt is now ready to tie!

Peanut Butter Cookies

No chocolate chips to be found in the house?

 The perfect Sunday afternoon treat.  Made by the DAD.  Eaten by everyone.  Sooo good.

Peanut Butter Cookies
Thoroughly cream together:

  • 1 c. shortening
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t. vanilla

Stir in:

  • 1 c. peanut butter

Sift together and add:

  • 2 c. sifted flour
  • 2 t. soda
  • 1/2 t. salt

Stir into the creamed mixture.

Scoop into balls with a 1” ice cream scoop and place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Press each cookie with back of floured fork to make crisscrosses.

Bake at 350o for 9 minutes.  Yield:  About 60 soft yet crispy cookies.

~Evan., the Dad.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Ryler's Amazing, Awesome Valentine's Day Surprise

 Ryler made Waffles for Lauren on Valentine's Day.  ♥♥♥

And re-folded some of the origami paper cranes leftover from the wedding reception into these...

Dad's Sunday Morning Special Deluxe 
Whole Wheat Waffles
Sift together:
1-1/4 c. white flour
1-1/4 c. whole wheat flour
4 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
2 T. sugar

In a separate bowl, combine:
2-1/2 c. milk 
(or use 1/2 c. powdered milk with 2-1/2 c. water)
1/2 c. oil
4 egg yolks
Add to dry ingredients.

Beat until stiff:
4 egg whites
Gently fold into batter.

Cook in a waffle iron. Serve topped with butter or peanut butter and homemade maple syrup.

Homemade Maple Syrup
Stir together and bring to a boil:
1 c. water
1 c. sugar
Remove from heat, then add:
1/4 t. imitation maple flavoring

Our family likes a thinner syrup, but you can add up to another cup of sugar if you like it thick and sticky.


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