Monday, June 20, 2011

New Roof!

We have been getting ALOT of rain this spring and our 30 year old roof had finally had it. I know that something as boring as a roof shouldn't make me so happy --but it does. The new one is black and the old one was brown.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

We're Not In Kansas Anymore!

Shop Hop has begun and our theme is... Wizard of Oz. If you look real close at the picture above, you will see a twister has come through Utah and...
landed the shop on top of a witch!

Of course, Dorothy was there

and Glinda

Isn't that just the cutest quilt???!! - one of Barbara Jones' newest.

There were 'Lollipop' fat quarters for sale.

Flying Monkeys for sale. --notice her ruby red slippers! (These are sooo much less scary than the ones in the movie -- they scared me more than the witch when I was a little kid)

This picture doesn't do this quilt justice. It is made with Moda's Antique Fair line.

This is just one of those quilts that inspire everyone who sees it. Those are yo-yo's. All 689 of them.

Kits available - but you still have to make all those yo yo's.

I just love this quilt. It's called Red Cross and we are selling kits for Shop Hop.

The bike. If you look closely you will see Toto in the basket.

The scarecrow who couldn't scare any birds.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

30 Minute Cinnamon Rolls

These take a little longer than their name would imply, but they are pretty quick and very easy.
1 3/4 C. warm water
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 C. oil
3 T. yeast (I used 4 packs)
1/2 T. salt
5 1/4 C. flour
2 eggs

1 1/2 T. cinnamon (more, if desired)
1/3 c. soft butter
1 C. brown sugar

1 8oz. pkg cream cheese
1/4 c. butter
1 1/4 -1 1/2 C. powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla
dash of salt
milk if needed

Mix water, sugar, oil, yeast, 2 cups of flour, eggs together in bowl and let sit, covered, for 5 minutes. Then add salt and remaining flour. Put the dough in a ball and let it sit for 15 minutes.

Roll it out into a rectangle shape, approx 1 inch thick. Spread the soft butter over the entire piece of dough. Then sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon over top of butter. Roll up into a tight tube. Slice off pieces. The thicker the slice, the bigger the roll. Place on a greased or parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Let sit 15 minutes...

Getting ready!!!

Bake in pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Until lightly browned. Take out of the oven and frost while still warm...

Pretty, uh?


Cream together butter and cream cheese. Add vanilla and salt. Cream until smooth. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time until desired thichness. If you want it more like a glaze, you can add a little milk. Spread over top of warm rolls.

(I really don't care for cream cheese frosting, so I omit the cream cheese and use one cube of soft butter instead and add a little milk.)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Sugar Scrub

I hosted a luncheon yesterday. We finally got a break in the Seattle type weather and were able to sit outside. It was a beautiful day spent with some of my best friends.

The party favors were this Gardeners Sugar Scrub. Very easy to make and pretty to give. (Thanks Marta for the idea)

Gardeners Sugar Scrub:
3 C. White Sugar
1 c. mineral oil (add more if you think it's too dry)
10 drops essential oil for fragrance

Makes: 6 1/2 pint jars
This is a great idea for gardeners-it makes your hands silky soft and doesn't sting like salt scrubs.