Archive for April, 2011

April 29, 2011

Puppy Chow

Puppy Chow…this is the answer whenever i ask “what can I bring to the bbq, shower, movie night…the list goes on.” With the summer season ahead of us, I will ALWAYS have the ingredients to make this tasty sweet treat. I normally eyeball this recipe because you really cannot mess it up. However, if you do forget to put the vanilla in, it doesn’t taste as good…but it will still get gobbled up!

  • 1 box Corn Chex Mix
  • 2 bags Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 1 – 1 1/2 Cup Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 3 TBS Butter
  • 2 TSP Vanilla
  • 1 bag of Powdered Sugar (you will not need all of it)
  • 1 Gallon Freezer Zip Lock Bag (have more on hand just in case)

1. Pour Corn Chex into big bowl

2. in 5 Quart microwave safe bowl combine: Milk Chocolate Chips, Peanut Butter, and Butter

3. Microwave: for 2 minutes and stir. If there are still clumps microwave until smooth

4. Add: Vanilla to Chocolate Mixture

4. Pour: Chocolate Mixture over Chex Mix

5. Stir: Until Chex Mix is evenly coated

6. Add: Powdered Sugar to Freezer Bag until bottom is generously covered

7. Add: 1/2 of the Chex Mixture to the Freezer Bag.

8. Add: Powdered Sugar on top of Chex Mixture in Bag

9. Seal: Freezer Bag, make sure there is enough air in bag

10. Start Shaking until Chex Mixture is evenly coated, you may need to add more Powdered Sugar

11. Repeat steps 6-10 for second half of Chex Mixture


April 27, 2011

Bachman’s Idea House 2011


This was my first time going to the Bachman’s Idea House and it most definitely will not be the last! This beautiful bungalow home is converted each season Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter with amazing floral arrangements and unique interior style. Here are a few pictures from the Spring 2011 Bachman’s Idea House.

Dining Room

Kitchen drawers converted to cute wall shelves to display essentials 

Kitchen wire baskets to hold cookbooks

Heat grates turned into picture frames and wall art

Boy bedroom. I am pretty sure our little boys bedroom one day will look very similar…

Boy bedroom with map lamps

Lawn fence turned into scarf display

Old spools hold vintage necklaces

Craft Room

Craft Room display

A new take on baseball

April 22, 2011

A Beautiful Life

This post in dedicated to my beautiful grandmother Elesieve C. Krenz who truly lived an amazing life. Full of love, music, and family. She is now singing and dancing in heaven with our grandfather.

To laugh often and love much;

to win the respect of intelligent persons

and the affection  of children;

to earn the approbation of honest critics

and to endure the betrayal of false friends;

to appreciate beauty;

to find the best in others;

to give of one’s self;

to leave the world a bit better,

whether by a healthy child, a garden patch,

or a redeemed social condition;

to have played and laughed with enthusiasm

and sung with exultation:

to know that even one life has breathed easier

because you have lived –

this is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82)

April 20, 2011

Wool Jacket: Jacket Challenge

My favorite fabric store Tread Yard Goods  features all natural fibers: Silk, Wool, and Cotton. It is truly the best fabric store around. The staff is so friendly and will always give advice if needed on a project.

Last January they had a Jacket Challenge.  I have wanted to design a custom winter jacket  tailored specifically to me. Being 5′ 10″  long sleeves are hard to come by.  So the Jacket Challenge gave me the drive to actually make the coat I have always wanted.

Link to the Jacket Challenge on Treadle Yard Goods Blog:

Here a few photos of the progress. I started with a commercial pattern and altered to my liking. You can see what the patterned looked like as another gal used the original pattern in the link above.

There were not many entries into the challenge but I was pleased with receiving 3rd place and most importantly Fan Favorite:) This truly means people loved my original design!

Creating a muslin is key when designing anything, especially if you are using beautiful expensive wool.  This allowed me to tweak the pattern after reviewing the fit on the muslin.



Back Close-up



  • Body: Wool
  • Lining: Flannel Backed Coat Lining (for extra warmth)
April 17, 2011

Healthy Multigrain Energy Bars

Need a healthy way to start your morning, fuel for a day of hiking, or just to stay full? These bars are just what you need.  Healthy and packed full of great antioxidants and protein. The recipe is from Whole Grain Gourmet, an amazing healthy and yummy site. I am sure I will soon post more recipes from here! I substituted a few items because I didn’t have everything in my kitchen and added Whey Protein power for an extra kick! Still turned out SUPER yummy!

  • 1/4 Cup Slivered Almonds
  • 2 Cups Rolled Oats
  • 1/4 Cup Sesame Seeds
  • 1/4 Cup Dried Tart Cherries
  • 1/4 Cup Dried Bing Cherries
  • 1/4 Cup Blueberries
  • 1/4 Cup Apricots
  • 1/2 Cup Muesli
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • 1 Cup Organic Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 TSP Vanilla
  • 3 Scoops Vanilla Protein Powder

1. Toast: Oats and Almonds in 5 quart microwave safe glass dish

2. Dice: Tart Cherries, Bing Cherries, Blueberries, and Apricots in food processor

3. Combine: Diced Fruit, and Sesame Seeds to Oats and Almonds

4. Boil: 1/2 cup Water in small saucepan

5. Add: Muesli and remove from heat for 2 minutes

6. Add: Peanut Butter, Honey, Vanilla, and Protein Powder

7. Return to Low Heat: Stir for 5 minutes until fully combined and mixture glistens

8. Add: Wet ingredients to Dry ingredients and combine

9. Press firmly: Into 9×9 pan and let rest overnight

10. Cut into 16 square pieces

April 11, 2011

Cute Crochet Amigurumi

This was my first attempt to make amigurumi crochet toys for my nephew and niece.  They are stuffed with poly fill for softness and have a little stocking of plastic pelts inside so they sit up. They were SO fun to make and seeing their faces upon opening the boxes was delightful! They come with a lifetime guarantee for repair from auntie:)


Height: 11″


Height: 11″

I also made 2 pairs of these cute little booties for my friend who has twin boys.

Size: 3-6 month

April 10, 2011

Starting Heirloom Seeds…

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After 6 months of having snow on the ground, my heirloom seeds are finally planted! Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds  have the best selection on rare heirloom seeds.  I have created little greenhouses out of milk jugs. More to come once little seedlings emerge!

  • Cut milk jugs in half and create 2 slits in the bottom for drainage
  • Fill jugs with dirt (I use an old coffee can)
  • Sprinkle seeds on top or slightly below the dirt surface, as indicated on the seed packet
  • Tape up jug
  • Label jugs on bottom half
  • Place jugs in crate for easy mobility
  • Use water sprayer to hydrate seeds daily
  • Watch until sprouts are big enough to remove top half of jug
  • Transport sprouts into larger containers or plant in ground
April 7, 2011

Honey Granola with Tart Cherries

This is a staple in our household…it also makes a great gift inside a mason jar sealed with a beautiful ribbon.

  • 3 Cups Old Fashion Oats
  • 1/2 Cup Slivered Almonds
  • 1/2 Cup Raw Sunflower Seeds
  • 1/4 Cup Sesame Seeds
  • 1 TBS Wheat Germ
  • 1/4 TSP Cinnamon
  • Pinch Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1/4 Cup Canola Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • 2 TBS Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 TSP Vanilla
  • 1 Cup Tart Cherries

1. Combine Dry Ingredients in a Bowl

2. Bring just to a boil Wet Ingredients

3. Evenly coat dry ingredients with wet

4. Spread onto cookie sheet

5. Bake stirring occasionally

6. Remove and break up large clumps

7. Add Tart  Cherries

8. Cool Completely

9. Store in Air tight container for up to 2 weeks

  • Convection Temp: 325 (350 non-convection)
  • Bake Time: 45 minutes, until evenly light brown
  • 2 Quart Mason Jars


April 5, 2011

Cozy Baby Blankets and Burp Cloths

With my second niece on the way, I met my sister in-law and my 5-year-old niece to choose fabrics for these cute baby blankets and burp cloths.  I see a little designer in the making in my niece after our shopping trip!  She quickly picked out coordinating fabrics and made sure there was no bolt of fabric that went untouched. I rounded the corners on the blankets to ensure smoothness and softness. 

Dimensions: 36″ X 56″

Fiber: 100% Cotton

Coordinating burp cloths match back to the blankets. Tied sweetly with a little raffia.

Dimensions: 18″ X 12.5″

Fiber: 100% Cotton

April 5, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cafe Cookies…Best Ever!

I stumbled upon this recipe a year ago.  They are a favorite for everyone that experiences the deliciousness on first bite! I make them larger than the average cookie to set them apart.  I even won a “Throw Down” competition at work for Best Chocolate Chip Cookie!  Enjoy the recipe!

  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1/2 TSP Baking Soda
  • 1/2 TSP Salt
  • 3/4 Cup Unsalted Butter, Melted
  • 1 Cup Packed Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup White Sugar
  • 1 TBS Vanilla
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 2 Cups Milk Chocolate Chips

1. Sift: Flour, Baking Soda, and Salt is bowl, set aside

2. Cream: Butter, Brown Sugar, White Sugar until blended

3. Beat in: Vanilla, Egg, and Egg Yolk until light and creamy

4. Mix in: Sifted ingredients until just blended

5. Stir in: Milk Chocolate Chips

6. Drop cookies 1/4 cup on baking sheet with parchment paper

7. Bake 13 minutes until light and golden

  • Convection Temp: 325 (350 non-convection)
  • 18 Big Cookies

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