Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon seems like the perfect Autum spice
and what could be better than fresh cinnamon rolls?
My mother-in-law gave this recipe to me
and I don't know what I would do without it.
It's so easy to throw the ingredients into the bread machine
and 1 hour and 40 minutes later I have bread dough.
I use this recipe for basic bread loaves, rolls and of course cinnamon rolls.
Ingredients:
1 cup warm water
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 egg, beaten
3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons yeast
Place the ingredients into the bread machine according to your manual.
Dust the counter with flour and place your dough onto the flour.
I split the dough and made some dinner rolls and the other half went towards cinnamon rolls.
For cinnamon rolls, roll out the dough with a rolling pin.
Melt 1/4 cup of butter and pour onto dough.
Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
I didn't measure the cinnamon and sugar - sorry.
Just go by what your taste buds like :)
Roll the dough up
and slice with a knife.
Place in a greased 8 inch pie plate.
Lightly grease the top of the rolls and place waxed paper over the dough. 
Let rise until double their size.
For the dinner rolls, just pinch off small balls of dough with your hands
and place in a greased 8x8 pan.
Lightly grease the top of the top and place waxed paper over the dough.
Let rise until double their size.
And this is what you will have once the rolls have baked - yum!
Bake in the oven at 350 degrees F for 17 - 22 minutes.
Icing for cinnamon rolls.
1 1/4 cup confetioners' sugar
3 - 4 tablespoons half and half

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Moment Of Quietness

My darling husband surprised me the other day with some beautiful pink roses
and they reminded me of the china set I received before I got married.


So I brought out a few dishes, made some cookies
and enjoyed a few moments of quietness and fond memories.


The first time I used this china set was at our wedding;
the wedding party table was set with the dishes.
The second I saw these dishes I fell in love with them
because they have pink roses on them
and I have mentioned I have a weakness for roses.
But I also loved them because they are called 'Stephanie'
which you all know is my name :)


Anytime I use these dishes I think back to our precious wedding day
and I praise the Lord for blessing me with such a wonderful and godly man!
I love him dearly!






Now, won't you enjoy a moment of quietness
and maybe bake some delightfully tasting cookies?


Easy Buttery Cookies

Ingredients:
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 cups butter, softened
4 cups all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Combine the sugar and butter in a large bowl, mix until creamy.
Slowly add the flour.
Place the mixture on a floured surface and pat to 1/2 inch thickness.
Cut into desired shapes.
Place on an ungreased baking sheet.
Mix 1/2 cup white sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon
and sprinkle on top of cookies.
Bake for 20 - 25 minutes.

If you want, you can half the recipe
and these cookies freeze well.


Have a wonderful day!

"Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD.
Praise ye the LORD."
Psalm 150:6

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

God's Power And Beauty

The other night I was outside and I looked up at the sky
and saw this glorious sunset.
All I could think about was the beauty of God and His creation;
I was truly awe-struck!
I am so thankful for my amazing Heavenly Father
and I think this song by Isaac Watts says a lot about
God's great and mighty power, His goodness and His love.
I Sing the Mighty Power of God
I sing the mighty pow'r of God that made the mountains rise,
That spread the flowing seas abroad and built the lofty skies.
I sing the wisdom that ordained the sun to rule the day;
The moon shines full at His command, and all the stars obey.
I sing the goodness of the Lord that filled the earth with food; 
He formed the creatures with His word and then pronounced them good.
Lord, how Thy wonders are displayed where'er I turn my eye:
If I survey the ground I tread or gaze upon the sky!
There's not a plant or flow'r below but makes Thy glories known;
And clouds arise and tempests blow by order from Thy throne;
While all that borrows life from Thee is ever in Thy care,
And ev'ry-where that man can be, Thou, God, art present there.
Isaac Watts
Have a blessed Lord's Day!

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Vintage Flowers And Frames

I found these vintage-looking frames at a small shop in town
and they were 50% off so I couldn't resist buying them.
I knew they would come in handy for a project.
All I did was decorate them with lace rosettes that I twisted and hot glued together.

And the big flower was made by the same technique
I used on Wednesday when I made the hair clips. 
I stitched along the top part of the lace to create a flower.

Then I hot glued the beads on to form a flower.

These would make great Christmas gifts for someone special :)
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Friday, October 26, 2012

T-Shirt Christmas Ornaments

Well, tomorrow is the last day for a tutorial on the t-shirt rosette flowers.
I hope you have enjoyed them :)
I certainly enjoyed making the items and sharing them with you, dear friends.
I made some cute Christmas ornaments using t-shirts
and applied the t-shirt rosettes to them.
Do you realize Christmas is only 2 months away!
Time to get started on Christmas crafts :)
Yes, we have some snow...and I LOVE it! :)
It actually started snowing while I was outside taking these pictures.
My sweet son is ready to go sledding...so am I.
When I was done taking pictures,
I had a cozy fire burning and a freshly brewed pot of coffee awaiting my return.
So lovely :)
This was the first time our Rosie-Girl experienced snow and she actually enjoyed it.
Okay enough of my rambling
and onto the ornament tutorial.

Items needed:
3 inch Styrofoam balls
t-shirts or any kind of fabric
embroidery floss or string
needle
hot glue
scissors
tape measure
embellishments

Click on this link:
for the tutorial.

Cut your fabric into strips.
I used a smaller t-shirt so I had to cut 3 strips that were 43 inches long and 2 inches wide.
And one more strip that was 21 1/2 inches long and 2 inches wide.
This covered the whole Styrofoam ball.

This is the same concept as the t-shirt flowers.
You fold the end into a triangle and hot glue it on to the Styrofoam ball.
Twist and hot glue.
When you get to the end of one strip, this is what you do.
When you get to the end just tuck it in and hot glue down.
 And voila!
 Using your needle and embroidery floss,
make a loop to hang your ornament from the Christmas tree.
And that's it.
So go create some beautiful Christmas ornaments :)
This snowman is my absolute favorite.
I used a strip of t-shirt fabric and tied it on for his scarf.
His white hat is a twisted rosette.
 I hot glued pearl beads around the rosette.


And these ornaments look beautiful if you don't want to put anything on them.
They would even look cute in a pretty glass bowl on the table.


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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Charming Fall Purse

I decided to make a couple of Fall purses
and I once again used t-shirts to make the flowers
and added some embellishments in the middle.



Click on this link:
t-shirt flowers
for the tutorial.

For this purse you will need:
fabric for the purse and for a lining
sewing machine
thread
scissors
tape measure
t-shirt fabric
embellishments
hot glue

Cut 2 squares that are 10 inches wide and 12 inches long.
Cut two more squares with this measurement for your lining.
You will need to measure how long you want your strap.
Mine was 4 inches wide and 53 inches long because I wanted it to go over my shoulder and chest.
With right sides together,
fold your strap in half and use a 1/4 inch seam allowance
to sew along the edge.
Don't sew the ends, just the side!
Pull your strap through the end opening
so that the right side of the fabric is showing.
Almost there!
This is a somewhat tedious task :)
Now iron the strap and make sure the seam is in the middle on the backside.
Pin your two purse squares right sides together.
Sew along the side edges and bottom edge with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Do not sew the top closed!
Repeat this process with the lining.
Fold over the top part of the pures about 3/4 of an inch.
Fold over the top of the lining as well.
Turn your purse right side out
and place the lining into the purse.
Pin together, but leave an opening on each side for your strap to go in.
Now place the ends of your strap in between the purse and the lining.
Make sure you have the ends of the strap lined up on the side.
The ends of my strap went in about 2 inches.

Sew along the top using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Then sew along the very edge of the top.
And this is what it will look like.
Now apply your flowers and embellishments with hot glue.

And this is the other purse that I made.
Bright and cheerful.


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