Best of 2011

Friday, December 30, 2011

 I have to admit, this was really hard for me.  On one hand it was hard to narrow it down to just ten blog posts that I loved.  On the other hand it was hard to come up with a list that I felt was worthy of representing all of 2011.  And I am one of those people that always chooses my last project as my favorite.  So if you scroll down through December you will find a lot of my current 'Top 10s'.

In no particular order, here they are:







This was a really fun technique!  Wish I lived in the US to show this puppy off in July ~ alas I gave it away!



Felt Rosette Wreath
I don't know what it is about this wreath, but readers were gaga over it.  Another giveaway!

 


Toddler Bed Tutorial
We finished the boys' Pirate Ship room in 2011.  'nough said.



Quilted Keepsake Pillow
One of my favorite projects and a great way to preserve kids clothes!



Angry Birds Family Costume Tutorial
Wow!  These costumes were an absolute hit!  I can't count the number of emails and facebook messages that I recieved from readers sharing there creations ~ inspired by ours!  Awesome.



White Trash Bars
Hit the big time on Pinterest.

 


Rocker T's
Super fun coordinating twin T's.



Skor Cake
FIVE ingredients people!  You've got to try it.  And if you're into Star Wars it's a fun post.


Upcycled Sweater Scarf
One of my latest.  Using just the arm of a sweater!!
 
 
Happy New Year!
Thanks for visiting.
 
xo Heather

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

 
We've had a wonderful Christmas day!  Our little ones were so fun to watch.  This is them saying "cheese".
 
I'm unplugging for awhile to enjoy some time with friends and family. 
I will see you, back here, January 3rd.
 
From my family, to yours
 
Merry Christmas!
xo Heather

RAK Kids ~ Week 4

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Today we are wrapping up Random Acts of Kindness Kids.

Random Acts of Kindness {RAK} is a concept that is near and dear to my heart.  I have worked with young children my entire life and one of the teaching tools that I have always used is Random Acts of Kindness.  Primarily children learn about service to others and empathy through fun, interactive tasks.

I have truly loved doing these 'random' activities with the kids.  They have a greater understanding of what it is like to give back.... and not just receive.  Cam especially has been talking more about baby Jesus, explaining that God is in our heart and pretending to be Santa, crying "Ho, Ho, Ho!! Merry Christmas!!"

One of our tasks this week was to deliver a thank you gift to the neighbor with the best Christmas lights. 
This place is just two houses up from ours.
We have to drive especially slow whenever we pass by.  Great right?!!
I don't think that I showed you these pics of the boys preschool 'concert'.  It was so cute!!  And their Preschool Teacher is fabulous!!  She's like the toddler whisperer.  The boys love her!
Here's Isaiah sandwiched between some girls...hmmmm.
And Cam doing his own thing.

I can't wait for Christmas...
tomorrow!!! Eeeeeeeeeee.


Merry Christmas!

xo Heather

Cranberry Bars

Thursday, December 22, 2011

 

I love a recipe that uses supplies that I already have in the house.  One where I don't have to search the definition of an ingredient on Wikipedia.  The Best of Bridge series of cookbooks are awesome for having recipes that use simple, common ingredients to create yummy dishes in new ways.  These Cranberry Bars are no exception.  The ingredients include flour, sugar, butter, brown sugar and frozen cranberries.  Simple right?!!?  And they are super delish! 

First let's make the crust:
1/2 cup cold butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup flour
Cut butter into sugar and flour until crumbly.
Pat into an 8"x8" pan and bake at 350 degrees fro 15-20 minutes, or until golden.

Now for the filling:
1 1/2 cups of fresh or frozen cranberries
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
In a saucepan over medium heat, cook cranberries and 1/4 cup brown sugar until berries are softened.
In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs and brown sugar.  Beat until thickened.
Add vanilla.
Combine and add dry ingredients.
Cooled cranberries.
Stir in cranberry mixture.
Spread mixture over crust.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
Dust with icing sugar and cut into squares. 

These have a really nice blend of shortbread / sugar / tartness. 
I hope that you are having a wonderful time during the Holidays with friends and family.  I'll be off for the next few days.  We're planning some epic skating adventures combined with a dash of Tube Town.  We might even throw a sprinkle of Learn to Ski in there for the kids.  If I don't see you before the Big Day,

Merry Christmas! 

xo Heather

Four Ingredient Danger

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

My SIL calls this DANGER.  Maybe because it. is. so. good. that it is a danger to any diet that we've been on or are planning on going on.  But what the heck!?!  It's Christmas right?  Let's indulge a little!
The goods:
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
40 soda crackers
1 pkg milk chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Wrap a cookie sheet in tinfoil.  Lay crackers evenly onto the cookie sheet.  {I doubled my batch ~ the ingredients will make one cookie sheet full of Danger}.
In a saucepan over medium heat, combine butter and sugar until they boil.  Remove from heat and pour evenly over crackers.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
Immediately sprinkle the entire package of chocolate chips over the entire cookie sheet while it is still hot. 
Spread the chocolate chips around as they melt.
Allow to cool and break into pieces.
Darcy brought these into work the other day and had at least five people ask for the recipe.  So here it is!


 
Enjoy!
xo Heather

Christmas Cookies

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

There has been a TON of Christmas baking going on around here...

I taught a Holiday Baking class last week.  Here are some of the cookies that my students decorated.
And a gift wrapped container of Ginger Balls that the students made and baked.
Isaiah has been decorating too.
And so has Cam.

With cheesy Santa grins!
 
xo Heather

Upcycled Sweater Scarf Tutorial

Monday, December 19, 2011


You are going to LOVE this project!  I do. 
This sweater scarf is super cute right!?!? 
And easy to create!
After making these Upcycled Sweater Stockings all I had left of this sweater was the arm.  And never one to let good material go to waste I made a scarf out of it!  Here's how you can too:

Cut the arm of a knit sweater off at the shoulder seam.
Be sure to have at least 24" of material.
Invert the arm and sew the shoulder seam together, right sides facing.  With a large knit it is a good idea to use your loosest stitch setting.
Now create button holes in the cuff of the arm.
Use a tight zig zag stitch to create a rectangular shape.  Here is the front of my cuff with the vertical lines sewn.
And here is the back of my cuff with the button holes complete.  Cut the material out of the center of the button holes.
Now on the shoulder end of the arm, sew four buttons.  Two buttons will be decorative on the outside of the arm/scarf and two will be functional on the inside.
Here I attached the outer decorative buttons to the inner working buttons by sewing them together through the material.
And here are the inner working buttons slipped through the button holes on the cuff.
The finished scarf stretched out...
and fastened together.

There is still time to make your own Upcycled Sweater Scarf before Christmas!  I'm adding this and a few other goodies to gift baskets including my homemade preserves and cookbook!

Thanks for visiting.






xo Heather
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