Thursday, May 30, 2013

Chocolate Chip Muffins

Time has been flying since my boys have been out of school and it is hard to find time to sneak away to write a  post, but the other day I made some of our favorite chocolate chip muffins.  This is a recipe well worth sharing.

Click here for a printable version of this recipe.

Chocolate Chip Muffins
Adapted slightly from Betty Crocker's Cookbook Bridal Edition

3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 large egg
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Stir together milk, butter, egg, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and vanilla.  Then add flour and chocolate chips.  Stir until just combined (batter will be lumpy).  Divide batter evenly among twelve greased (bottom only) muffin cups.  Bake 18-20 minutes until golden.  Let pan stand 5 minutes, then remove muffins to wire rack.  Serve warm, if desired.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Blue and White Quilt

This quilt is getting another feature because I want to share it at the Blogger's Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side.

I made this quilt as a Christmas gift for son #4.  It is created from light and dark blues and white.  The fabrics are from several different lines.  My son calls it his "puppy quilt" because of the puppies that are found on one of the fabrics I used.  He loves it!!

I used Elizabeth Hartman's fabulous, and free, Birthday Cake quilt pattern to make this.  It was easy and fun to piece and I love how it turned out!!  I backed it with light blue solid fabric and quilted it with vertical straight lines.  The finished quilt (after washing) measures 45" x 44".  The perfect size for a toddler to drag around and snuggle up under on the couch.

So cute!!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tuesday's Tip - Freezing Cookie Dough

Freezing cookie dough is certainly not rocket science or even an original idea, but it is super handy.  I don't like baking up an entire batch of cookies at once because  (1) I am way too likely to eat way too many of them, and (2) I don't want my boys filling up on them and ruining their dinner.  So after I have filled up a cookie sheet or two, this is what I do with the leftover dough.

Drop them by teaspoon (or cookie scoop) onto a wax paper lined plate, platter, or cookie sheet.  Then, put them in the freezer for an hour or two until frozen solid.

Once frozen, pop them into a freezer container and put them back in the freezer to be used another day.  When you are ready to use them, simply put them on your cookie sheet and bake.  Watch baking times closely because they often need to be baked just a bit longer than when the dough is made fresh.  I have used this method with all sorts of drop cookies and they all turn out great.

I love having homemade frozen cookie dough in the freezer.  It makes for a hassle-free treat in no-time with way less clean up than when you originally made the dough.  So convenient!!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival - The 1+2 Quilt

I have blogged about this quilt in the past, but I wanted to talk about it again and share a few more tidbits about it because:

1)  I love it!!

2)  I want to share it at the Blogger's Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side.

This quilt was made for my son to celebrate his baptism into our church and his 8th birthday.  I had originally pieced another quilt for him and didn't like it.  I ran onto this fantastic (and free) quilt pattern at Samelia's Mum and was so grateful.  I was able to piece it quickly and I love how it turned out.  The fabrics are from several different lines. 

I decided to make this quilt throw size rather than twin size, so I reduced it to 6 columns and 7 rows.  I backed it with white minky and quilted it in straight lines.  The final dimensions (after washing) are 54" x 62".

My son absolutely loves his quilt and so do I. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Fresh Strawberry Sorbet

I am so happy that it is strawberry season, because we can make plenty of this fantastic fresh strawberry sorbet.  It is a warm weather favorite at our house.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Catching Up

No posting this week due to the fact that I have been feeling a little under the weather.  It hasn't been too bad though because I did manage to finish up a few things on my to-do list, like . . .

 making mini loaves of banana bread with some overripe bananas on my countertop.  I tried this delicious recipe, and loved it.

I finally got around to putting labels on my boys' toy bins.  Printable labels found here.  I dressed them up with a little scrapbook paper and laminated them - - things have to be durable in this house.
I also finished up all the blocks for my latest quilt in progress and figured out the layout.  Now they just need to be sewn together.  Yay!  Progress!
All in all, I'd say it was a good week.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Chocolate Oatmeal Chewies

I originally found this recipe for these chewy, chocolatey, oatmeal cookies in a Betty Crocker cookbook that I received as a wedding gift.  I have adapted the recipe over the years to be a bit more to my liking.  I don't make these cookies often, because it is impossible for me to stop at just one (or two, or three...), so when I made them today, I decided the recipe had to be shared.

Chocolate Oatmeal Chewies
Adapted from Betty Crocker Cookbook Bridal Edition
Click here for a printable version of this recipe

3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup butter - softened
1/4 cup milk
1 large egg
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup all purpose flour
2 2/3 cups quick oats

Heat oven to 350.  Beat butter, sugars, milk, egg, cocoa powder, soda, salt and vanilla for at least 5 minutes until light and fluffy, scraping the bowl occassionally.  Add flour and oats and stir to combine.  Drop by tsp onto ungreased baking sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes.  Cool 1-2 minutes on cookie sheet before removing to cooling rack.

Try to stop at just one. :)

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Faux Button Up Pillow Cover

I recently made some new pillow covers for my tired and worn pillows in my living room.  It is amazing what a difference fresh pillow covers can make.  These were inspired by the fold over button pillow covers from make it and love it.

I didn't end up following her tutorial too closely, since I had a different sized pillow to work with and I wanted to give the pillow covers a zippered closure rather than hand sewing them closed, but I love the idea!!
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