Friday, February 26, 2010

Cowboy Cookies

I think I found this recipe while working with the Old People. Can't recall really but I love how easy it is and how soft the cookies turn out. I made some today for a Mom's Night Out gathering this evening. (No pics since the camera is charging for tonight.)

Cowboy Cookies

1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup Crisco
2 Eggs
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 1/2 Cups Rolled Oats
2 Cups Flour
2 Cups Chocolate Chips
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
Pinch o' Salt

Mix in bowl, in order. Bake at 350* for 10-12 minutes.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ruby's Can-Can Skirt

I've been wanting to make this skirt since I first saw it. I was a follower of MADE before but this pattern sucked me in. You can purchase it from Dana very reasonably and find nylon chiffon here. I'm really pleased with how easily it came together. Rubes was tickled pink when I said she could wear it to her cousins' baptisms.
Can-Can Skirt
This girl knows how to strike a pose!
Can-Can Skirt
I've a few more too make before Easter... I'm lovin' the ruffle makin'.

Monday, February 22, 2010

On The Mend

So during this past week illness wiped out the family. Started with Rubes as previously posted. Then came Teo with an ear infection and prescribed meds, followed by Rudy with a bronchial infection and more meds. Then back to the doctor for Teo as he broke out in hives all over. We now know he is allergic to penicillin. As for myself, I was hanging in there till I headed south to visit the folks and lots of family. Sleeping on the couch, children not quite healthy, cats and dogs all living together and well, I'm feeling a bit yucky. Anyway, here's a generational pic of my Mom, myself, my Grandma and Rubes.
Four Generations
Four generations of women. (Rubes is still the only girl, when it comes to her generation on this side of the family.) I've more photos to share seeing as part of this weekend contained a joint baptism for 2 of the nephews and an engagement party. No wonder I'm tired.

Sunday, February 14, 2010


Happy Valentines Day. Here's the batch Rubes made for her class this year.
Valentines 2010
Took 3 days, a glue stick, many punched out hearts and a whole lot o' patience. Rubes was proud of her work and so was I. It amazes me daily all that my little girl is learning in Kindergarten. She enjoyed writing her classmates names the most. With the party not until Friday, there was much discussion about what might be in their goody bags. Then on Friday afternoon we got a call that Rubes was running a fever and needed to come home.
Valentines 2010
The party was over and she crashed. Too much excitement combined with the colds going around.
Valentines 2010
Our house is once again the "House of Snot". Happy Valentine's Day. Please pass the kleenex.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Super Hero Time

What to make for a boy's 6th birthday? Ah,haaaaa. Super Hero Cape and Mask. (We need to keep that identity secret after all.) So with a fleece blanket, yellow and red felt, bit o' elastic, a scissors, sewing machine, serger and no back-up plan I used my super powers and got to work. Here's the result.
Super Hero Cape
Personalized with his first name initial of course. (I mean it's O.K. to drop a hint or two about your all super self.) I even serged the sides of the cape and mask thus conquering a fear of rethreading my machine. Felt quite mighty when all was said and done. There are more capes in my future... up, up, and away!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Reading With Rubes.

Bedtime reading with the kids the other night led to the following conversation.

Rubes: "Mom, Can I pick out a book?"

Me: "Sure."

She chose an easy reader stage 1 book. Perfect really since they're learning sight words in school. I quickly realize that Rubes is "reading" words before I point to them. Then she reads a whole sentence.

I say: "Rubes, you're reading!"

Rubes, grinning from ear to ear: "I know, my teacher didn't teach me."

Me: "Oh, really?"

Rubes: " I learned myself."

Me: "I see."

Rubes, very serious: "My brain is on."

I laughed, hugged her and told her how proud I was that she was using it. I do recall asking her to use her brain...still makes me smile.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Peace. This is where I find it most mornings at 5AM. I choose to come this early and clean. It frees up the day, there's never a funeral or wedding and it's quiet. Peaceful.

I rather enjoy my cleaning time, I get some of my best thinking done while I vacuum.
I like watching the sunrise.
There's calm here.
Beauty in the architecture.
Baptismal Font

Monday, February 1, 2010

Can I Make An Octopus?

It's safe to say the answer is, "Yes, I can!" Took a while because honestly I had no idea what I was doing. I'd never even thought about making one until my neighbor, Margie, sort of asked me back in November. See, the short version of the story is her grandson saw one at an aquarium and became fascinated/obsessed with them. He lives out in Colorado, far to faraway. Margie is so nice and wonderful as a neighbor, friend, and substitute Grandma to my kids that I said, "Do you want me to make one for you?" Her response, "Do you think you could?" I thought, why not. And so I searched pictures online, made a quick pattern and dug through the fabric stash. Progress slowed over the holidays. Once January hit I regained focus and thus moved from a cut out pattern to sewing. I started with the legs. Long skinny triangles, 2 pieces in the maroon fabric and one in the polka dot. The later was given to me from a friend and I pieced it together to have enough! My initial "head" pattern turned out looking like men's private parts when sewed together so I had to scrap it and choose to stuff the legs instead.
Octopus 1
It was then that I realized my octopus was going to be a bit larger than I thought. The legs measured 20 inches long! I sewed them together in an overlapping circle and used a scrap of velvet from a prom dress for the center.
Octopus 1
I love these legs... I can't even begin to explain how giddy they make me.
Octopus 1
I went to sleep that night wondering what to do about the head. I woke at about 2 am to use the restroom, when it hit me... "think pillow". A bed pillow was the shape, simply round off the corners and stuff slightly less than full. Back to sleep with a smile on my face. The next day I made the head sized to fit the legs and hand sewed it on. On to eyes. More scrap from the prom dress, triangle pieces hand sewn and stuffed to form little balls. I used the last two pieces of polka dot scrap (from the legs) to wrap the eyeball. Then using a rectangle of felt, I stitched together the eyeball into the felt and onto the head, creating a socket.
Octopus 1
When finished Rubes showed me how Mr. Octopus could stand on his own. How cool is that!
Octopus 1 with Kids
I gave him to Margie a week before her trip to Colorado. I figured she'd need the time to figure out how to pack him. (He wound up being around 3 feet tall.) I had her close her eyes while I stood him up in her living room. When she opened them she squealed out a few o, o, o's and danced in place! At that point it became unclear if she would cry or laugh because she was having trouble breathing as she was giggling! It felt unbelievable to give this much joy to someone so dear to me. When "thank-yous" are not enough I guess a stuffed octopus can say it all.
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