Tuesday, October 11, 2011

White Apron

I said way back when, that I was working on making a white apron.....well, it's all done.  Now I get to show you!

I absolutely love it!  I had to have a white apron for school, that's why it's all white....believe me, I would have way more color in it if I could! 

The pattern I used is free...believe it or not!  I added a bit of my own twist to it though.  If you want the pattern check it out here!   Check out the whole blog as long as you're there.  It's well worth your time!  :)

Sorry if it seems like I've deserted all you lovely people out in blog-land.  College and work seems to take up way more time than it should.   I'm hoping after mid-terms I'll get to catch up with y'all.  Have a lovely day!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Cowgirl's new kicks!!!

The other day I got to go shopping at this awesome western store that's not too far from my hometown.  It was the first western store I've ever been to....and I loved it.  Check out my purchase!!!

This year is flying by so quickly...we're staring fall in the face.....this next picture captures the idea of  what I love about summer time....everything from the gorgeous sky to the soft green grass to the corn growing in the field!

My current project:
I'm working on making a white apron..."white?" --you say?  I will explain once I get it all done and pictures put up for you to see!
Have a lovely day!!!!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Cowgirl T....& Craft Heaven link!

Hello again!   wow! It's been so long since I've contributed to the blogging world!  Well, first off, I want to share a refashion I did a little while back.

This was a regular short sleeved T-shirt.  I cut the sleeves off, cut them into strips, cut the strips into fringe, and sewed it on like so...

Pretty easy!  Also makes for a super cute and unique shirt!  
I also wanted to tell y'all that I found this site that has a ton of patterns on it for just about anything you would ever want to make.  And it's not just sewing,  they have everything!  I think I'm hooked on all their ideas. It's like some kind of craft idea heaven!!!! You should check it out.  Here's the link. 
In one month I start college classes!  Yikes!!!!  I still have supplies to get!  I'm going to be taking a program called Baking/Pastry Arts.   I had Baking Boot Camp this summer, as a preliminary course.  It was a lot of fun!  So I'll be busy with that this fall, and farming!  
Anyone else loving swimming pools in this hot summer weather?   :)    Hope you all are doin well!!!!!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

All Dressed Up!

Here's what I wore today!!!

This is a thrifted outfit, except for the shoes.  The dress and sweater totalled just under 10 dollars!!!
My friend and I went shopping yesterday, and found these super cute red high heels!  Sadly we got so excited trying them on and taking pictures, we simply assumed they were too expensive for either one of us, and forgot to actually check the price tag...we may be a bit blonde!  ;)

I really want to go back to the store and see how much they were!!!
Well, hope you all have a Happy 4th of July!  Enjoy the freedom that we have in this country!  And remember.....our freedom wasn't free...many people sacrificed their lives so we could live in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Strawberries and Summertime!

Hey Everybody!!!!
Things have been insanely busy around the farm.  Between chopping, and STRAWBERRIES and general chores, taking care of the cows and livestock....whew!!!!!!!!!!!
Why did I have strawberries in all caps?  Well, we have this big strawberry bed.....which is finally dwindling now.  Our biggest picking was about 90 quarts!!----in one day!!! Isn't that insane???
I was almost dreaming about strawberries!
I made some strawberry jam, then a few strawberry pies!  I found a recipe for a graham cracker-walnut crust.  Pair that with a fresh strawberry pie filling.....spells YUMMMM!!!!   You can find the recipe for the crust here.   The recipe I used for the filling is about the same as anything you can find when you google "fresh strawberry pie recipe."
It's been rather hot here lately too.  Our favorite thing to do to cool off is to go for a ride in my dad's dunebuggy.  For those of you who have no clue what that is, here's a picture.

Ours isn't quite that shiny anymore, but it's the same color and looks the same.  My dad had a guy rebuild the engine this spring.....it really has some "get up and go" now!  The guy that did it, builds engines for race cars....he did a street version for us.  My dad has had that dunebuggy for as long as he's been married which is over 40 years!!!!!!!
What does your family do to cool off on these hot summer days?
I know a lot of our neighbors are putting in pools!  I've been tempted to run next door and jump in!
Hope y'all can keep cool and have fun doing it!!!!!!!!  :)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Rag Quilt Recap

This rag quilt I made this spring.  It was for my best friend who lives down in Tennessee.  She's a country girl, and loves anything cowgirl and country.  This project made a little dent in my stash of scrap fabric.  It was a lot of fun to make!  The fraying of the edges wasn't too difficult either.  You keep the seams on the front of the quilt, then take a scissors and chop them about every fourth of an inch.  Then I threw it in the washer, then in the dryer, with many stops to empty the lint tray.  I love how it turned out.....better yet, my friend absolutely loved how it turned out too!  :)

The cowboy boot in the center of the quilt is an applique piece....or should I say pieces.  I got the pattern from a "Boot Bash" block of the month going on over at Molly's Place.
If you like cowboy boots you have to head over there and check out her beautiful boot applique patterns!!!

It was fun, and even better to see the look on my friend's face when she opened her present!
Any of you ever made  a rag quilt?  Tell me about your experience!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Cupcake Series (mini), Part 4: Strawberry

Strawberry Cupcake Recipe
2 + 3/4 cup flour
1 + 3/4 cup sugar
2 t. baking powder
3/4 t. salt
1 (3 oz.) package strawberry gelatin
Mix above ingredient together in a large bowl.  Then Add...
1 cup finely chopped, strawberries  (include
about 2 T. strawberry jam or jelly with
 chopped strawberries)
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs
Beat for 30 seconds.  Scrape down sides of bowl, then beat for 2 more minutes on medium speed.  Full your cupcake liners about 3/4 full.  Bake at 350 F. for about 20 to 25 minutes.  They should spring back when touched lightly in the center with your finger.
Cool in pan for 5 minutes then move to wire racks and cool completely.  Frost as your heart desires!

***Sorry it took me soooooo long to get this posted.  I made an unexpected trip to Tennessee last weekend.  My friend was graduating from high school, and originally i wasn't going to be able to go.  But it worked out literally last minute that I could!  I had an amazing time!  I love the south....Tennessee especially!  I think I'm a  hillbilly at heart or something!  :)
Have any of you ever went on a trip somewheres, and never wanted to come home because where you were felt more like home than home did?
Well, y'all have a gorgeous day, and I'll be keeping in touch!  ***

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Busy with Farm Life!

It's been 10 days since I've posted a single thing!!!!  Shame, shame, shame!  Well what is my problem anyhow?     :)   How much time does it take to put up a simple blog post?!  :)
This time of year is usually crazy busy for us farmers.  We've got seed that's got to go into the ground, and that involves a lot of field work.....tilling, fertilizing, tilling.   Occasionally we'll have to clean up a few fence lines, because of trees that took a fall during the winter months.  I'm pleased to say we're finishing up putting our corn in the ground today!  That will leave soybeans to be put in.  Hopefully we'll be making hay soon as well!  It's that time of year again! 

The weather has been so lovely...I adore summer!!!!!!!  I have been trying to get the last of my garden planted too.  I'm sure I'll be posting about that a little later on.  Speaking of posting, I wanted to put this up, so you'd know I was still around, and haven't slipped into oblivion or something like that.  I'm hoping to get the last post in my cupcake series up within the next few days.
Last week, in between doing chores and regular around the farm work, I was scrambling to finish a rag quilt for my best friend's graduation.  I'll be doing a post about that too.  But that will have to wait for about a week yet.
So, what've you all got goin on keepin you busy?  Tell me about it!  :)  In the mean time, you have a fabulous day!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Cupcake Series (mini), Part 3: Chocolate Oreo

These cupcakes are Chocolate Oreo cupcakes.....another words my version of a chocolate cupcake that I thought I could improve on!  :)

Recipe for Chocolate Oreo Cupcakes
1 3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted
1 ounce milk chocolate, melted
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped oreos

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.  Line muffin cups with liners.
2. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.  In another bowl, with an electric mixer on high speed, beat butter and eggs until light and fluffy--about 3 minutes.
3.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.  Beat in the melted chocolates. Reduce speed to low.  Add the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk in batches, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.  Beat just until blended.  Stir in vanilla.  Stir in Oreos with a wooden spoon, until well incorporated.
4. Spoon batter into a Ziploc bag, and seal tightly.  Snip off a corner, and pipe into prepared liners.  Fill about two-thirds full.  Repeat with the remaining batter.  Bake until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean, about 15 to 20 minutes.  Remove the cupcakes from the baking pan, place on wire rack to cool completely.
Frost as you desire!!!!
For mine, I used a cream cheese frosting which can be found in this post near the bottom of the page.
Hope you enjoy!
I have but one recipe left in this series...in my opinion, I'm saving the best for last...don't forget to check out the previous cupcakes in this series.  Lemon-poppy seed and Snickerdoodle!
After that I have planned a few refashions, which I'm super excited about, and who knows what other good stuff may be thrown in along the way! :)

Friday, May 6, 2011

Cupcake Series (mini), Part 2: Lemon Poppy-seed

Recipe for Lemon Poppy-seed Cupcakes

1. Preheat your lovely little oven to 350 degrees F.  Line about 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
2. Whisk together in a medium bowl:
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 teaspoon salt
3.  In the bowl of your electric mixer, combine:
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
Beat until fluffy. About 3 minutes or so.
4.  Add:
3 large eggs
One at a time, beating well after each addition.
5. Combine: 
1/2 cup, minus 1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
6. With mixer on low, add flour and milk mixture alternately in batches, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.  Beat just until blended. Stir in:
The zest of one lemon.
7. Spoon the batter into a Ziploc bag, and seal tightly.  Snip off about a fourth inch or so from one corner of the bag. Fill the cupcake liners about two-thirds full.  Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out nice and clean.  Remove the cupcakes form the pan, and place on a wire rack.  Allow them too cool completely before frosting!

***This recipe is my variation of the lemon poppy-seed cupcake recipe found in the  "Hello, Cupcake!" book by: Karen Tack & Alan Richardson.

These cupcakes are heavenly when topped with a cream cheese frosting!  :)

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
Mix together:
1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
8 ounces cream cheese (room temperature)
2 to 3 cups powdered sugar
Beat until smooth.
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix till combined.
Frost your lovely cupcakes. 
***This frosting is not the thickest stuff in the world, so you may find you'll need to add some more powdered sugar. 

Aren't these lovable!
I wouldn't recommend using the cream cheese frosting for the petals though. You'll need a frosting with a thicker consistency so you don't end up with a droopy sunflower!!
Enjoy all!!!!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Cupcake Series (mini), Part 1: Snickerdoodle

I warned you last week that I'd be cupcaking my poor little kitchen to death for the mother daughter luncheon at my church this past Saturday....well, all went well, and I now want to share my ideas and recipes with all y'all!  I've been trying to figure out the best way to do this, and throughout my thinking process and what not, I kinda like the idea of doing a mini series on cupcakes.  Each post from now,  until I get through my little cupcake obsession will be of a different kind of cupcake.   Let me forewarn you, you may want to read these little episodes after a good meal....I don't want to be responsible for anyone getting uncontrollably hungry, or drooling over their computer screen, or anything like that!  (you know I'm just kidding....maybe  :)   

Part 1:   Snickerdoodle cupcake

This particular cupcake does sound a bit iffy at first glance, but it has it's own lovable personality....very similar to a snickerdoodle cookie.  If you like one, you very well may like the other!

The frosting used here is a Seven Minute Frosting.  For those of you who haven't tried it, it's a very light, fluffy, non-filling frosting.  The combination of this frosting with the snickerdoodle cupcake is pretty darn good!  Both the recipe for the frosting and the cupcake itself are from Martha Stewart. This is about the only recipe I used that I didn't alter, or spice up at all.  It was great just as it was!  Would you like the recipes? Why of course you would!  :)    The cupcake recipe can be found here, and the frosting recipe can be found here.

My tips and Hints:
My first attempt at these cupcakes turned out just as good as the second, so it shouldn't be something that should scare you as far as the making of it goes.  The frosting does take some time to complete....more than simply seven minutes!  It is best the day it's made.  I strongly recommend you make it and serve it relatively soon....another words, it probably wouldn't be a good idea to make frost them at 6 AM and serve them at 6 PM. if you get my drift.  The recipe suggests dusting the finished cupcakes with a cinnamon and sugar mixture.  I tried just a dusting of cinnamon.  It was good, but just a bit too cinammony for my family's taste.
Last thing I want to mention....when you frost the cupcakes with this particular frosting, you may want to put it in a gallon size Ziploc bag, and snip off a corner.  It saves time, making clean-up so much easier!  :)  When I scoop the frosting into the bag, I have an empty  juice or water pitcher on the table and put my bag in there, and fold the edges over the side of the container, so I don't have to try to hold the bag and the frosting bowl, and scoop all at the same time. 

The pink flowers in this picture were made out of homemade royal icing.  If I do that again, I'm buying meringue powder.  From scratch is just too hard to deal with.  Once you get it the right consistence for the flowers, it's so stiff you practically have to strangle the bag to get the icing to come out....not a enjoyable relaxing thing to be doing!
Well, there's Part 1 for you!  Enjoy!!!!!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Cupcakes Galore!

Ok, so I'm going to be extremely busy the 2nd part of this week.  I'm going to be making around 50 cupcakes for a Mother/Daughter luncheon for our church.  I'm really excited!  I've got all my recipes and ideas all lined up!  I did a bit of a dry run the other day, and tested a few different things out....here's a sneak peak!
(yes, those are cow sprinkles!!!!!!!!)

I will be sharing many pictures and recipes either late this week or early next week.  Hope you drop back in then, and bring your appetite!!!!!!!!!  :)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter Treats and Sentiments

Happy Easter Everyone!!!!   We're going to be taking a break from refashions here for a bit.  Today, I've got an Easter treat to share with all y'all!

These are called "Spring Birds Nest Snacks."  They are super close to being classified as dessert in my book!   I found the recipe a little while back, and immediately knew I wanted to put this on my Easter menu.  I did mess with the recipe a little.  You can find the recipe here.  If you want my variation, simply use one half bag butterscotch chips, and one half bag chocolate chips in place of the whole bag of butterscotch chips.  I'm not a big butterscotch fan, and couldn't resist the temptation to add chocolate!!!!!   These are as yummy as they look if not more so!

You aren't hungry yet, are you?  :)  Cauz I got one more picture!

Will be spending time with friends and family tomorrow.  How about you? 
Midst all the fun and festivities of Easter, we must be sure to remember the reason behind the holiday.  Here's a couple songs that really spell out what goes through my mind around this special holiday.

This first one is called:  One Holy Lamb

The second is titled:  The Power of the Cross 

Have a Blessed Easter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sweater to Tank

Ta-da!!!!  There it is!  I love it....although the whole horizontal stripes thing isn't really me....it sure beats what it looked like before.

Definitely not something you'd want to be seen in, right?
Now comes the part were I usually show you what I did.....however, I didn't take any in between pictures for this project, so I'm going to have to talk you through it.
The first thing I cut off were the sleeves.  Save these, you'll use them for the straps in a little bit.  Then, I cut the front of the shirt as I've drawn here in the black:

Sorry, I actually can draw fairly well....just not with a computer.  :)
I cut about the same height in the back, except straight across instead of curvy.
The green shows were I had to take the shirt in some and sew it.
After I got that done, I took some extra wide bias tape and folded that on the top raw edges of the shirt, and sewed that on.   Then I cut the blue-and-tan-mix stripe out of each sleeve so I had two rectangles of it.  I folded each of them right side in and sewed them and then flipped them inside out.  I then attached them to the shirt for the straps for the tank top.  It was a bit too bulky for my sewing machine to handle, so I ended up sewing them on by hand.  Anyways....that's what I did...if you can make sense of all that! 

There!  I finally left my face in a picture for you!  Don't you just love my cowboy hat?  :)


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

An Award!!!

I've been given the "Versatile Blogger"  Award!  That's so crazy cool!  Did I ever mention how rewarding blogging can be....forgive my little pun.  :)  

 I've got some rules I'm supposed to follw.
 1. Thank the person who gave you the award, and link back to them.
 2.  Tell seven things about yourself.
 3.  Award fifteen recently discovered new bloggers.
 4.  Contact them and let them know they've recieved the award.

Many thanks to Kathryn Michelle Jenkins over at The Dragons Fairytail.  You should definately make an effort to go check out her blog.  She's got some cool stuff goin on!

Now for seven things about me.....hmmmm....
 1.  I'm crazy 19 year old.
 2.  I'm proud to be a farmgirl, who still works on the family farm.
 3.  My favorite colors are Black, Blue, and Chrome....I know, I know....quite the combo!
 4.  I love a good challenge.
 5. I have so, so, so many hobbies....sewing, crafting, scrapbooking, gardening, reading, singing, drawing, knitting, crocheting, quilting...and the list goes on....
 6. I'm going to be taking a Baking/ Pastry Arts program from a local college in a year or so.
 7. I'm a Christain, by God's grace!!!

Those I'm awarding, are as follows:
      timber and lace
      pandiola lane
      sew magic
      sweet chaos
      dreaming in color
      just take a bow
      christina's voice  
      creative chaos

If you get a chance, visit these wonderful bloggers, and leave them a little blog love!!!

That about wraps up the rules part...I will notify all those I'm passing this awesome award on to, today!!  I'm totally excited about this whole award thing!  :)
Hope y'all have a gorgeously wonderful day!!!!