Saturday, August 24, 2013

New Venture and New Adventures

We're off on a new business venture and I won't have as much time to blog as I have in the past.  Now I blog once a week... I will try to blog twice a month... but sometimes it will probably once a month.  But you can find me blogging on our new business venture/adventure site.  Come check it out! 
I'm not just out to tea or coffee as one might think... But it does have to do with coffee and maybe tea soon too, that's what they say anyway!
A new opportunity awaits.... for those that like to drink coffee and tea, and want to lose weight too and makes money in the process. 
 Come check it out at  our good life cafe'
Change your coffee  _ change your life!


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Birthday Surprises

I got a great surprise for my birthday this year!
My kids asked me this year what I wanted for my birthday.  I always say, I don't know I haven't thought about it.... and it's the truth! So they asked me to make a list over a period of time of things that I might like for my birthday. To my surprise they choose the one thing that I didn't think they would pick. But truly.... I wonder if they didn't have an ulterior motive behind their pick.... What would you think!?! 

The Kitchenaid Ice Cream Attachment

I bought my Kitchenaid mixer many years ago on EBay and I was able to find a brand new mixer and got a still of a deal at that.  It has become a staple in my kitchen for baking.

Here is the Kitchenaid Site if you wish to peruse and see more. Here is just a tease for you if your considering this beauty for your kitchen.

I have found that some have a real love for their mixer and here is the proof!

There are so many custom painted mixers to see, but here are just a few.... I really like the ones at Un Amore .
I have many memories of the old style ice cream churns.  Growing up every birthday we made ice cream with an old churn like this below.... it was one of my favorite things to do as a kid.  We all had to share in the turning of the ice cream, I always let all the cousins and siblings have their turn and when they all gave up and went to play. I was the one that would stay behind and help my Dad with finishing the ice cream. I found it to be a challenge to churn the ice cream when it got hard to turn. What Great Memories those are now that my Dad has passed on... I do cherished them now! 

Here is two homemade ice cream makers, one is a manual and the other an electric model.

Check out these ice cream recipes.


Saturday, August 10, 2013

Quilted High Chair Cover or Crumb Catcher

I decided to make a cover for my granddaughter wooden high chair.  I had this old blue baby carrier cover that I made about 30 some years ago.....  A memento that I made and kept.  It fits her wooden high chair perfectly, so I decided to make another one to swap out with when one gets dirty.  It is quilted, so it is nicely padded and the sides of the cover curve up the side of the high chair which catches food crumbs very nicely also....  This Makes Nana's clean up easier after the little toddler eats!

We are using this beautiful hummingbird fabric for two reasons... Gracie is just fascinated with hummingbirds at this present time, we have a  hummingbird feeder just outside the kitchen/family room window, and Nana just loves hummingbirds too....This is a win win scenario!

I looked at several different ruffled laces to finish off this crumb catcher for Gracie's high chair.  I had a quite a time choosing just one, because I liked them all!

I really like this one here!

 These two are very nice too!

After getting home from the fabric shop and pulling out this whimsical hummingbird material from the bag and gazing at it... I decided to lay the fabric out and pin my handmade pattern to the fabric and just cut it out now.   I noticed that my pattern wasn't fitting like it should, I should have a little extra not visa versa!   So after further investigating this issue, I found that the clerk didn't cut the amount I asked for... this was a major issue because back at the store the amount still left on the bolt was less than the amount I bought... so I couldn't just go back and have them make it right!  I was going to have to piece it together either way. What a bummer... so I decided to look through my scraps and see what I could do with it. 

In my fabric stash I found a piece of fabric in the same color palette, so I cut a piece out and sewed it onto the back portion to make it the same size as the front piece.  Then I embroidered "crumb catcher" on the new addition that I had just sewed onto the back portion, just to give it a little custom touch rather than having it look tacky or a cutting mistake.  My big decision was to not use any of these lovely lace trims that I couldn't make a final decision on which one to use.  I actually think it looks just as nice without lace.


Saturday, August 3, 2013

Delicious Strawberry Salad

Romaine Lettuce
Sliced Strawberries
Feta Cheese
Chopped Walnuts
Raspberry Vinaigrette