Baby’s Produce

Hi Sis,

As you know, I have been having fun entering the world of amigurumi, otherwise known as crochet or knit miniatures…. which, is something I never saw a purpose in. But, when you asked for some stuffed toys for Mr. Baby, I ended up making a collection. I can’t  wait to give it to him after you guys move!

Love,

Jamiegoof

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Daddy’s Creation for Mr. Baby

Dear Sis,

This morning Josh had an epiphany, “I know what to give Mr. Baby for Christmas,” he exclaimed. Shortly after his declaration, he and Mr. Baby left to run some errands. Although, Josh highlighted their stop to price check rental moving trucks to me… it was also a materials run for his mysterious gift.

Throughout the afternoon, Josh stepped outside for ten to twenty minutes at a time. He was inside when Mr. Baby awoke from his afternoon nap. They cuddled for a bit, then Josh went outside again. Mr. Baby crawled to the door, stood himself up as tall as he could manage, and gave a good effort to opening the door. When he realized his attempts were in vain, he broke down into tears. I had pity on him. We shoed up and went out to find Daddy. We found him in the shed hovering over a piece of lumber, fitting a blade into the circular saw. When I asked what he was fixing, he replied that he was not fixing anything, he was making Mr. Baby something.

Mr. Baby felt better setting eyes on the Daddy, but now that we were outside he was taken in by his new surroundings. We set off for a stroll so the Daddy could work in peace.

We returned home to see this on Mr. Baby’s play mat:

Mr. Baby crawled right over to his new toy and got busy flicking his new shiny door stoppers. Door stoppers are one of Mr. Baby’s favorite things with which to play. Daddy’s creation is a show stopping winner in Mr. Baby’s book!!! 

Love,

b

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Cranberry Orange Walnut Bread

Dear Sis,

I found 6 cups of cranberries in our freezer. With the move just weeks away, I am working hard to clear it out! I decided to make an old Thanksgiving favorite. It will work nicely has a holiday gift for library teachers and neighbors.

Cranberry Orange Walnut Bread
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Ingredients
  1. 1 c granulated sugar
  2. 2/4 c orange juice
  3. 2 T avocado oil
  4. 1 egg, beaten
  5. zest of one orange
  6. 2 t vanilla bean paste
  7. 2 c unbleached flour
  8. 2 t pumpkin pie spice
  9. 1 1/2 t baking powder
  10. 1 t table salt
  11. 1/2 t baking soda
  12. 1 1/2 c cranberries
  13. 1/2 c crushed walnuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour loaf pans.
  2. Beat together sugar, juice, oil, egg, zest, and vanilla.
  3. Combine dry ingredients. Beat into liquid mixture.
  4. Fold in berries and nuts.
  5. Pour into prepared pans. Bake approx. 30 minutes; till cake tester comes out clean.
Notes
  1. Makes 2 loaves or 4 mini loaves.
  2. Working with frozen berries increases baking time.
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Love,

b

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D.I.Y. Triangle Box

Dear Sis,

Today I made small holiday ornaments featuring Mr. Baby for some of the grandparents. I also had some chocolate gelt I wanted to package up as Hanukkah gifts. Small boxes were ideal for both, so I went on a hunt and found a helpful video. I’ve learned to do a few things by video, but I much prefer step by step pictorial instruction, so I’ve made some as a reference for next time.

Directions

Cut an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of card stock down to 7″ x 9 3/4″Score long side at 1 3/4″, 4 1/4″, and 7 1/4″Score short side at 2″ and 5″Cut away un-needed sections as depicted.Mark the center of each 3″ side flap.Score diagonal fold lines on both side flaps.  Cut 2 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ mat in contrasting card stock. Corner punch as desired. Adhere mat to right side of closure flap.Crease back diagonal scoring lines and adhere to back flap. Crease other scores. Fill as desired and adhere box at closure. 

Happy Crafting,

b

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Cookie Cutter Holiday Gift

Dear Sis,

This year Texas inspired my holiday gift for my sewing circle and OEV friends back home. Cinnamon Chip Shortbread Cut-Outs are so yummy! I hope some of the ladies try them:)

Cinnamon Chip Shortbread
Yields 24
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Ingredients
  1. 1 c unsalted butter
  2. 1/2 c powdered sugar
  3. 1 t vanilla extract
  4. 1 3/4 c unbleached flour
  5. 1/2 c cornstarch
  6. 1/4 t table salt
  7. 1 c cinnamon chips
Glaze
  1. 1/2 c powdered sugar
  2. 2 t milk
Instructions
  1. Cream together butter and sugar. Beat in vanilla.
  2. Combine dry ingredients. Stir into creamed mixture. Fold in chips. Chill dough.
  3. Preheat oven to 350. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thick, cut out, and place on baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
Glaze
  1. Thin sugar with milk. Brush over cookies. Return to oven 4 minutes more. Cool.
Adapted from Barbara Bakes
Adapted from Barbara Bakes
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This recipe was a hit during our holiday baking in 2013, and adorable heart shaped for Cindy’s and Our Wedding in 2014. 

Love,

b

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Thanksgiving Favor for Classmates

Dear Sis,

We love our library story time friends and we love crafting, so we wanted to make them Thanksgiving Treats. Here is what we came up with!

Materials

Infant/Toddler sized gloves

Mini Raisin Boxes

Ribbon

Adhesive Wiggly Eyes

Happy Thanksgiving Printout

Cardstock/Tape Runner

Assembly

  1. Nest both gloves together, with one inside the other. 
  2. Place the box of raisins in the wrist opening of the gloves to form the base of the turkey as pictured below.

  1. Print and cut out labels. Mount to 2 1/4″ x 1 3/8″ pieces of yardstick. Punch corner with a hole punch. 
  2. Center label on ribbon and tie around fingers to create the turkey’s plumage.
  3. Place an adhesive wiggly eye on the thumb on the glove to create the turkey’s face.

My Tiny Helper

Love,

b

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Pumpkin Carving Contest

Dear Sis,

Remember the Year of Dates gift I gave Josh for Christmas two years ago? We are still working on it:) Last October, Josh was in Atlanta getting a type rating, and I was so full of baby I looked like I had swallowed a pumpkin! 

    I got to work on my pumpkin during Mr. Baby’s nap, using a pumpkin carving kit and pattern I had picked up at the store. All the finishing touches were completed while Daddy and Mr. Baby made a run to the airport. I’ve carved serval pumpkins over the years… none too impressive. This is my best one to-date. 

    Somehow, my husband made it 30+ years without ever carving a pumpkin! He drew his design on with a Sharpie and started cutting. When he finished cutting around the top, he grabbed the stem and lifted it free. The stingy seedy mess that came with the pumpkin top caused a stream of disgusted expressions, “Eww!!! That’s nasty! What is that stuff?” and so on. “How do I get that out?” he asked me. “You scoop it out,” I said plainly. The look on his face was priceless as he realized that he would have to reach into the detestable insides of his pumpkin. I offered to do it for him, but he insisted that he wouldn’t be able to beat me fair and square if I helped. 

    I spooned snack into Mr. Baby’s waiting mouth, to a series of muttered complaints of dismay at the grotesqueness of pumpkins. I was laughing so much, Mr. Baby decided it was funny too! At this point, Josh had his hand inside the pumpkin, with his face turned as far away as possible. “It even stinks!” he said, choking on his words a little. “It’s almost as bad as egg,” he declared. 

    Those who know Josh, know that he has a strange and passionate loathing for eggs and many of the foods that contain them indiscreetly. Mr. Baby and I boomed with another round of laughter. “I’m so sorry Josh! I had no idea you’d find pumpkin carving so gross, when I made that date night gift.” I said, between bursts of laughter. 

    Mr. Baby and I went on a walk, so Daddy could work in peace. He was making the last cuts and wiping them clean when we returned. Together, we walked to the neighbors to let our judge know we were ready for his expert opinion. Our judge eagerly let himself out of his gated back yard, his mom and baby brother trailing behind.

    The two-and-a-half year-old that would decide the success of our pumpkin carving, rambled as he walked about all the little things that caught his eye. When he saw the pumpkins, he was eager to lay hands on them, but his mom warned him to stay back from our fragile candle-lit works of art.

    He looked them both up and down with careful consideration. Then his mom prompted, “Do you like the kitty one, or the Halloween scene with the moon, bat, and pumpkin best?” “The kitty,” he replied quickly. Josh had won the contest! All of his pain and suffering was forgotten, as a grin emerged on his face. “I knew he would pick the kitty,” he said. “Kids always pick animals.”

    Our judge’s youth made it necessary for him to preside over our case before dark. He had a scheduling conflict with bedtime, so he never go to see their full affect.

Whether I was outsmarted or out-carved is still up for debate:)

Happy Halloween!

Love,

b

 

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