Sunday, December 22, 2013

Pumpkin Sweet Roll Recipe…


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Don't they look delicious? Well I can tell you that....THEY ARE!
Although I did stop at just one, I had a hard time doing so.
I found these on Pinterest. Do you ever go there? I am in love with that place and find that I need to really be careful of how often I get on that website, as I will get lost and spend much more time than expected on there. It can be a time stealer for you if you're not careful!
Anyway, I ran across this recipe and thought you might like to try it. It's very simple and easy to follow....and the results are simply delicious!
 
 
On another note...how is the weather in your neck of the woods? We are still in the middle of hazardous weather conditions. Have been since Friday. I believe they said it was going to last into tomorrow morning. Seems like it's been this way for a week now. Snow, rain, snow, rain. I wish it would make up it's mind.
 
Joe has been out on the snow blower digging us out of the mess old man winter has been sending our way. I think he likes it out there. His mom always loved a good snow storm.
 
 
 
I hope you are all inside snug as a bug in a rug. One thing I love about a snow storm is the ambiance and romance of it all. You know, like in One Special Night with James Garner and Julie Andrews. Did you ever see that movie? You should, it's a good one!
 
Well, I can tell you that I'm going to stay inside where it's warm, and enjoy a hot cup of tea by the fire....and maybe another sweet roll!
 
 
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Blessings,
Julie

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Our Keeper's Christmas Party and a Prayer Request....


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Good evening everyone! It's so cold outside....-10*F. Brrr!
I hope you're warm.
 
Last week was our Annual Keeper's of the Home Christmas Party.
As you can see, we had a lovely time. Lots of food, games, laughs, food, but most of all...great friends!
 
I'd like to ask everyone for some prayers. My mother's sister was involved in a bad car accident yesterday and is in the intensive care unit. She has multiple injuries, and is in a very depressed state of mind. If you could just remember her in your prayers over the next few days/weeks, we'd be very grateful. Thank you!
 
Stay warm!
Blessings,
Julie
 
 

Monday, December 9, 2013

A Christmas Craft….


 Good morning! It's a cold one out there too! Hope you're nice and warm.
 
I have a little craft for you. It would make a nice gift if you need an extra one for that last minute party or added person on your Christmas list....or maybe you just want to treat yourself to something nice. Either way, this will be great!
 
We made this a couple weeks ago in the Primitive Craft Class that I teach for our local Adult Ed Program.
 
Okay, this is what you'll need...
 
  1. burlap
  2. black acrylic craft paint
  3. a pouncer
  4. stencil
  5. poly-fil
  6. pins
  7. embroidery floss/needle
  8. scissors
  9. paper plate
  10. newspaper

 

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I didn't measure out my burlap and cut it until I finished stenciling. That way I didn't have to worry about centering the stencil to my pillow. You can make any size pillow you like.

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You want to start by placing a small amount of paint on a paper plate. Dip your pouncer in the paint and then pounce a good part of it off the pouncer. Remember...it's easier to add paint than it is to take it away. Less is always best. That's what I tell my class.


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Tape your stencil to your burlap and start pouncing. You also want to make sure that you have newspaper or something behind the area you are stenciling, as the paint may leak through.

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Once you reach the end of your stencil, just gently pull it off.

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This is when you will cut the burlap for your pillow. Once the size has been decided, just fold it over so that wrong sides are together. I folded in my cut edge, but you don't necessarily have to.

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Pin the edges together.

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Thread an embroidery needle with some floss. I used 3 strands of floss and a sewed it together using a blanket stitch. If you are not familiar with this stitch you can watch this tutorial.

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Make sure you leave a small unstitched area at the end for stuffing. I've been known to forget that part!


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This is my finished pillow. Perfect for the holidays!

 
Have fun crafting!
 
Blessings,
Julie