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A Geranium for Eliza

This past weekend, we finally made it up to Madison, WI to meet Eliza – our friends’ sweet baby girl who is already two months old!  In preparation, I got to do a bit of sewing.  I decided to whip up a little dress for Eliza in a mustard/grey dot fabric that I’ve had in my stash for quite a while.  I used Made by Rae‘s Geranium Dress pattern, which is one of my favorites.  It is such a quick sew and it has so many different options.  This time, I made it in the 3-6 month size – sleeveless, with a pleated skirt.  Hopefully it will fit her just in time for warm weather!

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How to Be Awesome at Projects

I want to write about things that matter.  But while I figure that. whole. thing. out, I thought I’d type for a while.  So, here’s to coffee and my ramblings.  🙂

I can’t complete a project to save my life.

Three months ago, this was unheard of.  I was working a gazillion hours and still pumping out cute sewing projects in my free(?) time.  Even if it meant staying up all night long to finish, because this girl could not live, let alone sleep, knowing that a task was left incomplete.  Then, something happened.

We shook things up a bit.  Ryan changed jobs, requiring a temporary relocation.  Leaving me temporarily jobless.  Therefore, necessitating temporary down-sizing, from which temporary insanity is bound to follow.

So we stuffed 1,200 square feet worth of possessions into a 600 square foot apartment in an area where *security systems are all the rage*.  Quite a task, let me tell you.  I just finished unpacking, um, three days ago.  We moved here three months ago.  But, in the mean time, I think my DNA changed?

I suddenly had free time, and my plan was this: Do.  All.  The things.  Which is only sort of working out.  So far, I’ve taken up projects in:

  • soap making
  • embroidery
  • cross stitch
  • knitting
  • sewing
  • calligraphy
  • blogging
  • web development

Oh, she’s exaggerating, you think.  Well, kind, positive-thinking reader, a picture is worth a thousand words:

1Above, you see: 1) a bin full of (fairly pricey) soap making supplies, but no soap; 2) a stocking cap that was removed from my needles at 80% completion (because I wanted to start a new project); 3) a cross-stitched deer in a much smaller forest than he had hoped for; 4) an embroidery sampler for which the pattern and supplies have been purchased, but no progress has ever been made; and 5) sock yarn, because obviously, my husband needs some horribly hand-knit socks in his life.

*Not pictured: The worst attempt at a script calligraphy alphabet you’ve ever seen in your liiiife.

In conclusion,
Goal for today: Finish.  Something.
(And I don’t mean another episode of Grey’s Anatomy.)

For more thorough reading on how to be awesome at everything, I will defer to Jen Hatmaker.

What exciting (but possibly never to be completed) projects are you working on?

in the kitchen // peanut butter cups & cashew clusters

Let it be known that I have a sweet tooth.

chocolatesAnd no treat says Christmastime like my mom’s homemade chocolate candies.  I thought that I’d try my hand at a couple of the simpler recipes this year – peanut butter cups & cashew clusters.  Honestly, they took even less time than my Christmas cookies and they were a fun gift for all of the family and friends that we visited over the holidays.

Peanut Butter Cups
Makes approximately 4 dozen.

Notable Supplies:
Double Boiler
2 Mini-muffin Pans (or Jellyroll Pans)
48 Mini-muffin Liners

Ingredients:
3 12oz Bags Wilton Candy Melts, Light Cocoa
1 1/2 Cups Peanut Butter
Powdered Sugar

1.  Add water to the bottom half of your double boiler.  Add the three bags of chocolate pieces to the top half of the double boiler and set over medium heat.  Stir periodically.  Turn heat to low when chocolate is melted or when water comes to a rolling boil.

2.  Line your mini-muffin pans.  If you don’t have mini-muffin pans, simply put out 24 of the liners onto each jellyroll pan.

3.  Drop the peanut butter into a small mixing bowl.  Gradually mix in powdered sugar until the filling has reached a fairly solid consistency; think the inside of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

4.  Once the chocolate is completely melted, drop a dab into each cup.

5.  Then, tap the muffin pan against the counter to level the chocolate and remove air bubbles.

6.  Next, drop about a teaspoon of the peanut butter filling into the center of each cup, making sure to leave room for chocolate to fill in on the sides.

7.  Add enough chocolate into each cup to fill it to the top.  Again, tap the tray against the counter to level the chocolate and eliminate any air bubbles.

8.  At this point, let the chocolate cool to harden.  I generally set them out on the porch for a few minutes, but if you do this, watch out for pesky squirrels!

9.  Once the chocolates have cooled and hardened, box them up for friends to enjoy!  🙂

 

Cashew Clusters
Makes approximately 4 dozen.

Notable Supplies:
Double Boiler
2 Mini-muffin Pans (or Jellyroll Pans)
48 Mini-muffin Liners

Ingredients:
3 12oz Bags Wilton Candy Melts, Light Cocoa
2 8oz Cans Cashew Halves & Pieces

1.  As with the peanut butter cups above, melt three bags of chocolate with a double boiler.  Also, line your mini-muffin pans.

2.  Mix about one and a half of the cans of cashew pieces in with the chocolate.

3.  Now drop enough of the chocolate/cashew mixture into each cup to fill it to the top.  Tap the muffin pan against the counter to level the chocolate and eliminate any air bubbles.

4.  Let them cool & harden.

5.  Enjoy!

December 27, 2013 - 11:34 pm

Emily Hayes - Looks great. How fun!

December 29, 2013 - 10:23 pm

Bethany Kapellen - These look amazing!! I’m so excited to try these, Hayley!