Tuesday, November 9, 2010


 This is Project-E from THIS post.
Sister Smock dresses.
The dress on the left is Jill's and the dress on the right is Emily's.
I loved how they turned out, too.
The only different between them are the center panels.
I fell in love with this fabric when I went to pick out some fat quarters for another project.
It just screamed to me and I loved the demo dress they had at the store already made.
Emily loves her dress... a lot!  She tries to wear it to bed. 
Jill really loves her new dress, too.
I love having the girls in matching dresses.


So... back tracking to THIS post.
This was project C.  Pajama's for Emily.
I had a gift card to use at our local department store and thought, "Why not let Emily pick out the fabric that she wants for pj's.  They have Dora the Explorer."  
Emily didn't want Dora.  No, she wanted the expensive quilting flannel.
I obliged... I did, after all, say she could pick her fabric.

So we made nightgowns.
Originally we were suppose to have 1 night gown and 1 set of pj's; but Emily liked the nightgown so much she wanted those instead.
Something I learned from this project:
When pinning the pattern to your fabric, make sure you pin the part that says: On the Fold; in the right spot.  I had to go back and buy another 11/2 meters for that mess up.
In all, I'm happy with how they turned out.  And Emily is loving them, too.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Doughnut Muffins

This recipe is super yummy (or, if you ask Aiden, they are superly delicious).
I made them with the kids this morning, so no step by step photos.
But they had fun.
We used the hand beater instead of the trusty Kitchen Aid stand mixer, too.
It was a fun choice!

Okay here's the recipe!
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup of evaporated milk
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup all vegetable shortening
1/4 unsalted butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs 
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups grated apple
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/4 cup melted butter or margarine.

1. Preheat oven to 350*F (180*C).  Grease or line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.  (I used 2 pans!)
2.  In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  In separate bowl, mix evaporated milk and yogurt.
3. In a separate bowl, beat shortening butter, and sugar together until light and fluffy.  add in eggs, beating well after each addition.  Add vanilla.
4.  With mixer on low, add flour and yogurt mixtures to shortening mixture, starting and ending with flour mixture and scraping down between each addition.  Fold in apple.  Scoop batter into prepared muffin cups.
5. Bake for 20-25 mintues, or until firm to the touch.  Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
6. TOPPING: In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon.  While muffins are still hot, brush with melted butter.  Roll each muffin in cinnamon sugar until thoroughly coated.  Best served warm.

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