fun. food.

Crazy time warp. how has it been so long?
Why do i have the feeling that it will be Christmas before we know it?
For now...we had MOPS today. :) fun and food. always.
Today was our tables turn to bring breakfast...and i always like to have a treat for the girls at my i made these yummy cake pops.
much easier than you think.
You can find the step by step HERE.
But bake a cake...mush it up with an almost whole can of frosting...
Shape into ping-pong sized balls...insert a lollipop stick and dip into that candy mold chocolate...then i dipped mine into fall themed sprinkles.
they are actually pretty tasty.
and much easier than i thought they would be.
I made pumpkin pie bars. yum.
If you like pumpkin will love these...
here is the recipe:

Pumpkin Pie Bars

1-1/3 cups flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) cold butter or margarine
1 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats, uncooked
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
3 eggs
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin
1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons bourbon (optional)
a handful of butterscotch or chocolate chips for sprinkling on top (optional)

HEAT oven to 350°F. Line 13×9-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides; grease foil. Mix flour, 1/4 granulated sugar and brown sugar in medium bowl; cut in butter with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in oats and nuts.

RESERVE 1 cup oat mixture; press remaining onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 15 min. Beat cream cheese, remaining sugar, eggs, vanilla, bourbon, pumpkin and spice with mixer until well blended. Pour over crust; sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture and a handful of butterscotch or chocolate chips (if desired).

BAKE 25 min.; cool 10 min. Use foil to transfer dessert from pan to wire rack; cool completely.

And lastly I made this...streusel, cream cheese coffee cake.
dream in a pie pan. :)
You can go HERE for the recipe.
Today's MOPS was a great one...
Each table has a mentoring mom...a mom who generally has grown children...
Today was the mentoring moms panel...where we got to asked these more experienced moms questions about whatever we were curious about.
They always have great advice to share...but today made all of us laugh out loud more than once...
One mom shared the following advice..."spend "special time"(edited because my in-laws read this---hi there!) with your husband every three days or so...even if it means saying "honey, just pull my gown down when you're done". :) "
How is that for advice?
And this is me. Holding myself accountable to the hundreds of you who are reading this. :)
Inspired by Julie...I bought this dress pattern. And. I will. Learn. To. Use. A. Pattern.
If it kills me.

So there is that.

Now go make something yummy.
They are all completely fat free and good for you.


how to make a reverse applique. :)

Want to make some cute inexpensive gifts?
This is super easy...and you will love how it looks.
You need a stencil for the shape that you want on the shirt, enough fabric to cover the stencil and a blank favorites come from Old Navy and Target.
Trace your stencil onto your fabric backwards...
obviously it doesn't matter for "M" but for "B" or something it will...
Now cut out around the shape you just traced...leave at least a half inch or so around the sides...DON'T cut out on the lines. :)
Turn your shirt inside out...and pin
(yes I actually pinned something)
the shape in the right place...on the backside of the front of the shirt.
Make sure it's straight.
Now sew all around on the line that you traced.
Use a small stitch.
You can click on the photo to make it larger...trim the fabric if there is loads.
Turn your shirt right side out...then carefully cut into JUST the t-shirt...
Cut out the center of your stenciled piece...
staying about 1/8in away from the line you sewed...
Personalized cuteness.
You can do any shape or letter or number. :)
Chances are good that I will be making bunches of these for Christmas gifts.

You can too...or you can send me a pile of shirts and I will gladly do them for you. :)

Have fun!

THE robot party!

We had so much fun planning and throwing Moses' robot party...
the morning of the party we filled the half bathroom with balloons to surprise him.
We made lots of paper "space orbs".
Our robot centerpiece.
The party room. :)
Favors waiting to be adopted. :)
Cupcakes that were even better the second time. :)
Cute. Cute. Cute. Fun. Fun. Fun.
If you are going to work with fondant...I highly suggest a practice cake. :)
This is Moses telling me that he is three (wearing his robot shirt!).
Could not get a good photo of them for the life of me...this is the best I could do.
His reaction to the singing of "Happy Birthday".
This was the first year that we could sing it to him and him not cry. :)
Every time he started to open a gift he would say "What is it?!"
Look at that concentration!
Then...on his actual birthday I put a candle in his cereal and sang happy birthday to him...then we went and got pumpkins. :)

I still can't believe that he is three!

It was a fun party...a fun to do for Aaron's first...


fun numbers.

But first. Can I just say how ridiculously cute this baby is? Do you SEE those big brown eyes? It hurts me how cute he is...let's not even talk about how he just seven months and wearing a size 18 month one piece...and it fitting pretty well. Let's just focus on the cuteness...not that fact that he is growing so fast.

Back to the numbers.

I just recently passed 3000 sales on Etsy!!!
Amazingly this doesn't include the many orders I have done on the side for friends, family or MOPS gals.
I am stunned. You would think this would make me confident. It doesn't. I expect to be found out with each and every sale.
I am amazed at all of the sweet repeat buyers that I have...many who have become friends.
Really? You love my stuff so much that you will buy it again? And again?
You crazy, silly, wonderful people. I am thankful for you.
Another amazing number: 177,892.
That is the number of blog hits that I have had since installing the counter.
That is a crazy number. Really? That many folks who want to visit.
Awesome. And thank you. :)
A couple more:
Three years ago I had never thought of opening my own store.
Two years ago I had almost never sewn.
One year ago my store was still mainly cards.
Six months ago I had never quilted.
Two days ago my stuff was only available through me...
now it's in a local shop.

Now I am wondering...what surprises does God have in store for me next?

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