A Dragon & A Knight

Dear Sis,

This year I offered to make Halloween Costumes for the Littles. I gave them a list of a half dozen choices and they chose the Knight/Dragon Duo.

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The Knight

The pattern worked well! My complaint was mixing such a strange combination of fabrics:

white duck weight cotton for the tunic, that falls to threads when looked at incorrectly

red felt for the accents, which was chunky and stiff

sliver stretch knit polyester velveteen, which was surprisingly agreeable to sew

polyester gold satin, which attempted to run away at every opportunity

The tunic required extra finishing measures. I ended up felling all the duck seams, so it wouldn’t tear the first time Little attempted to wear it! Quilting poly satin… never again!

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In the two weeks between the completion of the Knight costume and Halloween, Little grew! So his costume was a bit snugger than I’d hoped.

The Dragon

Again, no complaints about the pattern, but the dragon costume had its own crazy obstacles. All of the back spikes and the tail required stuffing. Sewing stuffed components to non-stuffed components was a slow challenging process, of positioning, sliding, and re-positioning. 

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Poor Littlest had to wait half a month, watching his brother’s costume take shape before the pattern and materials arrived for his. He was crazy for the mittens, hat, and tail. He kept turning in circles to get a better look at his back side!

Our only complaint, this costume is the equivalent of wearing a blanket suit. In the North, where it is cool at this time of year, it would be great, but it was overkill, here in Texas.

Happy Halloween!

Love,

b

 

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Mummy Dogs

Dear Sis,

Tonight we played with our food!

mummy

Ingredients

8 hot dogs

8 oz pkg crescent rolls

Assembly

Step One: Cut arms and legs as depicted below.

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Step Two: Cut each crescent roll into strips with a pastry cutter or a knife. Wrap strips around limbs and body.

Step Three: Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake according to package instructions.

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ENJOY!

Love,

b

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Pretzel Pumpkins

Dear Sis,

Josh took the Littles to laser tag today. So I got a nice break this morning and into the afternoon. I made a special Halloween dessert!

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Pumpkin Pretzels
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Ingredients
  1. Orange Candy Melts
  2. Mini Pretzel Twists
  3. Green M&Ms
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Melt orange candy melts in the top portion of a double boiler.
  3. Dip twists in melted chocolate and place on parchment. Place an M&M at the top of each twist.
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Love,

b

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Ribbon Tree Craft

Dear Sis,

This is my last weekend with the Littles before baby break begins, so we are finishing up our holiday gifts. Today we made Ribbon Christmas Trees. 

Materials & Tools

materials

Styrofoam Cone

Assorted Green Ribbon

Petite Pearlized Pins

Scissors & Sewing Gage

Step One – Cut Ribbon

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Cut ribbon into 4 inch lengths.

If you are making these with young children, it is best to pre-cut the ribbon and start them at the next step. 

Step Two – Ribbon Tiers

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Fold ribbon in half, with wrong sides facing. Secure to foam cone with pins angled downwards.

If you are making these with young children, it is best to mark rings around the cone where each tier should be placed. 

Continue until all five tiers are formed…

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Step Three – Star Topper

Hot glue a star ornament to the top of the ribbon tree. We found our ornaments at the dollar store and were able to use wire cutters to modify them into the perfect toppers.

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Love,

b

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What Chicken Next?

Dear Sis,

Yeah, you know I always go through this. I want to add another breed or two to the farm, but which one? This is so hard, they are all so fantastic. These are what I’m thinking about. (All pictures where taken from the web, and are the property of someone else)

Blue, Black, Splash Ameraucanas – Because who doesn’t love fluffy little beards and blue eggs? Pretty much no one, these are popular birds for a reason. The downfall, is they are a bit smaller of a breed. I don’t imagine my Reds picking on them though, because they are so nice to everyone.5827fd_3ecafb4ecd7d472fb60749865aa4ddc3-jpg_srz_320_310_85_22_0-50_1-20_0-00_jpg_srzor Lavender Ameraucanas – Because they are pretty, that’s why. lol

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Barred Rocks – Yep, I’ve been trying to get my hands on these birds since 2013, and have failed every year. They are great animals, but the downfall is their fertility isn’t always the best, and they take forever to grow! But, then again, so do my Mohawk Rhode Island Reds.

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Silver Penciled or Partridge Rock – Two other pretty varieties of Rocks. They don’t have the fertility problems, and are faster to mature. Most breeders and exhibitors are scared of breeding the penciled/partridge coloration, as it’s difficult. I used to bred Partridge Chanteclers for years, so it doesn’t scare me. And I don’t care about ribbons at a show, so it will not disappoint me that they couldn’t beat a Barred or White Rock.

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Hmmm,

Love,

Jamiegoof

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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Dear Sis,

Having Josh out of town for two weeks has allowed the boys and I to enjoy eating NUTS! 

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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
Yields 32
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Ingredients
  1. 1 (16.5 oz) pkg. Pillsbury refrigerated peanut butter cookie dough
  2. 1 (12 oz) pkg. Reese's miniature peanut butter cups
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line 32 mini muffin cups with parchment liners.
  2. Slice chilled dough into 8 slices. Quarter each slice. Place a dough quarter in each lined muffin cup.
  3. Bake 10 - 12 minutes. Meanwhile, unwrap peanut butter cups.
  4. Press a peanut butter cup into each baked cookie cup. Stand until set.
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 Love,

b

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