Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Princess and her 1st Piano Recital!

Warning brag moment coming...
The Princess had her first piano recital a bit over a week ago.  We had family come in for the special event, so I am only just now getting around to posting. 
She did a lovely job and we are so proud of her.

That cute little nod at the beginning was to her Mommy and Papi. Love, that special little nod!  Seeing her in this video, she looks so grown up already.  I can't believe how fast time flies.  My baby is turning into a young lady right before my eyes, its like a magic show.

I made her recital dress using Sense and Sensibility's Girls' 1780's Portrait Dress Pattern.  This was my first time using one of their patterns and lets just say it isn't the easiest to follow.  There were times I was sure that I was putting this dress together backwards and upside down.  You must read through the entire pattern to include assembly instructions before purchasing any materials needed, they are not listed on the back with all the options like typical store patterns.  For example, I purchased the fabric that was stated on the back for the sash only to come up short.  The listed amount was for a knot, not a bow like what is pictured.  The dress looks a lot better on than it does on the hanger.  The patterns are not bad, just want to share the warning so you can avoid some of the problems I had.  And now for the pics.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Fat Quarter Shop Giveaway at KookBeenz

Hop on over to KoolBeenz to enter the Fat Quarter Shop Giveaway!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Silhouette Cameo Giveaway

Infarrantly Creative has a Silhouette Cameo Giveaway going on right now.
And for more Silhouette Giveaways head on over to A Plain Path for another list of blogs to enter.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Silhouette Cameo Giveaway

Little Miss Momma
For a list of more Silhouette Giveaways head on over to The Plain Path.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

KoolBeenz Fabric Giveaway

We are finally back from our trip down south and now I am catching up on my blog reading.  Who doesn't like a good fabric giveaway.  Go check it out at KoolBeenz.

Friday, November 4, 2011

A Busy Week Ahead

Not that life is ever not busy, but this week is going to be crazy.  We leave in the morning headed south to West Palm and Miami Children's Hospital.  My 12 yr old nephew was diagnosed with Melanoma.  He will be having surgery on Monday.  We will be there for support during the surgery and to help out afterwards for about a week.  We will be logging in quite a few hours on the road this next week.  We are praying for a safe surgery, recover and time on the road.  I better be off to finish the packing. 

Five Minute Friday - Remember

Another Friday is here.  I haven't participated in Five Minute Friday for a while, but am excited to give it a go today.  Five minutes of writing no editing. For all the details and to join in, hop on over to The Gypsy Mama blog.

Today's topic: Remember

I remember the first little flutters of movement I felt, how precious and special they were.  The first time daddy could feel the kick. I remember the smell of  a newborn baby.  The sweet sight of something so fragile and new.  The awe and amazement I felt and still feel at the creation of such a tiny life.  The first cries from a new innocent life.  The first tingling sensations of milk.  The first time I nursed. I am blessed to have these memories. They are special and not to be taken for granted. I remember all this and am looking forward to experiencing it all once again.  There was a first time and there will be a last time, and each time is as special as the first.  Remember to cherish the moment.  Don't rush it or wish it away in the middle of a sleepless night.  There will come a day when it is gone and you will not get it back. Remember, cherish the moment!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Caramel Apples = Yummy Fun!

Who doesn't like caramel apples?  I came across this yummy recipe last year in a Rachael Ray magazine.
Making homemade caramel apples has been on my to-do list for a while now.  When I saw this recipe I knew this was the one I wanted to try.  Well a year later and I finally got a round to it.  These taste delicious!  The kids love them, the hubby loves them, I sneaked a quick taste and I love them.  The honey-vanilla caramel flavor is wonderful.  The only down side to this recipe is that it takes a while to cook the caramel.

Now that i have your mouth watering for these yummy apples, here's the recipe.

Honey-Vanilla Caramel Apples:
Recipe states that it makes 6 apples, this all depends on the size of your apples and how much caramel you put on each apple.  I made 6, but have enough caramel left over to make about 6 more.

6 medium red apples chilled (braeburn, cortland or fuji)
Ice water
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups honey
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Skewer each apple stem with a lollipop stick or thick bamboo skewer. Fill a large bowl one-quarter of the way with ice water.
2. In a 4-quart, heavy saucepan, heat the cream and salt over medium-high heat until steaming hot. Stir in the honey and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Lower the ehat to medium and continue to boil, stirring constantly, until the mixture registers 260 degrees on a candy thermometer, 30 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and add the vanilla. Place the pan in the ice water, stirring the craeml with a wooden spoon until it"s thick enough to coat the apples without running off, about 5 minutes. (If the cramel thickens too much, return the pan to the medium heat and stir.)
3. Wipe the chilled apples dry. Working with 1 at a time, hold the apple by the stick and dip into the caramel, tilting the saucepan and twirling the apple to coat all but a 1-inch border around the stem. Place the caramel apples on the prepared baking sheet (if you want to add toppings now is the time to do it) and refrigerate for 20 minutes before serving.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Educational Insights giveaway!

Giveaway for Educational Insights at Mama to 4 Blessings. This is one of the neatest blogs I have come across.  I've learned of some pretty interesting products through her blog.  She is always having some of the coolest giveaways too. Enough said, go check out Mama to 4 Blessings and her cool giveaways!