Monday, October 13, 2014

Ryler's Fabulous Make-You-Sick No-Bake Cookies

Ryler made some snacks for a family vacation.  These are the type of cookies that you eat until you're sick.  It even says so in the recipe.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies!

In a saucepan, mix:
2 c. sugar
1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. milk

1/2 c. butter (1 cube)
Place over medium heat.  
Bring to a boil while stirring constantly, melting butter completely.

Remove from heat and stir in:
1 t. vanilla

1 c. peanut butter
2 T. cocoa powder (optional, but why?)
3/4 c. peanut butter
1/4 c. Nutella (oh, yeah!)

3-1/2 c. oatmeal

Stir well.  Allow ingredients to cool in refrigerator until consistency will stay together.  Use a small ice cream scoop and drop on parchment-lined cookie sheet.  Refrigerate to set up, then eat until sick!  

Bite-sized goodness.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Nicole's Hats

That nip in the air inspired Nicole to get out her old circle loom and begin making hats.

And here's how to take a raggedy old skein of yarn...

and roll it into a beautiful, tangle-free ball of yarn.

First rule:   Always pull the yarn from the center of the skein or ball.  Don't use the end that's wrapped around the outside.  This one little tip can save hours of tangles and knots, and prevent your yarn from rolling all around the house...

When you've found the end that comes from the center of the skein,

leave about a 4" tail and wrap the yarn loosely around two fingers.

Remove from your fingers and turn sideways, 
inserting your thumb in the hole to keep the beginning tail in place.

Loosely wrap yarn around middle of the yarn ring, eventually fanning out, 
twisting the ball so the layers of yarn overlap as you turn.    
*Always keep your thumb in the center of the ball as you wind.  

 *Always wrap through the center of the ball, 
continuing to turn the ball around as you add layers.  

 *Always keep the beginning tail free as you wrap.

When you get to the end, tuck the tail into the bottom of the ball.
 Ready to use.
A thing of beauty!

~the Momma

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Thimblechaser Crafts

Lauren and Ryler had fun with a little craft booth at The Summer Flea.

Ryler did custom Japanese Kanji calligraphy.

Lauren made stuff:
     Mannequin pincushions.

    ... by the dozen...

     Wallets.  See more HERE.
    Other stuff:  Stuffed stuff, Monster Crayon Bags, Book Purses, Framed Marker Boards
Adorable crocheted jewelry.

You can find Lauren's extras on her Thimblechaser Etsy Store!  Custom orders:  801-678-3529, or email  *Ü*

See more of Lauren's creative pursuits on her blog:  THIMBLECHASER.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Chelsea's Been Sewing!

Smiling... (I don't blame her - look at those perfectly matched points!  She did a little happy dance too...)

Making the binding...

Quilted by Mom...

Minkee backing... yum.

Star Medallion Lap Quilt << PATTERN

Remember Chelsea's prize-winning quilt?

She also received a 4th Place ribbon at the State Fair!  (Very cool, as ribbons awarded at the State Fair are only given to 5 places per category).  Even Charley is impressed.

This is the payoff for Chelsea hanging out in the sewing room for all those years - not only in $$, but in confidence.  Well done, Chelsea!

~The Momma

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