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Craft Swap! February 16, 2011

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A Giraffe in a Scarf

Zoe from A Giraffe in a Scarf is having an International Craft Swap! In case you haven’t heard of a craft swap, here’s the skinny:

You sign up. Lots of other people sign up. You get someone’s name, address, and sometimes their interests. Someone else gets your name, address, and maybe your interests. You make a craft and send it to the address you got. Someone else makes a craft and sends it to you. Sometimes these swaps are specific to knitting, sewing, paper crafts, etc., but this one is a free for all! Painting, sculpting, sewing, knit, crochet, paper craft, anything!

I signed up this morning and can’t wait to get my ‘assignment’! You should join in on the swap too!

 

Home Diorama February 14, 2011

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First of all, Happy Valentine’s Day! This is my first V-Day married and it is awesome. We both took the day off and we are enjoying doing life at our own speed today. So far we’ve slept in, went out for breakfast, browsed Hobby Lobby and Best Buy. Life just goes too fast most of the time, and today we are making life slow down. We aren’t doing anything special, not because we’re anti-Valentine’s or anything, but because our first anniversary is coming up so soon, we didn’t want to overspend.

On an unrelated note, I found this post and tutorial about how to make a diorama of your house a few months ago and I’ve been wanting to try it out for myself ever since.I thought it was absolutely adorable. Having a ‘cartoon’ of your house… inside your house! And, whenever we move, we’ll be able to take this with us to remember our wonderful first few years of wedded bliss 🙂

I figured it would be one of those things that looks easier than it really is and it would probably be something I’d get frustrated with and quit right in the middle. But, I was surprised at how easy this was and how great it turned it out! I also figured it would be a multiple session project, but I did everything in about 3 hours.

This is the picture of our house that I used:

Here’s how it turned out:

You can see the ‘3D’-ness of it better here:

I followed this tutorial exactly. The way she explains the layers is perfect. I traced mine on some paper, then cut those pieces out to use as a guide for cutting the real deal. I saved the pieces for later – I might make some seasonal ones to go into a bigger frame.

I cut out trees to add to the sides, but the more I tinkered with it, the more I liked the simplicity of just the house. The trees are really cute in this post, but I just decided to leave them out of mine. I did try to add a few special things about our house that mean a lot to me: the blue hydrangea bush below the kitchen window, the always-changing wreath on the front door, and our mischievous cat peeking out the window.

This would make a great wedding or housewarming gift. I think I might also use this idea for some Christmas gifts this year 🙂

 

Little Dresses for Africa January 25, 2011

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Josh and I have some of the coolest friends ever. And we are so blessed to be a part of a great community group with two (maybe now three?) other couples that want to grow together toward holiness, pushing and pulling each other toward righteousness, and encouraging each other daily. One of the projects the girls decided to take on was making some dresses for the Little Dresses for Africa program. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a project that collects dresses for girls made of thrifted pillowcases, and then sends them to Africa for the children that would normally have very tattered clothing.

We had a sewing party this past weekend and had a BLAST! It was my first attempt at sewing a pillowcase dress, but I’m happy to report- it’s a cinch! This YouTube video was extremely helpful and I followed it with no problem at all.

We only finished two dresses that day, but I’ve been slowly working on about 15 more and can’t wait to show you the finished product. In the end, we’ll send them off to be shipped to Africa. I’m just happy to be a part of something bigger than myself. I hope that these dresses that we send will meet a need and put a smile on a little girl’s face.

Since last weekend, Jenn blogged about our sewing day and a few other people decided they wanted to get involved as well. If you want to get involved and start sewing with us, leave a comment below and I’ll send you more information!

 

Snow Day Recap January 24, 2011

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In case you didn’t know, it snowed here about two weeks ago. And I mean IT REALLY SNOWED.

It was absolutely gorgeous. I measured 9″!! It hadn’t snowed that much since I was 3. We loved watching the animals outside, especially the squirrels burrowing underneath the snow then popping up.

Then we got a glimpse of some color flying by our window and snapped some fun pictures of what we saw:

We were snowed in for about 3 days and it was gloriously relaxing. Even Satchel thought so.

We did get out in the blizzard, made sleds out of boogie boards and rubbermaid storage bins, and loved every freezing minute of it!

 

Goat Cheese and Wine Sauce Puffs January 8, 2011

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The other day I tried (note the word ‘tried’) to make wine jelly. My parents got me canning tools for Christmas, so I was antsy to do some home canning and I figured jelly was a pretty safe place to start. And I found this recipe that sounded delicious… So I thought I’d start there.

I stopped by the grocery store to grab some pectin on the way home and I was ready to go. So I gathered my ingredients, and got to cooking. About 20 seconds in, I realized I didn’t have enough wine. I went back to the grocery store. Started cooking again, and about 1 minute later we magically ran out of sugar. Grocery store trip #3.

Three grocery store trips and two pots boiling over with sticky wine and sugar mixture later, I finally got to try canning. Everything went perfectly. Water bath processed for 5 minutes, and every little half pint made that beautiful pop noise you want to hear when home canning.

Except 24 hours later, the jelly was still runny. Tasted wonderful, but no where close to jelly. But I had worked so hard, and I wasn’t about to throw it away. I’d just save it for a rainy day when you’d need very runny wine not-so-jelly.

Then we got invited to a party. I needed to bring a snack. And it hit me- a beautiful combo: puff pastry + goat cheese + wine sauce. I went straight to Trader Joe’s and grabbed the first two ingredients.

And here’s how my failed attempt at wine jelly turned into the most delicious snack my kitchen has ever seen.

Preheat to 400. Prep a mini muffin pan with some cooking spray. Cut the puff pastry into small squares. The Trader Joe’s brand is a nice square and makes about 16 squares per sheet.

Put the squares into each cubby of the muffin pan. (Cubby? I don’t know, it’s all I could come up with.)

Put some goat cheese in the center of each. Maybe a little over a teaspoon- I didn’t measure, just divide it evenly.

Bake for 10 minutes. Drizzle the goat cheese with some wine sauce-supposed-to-be-jelly. Bake for 5 additional minutes.

Cool on a wire rack. If you’re anything like me, you don’t have enough patience for this step. Just be warned- hot goat cheese will burn your mouth. Try to make sure at least a dozen make it to the party. That’s the hardest step. You will want to eat them all immediately.

Enjoy!

 

Butterscotch and White Chocolate Gingerbread December 1, 2010

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My sweet friends Brittany and Lauren are having a cookie swap on Friday! And if you have ever read one word of this blog or have been around me for more than a day, you probably already know that this is right up my alley. I can’t wait.

The toughest thing about a cookie swap is figuring out what cookie to make. So much pressure!!! I didn’t want anything plain, but I didn’t have a ton of time, so it couldn’t be too complicated. Last time I did a cookie swap, I think I got in way over my head with something too time consuming.

I asked my should-be-professional-baker coworker if she had any ideas, and of course, she immediately had an answer. She said her favorite drop cookies were ugly but delicious and called Butterscotch Gingerbread. I did a little search on the Internet, found a good recipe base, and (of course) changed it up a little.

I’ve made 8 dozen, plus a few strays and I now have a new favorite cookie. It’s not average joe. It’s not fancy nancy. It’s delicious. And all you do is mix it up, drop, and bake. That’s my kind of cookie!

Butterscotch White Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

  • 3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (I personally think you could almost double this. Salty cookies are out of this world.)
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, loosely measured (none of this packed mess)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 3/4 bag butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 bag white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, mix flour, soda, and spices. Set aside.

In a stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar. Add egg and molasses. Slowly add the dry ingredients, 1 cup at a time. Stir in butterscotch and white chocolate chips. Drop on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 9-10 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.

I found that this recipe make about 3 dozen, depending on how much of the batter I needed to taste test 🙂

I tripled for my cookie swap, and so that Lovey could take some to work.

Enjoy!

 

How to Ruin Christmas November 28, 2010

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I’ve ruined Christmas.

It’s true. Christmas is completely ruined.

I ruined Christmas for a perfectly wonderful family shopping for a Christmas tree at the same time as my family.

I didn’t mean to. I didn’t wake up and say to myself ‘Lindsay, today you will be Scrooge and ruin Christmas.’ Really, I didn’t.

But then it happened. We were in Asheville for the 25th Annual Family Christmas Shopping Trip.

We had made the lap of the tree lot three times.

We had it narrowed down to two. A typical Frasier and the only Concolor Fir on the whole lot. I had never seen a Concolor before, and it was beautiful.

The needles are about 2 inches long and it smells like tangerines. I made the statement ‘If I don’t buy this tree (Concolor), I’ll be mad at myself later.’ And then Lovey said ‘Well, then you need to just go ahead and get it. Write her a check and it’s ours!’

So I did. And they wrapped it up and loaded it on the trailer. And we drove away, happy about our decision…

Until my sister said ‘you know you made that lady cry’. (Thanks a lot Haley!)

What we didn’t know was that there was another family deciding between two trees at the same time. And one of those was my Concolor. And I must have been the faster check writer. Because we left with it. And left her in tears.

I MADE A WOMAN CRY BECAUSE I TOOK HER CHRISTMAS TREE FROM HER. How am I supposed to go on with this in my conscience?

I was heavyhearted. I was almost to tears myself. I felt awful. What kind of person am I, making perfectly wonderful families cry at Christmas? We had decided that if we saw her in the covered farmer’s market section, we would ask her if she really wanted it and sell it to her.

Thankfully, we didn’t see her.

 

‘Tis the Season… for Shopping! November 22, 2010

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! And also- Happy Shopping Season! I really enjoy this time of the year. I like the sales. I like the deals. I like shopping for other people. I like going out with the intent of being generous. I really enjoy searching for the perfect gifts for everyone on my list. So fun!

But then there’s that whole part I’m not so fond of- the crowds, the elbows, the greedy, the wait-in-line-at-Best-Buy-in-the-freezing-cold, the waking up at the crack of dawn. I’m much more fond of shopping from the comfort of my own home! Ahh… the Internet!

As promised, I’ve updated my Etsy with what I had left from the Holiday Bazaar (which was a HUGE success!!).

I’ve got wreaths:
There’s bobbies:
You can find some pins to dress up any shirt, hat, purse:
There’s hair barrettes:
Even some fun rings:

So head on over to my Etsy shop and check it all out! Cross some of those gifts off your list now and sleep in on Black Friday!

 

LovePeople.LikeThings. On Sale. November 14, 2010

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Hello to all my Greenville readers! Get your wallets ready!

LovePeople.LikeThings. will be a vendor at the Buncombe St. Holiday Bazaar this Wednesday (November 17th) from 4:30-8:00.

You’ll find some:
Handmade Jewelry $3-$8

Hair Accessories $3-$6

Wreaths $15-30

Baskets $10-20

Gift Wrap Accessories $1-5

And if you can’t make it- I’ll be updating my Etsy shop with what I have leftover… so check that starting Thursday or Friday!

 

Snickerdoodle Trifle November 13, 2010

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Tonight we are headed to my parents’ house to watch both the Clemson (GO TIGERS!) and Carolina games. Mom is making a huge meal and having some fun folks over for a fun time. My assignment- bring a dessert. Which is my usual assignment and doesn’t sound too hard, right? Welll…. I’m good at buttery, sugary, rich, over the top desserts. I’ve got plenty of those memorized that I can whip together at a moments notice. But tonight’s dessert needs to be figure-friendly. Pretty much everyone in my family is on some sort of diet or exercise plan and trying to lose weight. So that makes my dessert assignment a little more difficult. I searched Weight Watchers site for recipes. But then I found a snickerdoodle cupcake recipe I decided on (I’d switch the sugars out for Splenda).

But then I got to thinking about the most diet friendly dessert ever- trifles. But I was really sold on my snickerdoodle and cinnamony goodness. So I was stuck. Then the lightbulb switched on- DING DING DING! we have a winner. Why not a snickerdoodle trifle?

Snickerdoodle Trifle (diet-friendly)

  • 1 premade angel food cake (homemade or store bought)
  • 2 small packages of sugar-free, fat-free white chocolate instant jello pudding
  • 4 cups of skim milk
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 1/4 t. ground cloves
  • 3 snack pack sized sugar-free, fat-free caramel jello pudding
  • 2 small containers of Cool Whip Free
  • Premade snickerdoodles (homemade or store bought

Cut the angel food cake into 1″ cubes.

Mix white chocolate pudding mix into 4 cups of milk and refrigerate for 5 minutes. Mix cinnamon, ground cloves, and caramel pudding into white chocolate pudding mixture.

Chop snickerdoodles.

In a trifle bowl, layer 1/2 of the angel food cake cubes, then pudding mixture, then 1/2 of the chopped snickerdoodles, and 1 tub of cool whip. For the second layer, repeat but reserve some of your snickerdoodles to decorate the top. Refrigerate for a few hours before serving to let flavors settle in.

Enjoy!